Vignettes - Fr. for "little vines and branches"

Lake Forest, California · 45 Sales


Vignettes - Fr. for "little vines and branches"

Lake Forest, California 45 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
Cherie FitzSimons-Orr

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5 out of 5 stars
Christian Hargrove

Christian Hargrove on Dec 13, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Cherie did a beautiful job with this necklace and my wife absolutely loves it. It's just been a week or so, but she has worn it several times and gets lots of compliments. If you order from Cherie, the items you receive are beautifully crafted, just like they appear in the photos! Thanks Cherie.

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A Natural Progression in Creativity

It seemed a natural progression to go from a few well-chosen beads spaced at particular intervals creating a light and delicate look (as seen in Belle Armoire-Jewelry, June edition, “Little Vines”, pg. 12) to a few hundred beads also precisely chosen for shape, color and texture giving still a feminine look but with a much fuller and richer feel. My first necklaces are called “Vignettes”( or Little Vines, in French). My personal artistic journey has led me now to create my “Vignette Clusters”.

The progression to mother-of-pearl buttons just happened as many "happy accidents" do. I was just "playing" with my beads and decided that the mother-of-pearl buttons were too pretty to just be buttons. So I made them into beads and twisted them with wire onto an armature of wire that I had made. These necklaces have taken on a life of their own, and gone beyond my simple, yet elegant, original ideas. I have named this "collection" Vignette Lunarias as they look like little shimmering moons. They now come in a multitude of colors so go with every attire...simple, casual, and elegant.

From there I purchased some glass flower and leaf beads and began creating my Vignette Fluers necklaces using an assortment of beads and experimenting with different kinds of wire, including color coated "craft" wire. It gives the flower and leaf beads a branch or tendril to climb along.

I have also used heart shaped river shells to make pendant necklaces, wiring seed beads, glass beads and freshwater pearls on top of the "shells". I then have slipped the hearts onto a seed bead necklace to enhance the colors I used on the pendant. These are named, Vignette Memories. They look quite vintage and as if they belonged in my grandmother's day and time.

Currently, I am embarking on a totally new and exciting idea! I am using fabrics I bought through etsy in India to create a collection of necklaces and bracelets and earrings using beads, sequins, wire, metallic novelty yarns, ta variety of thread and of course the fabulous colorful fabrics from India. I adore etsy for several reasons: one is that it offers me a one-stop shopping experience where I can purchase all the supplies I need for my jewelry and meet the "shop owners" and help to promote their business. I have made some amazing friend through my etsy "travels on line". I now have this delicious shop in India to find my fabrics, a lovely lady in Turkey who creates lamp work beads that I have purchased, a supplier for my unusual sequins, and so many more. Not to mention the friendships that have come from all over the world. I am truly thankful!

As a high school art teacher (Beverly Hills High School) for 35 years I have always been interested in the “process” of doing and how one thing leads to another and keeps the artistic process growing if you let it. By keeping your mind open to new things your own personal artistic expression will have to grow. I never quite know where my mind will take me and that is half of the fun. It has taken me many years to feel so “open” in my artistic endeavors, but when I started making and creating my jewelry about 7 years ago I've been astounded at what has happened, and where the path has led. I am self -taught, and had no formal training in jewelry making, only one two hour class, which taught me the basics of how to use findings, and how to use the tools. In a way I feel blessed not to have been bombarded by lots of the jewelry out there. I just found my own niche.

I find my form of jewelry-making quite stimulating, and relaxing (sounds like an “oxy-moron” doesn’t it?) and very easy to transport and do almost anywhere. My husband and I have a very small two-seater plane and I take my beads and tools right along with me in the plane.I have actually had my tools confiscated on commercial airlines and that’s no fun if you are planning a long trip and looking forward to enjoying your craft in any spare time. I have even mastered working on my jewelry while my husband’s flying, and when we land I always have something to do. Sometimes there is a lot of waiting between flights. I have never been bored and I am sure I never will be. The word "bored" is not in my vocabulary!

