First Customer Feature of 2014: Melstiel!!

Welcome to the first post of Down to the Wire for 2014 – whoo hoo!  

I wanted to kick it off with a great interview I did with a lovely lady who goes by the fabulous name Melstiel.  She and I met at TorCon this past October.

Melstiel is probably one of Castiel’s biggest fans and it looks like the feeling is mutual: Image

I’m happy to give her the floor for her to strut her stuff for us today!  Take it away Melstiel!

I am Melissa but I prefer to be called Mel. I am a bionic woman, with a cochlear implant to help me hear better. I identify as pansexual and polyamorous. I am in a family of five which includes my significant other Christopher, my hearing ear dog Rocky, and my two cats, Artemis and Satine.

I work in maintenance of recycled soft goods at a thrift store and take on research and program evaluation contracts from time to time. I have a graduate degree in forensic psychological research and I am taking courses in Case Management so I can get a certificate in that much more practical field. I love cats, ancient civilizations, video games, psychology, sexuality, and art. I am a devoted Superwholockian. 

As you can tell, I am completely enamored with Castiel and Misha Collins. Like Castiel, I am a socially awkward rebel who is fiercely loyal to their friends and feels guilty for mistakes made in life. Misha makes me happy and is just a beautiful human being with a dose of crazy. I did GISHWHES ’13 and look forward though fear doing GISHWHES ’14. Here’s an example of a GISHWHES ’13 item – the objective was to raise funds for the food bank by ‘panhandling’ as a dragon attack victim on a busy sidewalk Image

That was a challenging item for me because of my social anxiety but I persisted. I wish I knew of Misha when I was younger because I was not accepted due to being ‘eccentric’ and he would have been a wonderful role model.

I do mixed media and recycled art under the persona of Felivalkyria, concocted from “feline” and “valkyrie”. My art often has fantastical themes and includes portraiture of animals and people important in my life. I am part of Moods Expressed, a local working group for artists with mental health issues, and we have a website at http://www.moodsexpressed.com . Under Artists/Artisans, you can find me as Felivalkyria (Melissa Pagliaro) and view my art there. I do a few shows a year thanks to the help of Moods Expressed.

I used to write but I don’t so much anymore as visual art is more my discipline these days. I have been dabbling in making jewelry and recently made a Castiel necklace with pearls and cubic zirconia. I was lucky to find a tear drop bead dangle that is similar to the cubic zirconia I used and makes it looks like Castiel’s tie is dangling between his wings! Image.

I am very much someone who experiments with it all – recently, I got a new camera (Panasonic Lumix G6) and my favourite picture that I have taken so far is of my cat, Artemis Image.

I like cosplaying, especially as Cas, and I am always striving to improve my work Image.

 I appreciate handmade creations because they have much more love poured into them than storebought, factory manufactured items. Precious time is spent to create unique and one-of-a-kind items when they are handmade. I like supporting independent artists’ creations as opposed to big corporations which I feel are often detrimental to society. In fact, commissioning one artist’s work has become my yearly Christmas tradition.

 There is something truly attractive about the shiny! That is why I like to work with cubic zirconia. I also love materials with interesting textures like feathers, leather, fur, and velour. I work well with tactile sensations because my sense of smell is nil, having anosmia. I have a penchant for long dangling jewelry because I consider myself feminine.

 Eldwenne’s Fantasy actually stands out to me because Jodi is one of few independent vendors to display their work at Creation cons. 

Jodi here again – thank you so so much, Melstiel!  As some of you may know, my daughter, Raven also has cochlear implants, so both she and Melstiel have something in common – bionic women!

I have to say I love where you’re going with your jewelry – please keep going with it! And all of you really should check out Melstiel’s artwork at  http://www.moodsexpressed.com – use the dropdown menu to select  Felivalkyria (Melissa Pagliaro) and you will be giving yourself a major treat.  

Check out all of her artwork, but especially the Fantasy section – this woman knows how to mix her media and create atmospheres and new worlds.  There’s a piece I was particularly drawn to with two women lounging alongside an eagle.  Also looks like Artemis is making a cameo!  Bravo, Melstiel!!

