Organic Objects: Coral

Let’s do coral today. Pictured above is a detail of a Victorian Branch Coral Necklace. Coral is created from the exoskeletons of marine organisms that grow in branch or antler-like formations. Like pearls,… Continue reading

Do Over: Framing Ephemera

I like a nice art. I do like to go to the galleries and take in all the beauty I can. When you go to galleries, artists often leave behind postcards and posters… Continue reading

Organic Objects: Butterfly Wings

This is one of the more unusual organic materials in my jewellery collections. It is a sweater clip. It was made in the 1950s or early 1960s. Back then, the way to wear… Continue reading

Organic Objects: Scrimshaw and Amber

This week, I thought I’d chat about jewellery that’s made out of organic materials. You see, mining metals like gold or gemstones like diamonds can be a nasty business — environmentally and for… Continue reading

Making A Statement

Did you watch the Golden Globes last night? Did you see Julia Roberts? Her vintage short, black Yves Saint Laurent dress didn’t seem formal enough for the event, but I loved her statement… Continue reading

Sounds Good. Looks Good. Feels Good, Too.

Music and musicians are inherently chic, right? I am totally gonna start a band that will change the course of musical history and become a style icon at the same time. But don’t… Continue reading

Expert Advice: Soothing Winter Savaged Skin

It’s been a frigid, windy winter so far. And The Canadian edition of the Farmer’s Almanac has predicted that the rest of it will continue to be be colder than normal. Grrrr and… Continue reading

Year Of The Turquoise

Pantone has named Turquoise, specifically, PMS 15-5519 Turquoise, the 2010 Color Of The Year. And my first thrift shop find of the year is the turquoise ring pictured above. Granted, it’s more of… Continue reading

Do Over: Amber Earrings

It was a good day at the Value Village yesterday. Got a couple of bags of broken jewellery, one of which yielded the sterling silver and amber earrings pictured above. The posts had… Continue reading

Yes, Yes. It’s All A Rich Tapestry

I got this groovy wall hanging at the Value Village today. I thought it had a very mid-century Scandinavian feel to it. But then I got to thinking, what is Mid century Modern… Continue reading

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