Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year

Au revoir 2012, bon jour 2013!  As most people, I take some time at the end of every year to reflect on the ups and downs, goods and bads, and all the many lessons learned during the year.  Creatively it was the best year for me with several new and unique designs emerging from my work studio, publication in "Belle Armoire Jewelry", and confirmation of upcoming publication in this Spring's "Jewelry Affaire."  I had the opportunity to participate in new and larger art shows and sharing my pieces with a larger number of new friends. 

For 2013 I'd like to continue adding to new designs.  I would also like to stretch myself and learn new techniques and incorporate them into the pieces.  I'm always on the hunt for "new" vintage elements that help my jewelry stand out, so that it always a goal. 

My last listings of 2012 are these new designs featuring petite vintage brass ID tags that I embellished with solid brass rhinestones and hung from leverbacks to make edgy and eclectic earrings.

I hope you had a great 2012, 2013 brings you all good things and God's best, and your New Year's celebrations are both festive and safe!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Vintage Brass ID Tag Bracelets

Just a few last minute additions to the shop and the last ones until after Christmas.  I've had these solid brass vintage ID tags for a while now and didn't know quite what I wanted to do with them.  Then God just gave me the idea to embellish them with solid brass rhinestones with some multi-layered chains for the bracelet.  I also embellished some with vintage rhinestone earrings, but haven't had an opportunity to take a picture of them yet.  Wrapping Christmas gifts is taking priority!

Vintage Japanese glass pearls with hand-aged rhinestone filigree.

Black diamond rhinestones set in slid brass with rhinestone filigree and mercury glass beads.

I aged a 10mm rhinestone filigree and dangled one off of each of the rings the clasp hooks onto.  Bling from every angle!


These look super layered with other bracelets, like In Small Spectacles cuffs!
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas as you celebrate the incarnation of our Lord, Jesus Christ! 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Quarter

Phillipians 4:6-7~  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

This is a story about how pretty much anything can be made into beautiful jewelry and a reminder to trust in the Lord in all things and reach for others when you need help.  I have a friend whose oldest child was in my youngest son's preschool class.  She's a lovely person, very easygoing and fun to talk with.  She recently moved away, but we are able to keep up via Facebook.  It's been fun reading her posts about her move and what her family has been up to since she moved.  It's like she never left!  She also has a son who is now preschool age.  This is where the story gets good.

It's also been fun reading her posts about the crazy things her son does, just like any boy that age does.  I am almost out of that stage where their exploits can sometimes be unknowingly dangerous.....almost.  Reading about these events from an outsider's perspective can sometimes be very entertaining!  About two months ago she posted that her son swallowed a quarter, appeared to be okay, and they would be on the lookout for the quarter's reappearance.  Apparently other parents had been through this as evidenced through the comments they left.  Now, thankfully, this is one thing that my boys haven't done. 

Her next post was to inform us that they were in the hospital awaiting surgery to get the quarter out.  That's when it got serious.  I prayed, her friends prayed, we all prayed and pretty soon another post appeared stating the quarter was out and her son was okay and had already consumed two Popsicles and one ripe banana.  There was even a picture of the monetary culprit.  Many people had their suggestions about what to do with the quarter.  Mine is what my mind always gravitates towards:  jewelry.  Let's make something pretty out of a scary situation.

My friend trusted me enough to mail me the quarter and incorporate it into some wearable art.  Fortunately the quarter's temporary home left a nice, brassy patina and I love patina.  He is the final result:

I put the quarter head side up specifically because of the phrase "In God We Trust."  I framed it in a solid brass filigree frame, paired it with a solid brass filigree, and embellished it with 4mm brass austrian crystal.

The cuff is solid brass and measures 1 inch.  I etched the outside with the Lord's Prayer and a signature In Small Spectacles cross on the inside.  Appropriate given the circumstances and how many prayers were lifted up.

I rewired a vintage tassel with hand-aged rhinestone and wired it to dangle on one side along with a vintage rhinestone button and solid brass antique cross.

I hope my friend likes it.  We can all laugh about the event now, but at the time I am sure she was frightened for her little boy as any mother would be. My mother told me and I have often been heard to mutter "The Lord watches out for fools and mothers."  Having 3 young sons myself, I know all the trouble they can get into and the near misses and close calls we have endured.  I could write a book.  But we mothers look back at those events with gratitude to the Lord for getting us all out of those sticky situations without fatalities, serious injuries, and extensive property damage. 
I hope when my friend wears the bracelet she remembers the time when her son was a little boy and did something dangerous and yet funny at the same time.  How she had friends who prayed for her family and a gracious and kind God who sustained her throughout.

Merry Christmas,


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Free Shipping

It's not too late to give an In Small Spectacles piece this Christmas.  As an added bonus, I am offering FREE SHIPPING until midnight December 18th (domestic only).  Enter the code "XMASSHIP" at checkout to apply the discount.  This will give you plenty of time to get that package delivered in time to put under the tree.
Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Stocking Stuffers

Are you looking for stocking stuffers or something to give that special teacher?  In Small Spectacles earrings are the perfect gift.  All of my designs are lightweight and comfortable to wear and secure with solid brass leverbacks, so those with nickel allergies needn't worry.  Plus you don't have to worry if you got the right size;  one size fits all!

I just listed some new earrings in the shop, so have a look:

Vintage brass lucite hearts and solid brass antique fish spine chain

Garnet and solid brass vintage engraved crosses.

Crystal glass and vintage solid brass beads.
Keep checking back in the Etsy shop as I continue to add more choices for your gift giving.  Enjoy the Christmas Season!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Small Business Saturday

I hope your Thanksgiving was restful as we all took a break to give thanks to Almighty God for the many blessings and graces He has bestowed upon us!

Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, so I'd like to encourage you to look to your local businesses and other small businesses (like In Small Spectacles!) for all of your Christmas gift-giving needs.  I guarantee you'll get more personalized attention and have more unique items to choose from!

In honor of Black Friday and Small Business Saturday I am offering 20% my entire Etsy Shop (not including custom work/special orders).  Enter code "BF2012" at checkout to apply the percentage off.  I'll be listing more today including the new lace motif etched brass cuffs with vintage rhinestone embellishments, so look for those new pieces!

If you are up in the Lebanon, Ohio area's historic downtown please stop by Kelly Lane Resale Boutique to see their In Small Spectacles inventory which will increase tomorrow.  Kelly is also having weekend specials, so it's definitely worth the stop.

Enjoy your weekend!


Monday, November 12, 2012

Handmade Holidays

As Christmas and the Giving Season approaches, I'd like to encourage you to buy handmade.  Nothing says "special" like handmade.   To give something pieced together in America and not mass-produced by machines or in large numbers means you feel the recipient is worthy of something extra special.  Buying handmade also supports artists whose work is usually on a much smaller scale but is no less important.  I'd like to think the work is more thoughtful and heirloom-worthy.

All of my pieces are handmade by me.  I wire wrap each vintage bead and gemstone with solid brass wire, etch, age, and polish each cuff, and take great thought into the layout of every single design and piece I offer.  I use only top quality findings and the most interesting vintage elements that incorporate edge, faith, nature, sparkle, and natural patina.

Over the past couple of days I listed over 30 new pieces on Etsy so you can begin planning what you'd like to give your wife, mother, sister, friend, teacher....and yourself


Have fun shopping!