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Friday, July 31, 2009

July Jewelry Designs

"Filigree De lite"
Design 100
Price $49
A wonderful vintage buckle has been re purposed into this fabulous focal on this necklace. I chose to use semi precious gems in light green (Adventurine) to pull out and emphasis the sage green in this buckle. The adventurine beads have been hand wire wrapped for stability. Vintage chain has been re purposed for this asymmetrical design.

Complete necklace.

I hand wire wrapped this clasp closure.

"Time Stands Still in the Garden"
Design 101
Price $54
This is a really fun piece of jewelry that was created with a vintage pocket watch that had lost its glass through the years. It has a sealed watch face now with the help of a very cool product I just was recently testing called Matte Accents. It actually gave this piece a vintage feel with the matte seal over top of it, and I love how the hands on the clock rusted slightly with the addition of this matte medium. It is available through Art Beads and can be found in this section. I also tried the crackle accents, glossy accents and sepia accents from this same line through Artbeads, and will have more pieces in the feature featuring those finishes as well.

I combined the wonderful time piece with a glittery high heeled shoe, a silver watering can, Fleur d leis charm, as well as vintage neutral beads and a rhinestone roundel. The simple silver chain and set in pearls make this a focal eye catching necklace.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Life's Lesson - "The Garbage Truck" theory

Recently the garbage truck has been hovering around Gretchen. Let's just say this, that when I received this creative analogy below via an email, I knew that I needed to share this with the blog land, so that others could benefit from it as I have. It is quite insightful and my hope and prayer is that if just one of you readers of my blog can learn from this, than it is well worth the time it took to share it. I am not normally one that shares this type of blog posts, but thought this was superb thus I'm taking the risk. Maybe, you've been dumped on, or maybe you are the dumper and can also learn from this little story.

The Garbage Truck

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!'

This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.'

He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you.

Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on.
Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.
The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so....
Love the people who treat you right.
Pray for the ones who don't.
Life is ten percent what you make it... and ninety percent how you take it!

Have a blessed, garbage-free day!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Do You Know About the Junk Market Style Site?

To see more details about this post I did on Junk Market go to here:

Good morning my friends. I'm sure many of you are aware that I'm involved in a wonderful site called "Junk Market", but some of you may not know about this wonderful site. I am one of the contributors on this site, and actively take part as much as I am able to.

You may be wondering what this site is all about? I encourage you take a look and spend some time on it. Just go to http://www.junkmarketstyle.com/ and you will come to the home page. You can check out any of the blog posts or go to the member page for 100's of ideas of what to do with everything from vintage bed springs to old windows to garden ideas.

A few posts to get you interested are below. It is quite easy to become a member and than you can be on your way to making comments, finding out more details about posts and making new and wonderful friends through a very informative site. It doesn't get fun until you become a member, so be brave and give it a try.

Examples of garden ideas:





Examples of pretties to create:




Examples of re purposing Junk:





Sue is our hostess and owner of this site and she's such a fabulous gal and very talented and creative as well. I'd love if you could give her site a go and check it out. You won't be sorry.

Vintage Redesigns Part 2

"Gardeners Delite"
The ornate watering can and the cluster of flowers the can hangs from are sterling silver. All other elements of this design are vintage. I've chosed to use clear cut crystals, a rhinestone rondelle and a vintage filigree strand seperator for this design.

The entire necklace shows the hook closure as well as the chain used and focal.
"Starburst Necklace"

A stunning vintage charcoal grey pin has been used to create the focal on this necklace.

Beautiful vintage focal.

Vintage clasp closure for the multi strand necklace.

Four strand necklace gives a big "wow".

"Time in Paris"

This focal consists of a vintage gold watch case in which a fleur d leis has been added to it as well as the vintage chandelier prism that has the Eiffel tower dangling down from the time piece case.
Love the Eiffel tower image in this piece.

Details of the watch face and fleur d leis image.

A pearl cross is added for a detail near the closure.
The gold tone chain is a bar style and is very cool.

"Lady Necklace"
SOLD French Flea August Sale

Focal is this square vintage chandelier prism piece that I've transposed this
wonderful lady to the back of. It has a very warm feel with wonderful patina.

A freshwater pearl dangles from a piece of vintage silver bar chain.

