Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Etsy Treasury

Great new Etsy Treasury featuring In Small Spectacles just posted today.  So lovely!  I love the Etsy community!!

Thank you, LLetcetera!


Monday, October 22, 2012

Hello Kelly!

In Small Spectacles can now be found at Kelly Lane Resale Boutique in historic Lebanon, Ohio just outside of Cincinnati.  I met Kelly at the Warren County Art Festival this summer and we reconnected at the Hyde Park Art Show earlier this month.  I took a liking to Kelly immediately; she is so friendly and encouraging. We both decided to work together to get some vintage bling up North. 

One step into her boutique and you immediately get a sense of how creative she is.  Her background is in interior design and that is evident in her incredible displays of upcycled clothing, artisan creations, and beautiful accessories. 
Kelly's store was the recipient of all the new etched brass cuffs I just made, as well as vintage skeleton key and salvaged chandelier crystal necklaces, antique tassel necklaces, etched brass demi cuffs, Renaissance embellished brass rings, and oodles of earrings.  Everything is one-of-a-kind.
Stop by, tell Kelly "Hello," and take the time to stroll downtown Lebanon, voted "Best Hometown 2012" by Ohio Magazine. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Etched Cuffs

I've been joyfully busy making more etched cuffs embellished with some of the best and most unusual vintage rhinestone I have come across. My In Small Spectacles friends love them so much as they are so easy to wear and make a lovely statement.   

While by far the most labor-intensive, my etched brass cuffs continue to be my favorite piece of jewelry to make. Each batch of brass that I etch comes out differently, and it's like magic when I sand and polish the darkened brass and the golden etching shows through.

The patina in this old sacred medal is awesome.
Old Mourning Jewelry made cheery with brass Austrian crystal rhinestone.

I prefer to pair aged metal with the bling of vintage rhinestone to create an unusual contrast not seen very often. I love that someone who brings In Small Spectacles home for themselves or as a gift takes with them a one-of-a-kind handmade piece of wearable art.

Enjoy your weekend!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

It's All in the Details

Right this very second, 20 solid brass cuffs are in the process of having scroll work, tapestry, Gothic script, Moroccan tiles, musical scores, and The Lord's Prayer etched onto their surface.  I am reminded of a woman who asked me at one of last weekend's art shows why it is I bother etching the back of my bracelets when no one will even see that part.  I told her it's the attention to details that counts and makes a piece more special.

The phrase "the devil is in the details" is often used to describe how overlooked items can cause a plan, idea, of design to fail.  However, I much prefer the phrase "God is in the details" because I find that to be the more positive, accurate, and giving credit where credit is due.  Indeed, not one particle of dust or strand of DNA in every universe, galaxy, and unseen realm exists without God's creative hand. 


It's the attention to detail that I believe glorifies Him.  "Do everything as unto the Lord."  That includes etching the backs of bracelets, improving and learning new techniques, using only solid brass where I can, and getting the highest quality finding or gemstone.  I want the person who buys or is gifted one of my pieces to look down upon it and hopefully see something beautiful pieced together by hands guided by God using His elements.   

Look for these brass beauties and information about a new store in Ohio that will be carrying In Small Spectacles within the next week.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Weekend Shows


Just a quick update to let you know In Small Spectacles will be at the Lakota West Show on Saturday and at the Hyde Park Square Art Show on Sunday.  Both are some of the top shows in the Mid West, and I'm thankful to be a part of them.  I am bringing lots of new pieces and designs to show.

Hope to see you this weekend!