October 24, 2012

Blog Partnership :: October 2012

Octobers blog partners used bronze jewelry components and a whole lot of creativity to make a treasure trove of Halloween inspired jewelry. Bronze skulls, snakes, marquis links and leather work seamlessly together to shape these spooky designs! Feast your eyes on the first taste of Octobers blog partners designs.



Tracy Stillman Designs describes her jewelry as “inspired by art, fashion and jewelry from different eras and particularly enjoys creating vintage inspired designs that have timeless appeal.” Tracy is an accomplished designer producing unique handmade artisan jewelry, beaded bracelets, Swarovski crystal  earrings and embossed brass  patterned earrings. Her designs are lovely and can be see at Tracy Stillman Designs on Etsy.


Pamela Traub of Klassy Joolz  is a self taught jewelry designer who loves learning new techniques. Pam produces “wearable treasures from the finest artisan lamp work beads, gemstones and high quality products.”  Pam is a Jill of all trades and has design running through her veins. Along with running a great blog, she participates in many design challenges through internet beading groups and also produces hand stamped gift tags. Stop by Klassy Joolz Etsy Shop  to see first hand Pam’s jewelry designs and Lil Love Notes   for hand stamped vintage inspired gift tags.

Want to be a Nina Designs Blog Partner? Email DeAnna@NinaDesigns.com to learn how!

September 20, 2012

Blog Partnership :: September 2012 :: Part 2

One reward of running the blog partner program is the chance to see all the different designs utilizing Nina Designs bronze jewelry components. We had so many impressive designs this month! Check out our final three blog partners from September.

Hazel Ward of Continuum Designs is not only an accomplished jewelry designer but she also makes her own polymer clay beads. This mixed material master made a beautiful design using our natural bronze lotus marquis pendant.  Her necklace is not only gorgeous but extremely unique. Continuum Designs blog is informative, witty, funny and full of great tips.

How do you know when your obsessed with jewelry making? According to Hazel:  “Your partner/roomate/cat hears a rattling noise in the night, and knows that it’s just you combing greedily through your bead stash by the light of the moon.”  Sound familiar to anyone?

A Jewelry Crush (left) and Continuum Designs (right)

Jenn Fitz Patrick’s blog  A Jewelry Crush is clean, modern and uniquely cultivated. She regularly features fellow designers on her blog. The interviews are fantastic and so inspirational! It’s a great source for exploring what other designers are creating. Jenn is on the pulse of jewelry trends and even has some great project ideas on her blog. Jenn’s blog  reminds us how fun and sexy jewelry can be.

Molly Condit of  Rue de la Marguerite has one of the most unique blogs we’ve encountered! It’s full of vintage watch re purposed jewelry and photos of her many adorable cats. Her blog is warm, inviting and very entertaining.  Rue de la Marguerite’s shop has it all; necklaces, bracelets and rings from re purposed watches, typewriters and keys. She even has men’s cuff-links made from vintage watch parts! Molly also has an enormous heart. She donates 10% of the proceeds from her shop to PAWSitively Cats, which is a no kill cat shelter near her home in Arizona. What a great motivation to buy jewelry from a talented designer!

September 13, 2012

Blog Partnership :: September 2012

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September’s blog partners did an amazing job using Nina Designs bronze jewelry findings, deer hide leather, and silk ribbons in their designs.  This month’s bounty of designs were not only inspiring but extremely impressive.

Kathy Lindemer’s jewelry, of Bay Moon Designs, has a light and dreamy quality.  We love how flawlessly she incorporated the bronze lotus charm with the silk ribbon.

  In Kathy’s own words, ” Most of the inspirations for my jewelry come from nature, using  one of the most delicate and beautiful flowers of mother nature is a good fit for me .   The lotus has long been associated with purity, rebirth and beauty.  The shapes are classic, fluid, and romantic all at the same time.  I think that this is a very romantic necklace.”

We couldn’t agree more Kathy!  Stop by Bay Moon Designs Etsy shop to explore a variety of beaded and crochet jewelry as well as lovely handmade cards.

