Tuesday, October 28, 2008

This Saturday (Nov. 1), my friend Sunny has organized a craft and artisan fair at her house in Chester Springs, PA! I've made a ton of new items just for the occasion - including some new necklaces that I am really excited about.

Another local Etsier will be there as well: LoveleePrint! I am excited to see her hand-made greeting cards in person!

On top of my Halloween Dinner Party, this might be a great, big bite of the more-than-you-can-chew - but it's sure to be a fun way to get a head start on holiday gift shopping!

I will be there - though I can't guarantee that I will be entirely conscious (and I might even still have my Marie Antoinette costume on from the night before)!

Friday, October 24, 2008


Finally, I am getting to respond to getting "tagged" by one of my favorite Etsy artisans, CelesteFrittata! If you are a fan of goregous typography, fine craftsmanship and unique wrappings, you will also love her! Check out her beautiful Bottega on Etsy and her blog full of cool finds, interviews and techniques!

Here are the official tagging rules!:

1. Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blog.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

So, 7 random, weird facts (I don't think you know what you are in for!):

1. I love movies made prior to 1950 - I adore silent films or very, very early talkies, where the dialogue is all crackly. "M" with Peter Lorre, Bringing Up Baby with Katherine Hepburn and the Maltese Falcon with Humphrey Bogart are my favorites!

2. When I was 14, I was an apprentice at a musical instrument repair shop - I worked on stringed instruments like violins, violas, cellos and guitars.

3. Ever since I was 5 or so and saw David Bowie in the Labyrinth movie, I have had a crush on him. I watched it at my neighbor's house and I can remember immediately falling for him. Shhhh! That's a secret!!!

4. I write down my dreams and try to figure out what they mean.

5. Initially I went to university for a concentration in Illustration (I wanted to write and illustrate children's books), but I came out with metal/jewelry arts instead! (But, I have a children's book in the works that I hope to get published for my nephew and niece!)

6. I love unusual names - my pets get the brunt of this. My cat is named Evelyn Camille Manchester III, while my two Lionhead Rabbits are named Artemesia and Lalique.

7. The studio that I make my work in is a carriage house / stable from the early 1800's and is said to be haunted by a ghost horse named Red Boy. Often the clicking and thumping from the hot water pipes sounds like a horse kicking the walls of his stall or stamping his hooves impatiently!

And now my choices, I'll tag some people who I really admire:

Abigail Percy






Pamma La

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

B&B Featured in Some Brilliant Blogs

I had to take a moment and write a post about some of the wonderful people who have recently featured B&B in their equally wonderful blogs. Some of the turns of phrases and generous compliments have had me blushing for weeks.

Scoutie Girl : This blog is devoted to digging up the latest finds from indie artists and designers. Lisa (a.k.a. Milkshake) flags all sorts of fresh finds, and wrote an awesome article about B&B, loaded with photos.

Ophelia Golly : Pamela Buckley in Doylestown, PA (my favourite haunt) has a blog full of beautiful finds and ideas - and all with a 1930's intrigue to them. She wrote a really sweet post about my work. Thanks, Pamma!

CelesteFrittata's Blog : I am a huge fan of Chiara's beautiful hand-made books. One of the Etsy treasuries that I curated hit the home page with one of her lovely books in it. In response, she wrote this post with details about the artists included in the treasury as well as a few items from B&B.
A huge grazie to them all!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

"Found" by the Storque

For the casual Etsier this post title might sound a bit bizzare (but just to set the record straight: no, I am not expecting a child). The Storque is a portion of Etsy's website that features articles about trends, artists and the latest Etsy "finds". The Storque has about 17,500 e-mail subscribers currently and is an excellent way to stay in the loop.

In an article written by Etsy admin, Anda, my Limey bangles were featured alongside the work of many other talented artists. Anda pens: "Bangles are a wardrobe essential to me. I feel nervously under-dressed if I leave the house with empty wrists." I second that notion! As an antidote to bare wrists, Anda provides a long list of lovely items (including my bangles! Hurrah!).

