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Featured Seller: Specimental

Jan 23, 2012

by Laura Treloar

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Laura Treloar, the jeweler behind the successful shop Specimental, talks raw minerals and contemporary collaboration in this edition of Featured Seller.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Specimental keeps me as busy as a full-time job. I am a single mother to three small children, who are now 4, 6 and 7.  I am also a full-time high school art teacher here in Vancouver, Canada. I live in a 100-year-old house which is nearing the end of a five-and-a-half-year complete restoration of the interior and exterior. When I am not busy with any of these pursuits, I am often found vacuuming. It’s how I relax.

What would be the title of your memoir?
I would have to borrow the title from Nico, who said she if she ever wrote an autobiography, she would entitle it Moving Target. This sums up my life and my method of functioning. I am constantly mothering, working in the studio and at school, and doing all manner of other things that propel me through my day, regardless of what is thrown at me. It can’t hit you if you just keep moving!

Where does your inspiration come from?
In my jewelry design, my inspiration comes mainly from the specimens I work with. I have a collection of hundreds of raw minerals and rough gemstone specimens, most of which will likely never be turned into pieces of jewelry. Of course, that does not stop me from collecting them obsessively.

What does handmade mean to you?
To me, handmade means a level of humanity, obsessive focus and careful consideration that does not occur with the mass produced. There is a dose of comfort in a handmade object. I greatly admire craftsmanship, and surround myself with objects that bear the human touch. These include my old house, my antique furniture, much of my clothing and my art collection. Etsy has been a fantastic venue in which to find the makers of the handmade objects I want to live with.

Who has been most influential in your craft?
This person was my husband, David, whom I met in 1997. He was the one who first encouraged me to take up metalsmithing. He was always so excited and proud of my work, and was the first person to see each of my new designs. Every time, without fail, he would tell me that it was my best piece ever. He used to tell me that one day, he was certain I would be chosen as Featured Seller. He was right, here I am. I am so sorry he is missing it, as he died unexpectedly in March of 2011. He would be going absolutely mental about this if he were here.

When did you know you were an artist?
I am from a family of six children, half of whom are working artists. My parents are very creative people. My mother also makes jewelry, and my dad draws and paints in oils. My grandmother used to metalsmith, cut stones, sew, paint and carve. I have always been surrounded by people making things, and have always made things, too. I enrolled in a specialized art program in high school, and then went on to study at the Emily Carr Institute (now University) of Art and Design here in Vancouver. So, I would have to say that for as long as I can recall, I have been creating art and crafting objects.

How would you describe your creative process?
When I am designing a new piece, I will pull out the stone I want to work with, view it in a strong light from all angles, and then get to work designing a piece around the elements in its form that attract me the most. It is very seldom that I create a sketch of any of my pieces. I get a basic idea in my mind of where I want the design to go, and then see what happens along the way. I am particularly interested in surface finishes, and am always looking for new ways to texture metals in ways that I feel complement the specimen I am working around.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
I would most like to watch old artisans at work, using techniques that we no longer understand or would have difficulty replicating. I would really love to have been in the workspace of the artisan who created the Tara brooch. It is such a wonder of detailed design, technique and materials that it bends my mind. The level of technical mastery is astounding, and it was made in 700 A.D. using completely rudimentary tools and techniques. I would also want to watch over the shoulder of Denbei Shoami, who lived and worked in Japan from 1651-1728. He is credited with first creating Mokume gane, a diffusion welding technique which he used in his craft of building samurai swords. Mokume gane translates literally into “wood eye metal,” which is exactly how the different metals lie together. It looks like a cross-cut piece of a precious metal tree.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
I have two. One is a handmade quilt that my grandmother created for me when I was a little girl. It is vivid pink and bright green, and is covered with little applique animals that she made out of bits of wool and cotton. I have given it to my daughter. The other is a birthday card made of Polaroid photos and a handmade wire frame. My husband took the photos and assembled the card for me the first year we were dating. I saw it, and was hooked.

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
I don’t think I’ve ever had one, so I can’t comment on how I would get out of them. A way I avoid them, both at school and in the studio, is collaborating with other artists. I am always writing grant applications at work so I can bring contemporary artists into my classroom, where we will collaborate along with my students on big, site-specific pieces. The latest collaboration I am working on is a three-person project. I am working with Vancouver artist Brent Clowater, who made my awesome shop banner, and NYC’s Carla Hansen (known on Etsy as My Needle Habit). Brent and I have worked together in my classroom a number of times, and Carla and I have been buying work from each other for a few years on Etsy. We decided we wanted to work on a multimedia, cross-border collaborative series. I passed Brent one of my favourite quartz specimens, which he interpreted into an abstract painting. He cut the canvas into pieces, and shipped it to Carla for her embroidery touch. She will be shipping it back to me here in Vancouver, where I will be adding some finishing touches in metal. We are not quite sure what this will look like or where it is headed, but are all pretty excited to be working together in this fashion.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
I guess I would like my life to be as it is now. I want to be surrounded by my sweet children and my loving, supportive friends and family, teaching and helping kids love art, working in my studio, and still moving frenetically through my days.

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354 comments

  • layracreations

    layracreations said 5 years ago

    Great story. Amazing work. Congrats

  • SeaGlassJournal

    SeaGlassJournal said 5 years ago

    Fantabulous work! Congrats on being featured and good luck with your endeavor.

  • WingedWorld

    WingedWorld said 5 years ago

    This is truly inspirational how she manages to balance so many things. I loved reading her thoughts on the importance of handmade items.

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats on the FS!!!!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 5 years ago

    Your work is so amazingly beautiful and your story and interview are very inspiring I would really love to see the finished piece of the work that you are collaborating on with the other two artisans. God and your husband are truly looking down and smiling on you and your kids. Stayed Blessed and thank you for a very inspiring interview

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work and great interview. Congrats!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work. And I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Congrats on the feature, you definitely deserve it.

  • VoleedeMoineaux

    VoleedeMoineaux said 5 years ago

    Wow thats hard work!!!!

  • packmatthews

    packmatthews said 5 years ago

    Congrats on being featured artist as your late husband predicted. Your students are so fortunate! What a great example of a practicing teacher. Way to go juggle all that you do.

  • ConvergedCommodities

    ConvergedCommodities said 5 years ago

    Jaw-dropping-gorgeousness!

  • LoveButtons

    LoveButtons said 5 years ago

    Stunningly beautiful work - I especially love those opal and gold rings :)

  • riverluna

    riverluna said 5 years ago

    Love this! Gorgeous pieces!

  • kakule

    kakule said 5 years ago

    Wonderful work. Congrats!

  • birdhouseaccents

    birdhouseaccents said 5 years ago

    Congrats

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous work, fantastic story. Your strength to carry on alone to keep your family together is more than beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations on the feature! Blessings on you, your family, and your shop, Hannah Jasmine

  • AronaDesigns

    AronaDesigns said 5 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry. I haven't seen anything like it before that I remember. Congrats on the feature!

  • StudioSeventyFive

    StudioSeventyFive said 5 years ago

    Amazing work and a truly inspirational story. So glad you are the featured seller, and hope you have continued energy for all your endeavors! Congratulations.

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 5 years ago

    Loved learning about the Tara brooch...I too am amazed at the artistry and craftsmanship that existed hundreds and thousands of years ago! As craftspeople, we have a wonderful legacy to live up to! Best wishes for continued success with your beautiful designs!

