Welcome to our Etsy Street Team EJAG Public Blog ~ A place for everyone.

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.



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

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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.



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

This featured article comes to you as a courtesy of wiresNpliers

Monday, July 20, 2009

And The Winnner Is.........

Lu's Mystic Jewels
Introducing
CopperCrocheted Tubular Bracelet
Watch for our Lu to be our Featured Artist, coming soon! And thank you, once again for your support of eJAG (Etsy Jewelry Artist Guild).
See her shop for more beautiful items lusmysticjewels

Monday, June 29, 2009

eJAG's Challenge is now closed.

Our Sizzlin' Summer Challenge has been a great success with a total of 863 votes!

We thank you for your participation, and welcome you back at any time. Please bookmark or follow us, and check back for upcoming Seasonal Challenges.

Our next one will be Fall 2009!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Team eJAG's Summer Challenge Draws Near

Hot Sizzlin' Summer
courtesy of Fb's Bonfire Fan Club

Our Challenge starts soon!

Yes, the Hot Days of Summer are right around the corner, if they are not already there.
  • If you are going to vote, please bookmark us, or better yet, Follow us! then return after July 1st to vote for your favorite Sizzling Summer entry.
  • If you are participating in the Sizzlin' Summer Challenge, get your listing pictures to James before June 28.

Either way, this is the place to be, on July 1st, 2009 when our Sizzlin' Summer Challenge begins!

Challenge dates July 1~15

See you here!

left and right mittens

Monument Valley

Etsy Jewelry Artist’s Guild



Sunday, May 31, 2009

Announcing Team EJAG’s Summer Challenge 2009

It’s going to be a long hot “Sizzlin' Summer
Come one, come all, our new challenge is about to begin.
Creativity will abound when you see what our team dreams up as we face our new Long Hot “Sizzlin' Summer.”

  • For our viewers: Please return on July 1 for the unveiling of our "Sizzlin' Summer" Entries.
  • For teammates: of Team EJAG: Please post your Intent to Enter by June 20th at: Team EJAG Ning
  • For Etsy: Team Forum info click here

Voting for the “Sizzlin' Summer” challenge starts on July 1 and ends on July15

Once again the poll will be posted here at our Team EJAG Blog.

Voting is open to everyone, the public and fellow Etsians and of course, all of our treasured team members!
The winner of the "Sizzlin' Summer" Challenge will be our next featured Artist here at our blog
This is going to be a fun challenge.

Who’s bringing the BBQ? Campfire anyone?

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Want to Join Team EJAG?

Welcome to Team EJAG (Etsy Jewelry Artist’s Guild)

Joining is easy but you must be approved first.

So let’s get started:

Requirements:

  • Be an Etsy Seller
  • Be a jewelry maker/designer.
  • Join and be a member of our Ning networking site using your Etsy Seller’s shop name as your Ning User ID.

Join here: Team EJAG

Please email the above information to me, (Etsy seller name, Etsy shop name and Ning user name) from the email account that you choose to be your contact email address with EJAG. This email address will be the one we use to send announcements, updates, and other team information. Please email me at(jamesgoetz@yahoo.com).

When approved, you will be notified via convo at your Etsy Shop. After being approved for the Ning networking site Team Ejag Ning Page, we ask that you enter the team Ning Page, introduce yourself and explain a bit about what you do. After that you may set up your page, upload images and more!

Welcome to Team EJAG!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Featured Artist - Spring Fling Winner - Lynn's Beads 'N Things

The Jacaranda Tree

Wire wrapped with Amethyst and Peridot chips


We are welcoming Lynn, Our “Trees” Spring Fling Winner today, and she comes to us from Southern California, Palm Springs, land of sand, sun, tumble weeds, ocotillo, and of course, her now famous rendition of the local tree:
“The Jacaranda Tree.”


Lynn also has a home in Jerome, Idaho, just outside of Twin Falls, where she may retire someday, if she can pull herself away from the fast lane that goes hand in hand with living in Southern California. Her family still lives in LosAngeles, primarily spread throughout the San Gabriel Valley, with some in Laguna Hills and even family in Florida.



I would like to introduce Lynn, of Lynn’s Beads ‘N Things, to discuss her avocation of jewelry making with us.

