Thursday, February 25, 2010

A New Event - "Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays Party"


Good morning my friends.  You may have noticed that I have begun to participate in a few blogging events just recently.  It is a great way to get to know other bloggers out there, that maybe I wouldn't normally be exposed to.  It is so much fun to find other like minded individuals through out the US and the world at large and come together with the common themes.
This post will be about one that I just heard of today called "Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays Party".   It is going to be hosted by Linda at Coastal Charm .  It will get started on March 2nd, so come on and join the fun.  I'm so excited for this new opportunity. 
You see, I was raised by two individuals that were products of the "Great Depression" and thus they trained and taught the seven of us children to have core values of spending our money wisely.  As a very young girl I would go to garage sales with my Mother.  I have many fond memories of looking for the needle within the haystack and two great purchases I found before I was 10 years old and purchased myself stand out in my mind as some of my earliest thrifty finds.
The first was a chipped up pink depression glass coffee cup for .05 and the second was a gorgeous white stoneware coffee pot with a sailboat on its side which I purchased for $2.00.  I still have that coffee pot and it resides at our beachy themed cabin in Minnesota.
So plan to check out this great new event starting on March 2nd and "Let the Party Begin".

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Angels and Jewels for White Wednesday

Good Morning on this beautiful White Wednesday. 
A girl named, Gretchen of Mimi-Toria's Designs and some of her favorite things...
A girl can never have enough white candles and silver can she?
I can never have enough jewels either.  Good thing I'm a jewelry designer.

A girl can never have enough white frames in their home either, especially with her Emily at age 4 all in white as angel displayed in it.  Emily is now 15 and doesn't quite do the white thing for me anymore, nor the angel wings.
   
  Angels such as this patinaed one, as well as the human one above are favorites of mine.
  

Vintage shell jewelry, as well as ocean shells are favorites too.
Shells from Dec 2009 trip to Ft. Myers Beach, Florida.
My daughter Emily dressed in white, about 13 years ago.
"Love" a 4 letter world that makes the world go round.
 

Thank you "Faded Charm" for hosting this special event.

  

Friday, February 19, 2010

February Jewelry for Sale on Blog

   
Hello to my beloved blog followers...  You will find in this post and the previous post many necklaces and a few bracelets that are available for purchase off of my blog in case you're interested.  Thank you to everyone for their recent purchases these past weeks while my husband has been unemployed.  I truly appreciate the sales now, more than I ever have, so thank you.  If you know of anyone that might be interested in taking a peak at my items, please share my blog url with them.

I am often asked, how to I order your jewelry? I will try to simplify it, since I don't have a website other than my blog, nor do I have paypal for purchases set up yet.  I just don't yet know how to do that, so for now here's how to order:

1.  Find the items you'd like to purchase
2.  Send me an email at gretchen.schaumann@comcast.net with your item #, the information of the item you'd like to purchase, as well as your mailing address.
3.  I will then email you back an excel invoice with the amount total.  There is a $3.00 per item shipping/handling fee and 7.275% Hennepin Cty/MN sales tax charge for Minnesota residents only.
4.  Send me a check and I will mail you out your item(s) and the package will be all ready to go when the check arrives.                     
 Again, thanks!  Gretchen


Eiffel Tower Chunky Chain Necklace
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$44.00 (on sale - $39.00)
(AVAILABLE)

18" of thich gorgeous goldtone chain with an additional 1 1/2" of focal length for an overall 19 1/2".

Substantial Silver Watch Necklace 
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$44.00 (SOLD 3/24/10)
16" chunky silvertone vintage chain w/large 1 1/2" vintage white enamel pocket watch face with SS fleur d leis charm, Eiffel tower charm and cross book locket charm.

Vintage Pitcher Necklace
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(SOLD AA/JMS)
This is a really cool one-of-a-kind necklace that is on a silvertone vintage chain with a length of 30" and an additional length of 3 1/2" for the chain and charm focal.  Charms include an eiffel tower, heart lock, cross book locket and crown with the pitcher at the bottom.

Fleur d Leis Watch Piece
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$39.00 (SOLD 2-17-10)
This watch piece is very unique with a wonderful patina to it.  A fleur d leis accent is at its very center and the Eiffel tower charm and the heart lock add to its ambience and French theme.

Rhinestone Bird Watch Necklace
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$39.00 (SOLD 3/11/10)
Photos are very poor of this piece.  I apologize, but I do want to get them on the blog, so will use them for now.  A 17" silvertone with pearl chain connects to the watch face with a gorgeous vintage rhinestone element.  The watch face is porcelain with my signature silver bird flying attached to it.

Clock/Calender Necklace
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$42.00 (SOLD 3/10/10)
This necklace is quite the conversation piece with its ability to be a two-sided necklace.  The front has a very unique vintage patina watch face and the back as a fun vintage movable calendar.  It is on a 21" goldtone vintage link style chain.

