Tuesday, November 2, 2010

An Interview and Giveaway from AlexKeller!




About Alex Keller


Alex Keller is an artist living and creating in Tucson, Arizona.

Her passion is beauty. It encompasses fashion, art and design. In her corner of the world, she has channeled it into making jewelry. Her line, Jewelry Recycled, was inspired at the jewelry counter of a resale shop. It includes antique, vintage and resale jewelry that she has reconstructed into fresh and {new} pieces.



Her addiction is thrifting and antiquing. Vintage by Alex Keller started as a place to sell vintage jewelry. It has grown into a curation of housewares and décor that Alex would want for herself. These items stay with her for a time, are rediscovered, and make their way to new homes.


1. What inspires you to come up with new designs?

sometimes it's something i saw someone wearing or something in a magazine. i have 2 big binders of tear sheets. sometimes it's from the chains, pearls and baubles themselves.



2. How long have you been creating?

ever since i was a child. i was always coloring, making clothes for my Barbies ... then i picked up jewelry in college - first as friendship bracelets, then working on a bead loom. when i lived in Chicago, i started making jewelry and had my work in a few boutiques. i started Jewelry Recycled just last year.



3. Where do you do your work? Do you have a dedicated area of your home, or?

i have a small work table in our home office, but i also take over our dining room table. my husband never gets to play on the pool table underneath!



4. Tell us about a goal you have for your business

to continue making and creating each day. i'd like to have 2 collections - fall/winter and spring/summer.



5. What is your favorite album?

all time favorite is probably something 80s - like Madonna's Like a Virgin



6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

active in my son's school, working with wholesalers to sell my jewelry line and selling vintage - maybe having a booth in an antique mall



7. What is your favorite thing to do on a weekend?

catch up on everything! house cleaning, blog reading, & all the little stuff.



8. Tell us about a new skill you'd like to learn

i'd love to take a metal smithing class!

Look What You Can Win!



How to Enter: (leave a comment for each entry to count)

- Check out Alex's shop and post your favorite item
- Follow this blog with google friend connect
- Follow @papercakes on twitter
- follow @alexandrakeller on twitter
- Follow Alex's Blog
- Tweet about this giveaway
- Post this giveaway on your facebook page
- Like Paper*Cakes on Facebook
- Put my button in your sidebar
- Heart either of Alex's two shops on etsy http://vintagebyalexkeller.etsy.com/ OR http://alexkeller.etsy.com/
- Heart Paper*Cakes on Etsy
- Add Alex as a friend

Good Luck!

108 comments:

kendal croix. said...

very pretty things, i love it!!

Rebecca said...

I love the 'baubles' necklace.

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mare said...

pearlized - earrings of vintage and recycled jewelry is my favorite item!! beautiful!

mare said...

and i am following your blog
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mare said...

i am following you on twitter.
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mare said...

i am following alex on twitter
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mare said...

and i am following alex's blog..
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mare said...

i heart alex's shop :)
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gL_crW4kns3xRO_budbrcSGzzQ-- said...

I love the chained one silver earrings!
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jennifer ▲ i art u said...

i am LOVING the ray necklace! so sweet!
thanks for a chance to win!
j.

wolf girl_ said...

secret is safe - a necklace of vintage and recycled jewelry

my favorite.
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wolf girl_ said...

Following the blog with GFC.

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Alicia B said...

It is definitely a tie between the skeleton key necklaces and the bohemian bracelets! Love them!

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Alicia B said...

I am following this blog as Alicia B on google friends connect. :)

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wolf girl_ said...

Following @papercakes on twitter.

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wolf girl_ said...

Following @alexandrakeller on twitter

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Alicia B said...

I am following alex's blog as Alicia B!

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wolf girl_ said...

Following Alex's blog

wolf girl_
binkiefreak@hotmail.com

Alicia B said...

I liked papercakes on facebook as alicia benedict (my full name)

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wolf girl_ said...

Liked Paper*Cakes on Facebook.

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Alicia B said...

I hearted papercakes on etsy ; my name is orchidlily2222 on etsy!

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wolf girl_ said...

Put button on sidebar

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wolf girl_ said...

Added Alex as friend

Amanda L.
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Alicia B said...

I added alex as a friend on facebook (aliciabenedict)

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Dragonfly Kisses Jewelry said...

I love this http://www.etsy.com/listing/30574140/ice-queen-ii-a-bracelet-of-recycled

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Dragonfly Kisses Jewelry said...

I follow this blog as

Dragonfly Kisses Jewelry

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jhitomi said...

I love the Your Secret is Safe vintage and recycled necklace, very cute.
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jhitomi said...

hearted vintage by alex shop (jhbalvin)
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jhitomi said...

following alex's blog on gfc as jhb.
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jhitomi said...

following your blog as jhb.
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jhitomi said...

hearted paper cakes shop, my gosh, your stuff is really adorable.
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jhitomi said...

following @papercakes on twitter
@jhitomi
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jhitomi said...

and following @alexandrakeller on twitter, as @jhitomi
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AmandaSue said...

I like the secret is safe necklace, I've always had a love for key jewelry! Thanks for entering me into this giveaway.

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Kim said...

the vintage skeleton keys are amazing! xo

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Kim said...

following via gfc

xo
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Kim said...

following @papercakes on twitter @sparkily

xo
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Kim said...

i am following @alexkeller on twitter @sparkily

xo
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Kim said...

following alex keller's blog via gfc

xo
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Kim said...

hearted papercakes on etsy

sparkilysituations

xo
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TopHat said...

