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Eclectic Earring Collection

28 Jan

I’ve been very busy creating earrings. I’ve attached a few photos of just a few from my personal collection – most include clay beads. I’ve described them below…

If you like what you see – I have many earrings for sale in my shop {{eclecticnesting.etsy.com}}

~Mexican folk art clay birds on a vintage sterling silver & sparkling blue dichroic glass headpin, topped with czech glass picasso seed beads

~Moonstone crusty glass criffles, ancient roman glass, and oxidized abacus headpins with crysoprase and frosty serpentine. Criffles are made by Numinositybeads.etsy.com and headpins are made by pipnmolly.etsy.com

~Black and white chunky floral lampwork beads, reminds me of my vintage Marimekko suitcase (https://eclecticnesting.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/472/) topped with turquoise nuggets and lipstick red wire-wrap

~Mustard gold genuine Mookaite coin beads, oxidized spacers, on an orbit headpin made by pipnmolly.etsy.com

~Jade slices, vintage rhinestone discs, on a handmade glass lampwork headpin

~Raku charlotte doll connectors made by Wonderousstrange.etsy.com, with silver wire-wrap and czech glass pink flowers

~Ceramic component made by ScorchedEarthonEtsy.etsy.com with enamel matchsticks made by numinositybeads.etsy.com in gold and maroon

~Rare antique European opalescent glass bead slice stacked with Ethiopian copper bicone beads. Opalescent glass beads were made in the 1800s and glows opalescence gained from age. Mixed with the glass and metal are genuine vintage amber stone on a handmade enamel headpin

~Stoneware discs made by raggedrobyn.etsy.com, clay beads made by shipwreckdandy.etsy.com and teal ceramic spikes by scorchedearthonetsy.etsy.com

~Vintage African trade beads, brass, genuine amber, and more glass criffles from numinositybeads.etsy.com

~Shells inlaid in sterling silver were too small for me to wear so I upcycled them with bright red coral chunks

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2015 Clay Bead Love

28 Jan

It’s been a while. Lately, I’ve been busy collecting, browsing, loving, and creating with clay beads. Tomorrow, I will post some of my earring creations in my personal stash, and point out which amazing Etsy shops I’ve purchased the clay beads used from used in the earrings. Please also check out my Etsy shop {{eclecticnesting.etsy.com}} for handmade earrings for sale, using a wide variety of unique & handmade clay beads.

In the meantime, wet your appetite with this amazing blog & clay bead giveaway:

http://www.esfera.me/travel/polymer-clay-beads-interview-bead-and-jewelry-artist-leah-curtis#comment-7196

Happy new year and thanks for swinging by!

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..ramblings..

5 Feb

Even people who do say they don’t collect anything, I believe do indeed have collections. Maybe the stockpile paperclips subconsciously because they use them often at work, and also play with them on long phone calls. One of the many things I collect are vintage suitcases, it’s a small but passionate collection. Pictured are 4 “traincases” in golden mustard, olive green, navy blue, and burgundy maroon. They are all hard-shell and have variations in their handles, shape, interior mirror or trays. I love to think about when these were made and more commonly used – toss in a nightgown, sundress, and cosmetics and hop on the train for the weekend – we needed less “stuff.” The golden mustard suitcase is from the Amelia Earhart line and I love going back a few decades in my visions and think of what it would be like to travel, or even meet, her! The green piece belonged to my mom. I love to tie vintage scarves around the handles.

Right now these petite suitcases sit on top of a plain white armoire in my bedroom – someday I hope to have a wooden armoire and the older it is, the better. Also pictured is a framed tea towel from the gift shop of one of the first resorts in East Africa – this was hung first and that the suitcases match in color is a delightful coincidence. The tea towel (which I also collect) is really meaningful to me – but that’s a story for another post.

Also pictured is a hot pink Samsonite, an orange by Towncraft (sold at JCPenny), and my favorite – an original vintage Samsonite Fashionaire suitcase from the 1960s. The pattern name was Wild Gardenia, also called Black and White Flower Power with Veuve Clicquot orange fabric interior. The line was reissued in 2007 by Samsonite under their Black Label Collection with a limited edition of 600 pieces with a high price tag. The line gained further fame when a character in the movie Rock of Ages used one of the pieces to carry records. My favorite part of this mod suitcase is that the pattern was designed by a Marimekko artist – look this company up, you’ll love to learn about them! Also pictured is one of my favorite ads for the line.

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Change is the only constant

4 Feb

Eclecticnesting.etsy.com has shifted its focus! Vintage home decor and vintage other good can still be found, as well as handmade jewelry. However the primary picks will be:

~vintage jewelry

~craft, jewelry, vintage, and mixed media supply lots / destash

~beads

~vintage salt & pepper shakers

~vintage scarves

There will always be charity items for one of several causes, please be sure to swing by that shop section: https://www.etsy.com/shop/eclecticnesting?section_id=12250366&ref=shopsection_leftnav_9

Thanks so much for swinging by my lil’ blog and hope you’ll also visit it’s corresponding Etsy shop!

~Amanda

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Lilies are red….

4 Feb

The Eclecticnesting blog is back and wishing you a Happy early Valentines Day!

For the Love of Supplies

4 Feb

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Many supply “destashs” (which are Lots of a type of an item) posted at eclecticnesting.etsy.com

XMAS in July and Blog on Vacation

8 Jun

This blog will be going on vacation until the fall…. I might post before hand, however, please do check back in the fall and please also check out eclecticnesting.etsy.com throughout the summer and fall for fresh finds.

Please also take note of eclecticnesting.etsy.com’s XMAS in July !!Mega Sale!! beginning July 1st!

Very well wishes to all.