Sunday, December 1, 2013

Here's a Little Somethin' Somethin' for You!

Hello, dear readers!

I hope this ramp-up to full tilt holiday madness will be a joyous one for you and yours. I've been making pieces practically non-stop for at-home jewelry and cocktail parties, craft fairs and my Etsy and Zibbet shops, plus prepping for my family's holiday activities. It's amazing how things can go from zero to insane so quickly this time of year!

To show my appreciation for your readership and patronage, I wanted to give a special "thank you" to my followers with two great coupon codes:

Use code FREEMAIL for free shipping at checkout. You can also use code FAN15 for 15% off your entire purchase in either of my shops. Enjoy and get something fab for you and yours, now through Tuesday, December 3rd! Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Give it Up for Giveaways!

Happy Wednesday, people! As the holiday season ramps up, many of us are busy prepping for gatherings and shopping for oh-so-perfect gifts for our friends and family. Well, don't forget to give a little something to yourself this season! And I'm here to help you out a little...

Fashion blog The Office Armoire is featuring and hosting a giveaway of two of my necklaces this week! How exciting is that?! This blog offers readers some super-easy, stylish tips on how to take your look from work to workin' it after 5. Stop by for a visit and enter for your chance to win. It's super quick (2 or 3 minutes of your time, max), and you could have your very own, one of a kind, handmade beauty to adorn your neck this holiday season (and throughout the coming year, for that matter).

My brass necklace with filigree pendant and sunset colored glass bead is featured in The Office Armoire's look of the week. Woot!

Here are the 2 necklaces the giveaway winner will get to choose from:
Gold finish necklace with brass vintage buttons
Silver finish necklace with assorted gunmetal and antique silver finish charms

Good luck, everyone!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Why Should Celebutantes Have All the Fun?

Great style should always be accessible: this has been the design philosophy behind the Accessory Showcase collection from the start. Spending my teen and broke college student years window shopping all around Manhattan with my best friend, we salivated over all the gorgeous clothes and jewelry we saw, fantasizing about some day being able to afford those fabulous frocks and baubles.When I graduated, I decided that, whatever aspect of fashion I gravitated toward, I'd make beautiful things for my fellow fashionistas (even if we didn't have a celebutante's bank account). After all, why should the rich girls have all the fun?
Brass and Silver Steampunk Gear Necklace and Earrings
Fall/Holiday Brass Charm Bracelets
One of the easiest ways to show off your fashion sense without going broke is with jewelry and accessories. This is why costume jewelry and accessories are my main focus. Don't get me wrong-- watching a couture runway show or flipping through the pages of Vogue still sends my heart all a-flutter. Seeing what designers can create with the very best materials and craftspeople at their disposal is the ultimate in fashion fantasy. I mean, seriously... What's not to love here?
Alexander McQueen Fall 2013
Ralph Lauren Fall 2013
Lanvin Fall 2013
But this girl lives in reality, and my reality requires some savvy to bring that high-end sensibility to my everyday life. That's why I get so much joy out of seeing a woman's eyes light up when they fall in love with one of my pieces. Who doesn't love having a handmade, super stylish necklace or pair of earrings that adds some serious voltage to an everyday outfit, and makes your friends ask, "Where did you get that?" ? Add the bonus of not maxing out your funds, and that, my friends, is the good stuff. I know you feel me, ladies!
Gold Finish Necklace and Earrings with Mauve Painted Pearls
Regal Brass Crown and Bead Necklace and Earrings
I love coming across fellow designers and style-makers who share my passion for accessible style. Here are looks from some great Etsy designers and one of my favorite fashion bloggers, giving you the goods on razor sharp looks that keep it real for your wallet. You're welcome!

Sensible Stylista
This girl knows how to shop savvy! She gives you the dish on the elements of her personal style, and hooks you up with awesome giveaways, info on great designer finds and how to combine the pieces in your closet (old and new) to form a rockin' ensemble. Want to get some free swag? Check out Sensible Stylista's latest giveaway here!

Etsy Faves
Here are some slick combinations I've put together from some of my favorite Etsians. The best part? Not a single item is over $50. It's time to get inspired!
White t-shirt with grey and red feathers by Shebbo Design: $29
Silver Tone Necklace with Swarovski Crystal Pendant by VQ Studio: $48
Sterling Silver Fringe Earrings by Mitz Metals: $49
Clear Resin and Silver Flake Rings by Daimblond: $31 each
Arrowhead rings by Evidence Jewelry: $45 each
80s Striped Crop Top from Mamma's Chest: $30
60s Vinyl Clutch from Victoria Westbury: $34

Gold Silk Ombre Blouse by Love Charles: $30
Gold Brass Statement Necklace by Minus One: $22
Faux Leather Gold Foldover Clutch by ByMart: $32
Gold Plated Autumn Leaf Earrings by Silent Roses: $25

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Adorn Yourself with a Bit of Autumn Color

The season of Autumn is a close second to my favorite season, Summer. The only drawback to Autumn is the shortening of daylight (and leaf blowing). Especially here in the Hudson Valley, the hills are bedecked in rich reds, yellows, greens and oranges. And there's no better fashion season that Fall, am I right? Well, I've been busy creating goodies for Fall/Holiday and those Autumn tones are front and center. Have a look!

