Saturday, October 31, 2009

Lillyella Giveaway Reminder

Just a few days left to enter the Lillyella giveaway. You have until Monday night, and I'll announce the winner on Tuesday! Hope you all have a fun Halloween!

Friday, October 30, 2009


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According to the October issue of Vogue, jade is the stone and color this season, seen in the jewelry windows of Madison Avenue and Chanel even launched jade nail polish for Fall 2009 which is currently sold out on their site. I personally think jade is beautiful and I am always drawn in by it. Below is a picture of my popular, asymmetrical Blossom necklace made with jade. I haven't listed it in my shop yet, but if you'd like to purchase it, just send me an e-mail at june[at]

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Word of the Day - Ethereal

Clockwise from top left:
The Slipper archival print by ImagineStudio, $20
TATIANA original collage by cindyg, $38
Snow White and Rose Red by TheNebulousKingdom, $30
Ethereal Dream blank notecard by EtherealArt, $3

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Another Giveaway!

Yes, you read that right, I'm giving away more jewelry! Hop on over to the Oh! How Lovely! {shops} blog to read a little more about me and enter to win your choice of any item from my shop valued at $25 or less!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Get To Know... Lillyella

Have you met Nicole, the lovely woman behind Lillyella? No? Well let me introduce you. She's sweet and friendly, and just recently got married! So read on to learn a bit about her past, present and future, and how you can enter to win a pair of earrings of your choice (except one of a kinds) or a $15 gift card from her shop!I am… a 31 year old newlywed, 'mom' of many animals, insanely lucky, slightly compulsive, madly motivated, overly organized self-employed jewelry designer who never sleeps, loves peanut butter, is obsessed with her cameras and teaches dance.

I was… a wild child, a rebel, a flutist, a pizza maker, a graphic designer for 10 years and a photographer for a magazine.

I will be… a faithful wife, a loving mother, a good daughter, a successful business owner and happy for the rest of my life.

My passion is…creating. and eating. but mostly creating. I can't function if more than a day goes by and I haven't created something. Doesn't matter much what it is these days, though I thrive best on variety and love finding new projects to get into and thing to try.

Many people don’t know that I… have five tattoos, love goats and can handle a shotgun like nobodys business. (don't worry, I only shoot paper and clay!)

Most days, you can find me… equally divided between my workbench, my computer, my refrigerator door and my bathroom.

I’d like to learn… blacksmithing and welding!

I can't believe that I... make jewelry for a living. seriously. I'm amazed and thankful every single day.

If I won the lottery, I would… buy a huge piece of land somewhere rural, get lots of goats, have an orchard, a huge garden, a turtle habitat, a gigantic workshop and I would make stuff all day long.

I’d like to thank the Academy for… my success, throughout my entire life. Maybe it was my dedication or maybe it was luck. There are times I can see how I got to where I am and there are times I can't believe I'm not dead.
Now for the Giveaway!
In order to enter, visit Nicole's shop and comment on which item you would select if you won a free pair of earrings or the $15 gift certificate. Please include your name and way for me to contact you or your entry will not be valid. You have until Nov. 2nd, and the winner will be announced on Nov. 3rd.
For Additional Entries, you can do the following:
1. Follow Nicole's blog and tell me that you do.
2. Join her mailing list, which you can do from her blog, and tell me that you do.
3. Twitter about this giveaway. Please have @juneshindesigns in the tweet.
4. Become a Lillyella fan of Facebook and tell her you say hi on her wall.
5. Become a Facebook Fan of June Shin, and post a comment on my wall.
6. Blog about this giveaway and link back to this post.

Phydeax Winner!

Many, many thanks to Brenda for allowing us to get to know you better and giving away a pair of mitts! And thanks to everyone who came by to read and enter. And now onto the winner. I've placed everyone's entries in a bowl and randomly picked Phetched, who's favorite Phydeaux item is the Spring Leaf Brooch and would love to see more oranges in the shop. Congratulations on winning a pair of mitts!
Please check back in a few hours to get to know my next artist and see what she's giving away!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Facebook Fan Giveaway!

