St Patrick’s day in Sneem; what caught my eye.

Here are a few images of what caught my eye on St Patrick’s day yesterday in Sneem. As you may have noticed, I am posting this the day after the big celebrations hence the half working brain, hence the very visual post without too many words. Sure it’s grand sure.

Bric a brac in Sneem, Ring of Kerry

You know things do happen after the pub. Well good news; I didn’t go home with a chicken or a cow but with my still standing Irish man.

And of course I put my green on. I spotted that dress in a charity shop a few weeks ago and immediately thought “Paddy’s Day”. A great investment for 3 euros as it will be worn again and again. The little jacket is green velvet; also a thrift shop find that I adore from years ago. Green is probably my favorite color.My green dress for St Patrick's day

Aaand some more stuff. I didn’t buy anything by the way although I now quite fancy that creepy little monkey from the first photo.

There is no image of the parade as I really wasn’t in a prime spot for taking photos.

Here, let’s end this on a very high note with the King and some fancy things on a table.

Thanks for stopping by. xo

St Patrick's day market in Sneem, County Kerry

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Vinyl record star pin brooches are here

The new vinyl record star pins are here. I’ve tried them on and, well, let me tell you that they certainly make my life and outfits a little more ‘starry’ and fabulous yes they do.

Vinyl record pin brooches by Dana Jewellery
Available in white, mint green or black with gold, silver or copper metallic accents.

Use them to add a little sparkle to you hat, jacket, bag or you can even secure your scarf with one of these beauties.

Mint green and coppery rose gold star pin on a darker green velvet or denim jacket? Yes please, I’m ready for spring! After all, the daffodils have been out for a good while here in Ireland. The gorgeous handmade triangle scarf I’m wearing in the photo above is from Leonie over at Maple and Oak Designs .

If you’ve read through and scrolled down to here, mm I’d say there’s a chance you could be interested in these pretty little things. You can find them at www.danajewellery.com along with a great selection of ear and neck jewelry handcrafted from vinyl records. Thanks for stopping by. x

 

Sunday’s adventure; old buildings and seaweed.

Sundays are usually spent exploring the Sneem vicinity, looking for places we haven’t been to yet. The beach was the loose plan for today but we ended up exploring old buildings -the old hospital- between Sneem and Caherdaniel.

I have this thing with old buildings. There’s something about the raw beauty emanating from the ivy covered stone walls that attracts me. I like imagining how a household was organised. How many fireplaces? Was there a second floor? How many people were living here?

Then, you just turn around -or look up- and there is the best frame, for the best view. Ever.

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The best frame for the best view.

We also made a stop at the beach.

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Sea Lettuce that was washed up on the beach at White Strand

As I know sea lettuce is edible and that one did look quite fresh, I brought it back home and did a little research online about it. I’ve learned that it is best to use seaweeds that are still attached to the rocks when -responsibly- harvested or, if detached, that you’ve actually seen being brought in by a tide. That beautiful sea lettuce will finish its cycle as an organic fertilizer in the garden. All’s well that ends well.

 

It’s still #greenfriday here.

Yeah, I know; today is Saturday. Yesterday was #greenfriday, which is all about supporting small Irish makers. In my case, it is also green because most of my jewellery  is handcrafted with love and care using recycled vinyl records. In order to celebrate the greenness (is that even a word) of it all, I offer free shipping with coupon code “YAYFREESHIP” or 15% off with code “GET15OFF” until monday Nov. 27th. What’s not to like hey.

If you like your jewellery colorful and preeeetty funky, well check out the Funky! collection. Most pieces from that collection are made using the vinyl record labels and are therefore ONE.OF.A.KIND. Yep! So unique, just like yourself (I know, I’m full of cheese) 😀

If you’re more on the minimal/contemporary side when it come to your adornments, you might want to check out the Metallic collection. These fantastic stylish -yet bold- pieces combine mint green, white and black vinyl record to metallic tones such as copper, rose gold, silver and gold. You will just love how the light plays on the metallic details, for that perfect touch of  *bling* -yes I said it- at your next party. I say “party” here but they are also absolutely fab everyday pieces too!

 

Summer isn’t over and pssst … more items have been marked down!

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Summer isn’t over (please!). Image found over at http://www.paulette-magazine.com.

Nope nope nope summer sure isn’t over and here at DANA headquarters we love accessorizing with fresh pieces from the white acrylic collection. The bold hints of silver and gold are oh so pretty and summery against the ivory white acrylic. So guess what? I’ve made a selection from that collection that has been marked down 30%. Yay! I am making room in the studio to welcome new pieces in white. So “where can I find this sweet deal” you may be wondering? Head over to the website which is right here and you’ll find them along with many other items from the vinyl record jewelry collection that have been marked down. But have a look at what you may find; I’ve gathered some photos below.

 

 

 

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The minimalist vinyl record chevron necklaces.

These minimalist chevron necklaces from the vinyl record jewelry collection have also been marked down because of slight irregularities at the backs. The fronts are still oh so pretty and will look very good on you.  Yes YOU!

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White and coppery rose gold … looove!
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In white and gold; stylish yet bold.

Hey, I’ve added a sale section

Hey, I’ve added a sale section to my shop. The quiet winter months are for designing and sketching away and looking at Pinterest and feeling overwhelmingly inspired and for sipping hot drinks and making prototypes aren’t they?

Hum, well, for small creative businesses, January and February are also often made for the not-so-fun work of doing inventories and organizing and reorganizing. And wondering if you’re doing all that stuff right.

So here! Feel free to browse my discounted designs which are handcrafted by yours truly mostly from recycled vinyl records. I’ve posted a few photos of what’s available at the moment of writing. These items are either from past collections or have some very minor defects … which, really, makes them even more special. Huh?

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Copper dipped chevron upcycled vinyl record necklace

Happy shopping!
Any questions? Just get in touch at info@danajewellery.com

I’m a sucker for copper

I’m definitely a sucker for copper. Don’t get me wrong; I do wear my gold and silver designs but I have to admit that copper is my favorite of the 3 metallic tones. I like making the copper designs, I like photographing them and I like wearing them. They are also easier to photograph than the silver and gold designs for some reason, thus almost bringing joy to the sometimes strenuous photo sessions.

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Copper dipped vinyl record statement ring

Could it be the warmth of copper that I find so comforting during the cold winter months? That coppery tone also works so well with the surrounding environment. The south west of Ireland can be pretty coppery -and wet of course- in the wintertime. I doubt it is a subconscious effort to match my environment. In the end it’s a personal preference innit?

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Black and copper minimalist vinyl record necklace

The fiery copper against the black of the vinyl record does come alive as soon as the light hits it, as it dangle on a long, or shorter chain. And did you know that the backs of the necklaces are left untouched so you can appreciate the vinyl record grooves?

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Make a statement with this yummy chunky copper dipped ring

More of my handcrafted vinyl record jewelry designs in black and copper, as well as silver and gold are available in my online shop. Because you’re worth it. I’ve heard them saying it in the ads.