MySelvagedLife

Unique and Unusual Jewelry, for Gifts or for Keeps!

Bristol, Connecticut · 11343 Sales

MySelvagedLife

Unique and Unusual Jewelry, for Gifts or for Keeps!

Bristol, Connecticut 11343 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(4174)

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Note from shop owner MySelvagedLife is now Verdilune Shop! You can find all of my creations and LOTS of my new Artisan Metalwork at www.Verdilune.com. Please use coupon code CHANGEISGOOD for 10% off your order at www.Verdilune.com.

You can also find me on Instagram and Facebook under @verdiluneshop.

Thanks so much for your business :)

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Feb 21, 2017

MySelvagedLife is now Verdilune Shop! You can find all of my creations and LOTS of my new Artisan Metalwork at www.Verdilune.com. Please use coupon code CHANGEISGOOD for 10% off your order at www.Verdilune.com.

You can also find me on Instagram and Facebook under @verdiluneshop.

Thanks so much for your business :)

Heather Torre

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Heather Torre

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(4174)
C Em

C Em on Feb 23, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

As usual from this - a favorite shop - the necklace was good quality, good price, just as pictured, and arrived soon. Super happy with my purchase. Have already worn these earrings twice. Very glad I purchased.

C Em

C Em on Feb 23, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

As usual from this - a favorite shop - the necklace was good quality, good price, just as pictured, and arrived soon. Super happy with my purchase.

C Em

C Em on Feb 23, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

As usual from this - a favorite shop - the necklace was good quality, good price, just as pictured, and arrived soon. Super happy with my purchase.

vwmom52

vwmom52 on Feb 19, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

beautifully crafted necklace - simple perfection - very important message! - haven't taken it off since it arrived :o) <3<3<3

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About

It Started with a Sundance Catalog...

Hi, I'm Heather, thanks for coming here to read more about me! I've been creating jewelry since the late 90's. I take after my late mother whose mantra was always, “Oh, I could make that.” And she did. She sewed, quilted, embroidered, did stained glass and pottery, refinished furniture....you name it. I learned a lot from her, and developed the “oh, I could make that” mantra as well. So, when I was in my late twenties and got my first Sundance Catalog in the mail, filled with GORGEOUS, amazing, sterling silver and gemstone jewelry that I could NEVER afford, I said.... “hmmm....I wonder if I could make that?” One visit to the gem and bead shop, and a couple classes and I was hooked. I created jewelry for myself and for family and friends, and started consigning to shops in Atlanta (where I lived at the time), Chattanooga, Nashville, and Knoxville.

All the beads and wire and pliers were packed up in 2004 though, when I got married, pregnant and moved to Connecticut. I didn't touch my bead stash until 2008. New baby, new house, new husband, new friends, then another new baby, an ailing father – my creative needs were pushed far back behind more important matters and people who needed me. My creative urges were indulged only by perusing Martha Stewart magazine and it was because of an advertisement in Martha Stewart Living that I found Etsy.

My husband was the only one working, so I saw an opportunity to try to bring in some money. I had been sewing a lot; making toddler apparel and accessories from re-purposed sweaters, and also creating handmade fairy dolls. I called my shop “MySelvagedLife” because I truly felt I had lost myself in the past few years. I loved my family dearly, but I needed something for ME, so I felt this was a chance to “salvage” the creative being I really was. Since I was listing sewn items, I did a play on words, using the word “salvage” to “selvage”, meaning (per Webster's) “an edge (as of fabric or paper) meant to be cut off and discarded” THAT is where my shop name came from.

Needless to say, my photography stunk, and no one wanted to buy my toddler clothes OR fairy dolls. “Why don't you start making your jewelry again?” my mother asked. “You could sell that on Etsy.”
Now why the heck hadn't that occurred to me?

5 years and a lot hard work later, MySelvagedlife is a successful business. On average, I work about 10 hours a day, every day. When I'm not filling orders or shipping them, I learn new things by taking metal smithing classes, experimenting with hot and cold patinas, trying out new techniques and constantly searching the internet and gem shows for the elements in my creations. I don't have a specific “style” - I just love so many things, and can't be tied down to one type! One will find creations in my shop that are made with vintage Swarovski crystals from the 50's, antique keys, gorgeous gemstones and crystals, modern geometric metal elements, African trade beads, Goth, Victorian, Steampunk, etc. My favorites are unique, repurposed creations made from an old tangled wind chime, scraps of chain, or the disassembled jewelry inherited by my mother, who has unfortunately passed away, but was my first Etsy customer and ardent supporter.

Owning your own online business can be lonely, but Etsy is my “water cooler” where I not only carry out my business, but where I bond with my virtual “co-workers” and colleagues – other Etsy shop owners. We support each other, give advice, toss ideas around, brainstorm.....These are the elements that have made my Etsy shop successful. Having a supportive husband and family is just icing on the cake. :)

Follow me on Instagram: https://instagram.com/myselvagedlife/

Find me in this fantastic collective of artists and craftspeople; Tributary Goods: http://tributarygoods.com/collections/my-selvaged-life

Photography courtesy of Denise Gammell Photography www.denisegammellphotography.com

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