Etsy Seller Spotlight – Twisted Thread and Hook

I fell in love with Etsy years ago, first I loved the concept that everything was either handcrafted, vintage or used to create.  I also loved the fact that this new site was populated mostly by women, that this venue was giving them a voice and capability to sell their art and creations without the cost of a brick & mortar store front.  I have over the years been amazed at the creativity and ingenuity of the artist on Etsy, and amazed of the major success of some of the Etsy sellers.  I have had the great honor to meet some wonderful women and men, so we are starting a new weekly Etsy Seller Spotlight!

So to start off our new weekly Esty Seller Spotlight is the talented and lovely Magdalena of Twisted Thread & Hook.  Her stunning shop features amazing hand crafted rope rugs and doormats.

Magdalena’s Story:

I grew up in Poland where my mom introduced me to crocheting. Throughout the years, I tacked different form of craft and art, but I always found my way back to crocheting. One day I was looking for something unique to make and came across a doily cotton rope rug. I fell in love with it and from that moment, I’ve been designing and making my own rope rugs. I took that idea even further and started making cotton rope bath mats as well as jute rope doormats and rugs. Both cotton rope and jute rope give great texture, unique look which is what I love about them. However, with my kids in mind, I kept thinking what I could use to make the rugs nursery and children room friendly. That’s how fleece rugs idea came to live. I truly love the softness of these rugs (and so do my kids who tend to lay on them more than walk).

 When I was growing up, my family summer vacation was always on a sailboat. My love for sailing was deeply rooted in me. After making few of the rope rugs, it came to me all of the sudden that I could create some great nautical rug designs.

 I’m so excited to be able to share my passion for crafting, sailing and handmade with others.

Here are a few ways you can stay in touch and see my new designs.


10% Off Coupon Code and FREE Gift

Hello everyone!  So glad that summer is ending and soon we will be surrounded by the sights and smells of Fall.  I’m so excited that the Texas heat is almost over that I’m offering a 10% the shop plus a free gift.
This month’s free gift – a pair of vintage purple Amethyst glass stones in 1 ring settings and antiqued brass ear wires.
Coupon Code – AUG10

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As always, Happy Crafting!

Pink Antiqued Brass Flower Stamping Earrings Tutorial

I adore raw brass findings and stampings, and already carry several styles in my shop, Alyssabeths Vintage.  These pieces are so easy to use as is or to age or patina using several different methods from fumes, to chemicals and even paints.

These sweet little flower stampings are found in my shop, I often used them as cabochons in jewelry creations but decided to punch a hole into them to create connector pieces (I found my metal punch at Michaels in the jewelry section)

Then I cleaned with brass pieces and buffed just a bit with a low grit file to give the pieces extra texture to hold the paint.  Once good and dry apply paint, I used regular acrylic craft paint in pink, again let dry completely.

After these have dried I removed bits of the pink paint with a low grit file until I felt that I had enough of the golden raw brass showing, then sealed with a clear matte finish (make sure your pain or sealer is lead free).

Waiting some more…. and then I simply added gold earring hoops and vintage Czech glass rhinestone teardrops!  So easy and very little time!

Happy Crafting!
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Vintage Style Brass Filigree and Stampings

Alyssabeths Vintage on Etsy now features elegant and timeless brass filigree and stampings in the Victorian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles.  Our brass stampings and filigrees have been crafted in the US by family owned companies that have been operating for generations,   pieces are machine tooled from presses dating back to the 1800’s.

We currently carry primarily raw brass stampings and filigrees, which I have used for many years in my own jewelry creations!  So versatile, these pieces are elegant to use as is and so easy to patina or even antique with paints.  Soon we will be adding tutorials on how the patina, oxidize and paint your raw brass pieces, so stay tuned.

Filigree Drops, Dangles and Connectors:

Delicate, vintage style Art Nouveau raw brass filigree 2 ring connector centerpieces, setting or wrap. Measure 24mm x 19mm including rings Made in the US using vintage tooling, solid raw brass are nickel and lead free! 
Set of 4 gorgeous and highly detailed vintage style teardrop shaped floral filigree stampings drops, earring dangles or connector. Heirloom quality stampings, crafted in the US using vintage tooling and are lead and nickel free. Measure 31mm long with ring x 13mm wide
 Lovely, vintage Victorian or Edwardian raw brass 1 ring triangle shaped drops, dangles or pendants – 34mm ling including ring and 16mm at the widest part. Elegant detailing in each piece, I love using these to create earrings. Sturdy raw brass stampings, crafted in the US using vintage tooling and are nickel and lead free.
Elegant art nouveau styled heart shaped double wing drops, charms, dangles 1 ring raw brass stampings. Lovely, golden raw brass stampings crafted in the US using vintage tooling. Beautifully detailed double bird wings in the shape of a heart, with one ring. These measure 26mm tall including ring, 25mm wide.