Is anyone going to VegasCon?  I’ll be there with my Eldwenne’s Fantasy table selling my quality handmade jewelry, jewelry boxes, keychains, and whatever else I can think of between now and March!

Don’t forget to check out my shop at http://www.eldwenne.etsy.com for TONS of new designs added daily including Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, and Walking Dead!!

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                                                   Castiel’s Grace Necklace

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                  Watch Your Mouth Sunshine Daryl Dixon Quote Cuff Bracelet

February is going to be chock full of great posts including a great feature on my lovely customer Judy!

See ya’ll next week! (Yes, I’m practicing my Southern for my big move this spring!)

Jodi

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My Featured Customers of the Month – the Lovely Ladies of TVDNJ!

I met so many beautiful women at The Vampire Diaries Convention in Parsippany, NJ – they all deserve the spotlight!

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Every single person that stopped by my table to browse or to buy – they were all so encouraging, sweet, and whether they bought something or not – made me feel very good about what I was doing.  That’s how I know I’m in the right biz here! It’s not just about what I’m creating, it’s for whom I’m creating – YOU!

These ladies are featured in no particular order, they are all equally beautiful, fiercely intelligent, great conversationalists, and I do hope to see them again at future TVD and SPN events!

Here is Monica.  Monica had a perpetual smile on her face while she perused my wares and was such a pleasure to talk to.  She opted for a pair of silver pentagram earrings accented with beautiful black beads with silver stars etched into them.

I saw her again a little while later and she stopped by to show me that she had to put them on immediately and wear them for the rest of the weekend!

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The  beautiful Monica, modeling her new toys!

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Here’s a closeup of the earrings – these were not available in my shop but will be soon! Keep an eye on http://www.eldwenne.etsy.com

Then there was the dynamic duo of Zephyr and Kierstin – they were working the booth directly across from me which was heaven on earth – autographed photos and posters galore!  You name the movie, they had it!  My particular favorite was this gorgeous shot of Jensen Ackles.  Autographed!  AAAHH!!!

Zephyr and Kierstin (I soooo love their names!) worked their tails off the entire weekend and spent a lot of their hard-earned money at my table on such things like one of my silver woven and glass necklaces and one of my hammered silver and glass necklaces:

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This is Zephyr wearing a green glass necklace with hammered silver

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This is a made to order piece available in my shop  www.eldwenne.etsy.com (Photo by BrowsersOnline.com – 201-298-3444)

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Here is Kierstin wearing my silver weave with blue glass necklace.  

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This is also a made to order piece – just drop me a line!  www.eldwenne.etsy.com (Photo by BrowsersOnline.com – 201-298-3444) 

Jezzalyn and Lauren – best friends extraordinaire! They were looking for matching bracelets to represent their friendship and were smitten with a pentagram bracelet I had that was adorned with red Swarovski crystals.  I had more of the pentagram links to make another bracelet, but no more of the red crystals.

They came up with a great solution on their own.  Turns out that Jezzalyn’s birthstone is red and Lauren’s is green.  I did have some green crystals.  I told them to go have a swim in the hotel pool for a bit and that when they are done, their bracelets should be ready.  Here’s how happy they were with the results:

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The smiles on those faces made my day!

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A closer look at their matching pentagram friendship bracelets 

It turns out that these young ladies were busy working with Bob Somerhalder’s table.  Yes, THAT Bob Somerhalder.  He does amazing work with repurposed pieces of lumber from farmhouses – the business is called Built of Barnwood, or how it’s affectionately known as B.O.B.   Here is a link to their site:  http://www.builtofbarnwood.com/

My customer of that weekend – Joanna!!  She and her mom were such an absolute delight to spend time with.  They have such a beautiful relationship and I do hope that when my daughter Raven is older that she and I have what Joanna and her mom, Joan share.

