Thursday, October 29, 2009

It's show time!


Well, it's that time of year and I am working day and night to keep inventory good for the flurry of shows I have coming up these next few weeks. I have had so much interest in statement pieces, especially one of a kind vintage designs that I have concentrated my efforts there! Lots of bling is popping out of the studio...here are some sneak peeks!



































Also getting requests for beaded hostess gifts.......so here are a few new pieces on their way to new homes.....




























Bye for now!




Thursday, October 22, 2009

Mom and Dad

Spent the precious gift of time with Mom and Dad last weekend while the others did the football thing.......


My mom got her jewelry box out for my sister and I to poke through.......it was so much fun!





Mom found this charm that my uncle and aunt gave her when she graduated from college over 50 years ago.....I added a necklace so she can show it off after all these years! There is beautiful detail on the charm (on both sides).....how many other beautiful things are hidden away in boxes when they could be a stunning piece of statement jewelry?




Here is a pin my Dad gave my mom in high school.....she needs to be sporting this more often!




Here is part of my mom's vintage napkin ring and silver collection she keeps on her mantle all year long....it's so beautiful!



Then my sister and I stumbled upon this old compact that my mom shyly admitted she won when she was a track queen (?) in high school. My sister admits that had she seen this before it would long ago have made it over to her own jewelry box (don't tell her but it made it's way to mine).






And here is the beautiful couple all ready to head out to Dad's 55th high school reunion. I am sure they were the cutest people there!


Thanks for a great weekend, Mom and Dad, and a great life, too!






Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hitting home

Well, it seems the flu epidemic has hit and Mark is down for the count. Fever, sore throat and cough, really not that much different than any other winter flu. What amazes me is how contagious this virus is! The kids are dropping like flies at school, and it hits suddenly. Over 57 kids are out of his school today, plus some teachers and the school nurse.

I am stuck home for a few days playing nursemaid and wiping everything in sight down with Lysol, so we adults can stay well (gotta get healthy to go to the Notre Dame game this weekend).

So, the bright side (besides Phillies baseball!) is I have lots of time to play with some vintage pieces I picked up earlier this fall.....just in time to replenish from the last two shows and gear up for the next few shows.

Here are some fun new things...............

















































































We have a winner!

Congrats to Bonnie for winning the free necklace! I appreciate all your responses, both here and on Facebook. I promise another drawing next month. What great customers and friends!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Anniversary Giveaway!

Thanks to all my loyal customers, I am celebrating 7 great years designing jewelry! This year I have added Facebook, this blog and the ETSY site as new ways to find out the latest news from my studio. Now it is time for a giveaway! I want someone to have this vintage pendant on a sterling silver drop with a sterling silver chain!






You can get into the drawing several ways....

-make a comment below
-become a follower of this blog
-become a fan on Facebook (just go to Gales Designs page on FB)
-link this to your own blog


-or ALL of the above for lots of chances to win!
Winner will be picked Monday, October 19 at midnight!

And I selected this beautiful pink vintage piece to bring more attention to the fight for the cure! Get your mammograms and let's pray and work for a cure for breast cancer!

Thanks again to all of you!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Another great show!

Great seeing many of you at the latest show and so happy to bring you some of my new designs as well as the classic designs I always carry. I must admit being up in New York got the creative juices flowing. It was fun to be in some stores that I can't get to here at home. I did lots of window shopping and people watching and enjoyed some unique boutiques as well as old favorites like Anthropologie! Can't wait to get back!



Vintage on ribbon.............




layers and layers..........


re-purposed and sparkly...........




vintage inspired modern...........



soft and feminine............








vintage classic..................





and so much more!

































Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Start spreading the news.......


We were up in Manhattan to see Jason and Joey get married...what a wedding! It was perfect from start to finish. It was a privilege to do the jewelry for such a beautiful wedding party and I enjoyed watching all the other details come together for this special couple. I am sure the pictures won't do it justice....but here goes....
Joey and Jason cutting the cake.......

The beautiful bride wearing some fabulous vintage jewelry (!)...........


Kate and Patrick enjoying cocktail hour at Bridgewaters with a great view of the Brooklyn Bridge.....


The gorgeous table setting (each table was a little different)................



One of the bridesmaids with her Gales Designs jewelry...each girl had a different style dress with custom designed jewelry for that particular dress......






Yay for family..............




Another bridesmaid poses with her jewels..........







and another table setting, each was so exquisite!







Sunday brunch on the roof of the couple's Manhattan apartment building.......the view was spectacular on this beautiful day.....







It was the perfect way to cap off the perfect weekend!