Hey dolls! I'm pleased to introduce to you the Lichen & Lychee etsy shop.
This shop carries eco friendly jewelry that is hand crafted by Shirlee Grund in Seattle, WA. P.S. I love all her jewelry, but HER RINGS REALLY ROCK! You really need to check her shop out! ;)
Q&A w/ Shirlee
1.) Please tell us a little about The Lichen And Lychee etsy shop.
Lichen & Lychee is modern botanical and embroidered jewelry hand crafted by Shirlee Grund in Seattle, WA. All my jewelry designs are original, limited production, and individually hand made by me with top quality materials and sustainable and recycled metals.
At the beginning of this year, I began my transition from the corporate world back into the arts with the goal of building a full time, successful jewelry career. In that short time, my etsy shop has started to gain momentum, my work has been accepted into several local boutiques, included in two upcoming books published by Lark and has received praise from the local press. I’ve enjoyed participating in numerous group shows, auctions and sales on both the east and west coasts.
2.) What inspires you to create your jewelry?
I find inspiration for my designs literally everywhere: plants, antique botanical prints, vintage textile design, architecture and contemporary graphic design. I love clean shapes, dirty textures, unexpected juxtapositions, non-traditional materials, and very traditional craftsmanship. I have a strong interest in sustainable design, craft culture and street fashion.
3.) What separates you from other jewelry shops on etsy?
Jewelry is a flooded market, so it is essential to offer a very unique look. My line is a balanced vision of organic and modern that I don’t think you’ll find anywhere else. The Ember and Frost collection is worked while the metal is molten, coaxing out organic texture with the torch flame, and I really haven’t seen that before. Each piece is one of a kind.
I make everything from scratch starting with silver sheet, wire or tubing – handmade in the purist sense of the word. I very rarely use any type of prefabricated component and the pieces are not cast.
4.) What's your fave piece in your shop?
I think my favorite is probably the Fidget Ring. I think it’s one of my better designed pieces, simple, unique and kinetic. I love having something to fiddle with.
5.) What type of girl do you envision wearing your jewelry?
The girl that likes my jewelry will be complex - sometimes sweet, sometimes tough. At times she’ll want a modern, light and elegant look but on other days she’ll feel dark, edgy and rough. In either mood, I wanted to design jewelry that could be worn with my favorite old pair of jeans and a comfy tee, yet would be the perfect compliment to a more dressed up look.
6.) What's the number 1 item on your Christmas wish list this year?
I’ve roped my mom into making me an owl sweater. I doubt I’ll see it by Christmas but hand knit means love so I’m happy to wait. See the sweater HERE.
Hammered Sterling Silver Branch Twig Earrings in Black Oxidized Silver
Ember and Frost Heart Necklace, Sterling Silver and White Topaz or Garnet
Deep Blue Dream Ring Stack of 5 with Iolite, Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst, Labradorite
Ribbon Bow Ring - Forget Me Knot in Silver
Heart Stacking Ring Set - We Hold One Heart- in Sterling Silver
Ember and Frost Lux Bell Flower and Pearl Stacking Ring Set
Summer Meadow Stacking Ring Set of 5 with Peridot, Rose Quartz, and Blue Lace Agate
Lush Forest Ring Stack of 5 with Malachite, Peridot, Green Aventurine, and Nephrite Jade
Ox Blood Sunset Ring Stack of 5 with Garnet, Red Jasper, and Mahogany Obsidian
*Shirlee will give one winner the choice between either one of these ah-mazing rings:***
Ribbon Bow Ring - Forget Me Knot in Silver
Ember and Frost - Pick Any 1 Sterling Stacking Ring with White Topaz, Red Garnet or a Fresh Water Pearl
***Interested in purchasing an item from the Lichen and Lychee shop? Shirlee is offering a 20% discount (plus free shipping)! Just use the coupon code "BELLE" at checkout!***
***This Giveaway is Open to US Readers Only!***
How to enter:
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1.) Become a public follower of Belle de Couture via Google or Blog Lovin' (please state how you are following in your comment).
2.) Visit the Lichen & Lychee etsy shop and tell us your fave item(s) in your comment.
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1.) Become a public follower of Belle de Couture via Blog Lovin' AND Google.
2.) Become a follower of BelledeCouture via facebook (Don't forget to state your FB name in your comment so I can find you!)
3.) Become a follower of Lichen & Lychee via facebook (Don't forget to state your FB name in your comment so Shirlee can find you!)
4.) Mention this giveaway on your blog and/or facebook page (Don't forget to leave a link to your post!).
5.) Add the Lichen & Lychee etsy shop to your favorites if you have an etsy account.
**MOST IMPORTANTLY: Don't forget to leave your E-MAIL address in your comment(s), so we can contact you if you win!!**
The Giveaway will be open until Saturday, December 11th at 7:00 PM eastern time.
The winner will be chosen at random by random.org
**Don't forget to leave your E-MAIL address in your comment(s), so we can contact you if you win!!**
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! :)