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Solo Exhibit & Giveaway: Magic in the Grass!

by Violet on March 26, 2012

Update: Lucky number 119 is our winner! Congrats Celeste, and thank you again to Nikki!

What will you find at Magic in the Grass? A garden of handmade silver jewelry inspired both by the simple beauty of nature and the power of words. This lovely duo of concentric circles is stamped with lyrics from John Lennon’s Imagine, but Nikki welcomes your requests. Names, dates, lyrics…she loves creating custom pieces full of meaning for the wearer.

The texture of this stunning ring is achieved by using an actual leaf skeleton to imprint the leaf pattern into the silver. Polishing it to a high shine ensures that the many details stand out. I love the delicate veining of the leaf against the smooth, thick silver.

While Nikki might be best known for her chunky pieces, she has quite the delicate touch. Here, ten little silver hearts are clustered together in a cascade of love. Imagine how they would catch the light as you toss your head.

As you’ll see in our interview, the first piece Nikki ever made was a bangle and her love for them hasn’t waned. Chunky, skinny, smooth, hammered…you decide! What would you have her stamp? What words would you want forever remembered?

Curator V: How did you get your start making jewelry?

In 2006 my partner and i decided to quit our day jobs and go and see some of the world. We lived in a campervan for a year. On a night we would sit and talk about our futures together and what we would most like to be doing. We are both very creative, and I knew that when I returned to England we would be making a change for the better. As soon as we arrived home I enrolled in some jewellery making classes, which I followed up with a silversmithing course. I worked an office job alongside, as it gave me weekends free to study the craft. I ploghed all of my time into it and steadily gained the knowledge and the tools that I needed to get started. One of the first pieces I made was a bangle stamped with “don’t let your dreams be dreams”. It was by no means perfect as I was still only learning, but I wore that bangle almost everyday, as it was a great reminder of why I was doing what I was doing. So I guess in a way I have Jack Johnson to thank for keeping me going…great lyrics!

Curator V: You grew up in a small village in England. Can you tell us a little bit about that and how it inspired you?

I feel really lucky to have grown up where I did. Grassington is a beautiful village nestled in the Yorkshire dales. My childhood was largely spent outdoors, surrounded in nature. This has inspired both my jewellery and my photographs. I remember painting the backs of fallen leaves to make prints from the intricate patterns (I was always the crafty type!). When I got into making silver jewellery I knew what needed to be done. For my ‘leaf’ range I heat the silver up until it’s soft, and roll it through my mill with a real leaf skeleton and the pattern is left imprinted forever. A perfect example of art representing nature.

Curator V: You are a relatively new mom. How do you balance the needs of your family with your need to create?

My gorgeous girl (Amy) couldn’t have timed joining us any better! My jewellery business was starting to take off and I was beginning to have more orders on than I could manage to make alongside a full time job. So, when I left work for maternity leave we knew it was the correct time to make the break and really go for it with ‘Magic in the Grass’. I made it my career, and I love it! Balancing my time as a mother and managing a flourishing business can be difficult at times. Through the day I’m looking after Amy, so I tend to get any computer work done then. After breakfast I will check for any orders and enquiries, and tend to as many of these as possible straight away. Through the day when Amy is amusing herself I will use my time to take photos, update my Facebook page, and get any online tasks done that I can. Once she is in bed I take myself into my studio, and that’s when the ‘real’ work gets done! This can mean that I have very long days, but I wouldn’t change any of it for the world.

Curator V: You love to create custom, personalized pieces. What makes that so special to you?

I really like to see the words that people choose to have their jewellery stamped with. Some go for special dates or children’s names, which is sweet, but I love the random requests the most. The ones that make no sense at all, but I know that it’s an ‘in joke’, and will mean a lot to somebody else! Many of my customers choose to have lyrics, and if it’s a song that I like I will be singing while I work. Very loudly. And very badly!

Nikki created a skinny silver bangle with a hammered edge just for this giveaway! Stamped around the side is this powerful quote by James Dean: “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” To enter, visit Magic in the Grass then come back here and leave a comment with your favorite item. One winner to be chosen at random next Sunday, April 1st.

(Reading this via a feed? Here’s a direct link to the giveaway.)

{ 122 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Birgit March 26, 2012 at 10:16 am

I adore the Silver necklace – 3 Wonky Hoops!

