Category: Jewellery

It’s only Knopf Designs but I like it…

I must admit I do love Instagram. I got back into it a year ago when Flo (www.flotography.co.uk ) suggested I link it to my blog. I now use it to advertise my blog posts, but I also follow lots of other eccentrics like myself who post charity shop finds and jugs they bought at the Car Boot Sale for 50p. This gives me hours of amusement but every now and then you find something really special.

knopf3A search for #vintagechina led me to @knopf_designs and Anja’s lovely creations. Anja uses broken, cracked, chipped and solitary pieces of china to make jewellery.

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I’m a bit of a vintage china geek and I like to think I know my Hornsea from my Royal Doulton. It’s a family failing – my Mum’s the same!

knopf1If you have a favourite pattern there may well be a piece of jewellery to your taste…

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Even if the jewellery isn’t your thing you can appreciate what Anja’s doing – that sense of shame and waste you get when you smash a vintage beauty is forever eradicated! I’m pretty sure she’d gratefully accept that bit of Meakin you dropped when washing up…

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You can find Anja on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Knopf-Designs-Jewellery-133821480073915/?fref=ts) and on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/knopfdesigns).

I’m almost looking forward to breaking something so I can give it to Anja and see what she makes out of it!

It is with butterfingers I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only a Ring but I like it…

Yesterday Dr P cooked me dinner. That’s not unusual, he does that several times a week. But it was a special dinner. He said it was to celebrate the first month in our new house. I was pleased and surprised. I’d been so busy lately I hadn’t even noticed the date!

He cooked spring rolls to start, delicious pan fried seabass with tender-stem broccoli and new potatoes and lemon meringue pie for dessert. I felt spoiled. As I cleared the dishes and returned to the dining room he got down on one knee and presented me with this:

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It’s a beautiful vintage ring from the 1920s. A single diamond in a silver and gold setting and I love it. It needs resizing, I think it’s maybe two sizes too big, but I want to wear it! I’m going to try and get it resized this week and have it back for the weekend… Bless him, he’s spent months scouring websites for vintage rings and has a really tough time choosing. I love jewellery, but tend to wear odd rings – my favourite is a big chunky jade band that wear on my middle finger, or a wooden scrabble tile with my initial on it that I bought at a craft fair years ago. I don’t really wear conventional rings so he had nothing to go on in terms of size or shape. After what I’m sure was many hours of searching he found Addy’s Vintage on Etsy ( https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Addy ) and finally found something he thought was simple and beautiful enough. He knew I wouldn’t want anything too big, too sparkly or too expensive – as a primary school teacher I’m often elbow deep in pond water, PVA glue, paint or some times a mixture of all three! This ring fits the bill exactly – and it’s vintage!

So it is with some surprise, and more than a little satisfaction that he chose so well. It’s perfect. Just like him. And I look forward to wearing it for many years.

It is with huge smile I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only Folksy but I like it…

As we approach Easter I though I’d do a quick round up of the delightful cards and gifts you can find on www.folksy.com.

As I’ve previously mentioned folksy is a website where craftspeople from the UK, can sell their wares. There’s some amazing stuff and it’s well worth supporting it!

As a Welsh girl I adore this screen printed card with daffodils on it from We Are Mountain.

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https://folksy.com/items/5733561-Daffodil-greetings-card

This time of year always has me desiring a little silver bunny necklace – I may well have to give in and purchase this one from Jewellery FurKeeps – how cute!

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https://folksy.com/items/6605734-Sterling-Silver-Bunny-Rabbit-Necklace-Animal-Jewellery-Bunny-Gifts

i know it’s not all about food but well, it wouldn’t be Easter without a little indulgence would it? This handmade chocolate bar from Cocoa Tabby Handmade Chocolate looks flipping delish and I’m sure I could polish it off without any help from Dr P…

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https://folksy.com/items/6626000-Handmade-Belgian-chocolate-Easter-egg-chocolate-bar

I have a few little people to buy for and these personalised bunnies from Cheeky Patch are very tempting. I love the choice of fabrics and contented faces.

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https://folksy.com/items/6607912-Personalised-bunny

I hope this has inspired you – remember to support small businesses and buy handmade where you can if you’re buying gifts this season.

It is with a longing for a silver bunny I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only a String of Pearls but I like it…

As I mentioned previously I asked the Dr for a gift for Valentines Day. It was an accessory I felt I was missing, something that I’d get a lot of use out of. Something that would have been a common gift, traditional for an 18th I believe, in my Mum’s generation. A string of pearls.

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He chose well – A plain pearly string with a gold clasp inset with a tiny diamond. They’re real, freshwater pearls and each one is unique. I like the simple yet classic design from www.hsamuel.co.uk. It’s a gift I’ll treasure and have for many years, wearing them over and over with different outfits.

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You may have noticed something else. The lovely Flo (www.facebook.com/florawestbrookphotography) advised me to get a new lens for my camera and I spent couple of hours today playing with my vintage lens. I could not be happier – I figured out the self timer and sat semi-clad in my window taking these! Oh My. Then I edited them. It’s a first attempt and I’m not 100% happy with these but it’s a first step of many.

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Anyway, I’m incredibly lucky. The Dr is too, too generous and I have fab friends to help me with my photography.

It is with a sense of decadence I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

*I paid for the goods included in this vintage adventure and the views expressed are all my own!*