Friday, June 24, 2016

18th Century Woman Pendant

18th Century Woman Pendant

A portrait pendant of an 18th century woman wearing a large pink and black striped hat. It is made from printed fabric backed with pink felt and embroidered around the edges with silver thread. The image is from a 1780s fashion plate. The pendant measures approximately 1.25" x 1.75" (32mm x 43mm). $14.00.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Art Nouveau Woman Fabric Pendant

Art Nouveau Woman Fabric Pendant


A beautiful art nouveau style red haired woman gathers purple flowers on this pendant. The pendant is made from printed fabric backed with lavender felt and embroidered around the edge with gold thread. The image is from and early 20th century postcard. The pendant measures approximately 1" x 1.75" (28mm x 43mm). A great gift for art nouveau lovers. $14.00.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Plants

Shlumbergera Cactus

My shlumbergera cactus.
 
Apple Blossom

Apple blossoms on the tree in my backyard.

Sunflowers

My sunflowers. 

Bouquet

The bouquet of flowers I got my mother for mother's day.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Shades of Red Pendant

Shades of Red Pendant

A double sided round pendant in vibrant shades of red and yellow. Ink on wood. Sealed with varnish. The pendant measures approximately 1.25" x 1.25" (30mm x 30mm). $10.00.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Art Nouveau Woman Pendant

Art Nouveau Woman Pendant

A pendant of a beautiful art nouveau woman. The pendant is round with a brunette woman in profile. She wears an elaborate headdress. An Edwardian image from the early 20th century. The pendant is made from polymer clay. It measures approximately 1.25" x 1.25" (31mm x 31mm). $8.00.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Dancing Couple Pendant

Dancing Couple Pendant

A regency era couple dance together on this oval shaped pendant. The lady wears a white dress and the gentleman wears a blue coat. Musicians play in the background. The pendant is made from polymer clay. The image is from an early 19th century illustration. The pendant measures approximately 1" x 2.25" (27mm x 45mm). A great gift for Jane Austen fans. $8.00.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Bird Sketches

Bird Sketches

A page from my sketch book. Mostly birds and flowers. Some copies of aesthetic movement jewelry designs. A couple of ideas for swallow pendants. Plus some musical instruments.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Flying Birds Pendant

Flying Birds Pendant

A yellow and a blue bird fly past a tree on this pendant. Made from polymer clay. The image is from antique Japanese satsuma pottery. The pendant measures approximately 1.25" x 1.25" (31mm x 31mm). $8.00.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Art Deco Woman Brooch

Art Deco Woman Brooch

A brooch of a 1920s women. The brooch is made from polymer clay. The image is from a vintage illustration. The brooch measures approximately 1.25" x 1.75" (30mm x 44mm). It has a brass plated pin back. $10.00.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Cranes and Flowers Pendant

Cranes and Flowers Pendant

On this pendant a pair of cranes stand between irises and other flowers with a blossoming tree in the background. The pendant is made from polymer clay. The image comes from 19th century Meiji era Japanese decorative art. The pendant measures approximately 1.5" x 1.5" (38mm x 38mm). $8.00.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

1930s Family Photos

Family Photos from the 1930s. See the complete album at flickr.

 My grandmother at Santa Cruz, Ca in the early 1930s.

1930s Photo

 Party at Lake Tahoe.

1930s Photo

 My grandmother liked horses and cowboy stuff.
 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Sunflower Necklace

Sunflower Necklace

A trio of felt sunflowers forms the centerpiece of this necklace. The flowers are yellow with gold centers that have been hand embroidered with gold thread. The centerpiece is strung on light yellow satin ribbon. The necklace is 40" (102 cm) long from end to end. The ribbon is 1/8" wide. The centerpiece measures approximately 4" x 2" (10cm x 5cm). A very bright and cheerful necklace. $18.00.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Starfish Pendant

Starfish Pendant

A silver pendant covered with gold starfish. The pendant is made from polymer clay. It measures approximately 1.25" x 1.75" (34mm x 45mm). $12.00.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Whale Sketches

Whale Sketches

Another page from my sketch book. Several drawings of humpback whales. Also a flower and an idea for a pendant with a butterfly and flowers.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Sea Turtle Brooch

Sea Turtle Brooch

A green sea turtle brooch. The brooch is made from polymer clay. It measures approximately 2.25" x 2" (57mm x50mm). The brooch has a brass plated pin back. $14.00.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Edwardian Stencils

Some stencil designs from a 1910s era magazine that I'm in working on scanning. The magazine is The Modern Priscilla June 1912.