  • freesoul

    freesoul said 5 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! Your story is heart touching and wishing you continued success and thank you for sharing this joy of art with other people!

  • CindyTurnerDesigns

    CindyTurnerDesigns said 5 years ago

    I have been a fan of your work and your shop for a long time; really beautiful. Congratulations on being featured.

  • somsstudiosupplies

    somsstudiosupplies said 5 years ago

    Wow!! Your work is gorgeous! Congratulations on the feature!

  • nuralpar

    nuralpar said 5 years ago

    Love your work!

  • MySelvagedLife

    MySelvagedLife said 5 years ago

    Your creations are so gorgeous and such an inspiration! I've been waiting to see you as FS! Congratulations!

  • TIMELESSLUSTER

    TIMELESSLUSTER said 5 years ago

    Congratulations. I can see your inner strength in your pieces. You are a remarkable woman. All the best!

  • ThomasHaskettArtist

    ThomasHaskettArtist said 5 years ago

    Wow! They're amazing, they must take ages to make..

  • sweetpeaknitstudio

    sweetpeaknitstudio said 5 years ago

    So glad to see you as Featured Seller- your work is just beautiful!

  • NangijalaJewelry

    NangijalaJewelry said 5 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! Love your work :-)

  • KristinNoelDesigns

    KristinNoelDesigns said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring work! Congrats on the feature!

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 5 years ago

    Beautiful. Congrats on the feature!

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 5 years ago

    I love your work! And your story is so inspiring! I'm a teacher too and I absolutely love the inspiration I find in the younger generations. Thanks for sharing your story and work! Congrats on the feature, too!

  • pagepottery

    pagepottery said 5 years ago

    Beautiful! Congrats :)

  • karmabeadsupply

    karmabeadsupply said 5 years ago

    i have admired your work and your shop for a long time. congrats on being featured - awesome inspiring story!

  • gemagenta

    gemagenta said 5 years ago

    Laura! congratulations on the feature! I just met your work and i find it so rich and beautiful. I love it! I'm deeply sorry about your husband, I got a knot in my throat reading it, I think many of us share that our mens are our most important cheerleaders, supporters, advisers, etc... But like you said, he was right! and you made it to the FS, such a big accomplishment to share with your little kids and beloved ones. I wish you all the best with your shop, your frenetic agenda, and your kids, I hope that they can continue with the craftsmanship legacy :)

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign said 5 years ago

    Amazing work!

  • BizzieLane

    BizzieLane said 5 years ago

    Stunningly beautiful beautiful work! The Cobalt Aura Quartz necklace is just gorgeous!!! Congratulations on being Featured!

  • EldorTinaJewelry

    EldorTinaJewelry said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work!!!

  • fireflynotes

    fireflynotes said 5 years ago

    SOOOOO thrilled to see you featured! Congrats to you elsetee and I look forward to seeing you around! ;)

  • JillianReneDecor

    JillianReneDecor said 5 years ago

    What a fabulous feature - your jewelry is GORGEOUS!

  • EldorTinaJewelry

    EldorTinaJewelry said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work and story!

  • HarvestMoonFeltworks

    HarvestMoonFeltworks said 5 years ago

    I am also an art teacher and mother of children the same age as yours. I admire the effort you seem to put into the many facets of your life. Congratulations on your Feature and many more successes to you in the future!

  • cartelle

    cartelle said 5 years ago

    Laura, I cannot even begin to image how you do it alll - but I am so inspired that you can!

  • Railin

    Railin said 5 years ago

    Truly inspiring story, thank you for sharing it with us ... and gorgeous jewellery ... I'd like to get one and I usually don't even wear jewellery!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    mattyhandmadecrafts said 5 years ago

    Amazing! Congrats!!!

  • ShibaNgDesigns

    ShibaNgDesigns said 5 years ago

    It's nice to see a featured seller from Vancouver! Congratulations!! Your work is beautiful.

  • RosepathCollection

    RosepathCollection said 5 years ago

    Congratulatons! Fabulous work!

  • MidwestAlchemy

    MidwestAlchemy said 5 years ago

    Love your work...congrats! Best of luck to you!

  • RedFernVintage

    RedFernVintage said 5 years ago

    I love the chunky quality to your pieces, I want one!

  • inbloomdesigns

    inbloomdesigns said 5 years ago

    Congrats on the feature, I agree, this truly is an inspiring story, wow! I am off to check out your shop!

  • CathyMcMurray

    CathyMcMurray said 5 years ago

    Laura, your story is moving and inspirational. I was a high school art teacher for 10 years- that alone consumed so much of my time. You are an amazing woman to be able to run your business along with full-time teaching and parenting! I hope this feature brings you many new creative opportunities. Good luck with your collaborations, and I look forward to reading more about your work.

  • pepidesigns

    pepidesigns said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your achievement. What an inspirational story - you are such a strong and creative soul and it definitely shows in your pieces!

  • jojosvintagecupboard

    jojosvintagecupboard said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous work!! Congrats on the feature!

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 5 years ago

    Very beautiful work. Congratulations! You are inspirational and a very hard-working woman.

  • jamiespinello

    jamiespinello said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature! Your house sounds like a magical wonderland!

  • Ladybugcircus

    Ladybugcircus said 5 years ago

    Very nice. A featured seller who is down to earth and humble as well as talented. Keep it up.

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • Linohandmade

    Linohandmade said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work ! Congrats !

  • shopbobbi

    shopbobbi said 5 years ago

    great article...beautiful work...

  • WestAstheCrowFlies

    WestAstheCrowFlies said 5 years ago

    Kudos, Laura, on the feature article! I've stopped by your Etsy store often and love the work you create and how you design around the stone. I admit I'm a bit of a nut case about gems and minerals, and textured metal. I look forward to seeing more of your creations. Is there a website or what not where I can see some of your collaborative efforts or works of art being worked on in your classroom? I was going to say Best of Luck, but you seem to be making your luck as you go along! A pleasure reading your article!

  • weathergirl

    weathergirl said 5 years ago

    So glad to see you are a featured seller!! It is much deserved. I have long admired your work since finding your shop a few years back. Your story is inspiring. Here's to your continued success!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    Congrats on your feature ..now for a vacuum celebration? ;) Your jewelry is outstanding, wow!!

  • VioletdaleJewellery

    VioletdaleJewellery said 5 years ago

    Wow. Gorgeous work!

  • volkerwandering

    volkerwandering said 5 years ago

    Beautiful Jewelry!

  • ellainaboutique

    ellainaboutique said 5 years ago

    Beautiful and inspiring story ~ You are so strong and so talented. I don't know if I would have your strength in the same situation. I'm truly amazed and wish you all the best in the future.

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights said 5 years ago

    Your work is beautiful! Congrats!!!

  • sommerscoffeeco

    sommerscoffeeco said 5 years ago

    congrats on your feature

  • Hoalanebridal

    Hoalanebridal said 5 years ago

    beautiful creations!

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 5 years ago

    best of luck to you!

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! I adore your creations. :)

  • TheRavensDaughter

    TheRavensDaughter said 5 years ago

    Absolutely ❤ your work! & have had my eye on one of your rings for some time. congratulations on being featured you deserve it, your work is beautiful.

  • StudioCybele

    StudioCybele said 5 years ago

    Wonderful work

  • sadiedesignsca

    sadiedesignsca said 5 years ago

    So wonderful to see a great artist from Vancouver featured. Congrats!

