Marquin Campbell Designs Turkey Spur Jewelry Giveaway

Happy Friday!  What better way to celebrate is there than with jewelry?

Marquin Campbell Designs, Turkey Spur Necklace, Turkey Spur Bracelet, and Turkey Spur Cuff Links  | Oysters & Pearls

photo credit: www.marquindesigns.com

I met Marquin Campbell a year or so ago through a co-worker.  She lives in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband (the aforementioned co-worker) George and their pups, and creates beautiful, nature-inspired jewelry and paintings while simultaneously running her own business, Vino & van Gogh.

Marquin grew up near Savannah, where she was inspired by the wildlife and the marshes.  She went on to study Drawing and Painting at The University of Georgia, then to study Fashion Design at Parsons, the New School for Design in New York City. While in school Marquin had studied abroad in both Cuba and Italy, further influencing her artistic perspective.

Some of my favorite pieces of her artwork are combinations of her abstract and colorful style combined with scenes from nature:

photo credit: www.marquindesigns.com

photo credit: www.marquindesigns.com

Her artwork is colorful and fun, as is her jewelry.  But my favorite of all her jewelry is her simple, hand-cast bronze and pewter turkey spur jewelry.  As a matter of fact, she’s sort of famous for them!  The cufflinks will be featured at the Garden & Gun show in Charleston this December, and they are also appearing in the Southern Living Gift Guide!  

Marquin sent me a necklace, bracelet and a pair of cufflinks so I could see them for myself.  Any (or all?) of these would make an excellent gift to tuck away until Christmas time.

Marquin Campbell Designs, Turkey Spur Necklace | Oysters & Pearls

Marquin Campbell Designs, Turkey Spur Necklace, Turkey Spur Bracelet, and Turkey Spur Cuff Links  | Oysters & PearlsThe pairing of the pearls with the turkey spurs is simple, classic sporting style.  And I just love the story behind the turkey spurs.  From Marquin’s website:

These Pewter Turkey Spur Cuff Links were inspired by an afternoon afield in Thomasville, Georgia.  The original spurs came from a magnificent old Tom harvested by Marquin’s husband.

He was so proud of the bird–which he had chased for over two years–that Marquin surprised him with a pair of links made from the spurs, and he wore them every chance he got.  After garnering much praise and clamor from his friends wanting a pair of their own, Marquin had the spurs cast into bronze and pewter, and they have become beloved keepsakes for outdoor enthusiasts across the Southeast.

These designer cufflinks are handmade in Greenville, South Carolina by designer Marquin Campbell with great care, they are uniquely original and fantastic conversation starters – a symbol of the true affection for the Great Outdoors held by every conservationist.

Marquin Campbell Designs, Turkey Spur Necklace, Turkey Spur Bracelet, and Turkey Spur Cuff Links  | Oysters & Pearls Marquin Campbell Designs, Turkey Spur Necklace, Turkey Spur Bracelet, and Turkey Spur Cuff Links  | Oysters & Pearls

I asked Marquin what she loves about Greenville , the South, and how it inspires her work.  

I have been really fortunate to have landed in Greenville.  Its a medium sized town that still has retained its small town traits.  The city LOVES artists and because I have surrounded myself with the arts through the art school I own, Vino & van Gogh, and utilizing the space as both a store and gallery, living here has been a perfect spot for me to land.  I am so very grateful to live out a creative life. 

Isn’t that all we can ask for?

Marquin Campbell Designs, Turkey Spur Necklace | Oysters & Pearls  As absolutely tempting as it was to keep at least one of these goodies to myself (seriously, SO tempting – I gotta get one for myself!) Marquin generously sent them all for me to give away to you guys!

Marquin Campbell Designs and Oysters and Pearls Turkey Spur Jewelry Giveaway

I know, right?  All you have to do is follow Marquin on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook, and leave a comment on this post for each one follow.  Each comment will count as your entry into the contest – as in you can enter three times!  I’ll pick three winners next Friday, September 19th.  First winner gets first pick, second winner gets second pick, third winner gets third pick.  Sound fair enough?  So follow away, and be sure to come back here and make sure to leave a separate comment for each place you follow Marquin.

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Good luck!

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Thoughts

Sometimes, it’s hard to put thoughts into words.  And sometimes it’s easy.  I’ve had a lot weighing on my mind and my heart lately, and all I can say is that I’m in desperate need of our upcoming vacation.  So today, I’m just going to apologize in advance for the radio silence this week and share some inspirational pins that are speaking my language at the moment.

