Wednesday, June 2, 2010

artist spotlight: Birdcage Bohemia!

Oh I am excited for today's giveaway!!

Meet Beatrice Bachleda of Birdcage Bohemia! Beatrice uses vintage pieces mixed with modern to create her very own style of jewelry!
You HAVE to check out her shop!
How long have you been making jewelry? How did you get started?

As I was growing up, I hoarded tons and tons of vintage jewelry. Many of the pieces were either broken or out of style or simply something one wouldn't wear today and so they just sat there in my jewelry box. Now, I have always believed I was destined to work for myself. Meeting my self-made guitar playing boyfriend drove home my philosophy, and coupled with the lesson my parents taught me: "Use what you have to create what you need," I had everything I needed to make it happen. I looked upon my huge collection of vintage jewelry and realized, I had to transform them into new beautiful pieces. One and a half years later, this realization has created multitudes of gorgeous one-of-a-kind jewelry and my destiny, Birdcage Bohemia.

What is your favorite thing in your shop?
As I look through my shop trying to find my favorite, I realize I just love them all! The great thing about what I make is that the styles run the spectrum from urban glam to romantically vintage to sweet and tiny to large and in-your-face. If I absolutely had to choose; The Encircle the Crystal necklace would be one because it would go with practically anything and the Bundle of Pearls earrings because they are just stunning when you wear them, delicate clusters of vintage costume pearls dangling happily from your ears. Could you really ask for more out of life? :)

What are your other hobbies?

Cooking! I literally cannot go a day without cooking something. I love to read cooking blogs and I collect cookbooks as if each one was going to be the last one I can ever own. I actually have a secret dream to open up my own restaurant someday. Guess it's not so secret anymore.

What do you listen to while creating?

I wish I could name some really awesome, obscure band, but honestly, just whatever's on the radio. Most of the time, it's just the sounds from the outdoors when I have my window open. Oh, and my boyfriend's music- Neil Zaza. Go look him up!

Because I am a food lover....what is your favorite thing to eat?

I'm a pescatarian. At first, I was trying to decide whether I should just go all the way and be a vegetarian, but I had to admit to myself, life without fish and seafood would be a sad life, indeed. My ideal dish would be a lovely red snapper nestled in a bed of cut up mangos, pineapples, and corn, topped with a squeeze of lime, wrapped up in a foil bag, and grilled to perfection.

love this one:)
Want to know the BEST part about this giveaway.... Beatrice made this necklace just for us!!
"I had a lone clip-on earring studded with sparkling rhinestones in clear and light peridot-like green with two gold teardrop "leaves" stretching outwards, creating such a beautiful shape. To give it new life as a pendant, I removed the clip from the back, flipped it upside down, and attached it to a lovely gold-plate vintage chain. Clustered around the top, two dark green and mottled brown acrylic beads are strung on varying lengths of wire. The effect is simple, elegant, and wonderfully eye-catching."
To win this amazing necklace, just leave a comment with your favorite item from the Birdcage Bohemia shop! Super easy!
Be sure to check out her lovely website, and if you are in the northeast Ohio area, head in to one of the many boutiques carrying Beatrice's work!
Comments will be accepted until Thursday, 6/3 at midnight, and the winner will be announced Friday.
Tweet/facebook/or blog and come back for an extra entry!

go!


GIVEAWAY CLOSED

88 comments:

Mandy said...

I love the Key to Your Locked Heart Necklace!!

AL said...

I love the bundle of pearls earrings! Also the white bead bracelet on her website. I love making the old new again!
Thanks for sharing...

Anna said...

Little Ball of Light Necklace is adorable. & I love that's she's from ohio!

Small Burst said...

The bundles of pearls are beautiful. I also the like the bright green necklace for a pop of color.

Stefan, Sarah and Lukka said...

I <3 the Key to the Locked Heart necklace. They are so pretty!
Sarah M

Lisa said...

i love the little ball of light necklace!

elisemdean said...

