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finding the right Starzyia jewelry for your gift recipient has never been easier

Earth Mother gift guide

for the Earth Mother archetype

In preparation for holiday shoppers, I created a little catalogue for my business Starzyia, to help handmade shoppers find the right jewelry to suit their gift recipients, I hope you find it helpful and inspiring! Everything is handmade and will be lovingly wrapped and sent around the world from my home in Australia. My holiday shipping deadlines for 2013 (for pre Christmas delivery) are 1st December for orders outside of Australia, and December 17th for Australian domestic orders. You can find my jewelry in store at etsy and madeit

The Earth Mother featured items are all available in my etsy store, except Tree of Life With White Duck (madeit) and Running Hare Brooch with Epidote (madeit)

The Woodland Wanderer collection is created to enchant the woodland enthusiast in your life – she loves to stroll through the woods, loves the wild birds and animals, and the designs are available in the Starzyia etsy store

romantic cottage chic gift guide

for the romantic cottage dweller

This collection is handmade especially for the romantic cottage dweller – she lives in, or would love to live in a shabby chic cottage with a floral garden – these designs are available in the Starzyia etsy and madeit stores, with new designs added as often as possible.

romantic fench inspired jewelry

romantic French pendants by Starzyia

Does her heart skip a little beat for anything French? Well I have some beautiful, unique, French inspired jewelry so you can tell her how you feel in French! I have French jewelry sections in both my etsy and madeit stores.

beach jewelry gift guide

jewelry for beach lovers

If she is a real free spirited beach lover, then how about some nautical jewelry to treasure always? The jewelry featured above is from my etsy store, and as it will soon be Summer in Australia, I’m bound to add a few more interesting designs to celebrate!

I am thinking about designing my first range of beatnik jewelry, and I have lots of other styles already available in store, I honestly have something for every woman in your world, if she is your friend, your sister, your mother, your girlfriend, your wife, your daughter, your grandmother, your boss, your teacher, your co-worker, she is someone who matters to me too as I have all these wonderful people in my life and they inspire me to create every piece.







Starzyia inspirational quote jewelry giveaway!

Starzyia giveaway prize set

win this inspirational quote pendant & earring set


It’s giveaway time, I am thrilled to have crossed the 200 barrier – with both my number of etsy sales, and my number of facebook supporters, yay! I love everyone who has gotten me to this humble but exciting milestone and want to reward you, and also welcome new supporters, with this free giveaway run via punchtab on facebook.

The prize is the pendant and earring set pictured here, with the quote “keep your faith in all beautiful things”, 30x40mm silver plated pendant, with silver plated ball and chain necklace, and co-ordinating earrings made with czech glass pearls, swarovski crystal, and 925 sterling silver earwires. I will also ship the prize for free internationally.

The competition is open now on facebook and closes 3rd November 2013.

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1. ELIGIBILITY: Starzyia giveaway on facebook welcomes entrants from around the world, and one lucky winner will have their prize sent via airmail. All employees of Starzyia.wordpress. (“Sponsor”), all associated agencies and each of their sales representatives, distributors, or agents (all of the foregoing, together with Sponsor, collectively referred to as “Sweepstakes Entities”), and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses) and those living in the same household of each (whether related or not), are ineligible to participate in the Sweepstakes. All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Entry in the Sweepstakes constitutes your full and unconditional acceptance of these Official Rules. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

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6. PRIZES: Inspirational Quote Pendant & Earring Set by Starzyia. Prize will be delivered after Nov. 4, 2013, 6 a.m.. The Prize will be delivered to the winning entrant’s address or at the sole option and discretion of the contest sponsor to a recipient designated by the contest winner. Prizes are not transferable and are not redeemable for cash. All taxes and other charges are responsibility of the winner. No substitutions allowed. All expenses not specifically mentioned herein are not included as part of any Prize package, and are solely the winner’s responsibility.

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featured handmade seller: Holly from Zuri


Another special day for me, I always enjoy introducing the wonderful creative souls who bless this world with their handmade goodies, and today I’d love you to meet Holly of Zuri, here she is in her own words…

Holly is the creative talent responsible for Zuri

Holly is the creative talent responsible for Zuri


Hi I’m Holly, creator behind the accessory and jewellery atelier, Zuri. I was born in Oxford in 1981, yet my folk’s emigrated from the UK to Australia in November 1981 so I’m Aussie bred! I’m now long married to an Australian Air Force man and we have 2 children, our 6 year old son and a 3 year old devil, ahem daughter! We move on average every 5 years and are now in Canberra where ‘husband’ studies full time Electrical Engineering. Our first winter here is…interesting! It’s a very beautiful place and we are so excited to be living here!

handmade by Zuri

handmade by Zuri

Where did your creative journey begin?

