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On the Road with Contributing Editor Elizabeth Young: Elizabeth's Timeless Attire Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY

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Located in the trendy historic Frankfort Avenue corridor, Elizabeth's Timeless Attire is a shop not to be missed.  Filled with fashions and accessories from days gone by, Elizabeth's is the perfect destination for those who love to wear or collect vintage clothing.  Owner Elizabeth Schaaf opened the doors in May 1987.  She had amassed a huge collection of vintage clothing and had always dreamed of one day having her own shop.  "I feel so lucky that I can wake up every morning and do something I love," says Elizabeth.


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The building itself was built in the 1930s and originally housed a cleaners as well as a beauty shop.  Today, it is filled with racks of vintage clothing, hats, shoes, purses and costume jewelry dating from the late 1800s to the 1970s.  A small men's section offers clothing, hats, accessories, bow ties, ties and cuff links.  Elizabeth still caters to some of her original clientele although in recent times she has seen younger customers seeking vintage fashion.  "Many of my customers are trying to create an individual style instead of the cookie cutter look you get from buying at local department stores.  The workmanship, details and beautiful fabrics are unlike the clothing of today although they do mix well with newer styles." 

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Elizabeth's is known for special occasion dresses and evening wear.   Girls looking for a little something different have bought dresses to wear to their school proms.  Theater groups have also come in over the years seeking costumes for local productions.  Sales start as early as March for those seeking vintage hats, dresses and jewelry for the Kentucky Derby.  The movie A League of Their Own was filmed in nearby Evansville, IN and a buyer came into Elizabeth's seeking authentic 1940s clothing.  Elizabeth not only was able to provide the clothing, she was also an extra in the film.

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Smaller items are carefully wrapped in tissue paper and tucked into classic black bags.  Gift certificates are offered as well as gift wrapping services.  "I get to know my customers, that is the most rewarding part of this business," states Elizabeth.


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Special Events:  The last Friday of every month is known as "Fat Friday", essentially a trolley hop up and down Frankfort Avenue with stops at local shops and restaurants.  Elizabeth's is open until 9:00 PM during this event.  The Saturday before Easter is the annual Easter Parade and customers are encouraged to dress up in vintage clothing, parade down the street and hand out candy to the children. 

Address:  2050 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206

Phone:  502-895-5911

Hours:  Tuesday through Saturday, 12 - 6 PM

Website:  www.elizabethstimelessattire.com



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Elizabeth Young is a wife and cat mom who spends many an hour hunting for vintage goodies at her favorite  thrift stores, antique shops and monthly flea markets!  A collector of vintage toys, holiday decor and general store items, many of the found treasures end up on display in her Victorian home.  She also looks for vintage ephemera, fun supplies and kitschy decor for her Etsy shop Grandmother's Attic !  When not doing this, she works two part time jobs, wearing different hats at each! 


The Daily Swank: Garlands of Grace

As a momma with long hair, I'm always looking for something to keep the hair out of my face while doing housework. I loved these handmade accessories from Garlands of Grace. They also have adorable accessories for your little one too! 

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Good Morning Spring!

Good morning spring, oh how I've missed you! I think I can speak for almost every blogger on the net who endures winter, spring is such a fabulous blogging time. Everyone seems cheerful, full of laughter and delight. I love what sunshine brings out in people. My hubby and I are putting the final touches on our home today before our open house tomorrow. We're ready to  move on and start new memories and hope that this makes a nice home for someone who wants to do the same. 

While we're working, I'll leave you with this art work from Danna Ray.

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Rise, Shine - Limited Edition Print

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{ Visit Ground Work to shop more prints } 

Have a great day everyone!

xoxo ♥ Gabreial


For the Love of Old Things: Susan Duane

I'm very thankful for my lovely contributing editors. They have provided me with some wonderful things to share with you this week. I hope to be back to posting as soon as this house stuff is settled. We are hopefully only a day away from listing it on the market. Until then, I leave you with Susan Duane's love for vintage. xoxo - Gabreial

It's no secret I love old things. I love the history they carry. It's in their imperfections that I find beauty; the signs that they were once loved and cherished. When I peruse an estate sale or antique market and I find something I'm drawn to, I can't help but wonder where it had been before but I also try to look at it in a new way. Taking it from forgotten treasure to a reinvented piece that will be enjoyed for years to come. My taste is simple but feminine and romantic.

