Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New York City Trip

recently returned from an awesome trip to New York City for my brother's wedding in Central Park. Prior to my trip, I had happened to find a wholesale jewelry sales located in Manhattan not far from where we were staying. After seeing a few pics online and emailing one of their associates I knew I had to check this place out. It was a jewelry pickers paradise!! My best friend Shantell joined me and we hunted for treasure for several hours. Even for me, a seasoned hunter, I was overwhelmed with the 5,000 square foot place. There was so much to look through. At one point Shantell was almost buried alive when a stack of boxes fell on top of her! We laughed and continued on. I did manage to get quite a large haul though, which I will show some pics of in a later post. The place I went to was called CJS Sales and it is wholesale only, so you will need your business credentials if you go. A few tips, they sell by the pound, wear good shoes in case you step on something sharp and gloves would of come in handy. Overall, I had a fantastic vacation and the wedding in Central Park was lovely. 

boxes full of surprises!

the biggest pile of vintage chain I've ever seen

boxes of chain

me with the pile!

Shantell digging for goods!

I really wanted that giant ball chain but it was too heavy

Shantell finding treasure


so much fun!

Jordan and Nycole-congratulations!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Triple Layered Necklaces

Hi friends! It's been awhile since I shared anything. With the warmer weather finally here my days have been full to the brim. I have had some studio time recently and made a few new designs which I'm sharing with you today. Each is a unique triple layered charm necklace made with sparkles and vintage charms.  Enjoy!
Stamping "tweet" and vintage bird with blue sparkle
Shotgun shell casing

Ex Voto heart

vintage keys

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

Sharing a pair of earrings I made for my mom who is one fantastic lady. These were originally buttons that I converted into earrings. They are a cream colored metal mesh featuring brass anchors with a nice patina. I added a vintage pearl, an old wooden bead and sparkles. Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Waiting for Spring...still

Still waiting for Spring in the Midwest. Posting some earrings I made over the last month. I have been cheating on my blog with Facebook and Pinterest...

Friday, February 14, 2014

Meet Valentino

This winter is way too long. I'm having junk withdrawals. I was beginning to think there was no more good treasure to be found until suddenly last week I found a FREE curbside treasure!! Oh how I have missed seeing free stuff outside, even if it's crap I still like to look! Plus it reminds me of warmer weather. Imagine my delight when I saw a male tabletop dress form at the end of someone's driveway piled up with the ton of snow we have had. Once again, I couldn't believe the things people throw out!! The homeowner happened to be there in the driveway so I asked and she said, "Yes please take it!" Sweeeeeeet!!! So I loaded him up, brought him home and decked him out with a sparkly bow tie and named him Valentino in honor of Valentine's Day. I'm pretty sure Grace thinks it's true love.

Look at that chippyness!

Love his arms (or holes where they are supposed to be!)
True love!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Upcycled Modern Woodmen necklace

Hello friends. Today I am sharing a lovely upcycled "Modern Woodmen" vintage brass tag that I have turned into a beautiful necklace for one of my besties Becky for her birthday. It features handmade wire wrapped chain in shades of purple with sparkles and patina. Happy birthday Becky!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Donations to a Good Cause

Happy New Year everyone! I am sharing some photos of a few pieces of my bullet jewelry I am donating to the Greg Brysky silent auction. Greg is a Cottage Grove MN police office who has been diagnosed with brain cancer. While I do not personally know Greg, I do know that he has dedicated a large portion of his life (the past 25 years) to others and serving his community as a police officer. If you would like to make a donation or find out more information check out 

9mm purple bullet earrings
Black bullet with bling
purple bullet with bling
Blue bullet with bling