Monday, February 28, 2011

ETSY Vintage Team Member Spotlight

Sometimes I feel like I live and breathe Etsy because of my three active shops which definitely keep me hopping as I switch hats during the day!
One shop sells vintage beads and faceted gemstones, one shop sells recycled circuit board products and one shop sells my own jewelry made with my supply of vintage beads that I've been hoarding since the 1970's

What do these 3 shops all have in common? Interestingly, they all are based around the theme of recycling or repurposing vintage items.
Sometimes I'm even able to merge my interests and combine the recycled circuit boards with vintage beads to create jewelry such as this brooch which can also be worn as a pendant. This item is for sale in my Debby Arem Designs shop
I also belong to a number of Etsy teams one of which is the Etsy Vintage Team:
This incredibly active and professional Etsy team, which I am SO proud to be a member of, has high standards for membership and shops are closely monitored to make sure that what is being sold, is indeed vintage.
Today I was honored to have my shop featured on the EVT blog!
Please click on the above link if you have a few moments to learn a bit more about my Forever In Style Etsy shop such as how I came up with the name "Forever In Style" in the first place!

And most importantly please remember: When doing a search on Etsy for anything guaranteed to be vintage, please put in Etsyvintageteam as a search tag ,to be directed to the team members and their fabulous shops! Or look for this avatar if you find a shop that sells vintage to be sure they're a member:
You can purchase with confidence knowing that these items are indeed vintage.
"The Etsy Vintage Team (EVT) is an organization for those who are passionate about vintage and items that are handmade with vintage components. Its members are more than 180 shops on, an online marketplace for vintage and antique items, handmade arts and crafts, and supplies."

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

2011 Readers' Choice Awards DIY Fashion

From January 13 through February 8, 2011, the readers of the DIY Fashion Guide Site nominated their favorite handmade artisans, crafty magazines and blogs.
Well you can only imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning, checked my email, and found out that I was nominated to be one of the finalists in the Favorite Handmade Artisan: Geek Craft category!
This nomination is for my shop which features products made from recycled circuit boards: green office products, home decor,jewelry and more.
Voting closes at 11:59 P.M. EST on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 on the DIY Fashion Guide Site and I'd love it if you could cast a vote for me!
Just visit this link to vote:

Then scroll waaaaaaaay down the page till you come to the Favorite Handmade Artisan: Geek Craft category where you'll find Debby Arem Designs listed. Just click next to my name and submit!
Thank you so much!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Valentine Giveaway Winner - Congratulations Rebecca !

I wanted to thank all of you who stopped by my blog and left comments for the giveaway - a pair of vintage Japanese millefiori glass bead earrings from my shop!
Using to pick the winner........... the winner was Rebecca whose Etsy shop is with the winning entry #29 comment. Rebecca is also a member of Team Etsy for Animals of which I am a member as well.

True Random Number Generator Min:1 Max:35 Result: 29

Thank you again to everyone who entered and keep your eyes peeled for another interesting giveaway coming up in the next few weeks for anyone who designs with beads!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

AMETHYST February's Birthstone

I'm one of those people who LOVES purple - all shades - but mostly that deep gorgeous purple that looks like grape jelly. In nature, this color is found in one of the varieties of quartz called amethyst - February's birthstone.
This faceted amethyst is one of many for sale in our shop
Amethyst is the most desired, most highly prized, and most valuable of all the varieties of quartz. Considered a precious stone for centuries, amethyst displays a unique purple color that was so esteemed by the Church that amethysts became the standard jewels for the finger-rings of Bishops.
Fine amethysts were once so rare that they were even considered suitable as ornaments for inclusion in the Orb and Sceptre of the British Crown Jewels. The largest cut diamond in the world is contained in the Royal Sceptre with the Cross. Made of gold and three feet in length, it also contains an enormous amethyst and a superb emerald.
Royal Scepter of King Edward VII

The Sovereign's Orb
A golden sphere six inches in diameter surmounted by a large amethyst to which a cross is affixed; it symbolizes the domination of Christianity over the world. It is richly gemmed and is placed only in the hand of the actual Sovereign of the realm. It too was made in 1661 for King Charles II. At the accession of Queen Mary II and King William III, because they were crowned and ruled conjointly, a second orb, somewhat smaller was made.
The great Roman naturalist and historian, Pliny the Elder, stated that the color of amethyst approached (but did not quite attain) the color of fine wine. The name itself was derived from the Greek word amethystos, meaning “not intoxicated”, and it was a long-held belief that the wearer of an amethyst jewel could not suffer the consequences of excessive alcohol consumption!

Amethyst is found in localities throughout the world, occurring as well-formed crystals in pockets and geodes (hollow crystal-lined balls and nodules), and also as a vein-filling mineral.
A gorgeous geode!
It has been said that amethyst is the all-time best seller of all colored gemstones. This may be a result of its glorious purple hue, unlike any color known within the gem kingdom. Amethyst remained a rare and valuable gemstone until massive deposits were discovered in Brazil in the 19th Century. Prior to the these discoveries, the finest amethyst had been found in Siberia,Russia,a dark velvety purple material with flashes of red.
A picture of Siberian amethyst with flashes of red
"Siberian amethyst" was a standard of top quality, and has now become a descriptive term for the dark purple/red color rather than a specific locality. Fine amethyst also is found in Nigeria, Australia, Arizona,Uruguay and many other localities.
This is another faceted amethyst that is available in our shop
And finally, I'd like to leave you with a poem that has always been one of my favorites and shows that PURPLE is and will always probably be a very popular color in our culture!