Sunday, April 26, 2009

TrAsh Can JEwels Review and Giveaway!

TrAsh Can JEwels
One of the most wonderful things I've experienced since starting this blog is meeting so many amazing people! One of those people is Anne from Trash Can Jewels. Anne is a local artisan. This allowed me the rare pleasure of meeting her face to face. She graciously invited me...and my husband, and my youngest daughter into her home and gave us a tour of her workshop. I instantly knew I was in the presence of someone with very similar interests to my own. What I truly love about TrAsh Can JEwels is Anne's use of "found" things. As her business name suggests Anne uses what other people have relegated to the trash and transforms these items into treasures! We were shown drawers and drawers of wonderful finds. From drawer pulls and name plates, souvenir spoons and old game pieces Anne creates unique and fun jewellery you will not find anywhere else! Initially it was agreed that I would review one piece but when I came to pick up the item Anne insisted I take a second piece as a gift. Because of her generosity I would like to review both pieces!

The first treasure I received was a pair of earrings made from the bowl ends of two souvenir spoons. Yes, spoons and they are beautiful, polished silver. What endeared me most to them and what she picked up on intuitively was that one of the earrings is engraved Tuktuk, N.W.T. Ah the North! What does the other say? North Dakota! I love the whimsy and humour she adds to many of her jewels! The earrings are actually quite sophisticated as well as fun.

I also have the pleasure of now owning a TrAsh Can JEwels charm bracelet. It was created in blues and golds to coordinate with a Visa charm formerly a key chain! I must admit here I am not a shopaholic myself but I am secretly a "chick-lit" fan {you know chick literature} and have ...oh should I reveal this? all Sophie Kinsella's books including the Shopaholic series. This bracelet appealed to me because it reminds me of those frivolous books and is just plain FUN! I must admit it also looks fabulous. Some of the unusual found items on my bracelet include crystals from a chandelier, an old watch back, a ring, a baby bootie charm, a key, a tiny dream catcher {perhaps from an earring}, and beautiful glass beads. The words Love and Strength also make an appearance!
TrAsh Can JEwels takes recycling to a new level! "One man's junk is another man's treasure" is no longer an antiquated sentiment it is a stylish new way to live!

One Northern Mama reader will have the opportunity to wear her own unique piece of jewellery from TrAsh Can JEwels. Anne is offering one reader her choice of item up to $15 in value {you may choose to pay the difference and choose a more expensive item if you wish}!
To Enter:
~Visit Trash Can Jewels and tell me what your favourite item is {Required}
~Non-bloggers may enter but please remenber to leave your email address with your comment!

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Giveaway open to US and Canadian residents. Giveaway closes May 10th, 2009 10:00pm CT. Please see General Giveaway Rules for more details.


  1. I love the Mini Domino Earrings Green Yellow Black Recyle Reuse!

  2. I Love the Master Lock Co Milwaukee Adorned Junk Necklace. So fabulous and fun and funky all at once. Oh yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!

  3. I personally love bracelets, so my favorite thing was the ID bracelet.

  4. My favorite is the charm braclet.

  5. I like the FUN Bingo Card Earrings


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  7. Simple Glamorous Earrings on Wire with Glass Crystal Beads