Her crown is an old ‘Prince of Wales’ trinket of my husband’s, the pearls I’ve collected and carted around the world for years, the bottom of the charm is trimmed with vintage lace from my maternal grandmother’s collection.  Hanging from the bottom is a vintage watch balance I have been aching to find a place for.

The chain is constructed of old bits and pieces from three different necklaces, and finally there is a dictionary definition from my paternal grandmothers old elementary book. 

Abide – great love, faithful to; to put up with…

It’s a powerful magic around my neck each time I wear it.



I’ve finally settled in, in fact I’ve gone off at a good pace.  After returning home to the U.S. I have approached a couple of boutiques and I have been selling wholesale.  I am working with old watch and clock pieces, I am very inspired by some local steampunk groups. 

I am also very inspired as the clock ticks down on an Ebay auction… remember the budget, remember the budget….

Actually it’s been a good learning experience for me.  I’ve never had to work so hard to make sure that my cost and margins were so tightly under control.  I’ve also never worked in such a way, batches of jewelry to try to make sure I’m paying my self a reasonable hourly wage.

I also pay close attention to what else in the boutiques are selling, and I ask lots of questions.  Shop owners are different, some will tell you too much and some have no desire to enlighten the potential competition.

Below are some of my new line, enjoy!

Recycled Silk

Why is all the good stuff in Australia?   When I am shopping Ebay for recycled fabric it seems like so much of the good stuff is in Australia.  I happened across these recycled sari silks months ago and finally came up with the perfect use.

This is just one piece, because it’s a strip of sari silk it has these beautiful decorative areas at one end.  I twisted and twisted the piece of silk and tacked it down with a few simple stitches.  The backing is felt, and I use a simple safty pin to tack it on my jacket or sweater.

If I happen to find a good source for these I’ll share, in the mean time, prepare yourselves to pay for shipping from Australia and an almost month long wait for delivery.


Queen of Hearts

I purchased a few Luna Girl image CDs and I’ve been waiting for the perfect use, my steampunk necklaces seem to be the right place.  This lovely was one of movie starlets.  She looks just like the Queen of Hearts.  The other side of the clear text bead reads ‘she made some tarts’… so less Alice in Wonderland, more Nursery Rhyme.

Edgy Upcycled Belts

I was so impressed when I stumbled across julienjaborska’s Etsy store.  The store’s name is Rebicyclist and this upcycling artist does belts, keychains and coasters.  What a great idea, turn those useless old bike tires into something useful and stylish. 
My favorite belts are the chunky road tire type, I think they’d be an edgy statement in the workplace.

When I was searching Etsy today for someone new to spotlight, I entered ‘upcycled’ into the search engine and was so impressed to find these works by KD.  The green circle bracelet is so elegant and then looking through her store I found some lovely earrings as well. 
ArtworkbyKD also has some very fun and quirky flower rings as well.  Her shop is worth a second look, or third or fourth, enjoy.

I love Jane Austin and this is my version of a period costume.  She is an art doll I displayed at an Embassy Art show this last weekend.   I call her Still in Rags.  Her outfit is complete upcycled upholstery and drapery fabric.  I did a lot of hand sewing to fit it to her and add the wonderful ruffles.

Upcycled Art Doll

Upcycled Art Doll

I also used my heat gun to melt the fabric into the interesting shapes in her skirt.