Thursday, December 10, 2009

Broken China & a little Sound of Music

I made a necklace out of one of my favorite plates that met an untimely death. I seriously love this pattern, so I'm so happy to see it live on as something beautiful. It's made from an antique Blue Willow plate. Have a friend who loves this pattern? Why not get them a unique Christmas gift that is personal and special.
It comes with the chunky chain.
Also unique is my Swiss cross/Edelweiss necklace straight from Switzerland. My husband has a friend who just returned from a trip there, and he gave me this beautiful paper. I immediately saw it as a necklace. The word underneath means cross. The reverse side features the Country's flower, edelwiess. You may remember the song from the Sound of Music. It happens to be one of my all-time favorite movies.
We just finished watching Little Women, the newer version. It's my daughter's favorite. We love, love, love it. It makes me want to make popcorn and cranberry garlands like we always did at Christmas time. It's the simple things that stand out. I couldn't name the presents I received every year, but I always had fun making memories of the things we did together. Enjoy your special memories, and don't forget to make new ones.

Warm hugs & a cup of hot chocolate~


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas is coming!

Hi everyone! Are you as excited as I am that Christmas is just around the corner? Yes, I know that causes a certain amount of stress, but hey, it's time to enjoy the season. I want to celebrate Jesus' birthday, the fact that He even came to die just amazes me. It is the greatest gift we could ever be given. He gave Himself. In the midst of shopping, wrapping, decorating, cooking/baking, I hope you do take the time to remember why we do it all. It gets so trite to hear "Jesus is the reason for the season", so I don't want to hear that without truly feeling the meaning.
My Mom has a Nativity that sits on a small round table. My daughter's favorite thing to do is sit and play with it. She could play with it for hours on end. She always talks for the characters, and acts out the story. It is such a beautiful thing to watch. I love it.
I have several new items, and I will be offering overnight shipping for the same price as priority to all you last minute shoppers starting Monday! I also have Christmas ornaments available. Just send me the photos you would like, as well as the year. On sale now for 30.00. Email me with the letter of the one you would like below, and I'll send you an invoice. The two items listed on the post below are both sold. (Vintage gypsy and French collage)
More pieces coming soon!

Have a wonderful week!
a.) "Red" made from swarovski crystals 1" x 5/8" ~20.00
b.) "Red reverse"
c.) "Scarlet" ~15.00
d.) "Christmas snowflake"made from stained glass and crystal 1" square ~22.00
e.) "Christmas jewel" size is 1" x 5/8" ~15.00
f.) "Christmas photo ornament" 3" x 1" ~30.00
g.) "Christmas cross ornament" 2" x 3" ~20.00
h.) "Pink Fairy"~ 1" x 5/8" made with swarovski crystals ~20.00
i.) "Christmas stamp collage"~ sale~30.00

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Cyber sale-new items!

The Cyber sale runs all week until Saturday night,and as promised, here are two new items. These are one-of-a-kind-items, so it's first come, first served. The Vintage Gypsy necklace is made up of several vintage necklaces with lots of bling(even swarovski crystal), french coin, pearls, and a metal cross. It measures approximately 20" long, and is somewhat adjustable. {reg.68.00} 51.00 this week only.
The French shadowbox necklace is approximately 1.25" square and has a metal fleur de lis on top of vintage french papers and text. The reverse is vintage french text. It is also one-of-a-kind.{reg.52.00} 39.00 this week only.

Both of these come beautifully packaged and ready for gift-giving whether for yourself or a friend.

Have a great week!

Sale prices

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Cyber Monday-Saturday Sale!!!

As this is the biggest online shopping day of the year, I have decided to have a nice Cyber sale! I have been extremely behind with my blogging and thought I'd start it off right. I'm having a 25% off sale which includes everything in my online boutique, etsy store, blog and all custom orders. This sale will begin at midnight Sunday night, and run all week. I will be adding new items daily. If purchasing off the website and etsy store, refund for your 25% off will be refunded via Paypal after payment has been received. If paying another way, you will receive a discounted total on your invoice. Shipping will be free as well within the continental US.

New additions are:

custom Christmas ornaments
scrabble tile jewelry
Limited edition collages
rhinestone encircled monograms
handpainted art jewelry

Dates to receive your order guaranteed for Christmas delivery are now through Dec.17th. If ordering custom photo jewelry, I must have your photos no later than Dec.12th.

I have been doing shows, and staying super busy, but I have truly missed blogging, and all my blogger friends. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Love & hugs~

Sale prices

Monday, October 5, 2009

Fall Sale(extended until Sunday!) ~ Custom charm bracelets!

This is an example of a custom ""Noir/Blanc" bracelet. It is the Large size and can be made similar to this one. Each one is unique.
"Link Photo" can be added to to make any custom length.

