I've been on a bit of a treasure hunting tear, lately, so I thought I'd do a little show-and-tell. First, I visited the gem show...
...And I took my friend, Ronnie, to my local bead shop...
...AND we visited another Houston bead shop called Big Stone. Big Stone is a dangerous place, especially if you like pearls.
See those baroques, in the front? They're huge. They were a little costly but you do what you gotta do. I have no idea how I'll use them but they were a must-have.
Then, I found a bunch, big bunch, of these amazing little, tiny pocket knives, on etsy...vintage, made in Japan, sweet color of bluish-green. I'll be bringing some of these with me to Art Unraveled, to share on vendor day.
I just finished teaching at The Prairie, which Ronnie came to attend. On our way up, we felt compelled to stop at a few antique stores.
We had to do it.
One of my favorite finds is that teeny weeny bottle. The tag says it was a smelling salts bottle. Swoon.
Here I am with my girls at The Prairie: Lorraine George, yourstruly, Diane Cook and Ronnie Grundset. Sweet photo.
These are more from our antiquing adventures. I love the anchor crosses. And the rhinestone cross. And the big cross.
The big one is a reliquary. An amazing reliquary! A reliquary is a small shrine that's used to hold holy or sacred relics. These relics can consist of many different kinds of materials and usually come from a saint, pope or other religious figure...or are from a special place or article such as dirt from the Holy Land, water from the River Jordan, etc. I don't know the history of this particular reliquary but it contains metal filigree with what look to be gemstones, and each relic is labeled. So beautiful.
And, what's more, Sue...at The Prairie...brought an amazing pile of goodies to sell. Bless her heart, she let us dig through her bins.
Just, bless her.
Look at that giant bird brooch. It's about the size of my palm.
Not to mention this giant bow brooch.
And these amazing, antique-y things.
And these things... The emerald cut bracelet was a fantastic find at about $12. I was thrilled. The trillion cut rhinestone pieces are a matching necklace and bracelet, in perfect condition.
The piece with the metal roses...so sweet! The rhinestone chain is a light yellow...you can just barely tell. The filigree hearts go all the way to the clasp. This piece is just so charming that I can't take it apart...or part with it. Just looking at it makes me feel like a princess. So, there you go.
Last, but absolutely positively not least...I got this lovely bit of goodies, in the mail. Thank you, Andrew Thornton, for making my day a little brighter. Opening this mysterious little package was such a treat.
In other news: I'm working on some really exciting things that I'm not quite ready to reveal but, I think you'll be pleased. One of them is a brand new online class I'm hoping to have ready for y'all in June or July. And so...back to work!