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10/12/2009

Monday Morning Musings: A Most Interesting Character

Londi Mathieu – Jewelry Designer, Mushroom Hunter, Philanthropist

Londi

Londi

In a word, Londi is an experience.  You can feel her presence long before she arrives.  And when she does finally arrive, you are immediately caught up in her charm, energy, passion and creativity.  There are absolutely not enough hours in the day for this jewelry designer-artist-philanthropist.

First – a little background in her own words: I was lucky to be born in to a family full of talented artists and grew up with both a jewelry shop and potter shop in my home.  The feeling of melting or manipulating metal, touching stones or having my hands dirty with clay has always stuck with me!

You are a 3rd generation jeweler.  Who else designs and makes jewelry in your family?  My father is a master goldsmith; his mother was a jeweler and her father as well. I started making jewelry at a very young age.  When I was little, my mother bought my brother and me little pocket knives and bars of Ivory soap for us to carve.  By the time I was 16, I was soldering, sizing and wax carving, to which I took a real liking. I grew up in the US but live in France now. I return every summer and work closely with my father and Mark Webb who has designed one of the world’s most beautiful diamond cuts. http://www.libertystardiamond.com/  I’m very honored and pleased to sell this diamond!

Precious Primrose Necklace

Precious Primrose Necklace

Please explain wax carving. Carving wax can be a very intricate process that involves many different wax types, tools, files, dental tools, knives and a flex shaft. The wax model is used to create the finished metal product through the lost wax casting process.

WaxCarving

From where do you get your inspiration?  I am really just a kid at heart, inspired by tradition, nature, lighting, flowers, anything from a rock to a grain of sand – a piece of gold to a piece of glitter! (You will see what I mean at Christmas!)  I love to cook and bake (don’t like the calories), and it is reflected in the work I do as well as my titles. I like my jewelry looking like “eye candy” and my Christmas ornaments looking and smelling edible – with sweet touches of cinnamon, punchy peppermint twist and delicate forms of nature!

Teddy Loves Cranberry Wreath

Teddy Loves Cranberry Wreath

What  prompted you to open a second shop?  I’m opening CranberryDreams because my bulbs have been a success here in France for the past ten years with a faithful cliental! I am actually know around here for my Christmas and glow-in-the-dark bulbs, but ventured into jewelry because of my love for it! When I opened LondiCreations, it was with all intentions of being ready for Christmas this year. Cranberry Dreams will feature Christmas items, but during the off season will feature home deco and children’s deco.

Holly Berry Baubles

Holly Berry Bauble

Your children’s sand bulbs are quite unique.  How did they come about?  About ten years ago, I was feeling a strong need to get back in touch with jewelry fabricating; however I was lacking the tools and space to start such an adventure. With the holidays approaching, I decided to experiment with making bulbs, but still wanted something that would fulfill my desire to touch and look at metal. I started working with glitter, but still needed to feel something more natural; this is where sand came in! I developed a mix and a technique and got busy creating!  After years of trial and error, I ventured into the world of craft shows, where I was successfully received!  I also have a shop on Craftiz, an online venue like etsy that features high quality, handmade goods.

Soon to be added to Cranberry Dreams

Soon to be added to Cranberry Dreams

Loving color as I do, I started playing around with children’s cartoon characters and took the bulbs to another level with glow-in-the dark paint.

Soon to be added to Cranberry Dreams

Soon to be added to Cranberry Dreams

Soon to be added to Cranberry Dreams

Soon to be added to Cranberry Dreams

 Making these bulbs is a very time consuming and intricate process, often requiring 20 hours each. That is why I prefer to do them now by special order.

Baby Photo Christmas Bauble - First Christmas

Baby Photo Christmas Bauble - First Christmas

My best selling bulb is the personalized “My 1st Christmas” with baby’s name and date!

By Special Order

By Special Order

By Special Order

By Special Order

In addition to jewelry design, you also do volunteer work with children and adults with disabilities and homeless children and adults.  I love volunteering my time! I work with an organization call VSArt, an international nonprofit organization founded 35 years ago by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where people with disabilities learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts.  This is a hands-on effort where we supply the materials and help them children and adults with floral composition, jewelry making, painting and music! Out of everything I do, this is the most satisfying!

VSArt

You have some very interesting hobbies, yes?  I have many hobbies – my favorite being mushroom hunting! My most favorite mushroom to find is the Morel. I also love going much higher in the French Alps to find chanterelles and cep mushrooms! When it is mushroom season, you often won’t find me at home.  I am always out looking for a new patch to discover! In the evenings, I’m busy preparing four-star meals!

MorelMushrooms

Morel Mushrooms

My other hobbies include photography, hiking, refinishing furniture and painting.  And when I have time, I’m on twitter where you can find me “FLYING BY” (my next hobby!), blowing you kisses and wondering “How was your day?!”

flying

Need a nap?  I do! But before you go, Londi is giving away three of her fabulous handmade ornaments to one lucky winner.  To enter, all you need to do is go to CranberryDreams, and post your favorite item in the comments below.

