Creatrix is a jewelry shop on Etsy.com filled with adorable handmade pieces created and designed all by the own, Shannon.
About the creator:
Most of my life, my artist outlet has been music and singing. Attempts at painting and knitting and other tangible arts were short lived and frustrating, until I came upon beading. My first real introduction to it was in 2006 at a birthday party. The birthday woman had her party at a bead shop and the activity was that we were all to make a piece of jewelry.
The woman who owned the store helped us finish the pieces, assembling the clasps and such. It was a year later that I started making jewelry during a week long 'staycation.'I didn't have enough money to 'go somewhere' so I went to a craft store that was having a moving sale. I'm not sure what prompted me to invest in jewelry tools and beads, but I did. I proceeded to spend the next week, morning to night, making jewelry. I was hooked! It was during that time that I started my Etsy shop, back in October of 2007.
It wasn't until much later that a childhood memory came to me of sitting with regular pliers and wire cutters and 'fixing' my grandmother's jewelry. She noticed at some point that I was actually putting things back together so she started giving me pieces to work on. I recall enjoying tremendously going through her drawers of chains, earrings, broaches and necklaces and piecing them together. I still love to make things out of 'found objects.'
I am drawn to the substantive nature of jewelry. It's solid and sturdy. I love that people have been trading beads and adorning themselves with jewelry since forever! My hope is to develop as an artist and create a distinctive line that is immediately recognizable. I'm still very much in the process of developing that, as I have only in the last few months really focused more on developing myself as a jewelry artist.
You can keep up with Shannon's latest designs by following her blog here and becoming a Facebook fan here.
Shannon sent me a gorgeous Celtic Bracelet to review. Here is what it looks like:
As you can see, the bracelet is very dainty and feminine. The colors can be very year round (they can pass for Fall, or Spring colors, etc.) The clasp is very easy to secure and has not came undone once since I started wearing it (I've worn it for a few days). While it looks very dainty, it also very secure. At first, I was afraid that if I accidently hit it on something that it would break. But, it actually really sturdy.
I really like this bracelet. It can go from casual with my jeans to a bit more fashionable when night hits. The only thing I might be able to say that might put some people off from buying this bracelet is the size. I have a relativly small wrist, meauring at approximatly 6 1/2 inches, allowing the bracelet to fit me perfectly. Unfortuntly, if you have a bigger wrist than I do, the bracelet will not fit you. Since the jewelry is handmade, however, it might be possible that Shannon can add links to this bracelet if you really want to buy it! (I'm not sure, but you can always ask.) Overall, I love this bracelet! Super cute and feminine with prices you can afford.
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**I received a complementary bracelet from Shannon's shop in order to write a real and honest review. I did not get paid for this post. All opinions are my own, unless otherwise stated.**