Monday, July 27, 2009

Right There


Michelle Ward's Crusade No. 32 is right where I am today! I have wanted to post about her latest crusade (since the beginning of July); but a vacation trip, an anniversary, an ER visit, LASIK surgery, a beautiful 5 month old grandson, class proposals AND a full-time job, have put me just a tad behind.
But, here I am, past all of the above distractions, with not a care in the world! Really! Working on class proposals made me realize just how much my jewelry has changed in the last five years....two years....one year!
Techniques have been refined. Lessons have been learned.
I believe you know I have a deep affection for vintage jewelry. Especially, vintage rhinestone jewelry. And, more than that~vintage rhinestone brooches, shoe and dress clips. Just let me loose at an antique mall, store or festival, estate sale or Etsy and eBay! My husband says I am keeping the UPS driver from loosing his job. Yes, he is right....I am.
There is just a certain kind of magic about old rhinestone jewelry. I especially love when the rhinstones are grayed. Reminds me of tarnished silver I suppose, and you know how I feel about that! Without revealing too many details (*wink*), I have to share once again, one of my original rhinestone pieces. The one above (which is just another shot of the piece I used in my blog header), was designed in November 2008. However, my very first piece came around August, 2008.
This line I call "Rhinestone Dreams". Maybe because I dream of using vintage rhinestones (so much).
I had a great time working on the class proposals. Can't show you the pieces (just yet), but here's a small peak. I love this piece.
And, this one.....
Now, onto my next project!

9 comments:

Cindy said...

Diane
Oh I've been meaning to get over to Michelle's latest challenge but I've been busy too. What a month you've had...but now you don't need glasses (you lucky lady)!! Just last night I pulled out 2 rhinestone shoe clips and tried to decide what to do with them...then put that project on hold for another one. If I took your class (and I just know you're gonna get in), then I'd be so inspired! Your photography looks like it just keeps getting better too...your slide show is incredible.

diane Schuller said...

Oh yes, growth indeed and in the time I've known you. I love your passion for jewelry. It's a treat to see what you're up to.

pam q said...

Just the other day, I found the most beautiful old rhinestone shoe clip {too bad there was just one...} that has a tremendous amount of the silvered gray patina to the glass...

Of course I bought it right away.

And *someday* I will do something with it....

Sure made me wonder how you would use it though!

The Joy of Nesting said...

Gads you would think as much as bling is loved here it could be easy to find vintage rhinestone anything!! But sadly it's not so!!! I think like so much of everything else things are just not given up or away here. I guess I'm going to have to redouble my eBay hunting gathering!! Especially in hopes of taking one of your classes in March :)

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

Riki Schumacher said...

Wow, what a summer this has been, huh Diane. Good for you having the surgery, much envy! Might just have to do that someday, if I get the courage. Don't like people coming at me with knives or lasers!! You will get in, and will have some fun classes. They would be crazy not to pick you! Love those pieces you gave us a sneak of.

Daryl said...

Oh this is making me want to send you a few rhinestone pins I have and let you loose on them ...

cathsheard said...

No more glasses huh? How wonderful. So you really have knocked yourself off! Love the sneak pics, hope we get to see more.

Charlene said...

I would soooooooooooo love to take that class. My summer has been insane too! What is up with all this craziness? I can't wait for him to go back to work & the Grands to go back to school & stop having birthdays!

jgr said...

Your jewelry is stunning.