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Meet : Jodi Levine

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Hello and thanks for reading our blog. I thought I'd share some of the crafting I do on the side.

I've been making jewelry since I was a kid, when my proud mom and her kind friends were my best (well, only) customers. Years later I started making oversized necklaces out of crepe paper flowers as an attempt to design an accessory for my wedding dress.
That got me taken with making jewelry from non-traditional materials. I experimented with pom-poms, Tyvek, plastic shopping bags, and more. When my now six-year-old son was a baby, we were playing with his big wooden lacing beads and I was inspired to start mixing those with vintage wooden beads on gold chains. Sometimes I’ll mix them with handmade felt flowers and leaves. I also love using these metallic vintage fabric pinwheels that Tinsel Trading used to sell.

After years of only getting it together to sell at the (amazing) annual Holiday crafts fair organized by Marcie and Laura Normandin and our (also amazing) employee craft sale, I thought I might try to finally put something in my Etsy shop.

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When I wear these necklaces my sons like to play with them…and then I can sneak in a few extra snuggles. Next I’ll have to figure out how to work in the Legos and Star Wars guys that are slowly replacing the baby toys!

Comments (18)

  • FYI, the images in this post are humongous and taking a really long time to load...

    Very cute ideas though!

  • Hi Jodi, so happy to be able to see your work on this blog. Good luck
    God bless you and your family.
    Rowaida Flayhan

  • What a fun style! I especially like the red wooden beads with the felt flowers and leaves. The 'softness' of the felt and the 'harness' of the beads are a great combination! You may want to consider adding some handmade polymer clay beads in with your mix. Very cool things could come of that!

  • Beautiful photography on this craft.

  • Beautiful jewelry! I can't wait to check out your Etsy shop.

  • I love your creation!!! So simple, yet elegant and feminine!

  • Really lovely, whimsical, elegant pieces - that's a tough combo to pull off!

  • Your jewelery work is absolutely gorgeous!
    So bold and fabulous organic contrast, mmmm..

    thanks so much for sharing!

    thea.
    xx

    (www.forthevisionaries.tumblr.com)

  • Hi ; I like your jewelry . I'm learning wire wrap jewelry making . I want to learn to make beads with polymer clay also ,sometime in the future .

  • The bold shapes and so loveable coral colours are eye catching! I love making necklaces with unexpected materials too!

  • Bold, simple, fun and gorgeous.

    Love your Etsy shop as well.

    Best,

    Katherine

  • I absolutely love your necklaces! Thank you so much for the inspiration.

  • The jewelry designs are unique! I know I won't find them anywhere else until of course, they are copied....and yes, they will be!

    I wear my beads, cloth flowers, and my stunning and very flashy gold and fuscia flowers necklaces as evening wear and going out to lunch wear!!!! I get nothing but compliments!

    I'm so conservative in my dress and jewelry, but when I wear these unique necklaces, I get an amazing amount of attention! And that's very nice!

  • I cut an article out of the Dec. issue of Living probably 2006 called Beads to Beguile making beautiful ornaments. I haven't been able to find the directions on your website. Can you help me. I would love to make some of the ornaments for family and friends this holiday season.

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hello - here is the link for the Beading Story
    http://www.marthastewart.com/article/beads-to-beguile

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