Hi all! I promised all my fans that once I reached 250 fans, I would have a giveaway. Well, as promised, I am giving away winner's choice of anything in my shop valued at $30 or under. Become a fan (if you're not already) and just write a comment on my facebook fan wall to enter. The contest will run until Tuesday, and I will announce the winner on Wednesday. Good luck!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Phydeaux Giveaway Reminder

The deadline for entering this giveaway is Monday night, so don't forget to enter for your chance to win a pair of mitts and learn a little more about Brenda! Also, she is offering 15% off your order and free first class shipping (not including gift certificates) as long as you mention my blog at checkout. Get thee to her shop!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Trunk Show and Dinner

For you local Atlantans, if you've never been to the restaurant 4th & Swift, I highly recommend that you go. Last night, my friend, Cathy hosted a combination birthday party/trunk show there and we also went on Tuesday just to check it out before hand. We had a little private area where there was a charcuterie plate and wine for everyone. The staff was really great and the setting was perfect for a jewelry show. Afterwards, a few of us got a table for dinner, and everything was delicious. Here's a glimpse at my set up and the decor of the restaurant.
Thanks Cathy, and Happy Birthday!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

High Halloween Fashion

In the October issue of Harper's Bazaar, there is a gorgeous spread of Tim Burton's magical fashion, in anticipation of his retrospective at New York's Museum of Modern Art. Photographed by Tim Walker, these images and fashion are amazing. Here are a few of my faves, and you can see all of it here.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Rain on Etsy

After a few apps and drinks with friends, I came home last night to find a nice message letting me know that one of my pieces was featured on a blog! The blog is called Etsy Lounge and is dedicated to promoting handmade art and recycled goods. Below is a screenshot with my, one of a kind, Falling Drops earrings, shown in the lower right hand corner. What a pleasant surprise!
Please do go check out the site for great handmade art.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Get To Know... Phydeaux

Well, I've been trying to come up with a great introduction for my next interviewee, but I think I just have to let her shops, blogs and finished sentences say it all. Meet Brenda, the woman who runs Phydeaux and Phydelle. She knits scarves and accessories for people and fashion dolls and lives to blog all about it. She's also excited to be adding mitts to her shop and is generous enough to give away a pair to a lucky winner!I am… a business manager, a writer, an artist, a knit wear designer, a daughter, a friend, a sister, a momma to two kitties, a lifelong student, a cook, a gardener, a dreamer, a realist, a small business owner, an entrepreneur, a lover of books, a dark chocolate addict :) and a watcher of too much TV.

I was… all of the above! As well as a student and healthcare worker. And once, I only dreamed about being able to sell my creations …
In my early 20’s, my life was going to be about art and writing. And medicine. What can I say, I’m right and left brained! I certainly didn’t foresee where I’d be more than 20 years later.

I will be… a success, wherever life continues to take me. I’m thinking positive! I’m at an interesting point in my life, with major decisions to be made, any of which will result in completely different futures. More short term, I am very excited about knitting designs being published in 2010. I’m excited about new possibilities with knitting (this holiday season and winter will have many new creations at Phydeaux Designs!).

I’m very excited about re-embracing painting and drawing and typography, creative processes that I couldn’t imagine my life without 20 and 30 years ago, and yet I put them away for nearly 20 years! I’m excited about my true love, writing, and the opportunities and directions that writing will take me in the next year. But most of all, I’m excited about exploring and reconciling the differences and the similarities and the surprises between my young 20 self and my current 40 something self.

I am motivated by… creativity, originality, learning new things, achieving potential. In business speak, I’m driven by intrinsic, rather than external, motivators. I motivate myself, which sometimes mean I need to kick myself in the pants to be motivated! I’m constantly trying to learn, grow, improve – all of which motivate me. When I’m stagnant and stuck mentally and emotionally, it shows in my work! When I get stuck creatively, I challenge myself to learn a new skill. I felt creatively stuck this Spring, after a super busy holiday season for Phydeaux, and a bit disheartened by a lack of originality I was seeing in other folks’ work. So, I chose to stop looking at others’ work – if I or other people are being copied, freaking out about it wasn’t doing me any good – and also decided to finally learn how to knit lace. And did!

My passion is… continual learning and growing. I can’t imagine a life without both! I’m never “done.” I’m always challenging myself to learn a new skill, whether a knitting technique or HTML coding for my blog or a new way to roast a chicken. I can always do and be better!