 

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For awhile I collected some beautiful vintage beaded collars and wanted to update them. With the addition of some handmade rosettes, some sparkle and a little added room at the back, these collars were given a new life. Since they were quite small in size I added pretty vintage pearl beading to one and the other a ribbon tie these simple modifications allow them to be worn by most any size.

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  So the next time you're out thrifting or antiquing take a look around you. See what you can do to update a piece from the past with a modern twist for today.
Happy hunting!

~Susan


Featurebutton_05Susan Duane is a wife and mother of three young children. She is a home cook, aspiring photographer and lover of old things. She spends her days caring for her family, creating for Paperhill and in her free time chronicles her long list of interests on her blog Hometown Girl.

What vintage goodness have you picked up lately that you just couldn't live without?


What You Make of It: Dime Store Chic Goes Green With Tin Can Kitchen/Studio Organizers

Spring is just around the corner and for some it means spring cleaning! Elizabeth Holcombe has a clever idea to green up your organizers!

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When I travel I like to go to grocery stores for local souvenirs! I scan the canned goods shelves for cans with labels that look like the graphics haven't been changed since the forties or fifties. I bring home a few cans, open them with one of those can openers that remove the lids without a jagged edge, and enjoy the contents. Then I have a wonderful can with a cool graphic label to use for storage in my kitchen or studio. Cans make lots of great storage from holding pens, glasses, to chopsticks and so much MORE! So, the next time you are traveling from home, check out the canned goods aisle and you may bring home a tasty and useful souvenir!


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Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko, aka Bethsbagz, began her checkered crafting career when at four she realized using paste on paper was better than eating it. Inspired by vintage dime store treasures, vintage fabric, and a no-fear attitude toward color, Beth crafts totes, pin cushions, wreaths, and corsages into her Dime Store Chic creations. Beth would love you to take a peek into her whimsical world at her blog.

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11 Ideas for Repurposing Vintage in Your Wedding: with Kim of Trampoline!

It is my pleasure to welcome our special guest, Kim of Trampoline.

Hi there, I'm Kim, aka ethanollie, from the etsy shop Trampoline.  I credit my love of weddings and event planning as a big catalyst to the development and launch of my vintage shop.  Back when I got married, about 14 years ago, the vintage-in-design industry hadn't really taken off, so sourcing ideas for incorporating vintage style into your wedding was nearly impossible.   Today...well, for all you lucky vintage loving brides, the sky's the limit.  Nowadays you are more likely to suffer form inspiration overload.  Better feast than famine I say!

I've put together a few things I feel are rife for re-purposing, easy on the pocketbook and just downright pretty.   So whether you mosey over to your favorite thrift store, flea market or Etsy shop, put some of these ideas to work, and create the wedding of your dreams.

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1st:  vintage decanters.  a really stunning way to "pretty up" your bar...they're a great way to serve a signature cocktail or even soft drinks)

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2nd: vintage cheese domes.  great for protecting confections at outdoor weddings especially, or a really lovely bridal shower idea.  give them away as gifts to your bridesmaids after the party!)

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3rd:  vintage and antique cake stands.  their original purpose is obvious...but how about re-purposing for centerpiece displays or to hold your guests table seating cards.  and they make the perfect wedding gift.)

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4th:  vintage floral frogs.  this idea is perhaps my favorite for garden weddings.  i'd use these to hold table numbers or special photographs of the bride and groom)

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5th  6th  7th:  milk glass and vintage lab glass.  a really unique idea for centerpieces...ones you'll truly want to keep after the big day)

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8th  9th   10th:   vintage neckties for your groomsmen.   mini garden cloches for your bridesmaids.  and don't forget your new bride or groom!



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11th  vintage cake topper.   

