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Top 5 Pieces of Handmade Jewelry from UncommonGoods

Handmade Jewelry from UncommonGoods (A Westervin Sponsor)

 

Every year, Brian and I look forward to the UncommonGoods holiday catalogue. Whenever it arrives, we stop what we’re doing to look through it together. No joke. It truly is full of uncommon goods! And, truth be told, we’ve bought many a gift from them. Not only do they have a large and well-curated selection of items, but they’re also a founding member of B Corporation (if you haven’t heard of B Corps, learn more about this awesome not-for-profit organization here), and they’re committed to environmental sustainability and social responsibility. 

So, believe me when I say we are genuinely thrilled to welcome UncommonGoods as our latest sponsor. They’re a perfect fit, no? To thank them for supporting Westervin, I’ve put together a list of my 5 favorite pieces of handmade jewelry currently available from UncommonGoods. 

If you know me, you know I have a thing for handmade jewelry. From ceramic statement necklaces to glass-blown earrings to each set of specially crafted wedding bands we get every year on our anniversary, my jewelry box is bursting. If you really know me, you know that I actually haven’t worn a piece of non-handmade jewelry in years. (Excluding the occasional vintage pieces, of course.) There’s just something so special about a piece of wearable art that’s one-of-a-kind or made in small batches by someone who’s honed their craft and whose work truly fulfills them. I want to support those people! I want unique jewelry that stands out! And there are plenty of other reasons to love handmade jewelry. UncommonGoods put together a beautiful blog post of their own about the value of handmade jewelry. Check it out here

Hopefully you, dear reader, have joined me on the handmade jewelry bandwagon long ago. But if not, there’s still time! All aboard! Check out my top 5 handmade jewelry picks from UncommonGoods, and see the rest of their jewelry offerings here. What are your top 5?

5. Acquamarine Branch Ring made by Nancy Nelson 

4. Gold Dipped Vine Lace Necklace made by Tulianna and Alejandra Garces 

3. Gold Astrology Cuff by Julie Nolan

2. Diamond Cobblestone Wedding Band by Emilie Shapiro

1. Sterling Silver Diamond Studs by Christine Street

This is a sponsored post. Though we have been compensated for sharing this content, all opinions are our own. 

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Summer 2014

If you’ve wondered where Brian and I have been all summer, well, let me tell ya.

Sarah West Ervin graduates from Columbia College Chicago and moves to Arkansas

1. I graduated! In May of 2014, after three long years of evening classes and weekend papers, I donned my billowy gown and square cap to receive my masters hood and my Master of Arts Management degree in Arts Business and Entrepreneurship from Columbia College Chicago.

2. To celebrate, Brian and I spent a nice weekend with his parents and sister and a few of my classmates-turned-best-friends. We laughed. We cried (from laughter). We drank a lot of margaritas!

3. THEN WE PACKED UP OUR LIVES AND MOVED TO ARKANSAS. That’s right, folks. If you haven’t heard, we’re living in Fort Smith now, and we plan to be here for the next two years.

4. Arkansas, the land of fried-foods-a-plenty.

the new Arkansas home of Sarah West Ervin and Brian West

5. We’re living in this beast of a house, which is just a short walk and an evener shorter bike ride from the downtown strip and the Arkansas river. The house belongs to my mother, and Brian and I are doing our best to fix it up for her while she and my little brother live near my grandmother in Louisiana. This will be an adventure.

6. As an historic home—close to 100 years old, I believe—it’s full of old timey charm and interesting quirks. More on that to come…

7. My favorite part? The house is big enough for me to have my very own studio! It’s a dream come true. It’s all a bit of a mess right now as we search for furniture and storage solutions, but I can’t wait to show you the progress.

8. We also love having our own outdoor space, complete with a porch swing and our little herbs. Pictured above are Umberto, the chocolate mint, and Dilly, our sweet baby dill plant.

Sarah West Ervin's new haircut and birthday fun

9. Not long after we got here, I decided to get a haircut. Yup, I had it all chopped off!

10. This is Sugars! We found her on our porch during a rainstorm. She was near death, so we rushed her to the emergency vet clinic, got her some medicine and nursed her back to relative health over a few days. Unfortunately, we couldn’t keep her, nor could we find anyone to adopt her. In the end we had to take her to the Humane Society, where they said they’d take good care of her and find her a happy home. It broke my heart to say goodbye to her tiny precious face, but our own two cats (the little rascals) are about all we can handle.

11. I turned 28! My birthday celebrations were just perfect and included many beautiful handmade presents, breakfast in bed, flea market fun, digging in the mud for diamonds at the Crater of Diamonds State Park, and a picture-perfect picnic. I’m so grateful to everyone who called, texted, visited, and sent happy wishes in the mail!

12. We didn’t find any diamonds, but we did find a lot of mud!

Brian West and Sarah Ervin attend the weddings of Sarah and Patrick Staub; Carolyn Sybesma and Ali Porter

13. We got to travel to Miami for the wedding of Brian’s very nice cousin Patrick and his sweet bride Sara. The guests were warm and friendly, the food was delish, and music was lively. We had a blast!

14. After the wedding, the Wests took a family vacation to Key West. Man, oh man, was it a perfect trip.

15. & 16. A week later, we got to travel back to Chicago to be a part of the wedding of two of our dearest friends, Carolyn & Ali. I even got to be the flower girl! It was so nice to spend time with our besties again in Chicago. I miss you all already!

 

Westervin Handmade Shop Update

17. & 18. Since we’ve been back, I’ve been busy as a bumble bee making some new items for the Westervin shop.

19. & 20. And I’ve been making plans for selling at craft fairs this holiday season. Brian helped me whip up some booth displays.

So that’s what we’ve been up to. Now that our lives have settled down a bit, you’ll be hearing more from us regularly. Stay tuned!