Friday, December 28, 2012


Just a quick post to show you what I've been up to this week. I am over the moon with moonstone all of a sudden! I love its iridescent quality and it's so versatile - it goes with everything! Why I haven't I used this stone before?
I am also giddy over these vintage scapular earrings! I listed them on Etsy, linked it to Facebook, and about five minutes later they were sold! Yay for social networking! Looks like I may be searching for more scapulars in my near flea marketing future... ;)
Sorry, folks, these 'paris charms' are already spoken for too, but I just had to show them off...
And I call this necklace 'rose garden', for obvious reasons. I'm loving the mix of moonstone, rubies, pearls and even pink opal on this one!
Have a beautiful weekend! What is everyone doing for New Year's Eve? :)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


With Christmas behind us and most people left with some time off from work, why not have a little party?
In Paris, mais oui! ;)
'...already there are wanderers, confident girls who weave here and there among the stouter and more stable, become for a sharp, joyous moment the center of a group and then excited with triumph glide on through the sea-change of faces and voices and color under the constantly changing light.' ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Thursday, December 20, 2012

A Christmas Carol

My family and I decided to start a new tradition by attending our first annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair this past weekend, and what a spectacular event it is! It was a little dark inside, so my photos didn't turn out too well, but just imagine an old warehouse converted into the streets of Victorian London.
Everywhere elaborate store fronts promised period clothing, antique books, holiday gifts, meat pies, fish and chips, and of course ale and absinthe. All the vendors and most attendees were dressed in costume, with stages set for musical performances, as well as characters walking about such as this violin-playing Christmas tree and Abe Lincoln! (I assume he was on vacation in London from the White House.)
I loved this little kitchen vignette where a woman was baking a pie! (She walked away before I could snap her photo, but doesn't that bread pudding look yummy?)
And look who came to dinner in a scene perfect enough for 'Downton Abbey'!
None other than Charles Dickens himself, entertaining the folk with a dramatic reading of 'A Christmas Carol'!
This is me leaning over to get into the picture with my little niece Tilly. Sorry it's so dark, but I thought it was so cute the way she is trying to wave to the camera. ;)
And now for a little jewelry show-and-tell! I've been really busy this week making some new pieces for my wholesale rep, as well as to list on Etsy.
If you see anything you like, please let me know and I can ship it out right away! There's still a bit of time for a Christmas delivery!
And if you're in the San Francisco bay area and are interested in attending the Dickens Fair, it's still running this weekend! Until next time, mes amis, I'd like to wish all of you and your loved ones a heartfelt very Merry Christmas! <3 Robyn

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Time Honoured

With Christmas around the corner, I realized that the new year isn't far behind, and this got me to thinking about the passage of time.
'The days go by slowly, but the years fast', as the saying goes.
It does seem like the older I get, the more time speeds up.
And I wanted to honour not only the time each of us has to enjoy the present and live in the moment,
but also to reflect on years gone by,
the people and things that came before us.
It is my hope that in repurposing vintage jewelry and findings, I am doing my small part to honour and preserve this history.
Who wore these old time pieces that kept track of moments and minutes so long ago?
Who was this man and woman, and what did they know about life in the 19th century that we may never understand?
Could they have ever imagined that one day, more than a hundred years after their pictures were taken, someone would be blogging about them? And would they have approved?
'They say I'm old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast! - Dr. Seuss