Dec 26, 2014

CS Literary Jewelry is Etsy Seller of the Week! + Giveaway



My Etsy Seller of the Week is CS Literary Jewelry. I'm in love with the jewelry in this shop, it's so special.


The owner, Kerry, makes jewelry inspired by classic books, poems and literature. Her jewelry isn't only pretty, it's also the perfect gift for any book lover.


I've asked Kerry a couple of questions to find out more about her and her shop.

When did you start your Etsy shop and how did the adventure begin?

I started my Etsy shop 2 ½ years ago. I had just recently been laid off from my corporate job as an Executive Assistant – the second time I had been laid off from the same company – and decided that it was time to make a change. I started taking some college classes with an eye towards becoming a high school English teacher. At the same time, I opened my Etsy shop, originally selling beaded jewelry and hand-knit accessories, as a way of earning some extra money while I went to school. Pretty soon, the books and poems that I was reading in class started to find their way into my jewelry. I was really excited about this new direction to my work so I dropped the knitting and decided to focus my energy on my literature inspired jewelry.


 What inspires you?

I’ve been an obsessive reader and writer ever since I could remember so I find most of my inspiration from books, poems, and the beauty of the written word. I am also inspired by history, culture, theatre and Broadway musicals.


Where did you learn your craft?

 I learned the foundations of jewelry design and beading from some great local teachers and then went on to learn other skills, like working with resin, on my own. 


 Your jewelry is about books. Are there any particular books / quotes from authors you’d love to use for your work?

 Most of my work revolves around classics like Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and the works of William Shakespeare – partly because of how much I love them and partly because they are in the public domain and I can work with them without worrying about copyright issues. However, if I could work with any book / author in the world, I would love to design jewelry inspired by The Catcher in the Rye, the poetry of Dorothy Parker, almost anything by Neil Gaiman, and The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle. 


What are your favorite books?

 It’s hard to narrow things down to just one or two books but here are some of my favorites: Pride and Prejudice, (and Persuasion) by Jane Austen, The Anne of Green Gables books (and everything else written by Lucy Maud Montgomery), Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle. 

In terms of poetry, I love Billy Collins, W. B. Yeats. Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Shel Silverstein (who taught me to love poetry in the first place). I am also totally obsessed with the T. S. Eliot poem, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”
 

What are your plans for the future?

 I plan on continuing to grow my business. I am looking to learn a few new techniques that will open up new design possibilities. I just introduced child-sized literary necklaces (etsy.me/1qBqoeN) for kids who love to read books like Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, Alice in Wonderland, etc. and I am hoping to expand that series. I also am looking on getting my jewelry into some bookshops, tea rooms, and other brick and mortar business where it can be discovered by a wider audience. 


 Could you tell a little bit more about the tea in your jewelry?

 I come from a family of tea drinkers. Whenever my grandmother, mother, and aunts would get together, the tea kettle was always on and I grew up having tea parties with my sisters and cousins while the older ladies in the family chatted over cups of tea. When I was little, my grandmother introduced me to her favorite childhood book, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, and I remember having a tea party with her and talking about which of the March sisters were our favorites while I poured tiny cups of tea out of my miniature teapot. This memory of talking books and drinking tea inspired my Novel Tea Necklace series, (etsy.me/1rqu5mj), and especially my Tea with the Little Women necklace. (etsy.me/1osafej)

I also love curling up with a great book and a cup of tea and agree whole-heartedly with C. S. Lewis when he said “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

Lastly, I am just very charmed by the idea of being able to slip into some of my favorite books and have tea with great fictional characters like Mr. Darcy, Sherlock Holmes, Anne Shirley, and Jane Eyre and my Novel Tea Necklaces were the closest I could get to being able to do that.


Is there any other information you'd like to share?

