Handmade Feature & Giveaway – Lemon Jitters

February 17, 2010 separator giveaway

I’m soooo excited about today’s featured shop because Katie, the brilliance behind the whole shebang, is one of my favorite people ever. She’s one of the most creative people I’ve ever met. Seriously, she even put the most adorable logo for my latest project! You might recognize her from her What’s in My Pantry? vlog, but if you’ve never heard of her, get ready to be dazzled. Lemon Jitters has some of the most creative, upcycled, vintage-inspired, and straight up vintage jewelry you’ve ever seen, and it all starts at the ridiculously low price of $4!!!

Q. What’s the story behind Lemon Jitters?

A. I’ve been creative and crafty all my life thanks to my genes and my mom’s influence. I just never focused my creativity in any particular area until last year. I often found myself looking at jewelry and saying, “if only it didn’t have that on it or it was shorter, etc.” Plus I had some broken necklaces lying around that I really wanted back. Last summer I started working on those ideas and then Lemon Jitters was born.

Q. How do you incorporate an eco-friendly aspect into your shop? A. When I set up shop, I made it my goal to try to incorporate vintage findings in all of my pieces. I love buying new old stock (NOS- vintage jewelry parts that have been sitting in closed factories for years). But my favorite purchases are the thrift store finds because those are totally unique. I usually only make one design from those pieces. I also like to repurpose old fabric and notions!

Q. What advice do you have for new Etsy sellers?

A. Read, read, read. Seriously. Do your research. Start out knowing what the experts know (which is totally accessible via the Storque, forums, and other sites).

Q. Finish my sentences: A. When it rains, I get to slosh through puddles in my super cute red rain boots!
Seventeen is an okay number, but not a desirable age.
If I could never eat a McDonald’s sausage biscuit loaded with calories and sodium again, then I’d die instead. (okay, maybe not. but probably. actually, i might die because of the biscuit consumption.)

Q. Do you have any tips for shop owners who would like to break into the wholesale business?

A. Why yes, I do. Selling wholesale is very satisfying. Here are my tips. And some free wholesale templates to jump start your wholesale business!

Q. If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, which would it be, and why?

A. I’m not much of a movie watcher. If I could only watch one tv show it would be Curb Your Enthusiasm. Because painful humor is the best kind. And CYE has lots of that – the situations are so awkward that it is painful. Painfully delightful.

Q. What’s the kindest thing anybody has ever done for you?

A. At one of my elementary school parties a friend gave me a 101 Dalmations glitter necklace. Totally not my style. I politely said thank you but then later made a face to my mom when I told her I didn’t really like it. My mom gently informed me that the girl’s family was very poor and that necklace was one of the girl’s very own. I felt so stupid. Later I made a point to profusely thank the girl for her gift. I still remember how nice she was. I also remember wondering if I would ever be able to give up one of my toys for someone else. Ah, those life lessons…

Q. Most embarrassing moment ever?

A. It was 7th grade year. Sister Catherine’s English class. It was my second period. By period, I mean menstrual cycle, not second period P.E. Being the forgetful child that I was, I still hadn’t put extra feminine products in my backpack. I quietly (and fervently) mouthed/mimed my predicament to my more mature friend, Gretchen. She tries to subtly pass a pad my way. Sister Catherine’s eagle eyes and too-tight hair bun pierced my soul with terror just as I accepted the pad. GROAN. I knew what was coming. Sister Catherine’s had a rule that anyone caught passing notes had to immediately report to the front of the class with the note in hand. IN FRONT OF EVERYONE. I sat there, hand stretched out across the aisle, silently begging Sister to show some of that mercy we were always hearing about. Right on cue, she demanded I bring the ‘note’ to her immediately. Not only did she have to squint and put her glasses on to figure out that it was in fact, not a note, she verbally excused me to go the restroom in her I-forgot-my-hearing-aid voice (aka loud). All of this happened in front of a roomful of 7th grade girls and BOYS. Mortifying.

You may be thinking that story is too perfect to be true. And you would be right. It didn’t actually happen, but I wish it had. At least then I would have a legit answer to this question.

Q. What inspires your jewelry pieces? A. This shop This blog. Lots of blogs. Colors. Colors haphazardly ending up next to each other. My supply boxes. Vintage ephemera. Vintage fabric and designs. Outfits that need jewelry.