2 Kelley March 26, 2012 at 10:25 am

I love the guitar pick keychain – so clever!

3 Leslie W March 26, 2012 at 10:33 am

I love the personalized silver guitar pick key chain. It would make a great Father’s day gift!

4 Mareelana March 26, 2012 at 10:56 am

My favorite item is the Autumn Leaves! :-)

5 Traci March 26, 2012 at 11:20 am

I love the “Two Become One” Engraved Bracelet. Amazing!

6 Nicole March 26, 2012 at 11:52 am

I love your leaf ring! It might be the next one I add to my tree themed collection :)

7 Nancy March 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I absolutely love this keychain because it looks just like a guitar pick! There is so much meaning to me in a guitar pick, particularly because my fiance proposed to me while playing the guitar…and I kept the pick! I LOVE all of your work!!!!!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/89331249/personalised-silver-guitar-plec-keychain

8 Mona March 26, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I love Fall Accessories – Autumn Leaves.

9 Caroline March 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm

My favourite (although it changes from visit to visit!) is the Chunky Hammered Ring … I’d love one with an ee cummings quote on it :)

10 Emily Medhurst March 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I am still in love with the 3 ring stack! bought on from my aunt and had my own words put in, she LOVES it! need to buy myself a little something from you soon so jelous.

11 Clare March 26, 2012 at 1:58 pm

I loved the guitar pick and bought it from my 16 month old little girl to my guitar playing husband with ‘Daddy Rocks’ and her name… I gave it to him for his birthday and he absolutely loved it!!! so did I… would love some stuff for myself…. I’ve hint hinted to him…. ha ha

12 Rhaya March 26, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I love the Triple Bangle. Just gorgeous!!!

13 Gina March 26, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I just love the leaf ring. I first saw it a month or so back when I was looking for nature-inspired rings for when my partner and I renew our civil partnership vows. This ring stood out immediately and is what we will be ordering when the time comes. Just gorgeous.

14 suelee March 26, 2012 at 3:40 pm

well, i’m absolutely in love with just about every piece you make… BUT a few of my favorites; the leaf bangle, autumn leaves, the plectrums, and the big love letter ring(imagine). Beautiful pieces. <3

15 Tiffany March 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm

I love the ring with the leaf print! That is so cool!

16 Luthien Oltrefiume March 26, 2012 at 5:06 pm

My favorite is absolutely the leaf ring, I think that the leaf pattern is mesmerizing! *___*

17 gustosa March 26, 2012 at 7:01 pm

i like Silver Earrings – Falling Leaves

18 judith chen March 27, 2012 at 1:33 am

I love the leaf ring!

19 heidi mccallum March 27, 2012 at 1:42 am

I love Nikkis work , I have placed many orders with her.Cant recommend her enough if you want something original heartfelt and made with love.I have two favourite pieces that i struggle to choose between.eclipse necklace and 3 wonky hoops are my favourite pieces.If i had to choose one id say Eclipse….but its tough to choose just one .x

20 Laura Adams March 27, 2012 at 2:40 am

I love all of your work so it’s hard to choose, I think my favourite would have to be the personlised word ring, I really love things with sentimental value and so I know I’d never take it off if it had my favourite words on it. I love that I’ve never seen anything like it and to have something no one else had would make it extra special :) I think I know what my birthday present to myself will be this year haha x

21 Rosie Bee March 27, 2012 at 3:52 am

I absolutely love beaten track, it suits my style so much!

22 ninja March 27, 2012 at 10:29 am

We bought the leaf rings for our wedding bands. I found it on Etsy and we couldnt be more happy – it ages beautifully too. Stunning creation!

23 Sharon Siqueiros March 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Gorgeous pieces,I love this shop!! My fav is the Triple Bangle set
Thanks for a fabulous giveaway!!!!

24 angel charm March 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm

wow its so pretty loved the What a Wonderful World Personalised necklace , thanks for the giveaway

25 Nikki March 27, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Thanks to you all for your lovely messages…it is my pleasure to be offering up the prize…good luck :)

26 Shani March 27, 2012 at 4:31 pm
27 DESPINA March 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I love the Personalised necklace – What a Wonderful World so much, what a wonderful piece…

28 Joanna March 27, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Personalized jewelry – ‘What matters to me’, I adore it!!

