A super thoughtful friend sent me an awesome hand made gift for Christmas and I was so touched. It was a bracelet made from leather and metal with an etched quote that read, “If you obey all the rules, you’ll miss all the fun.” Great quote, right? I reached out to thank my friend for the amazing gift and she then told me more about the designer. The Sassy Trashionista (aka April Lemmon) had been making jewelry as a fun hobby for many years, but after being laid off from her job back in June, she was having a go at her true passion as her new career which would enable her to be home with her family. I was intrigued and inspired…I reached out to April and was blown away by her funny, kind, honest, personality and her uniquely designed pieces created from what some might consider “trash” that she magically turns into treasure…be sure to read on for a chance to win a custom piece….
I browsed through April’s website, do yourself a favor and take a few minutes to do the same by clicking here. I read a few hysterical posts on her blog (she’s insanely witty and funny) and for the past month and a half I have had the pleasure of learning more about this wickedly cool chic who has coined clever names like junktorian jewelry and rhinestone rehab to describe the types of pieces she dreams up. Think old spoons, belt buckles, fur clips, brooches and forks (yes, that’s right, forks.) transformed into one of a kind pieces of wearable art.
This particular piece is pretty powerful and is a conversation piece alone, but when you look closely there are two words stamped on either side of the heart that read “fighte fuaighte”- it’s gaelic and means “we are woven in to and through one another.” I mean, c’mon! How much more creative can she be???
All images by Danielle Guenther Photography
Here’s where it gets even better… The Sassy Trashionista wants to spread the love by making someone’s day with a special piece for you or to gift to a dear friend. Be sure to like her Facebook page by clicking here and tagging two names in the comment section of this Facebook post on the Sassy Trashionista’s Facebook page. April will select a winner at random on Valentine’s Day to receive a $50.00 gift card to be redeemed towards some amazingly junktorian rhinestone rehab of your own. As always, thanks for reading and stopping by and, to quote April, “Make it an amazing day.” xo