White Watch Face w/Nest
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$44.00 (SOLD 3-3-2010)
This necklace is gorgeous.  The details of it are incredible.  The vintage porcelain watch face and vintage unique silvertone chain are wonderful examples of found vintage elements.  They have been paired with my signature silver bird flying which has been attached to the watch face as well as my hand created wire-wrapped birds nest with three tiny freshwater pearls in it to represent bird eggs.  Truly a one-of-a-kind piece that no one else in the world will have.

Brushed Gold Watch Face Necklace
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$44.00
 (SOLD AA/JMS)
24" chain length with charms are reproduction in the brushed goldtone metal look.  They are used with a fabulous vintage pocket watch face.  The crown charm moves freely.
There is also a pair of earrings that could be purchased to go with this necklace which have the fleur-d-leis charms.

 Vintage Girl/Black Watch Face
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$34.00
(SOLD FF 4/10)
Black gorgeous watch face with signature bird flying in gold attached to it.  On the other side a crackled "Vintage Girl" is created to have a nice look in case it turns over while wearing.  The bar link chain is adjustable from 20" - 22 1/2".

Pearls/Watch/Bird
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$44.00 (SOLD)
30" of vintage pearl link chain attached by wire wrapping a gorgeous nail head vintage AB crystal bead to a wonderfully patinated enamel white watch face.  My signature gold bird in flight is attached to the watch face.

Eiffel Tower Necklace
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$39.00 (GIFTED)
This necklace is gorgeous.  24" vintage silvertone chain with asymetrical styling that has an Eiffel tower charm and crown charm on the one side with a fabulous Eiffel tower picture in b x w under glass surrounded by vintage rhinestone strand edging.  Lovely piece, and one of my favorites.

Gray/Blue Delite Necklace
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$34.00 (SOLD 3/11/10)
21" of glorious grey gun metal toned elements with blue rhinestones set in.  A lovely vintage focal with a reproduction matching chain.

Angel Girls in Glass Necklace
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$39.00 (Sale $30.00)
(SOLD)
17" strand of vintage faux glass ivory pearls with a hand wire wrapped hook closure.  The focal of this piece is two adorable b x w print vintage girls with angel wings.  Adorable.  Vintage glass prism.


Gold Beach Theme
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$59.00 (SALE $54.00)
(AVAILABLE)
There are a lot of great elements in this design to make it a playful and fun beach theme necklace.  A gorgeous vintage chunky gold chain is the cornerstone of this piece, which measures a generous 28".  The sand dollar and focal charm elements add an additonal 2" to its length for a total of 30".

Art Deco Vintage Key Hole w/Bird
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$44.00
(SOLD Blog 4/10)
This necklace is simple in style, but gorgeous in reality.  The Art Deco style key hole is 2 1/2" in length x 1 1/8" wide.  There is a hand wire wrapped bird nest w/3 aqua robins eggs and a trademark of Mimi-Toria's flying bird charm dangling from it.  The chain is copper and measures 20" in length and the focal elements add another 4 1/2" for an overall total length of 24 1/2".

Gold Leaf/Pearls and Watch Face
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$29.00
(SOLD AA/JMS)
This vintage gold chain necklace measures 24" with the chain portion and another 1 1/2" for the focal elements.  A simple, but classy design.

Elegant in White Watch Necklace
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$49.00 (SOLD FF MARCH)
This is a gorgeous all white and silver necklace.  All elements included in this design are vintage with the exception of the Sterling Silver adjustable chain and closure and the trademark of Mimi-Toria's bird on the watch face.  The vintage glass faceted opaque white Czech beads are a strung length of 20" with the additional Sterling Silver clasp adding another 2" of adjustable length.  The focal drop is an additionl 2 1/2" with the watch portion of this design 1 3/4" of that 2 1/2" focal portion.  This is a classic necklace that would knock them dead with a white button style blouse.

Pearl Choker 15"
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$44.00 (SOLD 3/11/10)
Gorgeous large vintage glass faux pearls strung with a Sterling Silver clasp.  The focal on this piece is a vintage 1 1/2" chocolate brown button that has a vintage Elgin watch face set into it.  The vintage rhinestone rondelle attaches the pearls to the focal.  The pearl/chain portion is 15" and the additonal length of the focal brings it so fall at about 16 1/2".

Organic Necklace
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(SOLD AA/JMS)

This is a wonderful patina filled piece of jewelry.  The length is 26" plus an additonal 2" of focal elements, so overall length is 28".  The mix of black, ivory and brass make this such a wonderful one of a kind creation.

Dainty Clock/Key Necklace
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$32.00  (SOLD 3/11/10)
     
This necklace is 18' with a ball chain attched to a 1" wonderful patinaed porcelain fancy watch face.   A beautifully detailed skeleton style key charm is an additonal fun element added to this design.  For the girl that loves simplicity.
Mother of Pearl Paris Bracelet
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$34.00
(CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE)
This bracelet is very cool and one-of-a-kind.  The base is a vintage silvertone bracelet which the mother of pearl vintage shank style button have been attached to.  The "PARIS" letters and detailed crown elements have been added to these mother of pearl buttons to create a truly beautiful piece.


Thanks for looking and commenting.  I appreciate you taking the time.
Gretchen

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