Vintage Glass Flower Cabochons or Cameos

Alyssabeths Vintage Etsy shop features lovely Vintage Glass Cabochons or Flat Back Stones.  Most of these little treasures were crafted in Japan or Germany during the 1940s to the 1960s.  So versatile to use in your Jewelry and Mixed Media Art Creations.  I love the wide range of styles of vintage cabochons – from solid color pressed glass, floral and picture decals, intaglios, and hand painted glass!  Each piece is a little work of art on their own!  Here’s a small selection of the vintage glass cabochons you can find in my little shop AlyssabethsVintage.

Set of 10 tiny 7mm Pink Rose decal cabochons with ivory pearl finish. Vintage glass cabs, made in Japan with flat backs, you will receive 10 per set!
Chic vintage embossed glass, button top cabochons stones featuring gold feathered flower on chalk white textured background with flat backs. These actually remind me of Starfish. Vintage Czech came in original packaging so these are in perfect condition. You will receive 2 of these unique glass cabochons.

Vintage, pressed glass intaglio floral daisy cabochons 18x13mm black with flowers hand painted in yellow, green and red. These came in their original packaging and are in wonderful shape!Please note, that these are old, crafted in occupied Japan in the mid 1940s to early 1950s., You will receive 2 cabochons.
Matte finish opaque cotton candy pink glass quilted textured 18×13 oval cabochons. Vintage West German, featuring concave backs with rims for gluing. You will receive 4 of these Shabby Chic glass cabs!
Vintage 13mm round flower rose bouquet limoge style decal glass cabochons, cameos. Very old, made in Japan with milk glass white flat back base adorned with multi-color flower decals in pink, blue, green and yellow. I also have these in 10x8mm oval cabochons!


Vintage Resin, Lucite and Plastic Beads

I love the hunt for wonderful, old vintage beads and have been lucky enough to find some wonderful vintage lucite, plastic and resin beads.

Come check out the vintage lucite beads listed in our shop Alyssabeths Vintage.  If you sign-up for our Newsletter this week you will be getting a coupon code for 5% off for the month of April!   Click here for our Newsletter Sign-up


A Garden of Rhinestone Flowers

It’s been a long, cold and dreary winter, so I think that we are all ready for signs of Spring!

Combining my love of flowers and gardening, with my fascination with anything with bling and rhinestones we have created these lovely Swarovski Crystal Rhinestone Flower Drops for our Etsy Shop, Alyssabeths Vintage, using vintage style brass flower settings adorned with vintage Swarovski Crystals!

 We have these in several more color combinations, so stop by the store and browse awhile.  Don’t forget to sign-up for our Newsletter to receive discounts, free supplies and see the latest new old stock jewelry supplies in the shop!

New Vintage Syle Brass Settings

Hope everyone had a safe and Merry Holiday Season!  If you are like me I’m a little sad that the year is coming to a close but so looking forward to a brand new year full of possibilities!

I have high hopes for my little Jewelry Supply shop on Etsy – Alyssabeths Vintage, and cannot wait to see what the year brings.

We’ve been searching high and low this Fall for new supplies for the shop and have found some really wonderful treasures from all over the globe. 

From the US we found a fabulous supplier for our Vintage Style Brass settings, all made with raw brass (100% lead free) using vintage tooling.  These wonderful settings are perfect for setting cabochons, cameos or flat back glass jewels.  Use as a bezel setting for collage, photo or mixed media creations.

Raw Brass, Ornate Victorian Frame 18x13mm Oval Setting
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A Garden of Vintage Cabochons

If you’ve ever taken a peek in my little shop, Alyssabeths Vintage, you’ll notice that I have a thing for vintage cabochons!  There is just something about these little works of art, and of course my favorites feature flowers, lots and lots of flowers!  Most of our vintage cabochons were crafted in West Germany and Japan between the 1940s and 1960s.

We have lots… and lots of new vintage jewelry supplies in the shop and will start sending out a monthly Newsletter in December where you’ll be the first to see out new vintage treasures, recieve Newsletter recipent only coupon codes, handcrafted jewelry instructions and features on some of the designers that purchase from the shop.  Sign-up and become part of the fun !

Vintage Pastel Floral 20mm Cabochons Pink Purple Yellow Green
Vintage, round retro plastic cabochons with an overall flowerl pattern in pink, lavender, yellow & green, on white background. These vintage 1970’s cabs have a half drilled, flat back. I have other color combinations in the shop. You will receive 4 cabochons.
Vintage Style Floral Rose Cameo in Black & White Cabochon 18×13
Chic, vintage style floral rose bouquet black and ivory white resin cameos, cabochons 18×13 ovals with flat backs. You will receive 4 cameos.
Chic Pink Carved Rose Floral Bouquet Cabochons 25×18 Resin Cameo

Shabby Chic Pink, carved style matte finish deep rose pink flower bouquet resin cabochons, measure approximately 25×18. These highly detailed cameos feature flat backs. 4 Cabochons per set
Vintage 10x8mm Blue Pink Flower Decal Cabochons Accented with Gold
Vintage oval cabochons featuring highly detailed, oriental styled blue & dark pink flowers accented with gold, decals. Made in Japan sometime during the 1950s, with flat backs. You will receive 6 cabs (setting not included)