I’ve always been artistically inclined which I inherited from my mum and discarded mathematics as early as I could to fill my school days with art and drama. (The irony that I am now married to a mathematical genius!)

Once my daughter was born in 2009, my eyes were opened to the wonderful world of little girl’s accessories and I discovered quite quickly I could create my designs to suit my own tastes, which are very particular! I started with button hair ties with unusual fabrics, untypical of children’s fabric. I also made accessories for friends and received so many compliments that I decided to ‘found’ my little business in March 2012.

I’m highly inspired by beautiful, gifted photography. I like to think I also have a fairly good eye for it! I find inspiration in all things natural, especially isolated West Australian beaches :sigh:  how I love the ocean. I’m a big outdoors person, exploring, 4WDriving, camping and picnic bbq’s. Our family loves cooking delicious food and we all hold great importance in fitness.

Individually, I really enjoy eclectic fabric designs, Moroccan, Metallic’s, Mohave, Aztec, all things ‘peacock’, neon’s and particular patterns suitable for the buttons I use to make hair ties. I then lead onto button earrings as my fabric collection ideally appealed to a higher demographic. Rings, necklaces then clay as it’s so fun to use, the outcome is stunning and there are endless designs to create out if it.

button hair tie by Zuri

button hair tie by Zuri

What has been your biggest obstacle in your creative life?

Because of our transient lifestyle I’d found it hard to adjust from job to job and decided it best to stay-at-home and raise our children, focusing on attempting to keep them settled in anticipation of moving or times when my husband is away. In our recent move from West to East, my business was put on hold for 5 months whilst we camped across the country and then lived in a hotel till our new home was ready. I was slow to start up but I’m in full swing now! I’m always eager to make new designs out of new mediums so the future for Zuri is always exciting! Sometimes I have so many ideas my wallet cannot possibly fund them all, I’m certain we all feel this way at some point in our lives! My newest challenge comes in the form of a bread and butter job, my first in 7 years! I vow to always find time to create and inspire!

jewellery by Zuri

jewellery by Zuri

What dreams to you have for the future of your creative business?

I’m edging towards 18 months with Zuri and my next big goal is to do a market but I confess I’m procrastinating! My goal is to get one under my belt by Christmas! We shall see J

You can support Holly and Zuri here:



Thanks so much Holly for adding your gorgeous work and insights into your creative life to the Starzyia blog, and thanks to my readers who are still visiting previous featured seller posts and getting to know the wonderful guests and their work.

one more beautiful pic from Zuri!

one more beautiful pic from Zuri!

Feel Good – new Starzyia jewelry designs that are positively joyful

feel good pendant range from Starzyia madeit store

feel good pendant range from Starzyia madeit store

I’ve been busy designing and creating a range of feel good pendants that combine inspirational quotes with altered art and they’ve already launched in my madeit store, Starzyia, and are currently on sale to coincide with paid advertising (sale ends Monday)
I’ve created these because it is more important than ever to me to know that my customers are feeling wonderful and thinking positively or are giving gifts to others that will make them feel that way too. We can all use a gentle reminder of how special we are and what the world has in store for us that is amazing and worth persevering for.

Pictured above are:

Keep Faith “keep your faith in all beautiful things”, pink edition (I have created the design in several other colours coming soon)

Be Yourself “be yourself, that’s when the magic happens”, purple edition (more colours to come in future)

The Wisdom of Tea “tea is steeped in wisdom”

A Thing of Beauty “a thing of beauty is a joy forever”

Japanese Proverb Pendant “fall down seven times, stand up eight”

jewelry for your true love by Starzyia

jewelry for your true love by Starzyia

And for your true love, there are some new romantic pendants that will make beautiful and original gifts.

Pictured above:

She Walks in Beauty “she walks in beauty like the night of cloudless climes and starry skies and all that’s best of dark and bright meets in her” available in the Starzyia madeit store

He Fancies Her, ooak vintage upcycled French-English dictionary, fancy, affection, he fancies her, one only available in the Starzyia etsy store

My True Love “my true love hath my heart and I have his”, pink, available in the Starzyia madeit store

It’s In His Kiss, song lyric pendant in French and English, one available each in my etsy and madeit stores


So hopefully this will be spreading more positive energy, enjoyment, and inspiration from my heart to yours.

