My sister-in-law, Kristine, celebrated her 25th birthday, last week, and I really wanted to get her something extra special this year. She had her 3rd baby, my sweet niece, Talia, this year, and she and her husband just purchased their first home, this summer. It’s been an exciting year, and I wanted to give her something that’s meaningful, to make this birthday a little more memorable.
Kristine absolutely loves steampunk, so when I stumbled across the Lily Mairi shop on Etsy, I immediately thought of her, and knew I had to have something from the shop for her birthday gift. I was thrilled when Jennifer, the brilliant artist behind Lily Mairi, offered to send me a gorgeous steampunk owl necklace for free, in exchange for reviewing her shop here on the blog. Yes please and thank you!!
Isn’t that gorgeous???
Handmade and incorporating vintage elements, including old clock gears (very steampunk, as is the gorgeous owl), this necklace is stunning! All of the pieces are securely integrated into a solid pendant, making it a necklace Kristine can wear around her very young children without fear of anything breaking off. The chain contains multiple sizes of links, making it very sturdy, and unlikely to break, warp, or tangle. Jennifer chose a larger clasp, which only adds to the durability of the piece. Even the three short chains at the bottom of the pendant are attached with larger rings, which I think is not only smart, but makes it even more unique and visually interesting.
My favorite thing about this necklace is the color palette. Victorian inspired, rich and dark, with a gorgeous luster and texture, it evokes a definite mood of romance and mystery.
Nick and I were so excited to be able to give Kristine such a beautiful piece of art, and the fact that every Lily Mairi creation is a one-of-a-kind handmade creation makes it that much more special. And Kristine loved her new necklace!
I really enjoyed working with Jennifer, and highly recommend her work for its beauty, durability, uniqueness, and flare for the dramatic. She makes all of her pieces by hand, down to the last detail, and all of the fabric in her flowers are constructed from vintage fabric. Her shop is stocked with a wide variety of unique items, including jewelry, hair accessories for women and girls, bow ties for boys, greeting cards, fascinators, bridal accessories, and more. Because every piece is one-of-a-kind, she adds new items on a regular basis. Jennifer began creating hair accessories and bow ties for her children, and quickly expanded (and is still expanding) to include pretty much anything her brilliant imagination could come up with. I am so excited to see what she dreams up, next!
As if I could be any happier with my experience with Lily Mairi, Jennifer made my day by offering you, my wonderful readers, a chance to win one of her original creations. How about that?!
That’s right ~ you can enter to win this stunning Steampunk Keyhole Necklace from Lily Mairi, right here on The Homemade Creative!!!
One of my favorite things about this necklace is the incredible sheen and luster of the metal. The rich color palette is enhanced by the finish, and as you can see if you look at the two photographs above, the way the light hits the necklace affects how the eye perceives the color, especially on the compass arms. And look at that burnish on the floral clasp! Purely stunning. I’m almost sad to give this away, and not simply buy it from her for my own collection *wink*
To enter for a chance to win this gorgeous Steampunk Keyhole Necklace, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below (simply click the “button” and be sure to follow the instructions that pop up, then click “Enter” to claim your entry). Only the first two entries are required, and once those are completed, you will see a number of optional entries you can choose from, for extra chances to win. Be sure to compete both required entries, so that you are eligible to win! Only residents of the United States who are at least 18 years old are eligible to win this giveaway, and it is VOID where prohibited by law. This giveaway runs from Monday, August
5th 26th, 2013 at 8am CST to Monday, August 19th, 2013 at 11:59pm. Good luck, and thank you for joining us this lovely Monday morning!
***UPDATE: Due to an error on my part, this giveaway has been extended, and will now end on 8/26. If you previously entered, and were unable to complete the entry “Follow Lily Mairi on Pinterest”, please note that you can now complete that entry. If you already claimed it, please visit http://pinterest.com/LilyMairi/ and “Follow All” to complete your entry. Thank you!***
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