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Guest Post: Janet Cadsawan (Guest Post & Giveaway)

My guest today is jewelry designer Janet Cadsawan.  Janet has designed some beautiful supernatural pieces.  Some of her work has been featured on HBO’s True Blood.  Janet has also designed pieces for the Morganville Vampire series by Rachel Caine.

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a charm from the Rock & Bones Collection.  As always, details are listed at the end of the post.

Welcome Janet!

It’s not a coincidence that I became a jewelry designer in hindsight. My mother collects jewelry and has her own jeweler who fabricates her blingy desires. Most of my mother’s pieces were inherited and then re-designed by her. Her jewelry box was my favorite toy, and within her box there was a special area just for religious jewelry. These pieces were call tambourine necklaces and were made in the Philippines. They were long necklaces made of intricate gold beads, some made of filigree. On the bottom of these hung heavy round gold pendants that had a cross or a favorite saint inscribed on it – one of them actually had a holy relic encased in it. Those pieces convinced me that jewelry was sacred.   It is not surprising that I still think jewelry has magic. Transforming a piece of metal into a tiny sculpture is skill but making it with meaning is magical. I have entire collections made of 18k gold that are beautiful but have no meaning other than being ornamental. It’s the pieces that embody meaning either through symbolism, stories, legends, or epics that really makes my heart beat faster. It makes me feel like I’m an alchemist translating words, characters and meaning into a different form.   Even for something as fun as HBO’s True Blood, the Viking pieces were carefully researched and they tell a story of warrior people who depended on their gods and the land [and other’s land] to be prosperous. I don’t think their symbols and mythology should be forgotten.   For this guest blog, I wanted to give away a charm from the Rock & Bones collection, inspired by so many things but ultimately by Jeaniene Frost’s character, Bones – he made the skeletal structure sexy. Hope you join in the fun and feel the magic.

Bio:

Janet Cadsawan’s philosophy is that jewelry is magic adorned. She designs one-of-a-kind talismans, fine jewelry and supernatural baubles. Her pieces are showcased in both art galleries and fine jewelry stores. Born through her passion for nature and architecture, her pieces are like miniature sculptures.

She uses local craftsmen to create her jewelry and she continues to recycle her recycled metal for her collections. Lover of small and large animals, she lives on a farm in Greenwich, CT and her jewelry studio is in New York City.

You can visit Janet around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a charm from the Rock & Bones Collection.

To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:

What other show(s) or book series would you like to be the inspiration for my jewelry designs?

1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

4. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. Giveaway ends Wednesday, September 15th at 11:59 PM EST.

7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.


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28 Responses to “Guest Post: Janet Cadsawan (Guest Post & Giveaway)

  1. Julia S.No Gravatar
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    It would be fun to see some jewelry inspired by the show Dead Like Me!

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    5. rexreadingrobot at gmail dot com

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  2. BookNinjaNo Gravatar
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    Wow, i love your posts!! Would you like to participate in my Bookish Ninja blog thingy? I’m here to personally invite you.

    http://imabookishninja.blogspot.com/2010/08/overview.html

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  3. Bethany C.No Gravatar
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    I think Vicki Pettersson’s Signs of the Zodiac series would be a natural for inspiring some pretty cool jewelry. And I think the show Chuck could make for some good spy stuff. How about a challenge? Make jewelry for The Office. Staplers? Beets? A whole line for Angela’s cats? +1
    follow blog and on twitter (bcardoo79) +2
    tweeted- http://twitter.com/bcardoo79/status/22092274937 +3
    b(dot)cardone(at)hotmail

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  4. Carol L.No Gravatar
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    hat’s amazing. I enjoyed your post. Especially about your Mom’s religious jewelry from the Philippines and The Vikings.
    How about the show Supernatural starring the Winchester brothers ?
    Carol L.
    moc.loanull@0574ykcuL

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  5. MissieNo Gravatar
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    Thank you Janet, for sharing a tiny bit of your interesting history with us! I love Cadsawan jewelry and design!

    I think it would be awesome to see some jewelry designed around the hush, hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick!!! Fallen Angels + Love = Pure Win!!

    I follow this blog on feedburner and twitter!

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  6. MirandaNo Gravatar
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    I’d love to see jewelry from the Anita Blake series! But then I am a crazy fan girl!

    I’m a follower too.

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  7. TyngaNo Gravatar
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    Amazing stuff on this website!
    I’d love to see… Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Graceling & Fire by Kristin Cashore!

    I follow both your blog and your twitter

    Thank you!

    TyngaUF(a)gmail.com

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  8. swinka aka JanetNo Gravatar
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    Thanks, guys!!! You are fantastic. Follow me on twitter at @cadsawanjewelry and you’ll get all the fun news about who’s wearing my things and my next bling adventure. GOOD LUCK!

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  9. Melissa (Books and Things)No Gravatar
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    Black Dagger Brotherhood would probably gain a lot of following!

