Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Vintage Salvage Jewelry, Religious Relics and Military Medals

I love jewelry of all kinds but I am drawn to the charm of vintage pieces.
These are made by a local California artisan and will soon be listed on my online shop! This first necklace is made from a vintage chain, salvage pearls and a re-purposed WW2 military medal. 
Often these medals were awarded for special services or actions.
This second one is made from a vintage embellished chain with sterling silver religious medals and a crucifix.
This one is cleverly made with two clasps, so it can be doubled and worn as a bracelet also. 

I think there is something special about wearing pieces that have a history.
 If only the medals could speak of the collars or uniforms they adorned or the rosary pieces could talk of the hands that held them.....
Each necklace is one of a kind.... soon there will be more to come!
Have a wonderful week!

Monday, August 22, 2011

An Antique Urn, Sea Fans,Sea Sponges and a Thank You to Avalon Rose Design!!

Hi! Hope everyone had a great weekend!
 My weekend was blessed with family fun, friends and great finds!
I thought I would share what I have been up to this morning.
I have this treasured old early 1900s cast iron urn sitting in the house "empty" waiting to be filled. It has had everything from a variety of live plants to dried hydrangeas and I wanted something new....
I needed something easy and low maintenance because it's in front of a window that gets a lot of sun. I took the deliciously crusty urn, stuffed the bottom with newspaper and filled it with brown natural sea sponges and natural "white" sea fans.
 The natural snow white fans are new and I'm so excited to carry them along with the usual black, brown and natural tan ones. 
I have a variety of sea fans and coral in my booths at Wertz Brothers Antique Mart,  they sell well and are fun to decorate with.
Talk about low maintenance....this is NO maintenance! If you would like to see them for sale on my website, drop me a comment and I would be happy to list some.

Last I would love to shout out a huge thank you to my website designer Cathy from Avalon Rose Design!  What a delight to work with! By the time we finished, I felt like I have developed a new friendship! You make something so difficult to the non computer savvy person like me, so easy with your talent! Your tutorial on Photoshop Elements was such a huge help to me...if you would like to see it go here. Thanks again Cathy....You're amazing!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

A New Blog and Website

Welcome old and new friends! Thank you for coming to visit!
For those who are new to my blog, my name is
Debra Hall and I'm very excited about my new

I've been working with my fabulous friend Dusty Lu on the launch
of my new blog, website and Facebook page!!

It t started with LuLu taking some photos in my house for my website and
developed into the idea of a whole new look loaded with ideas, recent trips,
treasures and thoughts to share.
Lu's photography also inspired me to purchase a new camera, which I took
these blog photos with in my house and garden.
I'm having so much fun! It has been such a great learning process and
in the making for over a month, come visit my web locations
and I hope to share some Lifestyle ideas you may enjoy!
Until next time....Debra