Friday, May 20, 2011

Victoria Day

The birthday of Queen Victoria is a federal holiday in Canada. Originally falling on May 24, which is her actual birthday, it is now celebrated every year on or before May 24. 

In honor of this holiday, I decided to pretend I was in Portobello Road, the famous antique market in London, and do some window shopping.on Etsy.

For those who know not of Queen Victoria, here is the nutshell version of her history...

Monarch of the United Kingdom from 1837 to 1901 (over 63+ years), inheriting the throne at the age of 18

Was fifth in line for the succession and, due to unusual circumstances, became the Queen.

Married her first cousin, Prince Albert and had nine children

Great, great grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II

 Great great great grandmother of Princes William and Harry

Here is a link to the amazing PORTOBELLO ROAD

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sparkle Plenty

More variety than you can even imagine and so difficult to effectively photograph, especially when there have only been three days of sunshine here during the entire month of April. But I digress...

My dear friend, Kate, has consigned me to sell many wonderful things gleaned from a family-owned antique store that closed many years ago. Among the many treasures are a large group of retro earrings.
Both clip on and screwback, some signed and others not, some are in lovely condition and others not so much, but as a group, they are fascinating, at least to me. There is such a variety of colors, shapes, sizes, and styles.

In this era of pierced ears there do not seem to be a lot of women wearing these types of earrings.  In any case, if there are, they have not found my stash. But I felt that these lovely ornamental accessories deserved to be shown off.

So I picked out my favorites, spruced them up to be their glittery best, and present them to you now.

I love these silver ones, because they are so very dramatic.

The pearly ones catch the light so well. The top pair, however, are actually a mix of pearls, most likely imitation, and plastic.

Does everyone love seeing royal blue as much as I?
The middle and bottom pair are stamped "Japan" on the back.


Moss green in the middle and creamy plastic "seeds" on the bottom.

 I do not profess to be an expert on jewelry, but I know what I like and this pair are my very favorite.