Holla if ya feel me.

negative mind           holding on to anger

be happy

don't waste words

happy is good for health

Until Next Time

Southern Makers: Sturdy Brothers

Ben and Spencer Young, the Sturdy Brothers | Oysters & Pearls

Photo credit: www.sturdybrothers.com

THE BROTHERS

Spencer and Ben Young are the Sturdy Brothers. Both grew up in South Georgia, and Spencer relocated to Thomasville with his wife to open up Grassroots Coffee in the summer of 2009.  After college, Ben worked in a coffee shop in Raleigh, North Carolina.  The brothers both saw and felt the need for a sturdy, heavy-duty apron in their roles as baristas, so they started making their own.  Almost immediately, they sponsored the 2014 Big Eastern Barista Competition by donating their aprons as prizes.  They were a huge hit with the baristas and requests for more aprons began to roll in.

A Sturdy Brothers Waxed Canvas Apron Used to Wax Canvas | Oysters & Pearls

THE KICKSTARTER

In order to get the funds to get their apron business off the ground, Spencer and Ben launched a Kickstarter campaign.  It was successful beyond their wildest dreams, and they hit the ground running with 226 backers from Thomasville and beyond, plus over $14,000 in the pockets.

Sturdy Brothers Leather Stamping Equipment | Oysters & Pearls Singer Sewing Machine at the Sturdy Brothers Workshop | Oysters & Pearls  Sturdy Brothers Leather Stamp | Oysters & Pearls

 THE GOODS

The thick, sturdy (for lack of a better word) canvas Ben and Spencer use for Sturdy Brothers products comes from Filson cuts.  They hand cut the high quality leather for straps and tags, then hand stamp those, too.

Waxing Canvas at the Sturdy Brothers Workshop | Oysters & Pearls Waxing Canvas at the Sturdy Brothers Workshop | Oysters & Pearls

They sew their heavy-duty bags and aprons, then wax them with beeswax, then dry them in a dryer. It’s a lengthy process with sweet-smelling, water-resistant results.

Hand Stamped Leather Tag, Sturdy Brothers | Oysters & Pearls Metal Punches at Sturdy Brothers' Workshop | Oysters & Pearls Ben, one half of the Sturdy Brothers | Oysters & Pearls

Their leather tags and handles and straps are all attached by hand using metal rivets.  Straps are reinforced with more leather on the backside of the canvas.

Adding a Sturdy Brothers Tag to a Waxed Canvas Apron | Oysters & Pearls

Finally, when they ship out a Sturdy Brothers apron, tote, or duffle, they wrap it up into brown paper packages tied up with string and hand-stamped cards and a thank you note!

Brown Paper Package from the Sturdy Brothers | Oysters & Pearls Sturdy Brothers Thank You Note | Oysters & Pearls Snow Tote for Natalie from the Sturdy Brothers | Oysters & Pearls

I was lucky enough to find this Snow Tote in my brown paper package, and sure enough, it’s become one of my favorite things.

Waxed Canvas Tote Bag by the Sturdy Brothers in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls French Ticking Waxed Canvas Tote Bag by the Sturdy Brothers in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls Snow Tote from the Sturdy Bros. | Oysters & Pearls

STURDY BROTHERS SHOP

If you’re itching to get your hands on these awesome goods, you’re in luck.  The Kickstarter campaign is over and the Sturdy Brothers website is open for business!  Check their online shop for purchasing all their sturdy merch.

www.sturdybrothers.com

Or if you’re local, the Sturdy Brothers are participating in Thomasville Center for the Arts’ FLAUNT!  Their popup shop on Jackson Street will be opening TODAY and will continue to be open for an entire month!

The opening party is tonight, September 5th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, and the popup shops will remain open until September 27th.  Purchase tickets to any of the events online at www.thomasvillearts.org.

Sturdy Brothers FLAUNT Pop Up Shop | Oysters & Pearls

In addition to being Ben’s workshop to create more Sturdy Brothers goods, he will have some additional items for sale for the month as well, including a handful of beautiful knives from O&P favorite Heartwood Forge!

Heartwood Forge Knives at Sturdy Brothers FLAUNT Pop Up Shop | Oysters & Pearls Goods at Sturdy Brothers FLAUNT Pop Up Shop | Oysters & Pearls Old Saw Flask at Sturdy Brothers FLAUNT Pop Up Shop | Oysters & Pearls Sturdy Brothers FLAUNT Pop Up Shop | Oysters & Pearls Sturdy Brothers FLAUNT Pop Up Workshop | Oysters & Pearls

Only a barista would have an espresso machine this awesome in their workshop.Sturdy Brothers FLAUNT Pop Up Shop | Oysters & Pearls    Sturdy Brothers FLAUNT Pop Up Workshop | Oysters & Pearls Sturdy Brothers FLAUNT Pop Up Shop | Oysters & Pearls

Be sure to stop by and visit all the amazing pop up shops in Thomasville this month.  It’s worth the trip for you out-of-towners!

And if you make it by to see Ben, be sure to tell him I sent ya!

For more Sturdy Brothers:

@SturdyBrothers

www.sturdybrothers.com

Until Next Time