Monday, September 28, 2015

Stella Erwin's presents:
Foothills and Flats

Stella Mae Erwin, my great aunt, had a zest for life and loyalty to her extended family that was remarkable.  She died young but is well remembered and loved. Great women are like that, they live on and on.  

Stella's great grand nephew and his wife, Ben and Jessalyn Beasley, recently began their artist adventure creating handmade artisan jewelry. They are open for business on Etsy at and soon to be on Handmade at Amazon.  

A little bit about their shop and some of their creations. Listing links follow last photo. 

$61.23 Sterling Feather 
$15.95 Turquoise wire wrapped ring
Our name is Foothills&Flats because of the two parts that make up this company, a Tennessee boy and a Texas girl. On the one hand, our roots very much influence our work and our style but on the other hand, it's just a starting point. 

Our affections for silversmithing really took off after Ben cast his own wedding ring (the week of the wedding.) We were enamored by the matte finish of the delft clay casting and the immense feeling of having created something so meaningful with our own hands. 

$37.45 Copper Cuff
Our jewelry is earthy and eclectic. It appeals to the simple down-home style or the traveler in search of the connection between all humans. Designed for the person who appreciates that there is nothing new under the sun and that all things are influenced by another and connected. We believe in art for the sake of connecting humans to craft, not simply to generate profit or provide endless copies. Sometimes it’s better to limit the reach. That’s what makes it unique.
$51.50 Sterling Mountain
 That's what makes us all unique. We found that we're all a little like that first wedding ring, cast from such precious material, unique in our creation & raw and imperfect until our Maker comes along to give us the perfect finish.

Shop now, shop often.  Their designs and quality are amazing.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Fall News

The big news for on-line handmade sellers is Handmade At Amazon - the newest version of Amazon which will be launching soon.  In late May H@A began sending out invitations to handmade artists. Stella Erwin's was accepted in June.  Yay!  This is what Stella's landing page art will look like.   

BIG THANKS and hugs to Sherilyn Koss at for this stunning digital art. Sherilyn has created all of Stella's art for 2 years, lending beauty and consistency to our brand. I highly recommend Sherilyn, a gifted artist and professional business woman. She has great instincts for putting together exactly what you want and need with limited information. And she's fast!

Handmade at Amazon has not launched yet, but should soon.Stella's inventory at H@A will be unique from that at Etsy, though in the case of duplicate pieces you may see the same item in both shops.  More to come as this venue opens. 

Below are some of newest glass creations from this season.
Ice cube design - $66

Porch Lights - vintage glass hanging candle holders.  Some of these are milk glass and most were originally on porches or in bathrooms. Although a few of these we installed in carnival trailers in the 60s. Visit the Porch Light section and look at the exquisite selection.
More than just a candle holder 

$51 - stunning milk glass
$51 - milk glass w/side cutouts

Imagine these with votives or remote control LEDs.  Discounts on multiple Porch Lights purchases can be realized with the following coupon codes used a checkout.  

PORCHLIGHT10 - 10% off purchase of 3 Porch Lights
PORCHLIGHT15 - 15% off purchase of 4 Porch Lights
PORCHLIGHT25 - 25% off purchase of 5 or more Porch Lights

Thanks so much for reading and for your support.

Julie Jansen

Coming Soon:  Vintage glass Wynne (no it's not misspelled) chimes and the newest in covered bird feeders - think square.