Friday, August 15, 2008

Friday Features No. 22 -- Featuring Jennifer Rydin Designs

Good morning! I'm actually getting a Friday Feature posted on a Friday! Yay! I'm in the middle of doing all sorts of publicity graphics for my church's women's retreat coming up in October, so it has been a busy week for me. But I'm still getting this out on Friday, so we're good!

Today, we are featuring someone who I've had marked as a favorite on Etsy for a LONG time now! I love her jewelry!!! And she is actually giving away my favorite pair of earrings for her giveaway this segment!!! Today we are featuring Jennifer of Jennifer Rydin Designs.


Let's find out a little more about Jennifer, and her business.

TDB: When did you first start creating jewelry, and why?
Jennifer: I started creating jewelry full-time about 2 years ago. I found myself in awe of another jewelry designer who inspired me, so I decided to go for it and start creating jewelry of my own. I've been creating art for as long as I can remember... It actually feeds my soul. I love using my hands and my imagination to create something visually appealing that will help someone express their personality and individuality.


TDB: What is your inspiration for such gorgeous pieces of jewelry?
Jennifer: I love history, music and poetry - many of my designs are inspired by these muses in my life. I adore Jane Austen and Shakespeare... I'm inspired by art and all things vintage. Even my brand new designs may have a vintage feel - I tend to have a love for Victorian turn of the century style as well as 40's and 50's retro.


TDB: I see that some of your pieces are now being sold at the Globe Theater in London! How cool is that!!! How did that come about for you?
Jennifer: I was contacted by London based artist, Elizabeth Schuch. She creates incredible works of art depicting Shakespeare's greatest works. She wanted to collaborate with me and I was incredibly honored. It's been a blessing working with her. Her artwork is sold there and now they are giving my necklaces a go as well.


TDB: What is the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
Jennifer: That's a tough one. I've been given lots of great advice over the years. I will never forget a quote I heard from one of my favorite movies - I've never forgotten it and it stays with me...
"I think that we can't go around... measuring our goodness by what we don't do or by what we deny ourselves, what we resist, and who we exclude. I think... we've got to measure goodness by what we embrace, what we create... and who we include."
Quote from the movie "Chocolat"...


TDB: What is your favorite thing to create?
Jennifer: Of course I love creating my jewelry! I must admit, my favorite thing to create is memories with my family... especially spending time with my little boy who is 7 years old. Boys are amazing ~ I never thought I would know so much about Spiderman and Star Wars! :)


TDB: What do you do in your "spare time"?
Jennifer: I love listening to music ~ mostly jazz and I love listening to "A Prairie Home Companion" on NPR. I was raised in the Midwest, so it reminds me of my childhood home. :) I also love hanging out with my family ~ playing games together or going on nature hikes. We have to take advantage of all the beauty here in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado!

Thanks for sharing Jennifer. I know what you mean about creating memories with family. I have two boys now, and even though we still really want a girl, I'm really enjoying being a mom of boys! My husband is such a great role model and loves being "Dad"!



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So here's the fun part: the giveaway! Jennifer is giving away a pair of her "Jenny" earrings.

"Ah, so divine, little lightweight flowers accented with silver and faceted chocolate brown glass beads. These cheerful flowers will be a great addition to all of your outfits. They measure 10mm long and the petal span is 15mm at the widest part. Genuine handmade sterling silver ear wires complete this delightful look."


How to enter:
*Please go look in on Jennifer's shop on Etsy.com, and come back here and comment on which piece of jewelry is your favorite.
*Please be sure to have a valid email address available to me, whether in your blogging profile, or in your comment. If you're "anonymous", and you don't leave an email, I will delete your comment before I choose the winner.
*Earn 1 extra entry by blogging about this giveaway on your blog. Please leave an additional comment if you blog about it. Be sure to leave the URL to your blog post.
*This giveaway is open worldwide.
*DEADLINE: Thursday, August 21st at Midnight PST.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Angie

117 comments:

Terri Fisher said...

Thanks for introducing me to such beautiful jewelry! It is all so unique, so it was hard to choose a favorite, but I really like the Romeo and Juliet pendants--but I couldn't decide whether the red or the blue was my ultimate favorite! What beautiful work!

tfisher83 AT myexcel DOT com

Maja said...

