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Spring Shows 2017 March 29 2017, 0 Comments

I am headed to Yuma, Arizona this weekend for my first of three spring shows.  It is the Women's Expo at Arizona Western College.  I love the people in Yuma, they are some of the nicest folks I have met.  If you get a chance to drive to Yuma, take a moment and enjoy the historic downtown, eat at Lute's Casino and be sure to look up and see their awesome tin tile ceiling!  Another great lunch spot is the charming Garden Cafe, nestled along a winding brick path are bird aviaries and flowing vines, continue walking through the courtyard entrance and arrive at an enchanting, open air restaurant.  Wonderful food and relaxing lunch!  After lunch wonder among the many local gift shops and antique stores, loaded with unique and pretty finds!

My second show is the Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market held at WestWorld of Scottsdale. It is April 28 - 30th and Arizona's show of the season!  The market has over 100 vendors and 35,000 shoppers.  You will find spectacular hand created booths, filled with beautiful vintage and handmade items. Coley and Lindsey ( the founders) motto is that the vendors inspire creativity by curating spaces to embrace a vintage lifestyle. So come #partylikeajunker, shop and be inspired!  Be sure to buy tickets early and skip the long line!

www.junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com/markets/scottsdale-market/

My last show of Spring is the Three Speckled Hens show in beautiful Paso Robles, CA, May 6 and 7th.  Paso Robles is truly one of my favorite spots, filled with rolling hills, vineyards and brisk cool mornings!  The talented, Carrie, Kathy and Susi are the founders and organizers, hence the name the three speckled hens! They do a wonderful job of bringing vendors with old and antique stuff and you will be sure to find lots of treasures and beautiful things! Paso Robles is on the Central Coast of California, half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and a fabulous vacation spot for the whole family.  It is in the heart of wine growing region, with golf courses and beaches nearby.  Nearby Templeton is a small, quiet town with a strong community spirit and a vision to preserve it's colorful past. If feedlots, grain mills, cattle, barns and farms sound like something out of a movie, you need to visit!  Weekends are often filled with specialty wine events, art shows, farmer's markets and livestock auctions.  So pack up your family or plan a girl's trip and come visit us over Mother's Day weekend at the Three Speckled Hens show.

www.threespeckledhens.com

Happy Spring,

Tammy


Fall is in the Air October 10 2016, 2 Comments

I love October.  The weather is starting to get nice, the mornings are cool and you can smell fall in the air.  I love the smell of pumpkins, leaves changing colors, and the awakened energy in the air.  It's the knowledge of knowing that 100 degree days are behind me and hoping to pull out my sweater from the back of my closet.  Yes, I love Octobers!

A week ago, I got back from the Three Speckled Hens show in Paso Robles, CA.  It is a two day vintage show that has "a kaleidoscope of color, fashion and imagination where vintage, primitives and remakes all come together in visions of chic home and garden decor" (per the three hens, Carrie, Kathy and Susi).  The Three Speckled Hens Show has been ranked as one the the nation's top antique shows per Flea Market Style, Flea Market Decor and Romantic Homes.  Check it out at  www.threespeckledhens.com

It is set in the Paso Robles Fairgrounds and has vendors spread out all over the lawns, patios and inside buildings. Pumpkins, real and fabricated, vintage pillows and textiles, vintage painted furniture and frames, rusty, chippy, metal, wood, art, crafts and vintage jewelry, are just a few of the items to be found. My booth was across from The Junk Girls, Jenny and Melissa, www.junkgirls.com, from Cambria, CA.  I watched in amazement as their stack of 300 vintage chicken feeders quickly reduced itself to zero in a matter of two hours. Buyers were lined up to buy the feeders, turning them into succulent gardens, industrial lighting, and other creative uses.  Who would of thought that chicken feeders would be the hit of the show! 

I want to thank everyone who came out to shop my booth and the show.  We saw record crowds shopping and roaming the grounds.  Mark your calendar for the next show May 6 and 7, 2017 and come find your treasure in the rough!

 

Happy October!

