Saturday, April 12, 2014

Queen Fastrada Jewelry + Raffle

This spring I had the honor of designing some jewelry for Fine Linen Drama's performances of Pippin (an absolutely brilliant show as they performed it!). These pieces were made for Queen Fastrada, a rather magnificent, fabulous, and twisted queen.

The set is available through Fine Linen Drama's raffle-- chances are just $1 and there are many other beautiful costume pieces made by hand by other local artisans.

The three pictures below are courtesy of Alyssa Jean Studios, and the "in-action" pictures are from Fine Linen Drama's website and facebook page, which you should check out if you would like to see the other costumes!

Queen Fastrada's Circlet by Shealynn's Faerie Shoppe, photographed by Alyssa Jean Studios
 The circlet is crafted out of non-tarnish sterling silver plated wire, glass beads, and crystals. It was a challenging piece-- I have some in-progress pictures near the end of this post that prove that I had no idea what I was doing when I was crafting this! Interestingly, the circlet also looks really cool (and eccentric) if worn upside down.

Queen Fastrada's Necklace and Earrings by Shealynn's Faerie Shoppe, photographed by Alyssa Jean Studios

The necklace-- oh the necklace! This piece was so fun. I was sitting at the table in my dorm with a cup of tea, a show on Netflix, a bunch of silver wire and blue beads, and time to bend and hammer and design. I really do love wireworking!

I could honestly spend an entire post raving
 about the play and all of the actors, but
since I'm writing about Queen Fastrada,
I'm only sharing pictures of Lesley in
costume! Check out
for others. :)

Seeing some of my jewelry on stage was a huge honor. :)

I snapped some pictures of my own before the pieces found their way to the theater:

Here's the promised work-in-progress shots:

Tonight I went to see Pippin for the second time and got a picture with Queen Fastrada!

(If you are interested in pieces like these, check out Fine Linen's raffle, or contact me so I can make and customize one for you!)

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Out For Lunch

Halloween in the dorm room-- this picture was taken by my amazing roomate who not only puts up  with my eccentricism but has become one of my closest friends!

The microwave is humming in the background as I eagerly await a cup of hot herbal tea. I am back at home, and most of my family is asleep already. I've adapted too well to a midnight bedtime.

Today my grandparents visited and told me that I needed to put some sort of "Out For Lunch" post up on my blog so that people wouldn't think I simply abandoned it. That's when I realized that I haven't written a proper post since September! Here it is, February, and I have so much to write about and so many pictures to share that every time the thought of blogging crosses my mind, I shut down the thought so that I don't overwhelm my brain.

To be fair, I am very busy. This entire freshman year I am taking on a nice hefty class load which will only increase over time. This semester I am in class for 24 hours a week, and have homework, the Shoppe, family, friends, church, and activities to keep up with. It's rare that I have even half an hour of the day to simply sit down and read a book or just zone out! It's a big change of pace from my homeschooling days (and I thought I was

I'm really loving college, though! I've made so many wonderful friends and can't even begin to describe how much my life has been changing, and in so many great and wonderful ways!

This is the first weekend in over a month that I have been home, and it is SO NICE. My family and I are really close, I've missed all my siblings, and ohmygosh I completely forgot to ever blog about the birth of my baby sister.

(See what I mean about having so much to write about that I just don't do it at all?)

Here's a picture of Baby "Josie"-- and sometime in the hopefully very-near future you will be subjected to an entire post in which I "ooooh" and "ahhhh" over her!

Well, consider this my "Out For Lunch" post! As I can fit time in between homework and work, I'll start getting this blog back into shape. :) Pip pip toodle-dee-do for now!

P.S. I have a new website! It's still in the works (and always will be!) but for now it's a nice little hub for all of my online artistic-ness.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Cyber Monday (Through Wednesday!)

Now that everyone has finished their Black Friday shopping... it's time to take a step back from the craziness of clipping coupons and waiting in lines. Today is Cyber Monday, and if you would like to purchase some handmade fairytale-inspired jewelry online, it is the perfect time! From now until Wednesday, December 4th, I am offering free shipping on all orders, and a free adjustable ring!

Just enter CYBERMONDAY2013 at checkout at either my Artfire or Etsy shops!

Please note that I am offering free international shipping. However, this excludes boxes that circlets and other large items are shipped in. If you would like to purchase one of these, please let me know at and I will manually discount the shipping for you. Also, Artfire may or may not be glitchy with international shipping. Let me know straight away if you are having a problem! 
(This offer does not apply to custom orders-- only already made items that are listed on my website.)

Here are some pictures of a few brand-new items that I've uploaded in the past two weeks:

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Hello friends! Right now I haven't got anything much to blog about. Most of my time has been spent on classes, homework, friends, activities around campus, custom orders, and sleep! Don't worry; I have plenty of ideas for new tutorials, I just need to find the time to make them!

In the meantime, I wanted to let you all know that I have an Instagram account! My handle is @shealynnsfaerie (the same as my Twitter, Pinterest, and Etsy accounts). Feel free to follow for some behind-the-scenes pictures that I haven't even posted on Facebook!

While I don't post really personal stuff there, sometimes you'll find fun snippets of life around campus...

My dad gave me his iPhone when he got an upgrade just before I left for college... can you tell I'm having too much fun with this whole smartphone thing?

Friday, September 13, 2013

Something Blue {Custom Wedding Jewelry Set}

Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.

This summer I was able to create jewelry for a local wedding, including a custom rhinestone necklace for the bride!

She reacts to most metals, so the necklace is made from silver-plated rhinestones montees which I wirewrapped into flower shapes, a modified silver-plated brooch, and sterling silver filigree chain. The entire piece is decorated with freshwater and Swarovski pearls, glass teardrop crystals, and deep blue Swarovski crystals.

I'm so incredibly excited to have gotten the opportunity to design a necklace like this, and I hope the bride loves it!!!

The above photos are three variation ideas we considered but discarded for a more simple, silver style.

This elegant cuff bracelet is the same design that I used for Aurora's circlet, and I actually have another one available on my Shoppe right now! It, too, is silver plated and completely handmade.

I'm really proud of this necklace design, but credit is due where credit is due: I was heavily inspired by the designs of Thyme 2 Dream, a lovely shop selling fairytale jewelry. 

I created two of these jewelry sets, and I believe that they are for the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom. In any case, they are opulent and make me long for the crisp, sunny afternoons of Autumn.

The earrings are a little longer than I usually make (mostly because my personal style features only small earrings, so I rarely think to make larger ones). They remind me of golden forests and fairy dust. :)

The flower girl received an adjustable flower ring in rich bluess.

I forgot to take many pictures of these, but I made a Mermaid Blue Evenstar jewelry set for each of the bridesmaids. These Evenstar necklaces and earrings are reversible; one side is dark blue and the other is shiny, iridescent blue. I added small bead dangles on the back, since I put extenders on the clasp. After all, the bridesmaids should be able to make their necklaces sit at the most flattering length on their neck! As a little surprise, I made adjustable silver swirl rings for each of these sets. :)

Here's the picture of the Evenstar that was on my website, which the bride picked when she messaged me:

I also decorated a box for the bride's necklace. It's a box that my brother's watch came in, and I glued scrapbook pieces over all the labels. :) Everything else I put into baggies and drawstring bags, like normal.

This was an incredibly exciting project to work on and I wish the soon-to-be-married couple the best of luck!
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