  • peacesofindigo

    peacesofindigo said 5 years ago

    What a wonderful interview. You are so talented! Congrats on being featured seller!!!

  • hydratethecat

    hydratethecat said 5 years ago

    I so admire your shop. Your pieces are such artworks and so unique. Your story is inspiring and heartbreaking, thanks for letting us all peek in to your world!

  • GardenDaisiesStudio

    GardenDaisiesStudio said 5 years ago

    Your craftsmanship, along with your attention to detail in your pieces, are beautiful. Congratulations on your featured seller feature - you definitely deserve it. Best wishes for you in the future :)

  • chinamommy

    chinamommy said 5 years ago

    Oh wow, now that is some gorgeous jewelry!! Congrats on the feature, I'm sure your husband is smiling down and going "mental". Best wishes on your continued success :)

  • terabliss

    terabliss said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous, amazing, incredible work! What a lovely interview!!

  • helenbobelen

    helenbobelen said 5 years ago

    Congratulations. I'm glad your husband was right : ).

  • truthbeautyandlove27

    truthbeautyandlove27 said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on being a featured seller, your story really touched me. I also liked how you described your creative process and the title of your memoir. Your work is beautiful

  • myAvonlea

    myAvonlea said 5 years ago

    You're such an encouragement. I cannot begin to express how much I respect your endurance and attitude in the midst of such tragedy. Your work is truly another language and each piece translates something so far beyond what I can express. The engagement ring you made my brothers WOWs everyone who lays eyes on it. Congrats on your feature I hope you make history <3 Much Love - Alison

  • shoptsarevna

    shoptsarevna said 5 years ago

    Congratulations, very happy for you! I really like you black opal ring and earrings very unique feel.

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 5 years ago

    I admire your work, and now I admire you as a person :0)

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 5 years ago

    I admire your work and now I admire you as a person :0)

  • deepbluesea

    deepbluesea said 5 years ago

    So much talent and focus packed into one amazing woman! You're an inspiration. And I don't think you're husband is missing you as featured seller. I think he's celebrating right along with you! You've got one heck of a guardian angel...

  • Karismafinejewellery

    Karismafinejewellery said 5 years ago

    Wow, fabulous work and a very inspirational story. Kristin

  • myneedlehabit

    myneedlehabit said 5 years ago

    Laura, I always knew this day would come. That you would be featured. I am so proud of all that you have done. Because of...and in spite of. And I believe that Dave is here today, too. Rock on, Laura.

  • loveyourvintagenest

    loveyourvintagenest said 5 years ago

    My new favorite jewelry seller hands down!!!!! What an amazing story. Good luck and best wishes!

  • angryhairjewelry

    angryhairjewelry said 5 years ago

    You are superwoman...... kids, job and beautiful jewelry! Good for you. You are an inspiration.

  • NancyvdBoom

    NancyvdBoom said 5 years ago

    such beautiful art, I admire your talent and skills. Wishing you all the best and congratz on the feature !!

  • elenamc

    elenamc said 5 years ago

    Hurrah! Laura's work is just genius and wherever I go in this world from Asia to Europe to here, (allover NY) I get stopped and questioned whenever I wear my Aquamarine Pyramid Ring that she created! Each piece she creates appears as admirable as she is... Can't wait to see the collaborative pieces to come!

  • Ahkriti

    Ahkriti said 5 years ago

    So happy to read your story! Congratulations on the feature! Your guardian angel must be ONE HAPPY ANGEL! God bless!

  • prillarguri1976

    prillarguri1976 said 5 years ago

    Your jewels are lovely. Hope to buy one of those opals. I like to vacuum as well..Maybe because I can't hear the chaos for awhile. You have planted a seed in my brain, "it can't hit you if you just keep moving." Best of luck to you and your children.

  • amberalexander

    amberalexander said 5 years ago

    congratulations!!! I have loved your work for a long long time:) beautiful!

  • expressyourself

    expressyourself said 5 years ago

    Lovely jewelry!

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete said 5 years ago

    It's so sad that your husband didn't get to see his prediction come true. Thanks for sharing your story. Your work is AWESOME, I love the organic, earthy look to your pieces. Congratulation on your feature, take care and continued success.

  • ExclusiefByVera

    ExclusiefByVera said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

  • JoDeneMoneuseJewelry

    JoDeneMoneuseJewelry said 5 years ago

    I have admired your work for some time now so it's nice to add the "human element" of hearing a little bit about you. So very sorry to hear about your husband but I'm sure you know that you now have an angel to watch over you. I wish you much future success in life AND in business.

  • HolmesandWatson

    HolmesandWatson said 5 years ago

    I was just browsing through your shop the other day! Great interview and congratulations on the feature, your items are marvelous.

  • refreshvintage

    refreshvintage said 5 years ago

    Your work is amazing and you are an inspiration to Mothers everywhere! Thank you for being...

  • RememberADay

    RememberADay said 5 years ago

    Your work is so freaking cool! <3

  • sweetsarahcardsandtr

    sweetsarahcardsandtr said 5 years ago

    gorgeous work!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 5 years ago

    love your work.

  • BeachHouseLiving

    BeachHouseLiving said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. Your work is beautiful and unique. I am sorry to hear of your loss. May your husbands spirit rest upon your shoulder.

  • pennyglassgirl

    pennyglassgirl said 5 years ago

    Love your work and your interview. Many inspiring things to take away here, thanks:)

  • uniquefabricgifts

    uniquefabricgifts said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous work! Congratulation on your feature!

  • BonTons

    BonTons said 5 years ago

    Inspiring gorgeous story

  • corilu

    corilu said 5 years ago

    You are an inspiration to us all! I've been admiring your work for a while now. Congratulations on the feature, it is most deserved!

  • kirstenhamelin

    kirstenhamelin said 5 years ago

    your work is beautiful! from one vancouverite to another....fabulous!!!!!

  • ElisabethSpace

    ElisabethSpace said 5 years ago

    YAY! I've been of fan of yours since the first time I saw your work here on Etsy. You have a special touch to be able to successfully marry the raw and rough together in such a stunning, but approachable way. Congratulations on this fabulous honor. :)

  • EmeraldCut

    EmeraldCut said 5 years ago

    Being a fan of your work, I was wondering when you'd be a Featured Seller. So happy to see your shop as one today! You have such a strong spirit, which resonates through your work. I can now see what the inspiration is from--he was so right.

  • perfectwear

    perfectwear said 5 years ago

    many congrats Laura! Truly amazing and beautiful work. Best wishes for many success.

  • CrushedBotanicals

    CrushedBotanicals said 5 years ago

    wow that is gorgeous work!

  • laralewis

    laralewis said 5 years ago

    This is one of my favorite shops on Etsy! So pleased to see Laura featured!

  • thenakedbird

    thenakedbird said 5 years ago

    I am in love with your opal rings. they remind me of fancy mood rings, but so much more elegant. Congratulations, on this and being so content in your life! I love how in ten years you'd like to be doing just what you're doing now. Such a gift to be happy with your life as it is and live in the present:)

  • mmerrittdesigns

    mmerrittdesigns said 5 years ago

    I love the rustic charm of your items!

  • mpaperarts

    mpaperarts said 5 years ago

    gorgeous.

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry said 5 years ago

    Wonderful Article!! Amazing Creations!!!!

  • PosketsPapers

    PosketsPapers said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • susanadrt

    susanadrt said 5 years ago

    True love really lasts forever... great work!

