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Southern Makers: Knot + Bow Designs + Jewelry Giveaway

I met Karli Campbell Buxton of Knot + Bow Designs at Due South in Thomasville, Georgia.  I was instantly beguiled by the colorful, sparkling gemstones and high quality craftsmanship of her work.  And who could blame me?  I’m still lusting after a few of these pieces!

Knot + Bow Designs Nature-Inspired Necklaces | Oysters & Pearls

Karli loved clothes and accessories from a very young age, so when she got to Georgia Southern University, Fashion Merchandising was the only major that caught her eye and interest.  Knot + Bow Statement Rings | Oysters & Pearls Knot + Bow Rings | Oysters & Pearls

After graduating, she moved to New York City and worked under fashion designer Don O’Neill of Theia.  Despite loving the big city lights, Karli new that NYC wasn’t her forever home.  She moved back to Georgia with her experience, her husband, Daniel, and their lab, Georgia, and began designing jewelry.Knot + Bow Designs Statement Necklaces  | Oysters & Pearls

As evidenced by her work, Karli is inspired by raw stones and other natural elements.  Her current obsessions make their way into her designs each season.  Knot & Bow Designs at Due South Makers Market | Oysters & Pearls

A true Southern girl, she loves the hospitality of the South that drew her back to Georgia, old Southern homes, and interior design.  Good Southern cooking may have been part of the call back home, too.  Knot + Bow Designs by Karli | Oysters & Pearls Knot + Bow Designs Statement Necklaces | Oysters & Pearls

Karli started making jewelry on the side while working at a boutique in Macon.  She became so busy with selling jewelry that she couldn’t get her orders filled, and that’s when she knew it was time to take Knot + Bow Designs full-time.  Now, she has her designs in over 70 retail locations, from Georgia to California and everywhere in between.  Even with her success and growth, each piece of Knot + Bow Designs jewelry is still made by hand right there in Macon, Georgia by Karli herself.Knot + Bow Designs Earrings | Oysters & Pearls Knot + Bow Designs NecklacesIf these pictures don’t have you starry-eyed by now, I don’t know what will do it.  Luckily, Karli has graciously offered to give away a pair of earrings to one of my readers!  Now guys, don’t be shy – I know you know a lady who would love to win this jewelry giveaway, too!

Knot + Bow Designs Earring Giveaway on Oysters & Pearls Blog  Know and Bow Designs Giveaway | Oysters & Pearls

These earrings would be perfect for any Seminole fans out there… The coral and pyrite make quite the statement!  And the arrowheads aren’t just for Nole fans.  As you can tell by her other pieces, arrowheads are on trend for anyone and everyone this season.

Knot + Bow Designs Earrings | Oysters & Pearls Giveaway

THE RULES

Because there’s always a catch!  If you’d like to win this gorgeous pair of Knot + Bow earrings, just leave a comment below telling us how you would wear them, why you want them, or just that you think they’re real pretty.

Earn an extra entry by following both @oystersandpearls and @knotandbowdesigns on Instagram AND sharing the official giveaway photo below using the hashtag #oandpgiveaway.  You can enter by sharing the photo once per day.  Be sure to include the hashtag to be counted!  One winner will be randomly selected on Friday, July 18th.

#oandpgiveaway with knot and bow designs

If you just can’t wait to see if you win, shop online at Knot + Bow Designs!  You can also keep up with Karli on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Good luck!

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Knot & Bow Designs (online)

You may also like:
Due South 2014 Preview
Due South Makers Market
Due South 2014
Southern Maker: LGDunston
Southern Maker: Heartwood Forge
Southern Maker: Anhaica Bag Works

Until Next Time

Straw And Gold

Straw and Gold

A couple of weeks ago, I got lucky yet again and won this gorgeous pair of earrings in an Instagram giveaway by the brand spanking new shop, Straw & Gold.

Ouroboros Earrings by Spark and Pepper, via Straw and Gold | Oysters & Pearls

THE GOODS

The earrings I won are made by San Francisco jewelry designer Spark and Pepper.  From Straw and Gold’s website:

Simple, graceful, intimate  designer Meredith Peck imbues her creations with the essence of elegance. She was born in Korea, raised in New Jersey, and studied art at the Corcoran School of Art and Design before moving to San Francisco. Meredith’s skill in finding beauty in line and form comes almost second-nature after her career in art direction and graphic design. S+P is the continuation of her lifelong love of design, showcasing an intuitive sense of style and fervent dedication to craftsmanship. In pursuit of the timeless beauty found in simplicity, Spark and Pepper crafts each piece by hand. Designed for everyday wear, they are a unique accent to add a little bit of luxury to each day.

