Sunday, September 23, 2012

Jewels Galore...

I hope everyone had a happy weekend.  It was homecoming here,
the last one for our family as my youngest is a senior.  We have a whole 
year of "last time" sporting events, concerts, dances and all to go
through and I want to savor everyone of them.

But, I wanted to show you all the new "Jewels" that have gone up in the 
shoppe.  I love this collection because I love fall so much
and I really think that these designs have so much to offer
style wise for this season.  So please take a look:

This necklace and the one following it I designed to give the look of a 
vintage and loved military medal on a sparkling Oo-la-la necklace made of
vintage rhinestone bracelet and necklace links, vintage rosary beads and
lots more.  I just love the way they turned out!

This cuff bracelet is an eye popper!  It is a large vintage rhinestone former brooch
that I mounted to an etched brass cuff.  Love it!

What were former French steel cut buttons are now the center
of these gorgeous deep bronze tone dangle earrings.  I have accented
them with beautiful labradorite droplets and faceted rondelles and
tiny link chain.

This beautiful necklace features a genuine hand carved shell vintage 
pendant that I have hung from a sterling silver art deco vintage 
bracelet and accented with citrine and iolite gemstones and platinum 
and ivory colored glass pearls.

What started with a vintage prayer card image is now a stunning one of a kind 
necklace.  I surrounded the image of Mother and Child with vintage
rhinestones mounted in a setting that was former brooch, accented this 
beautiful pendant with a necklace of iolite gemstones, vintage 
rhinestone bracelet links and vintage clear faceted rosary beads.

I love this bracelet!  It is a vintage French cut steel shoe buckle that
I mounted a small rhinestone jewelry finding to.  I attached platinum
colored glass pearls, two oxidized jewelry connectors with genuine hand
carved shell cameos mounted on, gorgeous tourmaline gemstones and
and oxidized jewelry hook and ring.

This necklace has so much going on for it and is loaded with
stunning accents.  The vintage crown pendant is a former shoe
buckle that now hangs from a vintage silver bracelet link and is
highlighted with tiny iolite faceted rondelles.  The necklace is 
combination of Miriam Haskell dimpled faux pearls, vintage 
rhinestone rondelles, iolite gemstones, vintage rosary beads and a
sterling silver oxidized chain.

And finally these beauties I labeled "date night".  These beautiful vintage
amethyst colored teardrops were once old screw back earrings.  I have
hung them from sterling silver necklace links and finished them off
with oxidized sterling ear wires.  Just oh so pretty!

So there you are.  Did you see anything you like?  They are all
in the shoppe now so do check them out along with lots more.
I have more designs in the works and I will be going to
a colossal flea market at the end of the month to stock up on
new jewelry findings so keep checking back with me!

Thanks everyone.  Have a great week!



Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Super Fall Decorating Project...

I couldn't wait to share this DIY decorating project with all of you.
It was so much fun to do and so easy.  The result are these oh so stylish
vintage paper covered pumpkins. 

Here is what you need:
*3, 5 or 7 Styrofoam pumpkins from Michael's.
*1 container Mog Pog
*1 foam pad brush
*Several pages from an old book (or new) that you don't mind
tearing apart (I bought a new book at the Dollar Store.  Be sure you
look at the type/text so you like the style and size).
*Several pages of vintage (or new) sheet music.  (I made copies of piano
music that I had).
*Sticks from your yard for the pumpkin stems (you need to break off the stems
that are on the styrofoam pumpkins).
*Spanish moss and any other moss.

Tear your book pages and sheet music into 1 inch strips.
Brush the pumpkins with Mog Pog one section at a time.
Apply the strip of paper to the Mog Pogged section of pumkin.
Repeat making sure to overlap the sheet and try to line up the text on the 
sheets as you go.  Smooth out all the little wrinkles as much as you can
and press the paper sown into the creases of the pumpkin.
Once your pumpkin is covered (and be sure to smoothly bring them all together
on the bottom side) brush over the entire pumpkin with a thin layer of Mog Pog.
Allow to dry.  Insert a stick (about 4 inches in length) into the top of the pupkin.
Apply a small amount of glue (Elmers) to the top area of pumpkin and attach
a layer of Spanish moss or other moss.

That's it!  You are all done with your fabulous new decorating project!

I like to put mine on little trays with more moss underneath, on
pedestals, books and group them.

So there you are.  I hope you will try this DIY project.
Let me know if you do and send me some pictures.  I would love to see
how everyone's turns out!

Have a great rest of your week and weekend.  It is Homecoming here
so we have LOTS going on!



Monday, September 10, 2012

Exciting News and New Designs...

So a couple of weeks ago I got a phone call from a high end clothing boutique in my area.  
They had seen my jewelry on my etsy site and were interested in carrying my designs 
in the store.  I was "thrilled" to say the least!!  I am wanting to pinch myself
daily!  My pieces are being merchandised and sold with brands like
Missoni, Tory Burch, White and Warren, Ella Moss, Free People,
JPK, BB Dakota, Elizabeth and James, Alice and Olive and many more.
I am so grateful for this opportunity.  I have been going to flea markets every weekend
gathering new pieces for my designs and working twice as hard
to create pieces for the boutique AND my shoppe.  
I have some new designs up in the shoppe and I wanted to 
introduce you to them here.

This beautiful vintage prayer card pendant necklace I titled 
"Blessings Bestowed".  I placed it in a vintage former brooch and hung
it from a gorgeous vintage Coro rhinestone necklace, vintage rosary beads and
finished with a vintage art deco rhinestone jewelry clasp.

These earrings are vintage spun silver former screw backs that I have 
now hung from oxidized sterling silver ear wires and adorned with
tiny cut gray quartz rondelles, stunning faceted creamy moonstone 
gemstone nuggets and tiny linked gunmetal chain.

This sweet necklace has so much vintage charm in it.  I titled it "Divine Love".
  The pendant is an old rhinestone shoe buckle that now holds a 
vintage prayer card image of Mary and Child.  It hangs from a 
vintage french rosary center.  A 1920's art deco blue glass link necklace and vintage
silver watch fob chain complete the piece.  Very feminine, delicate and
so special.

I'll be back with updates on things in the shoppe.
Thanks for stopping by.  I always appreciate it.

Have a wonderful week!