The Smithery Shopping Haul!

Monday, November 10, 2014

I have the pleasure of knowing two brave independent artisan women named Jen and Anne. These two ladies had won me over with there good humor and kindness long before they opened up there own brick and mortar gallery boutique for handmade goods. MeShe Designs will not only be carried in there gorgeous gallery this coming holiday season in Columbus Ohio but I just purchased a few goodies from there wide selection of artisan pieces.  

I fell in love with a beautiful hand spun silk scarf they shared on there Facebook page The Smithery . I immediately contacted them to find out more information such as dimensions and pricing and I had a nice chat with Jen and Anne about some goodies I was interested in purchasing. Not only do they treat there friends, artists, and customers like gold they themselves are kind hearted women looking to support there network. This makes me want to buy from other makers as a consumer.

Lets get into the goodies shall we? I purchased three items. One the NV London Calcutta and Rob Ryan collaboration Scarf. Two a pair of Kristin Perkins glass blown post earrings, and the third item is my every growing collection of Jen Townsend stud earrings.

A beautiful card with lots of funnies written on it from my dear friends. They included the sweetest note inside which made me smile.

Here are some of the business cards included, Anne and Jen which own the The Smithery, and Kristin Perkins which makes the red glass blown earrings. They packaged everything so it felt like Christmas for me. Every bow and paper I unwrapped like Carrie Bradshaw and her Manolo Blahniks.

I was most excited for this scarf to arrive. Jen and Anne educated me on the history and background of the Artist Rob Ryan. This scarf was a collaboration piece with NV London Calcutta and Rob Ryan.  First off the packaging all together was luxe, I felt like I just went shopping at a Soho gallery. The scarf came in this beautiful blue box with information cards and the details on this particular line. Contact them for pricing and shipping.

Talk about attention to detail, this is why i love buying from artists. They want you to know the process like any well made item. It makes you feel like you are purchasing something special, cared for and loved.

I was immediately drawn to a few things on this scarf. The print: its like a wintery mix of wonderland with a beautiful quote that reads 'Look closer and closer and look further and further and listen harder and harder to the noise of the earth and the silence of the stars and what you will hear is a small voice that whispers -Don't try to get try to give'. This to me reminds me of the winter season ahead, it feels cozy and reminds me of Whoville from The Grinch. I especially was drawn to the man looking out the telescope. Overall this piece is unique, wearable, a true piece of art. The size is perfect, not too big or too small perfect to wrap around you, and your not swallowed in the scarf.

I love that you can see the print when worn. I have no words other than I am in love. I don't think I ever gravitated to an accessory quite like this one.

Now to the jewelry, which was packaged in tissue paper and a box. Look at those stickers yes I love it and yes I want it lol!

Each pair of earrings came in a jewelry box and a ribbon. I loved unwrapping there items start to finish it was a fun exciting experience. I am a sucker for good packaging.

These are the Kristin Perkins Circle Studs which are beautiful hand blown glass with a sterling dot in the middle and sterling earring post. Simple, everyday, and RED my favorite color. I was concerned that these would droop like some heavier post earrings. But Jen and Anne assured me they would just float on the ears. And that they do, they are ultra comfortable and don't sag. The glass looks like candy, blown to perfection. These are a must in my book.

Another shot of these beauties.

My Jen Townsend earrings, I already own three or four other earrings from Jen and I love love love them. Hence the reason I needed another pair. These are her classic pebble studs, which are enameled copper with a sterling silver post. They are so lightweight, everyday and dapped for dimension. I have these in two other colors. These are a total hit whenever I wear them, my best friend always expresses how much she loves them. I guess its time to buy her a pair as well :)

 Both of the earrings together

 Jen Townsend Earrings off the earring card.

 Another shot of the Kristin Perkins earrings on!

That wraps up my blogpost for The Smithery. I am beyond pleased with the entire experience shopping with Jen and Anne. I truly felt like I was in the store buying from them. Be sure to check them out if you are local and if you aren't feel free to visit there website or call (614) 867-5780.