The tender heart necklace is beautiful!

SewTrashy said...

Little Ball of Light Necklace is my fav....

tegyn said...

Vintage key necklace!

Leigh said...

my fav is the Arabian Nights Gold Earrings!

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Lisa of In Pencil said...

First of all, great interview- who knew there was a such thing as a 'pescatarian'?...My favorite piece is the Snow & Ice necklace.

rookie cookie said...

I love the pink blossom necklace. so dainty.

Mer said...

Love the Purple Dreams Necklace! thanks for the opportunity!
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andrea said...

Love the pearl earrings!

TopHat said...

Ooh. I really like the pearl and coral choker!

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Jeana Bird said...

I love the snow and ice necklace or little ball of light. Thanks!

Lindsey Jaye Parry said...

I like the aquatic butterfly necklace, but I LOVE the one she made for the blog giveaway. I want it uber bad.

Janelle said...

I love the pink blossom necklace. I love all of it really.

NGS said...

I like the Lovely Blue Stones Necklace. The chunky chain is awesome!
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the crew said...

I do love those bundles of pearls! I also really like the cup of tea necklace!

JennTRC said...

I love the Cuppa Tea Necklace :)

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Cindy said...

I love Key to Your Locked Heart & Lovely Blue Stones Necklace

Andi said...

I like the Aquatic Butterfly Necklace.

tialovesmontana said...

Love, love, love the aquatic butterfly.

Jenn said...

LOVE them all! My fave is the Snow and Ice necklace...And the one made especially for the blog giveaway. She has some amazing pieces!!

Eve said...

I like the Key to Your Locked Heart Necklace
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Lily said...

I love the Copper Key Necklace!

Cabootique said...

I love Snow and Ice Necklace.

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Cynthia said...

I really like these aqua and gold hoop earrings! I love hoop earrings and I love the bright aqua color.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/36635667/aqua-and-gold-hoop-earrings

Melinda said...

i love the Key to Your Locked Heart Necklace :) that is really pretty!

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Tana McGurran & Rachel ONeill said...

Love the pearl and coral chocker!

phrannie said...

what a lovely necklace! my fave item in her shop is the Shining Ice and Silver Earrings 8)

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Kristen said...

I like the Vintage Green Turquoise and Gold Necklace.

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ecm55 said...

Beautiful jewelry! The green turquoise and gold necklace is my favorite!

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Sihui said...

I love the Copper Key Necklace, it has this very antique-y look to it.

Thanks for the chance!
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Monica said...

The Tender Heart necklace for sure, but they are all so wonderful.

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Christina said...

Great post! I really love the
Arabian Nights Gold Earrings!

Gillian Elizabeth said...

My favorite is "A Bit of Sky Bracelet" Really simple but so pretty. :) Awesome stuff

Sarah said...

I love the Vintage Button and Pearl Ring. amazing!!!

Melanie Meik said...

i like the little ball of light necklace!

Catalina153 said...

My favorite items are the Arabian Nights Gold Earrings! Sexy!

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Janelle. said...

I love the "Dancing silver heart" necklace!

Amber said...

My favorite is the Lovely Blue Stones Necklace!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Courtney said...

So cute!
I love a ton of her stuff, esp the necklace that is part of the giveaway, that is my favorite. The pearl earrings and the locked key/heart necklace are tied for second place.
I hope I win!

Angy said...

I am torn between the bright green earrings and the tender heart necklace - they both have such [different] character!

The Fallan Family said...

Beautiful stuff! My favorite is the
Victorian Goth Metal Heart Necklace.

Jenna Wood said...

I love the Key To Your Locked Heart Necklace!
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Jackie N said...

Loving the bundle of pearls earrings!

Alex said...

I like the "Pink Blossom Necklace."

Lauren said...

