The start of the year is always very quiet for me. Usually, this is time when I take stock of things, plan what shows to do for the year and other administrative tasks that are essential to the business.
This year however, I had the opportunity to participate in a show organized by the wonderful folks of Pot and Box at no less than the iconic Fisher Building.
The Fisher Building which was designed in an Art Deco style was completed in 1928 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989. How could I pass up the chance to be in such a prestigious building?
I have to admit I was a bit worried because the weekend of the show was also the weekend when we were hit with another winter storm.
But storm or not, we were all there bright and early to welcome the crowd that came through those Art Deco doors.
After I finished setting up, I went for a look around and was blown away by the talent shown by the wonderful participating vendors.
Immediately, i was wowed by Project Projections, who laser cuts these beautiful shadow lamps. I loved it so much, I took home his constellation lamp!
Then there was Owen and Abbey with their simple yet beautifully crafted home furnishings and tables made from wood salvaged from abandoned homes in Detroit, Pontiac and other urban areas. Their work is proof that beauty can be found and made everywhere.
I really liked the aesthetics of Corbé
with its smooth handmade curves and a color palette designed to go with everything.
And I loved meeting Corliss from The Lowry Estate. She had funky vintage pieces at prices that won’t break the bank. Just check out the coat she had.
All in all a fantastic show!
Hello friends! Hope your week is off to a wonderful start. Mine certainly is as I’m very happy to announce that certain De Petites Merveilles pieces are now available at the Franklin Village Boutique!!
The boutique is ideally located in the historic village of Franklin. The village has cute stores and cafes as well as a cider mill that serves the most wonderful donuts and cider in the fall.
Terri Cooper, owner of the Village Boutique opened her store 2 years ago. She bought out the owners of the store that used to be there because she says she walked in and felt something special about the space. Immediately, she knew she wanted to open her own store there. After extensive renovations, her store opened, stocked with the latest fashions but also with local designers and artists.
Terri believes firmly in having a welcoming and inviting space and she has succeeded admirably in this. I walked into her store and felt like this was a great place for my jewelry. Talking to her and watching her interact with the people who walked in reinforced this feeling.
She says the best part of being in the store is meeting all the people coming in and sharing in their lives. “People are so interesting, there’s layers to them just waiting to be discovered” she said to me.
I love the fact that she believes in and supports local artists. I can’t tell you how proud I am to be carried by a store that still believes in hand crafted products. More importantly, my pieces are in a store that believes in treating everyone as a friend. That’s increasingly rare in these days of efficient online shopping.
So which Petites Merveilles pieces have found a home at the Village boutique? Here are a few pieces….
I hope you stop by and check out this wonderful store!
Franklin Village Boutique
32716 Franklin Road
Hello friends, during the long weekend I took out some trade beads and tried something new with them. I remembered one necklace I made using the blue “fried egg” trade beads and some braided cord and it occurred to me that that piece turned out pretty well. (See the necklace here). So I took out some of my bigger trade beads (these beads date back to the late 19th century) and paired them up with some soft cords. The first one (pictured above) features an elbow shaped trade bead with a lovely red and green checkerboard pattern. To mix it up a little, I decided to add some green and mustard yellow trade beads to the piece.The second piece likewise features an elbow bead with a checkerboard pattern but this one is a bright, almost neon orange color which I rarely, if ever see in beads, and some green and white canes. I lucked out and found two other beads in the same pattern and so it seemed fitting to put all three together. I quite like the combination of glass beads on a soft cord. Its pretty without being too frou-frou.
Once I had finished these two pieces, I turned my hand to making something pretty with these small millefiori beads that have been rattling awhile in my bead box for awhile now. These millefioris date back to the early 20th century and have the typical Venetian canes. As they’re on the small side I decided to make a double dangling pair of earrings as well as a double strand bracelet. They may be small but they have a certain presence!
All these items will soon be loaded up in the shop!
Hello friends, after a long silence, I’m finally back! Its taken awhile but here we are, ready to unveil the all new look of De Petites Merveilles. I’m so happy to be able to share with you all, the fruits of weeks of work on the new logo and look of the site. This is a step that I’ve long wanted to take but it’s only now that things finally came into place. The process of working on the site has forced me to sit down and really articulate my vision of De Petites Merveiles. While, I’ve always had a fairly firm idea of what we are about, the challenge was how to convey the idea in a cohesive image or look, if you will. It is my hope that the new look conveys in the best possible way what we are all about.
One other thing I’m really proud to present is the shop section. Yes, there is now a shop section, complete with shopping cart and all, where people can purchase all the lovely pieces that were previously available only through art fairs and craft shows. Woohoo!! I invite you to check it out. Keep in mind that I have a lot more that I will be adding continuously in the days to come.
To be sure, the process is an on-going one. There are a number of things that need to still be tweaked or improved and I want to ask your patience as I continue to work on things. However, stay and look around. Enjoy the all new De Petites Merveilles!!!