Saturday, June 27, 2009

Vintage Murano Glass Bird Necklace

My garage sale senses were tingling the minute I woke up this morning- I just knew I would find something special.  Sometimes you just know.... So when I saw this elderly woman selling mason jars for $3 apiece I almost kept walking- until I saw this beautiful necklace.
Very dusty, still with a "made in Italy" tag, AND with matching earrings- I tried to nonchalantly pick it up without her seeing my heart pounding.  I don't know much about these necklaces- but I know that individually the beads are worth alot.  The real Venetian deal!  Should I tell you all the price tag was $3- that's three dollars- twelve quarters.

I'll sleep well tonight.  I might even wear this necklace tomorrow.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

New Matryoshka Keychains & Necklaces

Aren't they pretty?  I LOVED making these!  Each hand painted wood Matryoshka features vintage glass beads and a vintage brass swiveling lanyard hook.
You can attach them to a keychain, use as a zipper pull, or as a pendant on the 24" leather cord.
Sunny Yellow.  Each is one-of-a-kind- now available in my Etsy shop.

Monday, June 22, 2009

More Etsy Treasury Lists!

My work is featured in a these 2 new Etsy treasury lists- always flattering!  This first one, Caged & Freed by thelittlefox is quite lovely.  My new Birdcage Earrings are featured .
This one is called Lots of Talent, by bagsandbuds.  Those Vintage Patchwork House Pillows are mine!
Hopefully tomorrow I'll post a sneak peak of my new Fabric Birdhouses.  They're bigger & better!  Have a great evening!  I'm off to the pool!

Little House on Etsy

I really like this Etsy treasury list from shamsandcoverups featuring house images in all different mediums.  I LOVE the ring!  And of course my Vintage  Patchwork House Pillows!
You can see the whole list here.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

More Vintage Patchwork House Pillows

New supplies always inspire me- whether it's a fleamarket find or new notions.  But since I'm on a (self imposed) spending freeze, I spent the last few evenings going through boxes of vintage fabric scraps.  If I live to be 100 I have enough fabric to make something every day!

So, I have my new little scrappy patchwork house pillows, all dressed up with vintage buttons and lace. (in my Etsy shop) On deck in my studio I have a dozen or so new vintage fabric birdhouses in the works.  I'll post a few "in progress" picks tomorrow.

I just got a call from my best, most-missed friend Candy who's coming to visit this weekend!  SO exciting!  Have a wonderful day :)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

All Cooped Up- Vintage Murano Glass Birdcages

I have a lot of these vintage Venetian glass birds.  These are the real thing- made on the island of Murano in the 1950's.  It's difficult to use them in designs because the wire is at the bottom of the bird.
Then I found these vintage brass bead cages.  I LOVE these- but not sure if anyone would want to wear birdcage earrings.  Would you?  The cages are tiny- about 1/2".
I added tortoise color glass beads on both ends....
I also made a few of these necklaces a few months ago which sold, but I worry that they're too fragile.  These are all different- but I used antique watch parts in a glass vial, with the bird perched on top.
Well- I'm off to list the earrings in my Etsy shop-I hope someone out there likes them!
Happy Wedenesday!  I hope this rain clears :)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Raspberry Lime Spritzer

Another great Etsy Treasury list- this one by loveartworks- features these great fresh summery colors (and of course my Vintage Raspberry Earrings!)
I want one of everything!  You can see the entire list here until it expires Thursday.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Vintage Clowns

Clowns usually scare me but these make me smile :)
This one is super scary.
Just a random comment- Have a great day :)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Another Productive Evening

Last night it really paid off that I cleaned my studio.  I had a lot of pairs of vintage glass beads just waiting for a new life.  These are for summer shows- I love the colors!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A Few New Pieces

I just wanted to share a few new pieces I made- I cleaned my studio & found some of these awesome glass rhinestones.  They're giant- about 1 1/4" wide & fit perfectly in the vintage brass settings I had squirreled away.  These pics don't do them justice- they're a bright aqua- so fun!
All vintage glass, one-of-a-kind.  I'll be listing the bracelet in my Etsy shop later this evening.  More to come....
This giant brass butterfly necklace is fun, with 3 tiny freshwater pearls, on an adjustable chain.  The butterfly is 2" across.
School lets out today- I'll be less productive the next few months as I bake in the sun at the pool and prepare for summer shows.  But I'll be back every other day or so :)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Matryoshka Earrings

I spent the weekend making tons of these fun earrings.  Made from hand painted Matryoshka beads from Moscow and vintage glass beads- all one-of-a-kind. These always sell well at summer shows.  You can see them here in my shop.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Vintage Treasures- Sequins & Beads

I'm a collector of many things including vintage beads & sequins.  I spent some time organizing my sequin collection, and I put these little collections together to sell in Mike's Etsy shop.
I love that these look like paint boxes- a little box of treasures.  These are a result of years of collecting....The vintage sequin collection has 36 glass vials in their original watch maker's box- with a variety of colors & sizes of old sequins & pailettes.
The vintage seed bead collection has 24 glass vials full of little vintage glass seed beads.  You can see them here.