Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Warmed by the Artisan’s Fire

There’s a simple way to find the light in a dark economy. One need look no further than the lamplit window of an independent artisan working late into the night, eschewing bailouts and bankruptcy filings in favor of a buck hard-earned doing what she feels made to do. Perhaps that twinkle of creative perseverance is the shimmer of a Jessie McCann bracelet, its many facets reflecting a recession-proof luxury nouveau approach premised on the twin ideas that hand-crafted jewelry can be wonderfully elegant, and that elegant doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank. A beautiful case in point can be made from McCann’s Hespera Necklace, a gathering of rose, olive green, and amethyst briolettes fashioned from quartz and hung from a sterling silver chain. It could be priced out of reach of most of us. It isn’t.

Alternatively, it could be a bracelet as understated and feminine as the Cate, or as dark and striking as the Alessa. The champagne tastes of the Aurelia Earrings, or the lagoon-deep subtleties of the Nora would make a fine argument in favor of independent craftsmanship as well. In the end, what so many of us withering in this financial climate are looking for is proof that value can still be found in simple, lovely objects priced honestly rather than artificially. What we are looking for, in other words, is a few more Jessie McCanns. For those who are fans of her work, today’s giveaway is especially exciting. To celebrate her shop's one year anniversary, Jessie is giving away a lovely pair of Kandice Earrings to call their own. To qualify, visit Jessie McCann Handcrafted Jewelry, then come back here to tell us about your favorite item in Jessie’s shop. Tell us in a second post if you subscribe to Wishing Willow, since our subscribers receive an extra entry in the contest. To post without a Google account, just click “anonymous.” Be sure to also leave your email address. The winner will be chosen randomly. Contest ends 2/5/09. Make sure to check out Jessie Mccann's 20% off Sale.

We have a winner! Congrats Dixie :)

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- Marybeth I. said...

Love the Hespera Necklace

- Marybeth I. said...

i subscribe!

kellyache[at] hotmail.com said...

I like the unusual colour combo of the Zorina earrings and necklace.

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Happy subscriber. Thanks!

Annie said...

The Ophelia Earrings are beautiful!


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Annie said...

I am a subscriber!


Thanks


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valerie2350 said...

so pretty! Love the prize earrings and also the nelina earrings

valerie2350 said...

subscriber

Karen S said...

I like the Tiffany earrings. So many earring to choose form....wonderful!

Karen S said...

I'm a subscriber!

Tes283 said...

Tyche Earrings are simple and elegat. Thank you for the chance to win my birth stone topaz. Thank you.

Sierra said...

nelina bracelet. I love the colors.

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mar said...

I love the Tiffany earrings. The blue color is so delicate!

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I like the Alessa Bracelet - very delicately colored and refined jewelry!

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I am a proud subscriber to Wishing Willow, which brings new beauty with each email!

joe said...

Iliana Earrings would like beautiful on my wife

Nicole said...

These are beautiful, and I subscribe!

diesel51 said...

Hecate Earrings are on sale and a great value. The color is very delicate looking but would add class to any outfit.

lili11 said...

Terri Bracelet. It's beautiful!

lili11 said...

I'm a subscriber.

Bunny B said...

I love the Hespera Earrings! Gorgeous!
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Bunny B said...

Subscriber.
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Whimsical Creations said...

My favorite is the Kalika Bracelet.

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Whimsical Creations said...

i'm a subscriber

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VickeC said...

Stephanie Earrings are really nice


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VickeC said...

I am a subscriber


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judybrittle said...

I think the Selene Earrings are really beautiful. Thank you!

judybrittle said...

I'm a subscriber.

gahome2mom said...

My favorite item is the Nelina Bracelet. Thanks.


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Just Another Hofeling said...

Love the Beryl and the Tyche earrings!

Just Another Hofeling said...

I'm a subscriber!!

gahome2mom said...

Subscribed- gahome2mom(at)gmail(dot)com
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saku said...

