Miscellaneous Joy

My sister makes jewelry.  Beautiful, custom, handmade jewelry.  And she’s really good at it.

For years she did it as a hobby.  She would make jewelry for herself or as gifts.  And people would always tell her how lovely her designs were and that she should sell them.  But her three kids were little and she didn’t have time.

Now, though, her kids are bigger and she has more time. 

And so lucky for the rest of us, she launched a shop.

All her items are completely handmade — every knot in the silk cord is hand tied, she makes her own clasps and closures and links, she hand-hammers her cuffs, she stamps each letter one by one.  She uses natural stones and materials: agate, quartz, magnesite, leather, reclaimed copper, sterling silver.  Each piece is a little work of art.

I’ve seen Melissa at work and know how much care and attention to detail goes into every item.  She’s an artist.  Making jewelry makes her happy — and the joy that goes into the making of each piece shines through.


a rainbow of leather wrap bracelets with handmade copper clasps

I’m amassing quite a collection of lovely items — some custom orders, some Etsy orders, and some surprise gifts that totally made me cry.


hand hammered reclaimed copper cuffs with hand-stamped quotes

I’m really proud of Melissa — for doing something she loves, for being brave enough to take a chance on starting a shop, for putting herself out there and embracing her art as a vital part of her life.

Melissa is wearing a Miscellaneous Joy necklace :)

Melissa is wearing a Miscellaneous Joy necklace šŸ™‚

And I really like my jewelry.


You should check her out on Facebook, on Etsy, and on Instagram

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4 thoughts on “Miscellaneous Joy

  1. Jane

    I also Love her stuff!! Great that she can do something she loves and makes her happy And make some $$ while she is at it:)

  2. Maryann Quinn

    I love her jewelry too! She just did a custom piece for me for Mother’s Day. Black and white necklace with matching earrings. It will go with so many things. Jen said she just told Melissa the colors she wanted and she just created a beautiful piece. She really is so talented.

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