    I follow both the blog and twitter
    Link: http://melissawatercolor.blogspot.com/p/contestsgiveaways.html

    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  10. Vickie BNo Gravatar
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    +1 – If it can be a TV show, then I’d say Buffy the Vampire Slayer, heavy on the Spike.

    +2 – I am a follower of this blog and now heading over to Janet’s blog and site to do some window shopping…

    + 3 – Blogging the event on my blog http://iyamvixenbooks.blogspot.com/

    VWinship at aol dot com

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  11. Vickie BNo Gravatar
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    http://iyamvixenbooks.blogspot.com/2010/08/dark-faerie-tales-has-chance-to-win.html

    VWinship at aol dot com

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  12. ChristaNo Gravatar
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    I love the TV show Supernatural. Dean wears a necklace that I’ve always found interesting….

    Janet, I love your pieces and finding these interesting book blogs to follow!

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  13. ChristaNo Gravatar
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    OK, I lied. It keeps telling me to try again later when I try to follow the blog. I will come back later :)

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  14. lulilutNo Gravatar
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    +1 I would love to see jewelry designs from Jacqueline Carey’s “Kushiel’s Legacy” series.
    +2 follower
    +3 http://twitter.com/lulilut/status/22149106563

    I love the dragon pieces at your site – beautiful – maybe “Dragonriders of Pern” by Anne McCaffrey too.
    Thanks for the interview!

    d.septer(at)insightbb.com

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  15. Tanya1224No Gravatar
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    I would love something from the Hollow’s series by Kim Harrison. Rachel is always wearing all sorts of charms. Bracelet that kisten gave her sounded really cool too. I like the whole club hell scene to from The Maker’s song series by Adrian Phoenix. Just bought a shirt from that series, would love jewelry to go w/it :)
    +1 answered question
    +2 follow
    +3 twittered about contest at http://www.twitter.com/Tanya1224
    Thanks for the contest
    moc.oohaynull@4221haynaT

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  16. AikNo Gravatar
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    +1 The Mortal Instruments Series.

    +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

    +3 entries for tweeting about this contest
    http://twitter.com/aikchien/status/22529983066

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  17. LainaNo Gravatar
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    There is a moon necklace on one of the House of Night covers that I want. :)

    +2 I’m a blog follower.

    +3 I blogged here: http://bookcontestlinks.blogspot.com/2010/08/august-31st-2010.html

    moc.liamgnull@2131aniaL

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  18. JessNo Gravatar
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    Mortal instruments would be cool!
    I follow on twitter @JessRing84
    moc.liamgnull@48gniRsseJ

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  19. JessicaNo Gravatar
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    I’m already a follower on Google Reader and Twitter (@tjotjoc)

    I would love something inspired by Kim Harrison or Patricia Briggs (maybe a little sheep?)

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  20. J.J.No Gravatar
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    Okay here’s my entry:
    The book series I would like to see Ms. Cadaswan design jewelry for is the Lili St. Crow’s Strange Angels series. I’ve seen her work for MV and it rocks!!!! And here’s my e – mail: moc.oohaynull@49feimaj

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  21. Ladytink_534No Gravatar
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    Neat! She needs to do some Buffy… excuse me, Spuffy inspired stuff!

    +2 Follower

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  22. Kayla MitchellNo Gravatar
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    Id like to see jewelery inspired by the tv shows Supernatural or Buffy the Vampire Slayer. +1
    +2 for being a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on twitter.
    +3 for tweeting about this contest on my twitter http://twitter.com/KMbookiegirl006

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  23. TaffyNo Gravatar
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    Attolia series would have some interesting jewelry.

    I twitted:
    http://twitter.com/taffylovell/status/23200690692

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  24. Dana SandstromNo Gravatar
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    I’d love to see jewelry designed after the TV Series Wonderfalls. There would be so many fun options.
    ten.labolgcbsnull@mortsdnasanad

    +1 question answered
    +2 follower
    +3 twitter.com; profile: Dana_Dee123

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  25. KarenNo Gravatar
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    Umm, I’d like to see jewelry designed after Harry Potter books! :DD

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  26. katklaw777No Gravatar
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    I am reading the Hunger Games…fantastic book! Would luv to see something with a Mockingjay.
    Also the new Owl movie Legend of the Guardians looks cool, how about some wise old owls, thanks.

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  27. Linda HendersonNo Gravatar
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    I think J.D.Robb’s In Death series would make for some interesting jewelry designs.

    +2 Follow on GFC & Twitter(BookOwner)
    +3 Tweeted http://twitter.com/BookOwner/status/24330885043
    +3 Posted on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1232683984&v=wall&story_fbid=127312337318287&ref=mf

    seriousreader at live dot com

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  28. ArceliNo Gravatar
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    I would love to see jewelry inspired by the Old Kingdom trilogy by Garth Nix or the Midnighters trilogy by Scott Westerfeld.

    a(dot)long(at)tcu(dot)edu

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