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Monday, December 22, 2014

December sunset

 Hi guys! Just a couple pics. The Christmas season finds me busy. I have let some things go by the wayside and actually accomplished some things off my mental "things to do" list.

Last night I took a minute and grabbed a couple shots of the pretty! So here I go sliding into Christmas and I am looking forward to the new year! Merry Christmas to all! Julia

Monday, December 8, 2014

New Projects Upcycled metal Santos crowns

Hi guys!  have finally moved on to some new projects. I have had these crowns rattling around in my brain for EVER. I try to sleep at night and my brain goes into crown design mode. I FINALLY got a few made..and many more to get out of my head and into reality!
 I make these with old and new metal, old and new rhinestone bits and pearly beads and German glass glitter.

Some also have vintage chandelier prism bits as the back of this one does.

 I am inspired by vintage and antique Santos crowns. Santos crowns are the ones that were worn by the saint statues or "santos" in older Catholic churches. I think this one is my fav of the 3.

 Mine are worn by one of my vintage doll heads. By the way I went vintage hunting this week and got a boxful of old creepy composition dolls that are going to be making their way into my Etsy vintage shop. My kids would say "creepy" but I think they are pretty cool...ok..a couple are a bit creepy! LOL. They are all tragically damaged in some way and I plan to.. erm..behead them. If they were in good shape I certainly would NOT do that! Some are missing an arm or leg..there is crackled paint and a couple cracked noggins..time for them to be upcycled into wonderfulness! (What are you doing today Julia? Ohh..beheading dolls and amputating limbs!) Never a dull moment in my life...I hope the dolly Criminals Minds crew doesn't show up!

 This was the first one I made..It took me days to figure out how to make those little metal flowers on top!
I love bling. This is why I am tired in the morning..I toss and turn at night designing things in my head! More to come..but first I need to get my tree up and Christmas baking done! 'Til next time! Julia

Monday, December 1, 2014

Bottle brush trees and upcycled vintage jewelry

 Hi guys! Just a few pix..I am still knee deep in bottle brush trees..making, selling and relisting. This last batch had a few aqua blue ones..pretty!

 I made a bunch to fill in what sold and also to take some uptown to my booth...a lady came in a few days ago and bought every one I had in there!

Mini sugarplum forest! I was up til midnight working on these so the lighting is not the best!

 I also made a few necklaces for my booth. These are made from vintage tin doll spoons or ice cream parlor spoons..I think they were used before the disposable wooden ones?? I ran across a bunch this summer and thought they would be great for upcycling.

I also love the old patina on these. I took these to my booth..I am a bit cautious about listing them on Etsy...there is just SO MUCH JEWELRY on there..I used vintage chandelier buttons, rusty mini keys, new charms and rhinestones..I love the bling! I priced them $20 so if you see one you want, message me in my Etsy shop and I will go fetch it if it is still available and list it for you! There is Queen Bee, Junk Diva(key), Go Big, Sing (bird charm), Bless Your (heart charm) Roar (I was having a Katy Perry moment..better to roar than dream!) and one that says Loved with a heart charm. I am clearing the decks a bit from the Christmas things and moving into stuff I had had on the back burner for awhile. Stop back and see what I have been up to! Til next time! Julia