I like PARIS earrings. All of them are gorgeous and creative in their own way.

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fidofido said...

The Elizabeth necklace is gorge!

Anonymous said...

I like the Vitreal earrings!
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Anonymous said...

I love the "Jenny" earrings
twincere@hotmail.com

Cataroo said...

Wow! There are such exquisite items on here, it's so hard to choose. But, my favorite item from Jennifer Rydin Designs is the Katarina earrings!

Thank you so much for a GREAT giveaway!

Cherie J said...

I love the Fleur De Lis earrings.

cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sonya said...

I absolutely love the Dauphine ring. I think it is gorgeous.

gkstratos said...

I am in love with the Parisienne necklace. What a show stopper!
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CrazyDaizy said...

I like the CELINE earrings very pretty.

Rebekah said...

It's so hard for me to choose favorites!

Jolie earrings
Janvier earrings
Sabrina earrings
Cymbeline pendant
Elizabeth pendant
Mimi earings

Sonya said...

I blogged your giveaway at:
http://sonyasparks.blogspot.com

Thanks for the extra entry

Dumaurier said...

I love the beauty ring!

monky said...

The Vitrail earrings are beautiful!!

Thank you

strawberry3d said...

THE LAVANDE NECKLACE IS MY FAVORITE.

peg42 said...

What beautiful designs! I love the S A B R I N A earrings. So pretty. Thank you so much for this giveaway. I also love these earrings in this giveaway. Really unique and adorable. Thanks.

kygirl said...

B I S O U de L'A N G E is my pick.

Annie said...

The P A R I S I E N N E Necklace is absolutely gorgeous and so ME! Love it!


Thanks


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Rebecca said...

I like the Paris Earrings, although there is a ton of great stuff there!

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EDRing said...

I love earrings & she has such great ones. I fell in love with the V E R O N I Q U E - Limited Edition earrings.

Ellen
eering99@hotmail.com

Rebecca said...

http://mommyhoodisthankless.blogspot.com/2008/08/jewelry-giveaway-at-downtown-boutique.html

I blogged about this giveaway!

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Jenn S. said...

It is all so beautiful. I really like the P R I N T E M P S earrings. So gorgeous.

elaine said...

I love the Juliet Necklace-its so beautiful!
Elaine R
emrosser@shaw.ca

Kitty said...

I love the C H A N T E U S E earrings!

The Downs Gang said...

Okay now I found a favorite !!! I love her Jenny Earrings must go spend money now!!

Damla said...

They're so elegant! I like Parisienne necklace. Thanks.

damlakayi (at) yahoo.com

MageMorgana said...

I like the Juliet Necklace ;)

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trishden said...

The Georgia necklace has appealed to me it is so different and would certainly bring many compliments.

toughturtles said...

V I T R A I L

M.A. said...

I like the Kerin Earrings.

Kelly said...

My favorite is the Juliet necklace. It's really unique and eye-catching! :)

etrnlone said...

i like the D A U P H I N E cameo ring in black and cream. beautiful

kristilb19 said...

Juliet is my favorite!!! Gorgeous!

kristilb19@yahoo.com

Hope I win!
Love the blog

joannaonthelake said...

I truly enjoyed reading your interview with Jennifer. Her designs are exquisite and I can see why she has been a favorite of yours on Etsy. My favorite item of Jennifer's are the TRONDHEIM Earrings. They are so unique, and classically elegant, and I love the color combination of Red and Light Blue! I think there are at least a dozen other items I could list as being my favorites because it was so hard to decide, but these earrings really stood out to me so they are my numero uno!
joannaonthelake[at]gmail.com

Dixie said...

The Veronique earrings are so romantic and lovely.

Lady Bracknell said...

A tricky call, but my absolute favourites are the lavender PLUIES de PRINTEMPS earrings because of the luscious colour.

krystal said...

I really like the style of her jewelry. My favorite piece of jewelry is the juliet necklace.

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llinda29 said...

the Fleur De Lis earrings are my choice

kara said...

Such beautiful pieces. I love the Vitrail earrings, the Juliet necklace, and the Sabrina earrings (and all the rest!). Hard to narrow it down. www.kccpets.com click contact

hazel said...

My favorite is the MARIE ANTIONETTE earrings!
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Sarah Z said...