When asked how she started making jewelry and how long she has been practicing her art, Lynn said:

“I started making jewelry when I was in high school. My Mom took me to a bead shop and I was instantly addicted! Back then I made mostly earrings & simple things. When I married, I put my craft on hold to raise my family. A number of years ago I saw a necklace in an expensive shop that I loved but could not afford. I said “I could do that”, and so it began again…I looked for bead shops everywhere I went and then discovered online bead shopping which makes it so much easier & saves on gas but I don’t think it really “saves” since there is so much to choose from! I now sell my jewelry at a local art gallery and have done quite well there. Jewelry making is my passion and my therapy!"


Crystal, Swarovski and rice pearls in Sterling silver
Regarding what Lynn feels is one of the biggest lessons her Art has taught her, Lynn states:

“I have learned that I can do anything I put my mind to! I have seen many styles of jewelry that I think I couldn’t possibly make but I give it a try and most of the time I can put my spin on it and make it work.”

chocolate lustre stick pearl necklace

When I found that Lynn really enjoys custom work from requests, she enlightened me by explaining:


“I have the most fun when someone asks me to make something unique for them. They will tell me what type of stones they want and I go to work! So far everyone has been happy with the finished product!”

Obsidian disks with rose quartz
Of course that led me to my favorite question of: “What inspires you, Lynn?"

“I am inspired by the beauty of God’s creations and colors of nature. Sometimes I am inspired by the stones themselves. They seem to “talk to me” and tell me what I should do with them. Sometimes a picture just pops into my head of something to make and I look for stones to use, like the winning “Jacaranda Tree Pendant.”

Lynn hand picks all of her own supplies, and in addition to creating beautiful jewelry, she also creates cards, from handpicked flowers grown mostly by her, and chosen at their prime bloom, and then presses and laminates them for lasting beauty.


And Lynn, do you keep a journal or a notebook?
“No, I don’t but if I see something that catches my eye or pops into my head I will sketch it. When I am finished it usually looks nothing like the original item but takes on a life of it’s own during the process of creating it.”

Do you have any formal training in your craft?
“No, just some minor instruction at the bead shop or an online tutorial now and then.”

Light and Dark- wooden disks and 3 amazing Rudraksha seeds

★The seed of the rudraksha tree (Elaeocarpus granitrus) holds a very special place in Hinduism, and is credited to possess mystical and divine properties.

Ahhh, I see you are a self made woman. Tell me Lynn, Is there a basic ‘household’ item you use when creating that seems to work just as good if not better then the actual ‘tool’?
“Not really, occasionally I will use tweezers and the Dremel tool.”

Blue Pearls with Quartz nuggets

Oh yes, Dremels are very fun tools, and I have been known to pick up tweezers or hemostats myself, a time or two.

blister pearl necklace

What is your favorite thing to do on a Saturday Night?
"After working a 40 hour week, just chilling out with a good movie and some popcorn."

Hey, I heard that! Now I am hungry.

After putting in a 40 hr work week and being tired after that, do you have goals that help keep you going? If so, what are they?



turquoise drops jasper drops red and blue drops

"Without goals I don’t think I would be able to survive! I am a self admitted bead addict so my next goal is to use up most of my inventory before I buy more. So many online bead shops make it too easy to feed my addiction!"



earthtone drops Vintage glass with pearls

OK Lynn, tell me, what is your favorite gemstone?

"At present it is Carnelian. It does change from time to time depending on what I may be making and how it turns out."


Carnelian Drops

When I asked Lynn what she might choose as the theme for our next Challenge (Our Summer Challenge) she lets very little information out, and plans to let us sit on the edge of our seats until later in the month of May, before her choice is made.…………

She says she wants to think about it, but I think she’s teasing us.

Update!!! Lynn has picked her theme for our Summer Challenge: It's going to be a "Sizzling Summer Challenge!" The theme to be: "Fire Hot"

So stay tuned in, and watch our blog for the “Theme” announcement regarding our next Challenge of Summer 2009!

Triple Strand Mix and Match

From her shop announcement, Lynn shows the world of Etsy her creative Id, her passion for gemstones and freshwater pearls.


Lynn isn’t the only creative Artist in her family, her daughter is a sculptor and also has an Etsy shop named: Eirewolf Creations.

Thank you Lynn for taking us on a journey through your world of Jewelry and beautiful handmade cards.

To see more of Lynn’s beautiful jewelry please stop by her Etsy shop at Lynn’s Beads n Things.

This posting is happily brought to you by "Wires 'n Pliers"