Full of pretty stuff!! my fevorite is Hespera Necklace!

naoko kumano said...

oh! pretty! my favorite is Hespera Necklace!

naoko kumano said...

I am a subscriber

Sandra K said...

The Veritas earrings are a very pretty green. They would probably be my favorite piece.

Nadene said...

I'm a subscriber

Nadene said...

I love the Selene earings

clenna said...

I love the Meagan Bracelet. It's beautiful.

clenna said...

subscribet

Jennifer said...

My favorite are the Kyria Earrings.

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Jennifer said...

I am an email subscriber.

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McGann said...

I like the Hespera Necklace the best, but it was a difficult descision!

McGann said...

And I susbscribe!

Kimberly said...

My favorite is the hespera necklace.

Thanks for the giveaway!

thinkingbrain135 said...

Very pretty pieces! I really like the Hespera Necklace as well as the Rosena Earrings. Thanks for the opportunity!

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Melanie said...

I like the alessa bracelet and the melanie earrings

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Melanie said...

subscriber

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Rita M said...

The Lara Earrings -- the combination of the carnelian & jade is just beautiful!

Brooke said...

I love the Terri Bracelet! She has such beautiful items in her Etsy shop!

Thank you for the chance!

Brooke said...

I Subscribe!

Thanks

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

terri bracelet is sweet

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

subscribe

valerie2350 said...

i like the rosette earrings

valerie2350 said...

subscriber

Cheryl F said...

I like the Selene Earrings.

The Jackson Family said...

I love the Kandice earings they are stunning!

The Jackson Family said...

I'm also a subscriber!

gkstratos said...

Zorina Necklace
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gkstratos said...

Subscriber
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Leane said...

My FAV piece is the Zorina Necklace.....this is a really beautiful giveaway. thanks for the entry.....webleaneATyahooDOTcom

Leane said...

I'm an email subscriber

Baba said...

Her jewelry is so pretty! I love the Alessa bracelet.

Baba said...

I subscribe.

Shelley K. said...

My favorite is the Tiffany Bracelet. Thanks for a great giveaway.

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Shelley K. said...

Subscriber

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wendy said...

Hecate Earrings really caught my eye.

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Anonymous said...

I love the Rosette Earrings.

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Anonymous said...

I love the Hespera necklace!
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Anonymous said...

I'm a subscriber, too.
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mel said...

I love the Meagan Bracelet, I'm a sucker for brown.

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janil said...

I love Hespera Earrings!!!! They are fantastic!

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janil said...

Suscriber! Thanks!

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Jenna said...

I really like the Ophelia earrings. Thanks!

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I love Jesse's Helena Earrings! (And a Happy One Year Anniversary, to Jessie!)

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I am a proud subscriber to Wishing Willow, the site that brings beauty into our daily lives!

sito50 said...

The Hespera necklace is gorgeous!

sito50 said...

I am a happy subscriber.

traymona said...

I like the Tiffany Bracelet best.
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peg42 said...

What beautiful jewelery. I love the Kalika Bracelet. Thanks so much.

Suanne said...

ooh great pick! I would have picked the Kandice Earrings as my fave :) She's got great names for all of these!

Suanne said...

Oh - and I follow you :)

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mverno said...

the hespera necklace.

Rebecca R. said...

I like the Meagan bracelet.
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Rebecca R. said...

I am a subscriber.
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Joy said...

Alessa Bracelet. Thanks.

Minxy Mimi said...

I like the Selene Earrings
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Minxy Mimi said...

I am a subscriber
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Becky said...

I really like the Terri Earrings. Very pretty and a great color!

Thanks so much!

Becky said...

I am a subscriber!

aharris007 said...

I like the Athena Earrings they are so pretty, hard choice though
Please enter me
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aharris007 said...

Yes i am a subscriber

Ann said...

I love the Hespera Necklace. Thanks for the great giveaway!
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Anonymous said...

