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Saturday, May 19, 2012

New Old Stuff and Name that Thing!

I haven't blogged in ages - I'm sorry for being such a slacker! But you know, sometimes life just happens... Anyway, you might have noticed I've played around a bit with the design of my blog. My favorite colors - teal and purple.

So my friend Heather (famous for giving me tons of vintage jewelry to play with) is in town and she brought me a big bag of stuff. Yay! I haven't picked it all apart yet - just a cursory examination. But I did find one thing right away that I LOVED and had to use immediately. It's an old Australian coin that's been punched and sliced and entirely smoothed out on the backside. I just thought it was so interesting. People with lots of foreign coins (I'm looking at you Keirsten) might find some inspiration in this.

Also, does anyone recognize this stone? It's one of two things I got at the bead show last time that I didn't ask the name.

I finished this one last night too. But the focal came from someone on etsy who found a bunch of new old stock award medals that were unengraved. She patinas them beautifully. I've been hoarding this one for a year, and recently ordered a few more. So I finally gave myself permission to use it. I combined it with a Czech glass flower with a pearl and a vintage rhinestone, and it's on pale yellow knotted sari silk.

I made these earrings this past week. Mixed metals and to gorgeous blue lapis beads I got at that last gem show.

The ovals twist around a lot - I could not get them perfectly forward facing for the photo, but we all know movement in earrings is great!

Now, for a bit of the other stuff from Heather's package. There are some interesting things I have no idea about. For instance:

Anyone know what this is? Never been to Brooklyn.

I know there are a few Wisconsinites out there who read my blog (Erin for one). Does this mean anything to you?

I love this beautiful Cloisonne lentil pendant. It was her grandmother's. I definitely intend to make something very special out of it.

This Asian symbol (anyone?) in real -vintage- ivory. Speaking of ivory, did you all read this amazing elephant story that's been going around the interwebs lately? Get your hankies ready before you read it! And on the subject of animal tearjerkers - make sure to read about the world's loneliest whale.

Now, more gratuitous pictures of the stuff from Heather's package:

There's a rhinestone buckle in that little bag on the left. And lots of good glass pearls, etc.

This bear peeking out from behind a tree - burned into wood - totally cracks me up! And how about those awesome etched brass teardrops! A matching set! I can't wait to make earrings with those. That drilled thing above the gold heart is a double sided quarter. Don't know what I'll do with that tank charm...

These little black buttons are wooden with metal shanks. I have a feeling I'll come up with something for them. The green beads are wooden as well. Plus, there are natural wooden rounds in the bag beneath.

Here's the Australia necklace again. I wore it out to lunch today and it just feels so good on! You know how some jewelry just feels like it's supposed to be there? I hate to sell it, but I just can't keep everything I like! Maybe it won't sell after a few months and then I can keep it.


  1. I feel unfullfilled after seeing all that *wow* lucky girl! That stone looks like some agate I have? but hard to tell.

  2. Ohhh, lots of fabulous stuff here! I love the pieces you made, especiall that first necklace. I don't know what the stones are, maybe moonstone or some sort of agate...?

  3. I love the Australia necklace and the earrings with the lapis are great. I would go with agate too but I don't know either.

  4. Wow! All that awesomeness (like Patty said)!!!!
    I love the Australian necklace, and your friend Heather is just a plain fantastic lady. Lucky you!

    Tip for you about the stones - check in online shops that have a lot of semiprecious stones and good pictures. You are likely to find something looking like it there. I would start with the agate section, like the others also said.

  5. So much eye candy! I'm drooling all over my keyboard.

    I love that coin necklace. I have a huge foreign coin collection, so this is giving me ideas. I also want to dome some of the coins and drill them to look like buttons. One of these days...

  6. I'm so in love w/all your goodies - and both of those necklaces are to die for!!

  7. Ahhhh! I so want that Wisconsin Music Festival medal! It is absolutely too cool :-) What gorgeous goodies you got. I really like the necklace - that coin is unique. The stone looks like quartz to me but I really don't know much about gemstones other than I think they are really prettY! Th Brooklyn museum tag is v cool also - it's definitely on my i must visit list (brooklyn that is, I don't know anything about the museum.) I am looking forward to seeing what else you come up with...

  8. First off, LOVE the blog colors. These are two of my favorites as well.
    You are so beyond lucky to have a friend that collects for you! And what she collects for you is just awesome. I know you're going to rock these bits into amzingness!

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