Thursday, April 29, 2010

wares for sale

thanks for the kind encouragement on my fledgling beaded jewelry.. I added three necklaces to my shop today!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

an impetus for color

I've been continuing with my beaded jewelry fixation, hobby, whatever it is. Based on a few strands of beads that I bought, I was able to make several pieces. I think its a simple, organic (if I may) process to just pick a long strand of beads & have one's creativity spurred on from there

I'm thinking that I may begin to sell some of these preppy/tribal numbers in my shop, as I think they'd blend well with the general style I go for. For now, they are functioning as a relaxing activity & as gifts for friends (and myself)

a beautiful cut

just added this beautiful 40s blazer to my store this morning.. the lining, the drape, the cut.. all very amazing & almost inspiring. so lovely & careful.

Monday, April 26, 2010


few new in store now

& don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

little things..

I love

vintage ribbon- fini ribbon
antique turtle pin cushion
tiny fabric samples- sandmaiden
beaded handmade gift

Friday, April 23, 2010

giveaway #2

I'm pleased to commence the second giveaway! Last time the item- a 1930s/40s full length black lace dress with some condition issues, for anyone who was curious- was a surprise, but this time I wanted to include photos & some description

The item for this second giveaway is a marigold lace top, in a cropped length, from the 50s/60s. It is handmade, and lined in yellow rayon. The back zips up, the waist is fitted, & the sleeves are capped.

The size is approximately an xs/small, or US size 2. Please don't hesitate, if the top isn't ideal for you, to enter on behalf of a friend- I'll be happy to gift wrap!

For anyone interested, please email your name & contact info to or leave here in the comments.. I'll write up paper name slips as I receive entries, and pick randomly from a hat a week from today

Thursday, April 22, 2010


I've loved a particular shade of yellow since I was about 13. I found an ad then, in Bazaar most likely, with a knit yellow sleeveless top I've never forgotten. Its significance is something of a conundrum.. I don't understand it. But I'm still fond of the marigold shade & the memory of how much I loved/wanted that particular top

with the memory in mind, as well as my new hobby of beaded-necklace-making, I searched for & found some lovely beads to add a small bit of color to my spring

&, nextly, the giveaway item- a lovely 1960s marigold lace top! this giveaway will begin tomorrow!

knit tank- nemres on etsy
saffron dress- dear golden vintage
yellow beads- jjm jewelry on etsy

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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pretty coffee on formica table

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


new items in store now!

& check back for the next giveaway later this week!

Monday, April 19, 2010

.. spring, beads, etc

again with the spring.. its influence & impression on the feeling of a day are difficult to ignore..

while looking at southwestern items I realized it has been a bit too long since I last made something. happily, yesterday was a lovely day & I took a nice walk, stopping along the way at a bead store. I ended up putting together a beautiful, weighty bunch of chunky vintage African glass beads. the color is subdued as per my (narrow) taste & pretty lovely.. a sort of grey/taupe/green that is, I think, accompanied well by some much smaller & more delicate pale blue beads.. these are the two necklaces I came up with yesterday

after making them, feeling pretty pleased & somewhat inspired, I remembered that I have lots of beautiful materials that I could/should be working with.. I'm hoping to add a few new angles to my amateur creative routine such as crochet and more beadwork, & I'm really pretty excited

Sunday, April 18, 2010

southwest, spring color..

I love iconic southwestern imagery, style, colors, art.. I have to admire as a spectator, though, rather than a true participant due to my allergy to explicit displays of color.. but I find the subdued gray, blacks, occasional pale blue patterns & enjoy them fully.

a few bright examples I love.. which led me to the beads..

cotton print belt- santoki vintage on etsy
skull- sky parlor on etsy
photo- seattle sidewalk, me
[amazing] southwestern booties- osborn design studios
fur/leather medicine bag- the green wolf on etsy
woven print slip-ons- vintage shop 11 on etsy
photo- at world beads, seattle, me

Friday, April 16, 2010

spring thing

spring has sprung, as they say, in seattle. for now. we have a bit of a habit of swinging wildly between beautiful & dreary/chilly weather in spring months.. it is definitely enjoyable for now & I'm hoping for some good photography along outdoor walks this weekend

blue coral- hindsvik on etsy
correll correll lace t shirt- via stand up comedy
spectator oxfords- this very store
cashmere cardigan- j.crew
ann sofie back 'blood dripping' sunglasses- via stand up comedy
ld tuttle 'the moment' sandals- via lambs ear shoes