The Pearly Story Behind "Dusting in Pearls"

I always feel like a walking paradox. I can get out in the garden with my shovel and sledgehammer and love every dusty dirty minute I'm out there. I spend the majority of my life dressed in my "grubbies". Yet there's a part of me deep down inside that still likes "the frillies", "the pearlies", and "the sparklies"--all the pretty things. Maybe it's all the great classic Hollywood movies I watched as a kid. I don't know. All I know is that I can be dirty and sweaty and still want to put on heels when it isn't practical; buy the prettiest apron even if it will get dirty; and don pearls when all I'm going to be doing is dusting and vacuuming the house. It doesn't make sense. It doesn't have to. I've decided to claim it, celebrate it, and have fun with it... and create some "pearly" goodness along the way.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

New Notecards

I am pleased as can be to announce the new set of 12 Rose Nostalgia Collection notecards are now available at the Dusting in Pearls Etsy store! I am so excited that now you don't have to choose which rose you like best. You can have them all!

Saturday, December 6, 2008


If you're looking for some adorably cute sweet calorie-free treats for the holidays, then look no further than pinc.stuff. Sheryl Ng creates and crafts such sweet delicacies that you'd think they were edible.

I have to agree with Sheryl when she asks, "Don't these little cupcakes bring back sweet memories?" They do for me! This dainty little replicas look just like the original edibles.

I just couldn't resist sharing this precious charm bracelet with you! Is this just the cutest conglomeration of mini marshmallows you've ever seen?!?!

And Sheryl lets you choose which one of this lovely dainty desserts you want on an 18" inch silver chain necklace. Oh my! It's so hard to choose just one!

Sheryl offers so many pieces that you've got to go over to pinc.stuff and see them all for yourself.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Everyday is a Holiday at Jenny's Bake Shop

I have to admit right off the bat that I've been a fan of Everyday is a Holiday for over a year now. So you can imagine how thrilled I am to be able to introduce them to all my pearly friends.

Jenny and Aaron are a couple with a passion for the wonderful illustrations of the past. In their own words:

"Our love of old fashioned bakeries, sweet shops, ice cream parlors, and vintage holiday & party decorations all come together in our newest collection! All of the imagery is based on our 100% original paintings and every piece is handmade by us!"
Their work is amazing! I'll let their art speak for itself. And I'll let Jenny and Aaron's descriptions do the talking as well...

"Needless to say...we are crazy for anything vintage kitchen. But our favorite thing of all is vintage recipe books. Many of them are nothing more than pamphlets, but the ones with imagery inside are to die for. Sometimes we'll come across illustrations like this Retro Gal and we think 'wouldn't it be amazing to have a painting like that?' And that's what we did here. We referenced a bunch of very old black and white photos and chose the ultimate vintage kitchen color palette...LOVE the pink stove!!"

"This piece is the ultimate in Cottage Bakery! An old fashioned, chocolate frosted, 3 layer cake, on a backdrop of our signature hand painted sweet & chic floral print. The background color is the perfect shade of vintage pink. The delicate floral pattern is reminiscent of vintage aprons, ticking fabric, and wallpaper. We adore the British cottage look and this piece definitely channels that love. The combination of the chocolate frosted cake and super sweet vintage floral mini print will truly cheer up your cottage inspired kitchen, dining area, little girl's room, cafe, sweet shop, coffee house, bed and breakfast, etc."

"Our ornies are all 100% handmade from prints of our 100% original artwork. They're excellent quality... made from very study artist mat board... they feel totally substantial and they're sealed with a protective clear coat. The backs are covered in various colorful patterned papers and vintage ephemera such as recipe book clippings. They hang by a length of classic bakery twine and each and every one is adorned with super fine glitter highlights."

Okay, have I tempted you enough? Head on over to their Etsy store by clicking here and see what else they have in store.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Sparkly Soft

Sparkly Soft is a jewel of an Etsy shop just waiting to be truly discovered. And you, my fellow Pearly friends, will love the jewelery you will find there. All jewelry is handmade by the shop's proprietor, Kristen, and is lovely as well as practical.

My favorite piece is the pair of Constance Earrings...

Look at those precious hearts on the bottoms of the pearls! I just love it!

I am also taken with the soft pink of the Ophelia Necklace...

This dainty necklace is made from pink opals
and sterling silver wire and beads
It comes with the sterling silver chain.
Pendant is just over 1" in height
and the chain measures 18 inches.
So so pretty!

