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I have a wonderful friend who is a collector of vintage pretties. Luckily for me, on more than one occasion, she has shared some of her stock. Yesterday, when I got home, she had left me a goodie box. In it were the following: a slim brass-colored metal box with small floral design – possibly a lipstick case; a coin-style charm bracelet with missing clasp (not sure exactly what is written on the coins – I will have to do some further investigation with a magnifying glass); a funky necklace with a mishmash of beads – kind of whimsical but mostly just ugly; a watch with a white beaded and leather band; a blue bead in the shape of a large strawberry with holes in the bottom (hum?); a gold metal dragon pendant; two vintage clip earrings – not a pair, just a single of each; a goldstone pendant; a cat wearing a rhinestone crown brooch.

Well, needless to say, I immediately got to work taking the necklace apart and there were some really nice components in it that I was able to turn into a pair of earrings with an ethnic flair. I can’t wait to incorporate the other “goodies” into various jewelry designs.

The box was repurposed from Philosophy Cosmetics Amazing Grace line and my boyfriend requested it because he loved the inspirational messages on the cover.

Any suggestions on what the metal case was used for or why the blue bead has holes at the bottom would be appreciated.

Salvaged Earrings


Geometry in jewelry design.

Full Moon Earrings

Modern Art Earrings

Two Peas in A Pod Necklace

Art Deco Necklaces

Turquoise jewelry NEVER goes out of style. Sure, it may be more popular in summer than other seasons and on trend more in some years than others but a turquoise jewelry purchase will stay in your collection for years to come. Even though they are a summer staple, you can still wear turquoise jewelry when the temperature dips. Turquoise is especially beautiful with fall colors such as brown, red, yellow, and orange. This fall, a Southwest-and-Navajo-inspired trend is all the rage, from boots to denim shirts. Turquoise looks lovely with western accents but can also make a conservative blouse, in a solid color such as pink, really pop!

Below are a collection of turquoise jewelry from Archipelago Jewelry by Liz Juneau.  Also, I gathered together a collection on Free People titled “Not So Wild West” with turquoise jewelry and the clothing that accents it so well.

by Donovan Leitch
Your  smile beams like sunlight on a gull’s wing
And the leaves dance and play after you
Take my hand and hold it as you would a flower
Take care with my heart, oh darling, she’s made of glass
Your eyes feel like silence resting on me
And the birds cease to sing when you rise
Ride easy your fairy stallion you have mounted
Take care how you fly, my precious, you might fall down
In the pastel skies the sunset I have wandered
With  my eyes and ears and heart strained to the full, I know I tasted the essence in the few days
Take care who you love, my precious, he might not know

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. The weather is usually mild in my area of the country but there is the crispness of fall in the air. We have more and more trick-or-treaters coming through our neighborhood each year and many families and friends have hay rides and come in groups. I usually dress in costume at work and it is just an all around fun day.

I don’t usually make holiday themed jewelry, but I made an exception for Halloween. Here are a few spooky designs.

Spooky ~ Atlanta Rhythm Section

In the cool of the evening
When everything is gettin kind of groovy
I call you up and ask you if you
Want to go with me and see a movie
First you say no, you’ve got some plans for the night
And then you stop, and say, all right
Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you

You always keep me guessin
I never seem to know what you are thinkin
And if a fella looks at you
It’s for sure your little eye will be a-winkin
I get confused, cause I don’t know where I stand
And then you smile, and hold my hand
Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you

If you decide someday to stop this little game that you are
I’m gonna tell you all what my heart’s been a-dyin to be sayin
Just like a ghost, you’ve been a-hauntin my dreams
So I’ll propose on Halloween
Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you

Spooky, spooky
Spooky, oh whoa, all right
I said Spooky described this fall ensemble from blogger Lucy Z. at the Daily Disguise as having the “most perfect on-season colors in a single outfit”.  I have to agree except for the fact that she is not wearing any jewelry. Sure, the outfit is a gorgeous combination of colors and textures but why not add a touch more of fall color accent with a pair of earrings or a necklace and bracelet. Below are some similar autumn hued suggestions from Archipelago Jewelry by Liz Juneau.








HAPPY: The faces of all the lovely ladies wearing jewelry designs from Archipelago Jewelry by Liz Juneau.

Archipelago Jewelry –  Making women HAPPY since 2000.

When I think of what is mine, my jewelry designs are definitely my creations. Even if I sell them to someone, they are still mine. They started off as just an idea and then somehow, someway they developed into pieces of jewelry. The process may be slow at times and sometimes very different from the original design idea,  but after it is all done, I am usually pleased with the tangible, wearable little work of art that I have made.

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Recently I designed a new custom memory slide pendant for a client and it caused me to reflect on some of the other custom slides that I have made over the years. So, I decided to stroll down memory slide lane. Each one is unique and holds personal momentos such as a lock of baby hair or photos of loved ones. They can hold memories of a birth, wedding, anniversary, vacation, event, or an autograph of an admired performer in one case. A collage technique is used and sometimes quotes or names and dates are added. These memory slides may sometimes be challenging but certainly a joy to produce.

I thought I would try something a little different from my usual jewelry making projects. I like the idea of personalizing jewelry and hand stamping is certainly a way to do that. Sports teams and school pride are very popular in my area, so I thought I would lean toward that theme when choosing what to stamp on the metal blanks. Adding the leather was not in the original plan, but I think it adds another dimension to the style. The design can be personalized with the high school graduation date, letters representing the name of the school, and school colors. Of course other charms, such as school mascot, could be added as well as name or initials of student. Here are some of the first ones I have made.

I can remember when I was younger and I frowned upon anything old or worn. As I have gotten older, I cherish old, vintage, worn, aged (whatever you want to call them) items.

I have used some vintage lace in some of my jewelry designs for accents but decided to make them the main component. I call this project, “faux gilded” because instead of dipping the lace in gold or silver metal, I used some craft supplies.

I cut the lace in various shapes depending on the size or pattern, painted them with metallic acrylic paint in gold and silver tones, and coated them with Mod Podge for added stiffness. After they dried, they took on a life of their own becoming bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings. I embellished them with ribbon or beads. I love how the paint brought out even more of the detail of the lace designs.

BTW: The term “gild the lily” means to apply unnecessary ornament;  to over embellish.

Contrary to popular belief, Shakespeare did not coin the term “gild the lily”. Below is the quote by Salisbury from King John, 1595:

Therefore, to be possess’d with double pomp,
To guard a title that was rich before,
To gild refined gold, to paint the lily,
To throw a perfume on the violet,
To smooth the ice, or add another hue
Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light
To seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish,
Is wasteful and ridiculous excess.

‘Gild the lily’ doesn’t appear in the original quotation. The term “paint the lily” was used in the 20th century, with the same meaning we now apply to “gild the lily”. Clearly, this is the correct quotation. The two versions coexisted for a time but “gild the lily” became the much more popular one.

I thought this an apt description considering that the vintage lace has such a beauty on its own…but I do like the extra embellishment.