Friday, May 31, 2013

From this shop to the internet

This is a photo of the interior of Palmer Bros Jewelry in Baker City, Oregon, the shop where the crystal drop earrings I just listed were originally sold. I wonder if one of these fellows (or maybe the woman in the back) made the sale? The original box is nearly as desirable as the earrings inside. I found these earrings almost three years ago when I first posted about them. What a special pair!

Shop photo via


Hello! This past week we've been hosting family, hence the crickets around here. We've had lots of fun outings, lots of nice dinners, lots of ice cream on the porch and other great things - like Mother & Son swinging! Can you believe Severen is 17 months old?!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Hands as subject

These hand and arm studies by the famous British portraitist E.O. Hoppé are stunning. They remind me a bit of the photos that Stieglitz did of Georgia O'Keefe's hands during the same period in the United States, like this one. They seem disconnected from the body in these photos, like living things of their own. The pose in the second photo is supposed to resemble swans, with the rings as their eyes.

via LIFE photo archives

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Spring 2013, on Instagram


It is fun for me to see the progression from winter to full-on summer in these photos. It shows in our clothes, our food (bye bye, roasted cauliflower - hello lime paletas!) and of course the scenery. I suppose the next installment ("Summer 2013") will start with fun in the sun and end with the turning of the leaves. I love living in a place with seasons.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Citizen London

The braided cotton goods over at Citizen London are so appealing. These trays would be very nice as wall hangings, don't you think?

Friday, May 10, 2013

Daisy, Jordan, Myrtle ▴ Jewelry picks for the Gatsby women


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Tonight is the big night! I know many of you will be off to see the new The Great Gatsby - how exciting! I just re-watched the 1970s version this week, which will probably remain my favorite because of the tawny quality of the filming, the sweatiness (yes, I love that) and the actors, including my girl crush Lois Chiles as Jordan.

I took the liberty of picking out a few things for the leading ladies of that film version. What do you think?

Daisy: ultra feminine, soft, classic, expensive, safe, vain
Materials: Diamonds, pearls, platinum

Jordan: young, athletic, self-assured, unmarried, stylish, sexy
Materials: cut steel, onyx, bakelite, amethyst

Myrtle: garish, colorful, desirable, desperate, doomed
Materials: Glass, celluloid, ribbon, enamel, paint

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Coming soon . . .

I've got a date tonight with a mojito, my computer and about 300 freshly-shot photos of this collection of 1920s/1930s jewelry. Of course I was thinking of Robert Redford-as-Jay Gatsby while shooting these. I think he would approve of the eerie greens among these pieces, especially the ring.

These will all be available in the shop by Friday night. See something you love? Get in touch!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Gatsby-era earrings

Actress Mary Nolan
Some 1920s earrings in my personal collection
NEW IN THE SHOP ▴ Faux pearl flapper dropsCzech glass 1920s drops

Short hair and long earrings go together. We see this for the first time in the 1920s when bobbed-haired flappers wore earrings dripping with rhinestones and pearls, sometimes reaching almost to their shoulders. Just as with sautoir necklaces and the heavily beaded chiffon dresses of the era, the more the earrings could *jump* and move while worn - and especially while dancing - the better.

I've just stocked two new pairs of flapper-era earrings in the shop, both of which could be very pretty on a bride!

P.S. I almost dropped my best pair of 1920s earrings down the bathroom sink once. You can see the play-by-play of that incident right here.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Feather your nest

This is my current favorite available in the Erie Basin online shop, a turn of the century 14K gold and coral feather. What an elegant design!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

✿ May Day Sale ✿ 30% OFF ✿

At last, May is here. It feels like someone just turned up the volume on some really awesome music that we could all juuuuust barely hear in April and now it is finally playing loud and IT IS SOUNDING SO GOOD!

 I hope you can take advantage and treat yourself to something special to celebrate Spring. 
The sale ends at 11 PM EST tonight.