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Quirky, Artsy, Silly, Friendly, but a bit anal-retentive - all words have been used to describe me by family and friends. For the most part, I think they are right...but my personality is not why you're visiting my shop ;) so I digress.

I live in Pembroke on the South Shore of Massachussetts, about 15 minutes north of Plymouth. You know, where the Pilgrims landed their Mayflower? Well, if you didn't remember your history lessons, now you know :) The four seasons are well-defined here and I enjoy each one. The ocean, cities, creatures, colors, and forests are often the inspiration behind my pieces.

Truth be told, jewelry making was never in my plans and never occurred to me as being an artistic outlet. It all happened one night, when the wind was howling, the snowstorm piled it's white fluff against my door, and I was hopelessly trapped…

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  • Female
  • Born on November 5
  • Joined July 16, 2011

Favorite materials

Agates, Crystals, Semi precious Gemstones, Pearls, Shells, Sterling Silver, Tibetan Silver, Gold Filled, Solid Copper, Plated metals Gold Silver and Antique Copper, Lead and Nickle free Charms and Findings, unless otherwise noted

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About

Quirky, Artsy, Silly, Friendly, but a bit anal-retentive - all words have been used to describe me by family and friends. For the most part, I think they are right...but my personality is not why you're visiting my shop ;) so I digress.

I live in Pembroke on the South Shore of Massachussetts, about 15 minutes north of Plymouth. You know, where the Pilgrims landed their Mayflower? Well, if you didn't remember your history lessons, now you know :) The four seasons are well-defined here and I enjoy each one. The ocean, cities, creatures, colors, and forests are often the inspiration behind my pieces.

Truth be told, jewelry making was never in my plans and never occurred to me as being an artistic outlet. It all happened one night, when the wind was howling, the snowstorm piled it's white fluff against my door, and I was hopelessly trapped inside my warm and cozy abode. Ahhh, yeah, okay. The truth is, I was just online shopping for a gift for my Dad when I saw a necklace and thought, 'I can do better than that'. So, I carved out a room for myself, in the basement. I call it "My Cave" as I have a tendency to hibernate there when I'm focused on a piece (or hide from my fun, but exhausting, nephews). Who'd a thunk so much noise and chaos could come from such small creatures. Ahhhh, nap-time is a wonderful thing. Anyhoooo, I found out that I LOVE to make jewelry! and was happy to hear from customers that they, or their gift-recipient loved a piece I made. Truly puts a big smile across my face :)))

I sell at craft fairs and flea markets and two of my major pieces were selected by a juried panel to be displayed at the Pembroke Arts Festival; Pembroke, MA. in August 2011. After receiving several inquiries and suggestions that I sell online (Etsy was frequently mentioned) I decided to set up shop. So..... here I am :)

I use more than the average adornments of beads for one of a kind looks. I also make my jewelry using high quality materials and make them using the proper tools and special findings(wire guardians to prevent damaging tugging which can snap the wire, crimping pliers to properly crimp a bead instead of flat nose pliers which can cause a crimp to fail and the wire to slip free, crimp beads as opposed to crimp tubes which can split on the side, crimp covers for aesthetics, 49 strand wire instead of 7strand or 19 strand for the most strength and flexibility, silver or gold satin finish wire instead of "Bright" which looks grey through crystals and at the ends of the necklaces & bracelets and heavy gauge jumprings to prevent them from bending from light snags which keep charms in place and prevent the ends of necklaces/bracelets from breaking. All of these details ensure a long life of the piece. I want my customers to feel confident that they are buying quality. My goal is to create each piece with durability and timelessness so it may be passed on for future generations to enjoy. I put a lot of time, care, and heart into these designs and hope you will love your piece as a gift or a special treat for yourself.

If you have any questions the best way to reach me is via my Etsy account by sending me a message HTTP://WWW.DONNALEAJEWELRY.ETSY.COM:

Thank you for visiting my shop: http://www.DonnaLeajewelry.etsy.com

Donna L. McGarry Designer / Owner
DONNA LEA JEWELRY
Registered Member SRAJD# 3568 (Self-Representing Artist in Jewelry Design)

Remember to smile as the sun is always shining even when it's raining, pouring, or the old man is snoring. Oh, well, it's shining somewhere behind those clouds.

*Please support your local artisans* instead of mass produced items that are often made by slave laborers. Not only are artisans' / craftsmans' pieces special; since they are made with care by people who love what they do, recipients are usually more appreciative of a piece (at least I always felt so) they know was handmade and purchased from an individual; bought at a gallery or a special little shop. In addition, it helps the local economy. Not to mention, but I will, it helps us poor starving artists out.

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