Friday, October 19, 2012

I just wanted to post a quick note to let you all that my jewelry is set up at St Bernadette Catholic Church in Fuquay-Varina, NC - The event hours are 10am - 4pm: (today) Friday & Saturday. Their address is 1005 Wilbon Road, Fuquay-Varina, NC.

This is a fundraiser for the church - 20% of all sales are donated. There are about 30 other artists & crafters there.  This event is quite different than anything I've ever done - I set it up yesterday & left it - therefore, if you go out there, I won't be there.  There's no room for vendors since it's just a table & quite tight fitting.

As I was posting this, I decided to at least upload a few of photos - below are ones of my studio when I first started reorganizing the area - plus a few other random pictures

The tall piece in the middle was originally a lamp - but I mixed pieces from different lamps to make this stand. I absolutely love these things - I've made about 8 so far & have them on my desk.  so while I'm creating, I can just look up & twirl my little (or big) lamp thingy around & search for the chain I need.  There is a smaller one below it which is made mostly of crystal lamp pieces. These have really helped me with getting stuff off my table - well - it DID help for about a week. Now my table(s) are all covered again - not with chains - but other goodies I'm playing with!

below is the back side of the same lamp above

a few pieces I bought on one of my last flea marketing trips
I kept wanting to make a rhinestone brooch wreath - and finally finished it - well, it's never finished - and they are not secure, but it is still amazing look at! It's just a wreath made from straw, then covered in vintage lace trim - then, I stuck the pin backs into the fabric - I'll post a better picture of it later (or I will never get this blog post uploaded)- don't you just LOVE crystals?!
This is a really unique dress form I saw - it has size circles from hangers glued all over - how  neat is that? It would be super easy to do - those circles are from retail fixture stores - it has a vintagey feel, but it's new!

Ok, that's all for today.  Just fyi - for those of you that even read my blog (LOL) - I started this blog post at 930 am EST - here it is 4:06 pm... that event I posted about in the very beginning - is OVER for today!  This is my life - everyday!  Thank goodness, the bazaar is going on tomorrow too if you want to go over there - have a great weekend y'all !

~ Lori

Saturday, October 6, 2012

A lot of photos today of new things...

So, just quickly - I'm going to be at Festifall tomorrow in Chapel Hill.  It's a juried Art Show in downtown Chapel Hill, NC on Franklin St - right next to UNC. Gorgeous campus - It's going to be a beautiful fall day.  Hours:  noon - goes until 6 p.m.  
My booth is A17 -which is located in front of the Courtyard. 

The photo above is a piece I made a few months back - the base is an old iron mirror stand & then I took the old vanity tray & took it apart, leaving just the metal filigree outline.  Then I wired the filigree frame onto the mirror pedestal - then added twisted wire for hanging my jewelry on.... now it's sitting on my bathroom vanity - with pieces I wear.  I thought about selling it - but i loved it too much!  Maybe someday... I am making another one that I may have at the show this weekend.
 Here are many pieces I've made in the last few weeks - I'll be bringing all of these tomorrow plus about 200 more pieces -

Above:  turquoise, MOP (mother of pearl) & amazonite stones, plus vintage gold chains
Below: a variety of blue & aqua vintage pieces - dangle from vintage glass pearls

 Above:  bracelets made with semi-precious stone, glass stones & lots of antique Deco rhinestone connectors
 Above: a necklace that has a mixture of vintage pieces - it can be doubled to hang at 17" or worn long at 34"  Below:  a simple vintage pearl chain is attached to a old brooch & vintage MOP rosary

 Above:  Victorian button with rhinestone chain on a 30" necklace - this one can also doubled to hang at 17" or worn long at 34"  Below is a piece that has so many different pieces to list - it's about 24" and each piece is completely different (however there are a few pieces of vintage glass pearl links - but all shades of ivory, pearls, MOP, gold and BLING, of course - all vintage

 Above: all of the "chain" part of the necklaces are made with either pyrite (my new favorite gem stone) - and some are antique french cut steel beads - they are tinee, tiny beads!
Above: a crown that I made a while ago, but I don't think I ever posted it here - in the center, it reads, "JUNK QUEEN" - I'll give details on this some other time - it took a lot of time, but it was so much fun to make!
 Above: Lots of RINGS - all adjustable  - can you tell I like BLUE/AQUA??
 Above: when I was photographing these on Friday - I started getting in a hurry - and started piling them up - so here is one little pile - antique medicine bottle, soldered with a button - now a necklace - rhinestone pieces, antique monocle necklace... plus others (sorry, now I can't remember what I 'threw' in there) -
Above:   More simple rhinestone necklaces - this type of necklace is more my speed lately - I just like a simple chain, with one or 2 little dangly pieces - i think it's my perimenopause stage right now.  I remember my mom saying she started not liking too many things "up around her neck" - now that's how I'm feeling too - anyway, I like simpler pieces to wear - they are definitely harder for me to make though!! :-)
 Above: a new watch with a variety of old earrings, buttons - and my favorite bead - pyrite (this piece of pyrite is coated with gold - beautiful beads).  Pyrite is also sometimes called "Fools gold" - and you'll find it a lot of time in chunks - and very sparkly! Looks like gold!
 I love pink, but haven't made pink pieces lately - but here are a couple of pieces - the pink one is sterling (which I don't use as much as I used too) - on the left is a gorgeous enamel flower brooch (it was previously a brooch) - now a necklace with my favorite beaded glass chain.  I'm going to be so sad when, someday, I'm out of this chain. I use it in so many pieces. (See below necklace has it too)  :-)
 Above: my newest piece that I made yesterday - with a variety of vintage earrings, antique brooches - I've added this gorgeous green beaded chain it's vintage jade! I love it's bright colors & really want to keep it!  However, like I just said above,,, I don't like anything chunky on my neck - however, I did wear it yesterday for a while & I received SO MANY compliments on it.  I had to wear it to see if any of the wires on the back scratched me - we can't have any scratching, no we can't!!
Lastly - I finished this one yesterday as well. After I made the green one above, I thought - OH yeah, fall - I need some "fally" pieces. I bought this orange beaded chain from the same guy as the green beaded chain.  It's jade too. I've never seen, or heard of orange jade - but here it is.  I think the orange & amber crystal piece in this necklace is Coro - as well as the pearl brooch on the right. But not definitely sure about that.  I do know the pieces were well-made pieces from the 1950's.  The pearl chain are baroque pearls made in Japan from the 50's.