Saturday, February 26, 2011

Video: Rachel Odem and the Chicago Natural Beauty Meetup

Check out this video made by Rachel Odem who talks about the Chicago Natural Beauty Meetup that took place on Feb 19th! She's wearing my jewelry and some items from a few other designers. There is also a few minutes of footage of Patrice Grell Yursik of and Leila Noelliste of BGLH talking about blogging. 

Friday, February 25, 2011

Rising Of An Ancient Craft: Black Art And Craft Movement

In honor of Black History month, some members of the Etsy Artists Of Color ( myself included) are collectively blogging about black artists that influence our work or that we really admire. And since I have a fashion background, I decided to blog about Fabrice Simon.

Fabrice Simon was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on January 29, 1951. In 1964 he emigrated to the United States (New York)and after graduating high school he studied textile design and fashion illustration at F.I.T. In 1976 he created his first collection which consisted of silk dresses that he painted by hand. These dresses were bought by the upscale department store, Henri Bendel and that sparked his rise to fame on the fashion scene. He launched his own design company (Fabrice Designs LTD) with a $3,000 investment. And  he designed and sewed all of the garments at this time. Then, a few years later,  his sister brought him some beaded fabric from Haiti to make a dress. He loved results and started to make more items out of beaded fabrics. And and then he began to commission Haitian beaders and embroiders to create his designs.These glittery and sparkly beaded dresses are what Fabrice is most known for to this day.

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During the glitz and glamour era of the 80's his elaborate beaded designs were worn by many celebrities, fashion models, and socialites. Fabrice continued to design ready-to-wear and custom designs right up until the economy went downhill during the late 80's; during this time he focused on his private clientele. And, in 1994, he closed his business and returned to painting which he called his first love. Four years later, on July 29, 1998  Fabrice Simon passed away at the age of 47 but his designs and artwork live on.

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Here are a few other Fabrice Simon designs that I found for sale on Etsy and Rubylane.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Check My Shout Out on!

This weekend I vended at the Chicago Natural Beauty Meetup hosted by Rachel Odem.  Patrice Grell Yursik of was in attendance and also a panelist for a discussion about blogging and natural hair. I got the chance to meet and talk with her and she was so nice and really liked my jewelry. She mentioned me on twitter and on her blog. I was so excited and grateful that she took the time to shout me out to all of her readers and twitter followers. Click HERE to see the post that mentions Jazjewelz! And, also, check out Afrobella on Twitter and Facebook.

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Chicago Natural Beauty Meetup is Tomorrow!

In a previous post I mentioned that I would be vending at the Chicago Natural Beauty Meetup and today is the last day to rsvp. This meetup is hosted by Rachel Odem who is an expert in skincare and make up. Also, Patrice Grell Yursik of Afrobella Blog and Leila Noelliste of Black Girl Long Hair will be there to hold a natural hair/blog panel discussion. And there will be a few other vendors there selling jewelry, haircare and skincare items, and more. So if you're in the Chicago area and would like to attend this meetup please rsvp today at Chicago Natural Beauty page on Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Karyn Calabrese of Karyn's Raw Talks Health, Cleansing, and Detox!

Karyn Calabrese, who is raw vegan and has several restaurants and an inner beauty center in Chicago, talks about health, nutrition, raw veganism, and cleansing. And I am sharing this video because I found her and her  straight talk, and information the she gave very interesting. Take a look and let me know what you think. Also, please note that this video is over 13 minutes so watch it when you have some time. Also, this is part 1 of 8 videos if you want to see more.

In the raw: Karyn Calabrese brings healthy dining to a new sophisticated level.(THE ENTHUSIAST): An article from: Black Enterprise

I've Been Featured on Satin Doll Cafe!