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Just a few of the many, many wonderful ways vintage can play a part in your big day...and then go on to become your most treasured keepsakes.  Who knows which of these very things might have graced weddings before yours...and the very thought of that is what keeps me coming back again and again.  Thanks for having me Gabreial...and congratulations to you all!


A special thank you to Kim. These are such fabulous ideas and your photography is amazing! Visit Kim at Trampoline.


Organic Whole Living Recipes: Honey Maple Caramel Corn

 I thought I would take a minute to post a recent recipe I came up with. This may be similar to one you've used in the past, but I've tried giving it a healthier spin using no brown sugar or corn syrup! You'll also be able to find this recipe at the Homeschooling Foodies blog. I posted a yummy cumin green bean recipe there recently as well.

Honey Maple Caramel Corn Ingredients
Ingredients:

1 Cup Organic Popping Corn Kernels

4 T Butter ( I used Amish Salted Rolled Butter )

1 T Unsulphured Molasses

1/3c. Raw Filtered Honey

3 T Grade B Maple Syrup

1/2t. Pink Sea Salt (or any salt you prefer)

1t. Vanilla Extract

1/2t. Baking Powder

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Directions: Preheat oven to 300.

Step One - Pop One Cup of Corn Kernals into a large lasagna pan. I use an air popper which requires no oil. We love it.

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I didn't quite use the full cup, I ran out of room in my pan. This was two cycles in the popper.

Step Two - in a small saucepan add remaining ingredients except for the vanilla.

4 T Butter ( I used Amish Salted Rolled Butter )

1 T Unsulphured Molasses

1/3c. Raw Filtered Honey

3 T Grade B Maple Syrup

1/2t. Pink Sea Salt (or any salt you prefer) 

 

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Warm on the stove medium high heat until it comes to a rolling boil. Once it comes to a rolling boil, boil for three minutes stirring and being careful not to burn.

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Step Four - Remove from stove and stir in vanilla and baking powder. Continue to stir so that the mixture does not overflow in your pan. 

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Step Five - Pour mixture over popcorn. Stir to combine. Don't worry if it doesn't coat all of it. 

Step Six - Place in the 300 degree oven for 15 min, checking not to burn. Remove from oven and stir mixture from the bottom up. Place back in the oven for another 10 minutes. Remove and let cool, stirring again if you'd like.

I didn't have very much stick to the pan, if you'd like you could coat the pan with a cooking spray. They make that in an organic variety now too.

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 Have a great weekend! We'll be busy with the finishing touches on our home, before we put the for sale sign in the yard!

♥ Gabreial



Plan Ahead Events: The Tattered House, California March & April Dates

Find the Tattered House at:

CHATEAU de FLEURS MARKETPLACE
March 19th & 20th 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
1524 S. Hill Ave.
Fallbrook, CA 92028

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Roseville, CA.  The Tattered House Antiques & Vintage Living is presenting their SPRING Antique Market, Sunday, April 18, 2010.  

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We invite you to stroll our beautifully tree lined street in the heart of Downtown Roseville, as we have expanded to over 55 amazing selected dealers from the West Coast. 

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The Tattered House Website

All images Copyright © The Tattered House

Photographer Bob Towery Photographer


Indie Designer Profile: Interview with Lynn of Hair Bows Wonderworld

Good morning everyone! I'm sorry posts have been light! We're in the process of selling our home and a whirlwind of things has made some pretty quick changes in our life.

Today, I would like to welcome you to our first Indie Designer Profile for 2010. I don't know about you, but when I'm able to talk to the creator themselves it helps me connect them to their work. It makes me feel like I have a special product in hand and not just some massed produced trinket. Please help me in welcoming Lynn, owner of Hair Bows Wonderworld.

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What does it mean to you to be an independent designer?

It means everything to me :-) Being a mother of three children under 5, it means I can work at home in the hours of my choice. My life has two different sides. During the day, it's an ordinary life of a housewife (not that I don't love every single minute of it - I do!) taking care of the kids and the family, during the night (after the kids go to bed), it's my own world for being creative and let the imagination go wild.

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Can you tell us what inspires your designs?

