Thursday, December 27, 2012

On My Workbench…

The mail this morning brought new (old!) treasures….

I am really excited to work with these beauties in particular….originating from a European source, these miniature hand painted portraits….. 

These tiny antique portraits were created for pendants many years ago and were found in the excess supply of a long-ago closed jewelry shop.  They were still un-mounted and are in pristine condition for their age.   With my jewelers loop I can see the actual tiny brush strokes and I am amazed at the detail and their special beauty.   I can’t wait to give these ladies a new life in some pretty vintage pendants and lockets. 
….a few more lockets and perfume pendants also came today… 

….and vintage buttons, pearls and beads are always yummy to work with.

I had planned to take a few days off to enjoy the holidays but after seeing these beauties in the mail today, I have already started designing some new jewelry pieces….stay tuned! 
xoxo ~ Joy

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Join me at Le Petit Trianon!

I had a chance this weekend to work on a few photo projects and wanted to share my recent visit to the Petit Trianon with you. 

I tried to capture a romantic and elegant feeling with my photos and hope that all of you who adore anything Marie Antoinette related will enjoy the video.  Please click HERE to start your tour!    
xoxo ~ Joy

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Golden Beauties

My workbench has been covered with vintage elements in shades of bronze and gold this week. 

As I most often work in tarnished silver, the golden hue was a fun change of pace! These are just a few of my newest designs that will be listed on the website later this week.... 
xoxo ~ Joy