Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Handmade Holiday Shopping Guide ~Part 1~

Here is the first part (of many) to my Handmade Holiday Shopping Guide. Over the next couple of weeks I will be featuring Etsy shops and the lovely handmade products. The first shop I will be reviewing is Jo's Jewels, you can find her on Etsy at Gallagj. She has a lovely shop!

Here is a little information about Jo Ann and her shop.

1. Tell us some background information about you and your shop.
I am a wife of 28 years with two boys who are in the Navy. The oldest is married and stationed in Tennessee and the youngest just returned from Iraq and is stationed in NC. I work a full time job as an Administrator in a Bio-Medical Company. My shop is a combination of jewelry and supplies at affordable prices. My favorite feature of the shop is the wire wrap items because that is my passion. I strive to make my buyers thrilled with their purchases and if not, I am happy to work with them until they are.

2. How did you get started in your craft?
I bought a jewelry kit and I was hooked! I have done numerous crafts in the past but this one was the one I was searching for. I received lessons from an Etsy friend to learn the wire wrap. She was a great teacher! I used books and much practice (and wasted wire) to get where I am today.

3. How did you come up with your shop name?
Jo's Jewels... I was thinking of what would go with my name and nothing I could think of would so I shortened it to Jo and the Jewels part seemed to fit.

4. How long have you been doing your craft?
I have been addicted to beads for 2-1/2 years.

5. Where else can we find you? (blog, facebook, twitter, etc.)
I have my own blog at: http://www.gallagj.blogspot.com/

6. Anything else you would like to tell us or include =)
Making jewelry gives me much joy and helps me to keep from missing my sons so much. I love the joy making jewelry brings but I am most thrilled with meeting new people. I have made many great friends on Etsy who have supported and guided me. I am a people person and would love to meet all of you!
Now for the review =) I received a wire wrapped pendant, from her. It is absolutely adorable! The quality of her work is superb! The wire is wrap excellently and the red gems set off the silver of the wire very well. The pendant came in a cute little zipper bag. Extremely fast shipping and great packaging. Her shop also has very reasonable prices on both her items and shipping! I would recommend this shop for any jewelery lover.


  1. Thank you for reviewing me, Megan! Very nice layout! I appreciate this so much! Visit me to see more at gallagj.etsy.com!

  2. Jo-Congratulations on this!
    Megan--you don't get much better than Jo! I'm so glad you recognized her talent first! :D
    She's wonderful!

  3. Great interview! Thank you for bringing this talented artist into the spotlight!