Friday, May 30, 2008


I've opened a new etsy store which is a sister site to MadrinDesigns. is my latest venture where I'm trying to create some interest in one of my biggest passions, photography. I love taking photographs especially of my children, but of lots of other things too. The spring flowers have inspired some of my work as of late. The first series in the new shop is from my mother's garden. Check it out at !!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Successful weekend!

The weekend went extremely well. I had 4 sales!! Now gone is the Illusion, Tantalize, Purple Haze, and Luck necklaces. I'm happy to try and recreate these if you saw them and want one. I'm excited about the many more sales to come! Cheers!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day Weekend

Well, I took a little break for the weekend. I can't really say that though. I was busy putting together 4 new necklaces and 2 new bracelets. Just can't get enough of the bright summer colors that are popular right now. Violet, turquoise, orange! Look for some new designs @ !! And if you convo me about this blog or leave a comment, receive 15% off your purchase!!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

I'm collaborating with a wonderful artist, Karen, on some new designs. I will be using her fused art glass pendants in some new necklaces. Look for them soon! Plus, check out for more from Karen. Absolutely beautiful work!! I'm so excited to be using her fantastic art to create my own!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

First Sale!!

I made my first sale today! Yeah!! I sold 2 "mommy bracelets" to my dear cousin. You know who you are. I want to thank her and tell her how much I appreciate the support. Hopefully this is just the beginning! Yeah!!

On another note, I am happy to say I'm a proud new member of Etsymoms and the INCrowd team on I'm looking forward to working with these folks. I've already seen some beautiful work and can't wait to see more!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Pennsy Trail Art Fair and Bluegrass Festival

I'm doing my first art fair on June 28th, 2008. It is the annual Pennsy Trail Art Fair and Bluegrass Festival. Come see me, mention the blog or Etsy and receive 15% off!! For directions and info check out !!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

New Bracelet Design

I was experimenting on Tuesday night with different jewelry ideas and I thought of an idea I had seen advertised in some of the magazines I read, "The Mommy Bracelet". So I gathered my materials and worked on it for a couple of hours. I came up with a design that I like and that I'll wear, since the names on the bracelet are those of my children. I used Swarovski crystals and sterling silver spacer beads and findings. Of course its all customizable. I picked emerald, peridot, violet, and lilac as my crystals, but more traditionally they are your child's birthstone. I can make them in gold or silver and with up to four children's names with this particular design. Really I could make them for Grandmas, Aunts, Doggie Parents, anyone! They could also be like an ID bracelet for the younger crowd. Check it out on !! Check back often for new designs. I'll try to put on at least 2 new pieces per week.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Grand Opening of MadrinDesigns on Etsy

My name is Kristin and I'm the creator/designer of MadrinDesigns, handmade, affordable beaded jewelry. I opened my Etsy store yesterday, find it at I started making and designing jewelry a while ago after much thought, anxiety, and gathering of supplies. To supplement our income, I decided to try something that I can do from home while I take care of our 2 children, Maddox (3) and Marin (6 months). I'm a bit of an accessories freak, so I take inspiration from high-end designers, images I see in books, magazines, etc. I'm inspired by nature and my environment. I'm absolutely inspired by my children, who renew my sense of wonder and whimsy. Check me out on Etsy!!

I'm also a new member of the INcrowdteam!!