I like the Kalika bracelet. cardeb2@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

I am a subscriber. cardeb2@verizon.net

Heather and Van said...

I love the Artemis earrings!!!

Kimberly said...

I like the Tiffany Bracelet.

pammyb said...

That was really hard - everything is beautiful - I picked the Cate Bracelet -- THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY !!!!
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jenny said...

wow i have to say thay are verry pretty please enter me infor this thanks

Dumaurier said...

I like the Dorian Earrings

pixielover said...

I love the Vanora earrings. Thanks.
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Beth said...

I like the Zorina necklace

Ashley said...

SALE - Zorina Necklace is wonderful!
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Ashley said...

subscriber
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The Blessed Bee said...

I love the entire Hespera set. Good luck to everyone!!

anitabreak said...

The earrings are absolutely beautiful! Gorgeous jewelry.
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Deborah said...

I love the Tyche Earrings. asthenight at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I love the Melanie Earrings they are classy and elegant!! Thanks for the opportunity! GidgetGirl441@aol.com

Laura Trevey said...

I love your title name "Wishing Willow", very catchy!! Love the earrings as well.
Laura

Anya said...

Everything is lovely...I like the TIffany bracelet. Thanks.

littlelatina said...

I like the Tiffany bracelet

Sassy said...

The tyche earrings are so intricate!

Sassy said...

I'm a subscriber!

seaburd said...

The Rosette Earrings are my favorite.

etrnlone said...

i'm sibscribed

etrnlone said...

love the Hespera Earrings- some of my fav colors

RockerJewlz said...

Love the Kandice earrings the best.

Michelle said...

Love the Phoena Earrings! Thanks for the chance to win.

amweeks said...

I love the Alessa Bracelet! (And the matching earrings are great, too!)

amweeks said...

I'm a subscriber!

shelenec said...

I love the Meagan Bracelet

shelenec said...

I subscibe

kdkdkd said...

I like the Hespera Bracelet

Smooshy said...

the terri bracelet!

Sunnyvale said...

I like the Zorina necklace

Lory1317 said...

They are some really nice earrings. Thanks for the entry

Tracy Simmons said...

I love the Zorina Necklace best in her Etsy shop--so pretty!

Thanks,
Tracy
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Katrina said...

What a beautiful giveaway. I really like the Zorina Necklace. That is so pretty. :)


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Lady Roxi said...

Love the Hecate earings

Thanks,

Danielle said...

the tiffany earing are beautifu

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cari_and_kevin_king said...

I love the Hespera Necklace.

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toughturtles said...

Hespera Necklace

angelacisco said...

I like the Megan bracelet.
Thanks for the giveaway :)
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Emily said...

Tiffany Bracelet!

mmentor said...

favorites in any jewelry are diamonds and pears and especially in earrings

Phyllis said...

I like the Hespera Necklace!

Vivien said...

The Nelina earrings have such pretty colors!

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Vivien said...

I'm a subscriber.
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Lissa said...

The Meagan Bracelet would be perfect with quite a few of my outfits.

Hana said...

I love " Athena Earrings "
Thanks
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Lissa said...

Subscriber:)
Thanks for the giveaway.

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陳加昀 said...

Thank you for hosting this lovely giveaway!

I'm a sucker for brightly coloured earrings, so my favorite things from Jessie's shop would be the Iliana Earrings

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mo said...

I love the Beryl earrings!

The Green Yak said...

I also like the Kalika Bracelet -- simple and sweet!

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Lilly said...

I love the Selene Earrings. Those are gorgeous!!!

Jackie B. said...

Wow! These earrings are very pretty! Actually there are many gorgeous designs in this shop. Another of my faves is the Selene Earrings.

Holly B said...

I love the Helena Earrings

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Nelsby said...

Tough choice...but I think my favorite would be the Rianna earrings.
Thanks!
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Karen said...

