Jun 5, 2015

Suze Loves: The Cotton Thistle! + Whiskey Beach Autographed Book & Matching Necklace Giveaway

I love The Cotton Thistle! I like this shop because of the gorgeous jewelry and because it's so special.

The pieces are both pretty and versatile and I love the use of color and the different materials.

It's fantastic that Joyce, the owner of The Cotton Thistle, also makes book inspired jewelry.

For example there's a fabulous collection matching The Blueberry Cove books by Donna Kauffman.

I've asked Joyce a few questions to find out more about her and her work.

1) Could you tell a bit more about the jewelry and books combination?

Right now I have three authors that keep me busy designing and making jewelry. Because the jewelry I make is for the novels authors write, the jewelry usually debuts right around the same to time novels debut. I receive an ARC (Advance Readers Copy) of the book so the jewelry will be ready for the release date of the book.

2) I'm really curious to find out how you got the idea?

The idea for designing jewelry for characters in novels came to me when the fury was going on with vampire books and the jewelry items being made for the teens and young adult group. I was in the midst of reading Nora Roberts Sign of Seven trilogy and thought “wouldn’t it be nice if someone made a line of jewelry for women based on the characters of novels” and so the journey began. I designed and created a few pieces for the Sign of Seven trilogy and took them to Turn the Page Bookstore (www.ttpbooks.com) in Boonsboro, Maryland, USA. The bookstore is owned by Bruce Wilder, Nora Roberts’ husband. I dropped the pieces off at the bookstore and waited for about a week. I have to admit, I was very nervous. I received a telephone call from the manager of the bookstore asking if I could make about 4 pieces of each piece I dropped off and have them ready for the next booksigning. I was ecstatic! I never expected to make the jewelry in mass production. The collection has grown tremendously. It has been a dream come true and I am very thankful to have been given this opportunity to do what I enjoy best. I have been designing and creating this jewelry line for over 6 years now. I wanted a line that women would enjoy wearing, a line they could relate to and also afford. Because Nora Roberts characters are strong inspiring women I named the collection, “The Inspiring Women Jewelry Collection©”.

3) How did you meet the other two authors you're working with? 

I met Donna Kauffman at a booksigning and contacted her in regards to designing and creating jewelry for her books. We began with her trilogy of Bachelors of Blueberry Cove and have now begun working on the Brides of Blueberry Cove. Donna Kauffman’s “Blueberry Cove Collection” can be found on my website and Etsy store as well.

Ellen Dugan contacted me inquiring if I could design and create jewelry for her as well and the pieces I have designed and created can be found on her Etsy store. The latest piece for her novel, Legacy of Magick is “Autumn’s Amethyst Earrings”.

4) Where have you learned so many different techniques as your jewelry is quite versatile?

I started making jewelry in my teens, little bracelets and earrings here and there, mostly beaded pieces, and then branched out to making pieces for family and friends. I am self-taught on quite a few of the techniques I use; however, I take classes on many techniques I am working with now. I have a new line of silver and copper pieces hopefully showing up on my website and my Etsy store this summer!

5) I'd love to know more about your shop: how you started and what your background is and maybe what your plans for the future are?

I started my website a couple of years ago along with my Etsy store. I enjoy making all types of jewelry. I came up with the name “The Cotton Thistle” because I have a fondness for thistles and the beauty and strength they project. I even have a thistle tattoo on my hand that was also used as a pendant, “Avery’s Thistle Pendant” from one of the Inn Boonsboro trilogy books for the “Inspiring Women Collection”. Some of the author’s pieces are on my website and my Etsy store. The “Inspiring Women Jewelry Collection” pieces are sold exclusively at Turn the Page Bookstore (www.ttpbooks.com).

At the present time I work 4 days a week in the corporate world and hopefully within the next year or so will be able to leave that and give 100% of my time to my jewelry.

You can also find jewelry on my website that has been featured on a TV show!

6) What inspires you?

Colors, seasons, moods and people I meet inspire me when I am making pieces not related to books.
Inspiration in relation to the books comes from me analyzing the books as I read them. By the time I am finished with a book it looks like a Post-It notebook. I have so many post-it’s in the book where I mark pages about the main characters of the books in relation to the story itself, their individual personalities, their personalities with other characters in the book, their likes and dislikes, anything that grabs my attention

7) Do you have any advice for jewelry makers who would love to turn their hobby or craft into a business?

The most crucial advice I have for anyone interested in making jewelry would be to learn as much as you can because you never know when that one little technique you thought would never be used turns into the biggest asset you learned. Never give up!
Never - ever say “I can’t do it”.
Practice – Practice – Practice.
Take those chances.
Believe in yourself and the talent that was given to you.

I think it's the best thing there is, jewelry that matches my favorite books. Joyce has managed to combine my two greatest passions.

A lot of women who love to read also want to look pretty and I think book inspired jewelry is such a good idea.

I'm a big fan of this shop!

Joyce is such a talented and creative person.

Check out her jewelry and have fun shopping!

For one very lucky reader of my blog there will be a fantastic prize:

This person will win an autographed copy of "Whiskey Beach" and an Abra's "Ocean Wave" matching necklace. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
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.


  1. I'd love to see a heart of thorns necklace to match Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma.

  2. I'd like a necklace for Memoirs of a Geisha. Probably a red stone with some Oriental design in the wiring. Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. maybe a book for pride and prejudice

  4. Coraline; a button key necklace.

  5. I think the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr could provide a host of wonderful ideas for a charm bracelet.

  6. Def something from Barry Hoffman's Sharma chronicles! I would love to see some stud earrings! :D
    Mary Loki

  7. Some simple pearl pierced earrings for Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.

  8. I love the idea of jewellery for a book! I would pick the book Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor and a necklace with blue sea glass to match Karou's hair and a few of Brimstones wishes.

  9. I would like to see a piece to.go with all souls trilogy and I would like the clairmount family crest.

    Megan @ reading away the days

  10. I don't really have a favorite book (I like a lot of them), so I'll just go with a necklace based on Charlotte's Web. Maybe a silver colored necklace with a web charm or something? The web charm can have one of the words from the book that the spider spins. :)

  11. Twilight series wearing the Twilight ring!!!

  12. A mini Iron Throne for Game of Thrones x

  13. I like the Time Turner from Harry Potter in a necklace.

  14. I'd love to have a bracelet in the theme of the movie "Interstella".

  15. I would choose an emerald necklace for the book "The princess Bride"

  16. Persuasion from Jane Austen with a romantic necklace :)

  17. A necklace with any of the miniatures from Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist :)

  18. a necklace for the movie maze runner

  19. a necklace for a good horror fiction, james herbert or stephen king

  20. That is hard I love PS I love you and a letter written by my husband would be great made into some type of jewellery

  21. Dragon Knight's Axe by Mary Morgan (soon to be released on 6/26), and I would like to see a bracelet made in the form of a dragon design.

  22. I would love to see something inspired Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, and Wally Lamb's She's Come Undone.

  23. Something for The Badass Brats series

  24. I love Shadow of the Wind - so something with a Spanish feel


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