Where can you find the Storque? On Etsy's home page, at the very bottom (below the featured artist and most recent additions), there is a que of Storque article headlines and photos. Or you can find it by clicking on the "Community" tab . . . but here's a link to make matters easy!: The Storque

Here is the full article on bangles:

Thank you so much, Anda!!!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

New Bits and Bobs

Here are a few new things that should be listed in my shop soon! (Please note the "should"!)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Etsy List: Sunshine by MissBird

This list is beautiful - I love the warm shades and gorgeous photography for the pieces picked by Esty user MissBird. Included is my Red Mini Cattleya boutonniere styled pin. (And right next to it, is a marvelous pendant by Asymmetry . . . which from the photographs is clearly not only beautiful, but has been meticulously fabricated!)

Take a moment and enjoy!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Esty List: Spice Route Colors by HerGypsySoul

HerGypsySoul has put together a lovely list of handmade "must-have"'s in various spicy shades. She was kind enough to include my East Indies "Calcutta" bangle set, as well as some other awesome items, like this pattern by YearoftheGoat for some funky leg-warmer-esque footwear.

If you have a moment, check it out!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Bullfinch & Barbury on Etsy's Front Page!

At some point last night (most likely while I was watching the women gymnastics from the Olympics in Beijing), Bullfinch and Barbury made the front page of Etsy!

One of my new East Indies color sets, dubbed "Calcutta" was highlighted -- though I only know this because of the massive amount of traffic that hit my little shoppe.

I owe someone a huge thanks for picking out my jewelry and getting it on the front page Etsy showcase! (Too bad I was busy gasping over the American gymnasts on the uneven bars !)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

East Indies for Missandrony

Here's another variation on the East Indies color scheme -- this time with a little extra saffron and marifold yellow tones as specified by Missandrony (who, by the way, rocks). I think they turned out very nicely and look good when displayed on an obliging asiatic lily.

Custom Bracelets for Missandrony

Missandrony was in need of a color fix, so she requested a couple of sets be made to add a bit of panache to her jewelry collection. To further fuel her "jewel-toned kick", I made a set of multi-toned bracelets in the most saturated colors I could get out of my enamels.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Jewelry at the Thatched Cottage, Doylestown

If you stop into the Thatched Cottage on Main Street in Doylestown, PA, you can see a few of my pieces in person. Among the collections of desireable items housed in this lovely shop are a few of my Revolú bracelet sets, the Luna moth pendant with some earrings and stackable rings thrown in as well.

If you are in town, stop by and check them out! While you're at it, swing by one of my favorite places, The Mercer Museum, as it is only a stone's throw away.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

New: Stackable Rings

These stackable rings are like bright little sugar-polished candies. They are all fabricated from sterling silver (.995), though a brushed copper ring (and accenting copper millgrains) have snuck into the mix.

Both of these sets will be hitng Etsy sometime next week, so check back soon! The rings are made to order (shipping within 1 week) or ready immediately for fingers sized "lucky" # 7 (or British size "O").

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Perfect for Parties on Those Warm Summer Nights

A bit of clever mimicry to wow your friends. This goregous moth is made to look exactly like a live Luna Moth (native to my part of Pennsylvania). It's wings are delicately filled with plique-à-jour, making the spaces between each vein resemble a pane of glass. 24K gold foil embelishes the "eye spots" on each wing. This truly is a fantastic eye-catching piece, yet retains a feeling of simple elegance.

"Regency" Bracelet Set

I love this set because of it's demure shade and stately details like pastachio colored pearls, brass accents and "sgraffito" laurel branch pattern.

Monday, April 28, 2008

East Indies Bracelet Set ~ Variation 3

This set find so many people who love it! Here's a new variation of spicy tones!

Sweet, "Ripening Berries" Bracelet

This berries bracelet is soon to be listed on etsy.com. It's shades of green and lavender appear very genteel with a warm burgundy-rose backdrop on the band.