Friday, January 20, 2012

Xquisitely Lady M Chainmaille Review and GIVEAWAY!!!!

Xquisitely Lady M

You know what I love most about the world of handmade? The wonderful people I get to meet! You can't walk into most stores and get to know about the person who designed and made your piece. There's also something so special about wearing something one of a kind that makes me feel, heck, extra pretty! Lady M is no exception. Today I'm wearing a pair of her gorgeous chainmaille earrings and one of my students complimented me on them. I thanked her and she kept staring at them. "Wow, those are just so, wow!" Now THAT'S the kind of reaction I like to get!
(I'm totally buying this bracelet when I get paid, ya'll! - unless someone beats me to it, and I will not begrudge you. Well, maybe a little....)

Lady M's pieces are not only beautifully detailed and extremely well made, but also are incredibly unique and attention grabbing. These would make PERFECT pieces for a wedding party, and she will do custom work. She even has a layaway plan and free shipping to the US and Canada!

I had a chat with the Divine Miss M about her work, and here's what she had to say.......

How long have I been doing this?: I got bored one day about 6 years ago and decided to teach myself chainmaille...and got addicted.

Where do my ideas come from?: My ideas come from all sorts of places like characters on TV shows or in movies and the fashion runways, but most of them simply come from my imagination.

What are my favorite things to make?: That's a toughie. I love to make things with color and I love some of the more intricate (aka time-consuming) items, but it all really boils down to my mood and what's in my head.

What do I do when I'm not making jewelry?: A lot of time is spent marketing and networking. I'm also a full-time student and will be graduating with my Masters degree next year. I'm extremely excited about that! Then I'll take a break and start pursuing my Doctorate. I also do volunteer work with Veterans organizations.

Is this a full-time or part-time job?: It's definitely full-time! I want to relocate to Houston and I've started looking for employment in that area, but this will still be a full-time endeavor for me.

(I hope she does move to Texas! Then I can meet her in person!)

What/who inspires me?: First of all, my sons inspire - probably far more than they'll ever realize. There are just oodles of amazing artisans that also inspire and motivate me. They're far more than friends and their passion about what they do, why they do it, and just for life is simply incredible. When people aren't inspiring me, I look to stars and nature. The patterns in nature are amazing and to be able to duplicate those would be phenomenal. I'm working on translating Zodiac signs into chainmaille...stay tuned :o)

(I'm dying to see the zodiac pieces! Let a girl know when you come up with Pisces, okay Miss M?)

One of the things I love most about her pieces is how amazingly LIGHT they are. Despite my earrings being drop down chains, it feels like there's nothing in my ears at all. Amazing when you look at how many pieces make up the whole.
Argh! It's so hard to pick only a few pieces to show you, but visit her store and see for yourself how amazing all of her work is! Oh, but wait- the hair sticks! I LOVE my hair stick!

Okay, so I bet what you're wanting to know about is the giveaway, huh? Well, the lucky winner will get one of her handcrafted chainmaille pendants, an $18.00 value. Just use the form below! Easy peasy :-)

So here's the giveaway form!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Daffydill Deb said...

trying to enter and the page is looping.........grrrr Love all the pieces I see here, thanks so much for this give away!

The Beauty Pirate said...

Oh no! It is collecting entries, so maybe it's just having a hiccup. If it keeps giving you problems let me know.

Raige Creations said...

Awesome stuff she has! And she is such a wonderful person.
I am dying to try one of her hair sticks. Nice interview and great pic of her excellent items.

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Dancing Rainbows said...

Such a talented artist. I am lucky enough to have several of her creations, and have made custom orders. Wonderful interview!!

Marguerite said...

Thank you SO much!! Thank you everyone for the very kind words as well - I wish you all luck in the drawing!

Connie Mitan said...

I'm a sucker for those bracelets! need to make a bit more money so I can get one....

spanky luvs vintage said...

Marge has divine items and is such a lovely lady! Congrats on this feature!!!