"Hello! My name is Jeana Linhart and I live in a cute yellow house in a quaint little town in Oregon. I have a handsome and brilliant husband, who is a high school teacher and a super dad. We have three hilarious little boys who provide tons of material for our family blog Linart Live.
Ever since I was a little girl I've been passionate about creating beauty. In fact, I remember many afternoons as a teenager, hanging out at Glenda's house with her two daughters making huge poster board sized collages out of cut up magazines. Glenda had a really good stash of magazines and introduced me to Good Earth Tea, which is still my very favorite tea to this day.
My jewelry making career started during the Christmas season of 2008. We were strapped for cash but still wanted to give gifts. So I started taking apart all my jewelry and mixing the elements around to create new pieces. My work was a hit with the women in our family and pretty soon they started calling me up saying things like, 'So-and-so saw the necklace you made for me and she wants one just like it!'
I chose the name Ruby Willow after a funny conversation with my husband. I told him that I just wanted a name that sounded pretty and represented me but not in an obvious way like "Jeana's Jewelry." So he started saying things like, "You have big hair. How about Big Hair Jewelry!" From there it evolved into a parody of The Song of Solomon. "Your teeth are like a flock of goats. Goat Teeth Jewelry! Your lips are like red rubies. Your hair is like a weeping willow. You are a Ruby Willow." I was laughing so hard but through that laughter, Ruby Willow was born.
I opened my etsy shop in January 2009 and I strive to make beautiful, relevant, affordable pieces of jewelry. It's important to me that each design reflects some element of nature. After all, I am only a creator because I was created in the image of The Creator. I want my work to be a reflection of His. With three boys I often feel the need to have something girly, so I also work hard to make each piece soft and feminine. But my deepest desire for my jewelry is for the wearer to feel beautiful wearing it."
Well, now that you have met Jeana, (isn't she cute!) I want to show you the two pieces that she is offering today. And the fun part, if you win, is that you get to choose.
Choice one: THE NEST NECKLACE
"The Nest Necklace can be customized to represent families, or children/grandchildren, friendships or simply a love of birds nests. I use fresh water pearls for the eggs and each nest can hold up to four eggs. As an alternative, I can also use round Swarovski crystals to represent birthstones."
Choice two: THE FAMILY LEAF
"The Family Leaf necklace is a modern take on the family tree. I hammer each leaf to fit however many birthstones are needed. But this necklace doesn't have to be about birthstones either. I made one for myself with graduating shades of green and it always gets lots of compliments."
Just leave a comment, telling me which beautiful necklace you would choose. Jeana is also offering a generous discount of 20% off anything in her etsy shop or custom pieces you order (enter the code GgTake20.) This will be good for two weeks. Thanks so much, Jeana.
I will annouce the winner on Thursday, July 28. I hope you are having a great summer.