  • pillowlink

    pillowlink said 5 years ago

    So wonderful items! I love this style rings! Great story , wish you a peace and good luck!

  • kristinaluna

    kristinaluna said 5 years ago

    Congratulations, Laura! Your work is truly amazing, and now we all see that you are, too! Best of wishes to you and your family <3

  • joycetherese

    joycetherese said 5 years ago

    Love the way you work with raw stones! Congrats on the feature <3

  • butteifulgirls

    butteifulgirls said 5 years ago

    Simply stunning. Happy Sales!

  • renegadeperceptions

    renegadeperceptions said 5 years ago

    I have always loved your shop. Congratulations, and I am so glad you are featured!

  • MOAS

    MOAS said 5 years ago

    beautiful organic designs! congratulations :)

  • urbanfusions

    urbanfusions said 5 years ago

    Well deserved feature. High five to a fellow Vancouverite!

  • glusk

    glusk said 5 years ago

    Such lovely work and I wish you and your family all the very best <3

  • AdoroMe

    AdoroMe said 5 years ago

    Congrats!!!

  • SusanKJewelry

    SusanKJewelry said 5 years ago

    I have been an admirer of your work and so happy to see you featured! I think your husband is watching and smiling from somewhere.

  • btaylorquilts

    btaylorquilts said 5 years ago

    What a beautiful story, Laura. Thank you for giving us a peek into your creative work and life.

  • Armalique

    Armalique said 5 years ago

    Your work is stunning! Congratulations : )

  • Craftelina

    Craftelina said 5 years ago

    Dear Laura, you are just great. :) Thank you so much for the story and beautiful items you make. You approach to crafts is very close to us too. Many thanks and warmest wishes!

  • FAIRYTALE13

    FAIRYTALE13 said 5 years ago

    LOVE your work - so pleased to see you as FS - CONGRATS ;-)

  • pamelasjewelry

    pamelasjewelry said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your journey. I have been a fan of yours for a long time and love seeing your fabulous creative jewelry. Congrats on your feature.

  • braceletsshop

    braceletsshop said 5 years ago

    Your work is amazing! It's a real pleasure to look at the pieces in your shop. ... And the interview is wonderful too! I wish you the best!!!

  • bellabijoutoo

    bellabijoutoo said 5 years ago

    How wonderful to have a fellow Vancouverite featured!

  • oneeyedgirls

    oneeyedgirls said 5 years ago

    Inspirational story! Congrats on your interview and I just love your pieces!!

  • bellabijoujewellery

    bellabijoujewellery said 5 years ago

    Wonderful!

  • QPeeLove

    QPeeLove said 5 years ago

    Surely the most touching featured seller article I have ever read, I had a smile for the first half, thinking how much your husband loves you and is involved in your work! Then....! What a strong inspirational lady who helps her work and children get through each day, when my partner died in 2007 it took me so long to do ANYTHING! His name was David too! I will use this article as my inspiration from now on, anything can be achieved! THANKYOU

  • happygolicky

    happygolicky said 5 years ago

    Great article- and I love that you'd like your life to be just as it is ten years from now. Nice when you realize you have it pretty good already! Best of luck and health to you!

  • altliae

    altliae said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing your story!

  • VintageRoseShop

    VintageRoseShop said 5 years ago

    I love your shop - your work is beautiful and your story is inspiring! Congratulations on being the Featured Seller - I hope it brings you lots of success and I wish you the very best for the future :)

  • orchidandreptile

    orchidandreptile said 5 years ago

    Your work is really gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing and congrats on the feature.

  • bsasik

    bsasik said 5 years ago

    Beautiful stuff

  • rachelungerjewelry

    rachelungerjewelry said 5 years ago

    Laura, I am absolutely in love with the earrings I got from you and I never take them off! I love your work and am inspired to continue working on my metalsmithing skills. Stay strong and keep up the good work!

  • 1goodstring

    1goodstring said 5 years ago

    Laura I adore the pieces I have that you have made for me. Your work is so raw yet so personal. Btw I had no idea about your husband I'm so sorry.. Jenn Thank so much for sharing your story

  • SusiesBoutiqueTLC

    SusiesBoutiqueTLC said 5 years ago

    Great story and interview. Beautiful work. Congratulations.

  • KalliopeJewelry

    KalliopeJewelry said 5 years ago

    I love your work, thank you for sharing your story, so inspirational. Best of luck for continued success : )

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas said 5 years ago

    ....just beautiful....

  • ohsusannasjewelry

    ohsusannasjewelry said 5 years ago

    Congrats!

  • styleforlife

    styleforlife said 5 years ago

    Well done!!! Incredible work! xx EL Vintage

  • gemini3kh

    gemini3kh said 5 years ago

    Way to go Laura! We are very proud of your recognition today and your continued hard work and dedication to all of the things that are important to you. Keep up the great work! Love Jamie, Kristie, Holly, and Kaleb

  • TickleBebe

    TickleBebe said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on being a feature artist. Your work is amazing!

  • ValerieTyler

    ValerieTyler said 5 years ago

    You are simply amazing on so many levels. Your workmanship, your ability to juggle so many tasks, and the strength you must have to hold it together with the loss of your husband(my heart goes out to you!) Wishing you much success and happiness.

  • AsBoldAsLions

    AsBoldAsLions said 5 years ago

    what a touching story. You work is incredible. my friend actually owns on of your rings and she adores it :)

  • StillWithYou

    StillWithYou said 5 years ago

    My favorite Etsy shop as a featured seller! I have so much to say, but I'll sum up: You're awesome! Congrats, and I wish you all the best

  • TameraHerrod

    TameraHerrod said 5 years ago

    Yay Laura! I am so thrilled to see you as Featured Seller. What a great article. You continue to be totally amazing and awesome! xoxoxoxo

  • andiespecialtysweets

    andiespecialtysweets said 5 years ago

    I am so happy to see you here, Laura! Your work is so appealing at so many levels, and so beautifully inspiring. I am so deeply sorry to hear of this year's heart ache, and will keep you and your precious little ones close at heart. Congratulations and blessings to you and yours!

  • Rembrandtrocks

    Rembrandtrocks said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous! I am in love with the black opal in 18 karat gold! WOW!

  • slappytheseal

    slappytheseal said 5 years ago

    I love your work! So many beautiful pieces. Such an inspirational read!

  • bjorgk

    bjorgk said 5 years ago

    Laura, Specimental is one of my favourite shops on Etsy and I love the two custom rings that you've made for me! I really appreciate how you make the whole creative process and communication effortless and exciting, so one can't wait to see the finished product. I already have my eye on more pieces in your shop that I hope to buy soon.... Congratiulations on the Etsy feature, It's nice to have a glimpse of the person behind the beautiful work. I wish you continued success with your creations.

  • IvorySilk

    IvorySilk said 5 years ago

    I have to say I wear your ring almost every day! Its definitely my fav one. You are so inspiring to me! and i'd love to be making jewellery like you someday :) xoxo

  • KaiceJoy

    KaiceJoy said 5 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! You have beautiful work, and I just love your determination and hard work!

  • AnnealedHeart

    AnnealedHeart said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature- I have been a secret admirer of your jewelry for a long time. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I can only imagine what a tough year it must have been for you and your family- you are an inspiration. Oh... and your collaboration project sounds amazing. Wishing you all the best and continued success!

  • genisepark

    genisepark said 5 years ago

    Very, Very, Very nice.