Parrot Stencil
 Parrots. This one is my favorite.
 
Seagull Stencil

Seagulls
 
Flower Stencil

Tulip border. 
 
Flower Stencil
 Cosmos Border.


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Flying Owl Pendant

Flying Owl Pendant

A pendant featuring an image of an owl flying at night with a castle in the background. The pendant is made from polymer clay. It is based on Victorian era aesthetic movement jewelry. The pendant measures approximately 1.5" x 1" (38mm x 27mm). $10.00.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sketches

sketch page
A page from my sketch book. At the top a tiny island in a lake, an idea for a painting. Then some copies of Victorian aesthetic movement jewelry designs including a crane and a kingfisher. At the bottom a couple of ideas for pendants.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Edwardian Woman Pendant

Edwardian Woman Pendant

A pendant of an Edwardian woman wearing a blue dress and hat. It is made from polymer clay. The image is from a 1909 french fashion plate. The pendant measures approximately .5" x 2.5" (13mm x 64mm). $10.00.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

1920s Family Photos

Family photos from the 1920s. You can see all of the photos at flickr.

My grandmother as a girl. I like the striped socks.
1920s Photograph
 My grandmother with the family dog Lady.
1920s Photograph
 At the Russian River.



Monday, January 11, 2016

Gold Eagle Brooch

Gold Eagle Brooch

A Japanese style eagle brooch in shades of gold. It is made from polymer clay. The brooch measures approximately 1.5" x 1.5" (35mm x 35mm). It has a brass plated pin back. $8.00.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Sketch Page

Sketch
A page from my sketch pad. Copies of designs from Victorian aesthetic jewelry.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Blue Seahorse Earrings

Seahorse Earrings

Oval earrings with images of art nouveau style blue seahorses. Made from polymer clay with surgical steel ear wires. The earrings measure approximately .75" x 1" (18mm x 25mm). $8.00.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Non Fiction Books Read in 2015

1. Elisabeth Vigee LeBrun by Gita May

2. Oudrey's Painted Menagerie: Portraits of Exotic Animals in 18th Century France Edited by Mary Morton

3. Kimono: A Modern History by Terry Satsuki Milhaupt

4. Findings: The Material Culture of Needlework and Sewing by Mary C Beaudry

5. With Needle and Brush: Schoolgirl Embroidery from the Connecticut River Valley 1740 - 1840 - Carol & Stephen Huber, Susan Pschoelwer, Amy Kurtz Lansing

6. Blustockings Displayed: Portraiture, Performance and Patronage, 1730 - 1830 Edited by Elizabeth Eger

7. A Royal Experiment: The Private Life of King George III by Janice Hadlow

8. The Wicked Waltz and Other Scandalous Dances by Mark Knowles

9. Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman

10. The Making of the English Gardener by Margaret Willes

11. The Beau Monde by Hannah Greig

12. Policing the Victorian Town by David Taylor

13. Making Modern Japanese Style Painting by Chelsea Foxwell

14. London Clubland by Amy Milne-Smith

15. Charlotte and Leopold by James Chambers

16. Kyoto Gardens by Judith Clancy and Ben Simmons

17. Dirty Old London: The Victorian Fight Against Filth by Lee Jackson

18. The Highly Civilized Man: Richard Burton and the Victorian World by Dane Kennedy

19. Walking Jane Austen's London by Louise Allen

20. Setting the Desert on Fire: T. E. Lawrence and Britain's Secret War in Arabia, 1916 - 1918 by James Barr

Friday, January 1, 2016

Gold Bird Pendant

Gold Bird Pendant

A gold bird flies over lily pads on a silver background on this pendant. It is made from polymer clay. The pendant is based on Victorian aesthetic movement jewelry. It measures approximately 1.5" x 1.75" (35mm x 42mm). $14.00.