Coming Soon: I will be writing more about grief healing, connecting with your loved ones who have passed, and how I think calling cards and signs from your late loved ones work.

Thanks for you support, Starry

New seasonal offerings from Starzyia – winter & summer jewelry for you


I’ve been busy creating and photographing stock for the change of season, working extra hard because I want to provide summer jewelry for the northern hemisphere and winter jewelry here at home. My inspirations this year are sunshine and spice for summer, and a walk in the woods for winter.

new for summer, Starzyia etsy

new for summer, Starzyia etsy

new for winter, Starzyia, etsy

new for winter, Starzyia, etsy

All stock featured here is available in my etsy store Starzyia

River Mist, Winter 2013

River Mist, Winter 2013

I’ve been having fun walking the dog early in the morning already this winter, I especially love the looks on people’s faces when they are rugged up head to toe and I’m in shorts and tank top (with snow boots being all I need to keep my whole body warm) and being universally asked “aren’t you cold?”. Nope. Siberian blood in my veins. Much prefer the Australian winter to the Australian summer! Anyway whether it be turning summer or winter for you, I hope you make the best of the season, find lots of beauty all around you, and maybe if you’re in the mood create some beauty too.


Starzyia handmade Mother’s Day specials, save 15%

Starzyia etsy store Mother's Day

Starzyia etsy store Mother’s Day

Although I’ve been a bit busy, I haven’t forgotten Mother’s Day and here I am with a few examples of what you can find for mother or grandmother in my etsy and madeit stores, with 15% off until the day after Mother’s Day. Plus I really recommend my etsy store gift certificates if you are worried about delivery in time for the special day – my gift certificates land in your email inbox in under 24 hours, and are available as $20, $30 and $50 value.

To save 15% in the Starzyia etsy store, use the coupon code MOTHERLOVE15 at checkout.

If you are on my Starzyia mailing list you would have received a 20% discount code, so I highly recommend signing up for the next one! I only ever contact you once a month, that’s my promise to you.

Starzyia madeit store Mother's Day

Starzyia madeit store Mother’s Day

To save 15% off in the Starzyia madeit store, just fill your basket with items you love, the storewide sale is all set up, and you can see the original and sale price of each item.

I hope everyone is planning something special for this beautiful day, being together, or telling someone how you feel is still the best way of celebrating or commemorating.



Starzyia: open for business in 2013, getting ready for Valentine’s Day gift shoppers


I have enjoyed a very relaxing two week (approximate) vacation from running Starry Girl by Starzyia but I was very excited and glad to reopen my online stores and am preparing for Valentine’s Day amongst other seasonal and themed occasions for 2013.

I’m sharing some of my favourite creations for Valentine’s Day now, because I know many of my friends and loyal supporters are spread across the globe and need time for items to ship, plus I have been planning and saving these items especially and I can’t wait any more!

The Ardent Love pendant is beyond a doubt my favourite, I have used the original vintage French-English dictionary page showing the words “Ardemment, fervently, amour ardent, ardeur” a great way to express passion and strong love to someone special in a way that is trei chic!

romantic offerings from Starzyia

romantic offerings from Starzyia

Another new etsy offering is the Immortal Love pendant which is made with the original page from a vintage 1933 hymnal, though it is a hymn, it reads like a love poem “Immortal Love, forever flowing, forever shared, a never ebbing sea, our outward lips name” which is right up there with the beautiful, passionate Song of Solomon.

You can also see I still have some flowering tree of life pendants, these are offered through my etsy store

The Ruby Songbird is a great shabby chic pendant with a symbolic singing bird (love, happiness, contentment) and is a deluxe edition with sparkling rhinestone border in ruby/garnet and pink rose.  This would also make a great gift for a singer, and the paper bird has a sheet music motif.

The Red Hot Love earrings (gee, I wonder why I named them?) are the red laser cut wood earrings with golden filigree and red rose cabochons, though large these are nice and light weight, ear friendly design. These are offered through my madeit store along with some similar designs in a pale pink heart, honeysuckle pink heart, and a lovely shabby chic white heart.

I’m also working on some patriotic, Australian offerings for Australia Day (January 26th), back to school (which it is time for here very soon), Easter, and later Mother’s Day and change of seasons means a change of colours and textures.

There will soon be a return to my special feature interview type posts showcasing some worthy and truly fascinating handmade artisans I’ve met along my handmade journey, and symbolic gift guides once I get back into the swing of things this year. For those of you who started to follow the blog during the Starzyia Daily Photography Challenge last year, I will be running another one in February so feel free to join in, I’ll let you know how when the time is nearer. I’m hoping to stay true to my heart but make this blog better than ever and I hope you will always feel free to join in, comment, and share the journey. Wishing you the most amazing, inspiring, happy, healthy 2013!





