Put a bird on it

Come on, you know it’s true. Enjoy my tribute to these flighty trend makers!

Simple and modern hand-painted pillow cover by The Shabby Chic Cottage.

Creepy-cute stuffed crochet owls by Rosieplumpton! Love ’em.

Sweet little birdie lariat necklace by hibiscusdays.

Shabby chic wine stopper by bwsilver.

Pinned Down

What a brilliant way to repurpose a common object! Growing up with a mom who sewed, the bright yellow orbs at the top of a stick pin were a common sight in our house. To think, I glanced at them for years and never gave them a second thought, yet put them in someone else’s hands and they become a whimsical, elegant accessory. Check them out here.

A Alicia Handmade Accessories

Are you all sick and tired of hearing about me? Good, me too.

You may remember my post about A Alicia‘s awesome felt flowers a while back, and as it continues to be one of the most popular posts I’ve written, I thought I’d catch up with Anna and see what she’s up to these days.

Turns out, she’s just released a new collection with the idea of taking a simple material—wool made from organic fair trade cotton—and making something wonderful! Citing inspirations ranging from Victorian lace collars, Japanese fabric craft and 1970s macrame, these lovely wool pieces are just the thing for your fall wardrobe!

Gold & Citrus

I just got my  latest Harper’s Bazaar (thank you, address forwarding). The pages were filled with fantastic metallic pieces that are heavier for fall. Then I came back to my computer and logged on to etsy to see — what else? — fashion-forward gold necklaces!

Gold & Citrus is the online storefront for Sara Rossbach from San Francisco. I love the way “Mandarin” (above) has a shape similar to the ever-present bib necklaces but is lighter and full of movement.

Of her work, Sara says, “If I had to pick one word that my jewelry is about, or inspired by, I would say versatility. For some of the pieces this means that it can be worn with anything from jeans and a t-shirt to a cocktail dress, while others take the concept of versatility even a step further and can be worn in multiple positions. My “scarf necklaces” [above], can be worn at least 4 different ways. You can drape them, toss one end over your shoulder, tie them, knot them… whatever! It’s all about options, and being creative.”


Tiffany & Co. key necklaces
Tiffany & Co. key necklaces

I can’t get enough of Tiffany & Co.‘s new collection of vintage-looking key necklaces. They’re just so chic and classic . . . and expensive. Until I can afford the real thing, I found a number of affordable handmade alternatives. While they may not be fine jewelry, add a chain and they’re just as chic.

Laser-cut painted wood keys made by Pork Shop Show.

Vintage metal keys available at Tiny Minds.

Skeleton Key necklace from Tenielle Design.