Monday, November 29, 2010

New Bridal Hairpiece Sneak Peek.....

We are so excited about the new bridal line! New necklaces, hairpieces, earrings, and more will be released at the end of December. This is just a peek at one of the new hairpieces!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Vintage birdcages hover over a lovely bride and groom...

I love the idea of incorporating vintage birdcages in a wedding! Hang them, put them on tables  and have guests place a special note inside for the bride and groom, to read later for a good laugh!

You can find these birdcages HERE, HERE......these are lovely also: HERE and HERE

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Nicole and Jared are renewing their Wedding vows!

   This is so Exciting! I have already started planning this event---Jared and I are renewing our vows on March 17th 2011, our 10th Anniversary! Yes, this is me on our wedding day (hubby is in the background) wearing my great aunts vintage blue rhinestone necklace. I still love this dress, it was custom made in white silk with tiny cap sleeves, a low back, vintage lace around the waist and a huge full skirt with two tulle slips underneath. Watch out, the bride is coming! But alas, it does not fit me anymore, not too small, but too big.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Creme Brulee.....a wedding statement necklace....

I have been experimenting with fabric, turning, twisting, and stitching. Looking at this necklace I think of cream and sugar, the creamiest, dreamiest, sweetest, you have ever tasted.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Fond of Flora...

Nicole :)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Sit still and smile....oh well!

I love random family photos! My kids were having a hard time sitting still, can you tell?
We were at it for about 30 minutes and I just gave up and just laughed at my kids. 

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Lucky 3...

Winners of the "Bestow Thee a Flora Bond Brooch" must be drawn from a vintage hat, it is just not right done any other way.

And the lucky 3 are......

Friday, June 11, 2010

Peace, Popcorn, and a Playsuit......

It was summer 1983 at my neighbors house, I was being babysat by three teenagers. I remember this day vividly due to the events that took place-- at some point the teenagers decided to make popcorn in a pot style popcorn maker. While the popcorn was popping, they thought it was funny to lift the lid off and let the popping popcorn fly out all over the kitchen. I am standing about 8-10 feet away wearing my pink cotton playsuit (of course I remember what I was wearing!) and laughing at the flying popcorn. All of a sudden a popcorn kernel flies toward me and lands right between my pointer finger and my middle finger and burns my skin. I remember just staring at the kernel while it was burning me not know what to do. Eventually I get a band aid and some ice on it, but could not close my my fingers together. I had to keep my fingers spread holding a perpetual peace sign for a week! (I still have the scars too!)  LOL

 This playsuit is too cute! Find it in the Etsy shop MariesVintage

Nicole :)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Ashley and Steven - Flora Bond Real Weddings

Ashley and Steven get engaged!

Love the Bridesmaid dresses, a soft light blue with rosettes off to the side!

Nicole :)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Bestow thee a Flora Bond Brooch .......................................................................((giveaway))

OK, so I am a little sick of hearing the word "giveaway", not having one, or entering one, I just hear the word soooo much. It needs a new name. LOL

I am going to call this one, "Bestow Thee a Flora Bond Brooch" to three Lucky winners.

Just enter your email address and follow my blog. ( If you do not want leave your email address, just leave a comment and I will post the winners on June 29th, so check back to see if you have won.) Yep, that is all!

One entry per person.

Ends on June 29th

Good Luck, xoxoxo

Nicole :)

Friday, May 21, 2010

My Friday night date -- Tulle! oh, yes!

I could sit and stare for hours at these dresses, only if I could also caress the lovely fabrics and tulle's.

This is a post card called-- Pretty Dresses by DarlingSavage on Etsy

( New design sneak peek, 1/2 finished)

Tulle, oh tulle, how I adore thee!

You will find this "wow" vintage black prom dress  : The Peek-A-Boo Black Prom Dress -- zwzzy 

Yes, tulle is in my of my favorites is this bubblegum pink tulle prom dress with a large tulle bow wrap! oh, my tulleness!

Of course I had to include this fluffy number by Bonzie : Tea Length Tiered Tulle Skirt

Tulle is: Fluffy, Puffy, Voluminous, soft, stiff, boisterous, and vintage, girl, very vintage!

 Soft pink, pretty lady, prom dress: Vintage Pale Pink Gunne Sax Bustier Dress -- marionkc 

Tulle dates back to the early 18th century, like I said, tulle is very vintage. Wear it proudly ladies!

The "get noticed" vintage black tulle hat: Vintage hat - 1970's Studio 54, -- PranceAndSwagger

 Bombshell pink lace and tulle prom dress: Vintage 1950's Young Love Dress, -- deargolden

(small photo) -- my favorite vintage wedding dress of all! I enjoy visiting this lovely dress in my closet, and playing dress up in her layers and layers of bouncy tulle.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The The Pied Piper Marionettes & Flora Bond..(sneak peek)

Here is just a a small taste of the Pied Piper Marionettes featuring a few of my pieces (and many other designers as well) designed just for this photo shoot. I can barely contain myself! Can you? All the pieces designed for this shoot turned out Fab! I love the big blue puff with yellow feathers on the model in the back!

