Saturday, January 31, 2009

Exciting New Vintage Items!

Well, I just came back from a very back bending, dirty trip to my favorite vintage jewelry warehouse, and it was all worth it! I find the most incredible stuff in old dusty boxes in the back corners of those old factory buildings. One of my favorite is Banana Bob pieces, and I struck payday. For those of you who don't know about Banana Bob, a bit of history:

Banana Bob made incredible jewelry in the mid 1980s for high end department stores such as Macys and Bloomingdales. They are no longer in business and their designs are now in great demand. Their jewelry was of exceptional quality. The now closed company’s designer, Ann Venditti, liked to work with high quality glass stones such as Swarovski and metal stampings from vintage molds to create her pieces. She produced both exact reproductions of antique designs as well as original pieces that incorporated many styles, especially Victorian, Art Deco, and Art Nouveau motifs.

What a treat to find these items!! My findings are new, undistributed factory stock. Imagine the vintage creations you can make with them.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

How To Stay Sane During The Winter!

Why by creating wonderful creations! Soon I will be posting design ideas for cool jewelry pieces such as earrings and bracelets. But first, let's start with organizing tips to keep your beading area in tip top shape.
If you're anything like me, things get a little dicey during the creation process. I have a habit of pulling everything out, seeing what color crystals look great with which findings, etc. In the end, I've got a great pair of earrings, but the aftermath's of a tornado on my beading table.

As a New Year's resolution, I'll be trying to mend my ways and come up with simple, workable solutions for organizing my treasures. I'd sure like to see yours!!

In the meantime, check out my beads and vintage findings at

And, I'd love to see your finished pieces, so please show us pictures!