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Amigami Party @ Wheeling Moose Feb. 9th!

We’ve been hard at work designing a multitude of awesome Spring fashions for our jewelry line, and sales and interest is booming!  I will be working over the next 2 weeks to take pictures and add them to the Amigami Jewelry Gallery, as well as my Etsy shop.

And you can soon have your chance to peruse the entire array of Amigami items.  The Wheeling Moose Lodge will soon be hosting an Amigami Party!  Come visit the local Moose lodge and shop our wide selection of fashion accessories and home accents first hand, and maybe stay for a drink and good times.  You’ll find great gifts for Valentine’s Day, and support local artists.

Amigami Party

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
Begins at 7:30 PM

Wheeling Moose Lodge #2621
57 – 59 12th St.
Wheeling, WV  26003

If you are not a Moose member, please ring the doorbell, and let the door man know you are attending the Amigami party.  Please sign the Moose Guest book when you arrive.

Thank you so much for all the members of the Wheeling Moose for making this party possible.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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A Plethora of Vintage Items in Time for the Holidays!

An antique adjustable Burglar Alarm, made by the American Keyless Lock Co. - now available on eBay!

As the holidays draw near, it can only mean one thing … shopping!  And so we here at Amigami have been scouring the local auctions to find the best rare vintage items.  I love going to auctions – the atmosphere and excitement is unmatchable.  And our local auctioneer, Jim Frio, does an excellent job of orchestrating the event.

An antique Brass Makeup Compact - check out more views of this item on Etsy!

We’ve been hard at work getting all these wonderful items ready for sale, and they are currently being posted on eBay and Etsy.  The majority of i

tems are up for auction on our eBay account, with some of the finer items (compacts, kitchenware, etc) posted in the Amigami Etsy shop.

We shopped the auctions with the holidays in mind, and many of these lotsare ideal as gifts for the antique collector in your life.  Please, feel free to peruse our listings, and by all means, place a bid!

Gemstone Jewelry With Form & Function

I’ve been intending to post photos of some of the stone jewelry I’ve created in the past, but lately I’ve been too caught up with posting current items to bother with the archives.  This is a collection of jewelry I designed this past holiday season as gifts for friends & family.  Constructed using only the finest quality metal and stone, these pieces were designed not only with aesthetic appeal in mind, but also the stones’ supposed metaphysical properties.

This first necklace showcases a crescendo of alternating spheres, in shades of dusty yellow which looks stunning against a darker wardrobe.  The large translucent orbs are Lemon Quartz, which is said to clear the mind & absorb negative energy.  The smaller brighter beads are Citrine, a powerful cleansing stone of emotional balance, which is also known as a “merchant’s stone” for promoting financial prosperity.  When combined, the citrine is said to dispel the negativity which the lemon quartz collects – the necklace retains an optimistic air regardless of the wearer’s stress levels.  Hung on a sterling silver chain, with complementary accent charm on the clasp, this elegant citrus-inspired necklace is a personification of happiness.

This next piece was designed for a longtime family friend who had recently been involved in a car accident and suffered a broken wrist.  To supplement the healing process, this bracelet features large free form nuggets of Pyrite (a stone of physical strength), framed by round beads of red tiger eye (his favorite stone) and accented by brass.  Tiger Eye is a grounding stone, said to combine the energies of sun & earth, which helps to encourage discipline & practicality.  Though designed with a man in mind, this silhouette is extremely versatile is looks great on women as well.

These next two pieces were collaborative works with my partner.  The first is an edgy pendant showcasing a genuine Ammonite fossil. Ammonites are a prehistoric form of marine life, said to bring structure to one’s life while allowing them to understand the big picture.  The fossil is framed by small spheres of spotted Dalmatian Jasper and disks of Bronzite, on a large brass chain.  Dalmation Jasper, also known as Leopard Jasper, is a stabilizing stone which promotes patience and helps one accept responsibilities.  Similarly, Bronzite is known as a “stone of courtesy,” promoting equitability and unbiased judgment.  Although the stones used are sharply contrasting in appearance they hold common threads metaphysically, which allow them to come together in a youthful necklace of peace & understanding.

This final tourmaline bracelet is truly elegant & unique.  The vintage-style butterfly, which we bent to match the natural curve of the wrist, was originally purchased about a decade ago from a local Claire’s Boutique as a necklace focal point.  The bracelet is adorned in pink and black tourmaline rounds, and accented by faceted nuggets of green tourmaline and “gun-metal” filigree beads.  Tourmaline promotes inspiration $ self-confidence, and it’s said to mirror the body’s chakras.  Rubellite (aka pink tourmaline) strengthens love &the healing qualities of the heart.  Green Tourmaline, also related with the heart, brings about both clarity & wealth (material & emotional). And the powerful Schorl (aka Aphrizite or Black Tourmaline) is said to protect against & repel negative energy.  With a design reminiscent of a peace sign, this bracelet connects the energies of mind, heart & body.

All of the wonderful information I’ve presented here on the stones’ properties has been gathered from the definitive source on the subject, Love is in the Earth:  The Crystal & Mineral Encyclopedia, by Melody. It may be the heaviest book I own, but it certainly suceeds in leaving no stone unturned.   🙂

Revisiting Rogers: My Flea Market Finds

I love showcasing the artwork of others, and even though I’ve already spoke on our visit to Rogers Community Auction, I had to make special note of the wonderful jewelry I acquired there.