Q. Write us a haiku.
A. Autumn is mourning;
yearning for nothing and all.
Grief and peace again.

My goodness- why don’t I write about cupcakes or rainbows?

Q. What’s your favorite quote?

A. Oh goodness. It’s a toss up. They are kind of long, so bear with me.

“There are these moments when the enemy all of the sudden becomes just like me. When a soldier becomes a son. When a prostitute becomes a mother. When they become we. When those become us. When he becomes me.

Moments when all of the ways that we divide ourselves and rank each other and convince ourselves of how different, better, and unalike we are disappear, and we are faced with the fact that first and foremost, we are humans. In this together. And not that much different than each other.

Jew. Gentile.
Marine. Iraqi.
Orphan. Family.
Pastor. Prostitute.

We could be them.

-Rob Bell, in Sex God


“…a man’s suffering is similar to the behavior of gas. If a certain quantity of gas is pumped into an empty chamber, it will fill the chamber completely and evenly, no matter how big the chamber. Thus suffering completely fills the human soul and conscious mind, no matter whether the suffering is great or little. Therefore the ‘size’ of human suffering is absolutely relative.”

-Victor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning, 1959, Holocaust survivor and founder of Logotherapy

A Little More Lemon…

The Giveaway

Somebody’s getting quite the haul. Katie is giving away a $25 gift certificate and free shipping to one winner, and with her amazing prices, you could check off half your Christmas list for next year! This giveaway will end at midnight on Sunday, February 28.

  • To enter visit Lemon Jitters, and select a favorite item. You can also suggest a new item , color combination, etc. that you’d love to see in the shop. This step is mandatory, and please make sure to leave your e-mail address in your first comment.
Additional entries (Leave one comment for each entry.):

  • Tell me your favorite quote.
  • Become a follower of Shrimp Salad Circus (the blog) using one of the blog subscribe options on the middle sidebar or at the top right under the search bar.
This is up to three entries per person. Feel free to help me spread the word by Tweeting, blogging, Facebooking or grabbing my button for your blog’s sidebar!


  1. I don’t know if it is a quote but I always tell my kids to do good in school while they are young so it’s not hard to make it when they get older…..
    I say …..your older longer than your younger

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

  2. I like the Twinkle and Wink. Vintage Jewel Earrings in Lt Blue/Aqua.
    I would love to see it in a necklace or bracelet instead though

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

  3. My fave quote is “I like to learn, but I don’t always like to be taught.”

    shiki6210 at gmail dot com

  4. My favorite quote: A good painting to me has always been like a friend. It keeps me company, comforts and inspires. Hedy Lamarr

  5. favorite quote –

    Men… must have corrupted nature a little, for they were not born wolves, and they have become wolves. – voltaire

  6. My favorite quote?! Argh…I ‘collect’ quotes, so that’s tough. But here’s one I use often:

    “I don’t necessarily agree with everything I say.”
    ~~Marshall McLuhan

    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

  7. Oooh, I LOVE the Spin Vintage bracelet! It’s so pretty sitting by itself, but I keep imagining it on my wrist…lovely!
    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

  8. Favorite new quote:
    An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.

    An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.

    ~ G.K. Chesterton

  9. My favorite item is the Operator Vintage Bit & Bobs Necklace — very unique! Thanks for the chance to enter!
    lalestyleshop (at) gmail (dot)com

  10. my favorite quote is from Shakespeare “what is in a name? Would a rose by any other name not smell as sweet?”

    hockiemack at hotmail.com

  11. +1 Visited etsy shop and I love most vintage items. My fave: Chain Gang – Vintage Chain Earrings.
    email: liezl_7m5(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

  12. +1 Fav quote:
    (Personal Quote) “I’m aware that I am less than some people prefer me to be..
    But most people are unaware that I am so much more than what they see..”

    email: liezl_7m5(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

  13. goodness; katie’s stuff is wonderful. i think you picked a perfect peach with the “Nesting. Vintage Leaves and Cameos. Earrings.”

    now a follower!


  14. “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
    Kahlil Gibran

  15. I adore the look of the
    Pinwheels. Vintage Grey and Aqua Jeweled Studs.


  16. Lindsay A quote I love is:

    Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within the reach of every hand. Mother Teresa

  17. i totally hearted them on Etsy too *drool* one of my fave quotes:

    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.
    – Albert Einstein


  18. A favorite quote – I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.!

    -Winston Churchill

  19. I really like the Operator. Vintage Bits and Bobs. Necklace since I work on the phones all day.


  20. One of my favourite quotes
    “He who is merciful to the cruel will end by being indifferent to the innocent.”

  21. I like the Golden Lace earrings.

    I love the vintage look but I also like anything with purple or burgundy.