These Ouroboros Earrings are simple enough to wear with a necklace, but bold enough to stand alone.  And to boot, Meredith makes them by lost wax casting from recycled brass.  I have always wanted to get into lost wax casting, and these earrings are adding fuel to the fire.

Ouroboros Earrings by Spark and Pepper, via Straw and Gold | Oysters & PearlsTHE STORY

Straw and Gold is currently an online shop, with plans for pop-up shops in Brooklyn this summer and plans for a brick and mortar store down the line.  The name came from the fabled children’s story, Rumpelstiltskin, who spun straw into gold.  All of the artists and makers on Straw and Gold spin every day elements into works of art, which is what Straw and Gold seeks to showcase.

The brain child behind Straw and Gold, Lauren Musacchio curates the website. She chooses artists and makers that she feels meet the aesthetic of what Straw and Gold stands for. “It’s natural. It’s fresh.”  Lauren herself is an musician, lending her a keen understanding of the artists’ and makers’ situation.  A singer/songwriter, Lauren recently left her job at Rolling Stone to run Straw and Gold full-time while also recording an EP.

All the products on the website are handcrafted and handmade.  Straw and Gold looks for products that are heirloom pieces – items that are built to last.  Lauren is constantly on the search for new artist and makers. S&G is all about discovering, yet also supporting the livelihoods of artists.  Lauren says of Straw and Gold, “I wanted Straw and Gold to be a space for artists to come together, maybe collaborate, maybe become friends.  It’s not easy for an artist to put their work out, so I wanted to be that liaison between the public and the artists.  All that, and the fact that I just love it!  That’s really why I wanted to kick it off.”

Ouroboros Earrings by Spark and Pepper, via Straw and Gold | Oysters & Pearls

THE SHOP

I absolutely love the focus on the makers that Straw and Gold has, and reading the Meet the Makers section is my favorite part about the website – besides shopping, that is!  (The women’s jewelry section is particular fantastic.)

I’ve been wearing my Spark and Pepper Ouroboros Earrings non-stop since they came in the mail.  I know my readers appreciate the high quality, handmade items that Straw and Gold promotes, but I also realize that next Sunday is Father’s Day, so I thought I’d round up a few of my favorite picks for the men in your life.

Straw And Gold Father's Day Gift Guide | Oysters & Pearls

rugged coffee mug / walnut cutting board / bird call necklace
leather snappable key carry / life vest painting (on sale!) / what to pack cards
wooden business card holders / leather belt

Shop small.  Support makers.

www.strawandgold.com

Until Next Time

2014 Due South Makers Market

Happy Monday!

As I reminded y’all on Friday, Saturday was Due South in Thomasville, Georgia.

Thomasville Center for the Arts Due South Fest 2014

It was such an epic day I’m going to have to split it into two posts!  Today is Part 1: the Makers Market.  We were there to set up bright and early, and the Market opened around 11.  I was working the booth for the Refinery, and we had a great day!  I was also thrilled to have lots of good friends there selling their handmade wares, and was fortunate enough to make some really great new friends, too.  This isn’t a comprehensive list of vendors (you can find that here) but it is a collection of scenes from my favorites.

Scroll on through, wish you had come, and click on over to see what all these awesome folks are doing around our area.

The Refinery

The Refinery - Candles for a Cause | Oysters & Pearls

With This Light You Give Hope - The Refinery | Oysters & Pearls

The Refinery Candles - Hand Poured by the Women of Still Waters in Bainbridge, GA | Oysters & Pearls

The Refinery Candles at Due South in Thomasville | Oysters & Pearls

The Refinery  | Oysters & Pearls

The Refinery Candles at Due South | Oysters & Pearls

New Refinery Scent - White Sands | Oysters & Pearls

With This Light I Offer Grace - The Refinery Candles | Oysters & Pearls

Southern Restoration Furniture by Marc Ventry

Southern Restoration Furniture Tobacco Slat Cutting Board and Picture Frame at Due South | Oysters & Pearls