(The black and purple flower hair piece in front is one of the Flora Bond designs)

Monday, May 10, 2010


The sweet little white ruffled eyelet top you will find (( Here ))
Oh! and the cute cream and butter top is on sale (( Here ))

This lovely little number above is handmade by Alexandra Grecco on Etsy,
take a peek at her shop (( Here ))

Lovin this vintage summer top in white eyelet, to die for!!
Buy it (( Here )) before I, or someone else does! oops, too late!

Want to add some vintage flair to your spring and summer wardrobe? Wear some eyelet....

Friday, May 7, 2010

Introducing….my Lazy Susan…

Here she is, my special helper, Lazy Susan. Not only does she turn around and hold my ingredients, she has style! With her ceramic blue and cream dishes, made to fit perfectly together, and nice swirly shape, I cannot live without her! When I need a pin to hold my fabric together, just a turn and there they are!

Friday, April 30, 2010

My feet love me when......

My feet love me when -- I wear these vintage black beauties with black suede bows and gold accents. I Put these shiny babies on and my feet look dainty and elegant.

YES! Its tulle! for the feet!!
My feet love me when -- I slip into these new old stock 50's pale blue slippers with their rising tulle and millinery flowers pointing to heaven. When I am feeling like I need a girly pick me up, I just slip these on with my pink 50's night gown and house coat. But, remember to wear your lipstick when you have something like this on....a true lady does not have a pale lip when wearing tulle slippers. LOL

My feet love me when -- I rock these babies! Frye boots and shoes have been around for ages! I love the new sandals they have come out within the last few years. I know, these were a pretty penny for sure. Spent my birthday money on these last year, sooo worth it. ( "You got what!?, for how much!?")

My feet love me when -- I run after the kids in these 70's sweets instead of my tall Frye sandals. LOL!

Check out these fun vintage shops on Etsy to find something your feet will love!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Spring flowers are in my closet.....

Just a few images of the fun clothing from my closet with wonderful textures, trimming, hand stitching, flowers, tulle, and retro patterns. The bottom left is a skirt handmade by Just Be... and the top right is a dress purchased from jessjamesjake on Etsy.
Thanks for stopping by..... :)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Betsy has a new home.....

Went to thrift store today and found a box full of paper dolls! I have a lot paper dolls, some from the 1920's, 50's and now from the 70's.

Betsy was among 3 others in a box, Raggedy Ann and Andy were also inside.

Betsy really needed to vent.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

And the winners are....

Everyone who entered the giveaway here: - wins! This ended on March 29th.

The PDF is written up, just have to go over it one more time and I will send it out!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Has this happened to you?

OK, went to the thrift store today, about 11:00, walked around and could not find a thing but was very determined. I heard the cart from the back rolling out with new items to put out, so I rushed around the corner and saw it: a mirror that sparkled all over. Ooooooo sparkly is good! I was about 15 feet away, so I sped up, running down the aisle (and not caring that I looked silly), but oh no, an old man who I always see at the thriftstore, who hangs out there all day sitting on the sofas and chatting like the place is a coffee shop, spots the mirror too and jumps up and grabs it just as I arrive. And I now see that the mirror is quite large and has vintage jewelry ALL over it: cluster earrings, clear rhinstone pieces, victorian buttons, tons of frippery goodness. (The mirror I've pictured here (60" by 80") is similar, but the one I found had a lot more rhinestone pieces on it.) I was freaking out, and I am normally a very calm person. So I approached this old man with the sparkling mirror and said, "Oh my goodness. That is stunning, what are you going to do with it? " He said ," I'm going to hang it on my wall, it is so pretty." As I said earlier, I was very determined, so I kept talking to him, being nice so he'd like me and so that I could ask him kindly to give me the mirror, which I did. But he just laughed at me. In the end I could only say to him, " I am so sad, this is sad, I need to go home and tweet this (my iphone was at home charging!), but he just walked away with the mirror, still laughing. I'm hoping that perhaps he was only having a bad day, possibly because his wife passed away recently, and the mirror cheered him up. Thinking this way helps. ;)

Friday, February 26, 2010

Most recent bib necklace order...

I really love how this one turned out! Wanted to share it with you. The first Dark Lovely was a special order. She requested the colors black, green, brown, and purple. Sometimes I need some color inspiration. What other colors can I use to make a pretty Silver Screen Star bib necklace?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Pied Piper Photograghy....

Lindsay of Pied Piper Photography is so talented at designing fun photo shoots, this is one of my favorites, "Little Miss Muffet" also found here on her blog. I remember my Kindergarten teacher reading this to the class and I would imagine Little Miss Muffet sitting on a Billowy, ruffled, pretty pillow. Isn't that what a tuffet is? LOL.
Lindsay was so kind to ask me to help with her next set of photo shoots. It is so fun to create new designs around a theme, this is so exciting!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

A must have for all seasons! KnockKnocking...

Agnes creates these wonderful and whimsical wreaths made from yarns, felt,
vintage figurines, cute little birds, and much more. I own a lovely KnockKnocking yarn wreath with a vintage bobble head fox in middle chilling next to a mushroom, it makes me smile whenever he bobbles his head.