Spring Fling…

April 24, 2011

Tutti Fruitti

 I am busy getting prepared for my upcoming Spring Fling at Trends and Traditions, a local shop that carries my jewelry and a ton of really fabulous stuff.  Another artist and I are doing the event together next Saturday, April 30th and I am really excited to debut lots of new jewelry!  I love events like this with great music, fun snacks and lots of interaction with people.

Gaye of Bag Lady Originals makes fabulous painted silk scarves in wonderful bright, bold patterns.  The color blocking she does is so very current in fashion right now.  She and I are combining to create a day to really promote accessorizing – how it’s not only about clothes, but how you bring it all together with accessories that really makes you stand out.

Trends and Traditions is a happy place for me.  There is a lot of unique, wonderful stuff there that fits right in with my philosophy of fashion – it should be FUN and FABULOUS!

Tutti Fruitti Earrings

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The Queen of Scarves…

April 19, 2011

 

I absolutely love the way Hilary Duff does scarves.  I think she singlehandedly has brought scarves back to prominence after they fell by the wayside for a couple of decades.   She wears them with everything, and in so many ways…it’s really inspiring. 

I read that she has even cut up a tablecloth she liked to make a scarf out of it…now that is DIY repurposing!  I swear she could take an old granny square afghan from the 70’s and make it look like the coolest scarf ever!

 

 

When I was first in college, I was bitten by the vintage clothing bug.  I frequented our local Goodwill store.  They had a wonderful “Antique and Vintage Clothing” rack, and I bought some fabulous things there.  I also picked up oodles of jewelry.  Most of it I wore, but some I just wanted to have. I didn’t know why, but I started collecting even broken pieces if they struck my fancy.  Maybe I had an inkling that one day I would make jewelry – I’m not sure – but for whatever reason I continued to collect it even after vintage clothing became trendy and the good stuff was always gone. 

 My mother and I went to a lot of garage sales in my young adult years.  I furnished my apartments with garage sale finds, and I also came back with any jewelry I could find.  When I had children and would scour the sales for deals on baby items, I would still come home with jewelry.

Is it any surprise then, that one day while I was reading a craft magazine I came across a design for a bracelet I knew I just had to try?  It showed how to make a name bracelet with letter cubes.  Perfect!  I had 4 nieces with unique names so they could never get anything ready-made in personalized items.  I loved giving handmade items for Christmas, so this seemed perfect.  I went to the craft store and bought what I needed.  What fun!  When I was done with the name bracelets I was having so much fun I decided to make mothers bracelets for my friends and sisters-in-law.  I was forever hooked.

 And the rest is history…well, my history, anyway!

I still have tons of old jewelry with a head full of ideas to make from it.  Part of me doesn’t want to take apart such vintage masterpieces, but the other part sees glorious new ideas made from these older, worn out baubles.  Hopefully I can find a way to blend the vintage with the new into unique ways that do justice to the pieces these once were.

The image is from Andrea Singarella at www.andreasingarella.com

 

During the recently held Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, The Pantone Color Institute Forecast an
exotic color palette for next year.
 
Exotic destinations like Africa, India, Peru, and Turkey inspire colors for spring
2011, as “designers continue to satisfy consumers’ need to escape everyday
challenges with intriguing color combinations that transport them to
foreign lands,” according to the report.
 
“The colors designers have chosen for the spring season present an interesting
marriage of unexpected warm and cool tones,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive
director of the Pantone Color Institute, told the press.
 
The effects of combining colors with their opposites on the wheel creates
a striking palette and allows consumers to “pair existing pieces in colors
traditionally associated with fall, with new favorites to punch up springtime
wardrobes,” continued Eiseman. 
 
Spring picks for women’s fashion include:

  
By JCK Staff, Posted on September 24, 2010

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