New Valentine’s Jewelry

I have been working on some new jewelry pieces for Valentine’s Day.  I needed more pieces for my online store and for some of the boutiques that carry my jewelry.  This is such a fun time of year for me!  You can see more at my online store here.

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I just fell in love with these pink agate beads with little druzy crystals in each bead.

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Hears hearts, hearts!  I just love them!

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This is a bracelet with a bunch of little sweet twisted rings crocheted along with deep red accent beads.looksbreaceletB

I am loving the contrast between antique copper and deep red beads.  redheartbracelet5

These earrings are crocheted with wire and glass beads… and more hearts!  🙂CrochetedPinkHeartEarB

Have a wonderful, heart filled, 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.

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I have really been enjoying working with antique copper wire.

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

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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

New Jewelry at Belle’s Nest

I have new designs of my handmade wire crochet jewelry at Belle’s Nest, 55 N. Baldwin Avenue, Sierra Madre, CA.  I was inspired by the sea and my garden.  If you are in the area, please stop by and take a look.  Here are a few pictures of what is available:

Handmade Jewelry by Janell Mithani available at Belle’s Nest

Bracelets, rings and earrings!  New designs in beautiful summer shades.  Prices range from $25-$64.

Handmade wire crochet ring with crystal beads available at Belle’s Nest $29

Hand crocheted and wire wrapped shell bracelet with silver starfish charm available at Belle’s Nest, $59

Handmade crocheted wire and wire wrapped dark pink and antique copper earrings, $34

Have a beautiful summer day!  –Janell