Friday, 19 December 2014

Earrings Everyday - December



Breaking Wave is an anamorphic kinetic sculpture created for Biogen-Idec's new headquarters in Cambridge, MA. The sculpture was created by Plebian Design and Hypersonic.

As you can see from the above picture, this month's 'We're All Ears' inspiration comes from a video clip of the creation of an anamorphic kinetic sculpture - it's just too clever for words!   Sooo...my wee brain simplified this right down to focus on the idea of kinetic movement. I forged some silver hoops and inter linked them so that they can slide through each other.  To mimic the balls used in the video I wire wrapped on a couple of tiny copper beads and I also oxidised the silver slightly for a more gunmetal look.  I might just wear these this weekend, hoop earrings always put me in a party mood...


'kinetic' hoops

I hope you all have a wonderful Festive Season ...but don't go away just yet, click here to get back to Earrings Everyday to enjoy more creations inspired by this months sculptural science kind of theme....xx

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Grey Stormy Days


We're apparently being 'weather bombed' at the moment here in the UK.  It's not really so bad here as we are in a sheltered bay but I hate stretches of days like this when the sky and sea are grey and the wind whistles non stop around the house.

grey, grey and more grey

 At least someone has got the right idea....

Cats have a natural ability to cope with cold weather!

So as I'm stuck indoors and still in my pyjamas (OK, I'm procrastinating about writing up the Christmas cards), I made a wee collage of things from Etsy I hope Santa brings me....

My Christmas List


























I hope he gets my letter in time...xx

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Vintage Jewellery Finds (Nov 14)

So...this week I have some items of vintage jewellery to show you. First is this very pretty little enamel blue bird holding a little diamante in it's beak.  The C clasp is a clue to it's age and dates it to pre 1950's.  Just to keep your attention here's some wee snippets of information for you: the bluebird is a nautical symbol for good luck and it is universally accepted that the bluebird symbolises cheerfullness, prosperity and good health.  In Korea they have a myth that the bluebird is sent to flutter round humans and report back to the gods - hence the saying 'a little bird told me....'  Good to know eh?

Blue bird brooch
I'm really rather pleased with this next one.  It's a sterling silver bar brooch designed by Thomas L Mott from around the 1930's.  It's a lovely Art Deco style (I am not an expert on jewellery by the way) with a green glass, faux jade 'flower'. I am particularly fond of the abstract leaves and may have to incorporate that idea into my own jewelry if I ever make anything again. Pretty...


Art Deco Style Brooch designed by Thomas L Mott

And lookee here...a thistle....which of course I'm fond of because I'm Scottish!   This one was designed by Ward Brothers who were popular makers of good quality 20th century costume jewellery and of course Scottish too.  This one is sterling silver, it's very petite and I like that colour of glass.


Ward Brothers Thistle Brooch


Yes, of course I want to keep them all, especially after I came across this picture on Pinterest recently of a very cool lady wearing many brooches to adorn her vintage style outfit.   I was very taken with this idea, especially attaching one to the bottom of a garment and may have to adopt a similar look.  Anyhow after some investigation I learned that she is Julie Arkell a much esteemed UK folk artist.  I have now become a firm admirer of her quirky and fun designs (not just jewellery), each piece tells it's own story and the more you look, the more clever details emerge.   I couldn't find a link for her own website but did find this fun old BBC clip, click here to watch if you have time to browse! 
I would never have thought of pinning a brooch at the bottom of a garment....
 See you  soon...xx

Monday, 1 December 2014

Vintage Lace Hankerchiefs

I am currently rekindling an interest in sewing and as I have always had a soft spot for beautiful hand embroidered vintage linens, I was delighted when my brother brought me a box of vintage lace hankerchiefs.  Some of them are labelled as being the work of orphans from the Infant Jesus Society in India from the 1960's and others have tags to say that they are from the CSI Lace Industry in Nagercoil (also in India), a project to assist women and girls to stitch lace in their own homes.  The lace is beautiful although sadly the labels have been sewn on and have slightly damaged the centre of each hankie by leaving little holes.  I am in two minds whether to keep them and be unspeakably cruel by running them through a rolling mill to texture silver or put them in my shop in the hope that a lover of lace will buy them to cherish.....what do you think?


Infant Jesus Orphanage Society I.H. of M
Underneath the hankies, I found this little set of applique sew ons of the Three Bears eating their porridge.  I want to keep those too but I've no idea what I'd do with them.  That's the trouble with having a vintage shop, I want to keep it all - I think I'm in grave danger of becoming a hoarder!

Mamma Bear, Pappa Bear and Baby Bear






...and finally here is a selection of vintage detachable shirt collars.  Have a wee wander into Pinterest to see the crafting possibilities these have.  I am going to try and hunt down a couple of vintage leather collar boxes for them which would make them look lovely on display....

vintage detachable shirt collars

So...these are my finds for this week.  Until the next time....xx