XO

Tammy

 

 

 


Savoir Faire Vintage Market July 11 2016, 0 Comments

This week on my summer shopping with Tammy series I investigated the Savoir Faire vintage market at Cal State Fullerton.  It was a perfect cloudy morning to go flea shopping and by the time I arrived, at 8am, the market was in full swing.  There were rows and rows of vendors selling their wares underneath pop up tents. It was a good mix of vintage and painted furniture, vintage and antique jewelry, old records, tools, linens, clothes, dishes and lots of vintage knick knacks and collectibles.  I went the sunday before Fourth of July and the vendors said that only half the vendors participated because of the holiday weekend.  The August market they will all be back with truck loads of found items. The word "savoir-faire" is a french word meaning "literally, knowing how to do", which pretty much sums up the market!  It is held the first Sunday of each month, in lot E of the campus, 2550 Nutwood Ave, Fullerton 92831.  www.savoirfairevintagemarket.com

 

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Summer Shopping with Tammy #4 June 30 2016, 0 Comments

This week I decided to hunt the tried-and-true way,  I scoured good old-fashioned estate sales, rummage sales, tag sales, and yard sales.  You may be wondering what the difference is between each sale. A yard sale is mostly held in a driveway, garage or yard  and it is all the unwanted and unused items that the person holding the sale does not want anymore.  It usually consist of household items, dishes, tools, baby items, clothes, furniture, and other unwanted goods.  You may find a treasure among all the junk. 

An tag and rummage sale is somewhere in-between an estate sale and a yard sale.  It usually has slightly higher quality items and it is usually held by someone other than the owner of the property.  Churches,  non-profit organizations, and fund raising groups are a good place to look for these type of sales.

Lastly, an estate sale is a sale of property and goods from an estate.  Since the person or persons whom the merchandise belong to have passed, an outside sales professional holds the sale.  Most often they are held throughout the house and there is loads of furniture, antiques, kitchen ware, clothes, patio and garden furniture, jewelry, and other vintage items.  Estate sales are where many antique dealers shop so be sure to get there early, before the doors open, and stand in line.  Wonderful treasures at good prices are always found.

Happy Hunting!!

 

 

 


Summer Shopping with Tammy #3 June 16 2016, 1 Comment

Last weekend I went to Chandler, Arizona to check out the Highland Yard Vintage market.  It is a monthly home and garden market held the second Thursday - Sunday of each month.  It is held in the 6000 square foot warehouse behind Merchant Square, featuring over 50 vendors.  Each month there is a theme which is portrayed through out the vendors.  This market was red, white and blue.  There were beautiful indigo pillows perched on top of white shabby chic dressers,  wonderful dried cotton sprigs placed in a vintage bucket, and red white and blue flags, perfect for your 4th of July party!  My personal favorite was a large red clock face that read Victoria Station London 1897.  So many talented designers and makers! For additional information on the market go to www.facebook.com/highlandyardvintage


Summer Shopping - Antiques on the Square June 10 2016, 0 Comments

Summer Shopping with Tammy #2

"Antiques on the Square" is a vintage market happening twice a year in the downtown historic courthouse plaza in Prescott, AZ.  My  husband and I left early Sunday morning to escape the heat and drive to Prescott.  It was a cool 70 degrees when we arrived, much nicer than the 113 degree day that we were predicted to have in Phoenix.  The market was in a beautiful tree lined park surrounding the historic courthouse.  Vendors setup their tables among the 100 year old trees, offering much shade, and a European feel.  As I meandered my way through the market, it was reminiscent of the Paris flea markets that I shopped years earlier in France.  Just to describe a few items, there were beautiful old bottles of all shapes and sizes, antique signs from the mid 1900's, lovely brass figurines from the turn of the century, rusty, chippy farm tools, an anchor from the late 1800's, pretty vintage textiles, old-school turquoise jewelry  and colorful retro tin canisters.  Many items looked like they had just been unpacked from a box that had not been opened for 50 or more years, an abundance of treasures to be found! The next show for Antiques on the Square in downtown Prescott, AZ, at the courthouse plaza, is September 18th, 2016 from 8 am to 4 pm.  Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy your stroll through time! 

 


Summer Shopping with Tammy June 02 2016, 0 Comments

Dana Point Farmers Market

You are going summer shopping with Tammy.  My first stop last weekend was at the Dana Point farmers market.  It was a crisp, cool day and the vendors were ready to sell.  I found lots of yummy vegetables and fruit to put in my dinner salad.  There were handmade tie-dyed baby clothes from a local southern California vendor.  Julie's Pieces of Mind had hand painted signs.  I wanted to buy the one below for my bathroom! The rest of the market was a collection of soaps, olive oil, fresh pastries, vintage lighting, handmade aprons and beautiful fresh flowers.  Grab yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy your stroll through the market.  Dana Point Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9-1 and is located at La Plaza Park, 34180 Pacific Coast Highway.