  22. “If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be too cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.” Annie Dillard

  23. I love the Dainty Damsel Vintage ring! Gorgeous and her prices are awesome! 🙂

    frugalfab (at) gmail (dot) com

  24. My favorite quote is from Einstein!
    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” – Albert Einstein

    Nury77 at live dot ca

  25. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

  26. Oooh, pretty! Thank you for sharing and the opportunity to win 🙂 I LOVE the Fledgling -Tiny Vintage Locket Necklace.

  27. My favourite Quote, Well Behaved Women Never Made History!


  28. I adore the golden leaf earrings but gold isn’t really my colour so I’d have to go with the vintage and upcycled chains necklace as my favourite item!


  29. My favourite quote is “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”
    – Helen Keller

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  30. My favorite quote is

    “Dont shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.” – David Alan Harvey

  31. My all-time favorite (short) quote is from Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. “I want the dead lovers of the world to hear our laughter and grow sad.”

  32. My favorite item is the pair of Glistening Grandeur. Golden Upcycled Earrings. So pretty!

    amysweeps at gmail dot com

  33. Here’s the most recent quote I’ve been obsessing over:

    “All the excitement is in the nebulous space that is relational.” –Susan Howe

    I have a new favorite since I posted yesterday: the Fledgling Tiny Vintage Locket necklace. I love the copper swallow charm; birds have been my favorite animal since I was five.

    I’d love to see pinecones, acorns, or maple leaves if you can find them.

    consumedlife [at] yahoo [dot] com

  34. I really like a lot of her pieces! The one that grabbed my eye was the fledgling little bird necklace.
    aschertle at yahoo dot com

  35. Great contest!

    I love the Nesting Vintage Leaves and Cameos Earrings – the ones pictured above!

    So lovely – and the prices are great too!

  36. Oh yeah, mandatory first step: my favorite item is the brass leaf earrings with blue cameos pictured in this post. In fact, I think I may have to go buy them whether or not I get the gift card 🙂

  37. Cool blog name, and great interview. I especially liked that you asked her to write a haiku. I’ve happily added you to my Google Reader.

    consumedlife [at] yahoo [dot] com

  38. fave quote:

    Be great in act, as you have been in thought.
    William Shakespeare

    fertawert AT yahoo DOT com

  39. I like the Lotus. Vintage Floral Locket Necklace. Mostly cause it is so long, not many necklaces out there that are that long. Ambrerose(!at)aol.com

  40. I love the Blooming Bows Vintage Bead and Bow Earrings! I would love it even more if this came in a peach color!

  41. I like the quote “You’ve got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you’re not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice.” by Steven D. Woodhull

  42. My favorite quote:

    “May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back…”


  43. Favorite quote is “Music hath charms to soothe a savage beast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” Wm Congreve
    cathyhorner at embarqmail dot com

  44. Hello! Love the Noveau. Vintage Jewel and Brass Earrings, the Pinwheels too. Love when the old jewelry is made into new things!
    cathyhorner at embarqmail dot com

  45. I love the shackled. Vintage and Upcycled Chain

    Favorite quote depends on my mood:
    1. If you were a booger, I’d pick you first
    2. Pain is weakness leaving your body.-body builder friend
    3. It’s not length of life but depth of life-ralph waldo emerson

    [email protected]

  46. A favorite quote would be:
    When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me”.
    Erma Bombeck

    [email protected]

  47. My favorite quote:
    Sometimes we depend on other people as a mirror, to define us and tell us who we are. And each reflection makes me like myself a little more.
    -from the film My Blueberry Nights

  48. My favorite quote is – “To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die”. There is nothing more true..

  49. My favorite quote is:

    ‘Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.’
    – Arthur C. Clarke

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  50. My favorite quote is by William Arthur Ward.
    “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

    [email protected]

  51. favorite quote “Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.”

    by Malcolm X

  52. I found the shackled necklace to be to my taste. You have a nice shop. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

    dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

  53. miriam dot nussbaum at gmail

    fave quote:

    Do I contradict myself?
    Very well then I contradict myself,
    (I am large, I contain multitudes.)
    Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself”
    US poet (1819 – 1892)