My favorite item is the Sow and Ice Necklace! (http://www.etsy.com/listing/35583598/snow-and-ice-necklace)

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Callie said...

The bundle of pearl earrings! I love them!

janetfaye said...

I love the Aquatic Butterfly Necklace.

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monapete said...

love the key to your locked heart necklace

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very married said...

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Fabulous giveaway - hope i win!!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/35322991/tick-tock-times-necklace

I love that!

Jill K said...

I love the key to fly necklace!

les deux said...

Loved everything in the Birdcage Bohemia shop, but my favorite is definitely the Little Ball of Light Necklace. It's super simple, but totally elegant as well! Crossing my fingers for the beautiful giveaway necklace though! It's absolutely stunning.

Les Deux - Katie

sabrita said...

Love the Key to Your Locked Heart Necklace. It's lovely.
Thank you.
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Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I love the Blue Clock Necklace!

halley said...

My fav is the blue clock necklace as well!

Stephanie said...

I love the little ball of light necklace.

Janna said...

So cute, loving the blue clock necklace and the pretty vintage style of it all.

sibabe64 said...

Everyone and their mother knows how much I love tea so I would pick the
Cuppa Tea Necklace but I really love the Key to Your Locked Heart Necklace!!

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Marci J said...

love the Victorian Goth Metal Heart Necklace
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rmishler3 said...

love the one she created for us!

Amy said...

My favorite item is the Little Ball of Light Necklace.

Thank you!

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Jenny said...

I love the bit of sky bracelet!

Kendra said...

I really like the Pink Blossom necklace--so dainty!

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Donna said...

It was hard to pick just one thing but I love the Key to Your Locked Heart Necklace

Donna
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Tiffani said...

Can I just say that I loved everything!! Classical yet vintage. Can't choose just one.

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Kimberly June said...

I <3 the blue clock necklace, just precious!

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Samantha said...

all of them are so so gorgeous! but this is my favourite http://www.etsy.com/listing/35307859/little-ball-of-light-necklace
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Nessa said...

love the pink blossom necklace... so girly and pretty

Brooke said...

I love the Tender Heart Necklace!!

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Michelle said...

I am such a sucker for homemade jewelry. I have already bought a necklace from Birdcage Bohemia (rectangle of aqua stained glass, brown bead, and silver leaf - I LOVE it and wear it very frequently!). I am still saving for some other necklaces. I love the Pink Blossom Necklace, Copper Key Necklace, and Purple Dreams Necklace!

Anglerfish said...

I think the copper key necklace is my favourite. :)

Scott and Lori Smith said...

I adore the coral and pearl necklace.

Paige said...

I love the bunched pearl earrings!

Paige said...

Oops, this is Paige again - my email is bluesplash007@yahoo.com

giveawaydarling said...

I love the Bundles of Pearls Earrings.

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Samy said...

I like the pearl and coral choker :)

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kat said...

I love the Victorian Goth Metal Heart Necklace.
kat

georgia b. said...

oh, what a stunning piece. my sister makes jewelry, so i have a great appreciation for hand-made jewelry. especially when vintage is involved.

okay... i just went to the site, and it is very hard to pick. but i'm going to have to go with the bundles of pearls earrings. so sweet and feminine.

beautiful work!

thanks for doing the give-away, too. it's been so long since i entered one. i forgot how much fun it is!

kristyna said...

I love the Little Lady Blue necklace. She reminds me of cobalt glass in my grandmother's window, the virgin mary, bo peep, and blue bells all at once!

ArmyHearts said...

Omg I adore the Cuppa Tea Necklace in her shop. I admire everyone who makes jewelery, it looks too difficult for me. haha

Clandestine Road said...

Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I love the copper key necklace.

Cheers,
Angela

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StephanieC said...

http://www.etsy.com/listing/35316732/key-to-your-locked-heart-necklace

i love this! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

Heidi said...

I really, really love that copper key necklace. That is just beautiful!

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