Giveaway – Desert Sun Earrings

Hello Kids! 🙂

We made some good progress on our spring/summer chores this weekend but whew! – it’s been awfully muggy here in New England. And, truth be told; Lady Crystal is kind of a big baby when it comes to humidity. 😉

Luckily, the forecast for the next several days is for more comfortable weather. I’m a happy camper, again!

This week’s giveaway is so, so pretty!

A photo just can’t capture the gorgeous sparkle on this sweet pair of earrings. I used some very special vintage Swarovski components for my design.

You’ll notice faceted oval crystal drops, which are channel-set in gleaming gold-plated metal. For accents, I’ve added glittering (and rare) Swarovski crystal rounds in Lt. Topaz Aurora Borealis. The rounds are interesting in that the top and bottom of the beads gradually form a more pointed shape. Flirty and fabulous, these earrings measure 1-5/8” long, including the 14K gold-plated earwires.

Contest Rules and How To Enter

Any day you leave a comment on this blog – it is counted as a chance to enter that week’s giveaway.

For example, if you answer today’s question (you’ll find it below!) that will give you one chance.

But if you then come back another day this week and comment on a different post – you will have earned another chance in this week’s giveaway! There are usually 4-5 posts per week – Monday through Friday – so you can have multiple chances to enter!

When you comment you do not have to mention that it’s an entry in the giveaway. My blog program shows me all of the “comments” as they come in – so I do not miss any of them, and all will count to be entered into the drawing! 😀

Today’s question is:

Which household chore do you dislike the most?

My answer . . .
I would have to say, dusting, although it’s become easier since the invention of the “Swiffer” (That little cloth really grabs the dust!) I think my main problem is that I have little collections of teacups, dolls, and small figurines – so dusting seems to take – forever! 😉


The Boring Stuff . . .
You must be 18 yrs. old. After the completion of the contest, the name of the winner will be listed here. The winner will also be notified by email. If the winner fails to respond to email within 3 days from the time notification email has been sent, the win will be null and void and a new winner will be chosen. The prize will be mailed via USPS First Class Mail

All entries must be received by 9:00 p.m. EST on 06/13/10, and the winner will be selected on or about 06/14/10.


The Elusive Vintage Bead


In last week’s post on Vintage Beads (seen here), I promised to continue the discussion . . .

People often ask me where to find vintage beads. The best way to explain it would be to compare vintage beads to antiques.


For example, let’s say you wanted to collect antique teapots. There are only a limited number of them still around in today’s world. You can’t just go to the mall and pop into the “Antique Teapot” store and buy a couple.

Some of the antique teapots that have survived are in museums; many others are in private collections already; some are part of the inventory of antiques dealers; and the rest are in attics and basements waiting to be discovered. In order for you to get your hands on an antique teapot, somebody in the group of people I just listed has to part with one that they now own.


It is very similar with vintage beads. There is no place called “Vintage Beads Are Us” at your local shopping center. For many decades, most costume jewelry was made in the United States, but since the 1990’s almost all of it has been manufactured overseas. Sadly, the U.S. factories have had to close their doors and many of the old warehouses that contained the jewelry components (beads and findings) have by now liquidated their old stock. Private collectors own a large proportion of the vintage beads already. Bead sellers own another large share and they are always on the lookout for collectors who would be willing to part with their treasures, or to buy the stock of other bead sellers who have decided to go out of business.


Occasionally, large vintage bead collections are discovered in the attics or basements of people who worked for the old costume jewelry manufacturers. Often, it’s the family of one of those workers, who will eventually happen upon the collection and offer it to a dealer.


So where can you find vintage beads today? Actually, in more places than you might expect! There are numerous online sellers, but you can begin by looking in Grandma’s jewelry box. Those old necklaces and bracelets might have a broken clasp or a few chipped beads, but often you can salvage many of the beads to create something fabulous. (See my post on recycling vintage jewelry here!)

Next, search the yard sales, flea markets, church bazaars and second hand shops. There are still vintage treasures to be found in those places if you really look!


Finally, there are people who began as vintage bead “collectors” and went on to become sellers of some of their beads online. I know because I am one of them! 🙂

I’m continually looking for new sources of vintage beads, so if you’re cleaning out Auntie Ethel’s attic and you come across beads or old costume jewelry that you’d like to sell, please let me know!