Feb 9, 2012

Etsy Favorite: Olive Yew and a Giveaway!

Thursday has become my day to share with you my latest Etsy obsessions. This week I want to introduce you all to Angela Parker-Kennedy, the mastermind and designer behind Olive Yew. Angela prides herself in creating petite gold and silver pieces that are gorgeous and delicate. In order for you guys to get to know Angela and her work a little better, I asked her a few questions:
1. What inspired you to start designing jewelry?
It was simple for me, I wasn't happy doing what I was doing for a living - so I made a
decision to create a job with the skills I already had. I didn't know at the time it would be making jewelry. I just knew that I had marketing skills, a design background, an education in sculpture and the drive to get out of corporate America.

2. When did you start designing?
I've made stuff (as I prefer to call it), since I was 8 years old, but I just started making jewelry last March. I was a graphic/web designer, illustrator and creative director or a span of about 15 years. I found I could be very good at something if I loved it-like children's publishing. But I really didn't like corporate culture, and I fell out of love with design. That was kinda heartbreaking for me. I just didn't know what to do with myself, so I took a little time to really think about what I wanted to do, and look at my existing set of skills.
I knew I had to do something creative and I had experience in marketing and design. Why waste it? I majored in art with a concentration in fibers and sculpture, but I was always more comfortable working on a very small scale. I thought back to that often - jewelry made sense. I've also had a hard time finding jewelry simple enough for my taste, so I started there. Petite, simple jewelry.

3. Where do you find your inspiration?
I find it everywhere. It's funny how I notice what everyone is wearing no matter where I am or what I'm watching. Some days I'm "on" creatively, and other days I'm swamped with the day to day side of running this business. When I'm in a creative spell, ideas just come to me - I can't get them out fast enough sometimes, and I can't say I know exactly where that comes from. Creativity has always been like that for me, it just comes sometimes and I have no choice but to make something...anything, just to get it out. When If I'm not creatively inspired, there's always marketing to do...which I also thoroughly enjoy.

4. Name a few of your favorite jewelry designers.
I struggled with this question for days because I honestly don't have favorite jewelry designers. I don't know who I like and who I don't like because I don't specifically pay attention to other designers. I never wore much jewelry because I never found anything that was simple enough for me, and I'm very, very picky. So I decided to make what I do like - and I did.




Now, for some exciting news! Angela has offered to give away the Lucky Rose Gold Horseshoe necklace to one lucky reader. I know, amazing! To enter please do one or all of the following (up to 6 entries):
1. Visit Olive Yew and leave a comment telling me which one is your favorite piece
2. Follow Fashion Truffles publicly via GFC
3. Like Fashion Truffles on Facebook
4. Favorite Olive Yew on Etsy
5. Like Olive Yew on Facebook
6. Tweet about the giveaway (please mention @viv_fashiontruf and @oliveyewjewels)


p.s. I'm over at small shop today sharing my current obsession with mint and sea foam green. Run over to Erika's fabulous blog and show her some love ;)
AND congrats to Ashley Nicole Catherine, entry #13, for winning the Kim Peterson Art giveaway!!!

72 comments:

  1. In love!! I follow you via GFC

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  2. I like Olive Yew on Facebook

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  3. I love learning about new etsy stores! Thanks so much for sharing- I love everything in her store!

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  4. Etsy forever amazes me. Such a fun store! I like all of her rose gold pieces. So delicate and pretty.

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  5. Love the rose gold bar necklace!

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  6. I love the horseshoe necklace!

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  7. and would love the yellow gold three bar necklace. It's a beauty!

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  8. I follow you via Google Friend Connect.
    -Joann

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  9. Love her designs, the horseshoe is my fav!!

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  10. So pretty! I just adore that necklace. I also love the Rose Gold Clover Necklace. Thanks so much!

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

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  11. I follow you on GFC.

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

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  12. Tweet:
    https://twitter.com/#!/roomofmyown/status/167685236925272064

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

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  13. I added Olive Yew as a favorite on Etsy (slnet)

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

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  14. i love the "Simple gold clover necklace - shamrock necklace - lucky gold jewelry"

    elallzs(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. i like Fashion Truffle on FB!

    elallzs(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. i like Olive Yew Jewels on FB!

    elallzs(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. i added Olive Yew Jewels to my fav on Etsy!

    elallzs(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. i loveee the small rose gold bar necklace...even if i don't win this might have to go on my wish list!

    xo
    Emily
    www.v-salt.com
    vsaltfashion@gmail.com

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  19. loved on etsy!

    xo
    Emily
    www.v-salt.com
    vsaltfashion@gmail.com

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  20. Found you on FB!

    xo
    Emily
    www.v-salt.com
    vsaltfashion@gmail.com

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  21. Found/Liked Olive Yew on FB!

    xo
    Emily
    www.v-salt.com
    vsaltfashion@gmail.com

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  22. lastly...tweeted from @vsalt_fashion

    xo
    Emily
    www.v-salt.com
    vsaltfashion@gmail.com

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  23. I follow you.