Vintage and Repurposed Market at The Marketplace in San Clemente

The second market I went to last weekend was the Vintage and Repurposed Market at The Marketplace in San Clemente.  Eight vendors participated in their inauguratory market last Sunday which included a collection of vintage and handmade items.  Crawford Denim had awesome vintage clothes, vintage turquoise jewelry and shoes, definitely worth a look!  Habitation Co had handmade, fair trade, globally inspired vintage items.  I fell in love with her batik scarfs with vintage buttons and tassels around the edges.  The other vendors had collections of beautiful vintage buttons, vintage jewelry, vintage vessels planted with succulents and other wonderful treasures. This is an up-and-coming market that you do not want to miss!  It is held the last Sunday of the month at The Marketplace in San Clemente, 201 Calle de los Molinos, San Clemente.  It is open 10-4PM.

 


The Jewels of Miriam Haskell August 02 2015, 0 Comments

This summer has flown by!  Caitlin has been busy working, caring for her two year old son and expecting another bundle of joy in September so people say to spur on creativity that you should try one new thing a week so I thought I would try my hand at writing the blog.  This summer, I have been swimming, biking and enjoying the outdoors.  I have been cooking new recipes, some delicious, others not so much.  I have been painting vintage furniture, which is quite fun! I have been stopping at side of the road vintage stores everywhere we have traveled, my husband is getting very efficient at reading all the online news publications as he waits in the car, haha.

One of my favorite finds of the summer has been a Miriam Haskell necklace.  Miriam Haskell was born in 1899 to small town merchants in New Albany, Indiana.  She was one of 4 children.  In 1926, with $500 in hand, she opened a jewelry boutique in the old McAlpin Hotel in New York and a second outlet within the same year at West 57th Street.  Frank Hess joined her in business that year and the two of them went on to design jewelry for Joan Crawford, Lucille Ball, Gloria Vanderbilt, the Duchess of Windsor, Bernard Gimbel of the department store chain,  John Hertz of Hertz cars, and Florenz Ziegfeld, who decorated the cast of his Follies with her designs.  She traveled to Paris in search of materials and shared ideas with Coco Chanel.  Her intricate necklaces, bracelets, earrings and pins were made of glass art beads, faux pearls and Austrian crystals, hand wired to filigree backings with meticulous detail. Her beautiful and spectacular jewelry was soon sought after, cherished and collected by many.  Check out my website for the beautiful inspiring Miriam Haskell piece!

Upcoming shows:

Saturday, August 8th I will be selling at the Art Unraveled shopping extravaganza from 10-4, Embassy Suites 4415 E Paradise Village Parkway S, Phoenix, AZ  85032.  Over 50 creative and talented vendors.  Stop by my booth and say hi. 

 

ntirely by hand. The value of a Miriam Haskell piece was- and still is- a reflection of this workmanship and meticulous detail. Each bead, each crystal, each pearl is picked up by hand, hand-wired to an intricate brass filigree backing, and ultimately backed to a second filigree, concealing any trace of its construction - See more at: http://www.miriamhaskell.com/content/story#sthash.cw6QYS5F.dpuf

HISTORY

BORN IN 1899, AT THE HEIGHT OF THE ART NOUVEAU VANGUARD

She was one of four children, and the daughter of small-town merchants in New Albany, Indiana. Some 30 years later, Miriam Haskell would have tea with Coco Chanel while selecting the upcoming season’s beads at Madame Gripoix’s- the finest source in Paris. While Miriam would bring her young design artist, Frank Hess, Chanel was alone. They would talk. Share ideas. Trade fashion celeb secrets. They were among a new class: independent women who began their careers designing jewelry to complement high fashion clothing in an exclusive boutique.

MIRIAM HASKELL OPENED HER FIRST BOUTIQUE IN 1926, “LE BIJOU DE L’HEURE” IN NEW YORK'S McALPIN HOTEL. She created collections for the society women of her day, the lavish productions of Flo Ziegfeld, as well as the couture of Coco Chanel. Joan Crawford, Lucille Ball, the Duchess of Windsor, to name a few, were among her greatest patrons. It wasn’t long before her spectacular, custom-made jewels were sought after, collected and cherished. If history is any indication of the value of a Miriam Haskell piece, today’s collection promises continued appreciation- be it at an auction house, by chic women throughout the world or simply by generations to come.

