Halloween & Fall Giveaway!

Halloween is here...We were invited to a halloween costume party and well, it just gets harder and harder to be creative with a costume idea. Being that I am in the last year of my 40's I decided that it would be fun to go as a Cougar. I tried to capture the essence of the animal along with the oh so sophisticated, sexy, on the prowl for the young men qualities of the female human cougar. I think in the end I just ended up looking like me dressed in an animal print dress with cat ears on my head and a tail. Oh well, I felt like I stepped outside of the usual jeans & tee so un-cougar like me. McDreamy went as a punk rocker from the 80's. We ran out and got him a Punk band Tee and had a good time trying to spike up his hair in a Fohawk! We did have a mighty good time!

Now that October has come to an end and most of the leaves have blown off the trees with the strong midwestern winds... I think it is the perfect time to do a giveaway.

I would love to send my favorite new earrings with warm autumn colors to someone for a Thanksgiving Gift.

The winter months are coming and I know I would love some new inspiration in my studio, please leave a comment with the name of your favorite album or song so that we can all find some new music to listen too during the cold winter months. In exchange consider yourself entered in the drawing for the earrings. I will draw a random winner on November 15th and post that person on my blog that week.

This is a song that I have been listening to lately, Baby Girl has been learning it on her guitar, we love it {pause music on the sidebar and have a listen}...
 Paramore - The Only Exception .mp3
Found at bee mp3 search engine

"A few days ago I walked along the edge of the lake and was treated to the crunch and rustle of leaves
with each step I made. The acoustics of this season are different and all sounds, no matter how hushed,
are as crisp as autumn air."
- Eric Sloane

Welcome November

New Pieces

Looks like it has been a while since I have posted some pictures of my newest designs. Here are a few that I will be listing on my Website in the next few days.

The first one is one of my favorites. I love the way this vintage button looks with the dangles and the ball chain. It is stunning on if I do say so myself and well I did.

My Dangles Necklace is one of the best sellers in my boutiques. Looks great on and really makes a statement with anything you wear.

The pairing of this royal crown necklace and ring make you feel like a princess or better yet, a queen.

This medieval style metal necklace is already listed on my website

and last a hand soldered bangle bracelet with some bling to just make you feel good!


Just recently this month in Warrenton, TX there was the awesome RouNd ToP/WaRReNton aNtiQueS WeeK. I went to this with a friend a few years ago and was so amazed at all the wonderful vendors and junk (treasures) that one could find there. I long to go back and relive the excitement of the hunt. Hard to find a way from Illinois to Texas other then driving a long distance to be able to get all those treasures back home! Big dilemma.

My friend Stephanie and I got to meet and get a picture with the famous Junk Gypsy's (Amie, Jolie & Janie Sikes) whom I have admired for many years. I love the whole attitude, blog and merchandise these gals put out. A mother, daughter's team they inspire me so much. I recently saw that they are embarking on a TV show, how exciting, I cannot wait.
If you have never heard of the Junk Gypsy's here is a link to their website:

Here is a video that was shot the year I was there and yes if you watch closely I actually made it into this video~

This year the Junk Gypsy's hosted a book signing by Shabby Chic's Rachel Ashwell. We all know that she was the start of this crazy obsession that I as well as so many of you probably have. The love of all things chippy, rusty, faded and just simply wonderful stuff. I would of loved to have met her.
Jill at Gypsy Brocante is also doing a giveaway on her blog for a signed copy of Rachel's new book and a vintage style scarf. I have entered and here is the link to her blog so you can read about Warrenton and see some great pictures of the whole experience and enter too.
I will have to live through her experience until I can get there again!

On another note my girls went to homecoming this past weekend and you know that I have to share a picture with you of how beautiful they looked.

How can I get my girls interested in flea markets, dumpster diving and all the things that just make my heart sing? I do believe that I got the bug from my mom, who was an antique diva long before any of the books came out. I spent many a day in an antique shop or flea market.
Thanks mom...who knows maybe someday the girls will come around?!