Many people don’t know that I… competed in the 1984 Olympics. I’m kidding! I’ve done nothing quite that exciting! Well, let’s see … I believe that Big Foot exists. I am seriously freaked out about clowns. I’ve never travelled outside of the US. I used to make all my own clothes. I’ve never smoked. I am a videogame junky – haven’t played any of my games for so long – I miss it! I hate iced tea. Now you all know a bunch of things about me!

I’d like to learn to… make stained glass windows! Dye and spin my own yarn (I’m working on the latter)! Program videogames – wouldn’t that be fun? Animate – the good old fashioned way, not computerized. The list of things I’d like to learn is endless!

I wish I had known… that Piglet is pig. Oh my gosh, I didn’t know what kind of animal Piglet was when I was young! It just didn’t make sense to me – he couldn’t be a PIG, since he didn’t have a curly tail! I felt like such an idiot when I figured it out … as an adult! (By the way, you might be laughing, since this is so obvious to the rest of the world, but my brother totally gets this!)

If I won the lottery, I would… pay off all of my and my family’s debts. Invest wisely. Buy myself my dream piece of land with cottage by the ocean and take in abandoned kittens. And design and create and write to my heart’s content. Sigh.

I’d like to thank the Academy for… the opportunity to play myself in my life story. It’s definitely the most challenging role I’ve ever been offered!
Now for the Giveaway!
So here's how you can enter to win one of the brand new mitts from Phydeaux.
Visit her Etsy shop and post a comment to tell me what your favorite item is and what colors you'd like to see more of. You have until Oct. 26th to enter, and please make sure I have a way to contact you. The winner will be announced on Oct 27th.
Additional entries:
1. Follow Brenda's blog.
2. Join her mailing list, which you can do from her blog, and tell me that you did.

3. Follow my blog.
4. Twitter about this giveaway. Please have @juneshindesigns in the tweet.
5. Become a Facebook Fan of June Shin, and post a comment on my wall.
6. Blog about this giveaway and link back to this post.

Special offer just for you!
Brenda is also offering
15% off your order and free first class shipping (not including gift certificates)! Just mention my blog at checkout. This is valid until Oct. 26th.

GetReadySetGo Winner!

Thanks to Rachel for being my first interviewee and to all who participated in my first interview/giveaway! I'm happy to announce that Sydney is the winner! Congratulations! She already owns a clutch from Rachel's shop and her current favorite is the UPCYCLED Light Blue VINTAGE Train Case w Dandelions and Seedlings SOFT SIDE.
To keep up with the goings on of Rachel's life, be sure to read her blog and check out her shop, as she is filling it up with new designs.

Please check back in a few hours, as there will be a new interview/giveaway posted.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Giveaway Reminder

Just a quick reminder that I have a giveaway running from GetReadySetGo. Read more about her and enter for a chance to win an $18 gift certificate from her shop of awesome, upcycled luggage here. You have until Monday to enter.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Marchesa Spring 2010

A little while ago, I blogged about the Christian Louboutin shoes that appeared on the runway of Marchesa's Spring Ready to Wear collection. Well, I just had to post pictures of some of the stunning dresses from the line. All images are from

To me, the top of this dress looks a bit ice skaterish.

I love love love this dress. GORGEOUS!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Word of the Day - Vision

1. Vintage Binoculars Sears Extra Wide Angle from violin1, $30
2. Vision by Bressaniart, $45
3. Tunnel Vision by StillMemory, $25
4. Vision in Blue - original acrylic 18x24 by twigstudionc, $110

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

GetToKnow - GetReadySetGo

Yeay! I'm so happy to finally launch my interview series that I've been thinking about for a while now. Even better is to have Rachel,from GetReadySetGo, as my first victim in the hot seat. Muahaha! But seriously, Rachel is this amazing artist who upcycles vintage luggage with her remarkable artwork and also collaborations with other artists. As they say, pictures say 1000 words and you just have to visit her shop to see all the fabulousness for yourself.
As for this interview, I wanted to give it a little different format from the typical q & a; I started some sentences and had her finish them. I hope you like and enjoy the outcome. And lastly, Rachel is kindly giving away an $18 gift certificate to her shop! Why $18? Something to do with soccer and hockey which you can ask her about. :)
I am a left-handed girl, with an intense need for music, photography, coffee, time away from my over-active head and most importantly I NEED A PLACE TO PUT MY ART!