- See more at: http://www.miriamhaskell.com/content/history#sthash.NigSlFx8.dpuf

HISTORY

BORN IN 1899, AT THE HEIGHT OF THE ART NOUVEAU VANGUARD

She was one of four children, and the daughter of small-town merchants in New Albany, Indiana. Some 30 years later, Miriam Haskell would have tea with Coco Chanel while selecting the upcoming season’s beads at Madame Gripoix’s- the finest source in Paris. While Miriam would bring her young design artist, Frank Hess, Chanel was alone. They would talk. Share ideas. Trade fashion celeb secrets. They were among a new class: independent women who began their careers designing jewelry to complement high fashion clothing in an exclusive boutique.

MIRIAM HASKELL OPENED HER FIRST BOUTIQUE IN 1926, “LE BIJOU DE L’HEURE” IN NEW YORK'S McALPIN HOTEL. She created collections for the society women of her day, the lavish productions of Flo Ziegfeld, as well as the couture of Coco Chanel. Joan Crawford, Lucille Ball, the Duchess of Windsor, to name a few, were among her greatest patrons. It wasn’t long before her spectacular, custom-made jewels were sought after, collected and cherished. If history is any indication of the value of a Miriam Haskell piece, today’s collection promises continued appreciation- be it at an auction house, by chic women throughout the world or simply by generations to come.

- See more at: http://www.miriamhaskell.com/content/history#sthash.NigSlFx8.dpuf

Cait and Al Collection April 15 2015, 0 Comments

Spring has arrived and with it, a new collection by Tammy: the Cait and Al collection. My sister and I are honored that mom has chosen our names to grace the title of this new collection and it is spectacular! Simple style, classic elegance, sophisticated charm, city chic…all words that fit perfectly with this new vintage jewelry collection. Tammy’s vintage pieces paired with delicate beads, colorful gems, and pearls will freshen your look. Her vintage tassel set with aquamarines and small gold toned beads would be perfect for a dinner party or evening out. The chalcedony and gold toned bead necklace set with a light blouse and shorts is ideal for the everyday woman. Check out the new jewelry collection on the website!

Tammy’s next stop is Junk in the Trunk Vintage Marketplace, May 2 and 3rd in Scottsdale, AZ. Think gifts for Mother’s Day!

                                                            

 


Valentines February 07 2015, 0 Comments

According to legend, St. Valentine wrote letters to a loved one from prison and signed them “Your Valentine”, thus beginning centuries filled with cards, flowers, dinners, chocolates and celebration. If it’s true, then one simple, small gesture in a man’s life has contributed significantly to the modern culture. Whether you celebrate Valentines with your loved one, go out with your girlfriends, or refuse to celebrate the holiday at all…it is part of your life. Looking beyond the commercial cards, gifts, and expensive dinners, there is a simple subtle message on Valentine’s Day, and that is to tell your loved one that you love them, which is enough. But, if you must indulge yourself, Tammy Auther Designs has vintage necklaces and bracelets that are perfect for Valentines….hearts, lockets, reds and pinks. Remember St. Valentine and sign your new vintage piece for your loved one from “Your Valentine”.


Blues and Golds of Winter January 19 2015, 0 Comments

Hope you all had a very Happy Holiday! Tammy was busy at her shows in Yuma and Phoenix, thanks to everyone who came out and found some holiday gifts. Her jewelry this new year reminds me of a southwest winter, blue skies and gold mountains. Her vintage citrine glass pendant with freshwater pearls looks like the Sedona mountains at sunrise. The aquamarine and vintage crosses and medals necklace is like a warm blue sky with small passing clouds. I forgot how beautiful the winter is in Arizona, the temperature, colors, and of course, Tammy Auther designs. Shop her website for new pieces inspired by the blues and golds of winter.

