One of my favorite finds from Saturday’s Renegade Craft Fair was Blue Ribbon Salvage. Melissa Abercrombie collects vintage medals from the mid-1800s and early 20th century and turns them into very wearable lovelies.
It was tough to choose but I limited myself to two Marvelous Items…
This medal celebrates 50 years with the Belgian postal service. Okay, not the most glamorous theme, but I just love the image of these two ladies sending letters across the world. (In sheer frocks, of course. That’s how I manage all my correspondence.) Front & back:
The second piece is a vintage Knights of Pythias medal that features a stag on one side and a knight on the other. His shield shows the KofP motto: Friendship, Charity, Benevolence, but I’m more a House Baratheon kind of girl. Ours is the Fury, indeed.
I had such fun chatting with Melissa. She’s based in Petaluma, and has medals of every variety– divers, deco telegraph priestesses, even geese and pigs.
If there’s a specific image you’re looking for, drop her an email. She has tons of gorgeous creations that don’t make it onto her blog.
I’ve decided to take a break from my ongoing coverage of the coverage of the Game of Thrones coverage for a little retail therapy.
My taste in jewelry tends to skew a little… baroque, but occasionally I find modern pieces that I adore. Right now, I’m loving California-based Harbinger, not only for their apocalyptic name, but for their clean bamboo designs.
I found these double-triangle earrings at last year’s Renegade Crafts Fair. I call them Silverlake-safe because they always make me feel chic, even when I venture out amid the hipsters. (A filthy business, my friends, and not to be entered into lightly.)
Deal: Harbinger is running a Mother’s Day special: Enter “merci” at checkout and get 20% off.
Blog-appropriate aside: I just learned that Harbinger is also a DC Comics superheroine from the 80s… who wears a deeply whack helmet.
I mostly feature one-of-a-kind designs on Marvelous Items, but I also like the reasonably priced pretties being created by the nice people at The Weekend Store. (Here is the “Time Flies” locket I bought at UniqueLA. A little bit Steampunk, a teensy bit Mockingjay, no?)
They also feature exposed clockwork pendants (just $28), typewriter key bracelets ($76), map lockets ($36), and transit token cufflinks ($46)– though I’m hoping they add more cities soon.
Deal: Enter coupon code “vintage” at checkout and receive 20% off your entire purchase. You can thank me later. (Note: I prefer to be thanked in jewelry or gin.)
(First, try saying “Foxy clockworks” three times fast.)
I’ve mentioned Michelle Harris of Once Lost Jewelry before, but she’s marvelous enough that she deserves further discussion. A lot of people are doing steampunk jewelry right now, but I think she’s doing it particularly well.
Here’s a shot of her booth from Renegade Craft Fair LA –>
Look closely and you’ll see the scarab brooch that I mentioned in my first Marvelous Items post.
Below is a shot of the fox pendant that I was also compelled to acquire.
Click on it to see all of the lovely details. You know you wanna.
I like to acquire beautiful objects. I know I should shed the trappings of this mortal world, but well… I’m very, very shallow.
A winged scarab brooch made with a real beetle and a vintage Victorian mourning pin. Created by Michelle Harris of Once Lost Jewelry.