Giveaway

To gain additional entries:

1)      Tweet about this giveaway, using the hashtag #londi. Post in a separate comment, and get one additional entry each time you do this, up to ONCE a day.

2)      Become a friend of Londi Mathieu on facebook, and post in separate comment below.  If you are already a friend, post in a separate comment below as well.  One additional entry.

3)      Follow LondiCreations on twitter, and post in a separate comment below.  If you are already following, post in a separate comment as well. One additional entry.

4)      Blog about this giveaway with a link, and comment below with the URL.  Three additional entries.

The more times you enter, the better your chances of winning!

This giveaway will begin October 12, 2009 and end at 11:59 pm EST on October 21, 2009.  Random.org will be used to pick the winner, and he or she will have 72 hours to get respond.

This giveaway is open worldwide! Good luck!

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55 Comments »

  1. I knew that I would love reading this,wonderful to hear your background Londi certainly explains where your incredible talent evolved. I wish you all the success you so deserve. I love all your work it radiates happiness and it is always a pleasure for me when speaking to you and hope to continue for a good while yet. Thank you Foxy for this insight to this talented lady.

    Chrissie

    Comment by Krishenka — 10/12/2009 @ 5:12 am

  2. Well what can I say about this amazing lady!! She is so talented! So creative! So diverse! Has such a big heart! A GENUINE Lady indeed! One of a kind! She has so much passion and her energy is staggering to say the least! She is so deserving and worthy of recognition for all that she does. A total blessing to this world! I can vouch for that! And I’m so glad to have her in my life! Here’s to Londi!! A great Woman of our time!!

    Comment by Marcel Tier — 10/12/2009 @ 6:10 am

  3. Awesome article – great writing, great subject!

    Comment by Julie Schieffelin - Cowgirl Jewels — 10/12/2009 @ 6:43 am

  4. Wow-and I thought I was busy! No wonder Londi is always just rushing by Twitter with a quick hello! I can’t wait to check out her new shop! I love her jewelry, so I know I’ll love everything else she creates! Wonderful interview!

    Comment by Jen — 10/12/2009 @ 6:57 am

  5. I have followed Londi on Twitter for some time–just a wonderful person, and so very talented.

    Comment by Laura — 10/12/2009 @ 11:36 am

  6. I’ve been an admirer of Londi’s work for some time now and have just recently become the proud owner of one of her Zip-it necklaces. The photos don’t do it justice!

    Cranberry Dreams has some wonderfully exciting items its hard to pick a favourite. My fav today is
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32224686
    but tommorrow? Who knows? This is one shop to keep an eye on!

    Comment by crochetgal — 10/12/2009 @ 12:56 pm

  7. Londi,

    You really are one of those people that others find it hard to fault. It is a joy to know you and a delight to witness your art.

    Your friend,

    Mark

    Comment by Mark Aaron Murnahan — 10/12/2009 @ 1:23 pm

  8. I tweeted!:

    Comment by Elephunk — 10/12/2009 @ 2:00 pm

  9. Excellent interview about my dear friend Londi! Her work is amazing… :-)) The new store is just adorable. Good luck my dear. You are always on my mind!

    Hugs*

    Lolo 🙂

    These Baubles are amazing! Love them!
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32257585

    Comment by lolo — 10/12/2009 @ 9:11 pm

  10. I tweeted already :-))

    Lolo 🙂

    Comment by lolo — 10/12/2009 @ 9:17 pm

  11. How lovely to know a little more about Londi, what a great article I really enjoyed reading it, off to post some links!
    Ooh btw I love Londi’s new shop and have my eye on a few things already!

    Comment by bijouxboutique — 10/13/2009 @ 4:38 am

  12. I particularly love Tree and Star Christmas Ornaments set of 4 — this set reminds me of sugar cookies from my childhood Christmas years!

    Comment by Trish — 10/13/2009 @ 9:40 am

  13. My favorite is Let it Snow Snow-flake Christmas Decor

    Comment by egater — 10/13/2009 @ 11:40 am

  14. I love the Berry Chocolate Christmas baubles – they’re are just beautiful (and who could resist that name?) I have always loved Xmas decorations and this artist highlight is just great, thankyou.

