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Hot Stripes At MaJe Gallery

Hot Stripes Are Fun and Bold

Hot stripes are featured in this Megan Wrap from Florida's Inside Out Everyday.
Hot stripes in multi-colored splendor

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The Megan Wrap from Florida’s Inside Out Everyday is now available in this colorful striped fabric. Yes, it’s great in summer, but it might also be just the thing for the dreariness of February. Circular hem is shorter in front and longer in back, reducing the appearance of hips. Manya’s modeling it in these photos above showing the variety you can get when pairing it with different colored tops and black leggings.

Hot stripes from Inside Out Everyday's Megan Wrap.
Instead of leggings, how about a blue skirt?

Pair it with a long, blue skirt and white top for a refreshing look that will be perfect for your next outing. All three items now available at MaJe Gallery.

Hot stripes on the diagonal are slimming in this Jude tunic from Inside Out Everyday.
Diagonal stripes!

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Also from Inside Out Everyday is this blue tunic with diagonal stripes and two front pockets. The perfect length to wear with your favorite leggings.

Hot stripes are subtle in the Lynette top from Inside Out Everyday.
Soft and Sassy Lynette Top

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The ultra-light weight of this fabric is perfect for your next hot weather event. The slightly rounded hem is flattering to view. Pair it over black or white as shown here.

Introducing Our Newest Jeweler

When Christine Busch Lyons was still in college she found some old circus animal stamps in her grandparents’ basement one summer afternoon. As an art major with a specialty in metal work she found the stamps inspiring and used them in her work. These charming shapes can now be found at MaJe Gallery in Edmonds.

Hot stripes need accessories like these zirkus shapes
Octopus and Wild Stars Earrings

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Light-weight and shiny silver, these are sure to attract admiring comments from complete strangers.

Hot stripes need accessories like the Puss She earrings from Zirkus
The Puss She earrings!



According to Christine, “I had the idea for the PussShe Cat design early one morning when I was half asleep. I got up and did a drawing and told my husband Glenn “we’ve got to make this!” I was so inspired by the Women’s March and the whole “Pussy Hat” phenomena. Also I love the design and quite frankly thought it might sell. Because of what we believe in, a portion of our sales of PussShe Cat jewelry will be going to Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.

Pendants also available.

A new box of the awesome basic T-shirts from Halo is arriving any day now, so stay tuned! Find out first by following us on Facebook!

Spring Style 2017 Brings Easy Elegance

One great new wrap can rejuvenate your entire mood, like this multi-colored piece that offers spring style 2017 with easy elegance.

Spring Style 2017

Spring style 2017 brings easy elegance in a multi-colored wrap from Inside Out Everyday
The multi-colored wrap looks great over many colors.

Easy elegance looks like this: solid colors with an artsy wrap over the top. This wrap looks great over all black, but pair it with a teal tunic for a brighter effect. Pair it with magenta, olive or heather gray as well and you’ve got a versatile piece that minimizes physical insecurities, travels well, and is easy to care for. Just $89. (Sold out)

Spring style 2017 is embodied in this colorful sassy top by Maggie Rose
Sassy colorful spring top

Spring style 2017 brings you this sassy flirty top with a delightful multi-colored print. 3/4 sleeves cover winter arms while the flared ends hide winter tummy issues. Super soft rayon jersey fabric feels great against the skin, too. Just $84.

Spring Style Handbags

Spring style 2017 handbags like these beauties made in Maine by Erda
Great choices for a new spring handbag

Spring style 2017 handbags never looked as good as these great choices from Maine’s Erda, maker of legendary handbags. Whether you like small, medium or large bags, we’ve got you covered. Materials include waxed cotton and tapestry fabrics, so they are light-weight to begin with, which preserves your shoulder strength.

On the left is the “Princeton,” made of brown waxed cotton with adjustable cord. It’s a sculptural shape with a functional soul featuring a wide mouth for easy opening. It has a back slip pocket and inside credit card pocket, measuring 6.5″ x 9.5″ x 2″. $80.

In the center is the “Hillary,” the perfect bag for those of you who like a nice, large one. It’s a zippered hobo with ample room for anything and everything, yet slouches elegantly on the shoulder (1″ wide adjustable micro-fiber strap) while staying upright when placed on a surface. There’s a large split zippered pocket inside with a key fob as well as a smaller interior credit card pocket. It’s even fully lined and measures 14″ x 17″ x 5″, for $168.

On the right is another great, versatile smaller bag, the “Lovell”. This one features a subtle tapestry fabric with black waxed cotton accent. It fits flat to the body with an adjustable strap with a zippered top, zippered side pocket, and back slip pocket. Another slip pocket inside holds credit cards perfectly. It’s 10″ x 8″ x 2″ and $80.

Valentine’s Day Is Nigh

Spring style 2017 includes fused glass heart dishes
Pair of fused glass hearts

Valentine’s Day is less than a week away, so make your wishes known. These beautiful fused glass heart dishes are fully functional – perfect to hold chocolate! Or of course they can also be displayed as a work of art on an easel. Made in Bellingham by Heidi VanderWerff, the thick glass feels great and the hand-made nature means no two are alike. $34 each.

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The Newest Artistic Jewelry at MaJe

You could wear jewelry that a million other women are wearing.  Or… you could wear some of the newest artistic jewelry that just arrived at MaJe Gallery this week. And the best part? Frequently, the price would be the same as you paid for a mass produced item.

Take these popular earrings by Northwest artisan Passiko, for example.

newest artistic jewelry at MaJe includes these "best friend" earrings by Passiko
“Best Friend” earrings by Passiko

According to Passiko, these earrings are like best friends.  Why? Because in the same way that your best friend has many similarities to you, you are also not exactly the same.  Rather, you compliment each other perfectly.