 

                                    


Giving Thanks November 19 2014, 0 Comments

Giving Thanks

It has been awhile since my last post, we have been busy! We moved in with mom and dad for a month, while our new house was getting ready…and boy are we thankful. It was a busy, crazy time, but we/they did it and now we are settling into our new home. I have learned many things about my family over the last month, as we were all somewhat re-acquainted after 6 years. I especially learned about mom’s jewelry designs, her studio, and work habits. These are the learnings that stick out:

  1. Mom can pretty much make jewelry anywhere in the house…kitchen table, backyard chairs, family room table, kitchen island, and most interestingly the laundry room counter. Henry was sleeping in her jewelry studio for a month…so she got creative.
  2. She was able to keep away the small pearls and crystals from Henry, and also from Pete (her 70 lb lab) which proved challenging.
  3. Since I was working from home during this time, she often knocked on my door and had me try on a new necklace, or check out her new designs. I would like to think I added to her jewelry designs during that month, although I know her time designing jewelry was very limited.
  4. Mom took Henry so many times to her local vintage jewelry sources that they now know him by name (and are probably missing him!).
  5. Vintage jewelry designing and creation is NOT easy…it is an iterative process with stringing and unstringing pearls, wearing necklaces around and then changing them, looking to others for feedback, and trying and trying again.

I am very thankful to my mom and family for letting us live there, watching our son, and helping us out for a month.  Check out the website for her latest fall favorites...leather bracelets with pearls and charms.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving! 


Fall Favorites October 01 2014, 0 Comments

Fall has arrived and so have Tammy Auther Design favorites…large baroque pearl drops from vintage chains, leather bracelets with pearl and vintage charms, saints and pearls, and crosses and pearls. The classic pearl look with vintage accessory will add class and history to your style this fall. Long necklaces with a pearl drop will pair with a blouse or long tee, add some skinny jeans or pencil skirt to finish off the look. Add a vintage cross or saint medal to your fall everyday wear. Browse the new arrivals to see Tammy’s fall favorites and find something that fits you this fall.

Tammy will be at the Three Speckled Hens show this weekend, October 4th and 5th, in Paso Robles, CA. Click on the picture below for more information. Stop by her booth to check out the fall favorites!

 

                                                       


Unlock Your Inner Vintage September 15 2014, 0 Comments

New Tammy Auther Designs include vintage keys with Swarovksi crystals hung from a chain. Unlock your inner vintage style by adding an affordable, simple necklace…layer it with a birds nest necklace, or your mother’s pearls. The vintage keys each bring their own story, whether it be to unlocking an older home in the southwest, to an old era locket kept under the bed, to a fashionable car in the 1950’s. Mom’s vintage jewelry designs and her creation from vintage remnant to fashionable jewelry is not unlike a key…opening up an old jewel, lacing it with pearls or crystals, and being worn by someone new.

 

Tammy Auther Designs will be at Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market this Saturday!  Come check out her designs.


Summer Blues... September 02 2014, 0 Comments

Happy Labor Day! This past weekend, my husband, son, sister, and I headed to Southern California, for some R&R. The weather was gorgeous, blue skies every day, the ocean was cool and refreshing, and it was lovely to see family. The perfect end to summer! The water had a hint of turquoise, combined with the blues and greens, that made it shimmer in the sun. Sitting at the beach made me think of my childhood, running in the waves, building sand castles, hunting for sand crabs…the smell reminded me of Mexican food dinners, family laughter, and reading a book with the ocean breeze. Memories at the beach are held close to our hearts. We want to give our son these memories, so that he can conjure them later in life and recall the salty smell of the ocean and the tickly feel of the sand on his feet. Mom’s necklaces sometimes do that as well, putting one on, can be like remembering the last time you wore it, or the special occasion it represents. The colors of the ocean remind me of the aquamarines and vintage blue crystals that are in mom’s vintage necklaces. Her pearls and flower necklace remind me of the wedding I attended last year and danced past midnight. Her pearl birds nest necklace reminds me of my baby shower last year, and all the women who attended. A coral necklace reminds me of our trip to Sante Fe, the blue bouquet one of my wedding day, the purple amethyst one of my grandpa, the list goes on and on. Each one representing a small memory, each one happy.

                                                 


A Lesson in Pearls August 17 2014, 0 Comments

Pearls…the most graceful bead, my favorite, and my mom’s favorite and signature vintage piece. Wild pearls, or those that spontaneously form in the wild, are natural and the most valuable kind of pearl. Cultured pearls are grown intentionally from pearl oysters or freshwater mussels. Salt water cultured pearls are grown in the ocean and are typically larger, 8 to 18 mm. The akoya pearl, originating in the 1920’s, is a specialty of Japanese pearl farms. The Japanese have mastered the salt water pearl and these gems are known for their white color and round shape. The Tahitian pearl is a type of saltwater black pearl, the color coming from the oysters black lips. Freshwater pearls are grown in lakes or rivers, a freshwater environment, 3 to 12 mm in size, and the shape is round or just slightly out of round. These are mom’s choice pearls, they can be grown with different colors, and offer the imperfect shape that makes each piece of vintage jewelry unique. The freshwater pearl can be flat, round, oval, off round…depending on the oyster that created it. Each one unique! This week check out the “Pearls, Pearls, Pearls” page on Tammy Auther Designs. And don’t miss the Birds Nests!

