29 October 2009

On a Roll

I have been on a roll with my jewelry designs lately. I have made 3 new designs in the past few days and I have another one on the way. I should be finished with that one by tonight. I love designing and making jewelry. I love having this outlet for my creativity. It's my get-a-way. I'm thinking of putting my necklaces on Etsy. I would love to hear from some people who have used Etsy to sell their items. Let me know what you think.

More New Designs

The necklace above was made with cocoa colored Czech glass beads and french rose and copper Czech glass beads.

This necklace was made using turquoise and pewter heishi beads as spacers. The pendant has a picture of the Eiffel Tower and an old dictionary definition of the word crown.
Another view.

28 October 2009

New Alabaster Rose Design

I recently designed a new necklace with beautiful matte-black czech fire polished glass beads and amazing silver-antiqued baroque style beads. The combination is striking. I hope you all like it.

23 October 2009

Vintage and Worn

As I've already said, I love beautifully worn things. There is nothing like an old table or fireplace mantel with layers and layers of peeling paint. For years I had wanted an old fireplace mantel to put in my home, but it had to be just the right degree of shabby. It wasn't easy, especially since every time I fell in love with one my heart would stop once I saw the high price tag. But finally I found one and for an amazing price. It is always such a thrill when you find that perfect thing for the perfect price. I recently moved into a new home and even though I had a fireplace in my living room, my vintage mantel wouldn't fit over it. Eventually, I decided to put it in my bedroom and it makes the room feel so much more luxurious and lived in. It may sound silly to put a mantel on the wall where there is no fireplace, but it just works, and beautifully so. The mantel above is one of my favorite pieces. It has layers and layers of cream and robins egg blue paint, my signature colors for my home.

Another thing I absolutely love to collect is old tarnished silver. Recently when my aunt was cleaning out her house she found tons of old silver and gifted it to me. I felt like I was in heaven when I saw the box filled with old silver creamers and teapots. The cream and sugar above are the ones she gave me and the teapot is one that I found at a flea market in Long Beach for $5.00. I love a deal, who doesn't?!

21 October 2009

This is another favorite. The pendant is actually a vintage Victorian pin. Again, these are two different necklaces I mixed and matched. I think the combination is beautiful.
Made with peridot colored czech glass and turquoise.
Here is the same necklace coupled with a soft rose pink and silver one. I love mixing them up. I think the necklaces make a bigger impact when put together.
I love this one. The cross was actually my grandmothers.

Jewelry Line

So here are the first pictures of my new jewelry line. Hopefully the pictures turned out okay. A lot of my jewelry has some vintage elements to it such as this vintage pendant. The pearls are cream so it would go great with anything.

19 October 2009

Welcome to my first blog

Well, this is my first blog and I am so excited to get started. I hope I can do justice to the other blog sites out that there that I love, especially the curious sofa diaries. I'm new to blogging so it will take me a while to get the hang of all of this. Eventually I will be posting pictures of my jewelry and home design and would love feedback from anyone interested. These are 2 areas I love and know a lot about. I've been in retail for over 16 years mostly in home furnishings and decor. I had my own antiques business and a few years ago I worked for Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic and I loved her whole design concept of mixing old with new, beautiful yet comfortable and livable furnishings for the whole family. I had been a fan of hers for many years and it was such a pleasure working for her company. Now, I'm a stay at home mom with 2 beautiful little boy's and I found I needed an outlet for my creativity, which is why I created my jewelry design company Alabaster Rose Designs. I mix, of course, vintage and new pieces together to create one-of-a-kind jewelry. Soon I hope to sell my jewelry in clothing and gift boutiques around California and maybe even on the Internet. I can't wait to here from others with my same interests. It will be great to get new ideas. Talk to you all soon.