September Blog Partners: Antiquity Travelers (left and lower right) and Bay Moon Designs (upper right)

Cynthia Machata of Antiquity Travelers  inspiration comes from travel and exploration.  You can feel how her travels inspire her designs. Her pieces range from light, summery bracelets to eastern inspired earrings – all with a touch of vintage flare.  Her jewelry is diverse and transcends one specific style.  And, her blog is full of informational tutorials and photos of her creative process.

Go to Antiquity Travelers Etsy shop to see truly one of a kind jewelry.

Check out more talented blog partners for inspiration!  Jennifer Smith of Huda Thoughts made a two beautiful necklaces and earrings as a part of last months blog partner program.  Her blog is not only fun to browse but she includes a number of pictures of her cat T.S. Elliot.  Too cute!

Interested in becoming a Nina Designs Blog partner?  Email:   DeAnna@NinaDesigns.com

August 15, 2012

New Blog Partner :: Kris Lane Binsfeld of Cherish Designs

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Kris Lane Binsfeld of Cherish Designs did an amazing job using Nina Designs bronze jewelry components and silk ribbon in her designs. We were really impressed with how effortlessly Kris mixed Nina Designs bronze jewelry charms into her creations.

Kris’ style is unique; using bold wire work designs and beautiful statement pieces. Her jewelry is a sleek mixture of vintage pieces with a dark and stormy edge.


Kris is an artist, teacher, mother and blogger. She found her voice as a designer by expertly mixing materials and finishes. Her blog is cheerful with beautiful photos and warm stories to share.

She has a line of coastal themed jewelry licensed with Demdaco/Silvestri and is excited about the launch of her vintage inspired line – coming soon. See her designs first hand at Cherish Designs Etsy Shop.

Interested in becoming a Nina Designs Blog Partner? Email DeAnna@NinaDesigns.com !

July 17, 2012

Blog Partner Round Up :: Making Necklaces

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Nina Designs bronze jewelry findings are the perfect starting point for making jewelry.  Feast your eyes on our latest Blog Partner round up with a focus on making necklaces.

Under Her Charm


Lisa from Under Her Charm really impressed us with her superb stamped charm cluster necklace. Lisa’s etsy shop is full of individualized beautifully crafted stamped jewelry. Here are Lisa’s kind words about Nina Designs she shared with her readers; “Nina Designs creates some of the most beautiful and unique jewelry supplies, and is also a big supporter of the artist community…” Thank you Lisa! And thank you for sharing your designs with us!



Clayspace's bronze lotus statement necklace

Charlie from Clayspace did  amazing things with the items we sent her in last months blog partner goodie bag.  We were really impressed with how cleanly she mixed materials and metals. The result was a number of very unique pieces that used Nina Designs bronze jewelry findings in exciting ways.  This new mom is more than a ceramicists and jewelry maker, she incorporates inspiration into a clear vision all her own.

Check out our other talented blog partners for more necklace inspiration! Earthenwood Studio and  Jewels of Sayuri both made beautiful necklaces as part of last months blog partner program.

Interested in becoming a Nina Designs Blog partner? Email  DeAnna@NinaDesigns.com !

July 10, 2012

Blog Partner Round Up :: Making Bracelets

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Leather cords and silk ribbons are great for making jewelry.  Just take a look at what our talented blog partners did with Nina Designs leather and silk cords for jewelry making.

Under Her Charm Bracelet

Sayuri Silk Bracelet












We really love what Under Her Charm did with the wide leather cord we sent for her to experiment with.   Lisa specializes in personalized jewelry using stamped charms.  Her stamping abilities are to be admired.  We were excited to see her mix of braided  leather and silk ribbon in one fabulous design.  She really pushed herself creativity, and made a colorful inspiring bracelet.

Jewels of Sayuri makes gorgeous handmade jewelry and is based in India.  Her blog is chalked full of great tutorials on making jewelry.  We especially love her creative tutorials on how to turn everyday objects into jewelry.  From simple to more intricate, you can really learn a lot of unique ideas for making jewelry.  Go to her blog to get step by step instructions on making this silk bracelet today!


July 5, 2012

Blog Partner Round Up :: Making Earrings

In any combination bronze charms, gemstones, chain and earring findings make beautiful jewelry. Have a look at what our accomplished  blog partners created with Nina Designs bronze charms and earring findings.


