Sunday, 12 January 2014

Precious gems and precious friends

I've been dithering about what to write about, until last night when I was inspired by a friend I'd invited round for dinner.
We were talking about art, and how we wanted to be artists but didn't consider ourselves good enough at it.
She said the only time she felt she was an artist was when she made jewellery.
A local design store was closing down, so I bought this hat rack at a bargain price, and am using it to store my (mostly op-shopped) necklaces.
This is what it looked like before.
Here's some of my recently acquired jewellery: 
I love this orange one as it reminds me of lollies.

I also love this bronze and gold one, as the beads have a slight woody texture, yet they are metallic and plastic at the same time.

A cardigan clasp, which has now been lost in the wasteland of the spare room.

The way the light plays off these blue plastic beads is amazing.

I hate wearing bangles as I find them uncomfortable, but couldn't resist this red number with white spots. 

The photo doesn't show the colours very well, they are much more neon-tastic in real life.

A beautiful silver stag brooch I inherited. (OBD alert!)
I've never worn it, as the clasp's a bit dodgy.
I'd like to get it converted into a necklace.

This one's an experiment.
I crocheted the chain and added a diamante hairclip I found on the footpath.
I'm not sure it works, so it's a work in progress.

I bought this lovely tartan Scottie dog brooch new in Melbourne.

A (1980s?) gold metallic and white plastic necklace from my last bout of addiction to Trade me.

A green brooch, also from TM.

A 1960s glass and gold necklace and bracelet from a second-hand shop in South D.
I love the box, but I doubt if it is its original box, as the box looks to be from the early 20th century.
It reads "Thos. Ross & Sons, Manufacturing Goldsmiths, 107 Buchanan St., Glasgow.
I've also been inspired by the amazing jewellery collections of Pull Your Socks Up and Vintage Bird Girl and Vintage Vixen and Helga Von Trollop and The Secondhand Years, among many others.
My friend and I talked about many things - gardening, books, sewing and work.
I made her watch Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries on TV as it's currently one of my favourites, and she's read all the books.
I tried to convert her to Facebook but don't think I succeeded.
I don't normally have a lot of dinner parties, but I'm going to make more of an effort this year.
Apart from being enjoyable, it's a good motivator to clean and tidy the house.
I made a chickpea, parmesan, sunflower seed and spring onion frittata, which turned out quite well considering I made up the recipe!
We both have food allergies so I had to be careful.
Accompanied by salad and followed by dairy-free, gluten-free chocolate ripple ice-cream. Simple and quick.


  1. Yum, I like the sound of the chickpea frittata! I am impressed with the hat-rack jewellery display, I am currently using a Tidy Ties. I think the glass and gold set is my favourite, do you wear it? the colours are beautiful. I know what you mean about converting friends to FB, but a dinner party sounds so much nicer!

  2. I love that sputnik-esque hat rack. Together with your lovely necklaces it looks like an art installation in itself. You have some amazing pieces in your collection. I am especially mesmerized by the aqua glass necklace and bracelet set, not only cause it might be from my new hometown but because of the amazing colour and the overall Egyptian is truly stunning, what a fab find. I also love the funky cardigan clasp, I'd love one of them...might have to have a shot at making something similar myself.
    Thank you so much for the lovely comment that you left over on mine, it made me feel very welcomed back after my blog break.
    I wish you and your loved ones all the very best for 2014
    Loads of love,

  3. I am another fan of the gold and glass set, whether they are truly Glaswegian or not! But all your pieces are interesting and pretty, and displaying them on the atomic-style hat rack is a lovely idea. The plastic necklaces in bright colours are fabulous. I always have a rummage among the jewellery in charity shops, you never know what you will find! xxxx

  4. That's such a lovely collection of treasures, I REALLY should tidy up all my jewelery/accessories!

  5. Love the blue set at the bottom and like you say the box is just so lovely on its own i love vintage box's and packaging. Great idea with the sputnik looking hanger for your jewelry it looks fab. Have a lovely week, dee x

  6. Oooh, jewellery porn, my favourite! The way you've displayed your collection on the Sputnik rack is art in itself.
    The box your beautiful 1960s necklace came in is a stunner. Those boxes are starting to command quite a lot of money on ebay lately! xxx


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