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The 9th Annual FAM show is this weekend in Laurelhurst - Dec 8th, 2012

This year is winding down faster than I can even begin to tell you. I have just returned from three back to back shows in Chicago and days before at the Claremont in Berkeley. Intense travel is what it has been these last 10 days. I am happy to say that one of my favourite shows is just around the corner and I cannot wait to show my collection of fine and every day jewels. The show has an incredible following with lineups out the door by 11am. So if you want to catch me and a handful of fine artisans and designers all hand picked for this boutique event, then I hope to see you on Saturday.

The 9th Annual FAM Show

Here is the list of all the designers who are participating at the event! Andrea Kohler,  Shamila Jiwa,  Ja TeuberMeredith MacLeod , Tamila MorganLisa ChunTrilby HainstockJulie Lyderson-JacksonMichele Jaillett Chui and FAM hostess Roberta Torgerson and you can read all about them and their wares here on the Fatto A Mano Blog!


Mother's Day Trunk Show - May 5th, 2012 at Theo Chocolate

Another busy week has ended here at Atelier Shamila. Actually weekends never mean relaxation and spa days around here, it just means still working but with bobs of breaks during the day, or a happy hour, or as is the case tomorrow: a Mother's Day Trunk Show at Theo Chocolate in downtown Fremont. Our friends at Seattle Metropolitan Magazine featured the event in their blog:Theo Chocolatesee you there! xoxoS

My local loves ~ A Valentine's Day Gift Guide for the Seattleite!

A compilation of my favourite places in Seattle to get lovely and thoughtful presents for myself and for my lovelies! Love that so many of my friends are in the business of spreading love with their talents!

Valentine's Day - Aphrodisiac Gift Set from Theo's ChocolateValentine's Day: Aphrodisiac Gift Set from Theo's Chocolate, darling BFF Deb Music and her team, come up with decadent flavours to keep our taste-buds guessing!
Urban Farm Naturals Limited Edition Rose SoapPetite French Rose Soap by Urban Farm Naturals - a gift that elicits squeals of delight! My sweet friend Tamila's labor of love!
Heck Yes! Slide Sideways PrintJacqui and Scott create lovely and inspiring graphics, heck yes! I love their twist on everyday language and go nowhere without my camera bag!
Zetamari Mosaics - Angie HeinrichI met Angie Heinrich, 10 years ago. I admire her on many levels, she is the creator of Zetamari Mosaics.
Rose Quartz Necklaces, one of a kind Shamila Fine Jewelry, SeattleHand polished, one of a kind Rose Quartz & Sterling Silver Necklaces, $140 ~ Shamila Fine Jewelry
Love to you all today, and always!

Shamila ~ Fine Jewelry featured in Portland Bride and Groom Magazine Winter/Spring 2012

So excited to see my 18k gold Peruvian Chalcedony and London Blue Topaz earrings  and the Luna Carnelian checkerboard earrings on the cover and in the feature spread of Portland Bride and Groom's Winter/Spring 2012 magazine. Shamila ~ Fine Jewelry on the Cover of Portland Bride and Groom Magazine Winter 2012

Portland Bride and Groom Magazine - Fashion Feature Winter 2012

Shamila 18k Carnelian Checkerboard earrings Portland Bride and Groom Winter 2012

Thank you to everyone at Portland Bride and Groom, for such a beautiful feature!



One of my favourite things about January is....The Ilee Letterpress Calendar!

Each January instead of playing mental hurdles and tripping over ideas about resolutions, I find myself excited about revealing the brand new letterpress calendar for the year in my office space. After I set up the calendar, THEN I think about the intentions and modifications I want to make - 3 months at a time! The designer of this lovely gem is Ja Teuber, dear friend and foodie partner in crime. I first met Ja in 2003 when planning for the FAM show since then we have traveled around the country doing shows and gone off on adventures in Thailand - that will be another blog post. Boy, was that a trip!

You can buy this popular and most sought after calendar at her Etsy shop and at fine gift boutiques and stationers around the USA. Ja's sense of whimsy, use of color, pattern and clever details are incomparable! Each page is laboriously printed using a century old letterpress, at times utilizing other techniques such as screen printing or adding gold foil to the embossed pages. Each month is a surprise of hand-painted details and motifs that tell stories. If you ask her why she used flying fish for March 2012 for example, I am sure she will have a story for you :-)

Ilee letterpress calendar 2012

Happy 2012 everyone!


These Tangerine beauties make me Tango - Pantone's colour for 2012

Orange to me is a happy, spritzy and a bold color. I thought it would be fun to feature some of my favourite things in this bright, spirited and confident shade of orange. I think the color is best suited when utilized in an eye catching accessory to offset a monochromatic attire. Shamila Fine Jewelry - Striking Tangerine hued carnelian coin checkerboard earrings!

Carnelian is one of my favourite gemstones. In the smallest of doses it makes a huge statement. I wear my Carnelian checkerboard earrings when I need to give my palette of grey, blacks, cements and charcoal outfits a little something-something.


I travel a lot. Which means over the years, I have amassed quite the set of travel accessories and cosmetic cases. Stephanie Johnson's Mumbai Collection is the line of travel pouches and cosmetic cases I seem to covet the most. My friends at Essenza gifted me with a coral Mumbai jewelry case for my birthday last year and then I got matching Ipad cases in Coral, Eggplant and a pouch in Buff. The amount of compliments I get on these cases is countless and I know you will love them too!

Emilio Pucci Python Skin Clutch from Net-A-Porter

For those of you who know me, I simply love snakeskin. I am currently coveting this gorgeous Emilio Pucci Python Clutch. What a stunning colour to pair with a nude or an eggshell sheath or even something unique like a mother-of-pearl tone.

ASOS STORM Point Court Shoe

This is a perfect kitten heel so loving the silhouette and the pointy toe! Happy Trails!  Over on Pininterest, I have a Tangerine Tango board that you can take a peek at and see the rest of my favourite items in this spunky color!