Monday, December 31, 2012

CBJA Workshop - Caged Art

The center for Beadwork and jewelry arts (CBJA) in Nashville Tennessee often has one day workshops for aspiring jewelry artists.  They will be having a workshop in April 2013. The title of the workshop is called Caged Arts.  Sherry Serafini is the instructor and she rates the skill level for the workshop as intermediate. 

The workshop will help the person attending make what is called a caged heart.  An example of it is shown here:


 For all details of the workshop, please visit the CBJA workshop page.  If you wish to purchase the heart made but not actually attend the workshop, there are also details on the page. The cost of it is $38.



Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sheree Whitfield From the Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Debuts a New Jewelry Line

Another New Jewelry Line from Reality TV Star Sheree Whitfeld. 

Sheree Whitfeld, the Atlanta socialite and entrepreneur best known for her role on the reality series The Real Housewives of Atlanta, has just released her new jewelry line called The She by Sheree Collection.

The collection was personally designed by Whitfield, at it will be offered exclusively through the social shopping site Kitsy Lane

Kitsy Lane is a social commerce community for jewelry designers which opened in July 2012.  The She by Sheree Collection, will launch with custom pieces of fashionable yet affordable jewelry Sheree has personally designed.  Her line, released to coincide with the holiday season features necklaces, earrings, and bracelets ranging from $30-$75.

Sheree joined the  Kitsy Lane  community in August to build upon her wealth of retail business experience by opening a virtual accessory and jewelry boutique.Through her boutique, Sheree not only shares and sells jewelry and accessories but also shares her chic style sense and advice, engages her online audience, and encourages and supports emerging designers to grow their businesses.

Kitsy Lane founder Andy Fox says they’re “excited to be the exclusive carrier of The She by Sheree Collection.”
SOURCE: Kitsy Lane

Here are a few of the pieces from the new line:

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas Wreaths - A Festive Accent Piece

 Do you like a Christmas Wreath or a Christmas Tree?

This is the time of year when I seem to sell out of Christmas tree pins.  I just can't seem to keep them in stock. But there is another type of Christmas jewelry that also attracts buyers as well - Christmas Wreath Pins.

We all use them to decorate our doors during the holiday season.Why not decorate our jacket lapels with them too?  Christmas wreath pins come in an array of colors and sizes.   You can get enamel designs for a daytime look or add a little bit of glitz with rhinestones in a more dazzling style.

Here are a few of my favorite Christmas wreath pins:

Dazzling red and green rhinestone design in silver tone metal.  One of my best sellers!

This pretty style has a small candle in the inside.  I love the navette shaped rhinestones.

 
This pretty style from Coro features a circle of pale blue rhinestones inside the outer wrapping.  Just delightful!


Here is another pretty candle style but this time in enamel.  Perfect for a daytime look.


This interesting Christmas wreath design can't seem to figure out whether it wants to be green, red or orange...and  a lop side bow to boot.  For someone who likes to think outside the box.

For my full range of Christmas wreath pins, please see Vintage Jewelry Lane.

What is your favorite style of Christmas pin?  Do you prefer trees or Christmas wreaths?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Using Vintage Jewelry in Craft Projects

Vintage jewelry is lovely to wear, of course.   However, there are times when you may find yourself with a bit of this and a bit of that - mismatched pieces of jewelry, broken pins, or otherwise unwearable jewelry items, what do you do with them?

You may immediately think "throw them in the trash bin."  But hold on...don't throw those pieces away just yet.  There are several cute things that you can do with single earrings, a pretty pin which has lost its clasp and other pieces of vintage jewelry.

Here are a few DIY craft projects that can turn what would otherwise be called trash into a lovely hand made treasure.

This lovely Christmas wreath was made by using a foam base which was covered in a Christmas garland and embellished with a few enamel flower pins very popular in the 1970s.  Have a look at the bow on the top.  That is a single beaded earring very similar to those made by Japan and Hong Kong in the 1950s and 60s.  What a sweet accent!

Photo credit:  Mitzi's Miscellany.

And how adorable is the beautifully embellished clutch purse.  It is covered with bits and pieces of old vintage earrings and vintage pins for a stunning effect.

 Photo Credit:  Balancing Beauty and Bedlam

I am a reader and am always on the lookout for new book marks. These DIY bookmarks were made by using vintage brooches.  I especially love the cameo pin bookmark. Cameos are my favorite type of vintage pin.


Idea courtesy of Earth 911.

Have you priced decorative photo frames lately?  If you have, you will know just how pricey they can be.  Why not use vintage jewelry pieces to decorate a plain picture frame yourself.  This plain brown frame was embellished with a hot glue gun and pieces from old rhinestone vintage pins.