$5 Earrings! Starzyia live market on facebook



I’m holding my very first live online market event through my Starzyia facebook page. This is a $5 Earring Market, everything in the album can be purchased for $5 plus an economic, capped shipping fee of $2 for Australian domestic orders and $5 for all international parcels. All earrings have been handmade by me and are lead and nickel free. Payments will be handled via paypal invoice, this means you get protection not only of keeping your financial details private, but of the paypal complaints resolution – meaning you have my word you will receive your goods and they will be in mint condition. There are almost 30 different designs which you can view in the market album, the first person to comment ‘sold’ under each design is the buyer, and therefore you must only comment ‘sold’ if you are committed to receiving and honouring a paypal invoice from Starzyia within 3 days of the close of the market.

The market is open now! and closes 6pm Sunday October 7th 2012 (Perth, Western Australia time)

I had so much fun working on this market that I really hope it will be successful, I’d like to hold a $10 market in two weeks time and perhaps some more closer to Christmas.

What’s New at Starzyia: Jane Austen Jewelry and Upcycled French-English Dictionary Pendants



My heart is in a glow! I have finally arrived at a point where I don’t need to rely on buying altered art images as digital collage sheets from other designers and can create my own both from my own art and from original source materials, in this case fashion plates from the regency period to create my own Jane Austen jewelry range. Pictured above is my ‘Heart In A Glow‘ pendant from my etsy store which is based on the novel Emma by Jane Austen. The first batch of six Starzyia designed pendants are currently in stock. Here is a look at the next batch:

preview of Jane Austen jewelry coming soon

win this pendant: sign up for my newsletter

To celebrate my new in-studio designed Jane Austen jewellery, and to help launch my once a month newsletter, I am going to give away the pendant above to one lucky subscriber. My newsletter is free and only comes once a month, it is a chance to see how I am growing, my hopes and dreams for the future, a behind the scenes look at the Starzyia studio and my life and world around me. There will also be forewarning of major sales events or giveaways, giveaways for subscribers only, and more! The prize pendant is a quote from Elizabeth Bennet of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride & Prejudice’ and reads “My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me”, it comes on its own chain and I will ship it for free in its own special Jane Austen wrapping envelope that I designed for my range. To sign up for my newsletter click here. If you are already a subscriber you will automatically be part of the draw which is held on October 1st 2012 using an online randomiser. All subscribers on October 1st will be in the draw. The winner will be announced in my October newsletter which is sent via email the first week of October.


I am also excited to add upcycled vintage French-English dictionary pendants to my collection of upcycled hymn book and bible quotation jewellery in my etsy store. These have been so wonderful to create, they give me such a happy feeling as I work on them, I hope you can see why!

Belle & Beaux Peacock pendant was the very first design from this range that I added to my etsy store, it features the French and English words ‘bliss, bel, belle, beauty, handsome, beaux’ and would make a great, romantic gift or just something very special for a collector.

Newlywed Necklace: this versatile pendant would be great for a young girl, young bride, newlywed, or even someone who creates jewelry since it features the French and English words ‘jeune, young, young people, young girl, young man, newlyweds, youth, youthfulness, joaillerie, jewellery, jeweller’s, joaillier’

Hopefully I will continue to find plenty of vintage sources to upcycle for you and I will be creating new themed altered art collections too, I just had to start with Jane! being spring here and I’m overdue to re-read my favourites, lol.


Christmas In July Sale at Starzyia etsy and madeit stores



Hi, its that time of year, I have a bit of fun and offer my jewelry up at a discount for the benefit of early christmas shopping, birthdays through the year, or a treat for those expecting their tax return (and well done for lodging so early!)

My sale is running in both my madeit and etsy stores and I am happy to combine shipping if you buy from the two stores (they are stocked with different designs). The sale has started, and runs until July 25th 2012.

The madeit Starzyia store has had all prices (already quite competitive) cut by 15% you can see the before and after prices in store, no need for coupon codes, just fill your cart and clear checkout in the usual way.

The etsy Starzyia store is offering something a bit different, you can save between 10-20% storewide.

Save 10% when you buy any item in the store, the coupon code is CIJSAVE10

Save 15% when you buy any two items, the coupon code is CIJSAVE15

Save 20% when you buy any three or more items, the coupon code is CIJSAVE20

**please use the appropriate code for your cart, orders with the incorrect code will be with-held until the balance is paid**