    Tab
    my-cliffnotes.blogspot.com
    tabadoo@gmail.com

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  24. So many pretty pieces! Love the bow necklace!

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  25. That horeshoe is so adorable! Thanks for sharing.

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  26. I love the gold stud earrings! Great giveaway!

    whitneykayestyles.blogspot.com

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  27. Great giveaway!
    Love the horseshoe necklace... and the red leather heart bracelet is super cute!
    ~Karen
    beachchic5@gmail.com
    http://fashionboardconfessional.blogspot.com

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  28. Following Fashion Truffles on GFC.
    ~Karen
    beachchic5@gmail.com
    http://fashionboardconfessional.blogspot.com

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  29. Like Fashion Truffles on Facebook
    ~Karen
    beachchic5@gmail.com
    http://fashionboardconfessional.blogspot.com

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  30. Favorited Olive Yew on Etsy.
    ~Karen
    beachchic5@gmail.com
    http://fashionboardconfessional.blogspot.com

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  31. Like Olive Yew on FB.
    ~Karen
    beachchic5@gmail.com
    http://fashionboardconfessional.blogspot.com

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  32. and tweeted :)
    https://twitter.com/#!/FashionStarr/status/167793979864264704
    ~Karen
    beachchic5@gmail.com
    http://fashionboardconfessional.blogspot.com

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  33. I love the long bar rose gold necklace! It's so pretty! The horseshoe one is so unique, I love it too!
    courtney.e.perkins07@gmail.com

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  34. I follow you via Google Friend Connect! :) Thanks for the great giveaway!
    courtney.e.perkins07@gmail.com

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  35. I'm your facebook fan! :) FB name = Courtney Elizabeth. Crossing my fingers to win!
    courtney.e.perkins07@gmail.com

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  36. Added OliveYew as a fave on Etsy! She really has amazing stuff!! :)
    courtney.e.perkins07@gmail.com

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  37. I liked OliveYew on facebook! :) My FB name is Courtney Elizabeth. Love this giveaway!

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  38. I tweeted about the giveaway from @ceperk! :) Would love to own that beautiful necklace :)

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  39. You are the best for doing all of these Etsy features/giveaways. My favorite has to be the "Simple long gold bar necklace"!

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  40. I love her stuff! My favorite is the bow necklace, but I also LOVE the gold bar. I can't decide, they're both gorgeous!

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  41. Tweeted about this! Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

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  42. ooh so many lovely things...liking the long gold bar necklace!

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  43. My favourite item is this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/92008414/gold-stud-earrings-square-stud-earrings
    debby_f@hotmail.it

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  44. I follow Fashion Truffles publicly via GFC!
    debby_f@hotmail.it

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  45. I Like Fashion Truffles on Facebook!
    On fb: Debora Ferri
    E-mail: debby_f@hotmail.it

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  46. I Like Olive Yew on Facebook!
    On fb: Debora Ferri
    E-mail: debby_f@hotmail.it

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  47. AMAZING POST, LOVELY BLOG!
    CONGRATS!
    XOXO,
    FASHIONHYPNOTISED GIRL

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  48. She makes beautiful jewelry! My favorite is the tiny gold starfish necklace.

    Thanks!
    Kathleen C.
    kelayda@gmail

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  49. I recently purchased the Tiny heart initial necklace in silver and love it!

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  50. I Like Fashion Truffles on Facebook.

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  51. Olive Yew is a favorite on Etsy.

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  52. What a wonderful giveaway! I would choose the tiny initial necklace from her shop. So cute!

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  53. Thank you so much for this feature-and to everyone for your kind words!!! This was so much fun and turned out beautifully. Thanks a million (again)!

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  54. I love so many of her pieces...it's impossible to choose! But the horseshoe is definitely one of my favorite!

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  55. LOve the Gold Disk Necklace-beautiful jewellry!

    Elaine R
    emrosser@shaw.ca

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  56. Liked Fashion Truffles on Facebook. Elaine Rosser


    Elaine R
    emrosser@shaw.ca

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  57. Liked Olive Yew on Facebook. Elaine Rosser

    Elaine R
    emrosser@shaw.ca

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