Its the weekend! Or almost!! What fun things have you got planned? Going around the stores, I noticed loads of Easter decorations. I suppose its not too early to get started on those preparing those adorable Easter baskets, bunnies included. For my part, I think I’m on the right track thanks to my find from yesterday’s shopping tour which you can read about here. I found these adorable vintage nesting eggs from Vintage Vogue and they’re perfect for an Easter Egg hunt!
So I thought I’d do a round up of interesting reads to share with you all on this rainy Friday…
Who likes Legos? If you are, check out the BrickBash…
Are you a beauty products fiend? There’s a new kid on the block, thanks to the arrival on the scene of an old Parisian brand– L’Officine Universelle Buly brand…
Interestingly enough, some folks prefer to look to Etsy for their beauty needs. If you are, then this is an interesting read from the New York Times…
Still on Etsy, there’s a great post on How To Use Instagram for Marketing. I wasn’t entirely convinced about Instagram but a friend of mine (thanks to D!) convinced me to try it and I love it! Its a wonderful way to visually share your world and its a great place to find inspiration. And now, a useful post for all business owners. Read it here.
Hope you have fun with these articles! Have a good weekend everyone!
Just in time for the weekend, I discovered the wonderful cakes of the Imerman Cake Company. Their cakes are certified organic and free from artificial sweeteners, in short they’re healthy cakes. To be honest, I’m not so fond of cakes labelled organic. For some reason, all those I’ve tried have been dry. The Imerman organic chocolate chip coffee cake however is delicious and moist. It’s rich without being heavy with a wonderful chocolatey taste. I just had to bring one home.
The company is family run, and the recipe for the cakes are from the family too. They’re fairly new to the cake industry but I’m sure they’ve got a great future ahead of them. I’m really looking forward to more cakes from Imerman!
Here is Jane and her son Jeffrey
And here is the chocolate coffee cake that I’m going to enjoy this weekend.
For more info on Imerman cakes and where to find them, check out their site
Hello friends, you might have noticed from the title that this is a jewelry post. I was just thinking after I wrote my post yesterday that I’ve never done a complete week of posting just on the jewelry. I thought it might be interesting to do that so this week is De Petites Merveilles jewelry week on the blog!
I think all my beads are special but these ones have a little extra oomph to them. They were made in France in the late 20s/early 30s by an old jewelry house that just happened to make their own beads. At that time, semi-precious stones were very expensive and hard to come by. So a lot of glass makers (including those in Italy and Bohemia) took to making glass versions. These ones right here were made to resemble carnelians. What makes them really pretty is the ring of little white glass pearls that run all along the middle of the bead. As you can see from the photos, the white beads are not all completely regular which indicates that they were probably put their by hand by the glass makers. In time the glass versions of stones became even more popular than the actual stones themselves!!
I’m extremely happy to have found enough beads to make two pieces. And they are now available in the Etsy shop!!
Hello friends, I hope the weekend has been grand and you are all ready for another week! Do you ever wear red on Mondays? I don’t know where I picked it up from but I always try to wear something red on Monday in the belief that its gives me a powerful boost of energy. So what better way to wear red than with these new pieces from the Trade Bead Collection.
Trade bead is the name given to beads that were produced mostly in Venice but also in Czechoslovakia and Germany and were subsequently used for trade in the African continent. Venetian bead production started as early as the 17th (with some historians saying that it is possible it may have started in the 16th) but the exportation of beads was at its height in the 19th century. These beads were used as currency with different countries favoring one kind of bead design over the other.
These beads were first packed in Europe in barrels or crates for the long journey by sea then subsequently carried in camel caravans across the dusty deserts till they reached their final destination in the various African kingdoms. Some beads even made their way even further, traveling across the Pacific before landing in Asia.
I love working with these beads. They’ve travelled so far before coming into my hands. I imagine what stories they would tell if they could just talk. And I feel that its but another stop with me before they make their way once more into another person’s life.
These pieces are now available in the shop!
Hello friends, I am happy to share the news that I am finally back in Etsy! And to celebrate the return, I’m proud to offer you a collaborative effort between De Petites Merveilles and Limited Edition. Together we’ve designed and produced a line of bags created from salmon skin. Now, I love making jewelry but for awhile now, I’ve been thinking of branching out into accessories, specifically bags. They do get along so well, don’t you think?
But not just any kind of bag. We wanted to make something special and pretty and in keeping with the Petites Merveilles philosophy of reusing and giving back. It was with this in mind that we decided to go with salmon skin. We wanted to find a way of reusing skins that are normally discarded as skin is a by product after food production and to make it beautiful and worth using again. We believe very much in the idea of waste not, want not.
We loved the process of coming up with these bags. We hope you’ll love them too!
The bags are now available in the shop, with more coming in the coming days!