Friday, June 2, 2017

A Feeble Attempt At Yet Another Blog Comeback

Don't freak out!  It's my homage to this year's International Tiara Day since I wasn't about to put that thing on MY head and parade around town looking like a crazy old lady.  

I think I'm getting over Facebook--mainly due to me posting a great deal and no one acknowledging my posts.  The problem is that there is SO MUCH TRAFFIC on Facebook and unless someone is actively following your page it's just too difficult to set aside time to visit.  I have left than 100 "friends" by design since I don't friend someone unless I have something in common with them and the first thing I have to have in common is politics.  I do have a few friends that are on the other side of the fence but we sort of have an agreement that I won't comment on YOUR political posts and you stay away from MINE.  Yes, I have no problem singing to the choir and I have absolutely no desire to get into infantile arguments that usually end with the combatants calling each other idiots and blocking each other. 

I realize that there's just as much traffic here in Blogland but it's easier to visit those blogs that you're interested in.  

So anyway, here goes try #4.  And sharing some lovely Blenko glass.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

It's as if I've never been gone, right?

Of course life has changed but basically it's still the same--I'm older, not thinner, of course wiser, and depressed that Downtown Abbey is no more.

The reason for the photo is to reveal my latest obsession: Sarah Coventry jewelry.  I've been collecting it off and over the years and then a couple months ago I decided to dive into the 42 gazillion white boxes containing my collection, and discovered I have a lot--I mean A LOT--of Sarah Coventry jewelry.  And of course duplicates--A LOT--of duplicates, so I set about writing down what I had, finding out names and dates, and compiling it all on an Excel spreadsheet.  I was thrilled to see that I could still remember how to use Excel, although I'm sure the version I have on my computer is hilariously outdated.  But, it works for me.

I've become somewhat of an accomplished (in my mind, at least) jewelry photographer of late due to my involvement in vintage costume jewelry groups on Facebook, where everyone tries to one-up each other on how much of this or that company they own, and if it's a seller, they take really really really good photographs.  Through trial and error, using my iphone and an app called Aviary, I taught myself how to show off my jewels.  I'm out of the groups, however, due to the ridiculous amount of drama going on.   It's entertaining for awhile and then it just get downright nasty, and I get enough of that reading what the trolls write on Bernie Sanders pages.

Here's an example of my handiwork:
They're huge files, however, so I'm going to have to shrink them down if I actually manage to continue this blog.

I was impressed to see that Linda McKean is still blogging away, as are a few other bloggers from "the old days", and that inspires me.  Plus this will keep me off Facebook--I post a lot and hardly anyone reads my posts unless they have photos of the cat.  EVERYONE loves Boo!
Yum!  Catloaf!

Friday, September 5, 2014


Two gorgeous bracelets.  The Fall colors bracelet is Juliana and the one with the pink/ yellow stones is Kramer.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Hobe' Love

Every so often a gentleman pops up with some beautiful vintage Hobe' (pronounced ho-BAY) jewelry.  Yesterday was another good day with him!  His late father was a jewelry salesman and had several salesman's travel display cases full of samples that were stored at their home for years.  As you can see, the original tags are still on the jewelry, and it's always a huge plus to get a presentation box!  This set includes a double strand necklace, triple strand wrap bracelet and clip earrings made with gorgeous deep red aurora borealis crystal beads.  Super glam, and perfect for a dress-up holiday event.

I have more to show and will also share the history of one of my favorite high-end costume jewelry companies.