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Monday, July 25, 2011

Jewelry for the September Shows in Minnesota

Anybody wondering where I've been?  Busy, busy, busy.  I'm preparing for two very large events coming up soon, a very large wedding, coming up soon, and have been remodeling portions of our home, including a new studio/office for my business.  (more on that at a later posting).

I hope some of you are planning to attend my upcoming two shows I will be a vendor at.  They are both in September, back to back.  I am frantically working to have enough items to keep everyone happy with, and will continue to do so until the moment the shows begin.  I like to keep my customers happy!

Sept. 7, 8, 9 & 10
Otten Bros. Nursery
Long Lake, MN
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Sept. 15, 16 & 17
Canterbury Park location
Shakopee, MN
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Necklace 1 is oh, so cool when worn.  Definitely a statement piece and can easily be layered.  It's creation of the focal was a multi part process with several techniques being used in its design.  I love the gorgeous hand carved wooden pieces that one of my favorite pickers unearthed for me.  The gorgeous focal surround was purchased several years ago and has wonderful patina to it.  The tassel on this piece is stunning and was a found element just last week in a new treasure trove location that I was referred to.  Love these unique elements that truly make the pieces come together.  Overall this piece was culled from 5 separate resources.

Necklace 2 - I am struggling to sell.  Yes, it is one I'd love to keep, but need to sell whatever I can get made up between now and the events.  This fabulous chunky stain piece is so elegant, but yet also perfect with an open shirt and jeans styling as well.  Love the mother of pearl treasures I've included in this piece.  This one just speaks to me.  One of my more upscale pieces, she is a real keeper.  The St. Chirstopher Protection Medal is unique and mimics with its circle of pearls the circle of pearls on the toggle closure of the chain.  One lucky lady will get to buy this piece.  p.s.  Maybe, she'll let me borrow it?  :)

Necklace 3 is a signature design with a bling design on its reverse.  I am well known for using vintage enameled pocket watch faces and than the addition of the flying sparrow on them.  It is recognized as a Mimi-Toria's Design when worn.  This one, however, has the addition of the reverse side with lots of bling and a fun totally different look to it.  Love it when I can create pieces that give my customers Bang for their Bucks with it being worn multiple ways, and/or layered.


  1. your designs are always so uniquely beautiful! bonne chance with your upcoming shows! (can't wait to see your new studio space!) :)

  2. hi gretchen,
    these necklaces are as beautiful as always! i wish you well with your two shows and all the projects you have going.

  3. Dear Gretchen
    Your work is simly stunning and amazing. I so wish I lived closer so I could have the pleasure of meeting you. Much success to you at your shows.

    Love & hugs

  4. oh my goodness Gretchen, those pieces up top with the turquoise on it are to die for! LOVE LOVE LOVE them! Wish I were closer to Minnesota!

  5. Everything is so pretty! Good luck at your shows, I know you will do well! Can't wait to see your new design studio, I know you are so excited about that! Happy week and happy designing!

  6. Gretchen - hello my friend! Hope all is well with you - I see you're busy as always. I love your necklaces - #2 is my fav, and I'd say it's a keeper for sure!

    Wishing you lots of sales at your upcoming shows. Tell the girls I said hi! Miss you all.

    Hugs, Kathy

  7. Oh My!!! Your work is beautiful. I have seen some of your things online and always admired them. So excited about coming to Minnesota and meeting all of the vendors who are doing this show. Everyone has been so gracious and kind to welcome me. I already feel so at home. See you real soon!

  8. Thanks ladies for your kind words. Excited for this show and to see all my wonderful customers again.


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