  • AscendedEarth

    AscendedEarth said 5 years ago

    Wonderful to hear about another admirer of crystals, rocks, and gems! Congrats!

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly said 5 years ago

    You are a person to admire!!! So inspirational, amazing work, fabulous story!! Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us!!!

  • ketoora

    ketoora said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature!! Well deserved, your work is flawless! And your strength is admirable. Keep on movin.......xoxo

  • mamatotwo

    mamatotwo said 5 years ago

    We are so pleased and proud of you Laura. Your hard work and dedication has finally put you where you hoped to be one day. Dave is so proud of you too, I just know he is. Continue to be inspired and love those little sweethearts of yours! xo

  • zakonek

    zakonek said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous work and a truly inspiring article! You're clearly vey talented, and your passion shows in every gorgeous detail. Congrats! :)

  • ldh13

    ldh13 said 5 years ago

    I love your stuff! Congrats on being featured!

  • perlesdeverre

    perlesdeverre said 5 years ago

    I love how rought the stones are left and that many of the metals are more matte in apperance v shiny. Love your work and congrats!

  • ragensart

    ragensart said 5 years ago

    Your work is so incredible!!! I adore the organic feeling your pieces have... Your shop is one of my all time favorite discoveries on Etsy and I'm so pleased you are featured... finally ! ~ All the best! :-)

  • IngasHandKnits

    IngasHandKnits said 5 years ago

    Congratulations from Montreal! I like your art, very nice.... I wish you all the best for you, your family and your gorgeous work!

  • FreddiesMum

    FreddiesMum said 5 years ago

    Congratulations, Laura. Everybody is so proud of you. Love, your sister Charlotte

  • polkadottyspotty

    polkadottyspotty said 5 years ago

    I adore your work and am very touched and inspired by your story. I find myself wishing I knew about you when I had my wedding rings designed! I also very much admire the spirit in which you work with your students - with the bringing in of other artists. Warm wishes to you!

  • verarodrigues

    verarodrigues said 5 years ago

    amazing history, i'm sure your husband is very proud :) and he is right to be!

  • Trijoux

    Trijoux said 5 years ago

    Bonjour Just lovely! absolument lovely!!! Céline

  • OliveSpoonStudio

    OliveSpoonStudio said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous work! I am amazed by your strength! Congratulations!!

  • littlepearl

    littlepearl said 5 years ago

    You remind me of a young Emmy Lou Harris gorgeous work!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous! Congrats on your work!

  • GoodAndOld

    GoodAndOld said 5 years ago

    Stunning.

  • masonke

    masonke said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your great story!

  • LoveFromCapeCod

    LoveFromCapeCod said 5 years ago

    I loved your story... and the way you so comfortabley express what is within your heart. Your creations are beauty... earthy... .and timeless. Your husband was right.. you are deserving of being a featured artist. I know he is with you ... in spirit... smiling with all that is unfolding before you.... with love from Cape Cod, Sandi

  • ParkdalePreserveCo

    ParkdalePreserveCo said 5 years ago

    Absolutely stunning pieces Laura! Congratulations on all of your successes!

  • RebeccaHewitt

    RebeccaHewitt said 5 years ago

    I love the twist on natural pieces.

  • MarKhed

    MarKhed said 5 years ago

    I am so happy to see a fellow canuck and jeweler here as FS. I am really inspired to hear your story and see how you are balancing so many things at once. I am so sorry to hear about your late husband, but, it's so nice to hear that you were so loved and encouraged by him. that is truly something to be cherished!

  • Angelhairjewellery

    Angelhairjewellery said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature Laura!! you deserve it! You've been a favourite seller of mine for a long time :-)

  • CrystalKennedy

    CrystalKennedy said 5 years ago

    I was so excited to see you on the front page as a featured seller! I love your jewelry I`m constantly in your shop drooling over your work! Congratulations! Your work and your story is truly inspirational! You are a super woman!

  • ThreeSheepStudio

    ThreeSheepStudio said 5 years ago

    You are an inspiration to many.

  • VioletteNote

    VioletteNote said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work!!!

  • punchanella

    punchanella said 5 years ago

    Yay, Laura! Char said you were the featured seller. Congrats!!! Your work is absolutely amazing. :) Sarah

  • SlopingBarnVintage

    SlopingBarnVintage said 5 years ago

    Your work is so riveting and unique. Congrats on your success so far and here's to much more!

  • elseetee2

    elseetee2 said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to read and comment- I really, really appreciate the kind words and support.

  • underthenightmoon

    underthenightmoon said 5 years ago

    Your work is beautiful, I hope to own a piece someday, congratulations on your feature! :) maria

  • MyLittleJems

    MyLittleJems said 5 years ago

    Fabulous to see you as a featured seller. Well done. I cannot imagine how you juggle all that you do! And your work is truly deserving of the spotlight :)

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 5 years ago

    you are truly an inspiration. i don't know how you manage so many things at one time. congratulations on your article. it's wonderful that your husband had so much faith in you. i can see why.

  • Kokolele

    Kokolele said 5 years ago

    ¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*´¨) (¸.•´ (¸*´¨(♥ Beautiful work ~ ♥ ~ (¸.•´

  • lynntodddesigns

    lynntodddesigns said 5 years ago

    Incredible feature, shop and story! Congrats

  • wearthou

    wearthou said 5 years ago

    When do you sleep? You're honestly amazing!! Your work is so gorgeous!! I am a huge fan of yours and even more so reading your heart-warming interview. Cheers to a fellow Vancouverite and may you be as successful as you truly deserve!

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl said 5 years ago

    Wow...what a beautiful interview and so much talent! Thank you for sharing your creativity. Your children are so blessed to have such an amazing rich heritage!

  • MomsCottage

    MomsCottage said 5 years ago

    Wow, what an amazing, inspiring interview! And your jewelry is beautiful!

  • Vitrine

    Vitrine said 5 years ago

    i am a long time admirer of your work, it is more than gorgeous! the very best of luck to you, my fellow Canadian :)

  • whphotography

    whphotography said 5 years ago

    What you do, how you do it, and what you stand for are all lovely. And: you're from Vancouver, which is extra lovely on the lovely. Wishing you all my very best here on Etsy to everywhere else..... xo, Nadine (WHP)

  • loosetooth

    loosetooth said 5 years ago

    I'm a very happy & proud owner of a Laura-made ring. Her work is stunning and the craftmanship is impeccable. Fantastic to see her recognized as a Featured Seller.

  • fionnagain

    fionnagain said 5 years ago

    I will be saving up now for a new ring. Hope to see a studio pop up sometime. I would love to bring the little one over for a play date and a grownups play date with all the beautiful minerals. Thank you for showing your children at home and school all that a woman can be and how we can go on even when the horrible and unexpected does happen. You are truly inspirational.

  • FieldsOfVintage

    FieldsOfVintage said 5 years ago

    Laura, love love your philosophy, "regardless of what is thrown at me. It can’t hit you if you just keep moving!" I think I will adapt that concept and apply it more to my life. Cheers!

  • CraftinaT

    CraftinaT said 5 years ago

    I'm so excited to see you as a featured seller Laura... congrats! You are so talented and an inspirations! P.S. nice to see an artist from Vancouver, Canada featured!

  • FunkyFriendsFactory

    FunkyFriendsFactory said 5 years ago

    Hi Laura, your creations are wonderful :)

  • bbqlips

    bbqlips said 5 years ago

    Hi Laura, I love your work and miss you! You've come a long way this year and we are all so proud of you! ................love, John ( your youngest brother, not some weird perv!).