Life, materials, my customers. In fact I think everything around me is inspiring. I never run out of ideas. Sadly, I've never had enough time to really experiment all of what comes into my mind and bring those visions to life.

I like to try new materials and explore their limits and their full extents. I love vintage. I love to look at those old time jewelery and costumes, while trying to imagine the fragrance of the passed time with its own beauty and grace. I start to wonder how to bring them to our modern life make them fit and make them glow.

I love doing custom orders. Talking to my brides and working with them to fulfill their wishes always bring new ideas.

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What does your business offer that the larger companies don't?

Uniqueness and attention to details. The spontaneity element makes every single creation a piece of art, not commercial.

Can you tell us what your most popular item is and what you think is popular this wedding season?

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Last year it was my 'SHABBY ELEGANCE' (pictured above) design for bridal bouquet and boutonniere  . It was a hit. Orders for them are still coming but this year I think it'd probably be my signature fabric/silk rolled roses (pictured as a necklace below)  which I make and use in bouquets, necklaces and other accessories too.

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Thank you so much Lynn for sharing a little more insight to your beautiful work. To purchase any of the items pictured above or for your own custom designs visit Lynn at Hair Bows Wonderworld.


What You Make of It: Felt Fun Repurposing a Sweater with Susan Duane

 I don't know about your house but during the long winter months here hats and gloves are at a premium. They also tend to disappear as the winter goes along. This quick and easy project is sure to please!

 

I had a couple of WOOL sweaters destined for the Goodwill so I decided to try my hand at felting. I washed my sweaters in the hottest setting my washer has with a little soap and dried the sweaters in the dryer. Keep in mind the more wool content the better the sweater will felt.

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I found a hat I had on hand and used it as my template. I added about 1/2" all around for the seam. I wanted to use the buttons so I cut accordingly. I thought it would be a fun detail!  Sew right sides together, hat complete! 


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I thought I'd make a set of wrist/arm warmers which i love and use often. I decided how long I wanted them and cut along that line. Then I put my hand through and figured where I wanted my thumb to come out. Along the seam I made a tiny cut and then made it slightly larger to fit my thumb through.

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I used some vintage wool strips I had found at an estate sale and made little rosettes to give the set a little personality! This is a great chance to use all your vintage goodies to embellish the set. 

 

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The great thing about this technique is using something we probably already have on hand that is not being used and turning it into something useful. If you don't have a wool sweater I'm certain you can easily find one at an estate sale or thrift shop. 
 

Happy Felting!

Susan



Featurebutton_05Susan Duane is a wife and mother of three young children. She is a home cook, aspiring photographer and lover of old things. She spends her days caring for her family, creating for Paperhill and in her free time chronicles her long list of interests on her blog Hometown Girl.


Prepare & Plan: Wedding Journals

Wedding planning is such a magical time for many brides. The excitement builds for years and years until that special day when he says those precious words, will you marry me. After that, the stars in the sky seem to twinkle at the thought of your special day and thoughts of planning and preparation begin to fill your mind.

If you are anything like me, you'll want to have a creative space to keep track of the planning details. From choosing the dress to the table numbers, you'll need somewhere to store them all.

I suggest starting with a wedding journal. You could create your own, or choose something already designed for you. In your journal keep track of your ideas, meetings and most important costs to keep you on target for your budget. Seeing those numbers on paper help you realize if you should slow down or pick up the pace just a little. 

I've chosen a select few handmade and hand-bound journals for you below.

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Up first from Green TrikePress Hand bound leather journals. They offer an array of colors, styles and sizes.


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Fun Frieda offers these thin journals, some with lines. These are great for sketching ideas and jotting notes. 

Of course these are only a couple ideas for wedding journals, the sky is the limit in bound books and paperie waiting for your wedding plans!

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Opportunities for Uniqueness: Wedding Band Workshop

 These days brides are looking for a way to have a truly unique experience. I think today's Opportunity for Uniqueness is truly special. 

 Custom Design Medal Arts is offering a special Wedding Band Workshop! 