Here is the beautiful Joanna wearing two of my pieces: Ice Blue Earrings and the Wire Wrapped Peacock Crystal Necklace:

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This young lady is quite the diplomat and is most likely a future Hillary Clinton!  And she has this perpetual smile that’s infectious!

Here are closeups of the pieces that Joanna is wearing:

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The Blue Ice earrings are available as a made to order item!  www.eldwenne.etsy.com

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Joanna snatched up the last one of these!  Lucky girl! (Photo by BrowsersOnline.com – 201-298-3444)

What an amazing experience the TVDNJ was!  I’m now looking forward to getting to Vancouver for the Salute to Supernatural convention next month!!

My friend and I are looking to share a hotel with a roommate to help defray the costs.  The hotel room is in the Sheraton where the convention is taking place (and is sold out, by the way!)

There’s a tremendous perk for you if you’re interested – as a vendor at the event, I have access to the entire weekend for myself plus one guest.  The convention is sold out, so if you’re still trying to get a weekend pass for the event, you can get in FOR FREE FOR THE ENTIRE WEEKEND, if you share hotel costs with my friend and me.  The cost would be $200 plus tax for the entire weekend.

Please note that my access does not include any autographs or photo ops – those you need to purchase on your own.

Also good news – if you donate to my fundraiser to jumpstart my convention circuit jewelry business, you receive a gift certificate for my jewelry that’s worth MORE than your donation amount!  You can also cash these gift certificates in when you see me at a convention, not just in my online shop!!

If you donate $25 – you get a gift certificate for $50.

Donations of $50 receive a gift certificate for $75

Donations of $75 receive a gift certificate for $100 -it just keeps getting better!!

To donate to my fundraiser, please visit my link: http://www.gofundme.com/EldwennesFantasySPN

Thank you everyone for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you at the VanCon 2013, if I can get the funding going – thank you!!!

Stamping Out Vampire Diaries – Jewelry, That Is!

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Yes, I am SOOOOOOO excited about this coming weekend!  On Saturday, July 13 through Sunday, July 14, I will be at The Vampire Diaries convention in Parsippany, NJ.  I’ll actually be there the evening of Friday, July 12 for any VIPs coming in!

A great friend of mine suggested I branch out into stamping to see how what I could come up with.

I don’t get out of my comfort zone often enough, so I welcomed the challenge.

I invested in a stamping kit, some beautiful silver discs, and some tools so that I could shape the discs, and I was raring to go!

You see Damon up above, here is Stefan and Elena:

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I had so much fun making these.  I also learned a couple of new skills.  Stamping is not as straightforward as you may think and it takes some concentration to get the desired effects you’re looking for.

And to make the pieces more interesting, I hammered the discs into domes for some dimension.

The finishing touches are a gorgeous bead and black satin cord.

Now you all know me, I need to tie in some Supernatural action, right?  Check out my license plate necklace:

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I also created so many new pieces, such as my pentagram cuff bracelet, Medusa ring, and my Blue Aurora Borealis and Copper necklace:

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Pentagram Cuff Bracelet

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Medusa Ring View 1

 

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Medusa Ring View 2

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Blue Aurora Borealis and Copper Necklace

I’m really looking forward to meeting you at the Vampire Diaries convention this weekend, please do come by and say hi!

I will also be selling gift certificates at the convention, but if you want more bang for your buck, if you make a donation via my Go Fund Me page: http://www.gofundme.com/2kwx90 you’ll receive a gift certificate worth MORE than your donation amount which is good towards all jewelry in my etsy shop at http://www.eldwenne.etsy.com!  The gift certificates never expire – they’re good until you spend ’em!

For example, if you donate $25, you receive a gift certificate for $50!  For a $50 donation you recieve $75! for $100 you receive $125! and it keeps getting better – It’s a great opportunity and you’ll be helping a woman jumpstart her small business dream.

Supernatural and Vampire Diaries fans – I’ve been invited by Creation Entertainment to sell my jewelry at Supernatural and Vampire Diaries conventions!

I have a lot of gorgeous Wiccan and Pagan pieces! New ones uploaded every day into my shop: http://www.eldwenne.etsy.com