Friday, June 8, 2012

Random Pretties

I thought I'd take some photos of some small & pretty things I've been picking up lately...

I just received this shell from my gal pal, Maryjane of Paper, Linen & Pearls.

I recently bought a wonderful little treasure from her etsy shop and she said that this hand made creation of hers " SCREAMED your name and jumped into the box :-)."

We've made plans to get together in the next few weeks and she's promised to show me around her studio and her idyllic world in the Napa Valley... I promise to post all about it!

I'm always drawn to La Dolfina's and butterflies...

But my newest crush is tortoise shell.

At first I was content with faux tortoise, but I recently acquired several bangles from a wonderful woman named Sharron who had them in her etsy shop, Spring Street Emporium. She found them at an estate sale and believes they are at least 100 years old!

She told me that I should bathe them in mineral oil regularly to preserve them.

They are in the cloisonne style.
One of them is mother of pearl.

 A dear friend of mine from Cuba gave me 3 lovely bracelets she calls "carey."

Earlier this year I found 3 ivory bangles at a garage sale that I love to mix with my tortoise and gold bangles.

Funny story about my set of gold bangles...

Back in the 1970's when I was at a Swiss Finishing School one of my classmates, an Iranian girl, would wear a set of lovely gold bracelets that I was always admiring.

When she went home for Christmas Break she returned with some for me.

Over the years I stopped wearing them and let my mom borrow them.  Well her hands are much larger than mine and she had to struggle to get them on, suffice it to say... they remained on her wrist for probably close to 20 years.

One day while playing tennis, she fell and broke her wrist and the doctor had to cut them off!

That was all it took to me to take them to the jeweler, get them soldered and reclaim them for  my own. I'm really loving them again!

I just scored this real tortoise ring and it's fast become my favorite!

It's pretty obvious I'm not a diamond and pearl kinda gal. My mom spotted this fun bracelet at a thrift store the other day... you guessed it, she couldn't fit her hand through it!

My hubby bought me this vintage scarab bracelet while we were in Sonoma over the Mother's Day weekend.  I've always wanted one!

I picked this up at a garage sale in my neighborhood last weekend.

I came across this gold filled ankle bracelet a few weeks ago,

 and this box this morning at a Friday garage sale.

I filled it with some bone sea horses.

Another butterfly,

a hand decorated shell dish,

and my favorite, this beautiful wooden crucifix with Mary at the foot of the cross.

 I've never seen one with the hands tied like this, have you?

I don't wear perfume but I couldn't pass up this "C'est la vie!" coral branch perfume set by Christian La Croix Paris.

And finally this handmade bone trinket box with  owl hinges.

 Come to find out it is camel bone!
Another treasure from Sharron at Spring Street Emporium

You never know what you're going to find!

 Happy Hunting
Happy Friday Everyone!


Helen said...

Hmm, makes me want to yard sale in your favorite areas. What great finds.

Mary Jane said...

Fantastic post, thank you for making me part of it, you're the best Garage Sale Sleuth I have ever met. Sorry about Mom's broken arm, what a way to get your jewels back !!! Hope to see you soon. Mary Jane

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Wow, wonderful finds. I love all of your jewelry, gorgeous. Hugs, marty


Whoa...I'm dizzy! I did have one of those scarab bracelets....wonder where that sucker is???
So many pretty things all at once.....:)

Mary Ann Pickett said...

It felt like looking into a treasure chest reading this post. I read it slowly, savoring it. You have such great style.

Karena said...

Terri I have started to love bangle bracelets again. Your styles, of ivory, coral, gold and tortoise shell are so beautiful!!

Anita's Parisian Party
Art by Karena

Nutbird said...

I love tortoise shell! I thought I was the only one. I have a collection of English tortoise boxes. I didn't know about the mineral oil, so maybe I'll apply it to mine. One of my boxes is wrapped up and hidden, so it won't dry out. I have been attracted to a lot of fake tortoise watches lately. Years ago when the ban on selling tortoise was instituted, Cartier couldn't sell any of it. I bought a sterling cuff with a big piece of tortoise in it for $25 at an employees' sale. I covet your bracelets. I usually only wear one at a time, but I am going to start loading up like Blair at Atlantic-Pacific. Always check the sewing boxes at an estate sale. There are usually little bits of jewelry in them, like stick pins that no one cares about. Ann

Ivy and Elephants said...

Oh, I love all your wonderful treasures and your fabulous blog!
I knew I had to follow you when you said "I love tortoiseshell". ME, TOO!
Please stop by and see my tea caddy... I think you're going to love it!
Be sure to join the party while you are there, we'd love to have you!

Teenage Bedroom said...

Awesome piece of work! A blog like yours should be earning much money from ad sense.

Beach House Living said...

A LaDolfina necklace!

Nice collection of bracelets, love them all.

Woodside Park said...

Wow! Love your eye and your treasures!! And, great photos and styling :-) Such beautiful objects from nature / inspired by nature. The bone seahorses are really charming. Thank you for sharing with us.
Cheers from DC,

kim at northerncalstyle. said...

Absolutely loved this post. So fun to see all your treasures. I have serious bracelet envy! You have some lovely things! Love the stories, especially the one about the bracelet from your school friend.


*Chic Provence* said...

how fun! I love the hunt!

xoxo Kit