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We welcome you to visit and watch our team as we grow. This is where we post our Team Challenges and ask everyone who comes by our blog to vote whenever they see a Challenge is taking place. The Winners of our Team Challenges will become our Showcased Featured Artist. Check back often, "follow" us, and book mark us for future reference.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sometimes I wonder....

Moonset 8/25/2010 6:32am PST

Sometimes I wonder what everyone else is currently doing. Are they busy creating a lot of new and exciting items for their Etsy shops? Are they on vacation?

Perhaps they're getting into the scheme of things, preparing for the school year to come, or the Fall season that approaches us very soon.

Either way, as the summer winds down, when the skies start to darken earlier in the evening, and the sun rises later in the morning, I can smell the changing of the seasons in the air.
I love the way the sun rides in the sky this time of year, and what it does to me artistically, is to spur my creative energy and fire up my hands to start working on new projects.
And then I start to wonder, does anyone else experience these feelings?

Friday, December 11, 2009

And the Winner is....... Lu's Mystic Jewels

Lu's Mystic Jewels
Once again, Lu reigns over the eJAG Seasonal Challenge, sweeping the votes into her corner!

Lu will be our next featured artist here in the eJAG blog. Check back, subscribe and/or Follow us !

Monday, November 23, 2009

Make a Child's Holiday Happy, with our St. Jude's Charity Fundraising Sale!

St Jude's Hospital for Children

St Jude's Hospital for Children

Come and Join us in our St. Jude's Children's Hospital Charity and Fundraising Sale event!

We are offering items from our members, displaying many all different styles from some of our very talented artists!

Not only will the proceeds be helping Children in the Hospital, the eJAG shop is also offering Free Shipping** for the entire event.

Some of the Etsy Artists are even participating with 15% off coupon which will accompany the sale purchase of their items through the eJAG Shop which can be used with later purchase in any coupon participating eJAG member's site.

St. Jude's Hospital for Children

Sale starts: November 27th - December 11th 2009

All items purchased will be shipped directly to the buyer, with all proceeds being donated to St Judes Children's Hospital.
Thank you for your support for the cause!

** Free shipping within the USA only.
St Jude's Hospital for Children

Stop by and see what gift ideas you haven't thought about yet!

Team eJAG's Shop
All images belong to St Jude's Hospital for Children.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Our Fall Challenge "Autumn Abundance" Is Now Closed.

The Poll is now closed.

Thank you for participating in our Fall Challenge: Autumn Abundance!

Winner details to come.

Friday, September 18, 2009

eJAG's Fall Challenge is about to begin! "Autumn Abundance"

Mark your Calendars!

Announcing eJAG’s Fall Creativity Challenge: Autumn Abundance
Contest starts: October 15th and lasts thru November 1st, 2009

Our creativity challenge for this Fall will cover the Autumn season, Halloween, and Thanksgiving, so let your creative energy flow with the wind, and your mind follow right behind it...

  • Your entry must be new, go ahead and list it, but keep it inactive until the contest starts. The item Listing number needs to be sent with your image to James. (<~~click here)
  • Your item must be in your shop and available for sale, but held until after the challenge is done (place a message in your listing and if a buyer wants it, edit your listing to make it reserved.)

  • Where: Here!
The scoop with all the details and the location to tell us of your intent to enter (by October 1st.) see our forum thread .
And then: Send James your image by October 12th.

Gargoyle & friend

images courtesy of wiresNpliers

Monday, August 17, 2009

We're Hiding!!! ~ You're Seeking!!! 1 - 2 - 3.... Go!

Etsy's Jewelry Artist Guild

is having a

Hide & Seek Contest

Starts: Friday, August 21st

Ends: Monday, August 31th

How to play:

  • First, find three of the Hide & Seek logos (like the one above) hidden within the participating shops (listed below).

  • Then, send a message to PreciousMetals4u with the following information:

1. Links to all three items with the Hide & Seek images.

2. Prize choice (first, second, and third choice)*

3. Address to mail the prize to

No purchase necessary!

Prize winners will be announced Tuesday September 1st!

*The Fine Print: Prize choice will be a first come first choice basis. If the number of Hide & Seek winner entries exceeds the number of prizes, a drawing will be held and the prize winners selected at random if matching up 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices are duplicated.

List of the participating stores AND the prizes up for grabs:

Prize #1 Starstruck Necklace and Earring Set by Russian Cats Jewelry

Prize #2 Black Rose Choker by AbyssalGems

Prize #3 Hope Pendant by ByrnegoldSmith

Prize # 4 Sugar and Spice by WiresNPliers

Prize # 5 Christmas Lights at Night by AllThatGilttersbyKML

Prize # 6 Isis Hoops by Piruli

Prize # 7 Carnelian Wire Wrapped Pendant by JewelryArtistry

Participating Stores:

PreciousMetals4u – http://PreciousMetals4u.etsy.com
AbyssalGems – http://AbyssalGems.etsy.com
WebGemsLTD – http://WebGemsLTD.etsy.com
JewelryArtistry – http://JewelryArtistry.etsy.com
WiresNPliers – http://WiresNPliers.etsy.com
ByrnegoldSmith – http://ByrnegoldSmith.etsy.com
LaJubilee – http://LaJubilee.etsy.com
RussianCatsJewelry – http://RussianCatsJewelry.etsy.com
Gems By Jul – http://teemix.etsy.com
PaperRoseDesigns – http://PaperRoseDesigns.etsy.com
AllThatGlittersbyKML – http://AllThatGilttersbyKML.etsy.com
PiruliJewelry – http://Piruli.etsy.com
LusMysticJewels http://LusMysticJewels.etsy.com