 

                                                                


Parisian Style August 04 2014, 0 Comments

As I was glancing at mom’s new arrivals this week, I noticed one necklace in particular that is spectacular and brought out some lovely memories…titled “Vintage French Napoleon and Fleur de Lis Medal”. It features vintage jet black crystals with a double-sided 1950’s medal, Napoleon on one side and a Fleur de Lis on the other. This necklace is so appropriate for this season…the Tour De France has just ended, my dad has been watching it daily. As the bikers approached the Champs-Elysees for their final laps, it reminded me of my summer backpacking trip to Europe. My cousin, sister, and I ventured out onto the Champs-Elysees one summer, window shopped at the luxurious stores, stocked up on Longchamp, ate ice cream on park benches, explored the Louvre, and dabbled in Parisian fashion. We were in need of mom’s jewelry on that trip…little did we know that Paris would be full of fashion forward thinking and in some sense, backward thinking. Vintage fashion and jewelry were everywhere, this vintage jet black necklace is so perfect for Paris fashion…very bold and direct, yet contains historic significance. Check it out at Tammy Auther Designs new arrivals.

Thanks to those who came out to the Art Unraveled show on Saturday. It was a blast!  Even little Henry made it!

 

     
    Napoleon and Fleur de Lis Necklace, $138.

        

      Art Unraveled Show, Saturday August 2nd.  Phoenix, AZ.

       

       

       

       

       

            


      Agate Stone July 27 2014, 0 Comments

      New arrivals this month include bracelets and necklaces made with gold dust pixie agate stone, a dark stone that is strung with a Peridot green crystal stone or a black and gold Celtic cross. I love this style, the dark stones balance with the bright pendants to create a stylish look for mid-summer. Agate stone is made from volcanic rock and discovered between the 4th and 3rd centuries B.C. along the Achates river in Sicily. This stone is thought to attract strength and offer protection…may be good to consider during the summer heat! Thanks for everyone who came out to the California Gift Show last weekend, Tammy had a blast and enjoyed southern California.  Next up:  Shopping Extravaganza at Art Unraveled 2014, Phoenix, AZ.  Saturday August 2nd, 10 AM to 4 PM.  Come visit Tammy Auther Designs and see her new arrivals!  Click below for more details.

                                               

                                      


      Moving Home July 14 2014, 0 Comments

      I haven’t written in a few weeks because WE MOVED BACK TO PHOENIX! We are so excited to be in Arizona, close to family and friends. We have spent the last few weeks living with my parents, going on vacation, and getting temporary housing. We start our jobs this week in Phoenix, and we look forward to our lives here! Spending two weeks at my parents’ house was a fun time, it was somewhere between chaos, joy, bliss, and happiness. Our son loves it. We get to spend extra time with mom and her jewelry, and I get to wear her pieces more often! She is headed to Los Angeles this week for the California Gift Show, July 18-21, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Check out her new arrivals at Booth 956 and shoptammy.com!

                                   


      Grateful for Fathers June 16 2014, 0 Comments

      Happy Father’s Day! Yesterday, I was excited to celebrate my dad as well as my husband, Jude, on his first Father’s Day. I know that dad and my sister, Allison, spent several hours yesterday working out and sleeping (their favorite things), while Jude spent the day working on the yard and playing with our son. I am grateful for them both, not many dads will do yoga with their daughter and attend every home AZ Cardinals game with their son (dad), give our son a bath every night, after the daily wrestling match (Jude), and comment on moms vintage jewelry to give her “feedback” (dad and Jude). When I was little, I am sure that my dad never imagined that he would have an aerospace engineer daughter and son-in-law, two commercial real estate gurus, and a vintage jewelry designer and creator in his immediate family. Quite a range... He has been nothing but supportive of each of us in our own endeavors, including my mom and her vintage jewelry business. His comments like “don’t put something heavy on a vintage chain”, “will that hurt to wear” , and “if you drop the vintage necklace, will it break?” have been nothing short of inspirational to my mom (or at least practical!). So thanks Dad and Jude for being great fathers and for supporting the people in your life…especially the jewelry designing kind!

