Featured Artist and GIVEAWAY :: GlitzGlitter

I'm so excited to be bringing you this week's featured artist, Celia of GlitzGlitter!  Celia is yet another exceptional jewelry designer (what can I say.. I'm addicted to jewelry!) and I am often in her shop trying my hardest not to gobble up all her delicious gemstone creations.  Her designs are classic yet eye-catching.  She is just brimming with natural talent and an eye for gorgeous gems.  It's no wonder why she has found such huge success on Etsy after just one year!  She's super sweet and a little shy, so it's an honor she decided to share a little bit about herself here.  Thank you, Celia!

.......................... the interview .........................

What's your favorite read of all time?
Bones of the Moon by Jonathan Carroll

Any guilty pleasures?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer all day marathon :D

(Ok, now onto business)
How would you describe your work?
Simple. I never really wore jewelry until I started making it. I think I make jewelry for the kind of woman who doesn't wear jewelry.

How long have you been at it?
A year. Seems like forever, like I was looking for this kind of outlet my whole life, but it's only been a year.

So for you, is it an innate talent or practice makes perfect?
Practice! And some more practice. I love and hate that I look back on my earlier work and wonder "who the heck made that?"

Do you dabble in any other forms of art?
I knit... slowly and poorly. The fantastic colors yarns come in always call me back when I decide to give up.

What do you do when your inspiration and creativity is tapped?
When my creativity is tapped, I go into my workroom, turn on my ipod and listen to a book. I fiddle around with my beads until something jumps out at me.

When not hard at work on your designs, what would we most likely find you doing?
Tweeting with my friends. Not having a day job is wonderful, but not having coworkers can be lonely. I have so many Etsy friends to talk to on twitter, I feel that I have all the benefits of coworkers without having to go to an office.

What are some of your favorite etsy shops?
Too many to name! From KnitFrekkles' gorgeous knitting, to waterrose's embroidery, Lori411, Chefjen137 and Raceytay's photography, Polestar, littlebugjewelry, and onegarnetgirl's amazing jewelry, wickedsoaps' and blushie's tempting soaps. I could just go on and on. I find new and amazing shops on Etsy every single day.

What's at the top of your etsy wish list?
this satchel

And, as a fun tribute to my inner psychologist, what might this be?  
Looks like an eclipse to me.

.......................... end interview .........................

And now for the GIVEAWAY!!! (winner selected on Tuesday, June 1st)


Celia is giving away this gorgeous Swarovski crystal necklace to one lucky winner! (international entries welcome)

Here's how to enter:

visit Celia's shop, GlitzGlitter, and leave a comment about what you'd like to see more of

* you must include your contact info (email, blog, or etsy shop)

Bonus entries:
Please leave a separate comment and contact info for each bonus entry.

1) follow Celia on twitter: @Glitz_Glitter
2) follow me on twitter: @eNVeDesigns
3) tweet about the giveaway (include @eNVeDesigns and @Glitz_Glitter and a link to this post for validation)
4) fan GlitzGlitter on Facebook
5) follow Celia's blog: http://glitzglittergossip.blogspot.com
6) fan eNVe Designs on Facebook
7) follow my blog
8) subscribe to my mailing list (just fill in the form on the upper left column of my blog)

You have one week to enter.  The lucky winner will be selected at random next Tuesday, June 1st.  Good luck! :)

I'll be back next week to announce the winner, and post updates about prepping for my first art fest!  See you then!


If I were... I'd be...

my photo: taken while apple-picking last October

 If I were a month I’d be October.

If I were a day I’d be Saturday.

If I were a time of day I’d be sunset.

my photo: partial view of Boston skyline along the Charles 

If I were a planet I’d be Saturn.
 (it's wearing jewelry!)

If I were a sea animal I’d be a jellyfish.

my photo: a jellyfish at the New England Aquarium 

If I were a direction I’d be East.

If I were a piece of furniture I’d be a huge cozy bed
with lots of pillows you actually use

If I were a liquid I’d be rain.

 Raindrops print by bluedreamsunshine

If I were a gemstone I’d be Sunstone, Emerald, or Aquamarine.

If I were a tree I’d be a bonzai.

 my photo: hanging out with the bonzai trees at Longwood Gardens in PA

If I were a tool I’d be glue.
 (mushy and helps keep stuff together)

If I were a flower I’d be a daisy.

my photo: wall of daisies

If I were an element of weather I’d be a breeze.

If I were a musical instrument I’d be a piano.

If I were a color I'd be London Blue.

 London Blue Topaz gems from rmcgems.com

If I were an emotion I’d be Gratitude.

If I were a fruit I’d be a Kiwi.
(sweet and tart ..and a little hairy..
lol, ok no more hair jokes I promise)

If I were a sound I’d be
the light clinking of a bamboo wind chime.

If I were an element I'd be Oxygen.

my photo: soap bubbles in an empty bottle 

If I were a car I’d be a convertible.

If I were a food I’d be anything made by mom.

If I were a place I’d be "home".

Neighborhood cup/vase by loveartworks

If I were a material I'd be cotton.

If I were a taste I’d be savory.

If I were a scent I’d be fresh linen.

 Fresh Linen Shea Butter Soap by dennisanderson

If I were a body part I’d be eyes.

If I were a song I’d be a lullaby.

If I were a bird I'd be a hummingbird.

If I were a gift I'd be 
one that is simple and from the heart.. 
and handmade.

If I were a city I'd be Boston.

my photo: view of Boston skyline while walking along the Charles River 

If I were a door I'd be vintage french doors.

If I were a pair of shoes I’d be
super stylish kicks that you can dance all night in.

If I were a poem I would be
flying off the tip of a favorite pen.

my photo: a poem I wrote
(ps. my handwriting is only this neat when I concentrate real hard) 
There you have it, a smidge more about me you may have not known before.  Thank you to Andrea, whose "if I were, I'd be" post inspired this one.  So dear readers, I'd love to see your version of this so I can learn a little more about you (so if you do a similar post, please let me know)!  :)