This focal connects with two more vintage silver bar chain pieces
and than to the wonderful strands of vintage faux linked pearl chain.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Vintage Redesign Jewlery - August

This post will include vintage redesign jewelry that I've created from vintage jewelry, vintage found elements such as key holes, keys, buttons, etc. as well as unique vintage beads. When I create a piece of jewelry I try to make it something that is timeless and can be passed down to future generations. I hope you enjoy this post, as much as I enjoy creating these new creations.

Ornate Key Hole Necklace
(SOLD at "The French Flea" July sale)
I found this wonderful vintage brass key hole last month at a local barn/antique sale and knew I had to create a design around it. I went home and dug to through my extensive stash and low and behold I had this wonderful brass key buried in my container of keys. This was the beginning of my design. I also stumbled across the awesome vintage metal button which I also believe to be brass and had a ta dah moment. The Fleur d leis AB crystal drop was once sported as an earring in its before Gretchen days. This wonderful combination of elements than became the focal on this necklace.

A beautiful AB Crystal piece.

I just love this stash of tiny buttons I came across in one of my treasure hunts. I paired the focal pieces with these wonderful vintage champagne colored Swarovski crystals. These beads have been hoarded for many years waiting for the perfect project to introduce them into, and I felt this was the perfect necklace to use them in. There is nothing like vintage crystals vs. the new crystals that are sold today. The old ones had an element used in them that adds the extra sparkle that the new ones no longer can emulate. I adore using vintage Swarovski in my designs.
The vintage champagne Swarovski crystals than connect to a pearl chain as well as two other chains on either side to make up the main portion of the necklace. The final portion of both sides was created with a solid gold tone chain on either side. This necklace also has an adjustable closure that allows the owner to wear it different lengths.

This necklace was my favorite one I designed in early July and I had a hard time putting it on the Occasional sale. Now I know why. It was in hot pursuit by several ladies at the sale and the gal that purchased new she found a treasure. At Occasional sales shoppers learn the hard way, that most items are one-of-a-kind and you have to get there early and grab it if you love it.

Mixed Metals
(SOLD at "French Flea" July sale)
This is a gorgeous necklace in person and has a lot of sparkle that my camera didn't capture. I took these photos in a rush before bringing them to a 4 day sale.
This piece has wonderful sparkle, which isn't apparent on the photo. It was a vintage pin that has been created into a necklace focal.
Part way up the side of this necklace there are some wonderful treasures dangling together. A vintage skeleton key, vintage brass filigree flower, a vintage tassel and a new Vintaj gold tone bird. I love these little sparrow birds and they've become a trademark for my designs. I use them quite often and never tire of them. They flow beautifully with the vintage elements I typically use and give a rather delicate addition to the pieces they are showcased on.

This is the entire necklace in all of its details. There is a brass and silver portion that attaches to the focal and the dangling portion hang from and then a heavy silver double chain portion after that.

Golden Dreams
(SOLD - FF August)
Lovely vintage amber colored stone with a wonderfully detailed gold colored setting.
These vintage rectangular amber with white swirl beads have also been waiting for the perfect focal combination to be used with and this vintage piece is perfect for them. I just love how sometimes things work out like this.
I intended to keep the focal and these six wonderful vintage beads as the front and center on this design, so complimented it with a simple gold chain, as to not take away from the beauty of these vintage elements.
"The Nest"
I just love this piece. It was created with a very thick short choker length gold chain and a delicate pearl linked chain. The focal is a wonderful vintage chandelier connector that has been enhanced with a transposed robins nest on its back side. I've dropped a gorgeous delicate robins egg blue vintage bead from this Nest.
Again, the photos do not do this piece justice. It is wonderful in person and a very one-of-a-kind find you'll not see anywhere else. This would be ideal for any Moms out there that are keepers of their nests.
Update: neckalce was featured in the Star Tribune article on September 16th in their gallery of photos of my business in conjunction with the article they ran about my business as a jewelry designer.
This necklace would make a wonderful gift to any female family member, a best friend, or a a dear sister. It is created with a vintage chandelier prism.
Wonderful gold filigree settings with coral centers that create a flower effect make up one of the sides of this necklace design. The remaining side has two different types of gold chain creating its elements.
Detailed shot of the wonderful filigree flower section.
Overall necklace design.
"Keep America Free"
Love the liberty lady and all of her glory.
All of the vintage elements are so wonderful to design with.
This is a very fun and cool necklace that can be warmed everyday.
"Silver Cuff Bracelet"
(SOLD at "The French Flea" July sale)
Vintage paste style rhinestone shoe buckle is created into an ornate cuff style bracelet.
I love working with paste style jewelry. Each piece is so special and has its own vintage patina.
Back side of this bracelet shown.
The remaining portion of the bracelet was created with Sterling Silver wire that has been hand wire wrapped for a secure design that is sure to last for decades to come. The clear faceted crystals used are vintage, as is the disco ball and roundels. The Fleur d leis is a new Sterling Silver charm that has been added to give it a French flair.
"Time Flys By"
A vintage pocket watch face is the focal in this design along with a sparrow bird and a cool oval piece with pearls set into it. This has been attached to larger single pearl chains on each side and than connected to a smaller strand of pearls with chain for the remaining length of the chain part.
This view shows the entire necklace and all of the wonderful details it entails.
Pearls and all of their details.

