|Necklace made with vintage components, made by one of my favorite artists, Deryn Mentock|
My house is an eclectic mix of modern, vintage, and whimsy. We have the modern red couch (which FINALLY arrived a couple of weeks ago), as well as a modern rug.
Tucked in corners of bookcase shelves, however, are bits and pieces of the things I've found on treasure hunts. Sometimes I have no idea WHY they speak to me, like this old enamel paint can. I found it in an antique store and carried it around for an hour while looking at other things. I just couldn't put it down for some reason. It had to be mine.
Some things are one-offs, but some are collections, such as these china tea cups from my dearest of dears, Allegra.
Sometimes I run out of room and just start putting things wherever there's space, mixing things up with no rhyme or reason. I actually LIKE that style of decorating, because you never know what you'll find, and each walk through the house, each exploration for a book in the bookcase, can bring back a memory.
|vintage leather camera case tucked behind a vintage milk bottle|
I mix the whimsical with vintage all the time. In my office, a funky handmade fish made by a clever friend of mine sits next to old, old photographs and vintage books. Behind the fish is a modern purple vase and an old glass electrical insulator.
Most of the time my vintage finds stay small. I would LOVE a Hoosier or an entire vintage kitchen, but our house is just not big enough to hold the grand pieces I inevitably fall in love with. However, the other day I wandered into a local antique store and found an amazingly affordable cedar chest and made it mine. I was so stinking thrilled I would have done a Happy Dance but there was snow and ice on the ground and I've broken my leg three different times so I just giggled and fist-pumped the air.
And here it sits in our bedroom, which is my "Girl Cave" -- lately, my favorite room in the house.
While writing this blog, I thought, "Wait just a second. Make jewelry like you decorate your house!" Now, that's a trickier thing to pull off on such a small scale -- after all, making a 7" bracelet with both whimsical and vintage pieces is an entirely different thing than decorating a 17 x 18 room!
Of the few vintage-mixed-with-contemporary-turned-whimsical pieces I've made, these are my favorites:
|pink vintage glass, contemporary brown Czech glass and chain|
|large vintage lucite beads with contemporary chain|
|vintage lucite with contemporary pewter rings|
I still maintain that the vintage styles I love such as Deryn Mentock's is a style I'll buy rather than make -- it's just completely outside my creative reach. But I'm fine with that! I know my limits, and I look at my jewelry design as I look at my house design ... eclectic, fun to look at, and the type where you never know which direction I'm coming from. Some may call that a bad business move. Could be. But for the past seven years, it's worked for me, made me happy, and made my customers look forward to the next show.
And if something makes you happy, I say, you're doing it right.