Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Friday, December 18, 2015
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Friday, December 11, 2015
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Friday, December 4, 2015
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Bringing it forward.
Recently, I designed several pieces of jewelry for a client using her mother's vintage jewelry. The box had been in a drawer; she was not sure what to do with it.
Candice brought it all to me.
We discussed what and how she could use it. She tried on many styles and decided on what she would wear.
Then I got to work, combining brooches and earrings, adding chain and pearls to make something new with the old treasured pieces.
She even had me make a special necklace for her sister's birthday.
This is the wonderful part of what I do.
There is nothing like it; to be able to bring a treasured piece back to life and have it used, instead of sitting in a drawer gathering dust.
Thank you, Candice, for letting me tell your story.
|Ellen Lucille, known as Lucy.|
|Candice in her "new" necklace with family vintage brooch.|
|Pearl necklace using vintage rhinestone choker and earrings.|
|Necklace featuring a vintage brooch and earrings. choker length.|
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
There is no place like Paris.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to our friends in France.
Several years ago, after a visit to Paris and Normandy with my family, I designed this necklace to remind me of the trip. It is a tribute to the beautiful "City of Light".
|The Paris necklace, a mix of vintage elements and pearl.|
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Friday, November 13, 2015
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Friday, October 30, 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Friday, October 23, 2015
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Friday, September 25, 2015
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
One of my favorite things is to design with a client's family heirlooms.
Recently I had the privilege to take several items; a lapis choker necklace, a pair of earrings, and Kazuri beads; and make them into a necklace. It is one that Marti will wear again and again.
Now she has all her memories in one necklace.
In her words:
"Last year I traveled to Kenya for a third time. On previous trips I had seen
locals and visitors wearing Kazuri ceramic beads. In March I was able to spend the day touring the factory and talking with the bead workers. Most are single
mothers, supporting extended families of 20 plus people. They are some of the most joyful people I have ever met. A few women showed me how to paint certain beads, and giggled when I tried! I went for the beads, but left as a friend and with a
heart full of love and thankfulness. Susan made me this necklace to remind me of
these wonderful women."
|Kazuri bead information|
|A close-up view|
|Marti in her necklace|
Friday, September 18, 2015
Brooches are trending this fall.
You'll see them everywhere.
If you are like me, I go crazy trying to pin them in the right place or simply get them straight.
Why not do it my way, turn that gorgeous brooch into a necklace, or bracelet.
|Allison necklace with black onyx, enamel, crystal, and vintage brooch.|
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Where would we be without our friends?
I am fortunate because I get to name jewelry designs after friends. It seems that each piece reminds me of some special friend. They all take on a personality. Can you find your favorite?
|Marti necklace with vintage flower brooch in cultured and shell pearl with cross|
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
I have spent the past two weeks moving our daughters into college and grad school apartments in two different states.
May this year be filled with new experiences and joy!
|With Erin; I'm wearing a Paris necklace with pave owl.|
|Erin wearing Diana necklace. Susan wearing Isabella with hand-knotted pearl tassel.|
|With Katie; Susan wearing the Austin necklace.|
|With Katie; Susan wearing the Audrey necklace with vintage brooch.|
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Friday, August 7, 2015
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Friday, July 24, 2015
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Friday, July 17, 2015
Have you ever thought about how amazing life is?
Taking a chance and talking to a stranger has led to some amazing friendships.
Several years ago such an encounter by family members led to new friendships with several families in the Normandy region of France; and many trips back and forth. Recently we were visited by Agnes. She is an amazing person, great traveler, and a good friend. We will miss you, Agnes! Safe travels.
|Dinner with Agnes. L-R, Susan, Agnes, Dawn, and Anita Plunkett.|
Of course, the girls are wearing L'donna Jewelry.