 I am really blessed to have a great community of customers and friends who encourage and support C. S. Literary Jewelry. From great chats on Facebook to an online book club - we are currently reading Dickens' A Christmas Carol (csliteraryjewelry.com/christmas-carol/) - I find so much joy and inspiration in talking to and getting to know my fellow book lovers and I would like to invite you all to come join in the fun on:

Website / Blog - csliteraryjewelry.com/
Etsy Shop - www.etsy.com/shop/CSLiteraryJewelry
Facebook - www.facebook.com/csliteraryjewelry
Twitter - twitter.com/CSLJewelry


 Kerry has very kindly offered a coupon code for my readers:


Enjoy shopping!


There's also going to be a surprise giveaway. One very lucky winner will receive a wonderful bookish gift. Good luck!


I will contact the winner on twitter or via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international.

50 comments:

  1. Little women

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  2. The Picture of Dorain Grey! AMAZING JEWELLERY THESE ONES <3333

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  3. I like an of Jane Austen's works, Pride and Prejudice is a favorite.

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  4. Pride and Prejudice hands down!!!

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  5. I do love The Adventure of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain! XD it's just too awesome, I love the character Tom, Huck and Becky. I enjoyed the atmosphere established by the author, Europe is rlly nice! Hoho

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  6. a favourite classic? lord of the ring (§ it's a classic by now^^)

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  7. The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri

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  8. Abigail Fernandez SongcoDecember 27, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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  9. Sister Carrie - Theodore Dreiser

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  10. The Count of Monte Cristo :-) thanks for this lovely giveaway ♥

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  11. The count of monte cristo

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  12. Zara D. Garcia-AlvarezDecember 28, 2014 at 4:41 AM

    That's tough. There are a lot of classics that I love to read. Pride and Prejudice, The Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables, Alice in Wonderland, Romeo and Juliet, Tristan and Iseault, to name a few.

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  13. The Secret Garden Love that movie!

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  14. The Great Gatsby is my fave!

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  15. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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  16. The national Romanian poet Mihai Eminescu

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  17. Alice's Adventures in
    Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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  18. Jayne Eyre. I fell in love reading it during my British Literature class.

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  19. Kim Covell-CampbellDecember 28, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

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  20. Alice in Wonderland! So fun

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  21. I'd probably have to go with Pride & Prejudice, and the poetry of AE Housman.

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  22. I believe that A Separate Peace by John Knowles is the finest book ever written. It use to be required reading in high schools, but I have heard nothing about it for many years.

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  23. Absolutely love this shop! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Kerry sounds like a lovely person, and we have very similar literary tastes! I have far too many favourite classics: Rebecca, 1984, Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, The Catcher in the Rye, A Tale of Two Cities, the Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, the Anne of Green Gables books ... so many, and more!

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  24. Ooh, I agree with what another commenter said -- A SEPARATE PEACE by John Knowles is one of my all-time favorites and I've read it over.and over again! However, my ULTIMATE, top favorite classics are books by the Bronte sisters, especially WUTHERING HEIGHTS and JANE EYRE. They are also books I have read over and over, and I still have pages of quotes or entire passages that I copied out and would hang in my room when I was younger. I love reading classic lit, though I admit I haven't read much of late!!

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  25. I love the Lord of the Rings series and The Hobbit. I can read those books over and over again.

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  26. The Secret Garden among others.

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  27. I love Little Women :)

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  28. I run a Shakespeare Company, so I love Hamlet and King Lear!

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  29. alice in wonderland

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  30. Sherlock Holmes

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  31. Mrs. Dalloway!

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  32. Jane Eyre, forever and always <3

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  33. I love Persuasion by Jane Austen.

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  34. House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

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  35. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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  36. Sherlock Holmes

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  37. Alice in wonderland

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  38. The Beauty and the Beast

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  39. My favorite classic is North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell.

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  40. Damla_annabell_leeJanuary 3, 2015 at 12:11 AM

    Wuthering Heights.

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  41. I love so many, but perhaps jules verne 20000 leagues under the sea. Also any Shakespeare.

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  42. I love A Room With A View by E.M. Forster!

    Thank you :)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  43. Pride and Prejudice. SIGH!!!

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  44. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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  45. A Christmas Carol. Just finished teaching it to my 8th graders. Loved it.

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  46. The Sound of Music

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  47. Alice in Wonderland. Love it.

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  48. Phantom of the Opera.

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