Directions on Ehow Mom

Can you think of other ways to use left over or otherwise unwearable pieces of vintage jewelry?  I would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Jewelry From Watch Parts to Insect Jewelry - Eerie Way to Repurpose items

Insect Jewelry - A Tinkerer's Delight


At first glance, this looks like a bunch of creepy crawly spiders and other insects.  But images lie.

These are, in fact, mechanical insects made by a tinkerer Justin Gershenson-Gates.

This tinkerer usually sells jewelry accented with watch gears on his website A Mechanical Mind.

However, his customers can't seem to get enough of  his insects made of watch parts, tiny light bulbs and other bits.

Justin is the grandson of a railroad man, and his life from the start has been filled with all things mechanical. He would take apart all of his toys as a child in order to see how they worked, but was never able to put them back together again.

Now, he take dead old watches from the top drawers of the world, disassemble and clean them, then rearrange their bits and widgets into whimsical designs. His aim is to show the beauty of the mechanical world, a place generally hidden from the public behind metal and glass. His pieces display the more delicate and ephemeral side of gears, rather than the cold, hard factory feel they normally portray.

What do you think of his creations?  Too eerie, or just eccentric enough?  Please share your comments below.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Runway Jewelry is Perfect for the Festive Season

Runway jewelry, that worn by models on many of the fashion runways, is usually quite ornate and dazzling.  It's also the perfect choice for all the festive occasions that seem to turn up the time of the year.

I had a look through my various stores to see what would make great accent pieces for some of your nicest fashion designs and here they are.

Just click on any of the pictures for more details about the pieces.

NEW multi color rhinestone FESTOON Bib choker necklace earring set

 Dazzling mauve and green flower bib necklace with ornate festoon design.

 A stunner in pink rhinestones.  Lovely formed and fitted neckline.

 Perfect color for Christmas - red and clear rhinestones with a bib design.

These are just a few of the choices.  See more festoon necklace and earrings sets in my Bonanza Shop Jewelry Lane.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

SUV Crashes into A Jewelry Store - No One Hurt.

WKRN, Nashville News, Nashville Weather and Sports

Incredibly, no one was hurt in this crash when a SUV crashed through a plate glass window of a jewelry store in Lebanon, TN.

Security cameras caught the action when an elderly driver lost control of their car.   A new puppy helped to save owner Shawn Smith when he started barking and the owner walked him from the office about two minutes before the crash.

Damages to the store were about $100,000.  Bet the puppy gets a treat!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Sotheby's to Auction Jewelry Spanning Four Centuries

On December 11, 2012, Sotheby's Auction house will have the collection of the late Michael Wellby. The collection is called "An Eclectic Eye" and eclectic it certainly is.

The exhibition will be on view in London from 7 - 10 December 2012. The single-owner sale will comprise 211 lots, featuring works of exquisite craftsmanship, ranging in date from the 16th to the 20th Century. Highlights include a late 18th Century diamond corsage ornament (est. £60,000-80,000) and a spectacular late 19th Century wheat sheaf tiara (est. £60,000-80,000).

MICHAEL SINCLAIR WELLBY 1928-2012 Michael Wellby was born into a family of silver dealers. Educated at Marlborough College, at the age of 18, he joined his father’s business H.S. Wellby in Halkin Arcade in Knightsbridge. During the 1940s and 1950s, he began to deal in German silver, (which at the time was unpopular and undervalued), realising that pieces he could buy at little more than melt value were amongst the finest examples of the silversmith’s art. In the 1960s he moved the business to Grafton Street in Mayfair, where it soon became a required stop for any visiting continental dealer or collector. During his long career Michael Wellby also built up a highly important private collection of European silver and Works of Art, which he has bequeathed to the Ashmolean Museum.

More Information: http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=58054#.ULzvvYbWAyw[/url]
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 Michael Wellby was born into a family of silver dealers.  He was educated at Marborough college and joined his father's business at the age of 18.

During the 1940s and 1950s, he began to deal in German silver, which at the time was unpopular and undervalued. During his long careen, he built up an important private collection of European silver and works of art, which he has bequeathed to the Ashmolean Museum.
MICHAEL SINCLAIR WELLBY 1928-2012 Michael Wellby was born into a family of silver dealers. Educated at Marlborough College, at the age of 18, he joined his father’s business H.S. Wellby in Halkin Arcade in Knightsbridge. During the 1940s and 1950s, he began to deal in German silver, (which at the time was unpopular and undervalued), realising that pieces he could buy at little more than melt value were amongst the finest examples of the silversmith’s art. In the 1960s he moved the business to Grafton Street in Mayfair, where it soon became a required stop for any visiting continental dealer or collector. During his long career Michael Wellby also built up a highly important private collection of European silver and Works of Art, which he has bequeathed to the Ashmolean Museum.

