Now Available at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

Melissa Lew’s tropical garden inspired jewelry (handmade and eco-friendly!) is now available at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens in Florida! As a non profit zoo, your purchases and admission supports wildlife at the zoo and in the wild. Since 2014, they have invested over $2.5 million dollars to save plants and animals around the world.

They have a rich history in conservation…and this is a cause near and dear to my heart.

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd
Naples, FL 34102
https://www.napleszoo.org/

Peak Bloom is Here!

It’s here!!! Celebrate in style with my National Cherry Blossom Festival necklace and earrings, available at https://www.ncbfstore.org/shop or at various official National Cherry Blossom Festival events.

https://www.ncbfstore.org/cherry-blossom-necklace/
https://www.ncbfstore.org/cherry-blossom-earrings/

Events (visit the official NCBF booths):

Art Blooms at Mosaic
April 2-3 (Fairfax, VA)
https://nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/event/art-blooms-at-mosaic-2/

Sakura Matsuri Festival
April 9-10 (Washington, DC)
https://nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/event/sakura-matsuri-japanese-street-festival/

Petalpalooza
April 16th (Washington, DC)
https://nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/event/petalpalooza/

For cherry blossom updates, please visit https://www.facebook.com/NationalMallNPS/.

Happy First Day of Spring!

Happy first day of spring! Spring is my favorite time of year, and I’m so happy it’s here. The cherry blossoms will be hitting peak bloom this week and I’m excited to introduce my new cherry blossom design. The blossoms are fleeting, but I’m glad that I get to keep them close to my heart year round.

Bamboo cherry blossom necklace with card that says "Hope blooms here."

Now available at http://shop.melissalew.com/.

Now Available at Salty Sandollar Boutique

Melissa Lew jewelry is now available in the beautiful Outer Banks at Salty Sandollar Boutique! Close to Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Avon is a wonderful place to visit if you want a quiet, relaxing beach vacation.

Salty Sandollar Boutique carries a selection of my ocean inspired designs, perfect for gifts or a meaningful souvenir to remind you of your visit.

Salty Sandollar Boutique
40530 NC-12
Avon, NC 27915
https://saltysandollar.com/

Now Available at Zeke’s Surf, Skate & Paddle Sports

Melissa Lew’s ocean inspired jewelry, including favorites like the bamboo sea turtle and wave necklaces, can now be found at Zeke’s Surf, Skate & Paddle Sports in Stuart, Florida. Stuart is an area rich in wildlife, from the bird-rich Seabranch Preserve State Park to the sea turtles at St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park.

If you love being on the water like me, want to spend some time in nature, and happen to be visiting, please check out their shop. They offer guided eco-tours which include a full lesson before you get out on the water.

Zeke’s Surf, Skate & Paddle Sports
205 SW Federal Hwy
Stuart, FL 34994

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the achievements of women across the world.

Can I be honest with you? It’s hard to celebrate when you see the tragedy and suffering in Ukraine.

To the women in the Ukraine who are fighting, on the front lines or to keep their families alive and safe, my heart goes out to you. You are courageous, strong, and brave.

To the women in Russia who are speaking out against this injustice, thank you for your bravery.

If you can, I encourage you to donate to organizations like World Central Kitchen. They are providing warm meals in Ukraine and for refugees crossing into Poland…I hope these meals provide some comfort, which is why I’ve made a monthly commitment myself. 

Inspired by the national flower of Ukraine, please see below for a link to an 8’x’8 art print of sunflowers. Feel free to post on social media to show your support for Ukraine. It is also a high res jpg, suitable for printing/displaying at home.

Watercolor painting of 3 yellow sunflowers with the phrase "Let there be peace where sunflowers grow."

Download here.

Ukraine: World Central Kitchen

I was reading today about how the sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine, symbolizing resilience and unity…and this photo came to mind.
 
Tall, strong flowers reaching for the light. My friends in the Ukraine, my heart goes out to you all.
 
Friends in the US: World Central Kitchen is now mobilized in Ukraine and is providing meals. They are also in Poland providing meals to refugees at a 24 hour crossing point. I don’t know how else to help, so I will be making a monthly commitment to World Central Kitchen and I hope, if you are able, that you will consider it too. 🌻
 
Link to donate: https://wck.org/
 
Sunflowers reaching for the sun at sunset. Bee on flower in front.

Virginia State Parks Gift Show

The show is from March 15-16, 2022 at the Wytheville Meeting Center.
 
 
Inspired by adventure, symbolism, and natural wonders, Melissa Lew’s gift ready jewelry celebrates the world around us and our experiences. Each piece comes with a card and enclosure and can be customized for your destination. A range of customization is available; develop meaningful souvenirs and gifts that allow your customers to keep the memories of their visit close to their heart. Melissa Lew jewelry is handcrafted in Virginia from eco-friendly materials.
 
Trade Event: For more information and to register, please visit https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/other/sp-buyer-registration. Photo ID and business card are required for entry.
 
Attending and would like to schedule a meeting?
I would love to hear from you! Please send me a message to arrange a time that is convenient for you.
 
Handcrafted in the USA • Eco-Friendly and Small Batch • Women and Minority Owned (SWaM Certified in Virginia – #708045) • Member of the Museum Store Association • 2015 Made in Virginia Winner (Virginia Living Magazine)