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Displaying Jewelry – The Story so Far

3 Aug

I’ve been busy, setting up, arranging and rearranging my jewelry display at Craftshop na Méar, in the little town of Listowel in Co. Kerry. An Aladdins cave of colour and crafts that came into being at the end of last year. The building at 53 Church Street was built in 1819 and has all the charm and details of bygone days, a big stove in the hearth, chunky brickwork walls and flagstone floors. It’s a beautiful location to showcase local crafts and is now home to the work of 50 different craftspeople working in yarn, fabric, painting, ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, metalwork, photography, and more. I was delighted to join the crew and was excited to bring my vintage inspired jewelry line 1801Vintage to the quaint surroundings of this historic building.
Setting up a display was, and continues to be, a daunting challenge. As the collection continues to grow I keep finding new ways to showcase the jewelry to its best effect. I was initially displaying beside the whitewashed wooden door which links the front to the larger back section of the store. The collection was smaller so the space was perfect.



Situated now beside the beautiful stove I’m inspired by the building as I create the displays striving to maintain that rustic charm that the building conveys. And as the collection expands, the display continues to grow with it.









Check out more about Craftshop na Méar and the historic building by following the links below:

Vintage Inspired Jewellery

24 Jan


Having a lot of fun making jewellery and I thought I’d set up a little store so that you can enjoy it too. My vintage inspired Jewellery line 1801Vintage now available at

💝 Swing by for a little treat or maybe a gift 💝.

Fall Leaf Brooch Jewellery Supplies for Handmade Accessories

25 Nov


My new store on Etsy, jewellery findings for your designs.  Lots of treasure to be added, keeping Facebook up to date with new listings, so like my page for updates on the latest items.

New York Vintage

8 Jan


Seeking out vintage stores in New York can be a daunting prospect.  I think it’s really a matter of time and budget as well as personal shopping style.  There are, for example, the carefully curated stores that present the garments of yesteryear as precious objects.  These stores are airy and spacious and you can pop in and grab something with relative ease, although your bill will reflect the decadence of this particular type of thrift shopping.  For me it’s almost ruins that thrill of treasure hunting that is the drive behind most of my thrift shopping excursions.  Over burdened rails and baskets of tangled scarves are always a good sign that there is something truly unique and amazing in there, you just have to seek it out.


As usual I was on a mission to find just such a store and this time I got more than I bargained for.  ‘No Relation‘ in East Village is a store that I’ve been visiting over the past few years.  It’s great.  There are hats, dresses, jackets, shoes, mens clothing and more all tightly packed and tempting.  ‘No Relation‘ is a vintage store with thrift store prices.  Here you will find retro gold from the carefully selected stock that reflects styles from the last few decades.  The ground floor is totally packed and contains most of the stock, there is a basement that contains some overflow, flannel shirts, wooly jumpers, and a few more dresses.

The great news is that ‘No Relation’ has expanded to become ‘L Train Vintage’.

atlantis sign

A little chain of six great vintage stores around New York city that are definitely worth a visit.  The other stores are Village Style, Vice Versa Vintage, Vice Versa Parkslope, Atlantis Attic Thrift Warehouse & Urban Jungle Vintage.  I did of course check them all out.  They are all similar in terms of their stock, the main difference is the size.  My favourite has to be Atlantis Attic Thrift Warehouse.  It is so huge that it’s almost spacious.  The high ceiling is adorned with suspended action figures and odd garments hanging from the rafters. The overflowing rails and baskets are surrounded by a bit more space for you to manouever.  This store has everything in vast amounts, men and women’s clothing and an accessory section the size of some of the other L train stores.  Everything is laid out pretty well according to its type, dresses here, jackets there etc.  As I say there is so much stuff here that you need a little time.  The best thing is that it‘s almost a challenge to find anything that costs over $10.  The exceptions would be the leather jackets and boots and a few other items dispersed among the other sections, but really not that much.


Addresses  . . . 
No Relation
204 First Ave, between East 12 & 13 Streets
L Train to First Ave.
Village Style
111 E 7th St (between 1st Ave & Avenue A) 
L Train to First Ave.
Atlantis Attic Warehouse
771 Metropolitan Ave. Between Humboldt St & Graham Ave.
L Train to Graham Ave
Urban Jungle
118 Knickerbocker Ave. between Flushing Ave & Thames Street
L Train to Morgan Ave
Vice Versa Vintage
241 Bedford Ave (between North 3 & 4 Streets) Brooklyn, NY 11211
L Train to Bedford Ave
Vice Versa Parkslope
550 5th Ave Brooklyn NY 11215
L train to Lorimer, transfer to the G train, G train to 4 Ave. 

Vintage Paris

6 Jun

Vintage Shopping on my recent trip to Paris was a real treat. The stores are concentrated in the Marais district which has actually been dubbed the “haut-lieu du vintage,” or the high place of vintage in Paris.

