Friday, June 20, 2014

Mlkanhny Jewelry

Welcome back!
I am excited to be launching my special Q&A with Madison of MLKANHNY! Thank you to everyone who participated in her giveaway, we sure had a great time putting it together for you all! Now, here is what you all have been waiting for:

Q&A with Madison Bodenmann

D: What is MLKANHNY?

M: MLKANHNY creates unique pieces of jewelry that support women expressing their own personalities while empowering them to be creative and confident in their personal style.

D: What is the story behind the name "MLKANHNY?"

M: My business name came to me while I was writing about this dream to become a jewelry designer. "Milk and honey" came to mind and after that moment it continued to repeat itself over and over in my head for the next few weeks. Those words felt like they embodied my design style and it became clear to me I had to go with that name. I used an unconventional way of putting the business name together by taking out the vowels except for one, the a. Voila, MLKANHNY! Designing has been a natural response in my life for as long as I can remember. I always loved the process of craft and I've been sewing clothing for the last 4 years. To be honest our quaint home doesn't leave much room for a fashion design studio, and I've been making jewelry as a form of creative expression since high school. I have always had a fascination for jewelry and the stories that it holds in my life. It has naturally evolved from this creative expression into a business over the last 10 months. 

D: Do you have a team or you the sole-designer?

M: Right now I do just about everything. From designing and making the jewelry, to taking photos and running the Etsy/Blog/Facebook page and I enjoy every aspect of it. Although, my husband has majorly influenced my design aesthetic and has taken portrait photos to display some of my work on models.  

D: Everyone draws there inspiration from some where, some thing, some place...what ways to you find inspiration to make so many different beautiful pieces?

M: My inspiration comes from whatever I am drawn to, from the waves in the ocean to an old vogue fashion photograph. I love using colors and shapes that I see in nature. Brass is something that I have been quite fascinated with. The natural antiqued gold colors in it look so beautiful with the semi-precious stones I used. I have a vintage nostalgic feel in my designs and that comes from the love of old things with a story to tell.

D: Where do you find all the difference stones and chains that you use?

M: I believe in supporting local businesses so I source the stones and some of the metal locally but a lot of the brass and chains I use are from Turkey.

D: What is MLKANHNY doing now and where do you see yourself going with it in the next 5-10 years?

M: Well right now MLKANHNY gives 10% of it's proceeds directly to rescuing women and men from human trafficking at Home Of New Beginnings in Bangkok, Thailand ( I would love to fully support what they are doing there in the next 5 years as MLKANHNY grows. In 10 years I would love to help create dignifing opportunities for the women and men there. 

Want to see more MLKANHNY jewelry?

Check out this amazing photo shoot with model Mary Rubin wearing MLKANHNY. Photography by Trina Cary of Trina Cary Photography.

The Thea Necklace
The Thea Necklace
More 'Thea'
The Mira Necklace
More 'Mira'
The Ada Necklace in Lapis
The Brilliant Adjustable Ring
I hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it for you! Continue to follow MLKANHNY on all types of social media, Madison has it all on lock.

Another e-boutique for you to follow!

Instagram: @mlkanhny

love always, dallas

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Hello fellow blogger's and bloggee's!    

 I am excited to announce to you all that Madison Bodenmann of MLKANHNY handmade jewelry has so graciously given one of her beautiful pieces to the 'love always' blog for a giveaway.  Below is a short bio of Madison, as well as details on the piece and how to enter! 

Owner and designer, Madison Bodenmann

     MLKANHNY is a Vancouver Island based contemporary jewelry line. Each piece is made by hand on the Island by the founder and designer, Madison. Balancing her self-taught design aesthetic with a love for the elegance of repetition, she uses semi-precious stones, metals, glass, and vintage findings to create each piece.  Her signature pieces are one of a kind statement necklaces.
Started in September of 2013 simply as a creative expression,  MLKANHNY has now become a full jewelry line that truly reflects Madison's unique perspective.

Necklace Giveaway:
     This Necklace is a lapis and brass pendant hung from a long delicate oxidized brass chain. The brass pieces are hexagons that have been hammered to texturize and sit behind the lapis creating an eye catching backdrop that brings out the brilliant blues.
(Total length: 34 in. Price: 30 $)
     Now, here is how to enter. Follow MLKANHNY on Facebook or Instagram, share this post, and hashtag #mlkanhnygiveaway. The winner will be announced when my full interview with Madison Bodenmann launches at the end of next week.

Enjoy and thank you for sharing!

love always, dallas