Thursday, December 1, 2011

Lee Skalkos: Totally Out of Hand

I love this story and the concept behind Lee‘s business. What a wonderful Christmas gift - something special for someone special. Thank you Lee for sharing your story! I am exhausted with mass production and waste. This is something I think we can all feel good about. I encourage each of you to try and support something meaningful this holiday season- It will make a difference. You could even start hereJ    You can also find Lee in our Rural Gift Guide. Thanks Lee for your interest in our site-  Apologies for bumping you around!

Lee Skalkos captures your child’s art in sterling silver so thatyou can wear that memory for a lifetime.

Lee Skalkos is a self taught silversmith and single mom, who majored inIllustration in college. After making jewelry full time for a number of years,Lee took a break from silver to have her two children. When Lee's husband'sstep father passed away, her five year old daughter drew a picture of him and her grandmother holding a balloon, to cheer her grandmother up. This was a very special drawing that needed to be preserved. It was then that the whole idea of Child Artwork Jewelry™ was born. The original pin is below:

 Lee personally makes each pin, by hand, from start to finish, one at a time, and takes a great deal of pride in her work. She works with each customer individually, on a personal level, which ensures that each customer not only receives the very best in customer service, but also a family heirloom that will be passed from one generation to the next - A family treasure preserved forever in solid sterling silver, or gold. She also turns children’s artwork into earrings, cufflinks, tie tacks, necklaces and really “anything my customer wants, I will make”

Although Child Artwork Pins TM are just some of the jewelry that Lee creates, she feels this to be the most satisfying. "I receive a lot of satisfactionfrom making these pieces for other Moms, I know how important each artwork isto each Mom. It's hard work being a Mom! It is nice to be able to wearsomething that your child created especially for you."
"The best part of this job definitely is when the customer contacts me to tell me how much they love their pin, that just makes my day!"                                                            

The's work has been shown on 5 television shows, including national HGTV and was also featured in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Rosie Magazine, BetterHomes and Gardens, Yankee, and Victoria Magazine where she won the National Entrepreneur of the Year Award.. She is on The White House Gift List, and hasmade a pin for former First Lady, Laura Bush. Lee also makes pins for many terminally ill children in hospitals around the country. Lee is also a certified high school art teacher.

Her work may be seen at

Thank you Lee!


  1. Lee, these are beautiful! What a great idea. Your jewelry pieces are certainly priceless treasures to anyone who receives them. Blessings to you!

  2. Oh. My. Gosh! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these! My little one is only 2 1/2, so doesn't do much drawing yet (mainly sweet little scribbles), BUT I want one as soon as she does! These are GREAT gifts for grandparents too! GREAT to meet you!

    -Heather Kaspar

  3. Thank you for sharing, awesome work

  4. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Art and heart together.