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BeadLush and the Sleepy Poet are Creative Outlets Here in Charlotte

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One of my favorite hobbies is to create beautiful jewelry using vintage brooches, semi-precious stones, and Swarovski Crystals.  I sell a lot of my creations on ETSY, which is a website for the craft inclined artists online, I can’ t say enough good things about how awesome Etsy.com is.  Anyways, a lot of times people ask me where I get my supplies and while I do get a lot of materials online from various retailers the most beautiful and unique items have to be handpicked.  Charlotte has a lot of great locations for finding artistic materials.  Two of my favorite locations include BeadLush and The Sleepy Poet Antique Mart.

Beadlush is a quaint little house off of Plaza in the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood.  If you know where the Harris Teeter is then keep going and it will be on your right beside the Fire Station.  This past Tuesday I went into the store to find some materials to compliment the Sodalite stones I wanted to use in a necklace.  Lydia, the owner of BeadLush was so helpful and helped me pick out some beautiful Agate beads.  The finished product looks like this…

Semi-precious necklace made for my co-worker

Semi-precious necklace made for my co-worker

The vintage brooch using Swarovski crystals and white beads was found at the Sleepy Poet.  I absolutely love this place and literally could spend an entire afternoon getting lost inside.  They have everything you can ever imagine from Jewelry to furniture, collector items to clothing.  The people that work there are always helpful and friendly and the entire experience is enjoyable.  If you are in the market for something vintage/antique I highly recommend this store.

Where are some of the stores that you like to visit for artistic inspiration and materials?