Wednesday, January 28, 2009

englishdept: more pdx dream gear

Antique ivory silk taffeta ruffle bolero
{ antique ivory silk taffeta ruffle bolero }

ohhh. yes please. until etsy, i never knew i was such a secret girly-girl. (not-so-secret now! wedding blog, natch.)

englishdept is the etsy shop of elizabeth dye, owner/designer of real life brick-and-mortar store the english dept. in portland oregon. the bolero above is handmade and can be ordered in custom sizes, and her other few pieces on etsy are sublime.

was going to end there, but seriously: the one-of-a-kind ivory beaded cashmere bridal shrug below, fashioned from a vintage sweater, is an amazing winter piece.

Ivory beaded cashmere bridal shrugHandknit ivory wool shrug with beaded detail
Oyster silk taffeta ruffle shrugCloud Nine silk organza ruffle jacket
go now, and compliment this woman!
more at

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

chinese new year: happiness doubled sampler

Xin Niang (Bride Necklace)
{ xin niang "bride" necklace by dorisworks }

a bit late, as the chinese new year was monday -- here's to the year of the ox.

Double happiness \/ phoenix invitation (set of 25)China Bride SAMPLE ONLY
Chinese Red Wedding Garter satin and laceChinese Asian Double Happiness Save the Date Cards (Sample)
Year of the OxHappiness Necklace
LOVE Chinese CHOP Seal WEDDING Family ROMANCE Soldered Glass Pendant Art Altered Art to Wear and GiftLove - Engagement Party Invites - Shower or Wedding Invitations - Set of 10
Luck has Arrived Happy Chinese New Year Handmade Card (Set of 2)Red Eight Knot Earrings
{each photo links to its shop}

from today's etsy finds: rings + seababejewelry

Hand Forged White Gold And Rough Diamond Ring
{ hand-forged white gold and rough diamond ring by seababejewelry }

friends, this may be a cheater post, but with all the valentine's promotion on etsy they sent out an 'etsy finds' email with fun ring ideas today.

my favorite new find: seababejewelry, who deserve their own post! kristin and david make gorgeous things on the north shore of oahu -- i love the organic look of rough diamonds and other wire-wrapped gemstones in place of something perfectly machine-faceted and prong-set. not to mention living in hawaii and making jewelry sounds like a pretty good gig.

check out some of their other work below, and see the storque for more etsy ring finds this week!

Garnet and Fine Silver Hand Forged RingMystic Topaz Hammered Hoop Earrings with India Ruby Accents
His and Hers Fine Silver Forged RingsRuby and Fine Silver Hammered Skinny Ring
Rough Diamond RingOff the Hook Lemon Topaz and Fine Silver Ring
Rough Diamond and Fine Silver Ring StackRuby and Fine Siver Hammered And Fused Hoop Earrings
more at


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