Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Dress Form

I have been wanting a dress form for a while now.  Not just because I have a sewing machine in a box I swear I'm going to learn how to use.  And not because it's the perfect backdrop to display our items at For Sadie's Sake.  I simply love they way they look, propped in a corner, draped with whatever you last tried on.

So imagine my excitement when, seeking refuge from the blustering wind last Saturday, I stumbled upon the Matthew Izzo moving sale and found this lovely lady tucked away in a corner.  

I couldn't resist her $25 price tag or watching my boyfriend carry her home through the streets of Old City.  I don't yet have a permanent space picked out and she's still looking a bit bare, but I couldn't be happier with my purchase.  You'll definitely be seeing more pictures soon!

Cheerful at Pottery Barn Teen

Sparkles at Pretty Things

Monday, February 21, 2011

A Jewelry Swap

We all have that friend - the planner - who always finds the perfect reason to have people over or encourage next month's happy hour. You see an evite from her and know it's going to be good. And fun.

This is my friend Cathy. Two kids, a husband, the occasional triathlon, and a slew of volunteer projects can't keep her away from planning and organizing all sorts of wonderful events. God bless her.

So when I received the following email from Cathy, I knew I was in for something special. The subject line read "The Swap: Jewelry."  Instructions were as follows:

  • Go in your jewelry box and pick out a piece or set that you never wear (likely because it is just not your style) but that you know someone else might love
  • Dont wrap it. All items will be displayed during "cocktail hour"
  • After we all have had time to look the items over, I will put our favorites in little gift bags
  • Then it is time for a good old fashioned Yankee Swap. I expect some claws to come out!

The best part - all unclaimed items at the end of the night were donated to the Laurel House for victims of domestic violence.

Doing good while having fun?  That's my kind of party.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Grandmom's Enamel Pendant


Have you ever noticed the special lingering quality of perfume, especially on vintage jewelry?  The way scents seem to linger years, even decades past when they were last worn?  

This enamel pendant still smells of my grandmother's signature scent: Estee Lauder Youth Dew.  I keep it in an old cigar box, in good company with other jewelry pieces that have also retained her scent, and I never wear perfume when I put it on.  

My grandmother was a little woman. I wish I could have seen her wearing this necklace, which seems oversized for her frame.  She must have made quite the statement.   

I wear this necklace year round - with sundresses and boat neck tops and turtlenecks with knee high boots.  They say a good perfume never goes out of season. 

Crown Trifari Pendant courtesy of Small Earth Vintage

Photo courtesy of Ruby Girl Jewelry

Crochet Art by Elle Decor UK