Posts Tagged ‘handmade’

A shop update full of earrings

| New pieces

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. 

 


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One necklace for different looks

| Beads, Fashion, Jewelry, New pieces

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? 

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Soaking up the sun and finding inspiration

| Fine jewelry, Jewelry, Scenes from our travels

A few days before the close of 2016, we had the pleasure of spending a few days in the sunny island of Puerto Rico. It was a welcome break from the snow and cold and a chance to soak up the sun and recharge.

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 We were greeted by blue skies and the blue green waters of the Atlantic. We could feel ourselves immediately relaxing. The island was first settled in 1509 by the Spanish led by Juan Ponce de Leon. The present site of San Juan was founded in 1510 and was  given its formal name  of Puerto Rico de San Juan Bautista in 1521.  It is the second oldest European established capital in the new world, the first being Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.

The remnants of its colonial past is evident in the walls of the city and its two forts that stills stands guard over the city. In days past, the forts constituted the first line of defense against hostile powers who would storm the city and take its riches.

Nowadays, its a popular spot for those who want to take a stroll, and take in the magnificent views of the sea.

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By day, we shared the historic downtown with the numerous daytrippers from the many cruise ships that make this port, a must stop in the Caribbean. All of us were walking around holding our cameras and phones in front of us, trying to capture the vibrant colors that adorn the traditional colonial houses and buildings.

Blue, yellow, violet and pink, every hue was present and it was fun trying to capture that.

Business establishments are on the first floor while families still lived in its upper floors.

At night, once all but the few who chose to stay the night were gone, it was possible to catch glimpses of the families that still live behind the wrought iron balconies and lace covered windows.

The best surprise of the trip was discovering a strong local and thriving artistic community. Yes, there are a number of American style malls but there are also a good number of stores carrying only local artists and featuring only local and handmade crafts and goods.

Take this store which proudly refuses to carry anything other than their own handmade Panama hats…

Or this one store which carried a number of pretty bags, among other things. On the day we were there, we got to meet the artist.  Its a big family undertaking, she told us. Her mother and daughter help her make the bags and her other daughter sells them in the store.

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 Here is a small sampling of her work.

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But my favorite discovery was a tiny shop that also housed a jewelry school.  Nothing touristy about this shop. When I stepped in, I was among residents who were having their jewels cleaned or repaired. This picture is a small sampling of the work of either professors or students of the school.  Their work features gems and stones, silver, gold, and even enamel

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 Needless to say, this was the place to find the perfect souvenir to take back home.

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Something pretty and sparkly

| New pieces


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! 

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Craft show finds

| Craft show

One of the nicest things about doing craft shows is meeting so many talented and creative individuals. I’ve never been to a show where I didn’t meet anyone that I thought was really cool. I thought it’d be nice to feature them here in the blog so that you dear friends, could meet them too.
Just this weekend, I met two people whose works are crafty, creative and just plain cool.

Jamie of skoolsnaps
makes great gift items from school themed alphabet photography. I don’t know about you but it’s hard to find the right gift for teachers. And I think these would make such nice presents for them. As I sit and write this, I’m thinking they’d make nice presents for people you normally have a hard time giving gifts to since they’re customizable. Oh and if you do meet Jamie, ask her to tell you the story of her vintage luggage!

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Scott of fatcatimages on the other hand, features Lego figures in his photos. Yes, you read that right–Lego figures and he makes amazing photo scenes with them. They’re funny and playful and one of them is really sweet and tender. You have to check out his site to see what I mean as I’m not sure my pictures convey their whimsical charm.

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I can’t wait to meet other people in the next craft shows!

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Crafting with Grace show recap

| Craft show

When I opened the door to go out to the craft show at Ann Arbor last Saturday, I was greeted by sheets of pouring rain. I tell you, driving in the pouring rain is no fun. I had a moment of apprehension when I realized that I had missed a crucial turn because of the rain. Fortunately I was able to make my way and I arrived safely albeit a bit late to set up for the show. I had barely finished when the first group of shoppers arrived!
I really appreciated the show organizers efforts to help the crafters. It’s so rare that there are people to help you unload your things and even more rare to be offered water, juice and snacks during the day. All this plus everyone was really nice! This certainly helped me during the day!
When I had a calm moment, I took a quick look around and as always I found interesting individuals.
One lady actually brought her own bobbin so she could work on her hand spun yarn. I’ve never actually seen yarn being spun before and it was a treat to see an expert. Her yarn was so smooth, I’m sure knitters would have a great time using it to make beautiful things!