Made uniquely of sterling silver wire and hand-made glass beads (also made in the northwest), no pair is like any other.  More colors and shapes now available at MaJe Gallery.

New Artist Brett Mathewson

the newest artistic jewelry includes this larimar set by new MaJe jewelry Brett Mathewson
Sterling silver and larimar jewelry by Brett Mathewson

For those of you interested in the metaphysical qualities of stones, larimar is said to awaken feminine power and soothe emotions.

The pendant includes a 24″ sterling silver snake chain.  The ring is a size 8.

Bretth Mathewson's "trillium" earrings are among the newest artistic jewelry at MaJe Gallery
Brett Mathewson’s unusual and beautiful “Trillium” earrings

Elegant simplicity characterizes Brett’s jewelry, as seen in her “trillium” earrings. Very light-weight, yet creating a stunning presence on your ears, her “trillium” collection is not only easy to wear, it is also simply beautiful. You can even watch this video about how to put on these lovely earrings.

Master Faceter Bill Booze

Two stunning new rings from Bill Booze highlight his expertise in faceting - the perfect addition to your artistic jewelry collection
Two new rings from our master faceter, Bill Booze

No jewelry collection is complete without at least one ring from Bill Booze. Striking in their simplicity, Bill’s expertise lies in his 30+ years experience faceting colored gemstones. Bill includes additional facets beneath each stone to elicit maximum sparkle in his line of artistic jewelry. Naturally, he chooses only the finest stones to begin with as well.

On the left, we find a large amethyst from the Four Peaks mine of Arizona, noted to be among the finest producers of amethyst in the world. Noted for their deep color, while also having vibrant notes of red and magenta, these are lively stones indeed. This particular amethyst is set in a curved sterling band. Let us know your size, and we’ll get it to you in a size that fits.

On the right, you’ll find three tourmalines: seafoam, sage green, and olive green. What a gorgeous sterling setting it is, too. This is a glorious ring. I do hope you’ll stop by to see it in person. Just let us know your ring size, and we’ll get it to you in that size.

Outfit Of The Week

Our outfit of the week is a bit sassy
Outfit of the week

Marcia Bloom is noted for her funky skirts, and this one is no exception. Marcia can combine the most disparate of fabrics together to create a wonderful combination that is fun and light-hearted. This one-of-a-kind skirt is perfect for summer and is paired here with a lavender Luxe Junkie tank, you could totally change the personality of this outfit by exchanging the lavender tank for a coral, lime green, turquoise, or royal blue one.

And check out that incredible pearl and sterling super long necklace by Poulsbo’s Poppy Design. Wear it double, as shown here. Or triple it. Or quadruple it. Simple fantastic.  Another example of our artistic jewelry, only to be found at MaJe Gallery.

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Wedding Gifts To Cherish

MaJe customers resist buying wedding gifts from the bridal registry.  Why? Because it’s too boring and meaningless.  MaJe customers want their gifts to be remembered and cherished for many years to come.

Enjoy our specially curated selection of wedding gifts for the coming onslaught of summer weddings.

Wedding Gifts like this fused glass tray and bowl
Fused glass tray and bowl

Made in Renton by Covey Designs, this fused glass tray and coordinating “leaf” bowl are a perfect example of a unique, functional art gift. The tray measures 11″ x 9.5″. The bowl is 7″ x 4″ and 1.5″ deep – perfect for a dip for whatever’s on the tray.

Wedding Gifts like this fused glass wall vase with copper
Tassled Vase of fused glass with copper

A particularly stunning piece to help decorate the home of the newlyweds is this wall vase. Made in Mill Creek by Charlton Glassworks, the ancient technique of fusing copper between two pieces of glass is what creates the colors and textures. It can hold water and real flowers if you wish, or a simple dried flower arrangement such as is shown here.

Wedding Gifts like this 10" mosaic mirror
10″ mosaic mirror

This gorgeous mosaic mirror was made in Seattle by Angie Heinrich. Angie studied mosaic making with masters in Italy and Spain. She says the biggest lesson she learned from them was craftsmanship.  You’ll notice the excellent finish work on each of Angie’s mirrors – a testament to her lessons learned. Angie’s mirrors come in a wide range of colors and styles. The particular one shown here uses colors present in a wide array of Northwest home decor.

Wedding Gifts like this space needle candle shield
Space Needle Candle Shield

A lower-priced gift that would be both fun as well as cherished is this fused glass candle shield featuring our beloved Space Needle. A combination of translucent and dichroic glass makes this a compelling art piece that has personality both day and night. Made in Kirkland by Celeste Stuhring, this is another wedding gift to cherish.

Wedding Gifts that are fun to use, like this salad set
Beaded Salad Sets – fun and functional

One of our very most popular wedding gifts are these beaded salad sets. Fun and functional, this is a perfect gift because it’s something unique and special that people really enjoy using, but rarely buy for themselves.  Beaded in Seattle by Chantal Trandafir on high quality stainless steel.

Wedding Gifts like this matching pair of wine glasses
A matching pair of wine glasses for the new couple

For a low cost but effective gift, a pair of stemless wine glasses with heart charms is just perfect.  At $15.95 each, this is both fun and light-hearted.  The glass charms are made or opaque and dichroic glass for a bit of sparkle. Many choices of hearts available in store.  Can’t come in? Let me know and I’ll email you pictures of the current selection.

These excellent ideas are awesome for wedding gifts to cherish. And of course, many more ideas can be found in-store as well, so stop by and check it out!

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