Celebrate Summer with a Coupon

Summer Spike necklace

© cherryonion 2013

I know it’s still snowing in some places around the country, but in Fresno we are already feeling the beginnings of summer. The only thing that counteracts the oppressive summer heat is being proactive and super positive about what’s coming. So hit the shops, hit Pinterest or Craftster, and make or buy yourself something nice to get ready!

Green Leaf Earings by Cherryonion on Etsy

© cherryonion 2013

If you’re looking for a new piece of jewelry to wear out to a picnic or party, or a new set of stitch markers to go with your summer sock knitting, use coupon code CUESTA at for 25% off any purchase over $25. This coupon expires May 31, 2013, so pick up something new for summer today!


Etsy Treasury: Take the Last Train

I am really pleased with my latest Etsy treasury. I started looking at photographs showing some urban blight, as the colors and patterns of urban decay influence my work. I chose a few that had the color red in common, then built from there. I think that it tells a story, if in a disjointed way. I’m looking forward to telling more stories this way.

‘Take the Last Train’ by cherryonion

Vintage Red LINGERIE Night G…


Detroit Photograph, Real Men…


Graffiti Photo BALTIMORE Urb…


The Little Red Dress


Hand cut leather briefcase -…


Sorry I’m Late (Women)


1950’s Vintage Red Leath…


Marlboro Cigarette Tank Top …


Red dress, flapper style, pl…


Fork It Over Money Clip


Vintage Dollar Sign


Raleigh Red Doors Downtown U…


Money Clip: Be Strong when y…


Photography- Urban decay, ol…


Red Lingerie Slip – Lace Lin…


all original 3rd Street hat….


Treasury tool supported by the dog house


Treasury: Monday at the Office

A couple of months ago I had to go out of town for work, and I needed several nice-but-still-awesome outfits to wear. After scouring the usual places, I ran into ModCloth. I ended up purchasing a couple of well-fitting, fun dresses. I returned a couple, too, but they make that really easy. I adore the site and it’s been the subject of more time spent ogling gorgeous clothes than I care to admit.

Many ModCloth dresses are vintage inspired. For the source, you can go to Etsy. I created a treasury of dresses that would be at home on ModCloth, but are vintage originals.

‘Monday at the Office’ by cherryonion

Start off your work week right with one of these vintage dresses in muted tones.

50s Small Dress / 50s Brown …


XL Vintage Secretary Dress B…


vintage 1950s dress / 50s sa…


Vintage Brown & White Shift …


Stunning Vintage 1950’s …


80’s black short sleeve …


VINTAGE late 50’s Plaid…


1950’s dress – dark rain…


Gorgeous 60’s Sixties Or…


70s Day Dress. Vintage Brown…


Vintage 1970’s Secretary…


Vintage 70s Dress Secretary …


Monochrome peter pan collar …


Vintage brown dress 1950s


vintage 1950s dress/ 50s bro…


Black Vintage Dress with Red…


Treasury tool supported by the dog house


Cherishing Both Sides of Handmade

I stumbled across this blog from Poppytalk, 101 Reasons to Buy Handmade. It’s a little older, but timeless. It has reminded me that handmade items are a treasure for the receiver as well as for the maker. I was so bowled over at the lengths that Quill and Arrow Press took in their amazing packaging for a notebook I purchased as a gift. I am always tickled about how many people comment on a Scatterbrain Tee because the design is so unique and creative. I wore a Which Goose comb in my hair on my wedding day. Handmade items have a presence that mass-produced things can’t match.

I sometimes get caught up in worrying about how to make cherryonion seem more professional, but I am reminded by this blog that my favorite Etsy sellers are my favorite because of the joy they show in their work. Beyond the basics (good pictures, proper grammar) I don’t evaluate shops on their professionalism, I look at the personality behind the work. This blog reminded me to return to the joy I feel when I’m making jewelry, and the happiness I felt interacting with customers at the bazaar, helping them try on different pieces to find the right one. It is that joy that makes cherryonion what it is, not how thick or glossy my business cards are.


introducing handmade jewelry by cherryonion

Cherryonion is a project I started to share my handmade jewelry, stitch markers for knitting, and occasionally paper goods and other things. I came to downtown Fresno via the rust belt and my work is largely inspired by urban decay and renewal. My signature materials are vintage lucite and glass beads and hand-altered raw brass stampings.

The blog will feature information on shop updates, events I will be participating in, and general updates on new pieces. I’d also love to include photos of happy customers wearing pieces!

I am interested in sharing this information via blog so that readers and customers can share in the conversation and provide feedback via comment. Also feel free to visit my other sites. My Etsy site is where you can view and purchase available pieces. My tumblr site is full of visual refreshments. Twitter and Facebook are other ways to communicate with me. I am always interested in working with you on custom pieces and always willing to discuss my work so feel free to contact me by the method with which you feel most familiar.