    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32257585

    Comment by Deb — 10/13/2009 @ 6:32 pm

  15. I follow on Twitter now too (user name: dspdavey)

    Comment by Deb — 10/13/2009 @ 6:33 pm

  16. What beautiful ornaments my fav is Cranberry Dreams Christmas Baubles

    Comment by Shelly — 10/14/2009 @ 11:27 am

  17. sent a friend request to Londi Mathieu as Shelly Henley

    Comment by Shelly — 10/14/2009 @ 11:28 am

  18. following londicreations on twitter as jgnp

    Comment by Shelly — 10/14/2009 @ 11:29 am

  19. tweeted the giveaway http://twitter.com/jgnp/status/4864280262

    Comment by Shelly — 10/14/2009 @ 11:30 am

  20. What beautiful art! I had a hard time choosing my favorite but I love the Christmas Baubles of Sand.

    Comment by Sarah — 10/14/2009 @ 11:49 am

  21. I tweeted (as pippirose77).
    :o)
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

    Comment by Piroska — 10/14/2009 @ 12:24 pm

  22. I follow Londi on Twitter. (as pippirose77)

    Comment by Piroska — 10/14/2009 @ 12:25 pm

  23. I especially love the Winter Wonderland Christmas Baubles.
    Gorgeous!

    Comment by Piroska — 10/14/2009 @ 12:26 pm

  24. I love the Christmas Baubles of Sand. Very pretty!

    Comment by Melanie S — 10/14/2009 @ 2:06 pm

  25. Tweeted – http://twitter.com/SaywardBC/status/4867918999

    Comment by Melanie S — 10/14/2009 @ 2:09 pm

  26. Love you Londi & Foxy! Just tweeted the giveaway –
    http://twitter.com/hoganfe

    xo
    mary

    Comment by hoganfe handmade handbag originals — 10/14/2009 @ 4:54 pm

  27. Hi! I visited your etsy shop! My favorite item is the Baby Blue Reindeer Dance Christmas Bauble – so adorable. You have great talent!

    Comment by Julie Schieffelin — 10/15/2009 @ 11:30 am

  28. I’m a facebook fan!

    Comment by Julie Schieffelin — 10/15/2009 @ 11:32 am

  29. Following on Twitter…

    Comment by Julie Schieffelin — 10/15/2009 @ 11:33 am

  30. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32103375 cranberry dreams is my favourite, such lovely colours – and I love how you’ve displayed them with light behind, you clever thing you!

    Comment by heather — 10/15/2009 @ 2:04 pm

  31. I’m already a twitter follower

    Comment by heather — 10/15/2009 @ 2:05 pm

  32. and I’ve tweeted 🙂 and just been told off by this blog for posting too quickly LOL

    Comment by heather — 10/15/2009 @ 2:05 pm

  33. I followed the facebook link – and added me as a friend – but it’s the friends link, not the fanpage, although that’s what you mention above????

    Comment by heather — 10/15/2009 @ 2:06 pm

  34. Since the Peace & Love ornament isn’t in the Cranberry Dreams shop yet, my second choice is Christmas Baubles. Thanks for the great interview with Londi.

    Comment by Ann Christian — 10/15/2009 @ 3:13 pm

  35. tweeted again 🙂 http://twitter.com/NiftyKnits/status/4926411925

    Comment by heather — 10/16/2009 @ 5:20 pm

  36. I love the Cranberry Dreams Christmas Baubles.

    Comment by Aik — 10/17/2009 @ 10:29 pm

  37. I tweeted.

    Comment by Aik — 10/17/2009 @ 10:34 pm

  38. Friend on Facebook. (Aik Chien)

    Comment by Aik — 10/17/2009 @ 10:34 pm

  39. Follow on Twitter @aikchien

    Comment by Aik — 10/17/2009 @ 10:35 pm

  40. Love the Santa Pajamas Christmas Ornament they are so darn cute!

    Comment by Anne Y — 10/18/2009 @ 2:47 am

  41. Hi Londi. Why did you show my baby in your Bauble !!!!… and not my dog ? He’s very sad. See you.

    Comment by Tim — 10/19/2009 @ 5:24 pm

  42. I like the Christmas Tree Oh No Stars ornaments.

    Comment by Anne G — 10/19/2009 @ 6:18 pm

  43. I tweeted:

    Comment by Anne G — 10/19/2009 @ 6:20 pm

  44. I follow Londicreations on twitter, lunaj1456

    Comment by Anne G — 10/19/2009 @ 6:21 pm

  45. tweeted again:

    Comment by Anne G — 10/20/2009 @ 7:53 am

  46. I like the Traditional Mini Christmas trees.

    Comment by Michelle Small — 10/21/2009 @ 3:15 pm

  47. I really like the Christmas Baubles of Sand
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32282590

    Comment by Anna — 10/21/2009 @ 5:03 pm

  48. I follow you on twitter
    AnnathanMagz

    Comment by Anna — 10/21/2009 @ 5:04 pm

  49. Congrats to LOLO!!! Thank-you all so very much for your comments and support! It really does mean the world to me! Oh don’t STOP LOOKING!! He heeeeee! Thanks again! Love Londi

    Comment by londi — 10/22/2009 @ 9:36 am

  50. Hooray! I won… :-)))) Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to participate in this great Giveaway!

    Hugs to all!

    Lolo :-))

    Comment by lolo — 10/22/2009 @ 5:35 pm


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