Good Luck!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Featured Artist ~ Sizzlin' Summer Challenge Winner: Lu's Mystic Jewels

Welcome... To The Land of Lu

Sizzlin' Copper Crocheted Tubular Bracelet


Introducing Lu, of Lu’s Mystic Jewels:

Lu brings to Etsy, her extraordinary and distinct jewelry from her studio in Menasha, Wisconsin. Lu has been a member of Etsy since June 2008.
Lu opened her eyes and mind to creativity back when she was a child. Born on the 6th of November, Lu is a very solid Scorpio, with a strong creative imagination. She is empathetic, intuitive, and loving; with a solid determination to get things done right.
Lu is a Reiki practioner, and uses it for energy transferring and clearing with her stones.
(A Reiki practitioner is anyone who is trained and attuned to be a conduit to run the energy through their body to another, for healing purposes, and related uses.)
Lu enjoys creating designs straight from her heart and endeavors to design styles that are new and innovative, and especially ones that have not yet been seen before. Because of this talent Lu enjoys making custom orders.

The interview:
Lu, how long have you been making jewelry, and what originally got you started?

I have been crafting since I was 8 years old, and have been making jewelry for 15 years now. I was looking for some craft that would use all my creativity. I know how to knit, crochet, sew, basket weave, and do cross stitch.

I also create ceramic and pottery art, with experience in throwing on a wheel and slab work. Eventually, when I get a kiln, I want to work with silver and copper clay and then fused glass. With jewelry making, I can incorporate all these crafts together, into a mixed media.
Do you have a favorite medium to work with? Why is it your favorite?

I really love working with stones, and love the healing properties they have. I do clear all my stones, usually on a full moon, and then pass that energy on to my jewelry. When selecting my stones I will look at the healing properties and then put them together. Sometimes when I go shopping for beads the stones call out to me and I have to have them.

With wire, I like the ability to transform it into any shape I want.

Dragon Fly Nights

What life lesson has your expertise in your art/craft taught you?

The Life Lesson that my art has taught me, is that this is what I was borne to do. I love to create, and to share my creativity with others.
In the past, I have worked with underprivileged girls, in an afterschool program teaching them to make jewelry, and I plan to continue by seeking grant funding for a nonprofit organization that goes into hospitals and teaches the children that are confined in the pediatric wards, to make jewelry and how to access their creativity and thus aid in their own healing. I really love teaching others. In fact, I just started teaching my granddaughter Diviana, 4, how to bead.

Have you had formal training in your craft? If so, do you continue education?

Mostly, with jewelry, I am self taught. I have had a few classes at bead shops and have taken some classes at a technical school. There is always room for improvement and I love learning new techniques.

Red Red Wine Anklet

Do you keep a journal or a sketchbook?

No, but if I really think of something special, I will sketch it out. Mostly when I have an idea, I just start creating it.

What inspires you, Lu?

Well, what took me on this path of selling jewelry was my fiancée, AJ, who passed away in 2002. I would make the jewelry and he would sell it. After he passed, I had to do it all; make the jewelry, set it up and sell it. I still feel him around me, encouraging me to continue.

This might sound crazy but what inspires me the most is to go shopping for beads, which is why my inventory level never goes down.

Do you use any household items that work just as well if not better that the actual tools?

When I am working with wire, I will use anything that fits the shape that I need at the time. I will utilize crochet hooks, pens, dowels and even pill bottles.
flower ring

When you are creating what do you listen to? Music? TV? Silence?

No silence. Smiling, she admits: Even though silence is golden, I usually have the TV on, or music playing.
Citrus Champagne

What do you do on a Saturday Night?

Well, if I am not out with the girls; I am usually spending time with my granddaughter, Diviana.

Do you believe in goals? If so what is your next goal?

Absolutely! I always have. I must have got this from my Grandma Meta. My Future goals? As a matter of fact, I have a few new goals on my plate right now. I am going back to school, I want to start a nonprofit organization, and I want to learn more techniques with my jewelry. My plate is always full, but that is how I work the best. Here, in eJAG, as a group, we plan to have a fund raiser for children’s Diabetes.
If you had a “Bucket List” what would you like to cross off of it?

I have a few on my list, and mostly all to do with traveling. I want to see an ocean. I want to travel to Sedona, Arizona, to Ireland and to Brazil.

Pacific Shores, SF, Cal - Cairns vortex, Sedona - Killarney Nat'l Park Ire. - Iracema Beach Brazil

What is your choice of theme for eJAG’s Fall ‘09 Season’s Creative challenge?
“Autumn Abundance”

  • Consider this is our first announcement for eJAG’s Fall ’09 Challenge: "Autumn Abundance"

Lu, It has been my pleasure to feature you as the Winner of eJAG’s “Sizzlin’ Summer” Challenge!
Thank you so much, Lu.

Lu’s Etsy shop Lusmysticjewels is currently teeming with special Summer sales, including:
Spectacular multi-purchase deals like Buy 1, get 2nd ½ off, and even some Buy 2, get 3rd for free! Some items even have free shipping.

Lu is also a member of another team: WIST team (Wisconsin Street team)
Lu Twitters: tweet her:
Lu’s Blog: Lu's Mystic Blog
Sweet Diviana

This featured article comes to you as a courtesy of wiresNpliers