Monday, September 27, 2010

Harvest Gold Jewelry- NOW on Art Fire!

We are so excited to join the ART FIRE community! We are gradually setting up our "studio" and will be listing more items through out the week.  In the mean time, check us out HERE. And as always- feel free to share the link!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Moose Clock- in this cool Etsy Treasury!

Our Moose clock is featured in this fun autumnal etsy treasury!
View the whole collection HERE.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

NEW Hand Painted Clocks, by Pascale Judet

We recently added a new collection of hand painted clocks, by Pascale Judet to the CLOCK SECTION of our etsy shop! They make a lovely wedding or anniversary present, or a "just because" gift! Check out our Gallery shop for even more fun fall gift ideas.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

New in Our Gallery for Fall

We have some New colorful items in our 2nd Etsy shop: GallerybyHarvestgold.

Above: Collect all 4 cow bowls! Each are hand thrown in Portland, Maine and they cost $38 each. A funky modern country alternative to brighten up any kitchen decor!

We also have this fun set of 3 Peace sign bowls, $38 each.

And an extensive collection of small 4" vases in a variety of colors and patterns, for $27 each, making them the perfect gift!

And if you need something Spooky- we are selling two glass spider sculptures! $495 each.

We have many other autumn inspired pieces in our shop! Gifts that are sure to please for a birthday, teacher appreciation, housewarming, or wedding present!  Click here to begin shopping!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Bill's Pesto, a quick and Tasty Recipe!

It's that time of year when the vegetable garden has seen better days, and the final harvesting of herbs and such must take place before the garden rests for the winter. For Bill, this translates into- PESTO making time! Pesto is a tasty sauce that can be made in a big batch and stored in the fridge or even freezer to add to your dishes at your convenience.  Bill has a quick and tasty recipe that fits any Pesto craving!

The recipe is as follows:  Pick your fresh basil, and using a food processor, add  2 cups of basil leaves, 1/3 cup of pine nuts,  8 cloves of peeled fresh garlic, 3/4 cup of shredded parmesan cheese. Blend this all together into a nice green and aromatic paste! Then add 1 cup of olive oil and blend the oil into the paste.  Store the Pesto in a jar and keep refrigerated and use within 30 days. OR store your pesto into ice cube trays in the freezer. Once they are frozen, pop them out into a ziploc bag and Voila- Pesto all winter long! So yummy!

(Check out Bill's large can of Olive Oil- a sign of a true cook!)

And we wanted to share this lovely sunset picture taken from our backyard this week.
We love this time of year! Happy cooking!

Featured in Fall themed Treasuries!

It's been a busy week on Etsy, with new and exciting treasuries we are featured in!
Here are the latest! Click on the links to view them larger and feel free to comment on the treasury.

Above: Fall wedding treasury Featuring our Tree of Life ring!

A lovely Ring Treasury, featuring our tourmaline and Diamond ring.

Another Fall themed treasury: Featuring our Tree of Life Ring.

And a Festive Oragne Treasury: featuring our orange glass bowl!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Jewelry and Artisan goods- feature in etsy treasuries!

Being featured in an Etsy treasury- is always such fun!
For those of you that don't know- Etsy- the e-commerce site where we have two shops, has this great feature called "treasury" that allows members to curate their own gallery of favorite pieces that are for sale on Etsy!  It's a great way to network, to shop, and to search through the mass amounts of fun things folks are selling.  Also- Etsy chooses treasuries to feature on their front page through out the day. Making it to the front page is every Estian's goal- it provides great exposure and often results in some sales! Here are 3 new treasuries we are in!

Above: Our Gold Tree of life earrings are featured in this fall treasury!

Our Red Glass bowl is featured in this Ring, ring fall is calling- treasury.

And our Clock is in this couple's treasury!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A Custom Engagement Ring- made from heirloom jewelry

We LOVE making custom jewelry, it gives us an opportunity to work closely with our customers to help translate their love and their story into an heirloom they will cherish!

Here is the story of Bethany and Wade's engagement ring (pictured above). Bethany and Wade are engaged and they came to us with the hope of repurposing a few pieces of family jewelry into one ring.  Bethany is a big fan of etsy and sells her own work on the site. Thus it was only natural for her to search for a ring on Etsy. And through her search Bethany found us!

Bethany wanted a non-traditional ring that would be both comfortable to wear on a daily basis and yet would be classic, lasting a life time.   Bethany also wanted one ring with the look of two bands. In addition, she wanted different textures, various widths, and a combination of different golds- all wrapped into one beautiful ring.  To start, Bethany had her father's yellow gold wedding band which was very sentimental, especially because of its engraving. In addition, Bethany also had a sapphire from her mother that both her mother and grandmother had worn in its original setting, a high traditional tiffany mounting. As with most family jewelry, over the years the stone had received a few "love taps" and therefore the stone's chips needed to be concealed. 

Keeping all these factors in mind, we began brainstorming. We worked all these ideas and materials into one ring with 2 textures, two colors of gold, two widths, engraved with the parents sentiment and a bezel setting for the sapphire to hide the "love" taps!  Bethany now has a ring that incorporates something from her father, her mother and grandmother- what a great foundation to have as one begins their own marriage, to be so blessed. Now Bethany can wear this custom ring for a life time and pass it on to the next generation. 

Bethany sent us these fantastic photos! Here is Bethany modeling her ring.

Above: the preservation of the engraving from her Father's wedding band.

Bethany was a treat to work with and we are so thrilled she is so happy with her ring!

Bethany left us fabulous feedback on our Etsy Shop:

I can't express how much I enjoyed working with Lynda to design our engagement ring. I originally found her through etsy, because I was looking for a jewelry designer who would recycle my parents old wedding/engagement rings. Not only did she spend endless time helping us design the ring, she gave us ideas we wouldn't have thought of--such as saving the inscription on my Dad's ring. The ring came out just as I imagined. And it fits perfectly!! I highly recommend contacting Lynda if you have an interesting idea or you want to recycle/reuse an older piece of jewelry. We were able to create our entire ring from these family pieces. Though my Dad won't be able to attend my wedding--I now have something that will represent him. Thanks again Lynda--for giving these materials a new life.


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