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Here is a sample of her yarn

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Another crafter blows her own glass to make ornaments, vases and glasses. Aren’t they pretty Christmas ornaments? You can find more of her work through her website http://www.dianesbaubles.com

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Another stand I found completely lovely was by a lady who creates new things with rescued and found objects. She paints and makes collages to tell a story out of old things. Her things were whimsical and utterly lovely. To see more of her work, visit her etsy shop SimplyJoyToo.

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Perhaps the stand that surprised me the most was this one. I thought they were children’s clothes but they are actually doggie clothes!

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A new event

| Events

DPM Collage 5Hello friends, hope your week is off to a good start!

I have to start this post with an apology for last week’s abrupt silence.  Unfortunately technical difficulties prevented me from blogging and I was sorry not to be able to complete the week.  Everything has been resolved and I’m glad to be back.

And I’m back with some great news!  I’m happy to announce that I am taking part in the Buy Michigan Festival at Northville this weekend! Starting on Friday (Aug 2 from 10 to 7 ) until Sunday (Aug 4 from 10 to 6 pm) I will be inside Northville Square in downtown Northville to take part in a festival that honors local businesses.  I am bringing lots of beautiful new pieces and I am very excited to take part in this wonderful event!

So spread the word and hope to see you all there!

 

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Our first Northville Market

| Events

Hello friends, over the weekend I was over at Northville for my first summer event with the Little Shoppe Market. I was all excited as its been awhile since I was at an event. Then the weather decided to be capricious. Friday, our first day was totally rained out. We were fortunate to be inside as the torrential rains were impressive. I’m happy to report that the next days were much better.

Honestly, it wasn’t quite what I expected though to be fair, I’d never done an event in the US before.  Up until now, I’d been dealing with a mostly French crowd, notwithstanding a few foreigners here and there. The crowd was certainly different from what I’m used to and I have to adjust to this if I’m going to continue doing shows.

That said, what I found truly nice was the spirit of camaraderie that was present among those in the fair. Its not easy to be out there in front of people with your work. Like it or not, these pieces represent something of yourself and it can be nerve wracking to be in front of a public. Everything is less difficult when you’re with fun and easygoing people in a show. And I can’t tell you how nice it was to find here, as in France, kind and encouraging people.  Special thanks to Annie of MiniMocs and Elaine of Creative Notions Limited!

Now, I want to share with you some pictures I took during the show…

These beautiful Petites Merveilles earrings found themselves a lovely new owner.

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Gorgeous handmade wreaths and decorations from Detroit Reincarnated. This would definitely brighten up your wall if you had it hanging up!

handmade wreath 1Cute handmade muffs for your booties from Mitten Made. Don’t you think this is a clever way of updating your wardrobe?botties muffs

And I couldn’t resist taking a picture of this piece..glass carouselwhich is just a fantabulous glass carousel made by Keltic Fyre and I loved it. Don’t you think its aptly called Fantastic Carousel of Dreams?

Here’s to the next big event coming up!! Keep reading this space for more details!

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Matching stuff

| Jewelry, New pieces

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I don’t often have enough beads to make matching things. I make from what I find.  And that’s sometimes frustrating because I like to have the earrings that go with the necklace or a bracelet and necklace. Even more so when the beads are as distinctive as these round glass ones! I lucked out though with these as I had just enough to be able to make a pretty set!

I feel in a more playful mood now that we’ve left (fingers crossed) the cold weather behind and I think this set is the perfect thing to wear.

I love how the circles have edges and how the little dangle in the middle makes this piece so much fun!  The red glass circles are french made from the 40s while the little pearls and glass beads in the middle are from the 50s.

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Here’s a close up look at the necklace!

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If you’re interested in this piece, don’t hesitate to drop me a line!

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