In honor of Black History Month, Gaetana (owner of Satin Doll ), has been doing a blog series featuring black artists, crafters, businesses, etc.  And I am today's featured artist so please check out my feature on Gaetana's blog at and feel free to leave a comment. Also, I must mention that Satin Doll is on etsy too so go ahead and click HERE to take a look at her shop. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wishlist: Wheatgrass Juicer and Growing Kit

When I am out and about I'll sometimes stop by a health food store or juice bar and grab a shot of wheatgrass juice. It does not taste that great but it's supposed to have some great benefits so I sacrifice the taste for nutrition's sake. I've also taken wheatgrass supplements in pill form and I've used little powder packets that you add to water or juice. And although I do like the supplement, I like fresh  best. And since I'm am not going to a juice bar everday, I've decided want to grow and juice the wheatgrass myself. I've seen some juicers and growing kits for decent prices. I've also heard of some people growing the wheatgrass by simply adding the seed to moist paper towel in a tray and tending to it. Either way, I definitely want the juicer and I'll let ya know if I get one and how I like it.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Saturday, February 5, 2011

I've Finally Made Some Rings!

I bought a mandrel some time ago and I promised myself I would start making some rings. And I did make a few rings in my metalsmithing class but they were.....well... let's just say I need a little more practice when it comes to metalwork. Meanwhile, I have started (and will continue) to make wirewrapped rings. And here are the first ones I have made and added to my shop. I hope you like them.

Brass and Amethyst Wirewrapped Ring

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Favorite Things Etc's Word Cloud

Ever since there was a word cloud  (or tag cloud) created for President Obama's latest State of The Union Address, I have been seeing more and more people create them. And honestly, before President Obama's speech, I had never heard of a them  but now I see them almost everyday. So I decided that I wanted to see a word cloud of  my blog, and maybe some of  my other sites (twitter, tumblr, facebook, etc,) and I did a google search for word cloud creators. My search yielded several sites and here are the clouds that were created on each of them. Oh, and let me just admit that I became a little obsessed with this for some strange reason. I guess it's sort of interesting to see what you or others talk about the most on blogs or twitter. Anyway, here they are:

My blog cloud created on Wordle

Created on Tagxedo



Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Upcoming Jazjewelz Events for February!

Here are the events I have coming up. If you're in Chicago or the Chicago land area,  please stop by. And if you're not here but know someone who is please let them know about these events. There's gonna be lots of handmade goodies for everyone! And if you're not in the area you can always stop by my etsy shop

On Saturday, February 5, 2011, I'll be at The Connection (4321 S. Cottage Grove) for the Girlfriend Soiree 
from 1pm to 5 pm! 

On Saturday, February 12, 2011 I'll be at The Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western Ave) for the Handmade Market from noon to 4pm.


On Sunday, February 13, I'll be at Berlin ( 954 W. Belmont) for the Urban Folk Circuit. from 12pm to 5pm.


On Saturday, February 19, 2011 I'll be at Christ Temple Cathedral Reception Hall (62 W. 111th Street) for the Chicago Natural Beauty Meetup which is hosted By Rachel Odem of Makeup By Rachel O. 


Yummy Raw Vegan White Chocolate From Gnosis and Organic Nectars

I've never really been a big fan of white chocolate but when a got an email from Gnosis, introducing its EnWhitement Bar, (which is raw and vegan) I knew I had to give it a try. So I ordered one and when it arrived I tore right into it. And you know what? I really, really liked it a lot. It was smooth, creamy, and just sweet enough. The cost is $10.25 for a 2 ounce bar, and yes that seems a bit pricey but this bar is made with good ingredients and superfoods like Maca and Lucuma so I'd say it's worth the price and I'd also buy it again.

After trying the Enwhitement bar, and enjoying it so much, I wondered if there were any other companies making raw, vegan white chocolate so did a search on Amazon. One of the results I g ot was for the Golden White Raw Cacao Chocolate Bar by Organic Nectars and I thought they sounded pretty good so I went ahead and ordered them. I received them (there were 3 bars) a few days later and I gave the bar a try. And I liked this bar almost as much as the one from Gnosis although it was a little less creamy and a little sweeter. On the other hand, the Organic Nectars bar is approx. $4.99 per bar so it is a little more economical..

Overall, I really thought both bars were very good and I would definitely repurchase them. And each company also has other chocolate bars and many other products that I want to try. So, I will definitely be revisiting their websites soon.