January 2015 archive

Behind the making of a dress

| Friday links

Happy Friday dear friends!! As always, I wish you wonderful things this weekend.To close the week, I thought I’d share this wonderful video behind the making of a dress. But not just any dress, but a couture dress. This is the kind of fairy tale dress that reflects the best in human workmanship. It is a short video and reflects but a small part in what goes on behind the making of such a dress but it does give us a good idea.   Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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Telling a story

| New pieces, Vintage finds

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Once, on a flea market jaunt in Paris, I found a small bag of vintage charms. It was a group of various charms with no apparent unifying theme. All I was told was that it had been part of a much bigger jar of charms and that over the years, people would buy one or two depending on what they were looking for. What was left when I finally came along included a seashell, a pair of scissors, a dog, some zodiac signs, an apple and a star. It’s a completely random group right?
And because of its randomness, I couldn’t see how I could make a charm bracelet out of it. After all, charm bracelets are supposed to tell something about the person wearing it right?
Today, I took out the bag and thought that I was going about it the wrong way. Instead of forcing a theme, I thought I’d just pick out the charms randomly and allow them to tell a story.
So this bracelet is my first attempt. It’s got a dog, a letter B, a pair of scissors and the bust of a young lady. I’m thinking this bracelet belongs to someone who likes dogs (kinda obvious?), and whose name starts with a B. Maybe this person sews a lot hence the scissors or maybe she’s a hair stylist. I haven’t quite figured out the bust. Seen this way, the charms aren’t so random anymore.
What do you think? Can you tell a story with this bracelet?

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Late at night

| Beads, New pieces

Hello friends, due to some special circumstances on the home front, I haven’t been as active here as I would like.  Things are slowly (ever so slowly!) getting back to normal so I hope to be able to post more in the coming days!

To make up in small way for the silence, here is a recent piece I made featuring an uncommon tabular striped Venetian trade bead.  I paired it with a vintage gold filled watch strap which was another lucky find for me.

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I love how these two separate and distinctive elements work so well together!..Here’s another look at it…

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Weekend reading

| Friday links, Reading pleasures

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Hello friends! What wonderful plans have you got for the weekend? Mine include diving into this series by Marissa Meyer. I love fairy tales and I’m always interested in their retelling. This series looks really promising and as its cold out, I cant imagine a better way to pass the time.

So to close the week, here are a few fun links from around the web..

More books to look forward to in this article.

Snow boots are inevitable during winter, but there are some chic yet comfy alternatives. Check them out here.

You know how you get those cravings for cupcakes or chips? Well, turns out, there’s a scientific reason behind all that!! Whew! Here is the article in full.

Have a good weekend everyone!

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A wintry landscape

| Daily life

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Woke up this morning to gray skies and softly falling snow. Days like this when spring is but a distant dream, I half –feel like I too, am in a state of hibernation. Waiting, just quietly waiting for the return of spring..

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Let’s dance

| Friday links

Its the weekend! Friends, hope you have lots of fun things planned ahead. To close the week, I want to leave you with this utterly danceable song.

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Throwback Thursday

| Throwback Thursday

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For this Throwback Thursday post, I wanted to share one of my first trade bead bracelets. I particularly love the beads on this bracelet because of its distinctive and pretty star pattern. To complete the bracelet, I paired the trade beads with some vintage French glass beads. This piece sold at the first international show I ever did in Switzerland to a lovely American lady who just happened to be visiting the region. Funny to think how much the beads have travelled — from Italy to Africa when they were first made, to other hands till they reached mine in Paris to finally the U.S. where I hope they are still making their owner happy!

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Winter’s Necklace

| New pieces

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It’s been cold and snowy in our part of the world and this has inspired one of my new pieces. The effect of the sun on snow is pretty dazzling and I wanted to capture a little of that dazzle with these vintage Venetian silver foil beads. Unlike currently produced silver foil beads, the old ones like these used to contain real silver foil inside the beads. That’s why they have a lovely silvery shine when held up against the light. I decided to match these silver beads with some vintage gray colored French glass pearls from the 50s and a sterling silver chain to make a lovely winter themed necklace.

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A snowy weekend

| Daily life

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Happy Friday dear friends! I hope you have wonderful plans for the weekend. There’s plenty of snow predicted in our part of the world so I think my weekend plans include copious helpings of hot chocolate!

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