Hi everyone, I have a story to share….
Several months ago I purchased vintage czech glass pearl ombre (color fades from pink to aqua) beads with a satin finish. These beads are from a factory called Ornella that used to manufacture jewelry in the Czech Republic in the 1920s-1930s. I finally carved out the time to explore and “work” with these beads. I found myself sitting there with 80+ year old beads (in perfect condition) feeling their quality, their heft, their shine, admiring the beauty and wondering what to do with them. Do they go in a small bowl for display like many of my other beads because I can’t bare to have them stored away out of sight? I still have them safely stored away in my “to make bead box” which includes beads and findings which I plan to use to make jewelry for myself. However, I did design and create a few pairs of earrings, one of which is for sale at my Etsy shop. It was a thrill to glaze my hands over “sea spine beads” (real from the ocean with a hole drilled in them for jewelry making) from one of my bead storage boxes and realize the two items are an eclectic and perfect fit! I hope you like it, please check them out:
Speaking of the Czech Republic, I often think about the supplies and art produced there throughout the years. Many of these pieces are no longer for sale, as collectors have purchased them and are not letting go. So, when folks say to me “the stuff isn’t going anywhere” and they are referring to certain antique and vintage pieces – it is indeed getting increasingly harder to find certain pieces. So, I will keep on searching and picking, and sharing the finds with you at eclecticnesting.etsy.com!
Thanks for reading my story, or, I should say – stories.
Here is a list of the deals being offered at Eclecticnesting.etsy.com for the month of May. Please convo me once at the e-shop to utilize these and/or with any questions, thanks!
1) Free US shipping on orders over $70.
2) Buy 2 Vintage Salt and Pepper Shakers and/or Vintage Scarves (mix and match) and get a shaker or scarf free of equal or lesser value.
3) Buy any 2 pieces of *handmade jewelry* and receive a piece free of equal or lesser value.
4) Like my Facebook page and ask me for a 25% off coupon.
5) Always: accepting offers on most items. If you are interested in multiple items let’s “bundle” and make a deal. (Also open to custom orders and specific trades).
Today, against my better judgment, I went to an antique shop. Why would this be against by better judgment if I adore antiques? Because this was a retail priced shop – no negotiating, bargaining, and dealers who know the value of their items and mark them accordingly. This is of course fair for the dealer (and how the Pickers on American Pickers the TV show would price the items they go across country seeking out), however, not in my budget right now. There were rich Bakelite bangle bracelets for $250, tin spinning tops so well constructed from the 1930s they are still colorful and in great shape ($20-50), what seemed like endless displays of vintage amber and rhinestone jewelry, and unique treasures from across the world that are no longer made. Of course I gravitated towards things I collect or love– art deco, jewelry, salt and pepper shakers, needle-point purses, buttons, specific glasses to see if there was “finally the one to complete my set!” and much more. It was a sensory overload experience that I truly enjoyed when I had to drag myself out empty-handed.
What makes you happy?
They both make me happy!
The other day my dog and I walked outside my apartment’s my small glass sliding door. I am currently one of countless residents dwelling in the DC area in large apartment complexes – this first time I have lived in a complex vs. a multi-family New England style house. There is a small rolling hill that separates my unit from the parking lot and placed in the center of the “lawn” is a tree which blooms bright pink blossoms in the spring. What was so special about the other day was that rain and wind had visited overnight and the pink petals were sprinkled all over the green grass, brown fresh mulch, and swimming in puddle pools –and some petals were still still making their graceful fall to the ground. My dog was very confused why we stopped at the tree instead of moving forward to our regular route … I wanted a moment to view the raining pink petals.
After our walk we came inside to watch the TV show American Pickers. This is by far my favorite show and I am borderline obsessed with it (ok, I am obsessed). I have such a deep appreciation for what Frank and Mike do on the show and for the items they find and rescue– items which are simply not made and/or not made as well anymore. The items they feature truly do tell history lessons. As “picking,” vintage collecting, retro style, and recycling items has become more popular it is becoming increasing difficult to find specific treasures – but they have folks doing a lot of leg work for them to find “rusty gold” in barns, houses, abandoned stores, carnivals, movie theaters, and other places ripe for the picking. I have gone picking before, however, not at a place with as much opportunity for treasure as Mike and Frank — someday I hope to!
If you enjoy my petal story, feel free to view this lovely photograph by LupenGrainne found on Etsy:
What makes you happy?
Apologies – when I post links for items for sale in my shop it is because I so dearly love the items and want them to find a home. Sometimes I post just one item and sometimes an entire list/ gift guide. I do this on my facebook page too!
However, I would like to share several listings which I not only wish to find a home but also benefit the National Kidney Foundation. April is National Donate Life Month and myself and some other Etsyians are working to promote awareness around organ and tissue donation and specifically Kidney Disease – which is a cause near and dear to my heart.
There will always be an item in my shop for sale which benefits this cause, the current two are:
You will also always find a listing/item for sale which benefits:
-a co-op of women in Rwanda
-KIVA.ORG (“empower people around the world with a $25 loan)
-A national women’s’ empowerment organization (it can be of your choosing)
-The animal shelter I adopted my dog and best friend from
……these make great gifts as they benefit a cause!
Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog……
This lot is currently for sale at Eclecticnesting.etsy.com