December 2014 archive

A look back at 2014

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As I sit and write this last post for 2014, I can hardly believe that we are on the cusp of a brand new year!   And what a memorable year 2014 has been! As we wait on the eve of 2015 with all its glorious possibilites, I wish you all dear friends and readers a most wonderful year ahead–full of blessings, great and small and heapings of great happiness!

Here’s a look back at some of our most memorable moments..

 

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Throwback Thursday or Flashback Friday

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This was supposed to be a Throwback Thursday post but as you can see I got delayed and so this post has turned into Flashback Friday.
Just wanted to share with you all a photo of one of the happy people who came away from the WinterMarkt with an original Petites Merveilles piece. She stopped by the day after and showed me how her necklace went beautifully with a piece she already had.
The piece she bought is composed of vintage French champagne colored glass pearls and vintage French bottle green glass beads. Both the beads and pearls are from the 50s.
Judging from her big smile, I’d say she was happy with her purchase!!

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All about the WinterMarkt

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Hello friends, I hope your week is off to a roaring start! Today I thought I’d share with you photos from the WinterMarkt. This is my favorite show to do.   Of course, being an outside show, it has its own challenges but the fun and convivial atmosphere, the terrific help I get each year from the organizers and all the hot cider and wine you can drink makes it a show I look forward to each year!

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There are always fun booths to visit and you can stock up on all things Christmas.

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I have a weakness for sweet treats and there was certainly no shortage of that at the fair and I have to physically restrain myself from partaking gluttonously. These chocolate truffles for example from Pete’s Chocolates were excellent!

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And these delicious mini donuts from Detroit Mini Donuts? Irresistible. And I for one, wasn’t about to say no to them.

But lest you think it was all food and wine, we were lucky to have great entertainment the whole weekend.  The organizers found great singers from choirs of angelic sounding children to musicians who played inspiring Christmas music.

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As for me, I tried some new displays this year and I’m happy to say that it worked out quite well! Check out my new frames…

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We even had the full moon at the end of the weekend!

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As always a great show and one I’m looking forward to doing again in 2015!

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Still on the black and white theme

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For this week of preparations for the WinterMarkt, I thought I’d post on pieces that I will be bringing to the show.  Here is a new bracelet still on the classic combination of black and white. This time, the bead is a Venetian bead made by the Moretti family from the 1920s.  The Moretti group is one of the few left that are still actively making glass in Venice.  I decided to mount this bead on a vintage watch strap that I bought during one of my flea market adventures.  The watch itself was beyond repair but the strap was still nice looking and I thought there was no reason not to try to incorporate it to a new piece.

Don’t you think, it looks quite nice in its new reincarnation as a bracelet?

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A classic combination

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Hello friends, can you believe its December?   A mere four and a half weeks before we usher in 2015. Time is whizzing by! But before 2015, there is the big Winter Markt to prepare for. Today’s piece is ready to go to the Winter Markt.

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This piece started out with these vintage French glass pearls from the 50s. I wanted to do something classical but interesting with them which made me decorate them with these little black glass rondelles. These vintage glass rondelles are quite uncommon, rare, I’d even say because of the way they are faceted. It gives them an interesting dimension which in turn makes the pearl beads more interesting. But it still seemed like too simple a necklace with just these beads. I felt that they needed more oomph.

Then I remembered a Venetian bead I had with black and white and aventurine stripes. It seemed fitting to add this bead on as a pendant.

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And here is how it finally turned out!

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