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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The crazy month begins!

As I write this, I am two days away from the first Christmas show of the season. For the next four weekends, I have  back to back Christmas shows. To say I am busy is an understatement...however, I am organized and ready to go!

Earrings are a big seller at these shows, and so I  have just finished making 97 pairs of earrings, which I hope will see me through the first couple of shows. I think I will make 3 more pairs just so it's an even 100!

How to display them, you ask? Well that's what I was asking myself over the last week, when at 4:00 am this morning, I awoke with a brilliant idea!  And here she is.....The Earring Goddess!









This weekend, I will be in Okotoks, Ab., at the Okotoks Market Square Christmas Festival. Pin It

Monday, October 21, 2013

Winter"s Coming

As the temperature dips lower, and the mornings get frostier, we know that soon enough, the landscape will be a white winter wonderland  of ice and snow. Not that I am a great lover of winter, however, I was inspired by this long, cold season, to create this collection called Holiday Ice.



This collection features chunky statement necklaces, created with vintage chandelier crystals, and accented with Swarovski crystals, and pearls, as well as beautiful vintage  glass beads. 

 Dramatic, glam, diva earrings, not for the faint of heart and certainly enough of a statement on their own. These will be the only accessory you will need for your little black dress!



Glamorous enough for wearing to all those upcoming holiday cocktail parties, yet cool enough to wear casually with a pretty sweater and jeans for a more intimate occasion.


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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Facinating Film Actresses

 As a reader of my blog, you know that I love all things vintage! 
I love collecting old pictures of people from another era, especially  photos of women and children. I can spend hours online looking at beautiful portraits of forgotten actresses and celebrities from the days of silent films, and early Hollywood. 

Here are some of my favorites:

Maude Fealy -(1883-1971)
American Actress from 1900-1958




The Fairbanks Twins, Marion (1900-1973) and Madeline(1900-1989).
Born in New York, these ladies were stage and motion picture actresses in the silent film era.







Louise Brooks, 1906-1985. An American dancer and film star, that made the bobbed haircut popular in the 1920's.




Olive Thomas, (1894-1920), was an American actress and model, and popular Ziegfield girl. She married Mary Pickfords younger brother. She died tragically at the age of 25, in Paris, after accidentally ingesting bi-chloride of mercury, from a French labelled bottle in a darkened bathroom, believing it to be another medication.


 Lily Elsie- (1886-1962)
A beautiful English Edwardian actress and singer, that was a child star as well as a famous adult celebrity. Sadly, she suffered many mental health issues later in life.




 Mary Pickford, (1892-1979), Well known Canadian actress that was known as Americas Sweetheart.




 Lillian Gish-(1883-1993), An American Screen and television actress. Her career spanned 75 years, appearing  in silent movies,  films, and later in TV. She was 99 when she passed away in her sleep of heart failure.






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Friday, October 11, 2013

Turkey, turkey

I am looking forward to our family Thanksgiving dinner  this weekend. Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October, unlike our American cousins, who celebrate in late November.  However,  both countries celebrate with turkey dinners and pumpkin pies...and thats a good thing! 

I find that our weather usually turns from Fall- like, to Winter after Thanksgiving, however Old Man Winter arrived ahead of schedule this year, as I awoke to a light dusting of snow this morning.  I am sure it will melt by this afternoon, and hopefully we can enjoy a few last warmish days this weekend.

 Wishing all my Canadian readers a very Happy Thanksgiving! Pin It

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Scarecrow Festival

The Fall colors here are beautiful at the moment and we are still seeing some warm days filled with sunshine. Canadian Thanksgiving is this coming Monday, and we will be celebrating with family and of course the traditional turkey feast! The weather always seems to turn after Thanksgiving, and the snow will most likely start arriving by the end of October, or early November.  

This month, in the hamlet of Bragg Creek, we have a Scarecrow Festival going on. Businesses and families are building scarecrows and displaying them around the village.It's a way to bring people back out to the hamlet, after the massive flood that occurred in June. Trying to drum up some business into the Fall for our little town. So many of the businesses here rely on the summer tourist season, and they really suffered this summer as so many were still repairing after the all the damage done. There are some really creative people who have made some fantastic looking scarecrows. So enjoy!








 Eat your heart out Miley!!










 ...and for any bad Scarecrows, there is the Scarecrow Slammer!


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