Saturday, April 28, 2012

Occasional Sale.....*Sneak Peek*

 *Happy News Announcement!*
Nostalgic Summer will be participating in our first "Occasional Sale" this week!
The newest addition to Buffalo, MN's wonderful occasional shops "Bellacoux and Thistle Dew" will be open for business May 3rd thru May 6th. Lin Cable is the owner and I am so happy to be a part of this wonderful new indie shop. I think Lin has a great vision for her business and I'm excited she is adding the Nostalgic Summer Jewelry line.
I hope to see lots of you there...and just to entice you, here's a sneak peek at a few of the Nostalgic Summer treasures you'll find:
My new line of re-purposed vintage tin pendants.
Quite a few delicate little vintage and antique charm necklaces.
My religious relic necklaces.
Pieces from the "Something Old, Something New" collection.
And lots more!

I will be there Thursday and Friday....I hope to see you!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Earth Day 2012

Happy Earth Day!

Last Earth Day I made a pledge to donate a percentage of my Etsy sales to The World Wildlife Fund and I am happy to report I will be sending them a check for almost $200!
I am also happy to announce that after careful consideration and research going forward 5% of all my Etsy sales will be donated to The World Wildlife Fund. I am so impressed with this wonderful organization and admire the simplicity of their mission... "WWF's vision is to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature." "WWF’s mission is to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth."

Here at Nostalgic Summer I have been working very hard to make jewelry with this simple rule "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle" And my new line of jewelry embodies this vision for my company.
The Re-purposed Tin Jewelry line is made using castoff vintage tins and brass bezel cups that are made in the USA!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Earth Day....make a pledge to do something good for our Mother and everyday!
"The old Lakota was wise.  He knew that man's heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too."  ~Chief Luther Standing Bear

*Please share comments here on your Earth Day pledges and ideas!*

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

An Update....Commission Pieces

In March I posted about three commission pieces I was working on. They are finished and have been delivered to my I thought I would give you a peak at how they turned out.
We started with this wonderful collection of vintage jewelry from her Grandmother.
And.... I created three new updated pieces for her.
A Pearl, gold chain and vintage brooch necklace for her soon to be Sister-in-law.
A Charm necklace made with her Grandmothers vintage cameo, gold locket (complete with the sweetest photos of her Grandmother and Grandfather), vintage brass chain from my collection and wonderful soft pink glass beads from Germany. Accented with a mother of pearl bead.
The third piece is a bracelet made from her Grandmothers vintage enamel leaf brooch.
I was so honored to work with Jacklyn creating these keepsakes and hope she enjoys wearing them as much I did creating them!

If you have family jewelry you are interested in updating and wearing again....please contact me at: I would love to work with you to create new "family heirlooms"

Monday, April 16, 2012

Nostalgic Summer Catch Up.....Repurposed Tins

It has been BUSY at the Nostalgic Summer World Headquarters.....also known as "The Spare Bedroom".

I have several great events coming up in May. I will be placing Nostalgic Summer Jewelry in a new shop opening the first weekend in May. Pictures and info coming next week.

 Nostalgic Summer will also be combining forces with several other handmade artists to create local handmade artist trunk shows....More to come on this....and an introduction to the other participating artists!

Now for some news I can show you....tiny drum roll please!

I have been working hard to bring a new collection to the Nostalgic Summer brand. With a bit of trial and error I am proud to unveil the "Re-purposed Tin Jewelry" line.
 "Five Ovals Tin Necklace"

                                                              "Oval Tin Earrings"

                                                      "Three Rounds Tin Necklace"

                                                          "Oval Pendant Necklace"

I'm really excited about these new pieces. They are made from vintage tins and the bezels are brass and made in the USA. They will be available for sale at the new shop opening in May. Also on a special Earth Day Sale in my Etsy shop.
                                                                   Vintage Tins

That's it for now......Thank you for stopping by! :-)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Happy Birthday…. April!

A little birthstone history, fact, lore and legend.

“He loves me, He loves me not…”
If you were born in April your flower is the daisy. Medieval knights wore daisy chains made for them by their Ladies when they rode into battle or tournaments, as a sign of their affection and defense of their Ladies' honor.

The Diamond is April’s traditional birthstone.
Diamonds symbolize innocence, eternity, courage and health.
At one time, it was even thought that if you took a diamond into bed with you, it would cure your illness!

The diamond, in addition to being a symbol of everlasting love, was once thought to bring courage. In Sanskrit, the diamond is called "vajra," which also means lightning; in Hindu mythology, vajra was the weapon of Indra, the king of gods.

The purest of all the gemstones and the hardest substance known to man, the diamond has an ability to reflect light, which many believe increases personal clarity of the mind and body.

“A kiss on the hand may be quite continental, But Diamonds are a girl's best friend.”
Leo Robin 

The Opal is Aprils mystical birthstone. Since that’s Octobers birthstone, I will save all Opals fun info for then….stay tuned!

“Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.”
Malcolm Forbes

Stay tuned, next month for Happy Birthday… May!