29 karen March 27, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Fall Accessories – Crisp Linen ring is my fav

30 mframe March 27, 2012 at 6:52 pm

I love the Personalised necklace – What a Wonderful World

31 Jazzy March 28, 2012 at 4:27 am

Leaf bangle – so pretty! Just LOVE the effect.

32 Emily March 28, 2012 at 5:41 am

Love the Silver necklace – 3 Wonky Hoops. Beautiful!

33 Kimberly Wright March 28, 2012 at 5:46 am

I like the Personalised necklace – What a Wonderful World. The two rings connecting are really nice.
halochanel at gmail dot com

34 Natasha Fatah March 28, 2012 at 6:01 am

Thank you for a lovely giveaway. That bracelet is great.

My favourite item is the personalized initial necklace.

natashafatah at gmail dot com

xoxo
http://www.natashafatah.blogspot.com

35 Kat March 28, 2012 at 6:02 am

My favorite is the “Hoop on a Chain” necklace.

36 Katy A. March 28, 2012 at 6:14 am

My favorite item is the Personalised necklace – What a Wonderful World!!

37 Lulu March 28, 2012 at 6:16 am

My favorite item is Necklace – For my love: http://www.etsy.com/listing/90760651/necklace-for-my-love

38 gail March 28, 2012 at 6:45 am

i like the autumn leaves

39 Chiara March 28, 2012 at 6:56 am

I love Leaf! :) Really beautiful

40 maycily March 28, 2012 at 6:58 am

My Fav is the leaf ring!!

41 Marija March 28, 2012 at 7:50 am

I love the Important Date Tally Ring. So creative!

marija.majerle at gmail dot com

42 Rebecca Orr March 28, 2012 at 8:24 am

Sterling silver ring – In the band!!! bekki1820cb at gmail dot com

43 phioniray March 28, 2012 at 8:24 am

Leaf band is amazing!

44 Jel March 28, 2012 at 9:36 am

the Sterling silver necklace is so cute :)
love it <3

45 elven johnson March 28, 2012 at 10:16 am

Necklace – For my love

46 springchicken March 28, 2012 at 10:23 am

Thanks for the chance to win! I also really love the “Daisy” silver ring.

47 Laura Lane March 28, 2012 at 11:23 am
48 NGS March 28, 2012 at 11:26 am

The Unique Spiral Bangle really is unique – a very versatile piece!

49 Ellen C. March 28, 2012 at 11:43 am

I like the it’s a climb ring. Thanks for the chance.

50 Selma March 28, 2012 at 12:18 pm
51 Erin Lawrence March 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I love the “Three is Family” bangles! Beautiful!

52 Suzanne Gregg March 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I love the leaf ring.

53 Francoise F.Q. March 28, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I love the “Silver earrings – For my love” so adorable!! xoxox

54 aimee March 28, 2012 at 1:02 pm

i love the skinny bangle its gorgeous xx

55 Rositas March 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm

http://www.etsy.com/listing/39430935/love-personalized-gift

amazing… I love that!

on FB Rosita’s La Tanita

56 Veronika March 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I like Personalised necklace – What a Wonderful World.

57 Megan March 28, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I loved every item in your shop!! I think my fav would be the Fall Accessories – Crisp Linen Ring

58 G March 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm

The leaf bangle is gor-geous!

59 Mia March 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I like the bracelets that are together, there’s one that is 3 together & another that is 2 together. Love this idea!

60 Suzie B March 28, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I love the Necklace – for my love. Beautiful! ?

61 Felicia March 28, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I love the For My Love Necklace!

62 Sarah March 28, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Love it all, but my favorite is the Custom Words/Lyrics Chunky Bangle.
sparmeland(at)optonline(dot)net

63 Cindy A. March 28, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Thank you so much for offering such a lovely and generous giveaway. My favorite item is actually the prize, but I also love this gorgeous leaf bangle: http://www.etsy.com/listing/34271721/custom-made-leaf-bangle

64 Kayla March 28, 2012 at 8:33 pm

I love the engraved hoop on a chain!

65 Vicky Smith March 28, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Another amazing shop found on etsy!! Im loving this! The personalized hammered bangle in one of my favorite items, I would love to own a great piece from this shop. Great giveaway! XO!

66 Eugenie March 28, 2012 at 10:09 pm

I love the Leaf Bangle.

