Saturday, February 22, 2014

Playing with Pearls

I have been playing with pearls this week.
The old fashioned cold Winter we are having with more than its fair share of ice and snow has provided inspiration.

Pearls are timeless. But that doesn't mean they have to be worn in single strands with sweater sets pencil skirts.

They pair really well with rhinestones especially rhinestones  of the vintage variety.

The asymmetrical necklace in the photo above and the multi-strand bracelet in the photo at the bottom of the page both showcase old rhinestone earrings.

The single strand necklace uses antiqued brass beads to contrast with the gleaming pearls for a darkly romantic look.

Pearl earrings are a staple of every woman's wardrobe.

Swarovski crystals in blue and green give these earring designs a modern look appropriate for dress up or play time.

These pearl designs will be featured at our next show, the Spring Indie Garage Sale in Utica New York. It will be located in  historic Union Station April 5th and 6th from 11-6.

We hope to see you there.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sea Pines New Jersey

Fred and I are enjoying our last camping week of the year at a thousand trails Campground called Sea Pines in Swainton New Jersey.   We are just a few miles from Cape May and close to beaches and boardwalks. 
The campground is lovely. The lots are spacious and flat with a packed sand base. There are a lot of trees both pine and deciduous for shade but they have been pruned well so we also have sun on our lot and the overall atmosphere is not dark or gloomy. 
At the end of September this is a quiet place.  There are quite a few seasonal campers here for the weekend but I imagine that will thin out during the week.   We are looking for ward to meeting some more full timers and talking to them about their travels and plans.  Information gathering at this point, but it never hurts to get opinions from those that are living the dream. 
I am looking forward to a trip this afternoon to Sunset Beach to search for Cape May Diamonds.  I will let you know if we find any.

Sunday, January 13, 2013


Inspiration is everywhere.
I received an unusual gift from Corrin Clarkson this Christmas.
It was a little bag of bead drops made from electronic resistors from a store appropriately named Found in her home state of Michigan.

Resistor Bead drop earrings

Corrin's gift inspired me to make these earrings.
I have only taken them off to sleep or shower in 2 days. The are lightweight, they move when I do and they make the tiniest tinkling music when they do.

The resistor bead drops inspired me to rescue this old tape player from the trash pile

 and turn it into this.

And to find this wonderful offering in the worlds largest garage sale.

The possibilities are least for the foreseeable future.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Tiny Treasures

Tiny glass perfume bottle necklace with brass disk engraved number 52 and an antique master key with engraved lion on it.
Vintage Replique Glass Perfume Bottle Necklace.

Last month Fred and I spent a long weekend in one of our Favorite places, Rockport Massachusetts. We enjoyed perfect October weather, great seafood, tremendous views and Harborfest.

Among the many joys of Harborfest were the end of season Garage Sales.
I was lucky enough to find a handful of tiny Vintage perfume bottles that have since been turned into necklaces.
At the top of the page is a Replique by Raphael, Paris bottle circa 1961. I have combined it with an antique brass coat check disk with the number 35 and an old Master key with a lion on it. The bottle contains a secret message, a piece of amethyst, two Herkimer diamonds and the scent of Replique.

Travel to the Stars Perfume Bottle Necklace
The second tiny bottle was without its top so I carved a new one out of cork. The bottle contains a small scroll and tiny meteorite fragments. The bottle is adorned with a Master brand lion key and a game token of the Space Shuttle.

Dangerous Secrets Glass Perfume Bottle Necklace
This tall glass perfume bottle has a slightly mysterious attitude. In it you will find a secret message as well as a tiny rosary. Adorning it are a tiny lion key and a medal.

The FamiLee Jewels enjoy salvaging antique hardware and broken bits of vintage jewelry for our creations. It is our pleasure to reuse these beautiful pieces of the past. To see more of our jewelry in this style visit:

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Holiday Shopping and Shipping Deadlines

Brown paper packages tied up with string.

Do you shop online or from Catalogs for Holiday gifts?

Do you ship brightly wrapped Holiday joy to those too far away to visit in person?

Here are some US shipping deadline dates to keep in mind:

  • December 3 Priority Mail International
  • December 11 Express Mail International
  • December 14 Parcel Post
  • December 17 Global Express Guaranteed (GXG)
  • December 20 First Class mail
  • December 21 Priority Mail Domestic
  • December 22 Express Mail Domestic
Get all of Your Favorite Things shipped on time.

Happy Holidays from The FamiLee Jewels.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Treasure from a Weekend in Rockport

Sandy beach glass with small pieces of driftwood, a feather and a shoe sole.
Bounty from Front beach
Seagull feather, soggy leather
Battered wood and
Broken shell.

Polished glass. once someones trash
delivered to shore
Is junk no more.

Sailboats at anchor in a quaint New England harbor on a sunny day.