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, remember these earrings?
After I finished this pair I was left with two of these pink and silver foil beads. At first I thought I would make another pair of earrings but I wasn’t convinced by this idea. I want my jewelry to be unique and one of a kind so another pair just wouldn’t do.
So I put them away. Then I remembered that somewhere in my bead box was a lonesome silver foil bead that was the only one left after I finished a necklace. Now this little orphan bead is a really pretty bead with lots of silver foiling that has remained intact over the years. Just like the pink and silver beads, this one dates back to the early 1950s. In no time, this necklace was born…
I love how these lonesome one-of beads suddenly found themselves together to make a beautiful new piece.
And look how well the necklace goes with the earrings!
The earrings are now listed in the shop and the necklace will soon be added!
I’ve been on an earring kick lately. Just check out these beauties that are now listed in the shop. These are all Venetians beads dating back to the period between the 40s and early 50s. What I love about these pairs is no two beads are exactly alike. Each bead has subtle differences that make them so interesting to wear. I like to think of it as the mark of the hands that made them.
When I make something, I always try to imagine it slipping into my jewelry box and getting along with everthing else that’s there. I also like it when the piece goes with lots of different looks. After all, we work hard, do different things so we want our jewelry to be equally versatile. That’s why I’m so happy with this new necklace.
Today’s piece is a simple enough necklace composed of multicolored crystal rondelles. These rondelles date back to the early 40s and have clearly lived other lives. They’ve been well loved as evidenced by the missing crystals in each rondelle. When I saw these in Paris, I knew immediately that I wanted to make something with them. Yes, they aren’t perfect but I couldn’t bear to just throw them away. As it turns out, it goes with a number of different looks. So far, I’ve come up with three looks to give you ideas on how to wear this beauty.
If you’re feeling casual, it’s the perfect accessory to jazz up a shirt. Throw it over a tee, or in this case, a turtleneck since it’s still cold, and you’re good to go.
It’s also great for layering. I love it with another long chain over a simple black shirt.
This last look may yet be my favorite. When you want color and layers, it’s totally possible with this piece.
How would you wear this necklace?
Sometimes you get on a streak of making one thing and the results are like this. All are available in the eshop!
Hello friends, today I thought I’d share my first attempt to capture one of my pieces in action! The first I hope of many more videos to come.
This is a pair of gorgeous gold foil spiral shaped Venetian beads dating back to the early years of the 1900s. It’s designed to add sparkle to whatever you decide to wear!
A favorite client recently set a photo of herself wearing her latest acquisition chez nous and I’m really happy to see it amongst other pieces of her jewelry box. Its exactly what I strive for, jewelry that blends seamlessly with what you already have.
Two new necklaces up in the shop make the perfect pair for those times you can’t decide what to wear…
One is short and sparkly, with a vintage rondelle in an uncommon color while the other is composed of various colored vintage silver foil glass beads.
During shows, I’ll sometimes get comments or question on how to wear beaded jewelry. Some people think it’s difficult to incorporate in daily wear. Some people think it’s too new-agey or too much of a throwback to the 70s.
To this, I say, beaded jewelry can be as modern as any other accessory we have today. It can be worn singly, simply or in layers. It’s all in how we want to wear it.
For example, I like to wear bigger pieces under a collared shirt, for days when I want to have a more serious look but still have that special element. This one is an easy look to pull. And I like to layer thinner necklaces around, but these are optional.
Other days, I like a more minimal look like this. Simple but sparkly.
I love that these antique beads have enough character and beauty to stand alone, worn simply on a chain but the best way I think, is when you can layer it with other pieces you already have in your jewelry box as I’ve done with this antique Georgian pendant.
A little teaser of some new pieces, and yes, I seem to be on a blue kick lately.
Do you ever have days when you just want to layer on the pretty things? I do. It cheers me no end to be surrounded by pretty things. In my home, on my wrist or fingers, stacking works. Of course, I hear the minimalists going “less is more” so to resolve this dilemma, I came up with three bracelets that are each simple and pretty on their own but works like magic to form a stack. For the days when one bracelet just won’t do it. Best of all, each bracelet is now listed in the shop!