More Information: http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=58054#.ULzvvYbWAyw[/url]
Copyright © artdaily.org

It was the wheat sheaf tiara that first caught my attention.  It is equisite:

An attractive diamond wheat sheaf tiara, Second half of 19th Century

Here are some of my other favorites:

Gold, enamel and diamond brooch, Second half of 19th Century

Gold, enamel and diamond bracelet, 1860s

Pair of gem set and diamond bracelets, Van Cleef & Arpels, 1970s

You can view the entire auction catalog on this page of Sotheby's Website.  Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the bling!

And for those of you who aren't fortunate enough to attend this fabulous auction to purchase your jewelry, why not have a look at my website Vintage Jewelry Lane to see if something there tickles your fancy?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Polyvore Collages are Fun to do.

I've talked about Polyvore in my blog in the past.  I love making collages there.    Here is my latest one so showcase the holiday season with the color red.


If you haven't tried Polyvore, you should give it a go. It's fun and easy and a neat way to spend a bit of time creating something pretty to share.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Have you Been to My Facebook Fan Page Yet?

My jewelry business has changed a lot since the early days when I only had vintage jewelry for sale.  For the last few years, I have been adding contemporary jewelry, lots of rhinestone runway jewelry and I also have a big love of turquoise jewelry, all in new trendy styles.

Life seems to have a way of taking away much of my free time, especially lately, since I have been so involved in social media marketing and the new website that my friend Linda and I have been involved in.  (The website is called Networking Tips 4U and deals in all aspects of social media marketing.)

Even though my jewelry styles have gotten somewhat updated with the influx of contemporary jewelry, my Facebook business page got somewhat neglected until recently.

I have just updated my Facebook Business page with a brand new header and lots of neat new graphics to show off my new avatar. 

The new design is much sleeker and sexier than my old look and has lots of interesting jewelry designs, features that girls and women love to look at and talk about and plenty of fun stuff as well.

If you haven't been to my page in a while, be sure to drop by. The look of the page is totally different now!  You can find my Facebook page here.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Cyber Weekend Sale at Vintage Jewelry Lane

Today through Monday 11/26/12 Vintage Jewelry Lane is having a cyber weekend sale.  All jewelry is marked down 20%.  Just use the coupon code xmassale20 during checkout to receive your discount. 

The discount is good on your whole order. But hurry in. The sale ends Monday November 26,2012 at midnight.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Cream Cheese and Strawberry Snowmen.

These are just too adorable not to share.  Strawberry snowmen with cream cheese heads.

Ingredients

1 lb large strawberries
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3-4 Tablespoons powdered sugar (or sugar substitute - to taste)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Rinse strawberries and cut around the top of the strawberry. Remove the top, (enough for a hat). Clean out the whole strawberry with a paring knife, if necessary (some of them are hollow already. Prep all of the strawberries and set aside.

2. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add cream cheese mix to a piping bag or Ziploc with the corner snipped off. Fill the strawberries with cheesecake mixture.

3. Once strawberries are filled, top with the 'hats.' Decorate according to photo.

4. If not serving immediately, refrigerate until serving.

recipe compliments of Countdown To Christmas on Facebook.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New Social Media Marketing Site Just Launched

Getting the word out about your product can sometimes seem like a daunting task for small business owners.  There are so many options, each with its own sometimes expensive price tag.

But there is also a way to get the word out without spending anything other than your time.  It's called Social Media marketing.  Facebook, Pinterest, Google Plus and Twitter all have many people who might be interested in your brand if you could just get your product seen by them.

My good friend Linda and I have just started a new website which gives loads of information on how to connect with an audience by using the various social networking platforms.

The site has videos, tutorials, tips and tricks and many articles to give your social media marketing task a boost.  Whether you are new to network marketing or have been doing it for a while, there is something for every one on the site.

The site is called Networking Tips 4 U. It is still a fairly new site but we are adding content to it daily.  Hope to see you there soon!  You can also see our Facebook Fan page here.

Looking for a how to book for your marketing projects?  Social Media Metrics for Dummies is a good one to check out.  Social Media Metrics for Dummies By Hemann, Chuck (Google Affiliate Ad)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

My Laurel Burch Pin is Featured in an Etsy Treasury

I am honored that my Laurel Burch Pin is currently featured in an Etsy treasury called "Colorful! Magic" by Etsy sellers - EthnoBird.

The treasury features a lovely combination  of interesting items in vivid colors of red, yellow and green.

Here is my Pin. Laurel Burch is famous for her creative designs with abstract shapes. They are very much collector's items. 


You can view the whole Colorful! Magic treasury here.  Many thanks to Halyna and Dana for including my pin!.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Great Jewelry Ideas for Stocking Stuffers

Every time I realize that Christmas is almost here, I can't believe how fast the year has gone.  Each year, I seem to say something similar, but this one seems almost a blur in many ways.


Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?  I actually did manage to have a day last week where I took advantage of an early sale.  I am by no means done, but I did put a dent in the upcoming chore.

Here are some photos of some of Christmas inspired jewelry items.  You can click on any of the images to go to the store for more details.







For more great Christmas idea, please visit my main store at Vintage Jewelry Lane.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Jewelry Trends for Fall 2012 - Gold Tones, Earth Tones, Natural Materials and Statement Pieces.

The leaves are falling, the days are cooler and thoughts go to fashion choices for heavier clothing.  I thought it would be fun to see what seems to be the trend for this autumn season.

Four key things seem to stand out to me after studying my recent trends in purchases from my customers:

  • Gold Tone Colored Jewelry
  • Warm rich browns, tans and other earth tones
  • Natural material, glass, turquoise
  • Big Bold Statement pieces.
Silver tone has always been the color of choice in past seasons, but I am seeing more and more sales of gold tone jewelry, especially in combination with bright colors.  This Bohemian inspired necklace is a good example,  with rich Autumn colors, gold tone edging and a statement design:


 Autumn always offers us darker colors in jewelry and this year is no exception. Animal prints are still all the rage and feathers are continuing to be a great seller as well.  This spotted pheasant feather set is a great example:


 One can't go wrong with turquoise.  It has sold well all year and continues to be one of my best selling materials.  Combined with glass and other stones, it's a real trend setter. This pretty set is a lovely example of glass and turquoise with some ceramic style beads as well.

All of the above pieces are statement designs.  This trend continues and the pieces seem to be getting larger and larger.  These long owl earrings are 9 inches from top to bottom.  In the popular gold color, they will indeed make a statement when worn. 

What do you think of the looks for fall?  Do you like big statement jewelry, or do your prefer something smaller and more delicate?

Friday, November 2, 2012

Looking for a Wooden Jewelry Box?

Looking for a new jewelry box? I love this one. It is very similar to one that I purchased from Kohl's last year, and I am delighted with the quality and price. For more details please click the ad.

Blog Appreciation Thank You to Hide A Heart Blog


A special thanks goes out to McCatherine Lunsford for nominating Collecting Vintage and Contemporary Jewelry, as well as my networking friends blogs for this neat award.

Her support for great blogs and social networking is greatly appreciated.

You can view McCatherine's blog here.

With the nomination comes some obligations.  One must thank the person who nominated my blog, link back to their blog.

I would love to nominate the following great blogs and websites too:

Amazing Photos for You

Pink Hill Vintage

Inspired Creations

Secret Garden's Gems

Native by Designz

Antique Basket Lady

Avocado Lane

Dean Designs

If you love social networking, please have a look at our Facebook page - Share my Link and I will Share Yours

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thrifty Thursday - Gift Ideas for less than $10

The holiday season is coming upon us quickly and we'll all be in shopping mode soon, if we aren't already.  I thought I would share some images of several of my jewelry items available for $10 or less.  These would make great Christmas stocking stuffers.

Just click on any of the images to go to the item page for more details, or to purchase.

Teal Rhinestone earrings only $7.99

Gerry's Holly Pin - only $8.99

Lovely cameo earrings - only $8.99

Christmas present dangle earrings - $10.99

Gerry's book piece Christmas wreath pin - $9.99

This is just a small sampling.  Please visit Jewelry Lane at Bonanza for many more gift ideas under $10.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sunday's Sterling Silver - Both New and Vintage

To me, there is nothing like the earthiness and patina that sterling silver acquires as it ages and is exposed to the elements.

Some like their sterling silver like new with a great shine, but I love the aged look more.

My stores have a great selection of all types of sterling silver jewelry, so whichever you prefer, there will be something for every one.  Here is a look at some of lovelies.  For more information, just click on any of the pictures to go to the store.

Lovely marcasite, glass and sterling silver brooch/pendant.  Very Art Deco looking!

Mid Century Anton Michelsen Scandinavian Sterling Silver Brooch and earrings.

Very collectible Stuart Nye Vintage Dogwood Flower brooch and clip earrings.

Millefiori Murano Glass Sterling Silver Earrings By designer Alan K

Fabulous Sterling Silver and Freshwater Pearl Bracelet with a pretty toggle clasp.

I have dozens more sterling silver designs at Vintage Jewelry Lane.  Hope to see you there soon.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Two Amazing New Websites from my Friend Linda Kelly Lee

I have become good friends with a wonderful lady, Linda Kelly Lee.  She is the administrator of several networking groups on Facebook.

Today, I am giving a shout out to her.  She has just made two new websites.  They are loosely based on the Pinterest concept of adding interesting images.  Each website has a slightly different look and feel to it. 

Also, she has the option for the readers to add some of their own images and we can link back to our websites, which is great for creating back links, which help with SEO.

Head on over to her sites.  Just click on either of the images and it will take you directly to the website.




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