I love the Green with Envy necklace!

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Wehaf said...

I love the frankie earrings!

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Sarah said...

Uh, wow! I can't even begin to say how much I love this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/59876306/pearls-of-vintage-a-necklace-of-vintage

It just looks so elegant, so Jane Austen. Lovely!

Sarah
bannercat at gmail

Amber L. said...

I love the secret is safe necklace

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Amber L. said...

I follow you with google friend connect

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Amber L. said...

I'm following Alex's blog with google friend connect

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Amber L. said...

I'm following alexandrakeller on twitter @buttonlove

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Amber L. said...

I follow you on twitter @buttonlove

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Surge said...

I love this:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/58567341/bertoia-necklace-mid-century-modern

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Surge said...

i tiwtter follow papercakes as timesurge

Anonymous said...

I love the vintage sparkle necklace
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Anonymous said...

I love the vintage sparkle necklace
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A_C_E_ at hotmail dot com

someone in jogja city said...

i fave this one:) purple haze - a necklace of vintage and recycled jewelry
so pure and vintage >o<
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someone in jogja city said...

I Follow this blog with google friend connect
GFC:wulan sari
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someone in jogja city said...

I Like Paper*Cakes on Facebook
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Monik said...

I love Ray necklace - mid century modern - vintage and recycled jewelry - gold.

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Monik said...

Already follow this blog with google friend connect as Monik.

Monik said...

Already follow @papercakes on twitter as @monikaretnani.

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Monik said...

Follow @alexandrakeller on twitter as @monikaretnani.

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Monik said...

Follow Alex's Blog via GFC as Monik.

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Monik said...

Tweet this giveaway here.

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Monik said...

Share this giveaway on my Facebook here.

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Monik said...

Already like Paper*Cakes on Facebook as Monika Lintang Retnani.

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Monik said...

Add Alex as a friend as Monika Lintang Retnani.

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Renée said...

the gray garden necklace is gorgeous! hootpuddin2(at)gmail(dot)com

Celeste said...

the pull rank necklace!

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Celeste said...

blog follower!

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Celeste said...

I follow Alex's blog too

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Jenny said...

My favorite is the silver glamour necklace! jennywigdahl@gmail.com

Jenny said...

I follow your blog! jennywigdahl@gmail.com

Jenny said...

I now follow Alex's blog! jennywigdahl@gmail.com

Jenny said...

I heart Alex's shop on Etsy! (http://www.etsy.com/shop/alexkeller) jennywigdahl@gmail.com

Jenny said...

I heart Paper*Cakes on Etsy! jennywigdahl@gmail.com

Melody said...

Awesome shop. I love those key necklaces, but other than that, my fav is "Secret is Safe"...another key necklace. Ok, so I love them!
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Melody said...

Melody.DuValatgmaildotcom

Following this blog

Melody said...

Melody.DuValatgmaildotcom

I follow PaperCakes on twitter (everybodyelse01)

Melody said...

And I follow alexandrakeller on twitter (everybodyelse01)

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Melody said...

Melody.DuValatgmaildotcom

Following Alex's blog

Melody said...

Melody.DuValatgmaildotcom

Liked Papercakes on facebook

Melody said...

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Hearted the vintag shop (I'm www.everybodyelse.etsy.com)

PoppyLand said...

Beautiful shop! I love night - earrings of vintage and recycled jewelry!

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PoppyLand said...

I follow this blog with google friend connect

PoppyLand said...

I follow Alex's Blog

PoppyLand said...

hearted http://alexkeller.etsy.com/
@poppyland

PoppyLand said...

Hearted Paper*Cakes on Etsy

TheOptimist said...

I'm following your blog.
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TheOptimist said...

i love this necklace http://www.etsy.com/listing/32178600/pull-rank-a-necklace-of-vintage-and

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Crystal said...

I like the ice queen ii bracelet a lot!
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Crystal said...

I added Alex's shops on Etsy.

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captainliss40 said...

I'm a follower of this blog. captainliss40@gmail.com

Samantha said...

The Bohemian Bracelets are super cute!
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very married said...

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pretty! i adore this:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/58567341/bertoia-necklace-mid-century-modern

Stephanie and Andrew said...

I retweeted your contest notice:)

Amanda Quraishi said...

I ADORE the little bits turquoise necklace.

Tara (BoutiqueKarma) said...

I absolutely love this bracelet:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/23684857/snow-princess-a-bracelet-of-recycled

So pretty

Violetta said...

My fave item is the pull round - vintage drawer pull necklace.

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Violetta said...

I'm following your blog!

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Violetta said...

I'm following Alexa's blog!

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Violetta said...

I put your button on the right sidebar of my blog!

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Melody said...

I like Silver Glamour Necklace.

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Melody said...

I'm a blog follower.

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Stephanie said...

My favorite is dark secrets necklace.

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Stephanie said...

I'm following the blog.

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Stephanie said...

I favorited vintagebyalexkeller on etsy. (mangosteph)

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Christopher And Tia said...

I visited the shop! I liked this bohemian wrap bracelet- http://www.etsy.com/listing/58315528/bohemian-wrap-bracelet-leather-lace-and I'd rock that :)

Christopher And Tia said...

I follow @papercakes on twitter! (I'm @TiaColleen)

Christopher And Tia said...

I tweeted!! http://twitter.com/TiaColleen/statuses/909377091411968

Desiree Fawn said...

I REALLY adore these little skelly key necklaces! http://www.etsy.com/listing/59877928/dark-secrets-vintage-skeleton-key

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