In my next post, I'll be showing you the work of some of my favorite Etsians, who are bringing the Autumn indoors for your home and your body. Stay tuned!

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Fruits of My Find

Happy Friday, all!

In my last post, I gushed over the finding of a lovely batch of vintage buttons I bought from a sassy old lady up in the Catskills. Every time I look at my little treasures, I beam with delight. I know, I know, they're only buttons, but I can't help it. I love them! It's a sickness, really.

Anyway, I've been hard at work prepping for the fall/holiday shopping season, and for two at-home Accessory and Cocktail parties in October and November. I've been making lots of jewelry and key chains, many of them using some of my colorful stash of buttons. As a matter of fact, here are a few examples of the button-centric pieces I've created so far. Many more to come! Would love to know which ones you like. Leave a comment to tell me your fave and I'll give you a coupon code to enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Thank God for Spitfires and their Buttons!

Happy Labor Day, all!

Hope your L Day weekend is going swimmingly! The fam and I spent most of the weekend at our little log cabin in the Catskills, playing cutthroat Monopoly, taking walks, and splashing around in the neighborhood waterfall. The hubby and I also got to enjoy some much-needed cocktail time on the porch. Good stuff.

You know what else was fantastic about our mini vaca in the 'Skills? That's what the cool kids call the Catskills (actually, no one calls them that). An unexpected but totally awesome score for one of my jewelry-related obsessions: vintage buttons!

On our way up to the cabin on Friday afternoon, we passed a sign that said "Red Barn Yard Sale and Antiques". Mind you, we'd passed this sign dozens of times over the years on the way to the cabin, and we always said, "We need to make that right turn and check that out some time." And at the end of every weekend at the cabin, we'd always forget to check it out. This time, we decided to make the right turn before we headed to the cabin. We turned off Route 17B and drove about 2 or 3 miles down a road with rolling hills and farmland on either side, keeping an eye out for the red barn. We finally saw it, and pulled into the driveway.
Out of a house off the barn came this wiry old lady who had to be at least 85 years old. The stuff she had for sale ranged from old toilets (I kid you not!) to old books, furniture and clothing. She was about to close up for the day. I asked her if she had buttons for sale. "Yeah, I got lotsa buttons. Come back tamorrah and I'll get 'em down for you." "Great, I'll come by around 11am," I said. Now, I figured I'd at least be able to get a few buttons out of her stash to make a necklace or two, maybe a couple of key chains for the collection. So, Saturday morning, I left the hubs and the kiddos after breakfast and headed out to spend what I thought would be about half an hour going through this lady's tin of buttons.

When I arrived, she came out and told me she'd bring the buttons down after she helped some customers. I wandered around the barn, checking out all the piles of old yard sale stuff that people brought to this lady to sell. Then I went into the house and perused the old novels and bric-a-brac. A few minutes later, she came waddling in with six tins filled to the brims with buttons. She put them down on a table, pulled out a chair for me and said, "Here they are. Every piece of clothing I ever threw out or donated, I cut off the buttons first. You never know when you're gonna need buttons! Have fun." It was Christmas come early, people!

Each tin had to weigh about 4 or 5 pounds. So much for spending half an hour!
 I had to be methodical. I had to take heaping handfuls, one at a time, and spread them out on the table. Then I pulled from each handful any buttons I thought were pretty, then sorted my picks by color. As I got lost in my task, the old lady haggled with potential customers, sold sodas to locals who wandered in to chat and discussed what to do with the stray kittens she'd taken in to her friend the animal rescuer. Quite a cast of characters flowed in and out of the place, glancing over at me hunched over the piles of buttons, chuckling at my "patience". They had no idea I was in a kind of heaven!  

Two hours later...BOOM!
 Look at those lovely, lovely buttons. I know, some of you are like, "They're buttons. Big woop." But for those of you who have the sickness, you know how exciting it is to look at this rainbow mountain of beauties and start imagining all the awesome creations you'll make with them. So glad that sassy spitfire saved those buttons! I'll post pics of the goods as they materialize. Can't wait to start working!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Free shipping for Mother's Day!

It's that time of year again--time to buy something lovely for the maternal figures in your life! Show some mother love and enjoy free shipping with code MOMSDAYFREE, now through May 15th!

Key chains

Necklaces and Earrings

Monday, March 25, 2013

Winter, You've Overstayed Your Welcome

Winter is being a tenacious season on the East Coast this year. We're a week away from April, and snow is still in the picture! Spring, will you ever come? Despite the bleak picture outside my windows, and the lethargy that cold weather can bring, I'm plowing forward and creating, creating, creating for my spring/summer line. I shake my fists at you, Winter!

Okay, rant over. Now take a peek at these lovelies I've been working on. I hope these get you in the springtime mood, even if Mother Nature isn't cooperating!

Antique silver fine chain necklace with filigree copper bead and French inspired floral pendant

Chain dangle earrings made with fine silver curb chain, copper filigree beads and round floral motif charms

Silver charm necklace hand assembled with fleur de lis, crown, bird and wing charms

Antique silver chain with a cluster of 3 charms--silver leaf, ornate silver key, and copper filigree bead.

Steampunk earrings with copper and silver gears, suspended from fine copper curb chain

Steampunk copper necklace with 4 gear charms in copper, brass and antique silver