I was
born & raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan- it will forever be home to me.

I will be
ALWAYS ALL OF THESE THINGS: curious, passionate about the things & people that i love, a little too sensitive, an artist, driven, intensely intrigued with the problem of pain.

I am motivated by
everything i see and hear. the little things in life. whether it's a shadow that cuts across a wall, in a hand shielding the sun or in the everyday moments that often pass by too quickly for us to notice.

My passion is
living- even on days when it hurts.

Many people don’t know that I
suffer from "severe anxiety and depression" - that's my textbook diag-NONSENSE:)
but i'm getting better at fighting it with every passing day and i'm constantly looking for ways to put it to good use! It's something not a lot of people talk about or are too scared to talk about. I'm a firm believer that HONESTY, COMMUNICATION and OPENNESS are the healthiest route. I figure, if I can help someone suffering to feel a little less alone by being open and possibly "branded" with this disease then it's ALL worth it. I know it doesn't define who Iam, but it does play a large role in who I have and will become.

I’d like to learn
to design the perfect crochet hat pattern for myself!

I wish I had known
a lot of things but life's too short to live with regrets. Although, I wish I had known to take piano lessons when I was young!

If I won the lottery
I would probably have a panic attack at the very thought of all that money. Then T would build myself a studio/ art- house in my back yard. I'd then save the rest to fly all my friends and family to my house WHENEVER they wanted.

I’d like to thank the Academy for
always believing in me and for never giving up on me.
Now for the Giveaway!
So here's how you can enter to win an $18 gift certificate to GetReadySetGo.
Visit her shop and post a comment to tell me which item you will purchase if you win. *You must leave your name and e-mail in order to qualify and have until Oct 19th to enter.* The winner will be announced on Oct 20th.
Additional entries:
1. Follow Rachel's blog , and tell me that you do.
2. Join her mailing list, which you can do from her blog, and tell me that you did.
3. Blog about this giveaway and paste a link to the post.
4. Twitter about this giveaway. Please have @juneshindesigns in the tweet.
5. Follow my blog.
6. Become a Facebook Fan of June Shin, and post a comment on my wall.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Dodged a bullet

Thunderstorms were predicted for Saturday, which I was so dreading because of the festival. On top of that, my booth was on the field instead of the paved path, so it could've been really muddy. Luckily, there was no storm, not even any rain. And Sunday turned out to be a beautiful, sunny day with a ton of people enjoying the music, food, beer and vendors. Now today, it's raining cats and dogs. The worst part about festivals is the loading and unloading of everything, but the best part is the interaction with the customers and meeting other vendors. So one woman came in to my booth and was really quiet while looking at all the pieces. Then after making her way back to the beginning again, she just looked happy and told me she loved everything in my booth! Afterwards, another woman came in and said that my jewelry was magical. How awesome is that?

Ok, so that was a very brief recap. Please come back tomorrow, because I am featuring an awesome artist who sells on Etsy, and there will be a giveaway! Who doesn't love free stuff?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Candler Park Fall Festival

This is the first year I am participating in the Candler Park Fall Festival and am so excited to be part of it. This festival season in Atlanta has been a bit unlucky with the weather, so I'm hoping we'll have beautiful, crisp Autumn days this weekend. Anyway, if you're in town, come see me at my booth! The festival will be October 10 - 11, 2009; Saturday 11:00 am to 8:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 am to 8:00 pm at inside Candler Park (between McLendon and Clifton).

Friday, October 2, 2009

My love for long earrings

Ever since I was little, I have loved long earrings. I remember begging my mom to get my ears pierced, and she finally let me when I turned 12. I guess I could've bought clip on earrings until then, but all the clip ons were ugly, so I had to wait. Of course, as soon as I got them pierced, I couldn't wait until I could take out the piercing studs so I could wear the fashionable earrings. So, now that I'm a jewelry designer, I get to make my own long earrings.

Here are a few that are in my shop.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Facebook Fans!

So I'm planning my first giveaway for my Facebook fans, as a thank you for your support. As soon as I hit 250 fans, I will announce the giveaway, so please tell your friends and family to become a June Shin Designs fan!