Thursday, September 30, 2010

Still Charming

A big thank you to everyone who posted comments, links, and sent emails regarding my charm bracelet dilemma! I've seriously been pondering this all week ~ I think I'm going to go with the Brighton bracelet for now. I like that we can mix beads with dangle charms and that she will be able to swap out the charms easily. I was a little nervous that she may get annoyed with all of the dangles of a traditional bracelet ~ she's a girlie-girl, but she is very active. The Brighton charms are also much more affordable and they also have very kid-friendly designs.

I thought I'd share my mother's charm bracelet ~ which is now mine. I remember being little and digging it out of her jewelry box to tinker with all the charms. Opening the typewriter case, cranking on the wishing well, and playing with the fish. The interactive charms are the best! She started it as a teenager about 50 or so years ago. Most of the charms were collected when she was a camp counselor. At the end of each summer, the counselors were allowed to pick a charm from a catalog to celebrate the end of the season. A fun tradition. I think the charm bracelet fad must have gone out of style in her early 20s, because she stopped collecting them ~ and I never had one made for me! Boohoo. I have a Pandora, but I think I need to create a vintage charm bracelet for myself. I'm happy to see that collecting charms is back "in"!

I also wanted to let you know that I just completed a small shop update. There are several new ribbons and trims, as well as some vintage jewelry bits. I've also discontinued several styles of the German Scrap foils and borders. Most are marked up to 50% off!

Click here to see!
Happy Shopping!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Juicy Opinions

Hi Friends!
I'm having a dilemma here.
I want to start a charm bracelet for my daughter.
She'll be 8 in October.

I reallllly love the Juicy Couture charms.
They are girlie and adorable... just like she is!

But, the charms are a little pricey for costume jewelry.
And I'm wondering if it is too "trendy".
I'm not a huge fan of their clothing ~ but I sooo love those cute little charms.
What to do?
What to do?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Finally on Facebook & a giveaway!

As you may know, I've been debating the Facebook thing for several months. I created a page for Speckled Egg last January, but never published it. I seem to be having enough trouble with keeping up with this blog! I recently received an email from a sweet customer who was very sad that she missed the last swap. She said that she and many of her friends now use Facebook more frequently than blogs. It kind of surprised me, but I understand. I can get lost for hours reading blogs ~ which I completely love, but there are some (lots of) days that there just isn't time for that. I guess Facebook is kind of a quick fix. Just a sentence here and there to share what you've been up to.

So, I gave in and now you can now find Speckled Egg on Facebook. Add us to your "likes" to stay up to date with swaps, new products, and giveaways. I promise won't bombard you with info ~ maybe just a weekly or bi-weekly update.

To kick things off I'll be giving away a $50 gift certificate on October 1st for our Facebook fans.
To be entered, just click here to "Like" us on Facebook.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Must See

I can't think of anything better for a "ho-hum" sort of Wednesday.
Eye candy and inspiration.

My friend Amy has been busy on something AMAZING!
Click here to see.

Another sweet friend, Heidi, has been busy building the sweetest chicken coop that I've ever seen.
Check it out!

Thursday, September 9, 2010


That's the word that came to mind when I first saw these beauties.

Big, gorgeous millinery blossoms.

Perfect, unused condition.
Limited supply.
Right here.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Petite Inspiration Box Swap - Black & White Edition

Edit: Sign-ups are now closed. Group info has been emailed.

As promised, here are the details of my next Petite Inspiration Box Swap!!!

1. You will be placed in groups of 3 players. You will need to make a "Petite Inspiration Box" for each of the other players in your group (2), and you will receive one back from each of the players in your group (2).

2. The base of the box should be a sliding match box. I found mine at my grocery store in a package of 3 for about $2. These are the larger boxes that measure about 5x2x1, not the teeny-tiny ones. Decorate the outside of each box, and fill them with artsy goodies for your swap partners.

3. The items in your boxes should be vintage or vintage-inspired and ALL ITEMS IN THE BOX SHOULD BE BLACK and/or WHITE/CREAM/IVORY. You can include some Halloween-related items as well, but the whole box doesn't need to be Halloween-themed. Find out your partners' likes and dislikes, collections, favorite crafts, etc. Here are some ideas of what to include: Old buttons, millinery, lace, ribbon, trims, jewelry findings, ephemera, images, charms, cupcake toppers, etc. These boxes are fairly small, so they should be easy to fill up... just be sure to send quality, usable items that you would love to receive yourself. You can see some photos of the boxes from previous swaps here.

4. You will need to mail your boxes directly to your partners by September 27th. PLEASE only sign-up for this swap if you are able to have your swap items created and mailed by this date. As with any swap, it is reallllly important to follow-up with your promise to make quality items and send them on time.

5. To sign up for this swap, please email me at info{at} , be sure to send the following:
*Email address
*Blog address
*The country that you live in
*If you are willing to ship internationally

6. I will close sign-ups on Friday evening or at 30 players, whichever comes first. You will receive your group info by Tuesday morning. Feel free to grab the button above to add to your own blog. (Cute bat image from the Graphics Fairy).

Hope you can play!!!