DinnerWearJewelry: An Interview with Owner Mary-Ann Wood

One of the things I’ve enjoyed the most about featuring Etsy shops on my blog is getting to know the owners; what inspires them to design? What brought them to open their shop? I’ve started a new series of blog posts specifically for this occasion – owner interviews. I hope you’ll enjoy learning more about these unique artists’ process and inspiration!

When asked about how crafting became a part of her life, DinnerWear Jewelry owner Mary-Ann Wood muses, “Crafting has always been a part of my life, for as long as I can remember”. Growing up in a family of artists, artistic expression came naturally to her. Not with a brush and canvas, but with found objects and vintage components. Mary-Ann originally experimented with china mosaic art, but didn’t enjoy the process. She did, however, develop a passion for playing with the vintage china.
Creating her own style and process, Mary-Ann began to carve vintage china plates into gorgeous pieces of jewelry. Choosing pieces based on their patterns, colors and places of origin, Mary-Ann takes something old, and makes it new again. To most people, vintage china – especially if chipped or cracked – isn’t of much interest these days. But, with an eye for creativity, Mary-Ann takes china pieces and transforms them into the best possible parts of themselves; there are no more cracks or chips, just beautiful pieces of china, waiting to be worn.
Mary-Ann’s favorite projects to work on aren’t always the ones that are closest to her heart…but are the ones closest to ours. Customers can send in china that they want custom jewelry made from, often the china of loved ones or eras gone by. It’s a great way to keep and hold onto the memories, without having to worry about dropping the china plates while clearing the table. Often, when receiving an order, Mary-Ann gets to learn the history behind the china; why it’s special, and how much it means to the customer. From the way she speaks about this process, I feel that learning about it only spurs on her desire to make every order the best order possible; to provide the customer with their memories and cherished loved ones in the form of broken china jewelry.
As for her crafting regrets? Mary-Ann only has one – “I wish I had taken more photographs of my work”. I know the feeling; often we finish a project and give it away, only to wonder later about the specifics of the projects. Photographs of past work are a great way to learn from yourself, and your process.
You can find Mary-Ann and her broken china jewelry at DinnerWearJewelry.com, as well as DinnerWearJewelry on Etsy. She’s also active on Instagram and Facebook – drop in, like/follow her page, and say hi!
Until next time, stay crafty!

CraftyGirl’s Featured Shop: VintageTeacupShop

I’ve always loved looking at vintage glassware and china patterns. It’s one of my favorite things to look for when I’m in antique shops, and I love seeing all of the colors & patterns that have been created. With the advent of online shopping in the past decade, it’s become easier and easier to browse china & other vintage items online! Check out Etsy shop VintageTeacupShop; based in Franklin, MA, VintageTeacupShop is owned by Mary-Ann Wood, who also owns Etsy shop DinnerWearJewelry. Mary-Ann often goes shopping for vintage china supplies for DinnerWearJewelry, and comes across beautiful teacup & saucer sets, as well as playfully mismatched sets. Right now, VintageTeacupShop is offering a special coupon code – THANKS10. You can also find VintageTeacupShop at VintageTeacupShop1.com. Here’s a very special top 7 picks from Etsy shop VintageTeacupShop:

Vintage Gold Teacup and Saucer, Queen Anne English Tea cup, Bone China Tea Cup, Antique Teacup

Blue and White Antique Teacup and Saucer Vintage Royal Albert

Vintage Tea Cup Paragon Tapestry Rose 1930's Teacup and Saucer

Antique Tea Cup and Saucer Royal Grafton Blue Vintage Teacup and Saucer Pink Roses

Antique Moustache Cup and Saucer T&V Limoges France Hand Painted Violets Teacup

Vintage Royal Doulton Teacup, Teacup Trio, Kismet Discontinued Pattern # H5054, English Bone China Tea Cup, Antique Teacup

CH Field Haviland Limoges Incrustation Tea Cup and Saucer Double Dorure
Until next time, stay crafty (and buy vintage)!

CraftyGirl’s Featured Shop: DinnerWearJewelry

We all have those special sentimental keepsakes; that special item passed down by family or dear friends that you can’t bear to part with. For a lot of us, it’s china – not practical for daily use, but you hold it dear to your heart, maybe display it in a prominent location in your home. But what happens when your china breaks? Your heart breaks a little with it. Worry no more, because Etsy shop DinnerWearJewelry has a solution. Based in Franklin, MA, owner Mary-Ann Wood creates keepsake jewelry from broken china, and accepts custom orders to turn your china into your own specialized piece of jewelry. DinnerWearJewelry has 150+ beautiful items already in stock, made from various china pieces Mary-Ann finds on her shopping trips. Currently, DinnerWearJewelry is offering a special coupon code – 20THANKS – until September 30th, 2015. You can also find DinnerWearJewelry on Facebook for updates and news, as well as at DinnerWearJewelry.com! Here’s a very special 7 top picks from Etsy shop DinnerWearJewelry:

Broken China Jewelry Old Country Roses Vintage China Crystal Pendant Necklace

Broken China Jewelry Scottish Thistle Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace

Broken China Jewelry, Old Country Roses, Sterling Silver, Dangle Earrings, Rose Jewelry, Rose Earrings, Crystal Earrings, Red

Broken China Jewelry Necklace Forget Me Nots Blue Vintage China

Unique Bridesmaid Gifts Vintage Cameo Lariat Y Necklace Teal Wedding Jewelry

Lily of the Valley/Broken China Jewelry/Lily of the Valley Necklace Jewelry/Flower Necklace/Unique Necklace

Broken China Jewelry-Willow Pattern-Willow Ware-Blue and White China
Until next time, stay crafty (and buy handmade)!