Thursday, June 30, 2011

Seen on Facebook: Cool Shop of the Week

I'm always amazed at how many talented people there are in the world- and sometimes, I swear if I weren't on Facebook I'd miss a lot of it!

Here are a couple of girls, working together, to make cool jewelry and if it weren't for Facebook, I'd never have seen their stuff! You can check them out over at Harlan's Emporium of the Curious and the Bizarre.

I recently "hung out" with Jenna, one of the creators:

Who is "Harlan's Emporium?"
    We are college roommates and long-time best friends Jenna (a.k.a. Olympia) and Cori (a.k.a. Jane).  I am an adjunct college instructor and online tutor.  Cori is a Barnes & Noble bookseller and barista and ChaCha guide.


What do you make?
    We create jewelry; we prefer doing wire-wrapping and earring making, and we also work with hemp.  We also like to recycle materials - we work with Christmas light-bulbs, old keys, found fabric and lace, and just about anything that we can twist wire around.

How did you come up with the name for your shop?
    Harlan is Cori's dad's name, and it was from his stash of "treasures" (or junk) that we first got our ideas.  The rest of the title just had a Victorian theme to it.  I am a victorianophile, Cori loves steampunk, and so the whole theme fit together.

Where do you get your ideas?
    Talking, mostly.  We share everything.  Cori is also has a bachelor's in art, and so she has a good eye for composition and color.  I'm a little more impulsive; I put things together and hope they will work.  We have different styles, but we merge and mesh nicely.

Where can you be found?
    At the moment, we can be contacted through our Facebook page or by email (  We're on, but we are waiting for it to come back online.

New Additions: Crackle Glass!

Capped with smooth sterling silver and hung on a simple sterling chain, 
nothing distracts from the beauty of these crackle glass baubles!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Meet WrathofRa- an Undiscovered (Yet Totally Awesome) Shop!

I really love giving a shout out and a leg up to new shops. It's so hard to start out and to get noticed.
So we're here to say, "Hey, we notice you!"

I recently caught up with Mark from WrathofRa and asked him some questions.
Actually, that's a lie. He asked himself the questions and then answered himself. I just took notes! Get ready to be blown away by sheer awesomeness!

Tell us about YOU, the person behind the shop:
I am a writer and editor for a publishing firm in Asia. I'm Canadian but have lived all over the globe (India, Singapore, Italy, Korea, US, Canada). I am incredibly tall and handsome (one of those things is a lie) and I just got married to my husband last December. Uh, I have a dog named Louis. That is all.

What do you make?
Egyptian-style art on a variety of recycled, wood, or stone materials.

Where do you get ideas?
Advertisements, ancient art, travel. Pretty much anything will give me an idea.

When and how did you get started?
I've always drawn or painted. I am self-taught. I heard the story of baby Moses at church one week and saw some pictures of the Egyptian princess at the Nile ... and that was it. For some reason, I was hooked on the Egyptian theme from that point forward!

To check out more of this amazing artwork, stop by Mark's Etsy shop! Give it a heart, spread some love, and tell 'em Waterwaif sent you!

Wordless Wednesday

Yes, that's a Hoffsicle.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Giveaway: Peacock Teal Wire Wrapped Necklace Handmade by Yours, Truly! Ends 6/26!

Time for another giveaway! I have so much fun doing them and I just love the idea of someone out there receiving some of my jewelry. It makes me all tingly and happy!

During the course of this giveaway, enter coupon code WEBFAN20 to receive 20% off your entire order in my shop!

The item I'm offering today: the peacock teal quartz necklace.
A large faceted teal quartz briolette wire wrapped and hung on a sterling silver chain.
The necklace is 18 inches long and is a $50 value!

Here is the necklace one of my lovely, lucky readers will win:

To Purchase:

Can't wait to win the necklace and have to buy it right now? Don't worry, it's available here!

To win:

Mandatory entry: Visit my Etsy shop, browse around, and leave a comment here telling me what your favorite item is! Make sure to include your email address or a way to contact you if you win!

Extra entries (make sure you leave a separate comment for each). Current fans are eligible!

1 entry: Heart waterwaif's Etsy shop and leave a comment here with your Etsy username.

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1 entry: Follow my blog
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1 entry: Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment here with your twitter username.

1 entry: Tweet about this giveaway and leave a link here. You can tweet once per day and each tweet will count as another entry, just make sure you leave a separate comment for each tweet. There is a retweet this button at the bottom for your convenience! Otherwise, feel free to use this tweet or something similar: 

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#blog #giveaway Ends 6/26! RT @waterwaif

1 entry: Grab my button from the sidebar and put it on your blog. Leave a link here.

1 entry: Feature waterwaif on your blog and leave a link here.

The giveaway will end at midnight eastern time on Sunday, June 26.
The winners will be chosen by and will be announced here and he or she will have 48 hours to respond with their mailing address. If a winner cannot be contacted or does not respond, another winner will be chosen after 48 hours.

Make sure you leave a separate comment for each entry. The more entries you post, the more chances you have to win!

This giveaway is open worldwide. 
If you would like me to host your next giveaway or if you'd like further details, please feel free to email me at or send me a convo on Etsy.