  • DirtKicker

    DirtKicker said 5 years ago

    Nice interview. Lovely creations :)

  • Loveinatangle

    Loveinatangle said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring work. I hope to be so successful someday and feel it is possible when I see you succeed with such a personal style.

  • Priscillaqueenofcors

    Priscillaqueenofcors said 5 years ago

    What an inspiring story...thank you, and i love your work. Congrats (:

  • RouDesigns

    RouDesigns said 5 years ago

    Nice job! Congratulations!

  • mrsrobinsonsaffair

    mrsrobinsonsaffair said 5 years ago

    I love that you let the materials lead you. Your work is stunning and your story inspiring. Congrats!

  • mrsrobinsonsaffair

    mrsrobinsonsaffair said 5 years ago

    I love that you let the materials lead you. Your work is absolutely stunning and your story so inspiring. All the best to you!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 5 years ago

    Beautiful! Congrats on your feature!

  • wwcsilverjewelry

    wwcsilverjewelry said 5 years ago

    So sorry to hear you lost you love. He sounds like a very special person. Your work is amazingly and uniquely beautiful. You are an inspiration. Best of luck to you and your children.

  • alexibon

    alexibon said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Take comfort in knowing that your husband's enthusiasm and influence live on through your lovely work. Keep it up!

  • surfandsand

    surfandsand said 5 years ago

    Truly an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your story and talent! Although I don't own any of your pieces, I've loved your shop from the first time I saw it and thought of you often last year when your husband passed. I was glad to see you open your shop again, and knew that your art would help heal your heart. Your husband would be so proud.

  • ShelleAnne

    ShelleAnne said 5 years ago

    You and your shop are incredible. Congratulations on a wonderful feature!

  • studiokgraphicdesign

    studiokgraphicdesign said 5 years ago

    You live a true artist's life - congrats, Laura!

  • MissPattisAttic

    MissPattisAttic said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story with all of us! I am so sorry about your husband. Your work is just fabulous, I really don't know which I like the best but I always love blue and those stones are wonderful. You are truly a wonderful artist. Patti

  • HenrietteWhite

    HenrietteWhite said 5 years ago

    Another one of my favourites as featured seller!! That makes me so very happy! Your work is just wonderful and such an inspiration!! You certainly deserve this spot! Congratulations and good luck!! May all your dream come true!

  • oddmod

    oddmod said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous work and a fantastic read! Thanks for sharing - I feel very motivated to work and create, hearing all that you've accomplished (and continue to)!!

  • OliveLongstocking

    OliveLongstocking said 5 years ago

    Such a touching story Laura which i could relate to on many levels. Would love to meet you in person................. Keep doing what you love...... all your pieces are amazing X

  • spicyt76

    spicyt76 said 5 years ago

    Hi Laura! I just so happened saw this article on you and was delightfully surprised and thrilled to see you! I continue to treasure and love your work! I wish I could afford to purchase each and every piece you create!! I am so sorry of the lost of your husband as I still recall your sudden closing of you Etsy shop. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Continue to be strong and continue your lovely creations! Awesome!

  • peshka

    peshka said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work !!

  • akane

    akane said 5 years ago

    Wow Laura! Congratulations on getting the interview! I remember when you were my first artist interviewed on my blog! lol. It's so great to see someone from my hometown doing so well on Etsy! You truly are a great inspiration! Hope to see you soon at your next show:)

  • Silverswanstudio16

    Silverswanstudio16 said 5 years ago

    Your story is very moving and your work is phenomenal! Refreshing and breathtaking.

  • ElementsbyJulie

    ElementsbyJulie said 5 years ago

    You are an inspiration and I love your designs. Congratulations to you!

  • RitaJFelt

    RitaJFelt said 5 years ago

    Amazing work. Congrats!

  • MedievalShop

    MedievalShop said 5 years ago

    Love this... :)

  • SundayOwl

    SundayOwl said 5 years ago

    Hi Laura. What a beautiful story. Your work is amazing and I Love your shop. I admire your strength. I wish you much peace, love and happiness!!!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work, I love the organic look your pieces have. The gems really look like they've just been plucked out the ground - fabulous!

  • jewelsbymoon

    jewelsbymoon said 5 years ago

    You are an amazing artist. I wish you strength and peace in the days ahead. big congrats on your feature. I know it will bring much success! Moon

  • Shab2Chic

    Shab2Chic said 5 years ago

    Your creations have so much expression and stand alone.......those rings encased in 18k are absolutely breathtaking. Congratulations on being the featured seller....much deserved!

  • CraftUnikat

    CraftUnikat said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! You are so inspirational. Love your work!

  • Balanced

    Balanced said 5 years ago

    beautiful interview, beautiful shop, beautiful story. congratulations!

  • soveryhappyart

    soveryhappyart said 5 years ago

    Such an inspiring woman!!! This is exactly what I needed today. Thank you so much!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 5 years ago

    Your work is beautiful.

  • silverlily786

    silverlily786 said 5 years ago

    I am speechless after reading this and seeing your work firstly,your attention to detail and eye for mixing element's is incredible,then I read the part of you being a mother of 3 very young children,successful Etsy shop AND dedicated high school teacher and I was astounded and then coming to the part where I read about your loss I am in awe at your strength. I pray much success for you,and can't wait to see your future project's!

  • Poiriers

    Poiriers said 5 years ago

    Thank you for your inspiring story! Beautiful work!

  • joykruse

    joykruse said 5 years ago

    An amazing Woman, truly! and amazing Feature. Her work comes from the heart. It's breathtaking and very raw and real.

  • MadebyUmaArti

    MadebyUmaArti said 5 years ago

    Congradulations! What lovely creative work! Very inspiring and motivating!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work. Congrats on a well deserved feature.

  • Aranwen

    Aranwen said 5 years ago

    Her work is amazing!

  • econica

    econica said 5 years ago

    Congratulations, dear Laura! :) I have always admired your gorgeous jewelry. You are very talented artist and strong and beautiful person.

  • BroccoliHouse

    BroccoliHouse said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous!! Congrats

  • Cinciata

    Cinciata said 5 years ago

    Truly inspiring! Your work is amazing!!! Congratulations !!!

  • EggMoneyQuilts

    EggMoneyQuilts said 5 years ago

    You are such a strong woman. Congrats on being featured -your late husband would say I told you so!

  • SweetOliveSupplies

    SweetOliveSupplies said 5 years ago

    Poignant and inspiring story--both in your studio work and what you are bringing to the classroom.

  • giftworldz

    giftworldz said 5 years ago

    Congrats on being featured. I'm sure your hubby would be very proud! God bless.

  • pebblesB

    pebblesB said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! I've been a big fan of your work, so happy to see you chosen as featured seller!

  • Zaheroux

    Zaheroux said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on becoming a feature seller! Your work is very beautiful! I'm sure your husband is smiling down on you now, sharing such a special event!

  • dolldisasterdesign

    dolldisasterdesign said 5 years ago

    You made it! I am so happy to see you as the featured seller! You are so talented and strong. I know your husband is so proud! Great work Laura!

  • Caracarmina

    Caracarmina said 5 years ago

    Great interview... thanks for sharing I was touched by your story... I feel you are a very strong woman and your work is beautiful! I am glad you are the featured seller! (applauses) :D

  • goodtymes

    goodtymes said 5 years ago

    what an amazing story! your strength and endless creativity are inspiring. and your jewelry is the most beautiful i've seen!

