50% Off Sale on Jewelry in my Online Store

I am closing my online jewelry store and having a BIG SALE!!
Everything is 50% OFF
Use Code THANKS at checkout!

This special sale will last until I close the store on Friday, February 16th (at midnight.)

Here is a link to my online store: http://janellmithanijewelry.storenvy.com/

I have been too busy creating paintings and teaching workshops to keep up with an online store. So, I will be closing it this Friday.

Here are a few pictures of available pieces.

If you have questions, feel fee to contact me.

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell

New Jewelry With a Bit of Whimsy

It’s time for some FUN and WHIMSY!  I’ve been enjoying making these whimsical pieces of jewelry.  I believe my fairy friends in the garden have been directing my thoughts lately.  🙂

I also thought my sweet fairy friends would like a bicycle their size… I could swear I left this necklace on my beading table when I left the studio last night, and here it is this morning, over on my desk… Hmmm….


Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell



New Jewelry Pieces for Open Studios Tour

I’ve been a busy bee getting ready for our upcoming studio tour.  Here are a few pictures of the jewelry pieces I have created for the show.  I have combined some of my vintage treasures with my favorite crystal, rhinestone and pearl beads.  If you aren’t local and are interested in a piece, you can see more pictures and purchase from my online store here.

A sweet doll necklace



A dancing ballerina


Pearls and vintage gold…

Vintage assemblage necklace by Janell Mithani

Ocean themed with an Octopus


Vintage pearls and copper


And this is the latest one… I am still working on it.  The pendant is from one of my paintings. poppies for Jaz necklace in process by Janell Mithani


Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell

Inspired by Vintage Jewelry

I absolutely love vintage jewelry. I’ve been collecting it, especially rhinestone jewelry, since I was a teenager.  So, I guess it is natural that pieces from vintage jewelry would make their way into the jewelry I create.  I love to use components from broken, mismatched, and disassembled  vintage jewelry as well as vintage beads.  I even collect clips and buckles from old shoes and belts.vintage assemblace rhinestone earrings by Janell Mithani

Of course, I would never take apart a special or valuable piece of jewelry.  Those, I just save to wear on special occasions… like when I go to the grocery store.  🙂

vintage assemblage rhinestone necklace by Janell Mithani

I really love the  slightly worn look to pieces that have aged.  It makes me think that someone must have really loved the piece and wore it all the time.  Or that a special person, who loved them very much, gave it to them.  I know,  I am a hopeless romantic!

Vintage assemblage gold and pearl necklace by Janell Mithani

I also love mixing components that I create (like the little rose bud above) with vintage beads.  Clear crystals and pearls are one of my favorite combinations.


I used a vintage shoe buckle as the focal piece for this necklace. I have been eyeing some of my girlfriends shoes…


I was missing my favorite color green, so I added some colors into this necklace.


Doesn’t my daughters vintage perfume bottle show off this sweet bracelet?  I borrowed a few from her collection to use as “props” on my latest photo shoot.


Oh, but don’t worry —  I haven’t forgotten about my fairies!   I am in the process of re-learning to solder (I haven’t soldered since college and that was a very long time ago!) and I have this fabulous idea to mix tiny images of my fairy paintings with my assemblage jewelry.  I am so excited about it!  Actually, I have thought about doing this for a while now, “marrying” the two things I love to create.  I just had to think about it and figure out the process.  I will share pictures of these new creations soon.

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell

A Jewelry Gift Honoring Our Grandmother

My grandmother had a collection of thimbles that she gave me a few years before she passed away.   They have been in a drawer in my jewelry box for about 10 years.


I was looking through them a few months ago and found one that had a hole in the top of it.   thimblecharmneck2B

I think my grandmother must have used this one so much that her needle went completely through the top of it.  I had seen a few thimble necklaces on Pinterest, so I thought it would be fun to make a necklace for my sis for Christmas.  I began with this thimble and then added other things that were special and sentimental to our family.

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I also have a wonderful vintage button collection, so I added some of them to the necklace and made a separate shorter necklace that could be worn with the thimble necklace.  I used one of my mother of pearl buttons.  (Beautiful button, but did not photograph very well…)


I made another button necklace for my niece out of some fresh water pearls and a mother of pearl button from my stash.    MotherofPearlButton2B

For Christmas, My Aunt sent me one of my other grandmother’s thimbles, so I am going to make a thimble necklace for myself.   I just loved the one I made for my sis.  Now I am totally hooked on button and thimble jewelry!

Have a wonderful, creative day, Janell


Working on Jewelry This Week

In between painting and sketching, I have created quite a few pieces of  jewelry this summer.  I have been inspired by my garden and warm and cozy colors.  (I think I am ready for Fall!)   I love the intricate, detailed process of creating wearable pieces.  So this week, I finally got started photographing and posting them to my online store.

Gold and turquoise crocheted earrings with rose dangle by Janell Mithani

I have been finding inspiration in my garden.   I was visiting my mom a few months ago and was peeking through her stash of beads and found a gold metal bead that happened to have slots in it.  I picked up my pliers and peeled back the ends and thought of a rose bud and loved it.  I brought a few beads home with me to create into rosebuds to add to my designs.  I used one of them as a finishing touch on this three strand bracelet, too.


I have really been enjoying working with antique copper wire.

Crochet cluster earrings

I love the warmth it brings to my pieces. And I am loving agate and turquoise lately, too.


I have been thinking of also opening a store on Etsy.  I opened my site on Storenvy as I had a few friends that had their stores there.   When I tell people where my store is online, most of them have never heard of StorEnvy.com and I find myself explaining it is kind of like Etsy and then they say, “oh, yeah.”

I’d love to hear your opinion about Etsy vs. Storenvy!  Thanks so much.  🙂

Have a wonderful, creative day, Janell

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I wish everyone a fun, safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I was adding new pieces of jewelry to my web store this weekend and got in the “green” spirit.

Green, pink and copper crocheted bracelet by Janell Mithani

I just love this bracelet.  And yes, green is my favorite color. 🙂 I crocheted three strands of wire and glass beads and wire wrapped a custom clasp.

Green heart drop earrings with crocheted wire chain

These are fun dangle earrings for someone who loves green.  I made a similar pair for myself and I wear them a lot… since 1/2 my wardrobe is green. OK, more like 3/4 of my wardrobe. 🙂

Do you love the color green as much as I do?   If not, what is your favorite color?

Have a wonderful, creative and GREEN day, Janell

Tips For Photographing Jewelry and Sneak Preview of My New Store

I have been busy photographing my jewelry creations for an upcoming show and, in preparation for my new online jewelry store.

Here is a sneak preview.  It is officially open, but I have a lot more jewelry to add.  The web address is www.janellmithanijewelry.storenvy.com.

Feel free to stop by and check it out.  I am planning an official Grand Opening and Giveaway in a few weeks.


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I had fun finding props and taking all kinds of pictures.  I worked with natural open shade light out on my back patio.  (Here in Southern California it is a nice sunny day!)  I like open shade light the best as it is flat enough to not cast shadows (like direct sunlight), but bright enough to show off the jewelry.  I only cropped the photo’s and did no re-touching as I want the pictures to convey how the jewelry really appears.

I also found out that you want to take more pictures than you think you need.  When working really close, you will have some shots that are out of focus.  The ol’ “hold your breath and squeeze the shutter” approach worked well, too.

After years as a portrait photographer, it has been fun to photograph my art and jewelry.  And, no matter how funny I was,  I couldn’t coax a smile out of that jewelry!  🙂

Have you heard of StorEnvy.com?  Do you have a store on their website?  If so, let me know.

Have a wonderful creative day, Janell