I love April in Paris and Sabrina earrings!

Thanks!
Sarah -
believedreamcourage (at) gmail.com

Pammyb said...

Her jewerly is absolutely beautiful - my favorite is LOVE IN BLUE !!!
Pammyb
pbrigance62@comcast.net

sabb266 said...

Thanks for the giveaway and the introduction to this beautiful jewlery! I love the V I T R A I L earings the most.

David Johnson said...

Wow, it is all beautiful, I like Evening in Paris. Thanks titanicluck at gmail dot com

shellydelight.etsy.com said...

I like the Portia necklace.
Thank you for the opportunity.

Also, would you be interested in swapping business cards with me? I just bought some and I would like to trade with other etsy sellers.
Email me or convo me if interested!

-Shelly
Shellydelight@gmail.com
http://shellydelight.etsy.com

Danielle said...

The evening in Paris earrings are gorgeous! Wow!
Danielle
ddevizia@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

The PARISIENNE Necklace is my favorite, but everything is really lovely!

delilahhhhh@msn.com

dolls123 said...

I like the C R I S T A U X necklace

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Dolores Q. said...

I really like the L O V E in B L U E earrings. But I'm very fond of the Aurora Necklace and earrings also. It was hard to choose.

Kari said...

the Elizabeth necklace!

Lorry Hill said...

I like the Juliet Necklace

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tatertot374 said...

Thank you for having this! I love the PLUIES de PRINTEMPS. Very simple and elegant. There are many beautiful pieces. Thank you!

judybrittle said...

What beautiful jewelry! I really fell in love with the F L E U R de L I S earrings.Thank you so much!

bison61 said...

the BLEU NUIT ring is so pretty

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NesieBird said...

I like the Veronique limited edition best. Thanks!

miriama said...

A M O R E U X are one of the prettiest pair I have ever seen.

Tina said...

I love the vitrail earrings. tinawittmer(at)yahoo(dot)com

vmkids said...

BLEU NUIT ring

kdkdkd said...

I totally love the Shakespeare Pendants, especially the MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and the MERCHANT of VENICE

blueviolet said...

The Juliet necklace is insanely beautiful. It's so romantic I can hardly stand it!
doot65{at}comcast[dot]net
Elizabeth

cstironkat said...

The Imaginare and Bleu earrings are my favoite. These are both so beautiful, I'm not sure which one I like best. Thank you.

Smooshy said...

i like the beauty ring

jennem said...

The Sierra ring.
jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

Kasey said...

There were several pieces that I liked, but I really liked the
Sucre a la Rose earrings. They are very elegant looking.
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Deb said...

Really lovely things. My favorite piece is her Principessa earrings. Love the color and the shape

windycindy said...

What lovely pieces of artwork she creates! I adore the "Elizabeth Necklace!" It is so feminine and dainty looking. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks.....Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Anonymous said...

Pretty earrings! My favorite piece is the bleu nuit ring.
-Terra
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

DOODLEGIRL said...

PLUIES de PRINTEMPS EARRINGS

2twins said...

I love, love the Chanteuse earrings! What a beautiful collection!

bfox74 said...

I like the Juliet necklace, but the whole collection is very pretty.

Jackie B. said...

What a beatiful jewely collection. My fave item is the A U R O R A - Necklace. It is so gorgeous!

Tiffanie W. said...

I love the Veronique designed flower earrings. Everything is so pretty and vintage!

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sherri419 said...

Lots and Lots of beautiful stuff, but the Sierra ring really caught my eye!!!

sherri419 at gmail dot com

Jean said...

Love the Viola piece! Thanks!!

Cindy said...

The Marianne earrings. I just love them.

Megan B. said...

My favorite piece of jewelry is the Parisienne, in fact I love it so much I showed it to my husband and asked him to buy it for me for my birthday! Its absolutely extraordinary, thank you for introducing me to such beautiful designs!

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Belinda said...

I love the Shakespeare Collection pendants, especially Much Ado About Nothing - the detail is just superb!

Erma said...

I like the Vitreal earrings!
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TXsunlover said...

I love the Pineapple Ice earrings! Thanks for the chance to win your great giveaway!

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krboothe said...

I love the "April in Paris" earrings, what beautiful colors!

Katherine
krboothe@bellsouth.net

pancak said...