Then there is this lovely Pearl and Rose Bracelet...

Aren't the shimmery freshwater pearls beautiful?

And just in time for the holidays, Sparkly Soft has some wonderful pieces on clearance. Click here to see the Clearance Bracelets. Click here to see the Clearance Earrings. And have fun shopping!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Loretta Red

At the Etsy store of Loretta Red the motto is: "...embrace the cute!" And believe me, it isn't hard to do just that when you've got such wonderful cuteness to choose from at Loretta Red. Here's a sampling of what you'll find there:

Now doesn't this absolutely quality for "cute"?
And once you're done rolling out the cookies of course you have...

Holiday Milk and Cookies Necklace

But if cookies aren't what you're craving, maybe you'd like...

Fresh Apple Pie necklace

Looks like somebody already got the first slice.
Who cares! It's all delightfully "yummy"!

If you want something a little more dressy...

White Cake and Pearls Necklace

So MUCH to choose from!
There's even more in store if you head on over to Loretta Red.
I'll even make it easy for you, just click right here.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Frisco in the Fifties

Frisco in the Fifties

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I've got some wonderful vintage advertising hanging on my "idea board" behind my computer. Everyday, I would look at one of the models and think about an idea for an art piece.

A while back I finally ventured forth to create what I was seeing in my head. I sketched my Frisco 50's lady and then hand watercolored her. Then I scanned her into the computer again so I could "play" in Photoshop. I scanned a real vintage pearl necklace clasp and faux pearls to make her jewelry. The vintage photograph in the background is a real snapshot from the fifties that came out of an aunt's photo album.

The woman reminds me of Maureen O'Hara (I always loved her in the original "Parent Trap"). I sure wish people still "dressed" to go shopping like they used to.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Plum Blossom Spring

Plum Blossom Spring

For half of the world, it's spring! And even if you don't live in the southern hemisphere, you can still love pink year-round. That's why I've made the above photographic art piece entitled "Plum Blossom Spring" available for free download to all my pearly readers. And if you know someone that loves pink and would love this, send them over here too! The more the merrier.

This piece is a digital art composition by me using my photography. These beautiful plum blossoms were on my tree last February and will be again in only a few months.

Click on the image above to go directly to the download site.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Bugga Bugs

If you're like me, every once in a while you get the desire to be super creative. That desire often fades when I realize I don't have the creativity to think up something creative to do! Or sometimes I'd just like to have a little project that I can pick up, work on, complete, and see it finished, thus satisfying that creative urge without requiring me to turn my life upside-down to make it.

That's why I love the idea behind Bugga Bugs. It's a place full of "heart-felt fun" and is chock full of all the ideas you need to be creative and feel really good about accomplishing something that looks harder than it really is.

"Each Bugga Bugs pattern comes complete with a Cover Page to help you stay organized, Sewing Tips and Tricks, Supply List, Pattern Instructions (including step by step color photographs) and Full Scale Pattern Pieces (no enlarging necessary). Patterns are e-mailed in PDF format."

Imagine making up this adorable "Bakery Sweets" set
for the special diva in your life (even if it's you!).
And EVERYTHING is made of felt!
Can you believe it?

Then make this adorable pink tea set to go along with it.
Look... the teapot really opens up!

And then make up some adorable gourmet felt cupcakes
that actually fit into a real muffin tin.

At the price of only $6.00 per pattern, you can't beat it! Some of you may even decide to make these as Christmas gifts. Head on over to Bugga Bugs to take a peek at the rest of the wonderful creativity-inspiring designs awaiting you.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Scrumptious Stationery from Chandler Michelle

My latest discovery on Etsy are the wonderful luxurious cards, gift tags, and stationery from Chandler Michelle. The designs are so elegant and wonderful that I will let the cards (and their product descriptions) speak for themselves.

One of the sets that makes up Chandler Michelle's mini card collection it is "...dedicated to none other than the first born child of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France. She was known by the French court as Madame Royale, Marie Terese Charlotte, a true daughter of France." The full product description is just as dreamy as the cards:
"Set of six mini cards made of acid free textured Bazzill card stock in French vanilla, a creamy Ivory. Followed by a second layer in a heavenly pattern of swirls in Cotton Candy Pink. The four corners of each card are embossed into romantic victorian tips. The cards are doused in imported Authentic German Glass Glitter of the highest quality and fine fairy dust for a show stopping sparkle. Finally, three Genuine Swarovski Crystals in Violet, have been added to each card. They are then enrobed in a double faced satin ribbon in Pink and tied in a pretty bow. These are truly must have little beauties. Out of all of my mini collections, this is my absolute favorite. Pictures do not do these beauties justice!"

