Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Vintage Jewelry

Sorry I have been MIA recently, life has been busy. I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with about 20 family and friends here at my home for dinner. Busy, busy, busy, but lots of fun with the family.

I am now getting ready for a couple of craft shows, so I am busy designing and making jewelry. In making my jewelry, I like to re-use vintage pieces in my designs. I pulled out one box to look through for inspiration and (while I was playing) I took a few pictures to share with you. 

I love collecting vintage jewelry and I have lots of it (and I mean LOTS.) Here are some clip earrings, pins and a few necklaces in the back.

I love the aurora blue pin and earring set. It really sparkles. Yeah, this set just might have to stay with me. Sigh... I could say that about most of this jewelry, I guess that's why I collect it.

Turquoise is my favorite color so of course I had to buy this flower pin. Enamel flower pins are another weakness of mine. There are only a couple of pins in these photos, but I have lots more in my stash.

I could just sit and play with these all night, like a little kid in a candy store. I get so excited when I am out at a yard sale or flea market and spy some special vintage pieces.

I have something special that I made with a stash of clip earrings. It's really a Christmas decoration, but I leave it up all year round. I will take some pictures to show you some other time.

Until next time, take care.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

New Jewelry Designs

This post will be short and sweet with photos of some of my new designs. Take a look and let me know what you think with a comment.


That's all for now, I hope you enjoyed the pictures.


Sunday, November 4, 2012

A Great Craft Show

So, the craft show on Friday was really good. There weren’t a lot of crafters this year or as many customers as in years past, I guess that is a sign of the times, but it was still a great day for me. I also met some really nice, creative people. I took a few pictures of some of the other crafters and I will introduce them to you. 

Michael and Joseph make handcrafted photo greeting cards. The photos are gorgeous; they found a great way to use some of their vacation photos.

I bought some of this card, the flowers are beautiful and the colors just jump out at you. You can reach them at

This is Joyce. Some of what she sells are vintage style Christmas ornaments and tied fabric wreaths. Joyce and I are huge “salers” and we drove out to the Longest Yard Sale a couple of years ago. It was fabulous. Here are some of her tied fabric wreaths; they are much more beautiful in person. Doesn’t seem like the pictures do everything justice.

These are some of the vintage style ornaments. Joyce collects vintage postcards and uses some of the pictures from them for the ornaments. I have a bunch of these ornaments on my tree – love them. Joyce also takes special orders for personalized ornaments, these are great to attach to a present, and it’s a gift in itself.

Jamie aka Miranda Chance for Atelier Singe was selling her jewelry designs. Her designs have a bold chunky look to them with lots of beautiful colors.

This is my favorite, I am all about the turquoise.

Jennifer aka Country Woods Candle Company makes candles with a natural soy based wax with no dyes. They smell great and she also uses wood wicks that crackle when lit!

She also makes a fragrant room spray and rings for the candle jars that are just beautiful. You can order from her website

Mary and her sister Ruthanne displayed crochet items blankets, doilies, and scarves, etc. This blanket is beautiful and again I don’t think the photo does it justice.

Well that's all for today. If you want to get in touch with any of these crafters, just let me know. Next time I will show you some of my new designs that I displayed at the show. See you soon!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

First Show of the Season

I have my first show of the Fall/Holiday season in a few hours. What am I still doing awake??... finishing up some last minute items for the show. This show is open to the public so anyone that will be in center city Philadelphia on Friday, November 2, 2012 is welcome to stop by for shopping of the handmade variety. The show is open from 11:00am to 2:00pm (ish). It is located in the Atrium in the Mellon Bank Building, 1735 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA.

The Atrium is on the level between the first floor and the concourse. For those of you outside of Philly, that is basically an underground city under the center of town. The trains that come into town all go underground and their stations are in the concourse. It has become almost like its own town, with shops, restaurants, post office branch, etc. It is great when the weather outside is not so nice.

I will make sure and take pictures at the show to post next time. I hope to see you there. If you do come, look for Bertha (the dressform in the header), she will be sans pearls and wearing some special new designs tomorrow.

Here is a special offer, everyone that stops by tomorrow and mentions "Bertha" will receive 10% off your total purchase. Pass the word.

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