  • starfishandcoffee

    starfishandcoffee said 5 years ago

    Fabulous, colourful work! Very sorry to hear you lost your husband. Best wishes to you now and always xx

  • OpusMuse

    OpusMuse said 5 years ago

    I've been a long time admirer of your work. I'm sorry to hear about your lost. And from one mom to another, I've no idea how you do everything you do so well. You & your work are an inspiration to me.

  • sofargone

    sofargone said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring story. I feel you are very strong and patient- and very creative =) your work is inspiring and gorgeous. Thanks for sharing and im glad you made it to the featured seller =)

  • BrookeJewelry

    BrookeJewelry said 5 years ago

    I enjoyed reading your inspiring story and your jewelry is a treat for the eyes.

  • laxtoyvr

    laxtoyvr said 5 years ago

    Yay, I'm so glad that a fellow Vancouverite got chosen to be the FS! Congrats Laura! and beautiful work!

  • KahiliCreations

    KahiliCreations said 5 years ago

    Congratulations, Laura! Gorgeous pieces and gorgeous person, inside and out...

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 5 years ago

    Already a huge favourite of mine. Congratulations, Inspiring jewelry and creativity.

  • violintide

    violintide said 5 years ago

    Great shop! Congrats on being featured!

  • rosealida

    rosealida said 5 years ago

    Beautiful! Congrats on the Feature.

  • CrankyDogStudio

    CrankyDogStudio said 5 years ago

    Stunning art pieces - bold, unique and so creative. Your movitation is inspiring. Thank you for sharing your story.

  • CrushedBotanicals

    CrushedBotanicals said 5 years ago

    gorgeous!

  • ciaraobscura

    ciaraobscura said 5 years ago

    Stunning designs and an even more stunning story of a very simple yet powerful appreciation for love, beauty, and the motion of life. Your husband, no doubt, must be sending you high fives from the otherworld. Much happiness and continued success to you and your family...

  • challenevi

    challenevi said 5 years ago

    Congratulations!! I really love your work!!

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 5 years ago

    I adore your designs since such a long time and I am soooo sorry to read that about your Husband, I am sure he is totally proud of you!!!

  • tampagator

    tampagator said 5 years ago

    Your work is amazing!

  • annakdesigns

    annakdesigns said 5 years ago

    Love your work!...Congrats! Anna

  • banyantreeclothing

    banyantreeclothing said 5 years ago

    I just love, love your work! Saving for something grand!

  • doair1

    doair1 said 5 years ago

    You are truely an artiste !! Fantastic what you create ..... we love them all !!! Best wishes and sales in this New Year 2012 . Doair1

  • puzzlemonkey

    puzzlemonkey said 5 years ago

    A great interview and a brilliant shop with very unique designs. Congratulations on the feature!

  • kiranofindaly

    kiranofindaly said 5 years ago

    Your jewelry designs are very special. Congrats!

  • bellasparty

    bellasparty said 5 years ago

    Beautiful story and amazing work!!

  • helendesign

    helendesign said 5 years ago

    oh I absolutely ADORE your work!!! congrats and thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story x

  • Daniblu

    Daniblu said 5 years ago

    I am absolutely a fan number one of your creations so happy to know more about you. I Love love your pieces and I melted when I see your new listings. I wish you the best! Congratulations.

  • ostreicher

    ostreicher said 5 years ago

    As a beginner silversmith I greatly admire your work. I enjoy the fact that you have clearly worked follow your own unique aesthetic. Congratulations on being featured! You are an inspiration.

  • figumari12

    figumari12 said 5 years ago

    I loved your story. I hope to be as good as you some day!

  • glassheartstudio

    glassheartstudio said 5 years ago

    Wow! So excited to have you as Featured Seller! It is so inspiring to read your story and to witness you, an amazing working artist who is also involved in teaching and family too. Thank you so much for the work that you do!!!

  • litapsilverj

    litapsilverj said 5 years ago

    Great story and you sound like a most wonderful person! I so admire your tenacity!

  • buddyschild

    buddyschild said 5 years ago

    Being creative is so much a part of my life too. Congratulations on getting the featured artist spot, BTW your husband wherever he is - is going mental. He is very proud of the work you continue to do, so sorry to hear of your loss. JP @ Buddyschild Buddy says Hi too!

  • fotizo

    fotizo said 5 years ago

    Laura! I'm so happy to see you as the featured seller. I find myself in your shop almost every day, so am thrilled to see your amazing pieces celebrated in this way.

  • littlesoup

    littlesoup said 5 years ago

    i absolutely love your beautiful jewelry!congrats on the feature!

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work and an amazing story. Congrats!

  • leelooandoreo

    leelooandoreo said 5 years ago

    beautiful raw designs :)

  • theref

    theref said 5 years ago

    this article brought me to your shop, so i am very grateful!!! beautiful work. much love to you and your family.

  • GTDesigns

    GTDesigns said 5 years ago

    i am so happy to say that i had saved so many of your pieces before this feature ... congratulations! you seem in a very beautiful space...keep moving...we've all met tragedy on some level or another...beautifully life keeps going. my young daughter wouldn't have me go through life any other way as i am sure your husband felt! those babies sound like little parts of heaven - how blessed you are! what a POWERFUL feature this is!! congrats again! renee

  • BabyPuppyDesigns

    BabyPuppyDesigns said 5 years ago

    What a lovely and touching story. And such beautiful work!

  • PaintTheTownHawaii

    PaintTheTownHawaii said 5 years ago

    Lovely art.

  • CashmereJewels

    CashmereJewels said 5 years ago

    When i saw Etsy's front page today i said "finally!" Finally, Laura has been featured! You deserve this! Congratulations!!!

  • Smokinmudproductions

    Smokinmudproductions said 5 years ago

    WOW! Just beautiful! Your new fan, Raemi of Smokin Mud Productions!

  • brendasbijoux

    brendasbijoux said 5 years ago

    What a moving story. Thanks for sharing with us. Very nice pieces!

  • JewelryByDeezines

    JewelryByDeezines said 5 years ago

    Laura, what a touching story, I am sure your husband is watching down on you in gleeful joy! I love your jewelry, you have inspired me to continue my jewelry making journey. I have always wanted to be a metalsmith!! Congrats on the feature!

  • misskrayon

    misskrayon said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work and lovely, very inspiring story. Congratulations on being featured.

  • Powerofflower

    Powerofflower said 5 years ago

    Such a wonderful shop! Thanks for sharing!

  • TheMusicAndArtShop

    TheMusicAndArtShop said 5 years ago

    What an inspiring story! Continued success in your endeavors.

  • whimsypie

    whimsypie said 5 years ago

    Your pieces have been in my favourites time and again, they speak to me, as does your story. I truly admire your ability to balance everything! Congrats on the feature, well deserved!

  • melsumn1

    melsumn1 said 5 years ago

    Great inspiring story. Thank you

  • craftfrommyheart

    craftfrommyheart said 5 years ago

    Your work is just wonderful. The picture of your materials show that you turn out beautiful and delicate pieces.