On sale now are all the charm bracelets in every style! This is a limited time offer now through Friday, Oct.9th. Custom charm bracelets are a breeze to order. All you need is to email me the photos you would like used, and we do the rest! You can also mail copies only if you prefer. You can have it changed to black and white or sepia as well. The large charm bracelet is made from sterling silver and is reg.$125.00 and has 10 photos (5 double sided charms). Your choice for extra charms, such as buttons, crystals, lamp beads etc. On sale now ~$115.00. The smaller sterling charm bracelet has 10 photo (5 double sided charms) with a few additional buttons or crystals added is reg.$95.00. Sale price ~$85.00. The photo only charm bracelet in the link style is reg.$85.00. On sale for $75.00. To pre-order your custom bracelet, click on the paypal link below to chose your preferred style. Then, you email me your photos and any special instructions. Your bracelet will take approximately 2 weeks from the time I receive your photos, and will ship beautiully packaged in a decorative tin. These would make sentimental gifts for birthdays, Christmas, new baby, military families, anniversaries etc. These make priceless gifts for family memories that can be handed down from one generation to the next. I absolutely love mine. It has my parents on their wedding day, my grandparents, my Mom and Dad when they were little, and several sentimental things that I chose to make it special. A grandparent bracelet is a great gift idea too with photos of each grandchild. The ideas are limitless!
Please feel free to email if you have any questions:

Happy Fall!

Charm Bracelet Styles

Monday, September 28, 2009

Jane Austen News!

I am so excited about a new line I have for sale with the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, England! Ever since my husband and I visited there last October, I knew I wanted to make some custom, Jane Austen jewelry. After talking via email with Becca, who has been so great to work with, my jewelry is now exclusive to the Centre! It is such a priviledge to have my pieces for sale there. Take a look here to see them online. These will only be for sale through the Centre! Wouldn't these make great gifts for any Jane Austen fan?
The newsletter about my jewelry, as well as more new designs they have now, is out today. If you haven't signed up for their free newsletter, you should get on the list. They always have great Jane Austen items in the shop, and wonderful extras that would interest any Jane fans. I have been on the newsletters for over 2 years, and it was what prompted my husband and I to visit Bath.
I have always loved everything Jane, so much so that many pieces of jewelry I have made had Jane Austen playing in the background for inspiration. Pride and Prejudice is my all-time favorite. Each of the new pieces I have made are inspired by Pride and Prejudice. Maybe I'll add to the line with Emma & Mr.Knightly, Marianne & Col.Brandon etc., but for now, Lizzy and Darcy are still the stars of the show. I'm so happy to have a small part in anything to do with Jane Austen.


Saturday, September 19, 2009

We have a Vingo winner!

Yes, it finally happened! We have a winner and the winner is.... Nancy A.!!!! Congraulations! All 5 of your words were chosen by random number! It was a close race. Thanks so much for playing Vingo! We'll start another Vingo game soon. Let me know if you'd be interested in playing again!

Thanks everybody!! Have a great rest of the weekend!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wed. vingo word....

is... Porcelain!

I tell you, I think I'm living in some kind of fake world where I keep pretending it's fall. I live in FLORIDA. We don't get fall until Dec.1st. Well, not really, but I'm so ready to feel a crisp chill in the air and see leaves swirling in the air when I open the front door. I've been wanting a scrolly, white, Mary Engelbreit type screen door for about 5 years. I live on a cul-de-sac, and I like to pretend it's my little "cottage out of the wind and the way". My ever so sweet husband doesn't have my vision. At all. Not even a tiny bit. He wants a glass storm door with a deadbolt. I think I might surprise him and just do it myself. I wonder if after he actually sees it what he'll think. Do you read this blog from work, babe? We'll soon find out....dun da dun...tune in to see if I will be stuck behind a glass prison with mosquitos doing a kamakaze into their reflection, or...a beautiful white, cottage style, vintage screen door that fits me soooo well....hmmmmm. I guess that had nothing to do with Vingo, but to be honest, I was getting bored just saying the word. I felt the need to express my feelings at the moment.
Anyway.... if you win..yell Vingo!! Check your words. I'll be checking them soon to see if we have a winner. By the way, this teacup is an extremely delicate porcelain that came from Germany. It was so paper thin, I was afraid to touch it. Elaine from the formerly Ivy Leaf Tea Parlour is the owner of this gorgeous teacup. She taught me that the thinner the porcelain, the more valuable the cup. Neat!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tuesday's word..

"Toille" Technically, this is not toille. Work with me here. :)I got as close as I could. How's everybody doing? We should have a winner very soon!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Monday's vingo word....

is.................Cotton. For some reason, I can't get my photo shop program to load properly. I've had computer trouble lately, and nothing frustrates me more. So...I checked on your words, and we have several that only need one word! It's getting closer!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Two for one Vingo words today!

Because it's a holiday weekend, I've decided to give you two words today!(Pssssstttt we're taking tomorrow off) Here you go....