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3740 NE 40th PL # D

Ocala, Florida 34479

That's right.........this workshop is set up so that you can make your own wedding bands. This is a very unique experience to share with the ONE you love. No previous metal arts experience is necessary. Guaranteed to be an experience that you'll never forget. Plus the pleasure of knowing that you've made "one of the most important" pieces of jewelry you'll ever own. 


Make your own wedding bands from scratch in silver, white gold or yellow gold in a single four/five hour workshop. You'll be using all the same tools and equipment that a professional jeweler uses everyday to make fine jewelry. You will measure, cut, shape, solder and polish your rings to perfection!

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Spend a day in a jewelry studio learning to make your own wedding rings. These wedding band workshops allow you to make professional quality custom wedding rings with your own hands while you enjoy the fun experience of being a jeweler for a day.

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For more information Visit CDMA Metalsmithing and Jewelry


Art Stories: David Scheirer

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Vintage Indie would like to welcome David Scheirer artist of Studio Tuesday as our featured artist and creator this week.

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Hi David and welcome to Vintage Indie. Can you tell us what is your preferred medium?

I mostly paint with watercolors. They lend themselves well to my sensibilities. I like the subtlety you can achieve with them and really like the process of layering colors and tones.

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How did you get started?

I have been painting since I can remember.  I was lucky to have a very good and tough art program in my high school. During this time I decided to pursue some sort of career as an artist and to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art. I received a degree in painting and studied under many wonderful professors.  My grandmother and great grandmother painted as well – and my family has always been very supportive.

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Who or what inspires you?

Other painters are, of course, a big influence. I’ve found I am most drawn to American realist painters. Some of my favorites are Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, and Andrew Wyeth.

I also have to mention that comics like Tintin and Calvin and Hobbes fueled my love of art as a kid (they still do).

Nature is another big influence in my current work. I love hunting for fossils, bird watching, and exploring outdoors. All of this plays a big part of inspiring and providing subject matter for my artwork.

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What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into this medium?

Have fun and experiment. Watercolor is a medium that lends itself well to beautiful accidents and a loose style.  My favorite watercolors use these techniques and then layer crisp details. There are many different ways to use the water and paint; wet on wet, drybrush, etc. Experiment or read about different techniques. School and classes are great for getting feedback, critique, inspiration, and encouragement.

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Does vintage play a role in your art or life? If so, how?

I love incorporating quirky vintage and antique objects into my still lifes. My favorite sorts of items include glass floats, fishing lures, bottles, toys, and pulleys.

I have a lot of fun going to antique shops to look for these kinds of things – and always keep an eye out for cool boxes and anything nautical as well.

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What is important for your customer to know about your work?

I use the materials that I find to be the best quality. I paint on Fabriano Artistico heavy weight watercolor paper, which is archival, uses no animal by-products, and has a durable painting surface.  I have painted on many different papers over the years -  and chose this paper for its longevity, durability, and surface.  I would recommend it for any other artists! I also paint with lightfast and high quality watercolor paints.

I apply these principles when producing my prints as well. They are all archival and printed with pigment based inks - which are water resistant, fade resistant and produce a much more superior image overall. 

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What do you hope to accomplish this year for your business?

This is the first year I have set specific sales goals for my business. My goals are divided in sections such as commissions received, originals sold, Etsy sales, etc. For example I have a “Prints Sold on Etsy” goal of 200 sales for the year. I started selling on Etsy around September last year and have found it to be a great venue for selling my prints, so far I am on track for my yearly goal.

I also very recently created a blog. I think this will be a great way to connect with people and I hope to expand my readership over the next year.  

And as always I am trying to find ways to increase my presence in “the real world”.

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A special thank you to David for sharing his inspirations with us and his beautiful artwork. Please visit David at his following sites.

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The Daily Swank: Note to Self, Agnes

I seriously need to sit down and make a note to self as well as one to my dear husband. In it I would say, " please ignore any of my previous statements about wearing jewelry. I heat necklaces and I'm ready to start that collection now."

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I wish to start with these gorgeous handmade and vintage style necklaces from Agnes.

Thank you dear.

♥ Gabreial