probably no one cares, but the reason i’ve been so low key with (i.e. not making any) new designs is that

1) I’ve been writing a paper

2) I’ve been co-writing a book chapter

3) I’ve been packing stuff for my move.

Plus, (1) and (2) mean I’m mostly brain dead and visibly ill, whilst (3) means I really don’t want to wait till the last minute to pack my mountain of supplies.

My boyfriend promises to build me a stellar workspace in our new place, and I am bursting with ideas for new designs with my wonderful stash of gemstones and pretty vintage pins! If I survive all this writing, I promise lots of updates (time for the fall collection!) in about a month.

my precious *yes, say it in a gollum voice*: aquamarine, tourmaline, sapphire, garnet, copper rutilated quartz, more aquamarine (my fave!), blue topaz…

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Stay well and hope you’re making the most of summer! =)
xo,
~pq

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I’ve been working with a variety of gemstones for a while now, and I have definitely discovered that I seem to prefer some stones over others, to the extent that it makes me wonder if this connection is somehow innate. For example, even though many people love lemon quartz and citrine, their colours and “feel” just don’t appeal to me all that much. This is despite the fact that those two are both stones that often come in large sizes with few inclusions (and are hence cheaper to obtain gem quality stones of; for example, to find a clear emerald or even tourmaline is much much more difficult than to find a clear citrine, hence, emeralds and tourmaline are much more expensive).

In contrast, I absolutely love aquamarine (make that the whole beryl family, which includes emeralds) and rubies (actually a red sapphire). Maybe it’s the inner snob in me, afterall, those emeralds and rubies are considered precious stones. Aquamarine is just such a pleasing stone, I get very happy and peaceful just from looking and holding one (or a strand). I still think that those “gem traits” descriptions of various stones are pretty shammy (i.e. different stones are said to promote different feelings of harmony, peace or happiness blah blah), but perhaps there really is a grain of truth to them!

In any case, I’ve been buying lots of aquamarines and rubies and making stuff with them.

my girl
my girl

nekkid ring- aquamarine
nekkid rings- aquamarine

victorian rocker haute- queen mariana– very similar in style to my victorian rocker earrings, but made with all 14K/20 gold-filled findings, including chains, hoops, jumprings
victorian rocker haute- queen mariana

queen mariana’s bedside table

queen mariana's bedside table

Morganite is also in the beryl family, and I’m super pleased with this damselfly I made from 14K/20 gold-filled wire and gemstones!
for me- sweet damselfly
for me- sweet damselfly

Finally, I just want to show you guys these cool earrings I made from salvaged links from a vintage bracelet and awesome flashy labradorite:

space age betty

space age betty

Anyways, that is my mini gemstone class + self promotion post (hmm I guess they all are!). In other news, the winner of my love.sweet.eternal. necklace last month was Amanda at v******glitter@hotmail.com. Sign up for my mailing list to qualify for next month and subsequence contest/drawings if you haven’t already! =) Thank you everyone for being such good sports for last month’s contest!

*phew* Back to work! Happy weekend! =)

xo,
~pq

i keep saying, no more making jewelry until I finish writing. but i have no self control!! here are some sparklies…rubies, labradorite, chains, vintage charms… =)

quiet flash
quiet flash

she salsas
she salsas

for me- slip slidy she salsas
for me- slip slidy she salsas

royal grapevine
royal grapevine

in other news, i got some AMAZING gems today that i am so majorly pleased with!!! I love gemstones in unique colours, and today, i got some beautiful sea-green sapphires, peacock-blue apatite and a to-die-for strand of tourmalines in gorgeous transparent blues- from pale blue to green-blue to dark inky blues. ahhh… my heart melted when i held them!! =). so so happy.

i’m off to montreal to see manu chao!! when i come back, i’ll draw the winner of the love.sweet.eternal. necklace from my mailing list (you can still sign up for my mailing list to enter at my website!). have a great weekend!

and yes, i WILL WORK this weekend in the car. *determined*

xo,

~pq

help me, i have a disease. i can’t stop buying vintage dresses!!!! i really can’t. i see one i like and i HAVE to have it. i don’t even wear them, because i work in an environment where dressing up is frowned upon… so i just have a big bag full of the vintage dresses that i have to have but never wear!!

for example, just 5 minutes ago, i bought two lovely dresses from the extremely awesome salvagelife:

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Aren’t they AWESOME???? i hope they fit. salvage life has the most terrific vintage finds. here are some others (i love vintage shoes too, if these were my size they would be MINE).

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did i mention i love vintage bags?

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and the cutest trench!!!

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ahhh…. virtual window shopping is…fun. *)

xo,
~pq

Got to run, and this will be the last new designs for a while, as I have custom and retail orders to fill, but I love these two new necklaces that have the same soothing shade of pink, now available on my website! The nature amulet necklace is also available in my Etsy shop!

french kiss
french kiss

nature amulet
nature amulet

why not pink? It’s a fantastic colour! Have a great weekend!!!

xo,
pq

Wow, I totally cleaned up my workspace yesterday, and sorted out tons of destash supplies!! About 50 lots in all. I am so proud because for a long time, my workspace was a festering mess, with piles upon new piles of newest supplies burying newer supplies burying new supplies, so I quickly forgot what I actually had and the huge mess made me not want to sort through it all, leading to me buying more new supplies…. Etc etc. Ridiculous! I rediscovered charms and chains I forgot I had, vintage pins, plus I just felt better not looking at piles of plastic as I worked. =) There are lots of fun lots to be listed soon in my destash shop, so check back often if you’re looking for something to create with!

Also, I made some new designs with my newly acquired gemstones. All paired with vintage something or other, I kept this first part of the collection simple, just to get a feel for the clarity and sparkle of these beautiful stones, and also because I think summer is a nice time to keep things simple!

for me- slip slidy bird song
for me- slip slidy bird song
for me- slip slidy bird song

innocence
innocence

golden girl
golden girl

dancing leaves
dancing leaves

cleopatra
cleopatra

Hope you’re having a wonderful summer!!

xo,
pq

I really have waaaaay too many beads at this point. I don’t even know what I have anymore. I have started sorting them out, and decided to set up a separate etsy shop for my destash supplies and maybe some vintage items I have been hoarding (compact, ornate mirrors, jewelry cases etc). Here are some items that I added to begin with!! Hopefully someone will find a good use for them because at this point I’m practically swimming in beads.

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supplies montage

tired! sleepy…

xo,
~pq