Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Spring Fever


I just came back from the botanical gardens and in their commercial greenhouse was a beautiful scent that I haven't smelled since last Spring - Paperwhites and Hyacinths. There is nothing quite as divine as having fragrant Spring bulbs blooming indoors while outside the snow and ice still cover the ground. I truly have a love affair with fragrant white flowers and the association with Spring is inevitable. Snow drops, white Hyacinths, Lily-of-the-Valley, Easter Lilies, Apple blossoms...

Living in a place with such harsh winters Spring with it's snow drops poking out of the snow and vibrant green buds pushing out of bare branches is always a magical experience.

These next vintage selections will have to pull me over until the real thing...

These would also be amazing for a vintage style wedding! Instead of buying something mass produced which may be worn by many brides, vintage is eco-friendly and you can find some amazing one-of-a kind items. How many of these items have you seen being worn by brides lately?

Faux ivory pin with rhinestone

Lacy flower filigree necklace

Creamy white bouquet necklace

I can almost smell the perfume these would have if they were real!

I can't wait to be able to buy little bouquets of Muguet again from the local farmers market! Another 3 months...

This bracelet was even pictured in a budding pot of Paperwhites! They are the easiest to force and yet I forgot to buy some last Fall:(

Need something beautiful to hold all that jewelry? Here's a gorgeous upcycled vintage wooden crate painted with a beautiful cherry blossom design:

There is also a plethora of vintage materials available to make your own spring jewelry. You can make many things easily without any in depth knowledge of the craft. Mix and match with old jewelry you've had forever but never wear.

These would be great for a long necklace. All you need is some string!

Large beads perfect on their own for earrings:

Love the creamy ivory color on these!

These delicate milk glass beads are already connected, just add a pendant and you're set!

Beautiful vintage cabochons are great: just glue a brooch pin on the back or glue them in a setting to make a pendant. You can even glue them on specially made ring blanks with flat pads.

Little ivory blooming branch

Check out Etsy's categories: Vintage Supplies, Supplies:Beads:Vintage and Supplies:Commercial:Vintage. Words I used to search for Spring themed materials: White, Floral, Ivory, Cream, Flower, Bud, Blossom, Bouquet, Bridal, Weddings. 

Here are some of the things I've made using uncirculated vintage materials:



Now I'm off to get me some of those Paperwhites before they sell out:)
Thanks for reading!

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