Remembrance Day Part 2

Another memory — A locket with a picture of my Grandma and my great uncle Howard in his Canadian Expeditionary Force uniform. Howard gave this locket to my great grandmother before he shipped… Continue reading

To Remember is to End All War

For Remembrance Day, I am rerunning this First World War love token with a Canadian forces emblem. It’s inscribed “United we stand for King and empire.” The locket slides open to reveal a… Continue reading

Lost And Found

A couple of months ago, I think back in August, I was doing a watch cull and decided to sell some Bulovas on eBay. I sold an Accutron Quartz to a gentleman in… Continue reading

Do Over: Remembrance Day

I found a ceramic poppy earring. I took the earring post off and glued a pinback on the back. It fell off. I did it again. Hopefully it will hold up until November… Continue reading

Lucky Lady: Victorian Shell Cameo

Let me tell you a story about jewellery pickers. You see them at the thrift shops all the time — they are the ones who bring magnifying loupes with them so they can… Continue reading

Puppets for Social Justice

One of the funnest jobs I ever had was doing wardrobe (dressing puppets) for a showcalled Ruffus The Dog. It disappeared off the TV once it’s run ended, but now its creators have… Continue reading

Keef is Kool

My copy of Keith Richard’s Life arrived today. I’ve only had time to look at the pictures, but Keef seems to be a watch guy. I can spot a chunky LED in pictures… Continue reading

Pretty Bird: Deco Silver Enamel and Marcasite Flamingo Brooch

I’ve already written about deco-era enamel figurative brooches, but I wanted to show a much prettier version. Flamingos were a favourite fowl of deco designers, and this one is particularly grand: it’s big… Continue reading

My Spooky Wook: Freaky Fingers

You know those fancy shrink-wrapped metallic Minx Nails that fancy ladies like Beyoncé wear? Well the Halloween version are press-on plastic, chrome-finished Freak Fingers (available at Shoppers Drug Mart). I’m sure this $2.99… Continue reading

Sidewalk Find: Mexican Modernist Sterling Cuff Bracelet

One of the best things about Toronto are boxes filled with junk that are left on the sidewalks, the word “free” hastily scrawled on one of the flaps. I always stop to explore… Continue reading

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