Friday, July 17, 2009

"The French Flea Market of Anoka" July Sale

Hello! The "French Flea"sale is completed for the month of July and those of us that are vendors are already busy gathering, re purposing, painting, designing and preparing for the August sale. However, since I didn't get a chance to share anything about the "French Flea" in my blog for July, I thought I'd entice you with a few fun photos I happened to take during the past sale. Thank you to all of our customers for coming and making this another successful sale.
I've not shown the new sign on my blog yet, but it turned out really great. We went several months without a sign, but once it was completed, it definitely was worth the wait. Nicely done!
Another greeting to the customers from the vendors is written in chalk on the cool shabby chalkboard in this photo. Without customers, this wouldn't be a shop. Thanks for coming!

This is my jewelry display area in the shop. I am in the process of redesigning this area, with using furniture for the August sale rather than the burlap/black tables that I've been using, so stop back again and see what I come up with.
I use vintage frames to display my "Vintage Redesign Jewelry". I have a frame for silver necklaces and another for gold. Its interesting to see what people fall for. Note the necklace second from the right on this photo, as you'll see a detailed version of her below.

(SOLD at JB)
Update on "Clara" . Clara was featured in the Star Tribune article about my business on September 16th, 2009, and found her happy home the following day while for sale at the Junk Bonanza. A lovely lady purchased her and is now giving her a happily ever after.
This is my "Clara" necklace. She was created using a vintage bisque doll that I found "as is", broken arm, silver hair and "Clara" written across from her chest. She is the ultimate of "cute" or the ultimate of "creepy". Take your pick. Some love her and some hate her. I personally love her and feel she has many stories to tell.

This oval frame houses all of my earrings for sale, and the black rectangle to the left showcases some of the vintage redesign rings I create.

This cool piece really can showcase a lot of fun treasures.

This wonderful table and chairs sold in the first hours of the sale. It was a fabulous buy!

Lots of cool shells, seaside and/or beachy items were prevalent at this sale. This two piece white display piece sold as well and could be used as two separate pieces of furniture or used as shown together. Another great buy.

Another cool display piece. Love the wire the gals chose to display on this.

I almost bought the life guard ring for our cabin, but passed on it and let a happy customer purchase this rare find instead. You don't find many of these in Minnesota. Very cool!

I love silver! I also love the black trays with the words written on them.

This painting was recreated by Julie, our master vignette creator. She bought this canvas and than embellished it by cutting out scrap booking paper to create her bow tie and hat, and added the vintage jewelry and feathers. She was named "Dominique" and sold quite quickly. She was one of those one-of-a-kind items that Occasional Sales have become known to provide the customer.
Thanks for taking time to visit my blog. Stay tuned for the next monthly sale event at "the French Flea". Each month the shop takes on a totally different and unique look with new wonderful merchandise set up beautifully for your pleasure. It is a beautiful place to work and be surrounded by.
Next sale dates are:
August 13th (Thursday) 10-8 p.m.
August 14th (Friday) 10- 5 p.m.
August 15th (Saturday) 10-5 p.m.
August 16th (Sunday) 12-4 p.m.
I hope to see you there. Be sure to say "hi" to me if you come into the shop.

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