Southern Restoration Furniture Tobacco Slat Frame | Oysters & Pearls

Southern Restoration Furniture Tobacco Slat Cutting Boards | Oysters & Pearls

Nunya Beeswax Chapstick and Hand Balm | Oysters & Pearls

Southern Restoration Furniture Tobacco Slat Art | Oysters & Pearls

Heartwood Forge Knives

Heartwood Forge - Hand Made Knives | Oysters & Pearls

Heartwood Forge Handle Oil | Oysters & Pearls

Heartwood Forge Knife at Due South | Oysters & Pearls

Heartwood Forge at Due South in Thomasville | Oysters & Pearls

Heartwood Forge at Due South 2014 | Oysters & Pearls

Heartwood Forge Oyster Knife | Oysters & Pearls

Heartwood Forge Knives at Due South | Oysters & Pearls

Safety First at Heartwood Forge | Oysters & Pearls

Orchard Pond Organics

Orchard Pond Organics at Due South | Oysters & Pearls

Orchard Pond Organics Strawberries | Oysters & Pearls

Orchard Pond Organics Veggies at Due South | Oysters & Pearls

Blackberry Patch Handmade Syrups and Jams

Blackberry Patch Syrups at Due South | Oysters & Pearls

Blackberry Patch Maple Syrup | Oysters & Pearls

Blackberry Patch Fruit Butters at Due South | Oysters & Pearls

Anhaica Bag Works

Anhaica Bag Works | Oysters & Pearls

Anhaica Bag Works at Due South Makers Market in Thomasville | Oysters & Pearls

Anhaica Bag Works | Oysters & Pearls

Anhaica Bag Works Pannier/Backpack  | Oysters & Pearls

Anhaica Bag Works at Due South | Oysters & Pearls

Anhaica Bag Works | Oysters & Pearls

Anhaica Bag Works Waxed Canvas Tote | Oysters & Pearls

Anhaica Bag Works - Local Beeswax for Canvas | Oysters & Pearls

Anhaica Bag Works | Oysters & Pearls

Anhaica Bag Works at Due South Makers Market | Oysters & Pearls

Knot + Bow Designs

Knot + Bow Designs Necklaces

Knot + Bow Designs Earrings | Oysters & Pearls

Knot + Bow Designs Bracelets at Due South | Oysters & Pearls

Knot + Bow Designs by Karli | Oysters & Pearls

Knot + Bow Designs Statement Necklaces  | Oysters & Pearls

Knot + Bow Statement Rings | Oysters & Pearls

Thomasville Townie Company Store

Thomasville Townie Company Store - Shotgun Shell Ornaments | Oysters & Pearls

Thomasville Townie Company Store - Hand Sewn Mounted Deer Wall Art | Oysters & Pearls

Thomasville Townie Company Store - Calligraphy Starter Kit | Oysters & Pearls

Let's Put a Bird On It Wood Wick Candle, Available at the Thomasville Townie Company Store | Oysters & Pearls

Hand Painted Beagle Wall Art, Available at the Thomasville Townie Company Store | Oysters & Pearls

Love Letters Kit, Available at the Thomasville Townie Company Store | Oysters & Pearls

Flour Sack Towels at the Thomasville Townie Company Store | Oysters & Pearls

Hand Made Fox Notebooks and Hand Stamped Thomasville, Georgia Necklace, Available at the Thomasville Townie Company Store | Oysters & Pearls

Thomasville, Georgia Hand Stamped Necklaces at the Thomasville Townie Company Store | Oysters & Pearls

LGDunston Gyotaku Fish Prints

LGDunston Gyotaku Fish Prints | Oysters & Pearls

LGDunston Gyotaku Fish Prints from Carrabelle, Florida | Oysters & Pearls

LGDunston Gyotaku Fish Prints at Due South Makers Market | Oysters & Pearls

LGDunston Gyotaku Fish Prints at Due South | Oysters & Pearls

LGDunston Gyotaku Fish Prints at the Makers Market | Oysters & Pearls

Luckily, the Makers Market was just outside the gates of Due South, so we got to enjoy the live music all day while people shopped with us.  It was such an awesome event, and I so appreciated the focus on high quality, hand made, locally made goods from around the region.  I loved getting to spend the day with my maker friends, and I’m so pleased to report that I made a few new ones.  Keep an eye out for them on O&P!

And doesn’t that necklace at the Thomasville Townie Company Store look familiar?  ;)  I made those especially for the Townie!

When the Makers Market shut down, we freshened up and rallied the troops for the main event… which I’ll cover tomorrow! ;)

Until Next Time