  54. My favorite quote…well, I have quite a few…But one of them is……

    “He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less.”
    ~ C.S. Lewis

  55. I really like the Round N’ Round…Floral Vintage Locket Necklace.

    thecountryblossom AT hotmail DOT COm

  56. My favorite quote comes from a Mates of State song: “This is what it’s like, this is what it’s like on a fantasy!”

  57. I like the “Buckle Up. Vintage Brass Bracelet.” Love the mix of silver and gold!

    junkforcarmen at gmail dot com

  58. my fave in her store is the Gold Leaf and Vintage Teal Necklace, the design is so so prety 😀

    yuri.kristi at gmail dotcom

  59. My fave item would be the Soothe. Gold Leaf and Vintage Teal Necklace.
    It’s really gorgeous. I love the gold + green combo!
    bunnybx at gmail . com

  60. i’m following shrimp salad circus with google friend connect. thanks!

    amiichong at gmail dot com

  61. my fav quote: “Everyone on my team, play the game of soccer!” -Coach McGuirck, in the TV show Home Movies


    amiichong at gmail dot com

  62. the confection perfection necklace really is perfect! the asymmetry and the combination of colors & textures is wonderful. thanks for the chance to win!

    amiichong at gmail dot com

  63. One of my favorite quotes:

    Take a trip and fall into the glitter.

    samyrocks92 at msn dot com

  64. My favorite quote is by Audrey Hepburn: I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.

  65. My favorite quote is: “I will seize fate by the throat, it shall certainly not bend and crush me completely” – Ludwig von Beethoven


  66. This is my favorite quote:
    The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles.

    Thanks 🙂

  67. mine is by Thoreau: Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined 🙂


  68. Fav. quote is “You learn more about a road by traveling it, than by consulting all the maps in the world”

  69. My favorite quote is: “you only become what you are”. So tru but I don’t know who said it…
    ghainskom at yahoo dot com

  70. My favorite little motto/quote is: There are some people that make you laugh a little louder, live a little better, and love a little more.

  71. Fave quote: My creative motto…Enjoy the Process 🙂

    memoriesforlifescrapbooks at hotmail dot com

  72. I love her Pinwheel. Vintage Jewel Ring!

    memoriesforlifescrapbooks at hotmail dot com

  73. My favourite quote is In heaven all the interesting people are missing.
    Friedrich Nietzsche

    sophia.komninou at gmail.com

  74. I like Misrepresent. The Lion Necklace. Classy jewellery and a moral to boot!


  75. I like both Nesting. Vintage Leaves and Cameos. Earrings. and Twinkle and Wink. Vintage Jewel Earrings in Blue/Aqua.

    sophia.komninou at gmail.com

  76. I forgot to leave my email address for the first two, but I have subscribed to your blog and my address is ananemone(at)gmail(dot)com

  77. My favorite quote at the moment is “The old saying ‘broken becomes whole’ is not empty words. It becomes whole and returns.” From the Tao Te Ching

  78. Omg she LIED about a nun! That was a funny story, I was feeling so bad for her too!
    I like the twinkle and wink earrings in blue aqua, they’re so pretty!
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  79. Fave quote:
    “Every one of us is called upon, probably many times, to start a new life. A frightening diagnosis, a marriage, a move, loss of a job…and onward full tilt we go, pitched and wrecked and absurdly resolute, driven in spite of everything to make good on a new shore. To be hopeful, to embrace one possibility after another – that is surely the basic instinct….crying out: High tide! Time to move out into the glorious debris. Time to take this life for what it is.” – Barbara Kingsolver

    This quote really speaks to me right now!


  80. I love Golden Lace, Brass and Vintage Jewel Earrings! Thanks!

  81. My favorite quote is:

    “It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you are not”

    juxta.umino {at} gmail {dot} com

  82. The Twinkle and Winkle earrings are really pretty in Blue and Aqua.

    juxta.umino {at} gmail {dot} com

  83. My Favourite Quote:

    You must know… surely, you must know it was all for you. You are too generous to trifle with me. I believe you spoke with my aunt last night, and it has taught me to hope as I’d scarcely allowed myself before. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes have not changed, but one word from you will silence me forever. If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.
    – Mr. Darcy

    leman.amy at gmail dot com

  84. entry #3 favourite quote:I am nothing special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough.
    Noah– The Notebook

    allison.leman at gmail dot com

  85. It’s a hard choice but I narrowed it down to the Dainty Damsel. Vintage Cameo Ring. Love the silhouette!!!
    thanks so much for the great giveaway!!!

