Thursday, December 30, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Everything Toile

Last weekend, I had the greatest time with my friend Barb and the girls from Everything Toile. Kelly has converted her detached garage into a haven of prettiness with French shabby vintage finds and handmade paper ornaments. It is a little piece of heaven where the girls — Kelly, Carolyn and Jenny — get crafty and surround themselves with everything that is beautiful and wonderful. Thank you for inviting me over for your 'Christmas in France' show and sale that took me away from my normal day for just a few precious hours. I can't wait to go back!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Birthday Tea Party

Today I held a little birthday tea party for my friends, Sylvie and Alissa. We dressed up in furs and hats like high-society ladies and sipped tea from our fancy china cups. Thanks for a fun and girly afternoon!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Wine Gift Tubes

A few weeks ago, my friend Barb and I went out antiquing for an afternoon. While we were in an antique mall, we found this amazing old book of German sheet music with the most beautiful title sheets. We both just fell in love and just had to have it. But what were we going to do with it? We had no idea at the time but knew that we would be hit by inspiration later.

So one day over chit-chat at Barb's house, while we were splitting up the book to each get our share of the pages, we started bouncing ideas back and forth about what we could make with this little bit of history.  

After many ideas were visualized, I settled on the idea of using the sheet music as decoration for a wine gift tube. You can buy the plain cardboard forms at Michaels for around $5 and they come with a lid that fits on top.  

I did not want to wreck the originals so I had color copies made of a few of the pages. This way I did not have to concern myself with screwing up the original and could make as many copies as I wanted. And besides, I was going to cover it with a coat of matte Modge Podge to adhere it to the cardboard tube.

Once I glued the sheet music to the form and let it dry, I scrounged around in my scrap pile of trims and tassels and many other trinkets. I glued a glass knob to the top of the lid, added a chunky trim with tassels, and put a silk cord through the tube for a handle. After tying the ribbon around the glass knob, it was done. Just like that. It was so easy! 

I am thrilled as to how it turned out and I plan to make more for the holiday gift giving season. But for now, I am keeping this one part of my holiday display of decorations. And even after Christmas has come and gone, it will still look good with my home décor and I can squirrel away goodies into it!

Saucer Sunday

OK, I know it is Monday but I have this new idea and I am already a day behind!

Every Sunday I will be featuring a beautiful saucer out of my collection. I will try to provide as much information about it as I possibly can. The saucer will eventually be made into a stunning ring holder, but until then, it will be admired on my shelf with the rest of my saucer collection.

This saucer was manufactured by Coalport. Unfortunately, this beautiful design does not have a pattern name. I like it when there is a name because it usually hints to the design of the saucer and then it is easy to reference to it later. But if this saucer had a name, it would be something like 'Meadow Birds'. What would you call it? I would love to know your ideas so please leave a comment below.

About the Company
Coalport is an English china manufacturer founded by John Rose (1772-1841) after he had trained as a potter in Caughley, Shropshire, under Thomas Turner, a potter with a revolutionary approach to making porcelain.

After the Great Depression, Coalport was sold to English china manufacturer Cauldron Works. In the end, this resulted in the closure of the Coalport factory. In 1967, Wedwood purchased Coalport. As a result, Coalport is now produced at the Wedgwood factory in the village of Barlaston, Staffordshire, in the Potters region of England.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Lot of Saucers

My boyfriends mom, Lucille, lives out east at Niagra-on-the-Lake, Ontario. All summer, she has been on a mission out searching for saucers at garage sales and antique stores. Through an antique dealer, she made an offer for a huge lot of saucers. The saucers once belonged to his Godmother (she recently passed away) who also had an antique store in Jordan, ON. Lucille sent me a big brown box of all 59 saucers and luckily, they made it to me safe and sound!

Lucille loves this lime green saucer. So as a token of thanks and appreciation, I will be making her this saucer into a ring holder that matches the colors in her bedroom perfectly.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Ring Holders in Anthropologie

A very big thanks goes out to Janine of Uppercase Gallery for taking photos of my ring holders in the Anthropologie store in Seattle. Just to see this is a dream come true! I would love to see them myself in person — but I will have to wait for the Anthropologie store opening up next month in Calgary.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Car in the Snow

Last year when I went home for Christmas (I know, I know, it was almost a year ago, but I just found these pics today!) Michael and I came across these old cars in the bush on a neighbours farm.

I have always loved freshly fallen snow that looks like fluffy marshmallows.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Site Updates

I have finally had a chance to update my current web site with some new content.

On the home page, new callouts are featured which link to my etsy store, my facebook page, and of course, this blog.

My portrait image has also been updated. A big thank you goes out to Oliver Harrison for a wonderful photo shoot.

And finally, I have been fortunate to have some media coverage. Here are a few articles from the past few years. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Tea Cup Jewelry Holders

People always ask me, "What do you do with the tea cups?" Good question!

I have dabbled in a few projects and yet nothing quite seems to be the perfect solution. I have seen in magazines — I think it was Domino — where you can hold and display your jewelry in the dainty tea cups. I recently acquired a vintage dresser which I lined the drawers with wallpaper (from Home Depot). I think it provides the perfect nesting place for my tea cup collection. And now I can see all of my baubles displayed beautifully in the top drawer of my dresser.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

Another Sneak Peak

I spent the afternoon at my good friend's house having a little photoshoot of my ring holders. Barb of Honey B's has the most amazing beautiful home so it was easy to make my work look great. Thank you Barb for generously opening up your home and letting me take these photos. I am still no pro but I feel that I am improving and learning lots as I take more pictures. I will feature more very soon! XO

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

Sneak Preview

I just found out that a new Anthropologie store is opening up in Calgary. I am so thrilled! I am hoping that a few ring holders will be distributed here for the opening in Nov/Dec 2010. Here is a sneak peek of one of my favorite vintage saucer designs that will make it home with someone new very soon.

Monday, September 13, 2010


Further along on Valencia Street, another interesting store called Viracocha caught my attention. The pictures do not even come close in showing how cool this store was. Although it was very masculine, I could see the potential of a few pieces blended into a softer and feminine décor. Here is a taste of it....

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Radio Habana Social Club

While walking down Valencia Street in San Francisco, Craig and I came across this crazy and wacky store front called Radio Habana Social Club. It was closed but we peeked inside to catch a glimpse of what it was like inside. And it was just as crazy as it was on the outside. I love how these old items have been transformed.....a view master is the head of an octopus; a bike helmet is a turtle...very witty and clever. And of course, a little bit creepy.