Love the Hespera necklace.

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janehixon said...

the Tiffany Bracelet is lovely....

miriama said...

Everything is so beautiful. I love the colors in the Hespera Necklace!

miriama said...

I subscribe

mogrill said...

The Tiffany Bracelet is beautiful!!


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mogrill said...

The Tiffany Bracelet is beautiful!!


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Carla said...

I like the Zorina earrings and necklace. Very unique and beautiful. colorfulcarla@ gmail.com

Andi said...

Love the angelus earrings!

Minute said...

My favorite are the Hera Earrings.

Mama said...

my favorite is the Zorina Necklace

Alice said...

Nara Earrings

Cathy Horner said...

I like Hespera necklace and earrings not only because of the colors but because of the beautiful wire work

Cathy horner said...

I subscribe..thanks!
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Ken said...

My sister loves the Zorina Necklace. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

cari_and_kevin_king said...

I love the terri bracelet.

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LilyBiscuit said...

My 2 favorite pieces are the giveaway and the Tyche Earrings. I wish I owned both :o)
Thank you!
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LilyBiscuit said...

I subscribed. Thanks!
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joannaonthelake said...

I am now a real fan of Jesse's jewelry! So creates the most spectacular and gorgeous jewelry. Congratulations on her one year anniversary! I wish her many more years to come. Besides my absolutely loving the earrings that are part of this giveaway, my favorite item from her Etsy Shop are the Kyria Earrings. I love the color combinations of the stones and the design is sleek and sexy. I can see how meticulously made her jewelry is and her creations are truly one of a kind. Thank you for the opportunity to enter.
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joannaonthelake said...

I am subscribed via email. Thank you!
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Anonymous said...

I love the lliana bracelet!
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ehhogan said...

I like the Lara Earrings.

elkaye said...

I really like the Ophelia Earrings.


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Tina12312 said...

Beautiful! I love her Meagan Bracelet. Thank you so much!

always_317537 said...

I like the hespera bracelet.

always_317537 said...

I am a subscriber :)

Anonymous said...

My favorite is the Tiffany bracelet. It's pretty and dainty.
Charlotte
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Anonymous said...

nice stuff I'd love it all~

lavio said...

I love the Hespera Earrings!
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Dree said...

I like the Meagan Bracelet.

Dree said...

I subscribe.

Brimful Curiosities said...

The Nora Earrings would suit me perfectly.

Brimful Curiosities said...

I subscribe.

Cheryl F. (Lucky Ladybug) said...

My favorite item from Jessie McCann Handcrafted Jewelry is the Selene Earrings :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

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Cheryl F. (Lucky Ladybug) said...

I subscribe to your feed in Google Reader :)
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Therese said...

The Tiffany earrings are my favorite

silverbele said...

Zorina necklace and earings are great.

silverbele said...

Zorina necklace and earings are my favorite

idahomom said...

I would be so proud to wear the Iliana Earrings.

Tamara B. said...

Those beautiful earrings would match my daughter's dress for her SPring dance at school. I also like their Kandice EarringsTiffany Earrings.
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Tamara B. said...

I am a subscriber.
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Anonymous said...

Alessa Bracelet is my favorite.

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llinda29 said...

Nara Earrings are my fav

Shari said...

I love the Tiffany bracelet. My daughter's birthstone is Pearl and it looks adorable for a little girl! Thanks!!

CC said...

I like the Zorina Earrings

Mary said...

I like the Iliana bracelet.
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Mary said...

I'm a subscriber
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nanja said...

My favorite is the meagan bracelet. The smokey quartz is so pretty. Thank you!
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nanja said...

Subscriber
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lmngirls said...

Love the zorina earrings, they're so pretty!
Christina
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Darcy said...

I really like the Alessa Bracelet. Thank you!

Darcy said...

I subscribe. Thanks!

superdavefive said...

My favorite is the Lara Earrings. Thanks for the contest.

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