I am so grateful for my continually emerging and changing creative outlet, and artform, jewelry, and to have a shop on etsy to showcase what I love to do!
Chérie FitzSimons-Orr

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Last updated on February 23, 2017
Thank you for visiting my new Etsy site. It is quite exciting to have a shop where one can view my jewelry pieces.

I have been a high school art teacher for 35 years and have just recently retired and can now enjoy the love of creating that I tried to instill in my students. Art and creativity allows us to explore and share our personal expression. I have been fortunate enough in all my years of teaching to enjoy, through my students, all the art that I love to do myself. In teaching everything from print shop, to painting and drawing, to weaving and textiles, to fashion design, to beginning art, and crafts I have had the opportunity to gain a wealth of experience and seemingly never-ending ideas that continue to run through my head.

I, however, never mentioned "jewelry" in my list and that is because I only got into creating my pieces about a year and a half ago. I feel very honored to have had my first pieces, "Vignettes-Little Vines" published in the Belle Armoire-Jewelry magazine, the June edition. I will be featured in the September issue as well, so you can check out some of my pieces in those two issues and learn a little more about me.

As one thing seems to always lead to another, as an artist, I just keep "branching out" and adding new styles, colors and textures to my pieces. Currently you may view my "Vignettes-Little Vines" very lacy and delicate, my "Vignette Clusters": fuller, and chunkier, my "Vignette Colliers" (collars): pearl chokers, and "Vignette Fleurs": using glass and resin flower and leaf beads. Now it is 2013, and I have now been published 9 times in those jewelry magazines. You can find these magazines in many book stores or check where to find them on the internet. I have begun working with fabric from India and hand-beading it as I coil the fabric and cotton cord beneath into necklaces and bracelets. They are so colorful and exotic...and just fun.

I hope you enjoy what you see as much as I enjoy making each piece.

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All items are shipped USPS ground, first class. If you desire insurance, tracking confirmation, or expedited delivery, please let me know. International orders, contact me with the destination, so that I may quote you accurately on the shipping/customs costs. Most items will be shipped within 24-36 hours of payment clearance. All items will be very carefully packed. They are placed in a clear-lid acetate box, with a cushion of batting, and then inserted in a padded envelope.

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I want you to be completely satisfied and happy with your purchase(s), and I take every care to make that happen for you. However, I understand that while an item might look perfectly wonderful in the “shop” it may not look as you had hoped it would on, or with a particular article of clothing you might want to wear with it.

I will replace or refund, less shipping costs, as you desire, as long as the piece you have purchased is in its original condition, and in the box it arrived in, within 14 days, and repairs are subject to availability of materials and type of materials and degree of repair. Just notify me of your concern. Within reason things can be adjusted as well, so let me know so I have a chance to assist you. (See FAQs below)
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I welcome custom orders and would be honored to design and handcraft a special piece (or pieces) just for you. Bridal jewelry (for the bride and bridesmaids, flower girl, etc.). Please contact me to discuss any ideas you might have or any questions you would like to ask me.

Custom orders cannot be returned in most instances. I can send you photos of your custom order (via email attachments) prior to shipping for your approval, however. Just let me know of your wishes. (See Contact Me)

I can upgrade components upon request: for example, gold-filled or sterling silver, can be substituted for the German non-tarnish gold or silver or copper that I use (the German wire is wearer friendly, bends and holds it's shape very well and helps to keep my costs down as well as yours). If you convo me, however, we can work something out and I will re-estimate the new cost for you if you prefer gold-filled, or sterling silver throughout the piece.

As with any fine jewelry, to protect your purchase(s) please do not wear jewelry in the shower or put it on over “lotioned” or perfumed skin or spray hair spray near the jewelry piece.

My work is guaranteed against defects in materials and/or workmanship. Please, again, contact me to work out any concerns.

My work is copyrighted, and copyrights do not transfer with the purchase of a piece. I hope you will respect the pride that I put into each piece I lovingly make, and thus appreciate the integrity of my work. It has taken many hours to design, create and handcraft my pieces. Please do not duplicate my pieces or support others who might just take my ideas and techniques and use them as their own. Thank you for your loyalty and giving credit to the originality of my work.

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