Have a great Labor Day weekend!!!

Friday, September 4, 2009

My favorite....

Happy Friday!! Don't forget to check yesterday's word! I posted late.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Up next.......

Here's the new word of the day....sorry it's so late!!! Busy day! :)

Here's a new ring design. It's pretty large and a little heavy. It measures a little over an inch in length and almost an inch wide. It has vintage rhinestones on a vintage scrolly background. "Bella" $28.00

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Vingo countdown.....

I checked the numbers and it's getting closer! As soon as you get all 5, yell "VINGO" by leaving a comment on that post. I can't wait to see who'll be our first Vingo winner.
Now, for today's word.....

Can you spot the piece of Ellenay Designs jewelry in this picture? Are you having fun playing Vingo? I am! :)

Have a great Wed!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

5th word....

The fifth word is...

I also wanted to show you my latest's the new addition to the Sheer Bijou line. It's called, "Croix de perle" and is about 2" in height and 1.5" wide at the widest part of the cross. This is a one-of-a-kind piece. I custom made the glass behind the cross in three sections soldered together. It has 6 vintage rhinestones as well.

Happy Vingo playing! I'll check soon to see if we have anybody close to winning!

Monday, August 31, 2009

4th word......

This apron will be available soon in my etsy shop. I love the frills and 1950's feel it has.

Happy Monday!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

2nd word.......

I'm typing this from my iPod since my computer decided to freeze! Sorry this is late!! The second word is...linen. Don't forget to check it off your list if it's one of your chosen words.

Friday, August 28, 2009

First word of Vingo is......

If you chose this word, mark it off your list. Second word coming tomorrow!!! Just so you know, I'm not choosing the words myself. I'm using the online random number generator to pick the number for each word.

Happy Friday!
p.s. If you didn't receive an email from me confirming you're a player, then I don't have you on my list. Leave a comment here if you are having any problems with my email. Thank you!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Come play Vingo!!!!!

I made that up :) Vingo is "vintage themed bingo" and we're gonna play! I really like Bingo, and I found a bingo game at a yard sale this past weekend. It got me thinking that it would be fun to play word bingo like I played once with Make Mine Pink. Thanks, Roxie!(You gotta check out her fabulous lights! I love them!)

So, here's the details:

1.Vingo will start this Friday. You need to email me that you plan on playing- ( to be entered. If you email me, I will email you to let you know you're on the list.
2.Pick 5 words from my list of 25 and send me your words before Friday.
3.Starting Friday, I will release one word a day until "Vingo" is called. So you will need to check in on the blog to get your daily vingo word.
4.The first person to call "Vingo" gets this FREE vintage necklace "Love birds"!

Here are the words: Pick 5 randomly and email them to me.

1.rhinestones 6.beaded purse 11.porcelain 16.pearls 21.oil painting
2.cotton 7.linen 12.seashells 17.timeless 22.ruffles
3.lace 8.milk glass 13.shabby roses 18.patina 23.toille
4.apron 9.enamelware 14.teacups 19.chandelier 24.barkcloth
5.junkin' 10.silverware 15.tag sales 20.monogram 25.salvaged

Ok! Ready to play? Get busy picking your 5,emailing them to me, write them down somewhere handy and Friday we'll start the game!!! If this goes well, I'll continue the game everytime we get a winner! Fun!

Go Vingo!!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Drumroll Please!!!!!!!!! And the winner is............................

Whitney Rollyson!!!!!!!! Congratulations Whitney!! I used the random number generator website and her number was the winning ticket! I appreciate all of you who took the time to enter during this busy week of school starting back. And a BIG thank you to those of you who took time to send recipes (Whitney, can't wait to make those oreo things! Yummo) And, a BIG, BIG thank you to those who took advantage of the sale. I appreciate each and every one of you. But, It's not over yet- I have great news! I'm starting another giveaway this Monday! This one will last for 2 weeks and may be even bigger prizes! Check back on Monday to see what's up for grabs!

Thank you! See you then!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Photos of the give-away prizes for this Sat!

I'm finally getting to post pictures of my give-away prizes for this Saturday's drawing. I'm so excited! Who doesn't love a great apron? Especially if you're a vintage chic, which I most definately am! I actually love to wear my vintage aprons, and love the ones with the pocket on the front. They make great ipod holders. That's what you call an updated classic! I also made a vintage french-styled necklace to go with it. Pink was the color this time around, and I don't normally make a lot of pink. It fits with the retro theme nicely. I used an estate sale vintage crystal for the dangle charm, french styled papers and a diamond dusting for extra glam. I also included a cottage roses glass magnet and my favorite apple pie recipe on a french library card.
As a side note, vintage aprons will be a new addition to my line very soon! I'll be blogging about them in the next week or so.

Leave a comment here or on the post below to be entered for the drawing. Also, the sale ends Sat. as well.

See you then!

Simply Lovely