Thursday, April 26, 2007

Made With Love

I stopped in at J. Kinney the other day and spotted some beautiful handmade jewelry near the register. The five artists’ work they sell (one of which is local) range from ribbon bracelets adorned with vintage buttons and beads to sleek disc earrings rimmed in gold with vivid capiz shell centers. There were also some cute chunky rings decorated with vintage accoutrements and pins made out of actual buttons. The various brands even have some interesting backgrounds. Kinney says the capiz shells used in the Origin jewelry are cultivated in the Phillipines. The Firefly brand jewelry is designed in L.A. and additional work is done in Guatemala where the workshop employs fair trade practices. Elizabeth Markey is a local jewelry maker and sells the adorable ribbon bracelets. Check out these brands: Elements by Jill Schwartz, Lisa Tolland, Firefly, Origin, Katie Bird and Elizabeth Markey.
Also check out J. Kinney’s Caldrea sale. These earth-friendly cleaning products smell great and have beautiful packaging. Pick up a sample from the store, use it, then bring back the package to receive fifteen percent off of one Caldrea product, twenty percent off two and twenty-five percent off three or more. Without the package customers still get ten percent off Caldrea products. Sale runs through April.
J. Kinney, 1835 Monroe St., 255-7500. Click here for JKinney's website

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