The Parisienne Necklace is just lovely and would make a stunning statement!

LadyJemima said...

Jennifer's work is truly unique. I love the dramatic flair she puts into all her pieces. I enjoyed looking around her shoppe and have bookmarked it to my Etsy folder!

My favorite piece has to be "The Winters Tale" pendant. I love the colors and linework. Gorgeous!

lilacflowers180 AT yahoo DOT com

Helen said...

I adore the Paris earrings! They're fabulous!

Anonymous said...

I just absolutely love the "MERCHANT of VENICE" it is very beautiful and unique!

email: shygirl_in_cali@hotmail.com

Bonnie in FL said...

I love the C H A N T E U S E earrings and the L O V E in B L U E earrings

Millie said...

OH my goodness what beautiful pieces!! I bookmarked the stores site! Thanks for the chance to win! My favorite is AURORA earrings!
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L. Benson said...

I love 'MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING' a wonderful piece!
Thanks for a fun giveaway!
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dawnlizabeth said...

Wow these are fantastic!It was a difficult choice but the "olivia" earrings were my favorite. I love this "happy-gothic' style.Thanks for the chance




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carissaad said...

The A U R O R A - Earrings are beautiful.

Thanks!

carissaad at aol dot com

girlof80s said...

This is such a great giveaway. I love the VITRAIL, the ELIZABETH, and the PLUIES de PRINTEMPS. They are all so gorgeous and totally my style. I really hope I win this great giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity.
girlof80s@aol.com

MoonMaiden said...

My favorite is the A U R O R A - Earrings :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

ols[dot]moonmaiden[at]gmail[dot]com

AudreyO said...

I really like the F I O R E earrings. Thanks!

Jinxy and Me said...

I love the Paris Earrings. So pretty!

Betty C said...

So many pretty things it's hard to choose just one but I think I have to choose the "Sarah" earrings. I love the gorgeous chocolate color.

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Felica said...

The Sierra Ring for sure, thank you Icetwofire[at]aol[dot]com

Gianna said...

I love the Aurora Necklace :)

Anonymous said...

This jewelry is outstanding. So hard to choose but I love the LA TOUR EIFFEL.
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arvard said...

The Juliet Necklace is beautiful.

Samantha P said...

the Vitrail earrings are the prettiest, they're so elegant!

KLM39 said...

I LOVE the Much Ado About Nothing pendant!

Sylvia P said...

they are all really gorgous desings, but i think i love the Georgia necklace the most, very unique!

jryamada said...

TRONDHEIM earrings are my favorite. They are all so beautiful though.

Tamara said...

My favorite earrings are the Marianne ones. They are so delicate and beautiful looking.

Molly C. said...

The Viola necklace is absolutely gorgeous!

Deb said...

Jennifer, I think you and I are TWINS!! I love your choices, they really speak to me. Impossible to choose only ONE item, but I guess I'd have to go with the Juliet necklace. It's elegant, mysterious, romantic, exotic, all at once. Great pieces!!

Jaime C. said...

I really like the claire de lune earrings!

justicecw said...

I love the Jenny earrings. thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

orchidfae said...

Fleur De Lis earrings

Heather said...

I just love the DANCING SNOWFLAKE earrings. There are others, of course. I'm dreamy!

LBSGONE said...

The Dauphine ring is gorgeous.
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purango said...

The Viola pendant is my favorite. garrettsambo@aol.com

ELSIE said...

A favorite piece? - I love the entire Shakespeare collection - but to pick one item I would have to say LA TOUR EIFFEL necklace. It would be wonderful to have a piece of Paris! Thanks for this chance.

elsmangeri@snet.net

Swtlilchick said...

I love the Trondheim earrings.
They look rustic.I love all of her
jewelry,so beautiful and wide
range of styles and colors.There
is something for every occasion.
Please enter me and thanks for a great contest

CharlieGurl57@aol.com

Bakersdozen said...

I like so many of these, I am just going to say that Vitrail is my favorite. This site has many pretty items. vidomich(at)yahh(dot)com

donna444444 said...

I like the PRINCIPESSA earrings.

Anonymous said...

I like the Veronique earrings. Thanks for the contest.
Kathy
kathleenyohanna@hotmail.com

lilyk said...

I love the Marianne necklace!