July 20, 2008
That toddling town! Meandering through the windy city not so long ago, I was struck by how very blue it looked...especially with the skies reflected in the facades of the (post) modern buildings.
So when I found a bead shop on Wabash, I sought only darling blue. If you like what you see...$20 for one pair, or $40 for all three. Wowsers.
With much respect to Daniel Burnham, the white city is no more.
May 4, 2008
February 23, 2008
May 7, 2007
Vintage Charm. These sweet earrings remind me of the olden days when Mom and I would wake up long before the chirping birds to pick fresh apples. And then we'd bake a pie from scratch.
That might be a fib...though we did have a scraggly crab apple tree behind the garage. Still, these are delectably retro. Not all beads shown here are true hand-me-downs from grandma vintage, but don't they look it?
Make my funk the P-Funk. I wants to get funked up. These earrings are not for the timid. They're designed for the life of the party.
Are you that funky giraffe who prefers perilous safari chases to lazy days spent poolside? If so, you deserve some Funky Gems.
May 6, 2007
Three beads. Just three beads.
There is something to be said for the number three. Something like, oh, I don't know...
"Come and knock on our door, We've been waiting for you. Where the kisses are hers and hers and his, Three's Company too."
A classic sitcom. A classic pair of earrings.
Oh. So. Sparkly. Sure, diamonds are a girl's best friend, but Swarovski crystals are the ones she shares her secrets with. And they've got panache to boot.
These crystals come in plenty of colors and sizes. I only wish they were more photogenic...they dazzle when the cameras aren't around.
Everybody was kung fu fighting. Well, everybody except for you. You were doing your own thing - ripping up the dance floor, just like Ted in that hi-larious flashback scene in Airplane. Surely I can't be serious. But I am serious. And don't call me Shirley.
Who knows...these '70s inspired earrings may even create the effect of a disco ball spinning when you hit the dance floor twirling.
Plain Jane Jewels.
Who says plain is boring? Baloney. These Plain Janes are perfectly simple. I value simplicity in nearly all walks of life - earrings are no exception. With that, a haiku:
Plain Jane, they giggle.
Plain is better than gaudy,
You have the last laugh.
Ladies and gents, please welcome Bloom and Gloom, two gems I’ve designed to hit the streets with flavor. If skulls aren't your style, these choice flowers might sweeten the deal (and they come in a bunch of colors).
Update: I am fresh out of skull beads. (Sigh)
Mele Kalikimaka. Sure, it's not Christmas, nor are these gems Hawaiian, per say. But they have a nice tropical look to them. Don't you agree?
They make me long for a cool, refreshing mai tai. Or perhaps something served in a coconut, with a cocktail umbrella. Oh pool boy!
May 5, 2007
Hey folks, that's me...and my fluffy orange monster pet, Marmaduke VonLollibop.
The above photos are just a taste of my creations. Let me know what colors and styles you like, and I'll run with that. The hardware is all sterling silver or gold. Prices start at $20 a pair. I accept cash or personal check or, in rare instances, dark chocolate. Please take heed, won't you: Since the earrings are made to order (like a hot and crisp french fry), some of these beads may not be readily available.
For questions or to place an order, email me at jberta [at] gmail [dot] com.
Thanks for looking,