Two noteworthy vintage stores are Coiffeur and the two Free ‘P’ Star stores. Located in the Marais and in close proximity to each other the stores are like caves filled with hidden treasure. For me the nature of vintage shopping is the pursuit of that rare diamond, that one piece that is so extraordinary in a jumble of gems. That sort of treasure hunt is exactly what you get in these tightly packed stores. I was leaning over rails to let people by and in the process unearthing all kinds of temptation.


32 Rue de Rosiers,

75004 Paris.

A petite store in a chilled out pedestrian area of Paris, stocking garments mostly for women but a respectable offering for men. There are also volumes of handbags, shoes, a few hats and other accessories. An amazing range of  dresses and jackets and the great thing about it being a little store is you can actually get through the rails, in single file, but none the less it is possible to see all the stock within a reasonably short period of time. The items in store were of great quality and really inexpensive plus the range was very impressive considering the limited space.

Free ‘P’ Star

There are two Free’P’Stars with locations not far from each other.
The first one I encountered was at the very understated 8, rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie 75004 Paris. The exterior is very unassuming with the store name not over the door but applied to the window. Entering is a little bit like being swallowed up by some kind of vintage creature, the place was absolutely pulsating with avid vintage hunters.

The ground floor is a hub of activity with rails of dresses, knitwear, jackets and blouses with overflowing shelves of leather bags and shoes. The prices are incredibly low with dresses starting at €10. The store’s two main levels are connected by an little unmarked spiral staircase. The basement was less congested in terms of foragers but the rails were tightly packed.  An amazing assortment scanning decades of fashion with a large representation from the 1980s in particular, hours of browsing is a distinct possibility.

61 Rue de la Verrerie
Paris 75004
Initially I was carried by a wave of frenzied shoppers into the depths of the store. The pace was contagious with room for only one person in the aisles people were slumped over rails as I navigated my way through. The absolutely vast amount of stock is a little overwhelming but the montage of bags behind the till, the wall of hats, or the homage to Hermes scarves in the windows provides a little order to the jungle of swinging garments. The main floor is a combination of clothing mostly for women but a sizable section for menswear, there are also shoes, bags, hats and belts as well as a collection of fur collars. There’s a narrow stairs leading up to a mezze which is a place of many baskets, all containing items for just €1.

Honourable Mentions:


2 rue de la Verrerie
75004 Paris

Metro Hôtel de Ville


 Frip Sap

32 rue de Lancry, Paris, 75011
Daily 10.00 – 20.00
Metro Jacques Bonsergent

Frip Sap

Frip Sap

The Purchase

Marché aux Puces St-Ouen de Clignancourt

Doll in a Box

Amazing Vintage Market full of strange and sometimes creepy relics of the past

A maze of markets make up the Marches Aux Puces. This market MARCHÉ DAUPHINE is one of my favorites

The Red Shoes

8 Jun

There’s nothing quite like new shoes but sometimes it can be hard to find something exciting at the store. When I bought this pair of vintage red leather shoes it was a potential- in- mind purchase. I wasn’t sure of what action to take right away so I just kept them in sight, and seeing them against different fabrics and textures started to inspire a plan.

I wanted to maintain the vintage style and even accentuate it. They have a typical 1950s design, pointed heels and the winkle pickers. It got me thinking about shoes and fashion from the era, the everyday glamour and the specifics of it. Not a groundbreaking decade in terms of design instead fashion put emphasis on the female figure, advocating the hourglass. Fashion worked to create the illusion of the hourglass through form fitting and using exaggerated layering and pleating to create volume. I thought perhaps the shoes would indeed benefit from a bit of volume, it would create that sense of 50s glamour that flat detailing certainly could not. I played around with trimmings and fabrics until I came across this ribbon that is so reminiscent of the old school nylon stockings with the seam down the back – perfect to evoke glamour of the 1950s in a shoe.

Using my fingers to create an even pleat I folded, pinned and handstitched each pleat for the centre and side panels. I cut the excess ribbon running down from the centre panel along the line that marked the end of the heel, a curved line that fit perfectly above the heel’s little sole. To attach the voluminous pleats I used a super glue, although I’m looking into other adhesives right now as the glue I used was a little awkward and I would like a little more control especially when using fabric. The ribbon attached instantly and I let it set for a while (although I did try it on seconds after the bond). Complete.


17 May

Welcome to DIYFORSTYLE. Where I will keep you updated on my upstyling, designing and customising adventures. Recently I’ve been raiding the button jar and playing around with beads to make these earrings.

The little metal ones are some vintage buttons that I bought at a street fair in Berlin, the loop at the back of the button easily slips into the wire circle at the end of the earring hook. I secured it with some jewellery glue just in case. Made another fun version of these with bright yellow NYC taxi buttons.

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