I have to agree, because they are my favorite too! There are many other colors and designs awaiting you at Chandler Michelle. Be prepared to fall in love with at least on of the beautiful offerings found there.

Friday, October 24, 2008


There are times when shopping is just downright fun. It's usually when I find a store that has such character that I just enjoy being there. Well, I found an online Etsy store that does that for me. The shop is called CuteAbility and is billed as a shop with "fun jewelry for the young and the young at heart". There is such a plethora of cuteness at CuteAbility that I had a really hard time limiting myself to what I would feature here as the sampling to whet your appetites.

Take a look...

Someday Your Prince Will Come Necklace
(because my childhood nickname was Cinderella,
I'm really wanting this)

Candy and Roses Pink Polymer Clay Cake Necklace
Isn't this just the most precious dainty pastry
you've ever wanted to wear?

Chocolate Frosted Cupcake Necklace
Nothing is better than chocolate and pink!

Baking a Cake Necklace
Is this the ultimate Dusting in Pearls necklace or what?

Long Stemmed Rose Beaded Necklace
Click on the link above to see how gorgeous this looks on!

At CuteAbility there are literally hundreds of pieces just as cute, whimsical, and fun as the ones I've chosen to feature here. I'd be interested to know which ones "speak" to you.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Cat Lover's Retro Emporium--A Hip Place for Cool Cats

If you want a good giggle AND a trip down "nostalgia lane", then head on over to Cat Lover's Retro Emporium. The Emporium's proprietor, Sandi, writes:

"You have just entered a time warp back to the 1950's and 60's; where the old and discarded are turned into new and useful goodies."
Here's a little sampling of what's in store at the Emporium along with their wonderful descriptions quoted straight from the listings.

Date Night Divas Pinback Buttons

"Advertisements from a 1950's magazine were clipped and turned into these neat-o pinback buttons. These show ladies doing what they do best; primp!"

King of the Grill Jumbo Glass Gem Paperweight with Original Collage

"Bits of paper are clipped from a 1950's department store catalog and then decoupaged onto a large glass gem to create this nifty, original collage paperweight. Felt is adhered to the back to protect from scratches. Men love their grills; give this to the man in your life and let him know he IS King of the Grill!"

Apple Pie Button Ring

"Two vintage round buttons, circa 1950's and a vintage pierced button are combined to create this lovely, girly ring. A single fire polished czech bead in the center helps make it even more extra special. All are attached to an adjustable gold tone ring base."

This is just a small sampling of the delightful pieces that have been created by Sandi out of the best of yesteryear. Head on over to Cat Lover's Retro Emporium and enter one of the most fun time warps ever.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Pink Paris Paperie

If you love toile and french design as much as I do, then you are going to LOVE what awaits you at Pink Paris Paperie. Designer, Paulette, is a former interior designer that focused her loves and passions into designing this delightful offering of beautiful paper products. Paulette thought of everything too. She writes:

"Watch for your order to arrive in a bright pink box , inside your paper product is packaged in lots of pink tissue and a pretty shimmering pink package, tied up with a coordinating satiny logo ribbon and the Pink Paris Paperie Seal. You'll be excited and pleased to receive your custom orders from Pink Paris. I can't wait for you to see them!"
Doesn't that sound so fun? It's like your birthday arrived in the mail!

Paulette currently has offerings at Pink Paris Paperie as well as her Zazzle storefront entitled Paulette Paris for Paper Nosh while her new site Paper Nosh is being designed and fully launched.

Here are some of my favorites in her treasure trove of wonderfulness. If you click on any of the images, you'll be redirected to the site containing more product details and where the product is available for purchase.

Pink Romance Custom Monogram Notecards

There is so much more available at Pink Paris Paperie, Paulette Paris for Paper Nosh, and the newly designed and launched Paper Nosh. Please take the time to visit each of them and soak in the sheer elegance of the beautiful designs Paulette has created.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Le Core Femme

My most recent find for "pearly" goodness is an Etsy shop called Le Core Femme that celebrates "unrestrained beauty, power & mystery" in many forms of "wearable art". And they've just announced the release of their new line of aprons known as "Hot Momma Aprons".

Here's what a "Hot Momma Apron" looks like...

The "Cherries on Top" pin-up style apron is reversible with halter ties around the neck and extra long waist ties. Doesn't it just say "Marilyn"?

