Favorite Finds

It’s Etsy Friday again and I’m here this week to bring you some of my favorite items!  Enjoy Shopping!


Aquamarine Ring

Aquamarine Ring

This lovely aquamarine and copper ring with it’s crystalline beauty is made by Midwest Alchemy.  The shard of aquamarine is surrounded in a electroformed copper band and has been treated with LOS, sealed with Renaissance Wax and has a matte finish.  Each unique piece of jewelry by Kelly at  Midwest Alchemy is completely handmade in her studio in northern Ohio.

Stones are chosen for their color, texture, shape and feel.  I just love the mix of the more rustic sculptural copper element along with the natural beauty of the rough gemstones.  Rings and pendants are also available with stones of crystal, amethyst, quarts, topaz, opal, tourmaline, garnet, sapphire, citrine, druzy, labradorite, turquoise, chrysoprase, pyrite, and pearl.  Truly something for everyone!

Midwest Alchemy is also an Etsy Featured Shop.



Vintage Inspired Straw Hat

I simply adore vintage inspired designs, and Ella from Ella Gajewska Hatsin Poland makes some of the finest millinery you’ve ever seen!  This particular piece is a fashioned after straw hats from the 1920’s with a small brim and asymmetric crown.  It is beautifully detailed with hand applied Swarovski crystals on a soft natural ostrich feather.This elegant hat has been hand blocked and is an original design.  The shop owner can create something beautiful and customized just for you, depending on your interests.  She has a lovely Etsy shop full of all types of hats – everything from her “Teddy Bear Winter Hat” (you have to see that one!), to knit caps, fedoras, and romantic turn-of-the-century designs.  So stunningly beautiful!


Skeleton Key

There is just something about old keys and vintage architectural pieces that I find fascinating.  I think it’s because when I touch these little pieces of history I always stop to reflect on who might have created them, owned them, or used them in times long ago.  Such is the case with these pretty little metal skeleton keys sold by Etsy seller ChokkoVintage.

Chokko Vintage provides this information about skeleton keys (quoted from ehow.com):

“Skeleton keys were designed centuries ago to open warded lock types. Warded locks are simple systems with a set of movable plates inside. When a properly shaped key bit was used, the plates would push aside to release the lock. Skeleton keys were also simple, with generic bits capable of opening many different locks regardless of the maker and key bit style. The use of ward locks declined in the late 1800s, but some use continued into the 20th century. The development of more secure locking mechanisms led to the disposal of the old locks and keys.”

These little keys are beautiful as home decor, in crafting projects, or…I can picture one on a chain that rests on the bodice of my vintage dress form!  Chokko Vintage has many to choose from; all keys ship from Thailand.



Blue Ice

It’s Etsy Friday again and this week I have some great finds, all in beautiful icy blue hues!



Wow!  Mariaela has some beautiful jewelry in her shop.  I love this pendant fused using eco-friendly tin, and created in her home studio in Poland.  It is made to look like old silver.  Her technique is melting glass and immersing stones, sand, pieces of metals, etc. in it.  Her pieces have a modern edge, while still fitting into the current trend of “retro vintage” style jewelry. She just opened her Etsy shop in August of this year.




Winter Oasis

Such a stunning winter scene.  I want so badly to go down that path to see where it leads, in the hushed quite of freshly fallen snow!  This 8×10 print is appropriately titled “Winter Oasis” and is offered in the donnageissler Etsy shop.  It is printed on beautiful matte fine art paper and packaged in a protective sleeve with backboard.  Photographer Donna lives in Michigan and says she “does her best to make pretty pictures”.  I think I can safely say she has succeeded!  She has won numerous awards and her work has been seen in:  Decor Magazine, Black and White Magazine, and on HGTV’s Designed to Sell.




Winter Story Fascinator

Such an ice queen!  I keep picturing this fascinator being used on some epic movie set.  Fascinators are a form of millinery that are most typically made from feathers, and can be made from wool or lace.  It is often an alternative to a hat for formal attire, and can incorporate a base making it a miniature hat.  At the recent wedding of Catherine Middleton to Prince William many of the female guests wore fascinators.

RubinaFascinators makes one-of-a-kind headpieces for special events like weddings, cocktail parties, etc., and is happy to take custom orders.  Go ahead and place yours today!




Blue Ice Glass

Check out this 1960’s retro blue & green ice glass/bucket.  It measures 5″ by 4″, and has three distinct color layers.  Super piece that would look great on the bar, or anywhere it’s displayed.  Sold by Park Estate Company in San Diego, California and shipped free to the lucky purchaser.  Park Estate Company has over 500 listings in their Etsy shop, so you are sure to find something to please!  They say they are, “attracted to beautiful big baubles that sparkle and can only be described as fabulous”.  I’ll say yes to that!