Pam Older's effortlessly chic design

Jewels of Sayuri's elegant chain creation



Pam Older Designs used Nina Designs bronze jewelry charms to create a lovely pair of earrings. We love the way she mixed the warm color of bronze with the striking sparkle of gemstones.  Pam’s designs are light, colorful and playful. I appreciate the way she mixes materials to create chic feminine pieces.  Pam Older Designs has it all; vintage inspired pieces, beautiful beaded bracelets, bridal jewelry and colorful earring.

India based blogger, Jewels of Sayuri  fashioned an elegant pair of earrings using Nina Designs bronze jewelry components. Divya’s blog is a wealth of information with tons of interesting tutorials to explore. When it came time to design with Nina Designs pieces Divya writes “…I decided to inject them with some of my quirky charm to make them a little kitschy!!”  We love her colorful, unconventional, mixed material designs.


May 11, 2012

Blog Partner :: The Writing & Art of Andrew Thornton

I’ve been reading Andrew’s blog for a while now, and just knew he’d make something beautiful with Nina Designs bronze jewelry charms and components. I’m drawn to his blog for the beauty I find there – in his jewelry, in his writing, and in the community he is a part of. I admire his eye for jewelry design and for living an artful life. I love what he created with the bronze jewelry charms we sent because it seems to echo who he is, and what he appreciates. He made this bracelet that is earthy and tribal but still feels urban, youthful, and bold.

The Writing & Art of Andrew Thornton

Be sure to stop by Andrew’s blog to see what else he created with Nina Designs jewelry charms and components, and learn how he keeps his days busy with writing, jewelry design, and the opening of a new creative space – The Allegory Gallery.

Allegory Gallery is “a creative space that’s one part bead store, one part jewelry boutique, one part fine art gallery, and one part gift shop. The aim of Allegory Gallery is to promote artisan craftspeople, inspire the community to explore their creativity, and act as a focal point for classes and artistic education in the area.”

If I ever find myself near Ligonier, PA, I’d definitely plan a visit!

April 26, 2012

Blog Partner Project :: Pretty Things

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Today we’d like you to meet Lori Anderson, of Pretty Things, a super sweet blog chocked full of fun design challenges, blog giveaways, and inspiring jewelry design. We sent Lori a goodie bag full of bronze jewelry charms – like coral pendants, feather charms, and circle jewelry links – and love what she created. We especially appreciated how she turned the feather charms into jewelry links, and how she mixed key charms with steel parts from her local hardware store. That’s thinking outside the box!

Be sure to check out all three designs she made using bronze charms . . . and, if you go to her blog by April 28th, you’ll still have time to enter her blog giveaway to win Nina Designs jewelry components. While you’re there be sure to meet her son Zack, see her vintage camera collection (really awesome), and see what Lori’s designing next!

Do you make jewelry and blog about it? Consider partnering with Nina Designs. Contact: deanna(at)ninadesingns(dot)com for more information. It’s fun. It’s free. And, it drives traffic to our blogs!

April 17, 2012

Bronze Jewelry Charms Featured in our Latest Blog Partners’ Jewelry Designs

What I like most about our Blog Partners’ jewelry designs is all the different ways they feature bronze jewelry charms. In some, the bronze jewelry charms are accent pieces, adding a lovely finishing touch. And in others, bronze jewelry charms are showcased as featured pieces. Today’s round up of blog partners includes Saints and Sinners (Barbe St. John), Beads and Books (Michelle Mach), and For My Sweet Daughter.

Bracelet from My Sweet Daughter

Each of these jewelry designers pushed their limits to design outside the box, and I love the results. Punches of color, whimsy, and layers of bronze charms! The photos below are just some of their creations, so be sure to stop by each of these wonderful blogs to see the rest, and discover a community of talented jewelry designers.

We’re also delighted to get such positive reviews from our blog partners. “I LOVED these charms. I thought they were 14k gold but they are better because they have more durability than gold and are way more affordable.” – For My Sweet Daughter. And, “I received this gorgeous goodie bag of beautiful bronze beauties! They look and feel like 14kt gold, and are MUCH more beautiful and lush in person.” – Saints and Sinners.

Thanks ladies! Creating products to inspire jewelry designers is an ongoing joy. We love knowing that our work feeds the creative energy of so many talented artists.

Necklace by Barbe St. John

Earrings by Michelle Mach

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