Sunday, November 27, 2011

Heart Of Stone Giveaway ends 12/5!

Hope everyone had an awesome Thanksgiving! - lots of eating, family and lots of shopping!

Speaking of shopping, what a great time to talk about my next guest!

It's my pleasure to introduce you to Rachel from Heart of Stone!  She makes an array of beautiful natural stone and gemstone jewelry!

Rachel, please tell us about yourself and your beautiful creations!

I've been a professional seamstress (among many other things) in the costume industry for 21 years, making garments and props for theater, movies, TV, ice shows and even parades.  I was once on a reality TV design competition show, too!  I wasn't a contestant, but 1 of 3 professional seamstresses there to assist the competitors.  It was dang fun, too!  I still make costumes, but the jewelry has taken a front seat in my life, so all my energies go to the jewelry now.
When i first started making jewelry it was just as gifts for loved ones and me, then I started selling at fairs and shows.  I have a lifelong love affair with rocks because my mom was always a rock gatherer and that quirk (or quality, depending on your point of view!) has been passed down to me and my sister both.  You can find the three of us together in a dry creek bed with our butts in the air and faces to the ground, looking for any rocks, stones and minerals that catch our eyes.  So you can imagine the collection we all have in our homes and gardens!  Friends go on vacation, and what do they bring me?  A handful of rocks from where they went!  I really love that!  So my natural choice of medium to work with is gemstone!  Showcasing the beauty of the stone is my passion and muse.  I don't know the metaphysical properties of the stones, because they all make me happy!

This has been the most creatively fulfilling and satisfying time in my life, and i can't wait to see what happens next.  I have a dream of opening a shop where it's half garment manufacturing (I have a men's line of shirts in the works) and the other half id dedicated to all things costumes.  I have a small room all to myself for Hearts of Stone!
This coming January I will be participating in a gift lounge at the Golden Globes as a member of The Artisan Group, which is a juried group of artist.  The Group promotes the artist's work through gift lounges at red carpet events.  There will be a table with displays and swag bags to give away.  I'm going to be gifting 100 pairs of earrings to the celebs, so I'm very excited!

My favorite pieces in my shop?  Too hard!  I love it all!  Seriously, if I love a piece so much that I don't want to sell it, it sells!  I love some more than others, but I can't make a living by not selling anything!  Right now at this very moment, my favorite is the Lucky buddha black corral fossil.  

Thanks Rachel!  I love all your items!  Now that YOU have to have one of Rachel's items, go check out her etsy store!

Find Hearts of Stone here:

You can get 15% off your entire purchase!
coupon code HOSJ15
at checkout in etsy!

Win these gorgeous ocean jasper and moss opalite earrings in Gold Filled!
They are 2 3/8" in length and have glass and Swarovski crystal accents

Two ways to win!
1.  You can head over to Rachel's place and clean her house - she says she will give you a jewelry set!  =)  ha ha ha
 2.  You can win by entering the rafflecopter form below:

Open world wide!

Mandatory 1st entry:
Check out Hearts of Stone and come back and fill out the rafflecopter form below
You must be a follower of my blog to win!

extra optional entries (1 entry each unless otherwise indicated):
Like Hearts of Stone on facebook
follow Hearts of Stone on twitter'
Heart an item in Hearts of Stone's etsy store
Favorite Hearts of Stone's etsy store
Purchase an item from Hearts of Stone using coupon code above (10 entries!)
Heart an item from Jewelry By J
Follow this blog via email
post a blog comment

ends 12/5


Bee W Bedard said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win - fingers crossed

bloomerbear said...

Thanks for the chance and my GFC ID is bloomerbear (Hope that doesn't change my chance)

pattifritz2000 at yahoo dot com

Carmen said...

Thanks the the giveaway, I love jewelry. :)

MoonRae said...

This is a lovely giveaway!!thanks for the opportunity to win these great earrings


jhitomi said...

Thanks for the chance. I forgot to put in my entry by gfc name is jhb.
jhbalvin at gmail dot com

Cindy B said...

Done! Glad I found this!

Stephanie said...

I like Whole Of My Heart.
I follow by GFC, Stephanie Olmsted.
shuttermom77 at gmail dot com

Stephanie said...

Thanks for the giveaway.
My etsy name is saolmsted... it entered one before I was done

heartnsoulcooking said...

OH WOW!!! I really LIKE the Dark Beauty-Amethyst heart necklace with garnet and blackened brass! The combination is AWESOME!!!
GFC - Geraldine Sandoval
heartnsoulcooking at gmail dot com

heartnsoulcooking said...

heartnsoulcooking at gmail dot com

Maegan Morin said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Those earrings are gorgeous!

megnate at telus dot net

Diane Melendez said...

I love how unique handmade pieces of jewelry are. Thanks for sharing the work to two fine artists.

sandyb said...

Love your jewelry - Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!

Annie said...

Love her simple clear quartz heart necklace!

Rachel said...

So who's our winner?! So excited to see!