Today I thought it would be nice to feature my boyfriend’s shop and some of my favorite pieces that he has made. When I started making jewelry I tried to have a little story behind each piece, but Jeff from Fantastic Revision takes it to a whole new level. He often tells elaborate stories with each listing, adds in humor, and even makes connections most would never think of. All items in his shop are vintage or handmade with found, vintage, repurposed, and/or natural materials. Everything is one of a kind. All items are made by him personally; nothing is manufactured or mass produced.
The Okavango is “the river which never finds the sea.” Twice every year, the Okavango Delta floods, allowing plants to grow and wildlife to migrate to the otherwise desolate Kalahari Desert in northwestern Botswana. Over 400 species of birds alone appear during these floods and some of the most magnificent African wildlife can be spotted. In the largest inland delta in the world, it’s either feast or famine. Buy the Okavango Delta Here.
Savage Tapestry <– (click here to buy)
They may have appeared to be savages to those civilizations who encountered them, but their way of life was far more complicated than anyone could have imagined. Everything can benefit from a closer look.
This weathered oxidized brass horn-shaped pendant is imported from India and features three sides of purple howlite stone mosiac. It hangs from a gold tone repurposed 1″ split ring on a 30″ vintage brass box chain with spring ring closure.
Rosé Harvest <– (click here to buy)
White sheets, sparkling rosé, and lush red roses- the scene was set for the perfect harvest wedding.
These 2-3/4″ earrings are made from clusters of vintage faux pearls with tiny brass leaves, filigree bead caps, and vintage gold tone rose bloom bead accents. They hang from new 18k gold plated hooks.
Yekaterina <– (click here to buy)
This necklace was directly inspired by Catherine Palace near St. Petersburg, Russia. I recently saw a picture of it in a travel magazine and after many Google searches, I finally was able to identify it. Now a museum, it was once the summer home of many generations of the Russian royal family, From Catherine I to Catherine the Great. It is in itself a collection of architectural styles, most notably Rococo on the exterior but not without some golden Russian “onions” atop the roof. The azure blue walls, white columns, and gold leaf detailing are in perfect balance. It seems to both disappear into the winter snow and materialize from the summer sky. It looks quite ethereal at times. Having graduated with a degree in interior design, it would be a dream to see it inside and out.
La Catrina Azteca <– (click here to buy)
She knows the secrets of the dead. She holds your history in her dusty old bones. She knows where the ancestors buried all the silver. No, she’s not going to tell you where. She may be dead, but she’s not stupid.
These 6″ earrings feature turquoise dyed howlite carved skull beads crowned with silver plated rose beads with bead cap crowns and collars. They have turquoise howlite round bead crown accents and feature dripping vintage silver tone repurposed chains. They hang from new silver tone hooks.
And finally…..this one!!!!
The Maltese Madonna <– (click here to buy)
She’s the #1 diva of the Mediterranean. She’s a bit mysterious and not afraid to push the envelope. Just don’t get yourself involved with her- there’s more behind those eyes than you could ever imagine.
This bib necklace is created from multiple strands of repurposed vintage antiqued brass curb chain and a vintage Maltese Cross brooch hanging over them. It has a lobster closure and adjusts from 16″ to 19″ long.
So those are my favorites, but do yourself a favor and check out his shop full of fantastical creations, fun historical facts, and stories. He has a little sale running now for a limited time.
There have been a few additions to my Oregon inspired hand-painted jewelry collection and I thought it time to show them and the spaces that inspire them a little love. Above is my first painted Oregon charm necklace. It is sealed with non toxic acrylic and has a real gold leaf background. It is finished off with a gold grommet and has doubled up fine, vintage gold plated chain. The charm showcases that sweet baby that I spoke of a few days ago, Mt Hood. You can purchase one HERE.
Punchbowl Falls is a beauty to behold. In recent years the trail has become so crowded that I tend to shy from it. Recently some teenagers started a huge fire with fireworks on this very trail. The blaze closed down many of these beloved spots, so us Oregonians are really hurting. Hoping these earrings remind us of those better days that are bound to return. Get the earrings HERE.
This beautiful bridge sits just to the north of downtown Portland, connecting the neighborhood of St Johns to Hwy 30 and Forest Park. This is the first time I have painted these so slender and long and the shape compliments the cathedral-like bridge perfectly. Get a pair HERE.
Mt Adams sits to the Northeast of us and is truly magnificent. I have only visited the Mt Adams wilderness once and my breath was taken for certain. The terrain was quite distinctive compared to what I am used to closer to Portland. You need permits to hike on many of the trails on Mt Adams because the majority of it is still First Nation owned, which is amazing. You can get these earrings any time, HERE.
No collection would be complete without Oregon’s crown jewel, Multnomah Falls. I have visited countless times, even with the terrifying masses crowding the viewpoints. I’m willing to brave those crowds just to stand for a moment in the spectacle of these falls. Above I have two styles of the falls, Winter (top) available HERE and Summer (bottom) available HERE.
Finally I re-visit Mt Hood! On clear days the mountain gleams in the distance from many vantage points in Portland. Every single time I visit closer to the mountain and it comes into view I exclaim something, be it a curse word, or a simple “Wow” – the mountain never, ever fails to impress. I have three pairs listed on my etsy page, version 1, version 2, and version 3. You can also see many more nature inspired earrings and paintings in my store.
It Was quite the Monday, yet again. Here’s a little sample:
I made these little delights for my etsy shop. Robot earrings, copper, agate, and gears $32
And I’m Always, Always tempting fate, even just a little bit.
My “Psionic Butterfly” – Psylocke on wood a favourite X-Man, a favorite insect – $70
Have a wonderful day.