  • dahnamak

    dahnamak said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your inspirational story with us. You are doing such a wonderful job :) Keep up the good work. Dahna xo

  • SparrowSeas

    SparrowSeas said 5 years ago

    I love the rawness and naturalness of your artwork. I love that there is a piece of earth in what it looks like in its found form. These days that seems harder and harder to find! Lovely pieces:)

  • metalicious

    metalicious said 5 years ago

    I am in awe. I have loved your creations for a long, long time and reading your story brought me to tears. I couldn't be happier for you being the FS and I wish you continued strength and success. Thank you for sharing your work, your light and your story. Truly inspirational!

  • aj1801aj

    aj1801aj said 5 years ago

    So much honesty in your work, Laura, so much humanity! You are inspiring and brave - keep up your beautiful work, please..ox AJ

  • JenniferKleinJewelry

    JenniferKleinJewelry said 5 years ago

    Such an inspiring story! I have to admit I am a collector of stones myself. I have more than what I'll probbaly ever use, and continually feel the need to add to my collection!

  • lunedesigns

    lunedesigns said 5 years ago

    I'm so sad to hear about your husband! But his legacy in your life makes me smile, and you've honored his encouragement with some really beautiful work. And what a unique perspective you must have as a teacher--insight into online marketing of fine art. Your collaboration sounds like great fun, I wish you the best!

  • juliegarland

    juliegarland said 5 years ago

    Your work is so beautiful! Congratulations!!

  • seule771

    seule771 said 5 years ago

    It is all very lovely. A rawness is depicted in the art form.

  • NicoleNicoletta

    NicoleNicoletta said 5 years ago

    lovely! congrats

  • NDMStudios

    NDMStudios said 5 years ago

    Very Cool!

  • CamileeDesigns

    CamileeDesigns said 5 years ago

    Congrats...your work is awesome. Thanks for sharing your inspiring story.

  • PoetryofObjects

    PoetryofObjects said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • GypsyThreat

    GypsyThreat said 5 years ago

    your jewelry is simply stunning. I've been a fan of it here on etsy for a while now. so glad to have read this. you are awesome! ♥

  • bluebirdss

    bluebirdss said 5 years ago

    Love your work ~ each and every piece! Beautiful ...

  • rocket99

    rocket99 said 5 years ago

    A refreshing woman making beautiful jewelry! Her perspective speaks to my heart!

  • LynnsLinens

    LynnsLinens said 5 years ago

    Beautiful, amazing jewelry...you are incredibly talented!

  • LynnsLinens

    LynnsLinens said 5 years ago

    Beautiful, amazing jewelry! You are incredibly talented!

  • BrooklynLoveDesigns

    BrooklynLoveDesigns said 5 years ago

    lovely work, you are so talented!

  • oddlyeven

    oddlyeven said 5 years ago

    Congrats I have always loved your work!!!

  • LGAjewelry

    LGAjewelry said 5 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry... Wonderful designs Heart-rending interview. Whish you all the best... and great success. Limor

  • AvolieGlass

    AvolieGlass said 5 years ago

    loved the article and I ADORE your work!!! congrats!!!

  • littlefever

    littlefever said 5 years ago

    Lovely work, congrats on the feature! <3

  • ForYouDesign

    ForYouDesign said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your success and thank you for sharing your story with us.

  • oldamsterdam

    oldamsterdam said 5 years ago

    Wonderful!!!!!!

  • abrakadabraua

    abrakadabraua said 5 years ago

    Specimental is one of my favourite shops! Laura, i like you jewelry! It's very good work!

  • POPMANGO

    POPMANGO said 5 years ago

    Really really really lovin'it ♥

  • VictoryJewelry

    VictoryJewelry said 5 years ago

    WoW!! Your story is touching and your craftsmanship is pure and beautiful. You have insipred me! I am certain your late husband is beaming at your accomplishments. Congratulations on being a Featured Seller! Wishing you continued success! <3

  • vanessabowyerdesigns

    vanessabowyerdesigns said 5 years ago

    You must have boundless energy to do all that you do and continue to be so personally creative. Well done on being a featured artist.

  • NetWorth

    NetWorth said 5 years ago

    Your definition of handmade is eloquent and true.

  • artdi

    artdi said 5 years ago

    I have been a big fan of your work for ages and am so happy to see you as featured seller! What a strong and admirable woman you are... My heart breaks for you and your children.

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 5 years ago

    Beautiful shop and interview Congrats !!

  • colbyjune

    colbyjune said 5 years ago

    You are amazing! Thanks for sharing your story and so sorry about your husbands death. Your work is beautiful!

  • luckiestduck

    luckiestduck said 5 years ago

    Laura, keep it up! LOVE your shop & the moonstone ring you made me for my honeymoon gets so many compliments!!!

  • julsandmaude

    julsandmaude said 5 years ago

    Love your work! Congrats on Feature. "I guess I would like my life to be as it is now." I hope it is and wish that for everyone.

  • Knitarelli

    Knitarelli said 5 years ago

    <3

  • HarmonyGardenDesigns

    HarmonyGardenDesigns said 5 years ago

    Yay Laura, BC represent! your story is very touching and your work truly beautiful, a big congrats to you : )

  • junkgarden

    junkgarden said 5 years ago

    Great story and I love your work!!!

  • YellEureKa

    YellEureKa said 5 years ago

    Hello Laura. I love the Brent- Carla- Laura three-ology , what an awesome thing you guys are doing. I would love to see what comes out...:) Your work is GORGEOUS!!! I am so sorry about David. Maybe in some way, a part of him lives on in your creations for generations to come?! Blessings to you and your children.Love Mena

  • AprilMarieMai

    AprilMarieMai said 5 years ago

    I've enjoyed seeing your work on here for a long time, glad you got featured!

  • anastasiakarpova

    anastasiakarpova said 5 years ago

    Great work, really!

  • BeautyLane

    BeautyLane said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous jewlery, what a talent!

  • rorymosman

    rorymosman said 5 years ago

    Wonderful story.....Love that you let the project go where it will without set boundaries. I enjoy seeing what comes from a project when you let it take on a life of its own. Thanks for sharing.

  • lenkamuchnik

    Elena Muchnik from lenkamuchnik said 5 years ago

    Beautiful shop!!! Amazing jewelry!!!..... I learned a lot from you! Good luck! Thank you so much!

  • lenkamuchnik

    Elena Muchnik from lenkamuchnik said 5 years ago

    I learned a lot from you! .....Good luck!......Thank you so much!

  • lenkamuchnik

    Elena Muchnik from lenkamuchnik said 5 years ago

    Fine Jewelry! Cool store! Good luck!

  • lenkamuchnik

    Elena Muchnik from lenkamuchnik said 5 years ago

    Fine Jewelry! Cool store! Thank you so much! I learned a lot from you! Good luck!

  • JaimieWare

    Jaimie Merrell from JaimieWare said 5 years ago

    Impressive jewelry!

  • ArleenDesign

    ArleenDesign from ArleenDesign said 5 years ago

    Lovely and congratulations! I love the rawness of your jewelry!

  • mirjamtoldam

    Mirjam Toldam from mirjamtoldam said 5 years ago

    I really enjoyed this read ... I am also passionate to teach others the love of art and I can relate to your story! Also I am looking forward to receiving the beautiful raw dimond speciment ring that you are making for me :) yay!!! thank you Laura! -Mirjam

  • VisionsOfOlde

    Phyllis St.Cyr from VisionsOfOlde said 5 years ago

    Now this is what call creative! Awesome work!

  • unastigsdottir

    Una Stigsdottir from Unaberries said 4 years ago

    A year late maybe but you are inspirational! Love from Iceland.

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