Wednesday, June 02, 2010

{ Treasures Found }

I am so happy to tell you all about this new little venture on my blog. This post begins a regular monthly giveaway around here,  featuring some favorite Etsy artists of mine...Ones you don't necessarily read about on all the "big" blogs. Not yet, at least.



   Etsy has become really big. Head-spinningly so. There are little shops tucked away here and there in (to use an Annabelle word)  the "humongous" vastness of Etsy . For whatever reason these shops  aren't immediately visible on the front page. And it's a shame but these wonderful little shops tend to only surface after a  little treasure hunt. The other day while browsing the nooks and crannies of Etsy , I happened upon  Chouettes a most delightful little gem of a jewelry shop. 


Lily's vintage inspired, candy colored pieces are both playful + exquisite...Her shop Chouettes is just brimming with bright and lovely earrings, cameo necklaces and rings...And she's graciously agreed to send the winner of this giveaway any one of the beautiful pieces in her shop.


Here is the fascinating interview she agreed to do for us:

We would love to know a little more about you:


 My name is Lily and I live in a port town in the city of Los Angeles. I have many interests, including anything vintage, French culture, English culture, Middle Eastern and Asian cultures, animals, knitting, jewelry making, film, art, and music.






How did you get into jewelry design?


  My interest in jewelry design was stimulated years ago as I was observing my friend's four year old daughter making a beautiful beaded necklace made with colorful African glass beads. When I was in college, I started making very colorful tribal necklaces made with antique Middle Eastern and African coins and beads for myself and for my friends. I have always loved vintage costume jewelry and started designing and making vintage jewelry last year.


Please, do tell us the meaning behind your shop name?

The word "Chouettes" (noun, feminine, plural) means "owls" in French. It also means, "brilliant", "great", "smashing", and "Nice" (adjective form used when describing a person). The selection of the word "Chouettes" for my Etsy shop reflects my love of owls and love of the French language. I wanted a simple, monosyllabic word for my shop that reflects my interests, and I thought "chouettes" would be the perfect. Just in case you are wondering, "Chouettes" is pronounced "shwet" (you do not pronounce the "s").




What inspires you?

  I am inspired my many things, including nature (rainbows, animals, plants, flowers), art, anything vintage (especially images of vintage circuses and carnivals), and other vintage jewelry artists.


What's your simplest pleasure?


  My simplest pleasure in spending time with animals. I love all animals and enjoy observing them, feeding them, and taking care of them. I have many pets and feed many stray animals.


Do you have a favorite Etsy shop/source of inspiration?

  My favorite Etsy shop and source of inspiration is called HeyYoYoHeyYoYo sells vintage popcorn bags, cute striped and polka dot cupcake liners, vintage striped paper straws, and many other super colorful vintage and vintage inspired items.
 



To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment with the name or a description of your favorite piece from Chouettes . 


Winner will be sent the one piece of her choice from Lily's beautiful shop. Isn't that so generous of her? Thank you Lily. Also, she mentioned that she is planning to add new items to her shop in the near future.

I'll leave you with my personal favorite:
 
( this super cute polka dot pair, but then as most of you know already, I have a crippling weakness for polka dots...in fact this happy little pair is already on it's way to my mail box and I am planning my " Farm Chicks outfit " around it... )

This giveaway ends a week from today, on Wednesday June 16. 
Winner will be announced first thing Thursday morning.

23 comments:

~beautyandjoy~ said...

Oh my!

The Vintage Aquamarine Rhinestone Earrings and Vintage Bobby Pin Set (- Red,Cream,Blue), the Vintage Pale Aqua Rhinestone Necklace, the Vintage Country French Necklace... not to mention the tea cups she uses for display! How would one ever choose?? They are all so cute! You are really sweet to share this link and do this give-away! It's all so precious to look at!

Leslie said...

is this where my little necklace came from a while ago....

the red and yellow one???

this shop is adorable adorable.
and when did you start working on giveaways you little sneak.

so so cute..... this stuff is delicious really...... and love the name of her little shop to boot...

snowberrylife said...

What a great idea! I've honestly gone through her entire shop about 5 times already...

Personally, I'm in love with the Vintage Round Rhinestone Earrings in Topaz!

Katie said...

oooh...LOVE! :) I really really really love the vintage lucite owl earrings! They are SO. Cute. (Oh and I love the polka dot ones too.)

CRJFamily said...

I'm a necklace lover...and I love the rings as well. My favorite necklace was the Art Nouveau Vintage Rhinestone Necklace-pale Aqua and my favorite ring was the Vintage Pink Speckled Glass Ring-Cherry Brand.

Cottage Mommy said...

Love this post, love this shop, love your little earrings that SCREAM Chelle! And you are so cute, planning your F.C. outfit around it. Still interested in coming over? How bout tonight? I'll give you a call later but let me know!

Cottage Mommy said...

Loving all the polka dot stuff myself too and the matryoshka necklaces...sure I didn't spell that right but I don't care!

SuzyQ said...

What a great idea, you lovely girl! I get so overwhelmed by the size of Etsy these days. But I still want to find and support the small artists... So thanks!

And my favorite was definitely the green speckled Cherry Brand Vintage cabochon ring. Very cool and summery!

Connie said...

Those "Vintage Rhinestone Earrings-Sapphire Pears" would match a dress I am wearing to a wedding this summer!

Deborah said...

I like the Vintage Candy Ring and the Vintage Kid earrings(the blond ones of course! They remind me of a dear little girl in my life!)

mama b said...

i love the vintage country french necklace! all of her goodies are just adorable. :)

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Anonymous said...

I love, love the vintage kid earings of the little boy with red hair. They remind me of my little guy.

Donna

Donna said...
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Donna said...

I love, love the vintage kid earings with the little boy with red hair. They remind me of my little guy.
Donna

Nikki said...

Everything in this shop is Too. Cute. I can't possibly pick just one item. I will definitely be visiting Chouettes when I feel the need for an earring pick-me-up (it's been ages since I've bought any!). Soooooo glad that you're sharing the treasures you're finding on Etsy with us!!

swell.life said...

Yay for freebies and etsy owners. :)

I am loving the vintage mint green drop earrings.

It was so so sweet to see you this weekend. Thanks so much for rescuing my phone. Don't know how I would have made it home without it! I am in Farm Chicks/Spokane withdrawal today...Miss you.

Andrea said...

so so pretty - what a fabulous find!

Andrea said...

oops - wanted to add the piece which caught my fancy were the French Country Earrings - Vintage Bouquet - totally falling for this colour scheme!

Becca said...

what a sweet shop! I love 3 of them: the lucite owl earrings, the rainbow sherbet ones, and the creme de menthe.

I had so much fun chatting at the show. I am kinda sad it is over. I know I could have been there days shopping at the other booths! I am definitely doing it next year, and you should too! If I can I think I'll expand my space, but I don't think I want to do it alone.
I loved seeing your new house, it's the house of my dreams! It really is magical! Yes lets get together soon. You have to come to my house and shop at Northwest Christian thrift store!

AndiMae said...

I almost forgot all about your sweet little giveaway! So so so hard to pick a favorite! Pretty much impossible! But I really love the "Vintage Round Rhinestone Earrings-Cherry Red". Well, actually the vintage rhinestone earrings in any color...

Love you!
xo

Fairlightday said...

Love all of this, but the "berry Lucite" earrings would be super cute for summer. And of course Olivia and I both adore the "matroska" necklace.
Such a sweet giveaway Chelle! Her stuff is so darling.

Megan said...

You loving the polka dot earrings comes as little surprise! They as well were the ones I loved most! I hope you're doing well. Miss you and the littles big... XoXo.