67 Jess March 28, 2012 at 10:22 pm

I love the Engraved / Custom / Personalised/ Custom Words, Hammered Ring

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68 Romi March 28, 2012 at 10:58 pm

I love the leaf ring and the hammered ring, though what item out of all the others I would pick is beyond me!

69 maria garrido March 29, 2012 at 12:34 am

I fav on etsy and liked the look of the 5 Personalized Friendship Bracelet :)
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70 rejas garrido March 29, 2012 at 12:36 am

<3 What a Wonderful World Personalised necklace

rejasgarrido @gmail. com

71 silvergirl March 29, 2012 at 12:42 am

Personalized Friendship Bracelets : I really love this..

silverlilacc at hotmail dot com

72 M.M. March 29, 2012 at 3:05 am

My favorite item is the personalized necklace little things. Its really cute.

73 Jennifer M. March 29, 2012 at 5:13 am

I like all the bangles, and love the idea of putting a favorite song lyric on them.

74 Linda Jarraf March 29, 2012 at 5:45 am
75 Kaytee March 29, 2012 at 5:50 am

I like the silver necklace with 3 wonky hoops!
http://www.willknitforcake.blogspot.com

76 Kimberly March 29, 2012 at 6:26 am

Hi, my favourite item is the Engraved / Custom / Personalised / Words – Skinny Bangle.

It’s gorgeous! Thank you for the giveaway.
jacqui_truong@hotmail.com

77 angie March 29, 2012 at 6:54 am
78 Teresa C March 29, 2012 at 8:22 am

I like the Silver Engraved / Custom / Personalised/Lyrics – Hoop on a Chain!

79 Elaine March 29, 2012 at 8:35 am

Love What A Wonderful World necklace! Beautiful piece with a great name!

80 Julie B. March 29, 2012 at 9:16 am
81 melita March 29, 2012 at 9:39 am

I have few fav, one of them is this awesome Leaf ring http://www.etsy.com/listing/47864276/leaf
I really love this unique jewelry!

82 Leki March 29, 2012 at 10:00 am

Nice giveaway. My favorite item is Fall Accessories – Autumn Leaves… Good luck everyone. :D

83 Dovile March 29, 2012 at 11:05 am
84 KarenZ March 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I like the Hammered Ring – Secret Words
niuniuzheng at gmail dot com

85 Olga March 29, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Great website and great giveaway!:D
There are a lot of amazing things. It was so diffucult to decide which ones I love the most, but I adore Hammered Ring – Secret Words, it’s so original and interesting and Necklace – For my love, so adorable. Thank you for a chance:).

86 Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard March 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Love the Personalized Friendship Bracelets – Set of 5
brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

87 Sherry Wasabi March 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Bespoke jewellery – The Wider Band is my favorite

iluvpolkapie at gmail dot com

88 Diana March 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm

I love the Hand stamped pendant – Imagine

89 Heather March 29, 2012 at 5:48 pm

I love the triple bangle!

90 Kristen N. March 29, 2012 at 5:53 pm

I love the Silver Engraved / Custom / Personalised/Lyrics – Hoop on a Chain

91 ninajoleisa March 29, 2012 at 6:01 pm

I love the custom made leaf bangle! Gorgeous.
ninajoleisa at gmail dot com

92 Maegan Morin March 29, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I really love the Personalized Chunky Ring!

93 Anne Taylor March 29, 2012 at 6:28 pm

The Custom made – Leaf Bangle is amazing!

thanks

94 Christina March 29, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I love the Lyrics Ring – and the giveaway bangle and its quote are wonderful!

95 moniquehasana March 29, 2012 at 8:29 pm

I love the Personalised necklace – What a Wonderful World and you for this amazing giveaway. Have a blessed day

96 Abie March 30, 2012 at 6:27 am

I love the little heart stud earrings (http://www.etsy.com/listing/96022006/silver-earrings-give-a-little-bit). So simple, and so versatile!

97 Nancy Hart March 30, 2012 at 7:56 am

Love the stacked rings. When I’m nervous about giving speechs I always wear a “power ring” to give me confidence.

98 Jennifer P March 30, 2012 at 8:14 am

My favorite is the Silver Earrings – Falling Leaves.

99 Gabrielle March 30, 2012 at 8:21 am

I love simple, elegant design and I love stackable jewellery, so it’s a given that I’d love the engraved jewelry 3 ring stack!

100 Julia W March 30, 2012 at 9:38 am

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