Monday, July 2, 2012

I'm on Vacation!

As many of you already know, I'm off from my day job this week, but before you get too excited for me, this year is more of a staycation, albeit one with lots of flea marketing and antiquing involved! But this got me to thinking that I still haven't shared many of my photos from last fall's trip to Paris, so I figured now was as good a time as any...

Today I thought I show you one of my favourite features in the Louvre museum,

a tour of Napoleon's apartments!

Here rooms have been re-created to emulate their original opulence.

Crystal chandeliers, red velvet damask furnishings, and floor-to-celing murals say, 'come on in and take your shoes off!' Ha, ha! Well, I for one wouldn't mind living in a place like this! ;)

And just look at this dining table! I lost count of how many chairs there were!

Meanwhile, back at home I've been up to a little opulence of my own...

This double-layer necklace features a St. Christopher medal, Victorian cameo mounted on a silver shield, and lots of rhinestones and rosary chains!

This simple yet striking necklace featuring a Virgin Mary medal, garnets and wooden rosary beads, is easy enough to wear every day, or layered with another special piece.

I call these earrings 'cameo glamour' because they are just a little over-the-top with lots of dangly rhinestones!

Finally, I took a leap of faith with this piece by using unconventional materials -white celluloid floral links accented with sleeping beauty turquoise - to recreate the feeling of shabby-painted garden furniture in this 'angelic garden' necklace.

Fortunately, one of my favourite customers snatched her right up! ;)

Please stay tuned later in the week for more 'vacation' designs... I've been working on prayer card bangles and a few custom orders! Have a very Happy 4th of July! <3


  1. I loved your photographs of your visit to Paris!! Now, I know I must go there one day soon!
    As far as your "staycation" goes, I guess that is your customers' gain!!
    I wonder who was the lucky one to snatch that fabulous necklace?? ;>
    Love the new earrings and can't wait to see the prayer card bangles!
    Your jewelry is always so "swoon-worthy"!!

  2. Enjoy your staycation. Looks like you are accomplishing a lot - so pretty. Thanks for sharing your vacation pics from last year.
    Have a fun and enjoyable 4th.

  3. Wow, I love the colors and look of that first Virgin Mary necklace with the red beads. So elegant and rich! Just like Napoleon's apartments! Wouldn't you love to dine there, although probably not with N. himself - he was a true drama king. Enjoy your vacation and I can't wait to see your latest flea market treasures!