Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Thrifted Collections: Artsy Necklaces

Some people buy pencils or postcards for souvenirs. I scoop up necklaces for visual representations of my various adventures! Each one is a reminder of a time, place, or event.

I don't have the innate talent for layering that you're probably blessed with. My version of "getting dressed" in quickly throwing on a sun dress and one of these necklaces. Looking at this picture now, two of my favorite necklaces (dubbed "the octopus" and "the owl") are missing. It's always your favorite ones that run away from you...

Not a big deal, when I have so many more with so many stories...

The interesting flower and seed necklace was purchase during my last visit to Puerto Rico. I bought it from a small museum that's near my grandparent's house. The flower is made from coconut!

This artsy red necklace was purchase from an art boutique where I used to sell some photographs. It's was cozy and bright with a cafe in the back, too bad it's out of business now!

A few years back I participated in a "rummage sale". You paid to participate, and the proceeds went to help local charities. It was like a huge yard sale. I invested what I made into this pretty koi necklace. (And two others like it, which I gave to my friends.)

Origami necklace and earring set! From an anime con, along with a makona necklace those in the know can easily spot in the first picture.

I made this during a fun week craft night I used to go to. The fish is cut from vintage fabric, he's blanket stitched to some bright orange felt for support.

First blogged about here (where you can see a better picture). Purchased from Jacksonville's Downtown Art Walk from an artist I admire.

I purchased this from a annual local event World of Nations from the Mexico booth. I was in my junior year of high school, and the field trip was a pleasant respite from school.

 Does your jewelry bring back fond memories? Does it tell your story?
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  1. i love the koi necklace, and the puertorican coconut flower? thats cute!

  2. i love the glass star necklace and LOVE the one you made with the koi fish. beautiful! my husband and i do something similar when we travel, we pick up christmas tree ornaments wherever we go. it's so cool when you're decorating your tree each year to see each ornament and be reminded of your traveling experience. i have bells from cambodia made from recycled bombshells, i have a set of onion-top churches from ukraine, i have a whole set of maritime themed ones from our trip to PEI and Nova Scotia, a statue of liberty from NYC and tons more.
    the blue flower is also lovely and actually reminds me of the British Columbia provincial flower: the dogwood. Dogwoods are usually pink or white but it looks pretty cool in blue too!

  3. Miss Lou: That one is a favorite, it came with matching seed earrings. The brown "beads" are seeds!

  4. Angelika: That's an excellent idea for a collection! I love the thought of bells from Cambodia made from recycled bombshells!

  5. Lovely necklaces! I too love unique, and not necessarily expensive or trendy jewelry. (Though Betsey Johnson's designs are fun). I bought this really neat necklace last year from an antique shop in New Hope, PA. It has a beige glass elephant (who I lovingly refer to as Stompy) on a double layered long gold chain. It doesn't work for every outfit, but it sure does look cute with the right style shirt. Since I was also buying a pair of vintage earrings for my sister, "Stompy" was given to me at half price! Love him!

  6. Jackie: Stompy sounds amazing. You should share the story on your blog one day! I must admit, I've been beguiled by man ya quirky and fun Betsey Johnson piece..but I never give in :) Unless I were to find one while thrifting...

  7. what great necklaces maybe you could have little story attached to each one for future generation referance?

  8. Fantastic collection! I collect jewelry from different places I've been... when I was in Europe it was much easier than buying something large and lugging it around!

  9. Nice collection Van! I just ordered a necklace from The Blue Balloon that really reminds me of one my mother had when I was a child. It was a piece of chandelier glass I think, but I loved running my fingers over the surface of it! I spent hours (possibly days) of my life just staring at this pretty piece of glass. And now that I'm writing this all out it seems a bit strange that I want the same for my kid. I don't know, I just thought it was a freaking magic necklace when I was a kid :)

  10. Nelly: That's actually a great idea!

    Eef: Exactly! Huge souvenirs are amazing, but I'm into light-packing!

    Thursday: I love that story..I miss those days of childhood fascination with magical things. I used to think my mom's pretty painted nails were magical when I was 3...

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