Other wearable art at Le Core Femme includes handmade beads to inspire you to create wearable art yourself. I really like these adorable handmade pink purse and high heel shoe beads...

And one of my other favorite offerings at Le Core Femme is this beautiful "Forever and Always" sterling and lampwork bracelet.

There's so much more awaiting you at Le Core Femme. Head on over there and see what I mean.

Monday, October 13, 2008

My Flat In Paris Couture

Okay, there are times when I find an Etsy store that speaks to me on SO many levels that I can't begin to delineate them all. That's what happened when I discovered My Flat In Paris Couture. Jaden of My Flat in Paris Couture says it best at her blog:

"Always look fabulous! Whether you're going on a business trip or jetsetting off to Europe, you will always look fabulous wearing Gurl Couture and My Flat in Paris bling! You deserve to be a Gurly Gurl!"
Well said, Jaden! And now for a just a hint of what's in store if you visit My Flat In Paris Couture...

Yummy bubble gum pink genuine freshwater pearls.
Has a gorgeous photo of Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast At Tiffany's".
Beautiful acrylic diamond drop accent with the authentic brass "MFIPC" makers mark.

Breakfast At Tiffanys Mini Purse

A sparkly glitter change purse/keychain.
Altered art photo charm of Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast At Tiffany's,"
Acrylic diamond drops with a black & white bow accent.
Authentic brass "MFIPC" maker's mark.
Will come elegantly wrapped in tissue paper with
the "My Paris Flat In London" gold collection label.

Animal Print Paris Handbag Clip

Faux leather in pink animal print change purse with a black French poodle,
acrylic diamond drop and Eiffel Tower charms.
Has pink lining with the "My Flat in Paris Couture" label on the inside.
This can be unclipped from the keyring and can be attached to whatever your heart desires!

For many more wonderfully "gurly" creations, visit My Flat In Paris Couture.

Friday, October 10, 2008

D-Lux 57 Expands Their Line!

Back in September, I featured the wonderful apron designs by D-Lux 57 that I found on Imagine my delight when I received an email the other day from Cynthia Berman, founder and designer at D-Lux 57, thanking me for featuring their aprons and letting me know that they have even more luscious aprons available at their website at And then imagine how thrilled I was to have her share with me that they now have new coordinating plasticware--including trays, salad sets and coasters. I then asked if she would allow me to feature the new line of plasticware here at Dusting in Pearls. She wrote back ethusiastically:

"I would be delighted if you have us on your site. I am attaching some photos of our new plasticware so you can see it. Haven't got them up on our site yet and I am already selling matching trays with aprons. They look soooo great together as a gift. Also selling the trays and the salad sets just by themselves. Besides being on 'Bree' last week on the new season of Desperate Housewives, last night [October 6th] we made the cover of her new cookbook on the show. I am so excited."

So heads-up everyone! Here's another lovely to add to your holiday list for Santa.

Pink Pear Apron (the apron seen on TV)

As stated on the D-Lux 57 website:
"D-Lux 57 introduces a new fashion line of designer kitchen aprons. The high quality cooking aprons are 100% cotton and fully lined to protect clothing when spills occur. We offer kitchen apron sizes in little cooks, tween cooks, and adult cooks. (Great for Mother / Daughter looks)."

The thing I love most about these aprons is the story of the inspiration behind the conception of their design. It is touching and has moved me on many levels:
"The inspiration for D-Lux 57 came simply as inspirations often do. One night while cooking together, Cynthia's daughter appeared in an apron bought for her many years earlier at Harrods, while Cynthia was researching trends in London, England . The apron had long since been outgrown.
"Memories came flooding back and Cynthia vividly recalled baking bread with her aunt and the colorful quilts, so artfully created by her grandmother. This connection with simpler times has never wavered and to this day, she loves to cook and spends every night with one of her grandmother's quilts tucked cozily on her bed. That's when she decided to create this line of aprons designed to touch the lives of people in a nostalgic way.

"Made right here in the USA... with a lot of love. Each one comes in a keepsake fabric envelope, to preserve your new memories and to provide a unique way to share them. Hopefully they can become 'comfort food' for you too."

Made In The USA
And just to whet your apron appetite even more, here are just a few of the lovely aprons in D-Lux 57's "Holiday Cheer Nostalgia Prints" line for this year...

So if you haven't already clicked on any of the links in this post, do it now and head on over to D-Lux 57. It's a party for the eyes and the heart.

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