A mother-daughter team stationed down the market avenue had a fantastic array of beaded stone jewelry.  From rings to necklaces, they had four tables featuring a plethora of semi-precious stones and styles.  Having what seems to be a genetic predisposition for turquoise, I gravitated towards a perfect-for-summer chunky bangle and matching ring.  The bracelet features 5 intersecting bands of pale blue turquoise on elastic (for easy wear & removal).  The matching ornate ring showcases a dazzling cabochon set in brilliant sterling silver.  Both the mother & daughter were extremely approachable about their products & techniques, and I thank them for the excellent deal they gave me on the set.

Ramon went on several hardware outings throughout the day , and returned with a gorgeous pendant for me.  It showcases a perfectly intricate mini dried flower display, in shades of antiqued gold and mauve, encapsulated under a glass dome within a metal frame.  The reverse side holds a mirror of matching proportion, and hangs from a 24″ long complementary chain.

I absolutely love this necklace, but there’s one setback:  I’m allergic to nickel & most forms of metal.   Attempting to coat the chain in clear nail polish would ultimately be fruitless, so unless I find another method of combating my allergy, I may regrettably have to exchange the chain for a hypo-allergenic alternative.  If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

And finally, our market neighbor Denny, from Cambridge, and his friends had an assortment of goods, including some very special jewelry.  We spoke with Denny and his daughter at length, on a multitude of interesting topics – they were both absolute pleasures.  He told us about his sister, who was an artist & crafter in her own right, until she unfortunately passed of cancer a few years ago.  He had recently rediscovered some of her beaded jewelry, and of course I had to commemorate his sister & our meeting.  The medicine pouch I purchased is stunning, with a red & white heart theme, accented by rich gold.  Denny also told us of multiple herbal cures of which he is knowledgeable, including the potent Essiac Tea, which aided his sister & countless others through the hardest of times.  Denny was SO generous to share this information with us, we feel obligated to use it & pass it on.  Thank you Denny & Vanessa, as well as the entire Rogers Market Community, for all your great company & hospitality.

Amigami at Rogers Community Auction!

Eastern Ohio is the home of many weekly flea markets and community auctions.  With great deals and virtually endless variety, you can’t find a better way to spend a summer day shopping.  And one of the (in my opinion) best is conveniently just up the river.  Rogers Community Auction, located (coincidentally enough) in Rogers, Ohio, allows the community a terrific way to buy and sell on a massive scale.  With over 1600 vendor lots plus pavilions, and even livestock auctions, you can literally find just about anything.

So what better way for Amigami to spend a super warm Friday than to set up a spot and talk to the good people of the market.  In addition to the Amigami items for sale, we also featured creations by Sneaky and Autumn, as well as vintage & antique items donated by both Rancho Chico Ranch and myself.  It was an absolutely gorgeous, albeit HOT day, and although we were located in a mere tributary of a thoroughfare, we were luckily near the bridge to the parking lot.

Many people stopped to discuss our more peculiar items (particularly Rancho Chico’s vintage infant incubator!), and by the end of the day there was a lot more empty space in the back of the truck.  Our lot neighbors were an absolute pleasure, we couldn’t have asked for better company.  And of course, we made a nice sum and were even able to purchase a few items of our own during our turns wandering the market.  Overall, it was a terrific experience, and I have every intention of returning throughout the summer (although an Independence Day hiatus is in order).  If you are in the eastern Ohio/western Pennsylvania are on a Friday this summer (maybe a layover at the Pitt Airport?) make SURE not to miss this wonderful weekly event!

Stylish Summer Hemp Bracelets

Hemp jewelry never seems to go out of style, and it is one of the most often requested crafts I create.  And for good reason – it is incredibly strong, easy to work with, and withstands the tests of time and wear.  Honestly, I had never worked with hemp until a few years ago.  My prior experience with knotted bracelets however, was solely in embroidery floss, (which employs several of the same techniques) so the transition to hemp was fairly simple.

These lovely hemp bracelets are dedicated to the beginning of summer, and are great for people of all ages.  Each bracelet is constructed through a series of alternating square knots, punctuated by wooden vintage-style round beads.  The neutral color scheme of the bracelet, accented by the red and black bead patterns, truly make this a go-to piece for any summer outfit or occasion.

As alluded to above, I’ve also been working with my traditional medium of embroidery floss.  The plethora of colors available, along with the more pliable nature of floss,   allow for a vast array of color and pattern variations.  These are just a few simple examples, but I hope to feature larger, more complex pieces in the near future.

I particularly enjoy the piece which has come to be known as the “Rasta Bracelet.”  Constructed using the traditional technique of double overhand knots, these bracelets feature repeating bars of Rastafari red, gold & green separated by fields of black.  Adding dance and movement, thin braids dangle from either end of the bracelet, which really makes them stand out from the pack.  These bracelets are great for either gender, and add a playful splash to any ensemble.

If you are interested in either of the designs, please check my Etsy shop – they will be posted soon!  And of course, if you have an idea of your own you would like to see materialized, I am always available for custom requests.

Assorted Vintage Items FOR SALE on eBay!

After some slight delays with photography, I am currently offering an array of items available for auction on eBay.  Proceeds are being put towards the founding of Naturally Happy Alpacas and other co-operative art projects in the Ohio Valley region.

The items available for auction include:

If you or someone you know would be interested in any of these items, by all means, begin your bidding!  And of course, any questions regarding these items can be sent to contact.amigami@gmail.com


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