    allison.leman at gmail dot com

  86. Thank you for giving such a great giveaway!
    It was hard to choose but one of my favourite items is the “Round N’ Round…Floral Vintage Locket Necklace.” I just fell in love with it!

    leman.amy at gmail dot com

  87. One of my favorite quotes is “Adults are just obsolete children” by Dr. Seuss. I’m a huge fan of Dr. Seuss anyway, but this statement inspires me to look at the world through new eyes, embrace my playful side, and attempt to engage my children while remaining their respected mother, rather than their friend.

    On another note, this blog is fabulous. I really enjoyed the questions you presented to Lemon Jitters. It is so refreshing to read an artist interview that does not revolve around “how did you get started” and “what is your five year plan.”

    [email protected]

  88. Lemon Jitters is such an interesting shop. I absolutely adore Flaunt, the vintage bird cameo necklace. While I’m not usually an orange person, something about that necklace just grabs me.

    [email protected]

  89. One of my favorite quotes “Just because a man doesn’t love you the way you want him to, doesn’t mean he doesn’t love you with all he has”

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    cindyhinckley at msn.

  90. My favorite quote is The Truth is Beautiful, but so are lies by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
    Thank you for the giveaway 🙂

  91. Fav quote:”A creative person is motivated by the desire to achieve, not the desire to beat others.”

  92. Blushing lace, my favorite and gorgeous piece of jewelry!


  93. LOVE the “Contrary. Tiny Vintage Bronze and Pearl. Necklace.”
    Thanks for the opportunity!


  94. My fav. quote is : “shoot for the moon. even if you miss you’ll land among stars!”

    rennieangie at gmail dot com

  95. I love the Fledgeling Necklace. I am so digging your shop! I love vintage and re-purposed is even better! The 7th grade story was great in the interview…even if it wasn’t true:). Maybe you could also do a line of embellished hair clips and bobbie pins for your shop?

  96. I love this quote:

    “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
    Henry David Thoreau

    june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

  97. I love the “Mentha Piperita. Vintage Chains and Flower Necklace.” So unique and pretty!
    june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

  98. My favorite item is the pair of Blushing Lace earrings. They are gorgeous! I love that light pink color, especially when paired with gold.

    abigail.lee {at} gmail.com

  99. I love those leaf earrings, and the anchor earrings (maybe combined with a lace knot?). Just beautiful!

  100. Naturally I forgot my email from the first comment…

    My favourite quote is from a song by Nightwish (Finnish melodic metal band):

    “Beauty always comes with dark thoughts”

    email: haltiapolku(at)gmail(dot)com

  101. My favorite item is the pair of Bunches of Blue. Vintage Cameo Earrings. I’d love to see more silver toned pieces in your shop, as I never wear anything gold toned.

    I was very touched by the quotes you listed. I have copied them both down so I don’t forget them. In return, I offer this quote, from Heraclitus (or possibly on of his followers): “No single thing abides, but all things flow.” I find that it tends to bring me peace.

    urchiken at gmail dot com

  102. my favorite quote:

    “precious words that will change you forever may appear from way out of the blue…making fools of everybody who don’t understand- this is love. this is la, la, la, la love. this is love.”

    george harrison

    [email protected]

  103. The Blushing Lace earrings are so gorgeous! Thanks for the chance.
    eli_green22 at yahoo dot com dot br

  104. I am smitten with the Shackled. Vintage and Upcycled Chains Necklace! So chic!

    treneebarker at hotmail dot com

  105. Lots of unique jewelry! My fav is the Round ‘N Round Floral Vintage Locket Necklace! Very pretty & interesting!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    brc668 (at) gmail (dot) com

  106. My favorite quote:

    You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Ghandi

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot)com

  107. My favorite quote comes from the book
    The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint
    Exupery. “Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
    Thank you….. Cindi

  108. I adore the look of your vintage jewelry creations! A favorite piece of mine is your
    “Memories-Vintage Rounds Necklace!” I would
    enjoy seeing more sterling silver jewelry
    pieces made by you.
    Many thanks, Cindi

  109. what a great interview – and a fantastic etsian!

    love the Grey Skies vintage earrings.

    jrlazar at gmail dot com

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