                                                                    


      "Ruffing" It June 09 2014, 0 Comments

      Mom finds inspiration for her vintage jewelry designs from traveling, reading, conversations, and things in her daily life…one of which is our dog, Pete. Pete is a 2 year old yellow Labrador with lots of energy, a very high jump, great digging abilities, and love for my mom. Mom insisted upon never wanting a dog after our last one passed away, my dad persisted and insisted, until finally mom broke down and got a lab puppy. After many sleepless nights, vacuuming the carpets over and over again, viewing scratched doors in every room, and constantly wiping off the water that Pete drags around the hardwood...against all odds, mom and Pete have become friends. More than friends…she absolutely adores him, which is likely heightened by her empty nest. You will find her on an afternoon sitting in her jewelry room, wiring vintage lockets to old pearls and adding crystals to pocket watches, while Pete sleeps on the ground beside her. It took time, but mom and Pete learned to like each other, so much so that when we bring our 10 month old son over to their house, they make sure that Pete will be ok with it!

      Even though he has literally destroyed many parts of our house, mom has repaired it in a way that has made it beautiful…painting new colors over scratched doorways, adding character to wood floors, giving carpets a vintage feel, and allowing for colorful flowers to bloom in the garden. Without Pete, his story and his growing up in our home, she never would have been able to make it as lovely. Similar to the vintage treasures she finds and makes new again in shimmering necklaces, bright earrings, and vintage chic bracelets, mom has made our house new again. But now it has a story. Each of her pieces has a story, a history, whether it be from the 1920’s flapper era, to the 1960’s type writers age, to the modern chic woman, wearing a piece of her jewelry is like reading a storybook. This week, Mom has added silver dog vintage pieces to pearls and turquoise to honor her best friend, and to remember that pets give us energy, give us love, and help narrate the story of our homes and lives.

                                      


      2014 Summer Fashion Trends June 02 2014, 0 Comments

      I checked out Net-A-Porter today (www.net-a-porter.com) to appreciate the 2014 Fashion Trends…two of the trends would look even better with Tammy Auther Designs vintage pieces! “The Lady Look” is a sophisticated style, with high-waisted skirts that fall below the knee, cropped jackets, and tucked-in blouses. Or pencil skirts, kitten heels, and vintage laced blouses paired with vintage locket necklaces on gold or silver chains or pearl necklaces with hanging leaf and heart pendants. Oh the possibilities! The “80’s Revival” look is coming back this year with just one 80’s inspired piece per outfit…whether it be shoulder pads, a side-pony tail, a bright birds nest necklace with silver chain, or an oversized crystal necklace with vintage pendant. Tammy Auther Designs necklaces, bracelets, and earrings will help shape your 2014 summer fashion statement…whether it be the Lady Look, 80’s Revival, Vintage Chic…the list goes on and on. Check out the new arrivals to shape your summer fashion statement!


      Best Mom and Best Vintage Jewelry May 11 2014, 0 Comments

      Happy Mother’s Day! Writing this blog has been really fun this year, my mom, sister, and I are having discussions about fashion, vintage jewelry, events, shows, grammar, how to use Excel, the definition of an Instagram widget…the list goes on and on. Happy Mother’s Day Mom, hope that you have a wonderful day, sit back and enjoy it! You are truly one-of-a-kind, like your vintage jewelry, and I aspire to be a mom like you! Your necklaces, bracelets, and earrings are the best pearls, best turquoise, best crystals, and best vintage jewelry in the southwest. (Trying out a search engine optimization technique here…using the word best to describe Tammy Auther Designs). If you are looking to spoil your loved one this spring, look no further...Best pearl necklaces, best garnet necklaces, best vintage necklaces, best vintage pieces, BEST! Vintage jewelry lockets, great vintage jewelry, vintage chic jewelry!  Love you Mom!

      Thanks to all who came out to the Dream Gift Shop and ABWA Women’s Expo shows in Yuma this past weekend. It was a blast!

       

                                           


      Three Speckled Hens May 05 2014, 0 Comments

      Tammy Auther Designs had a blast at the Three Speckled Hens show in Paso Robles, CA this past weekend. Mom displayed her new business cards, logo, and jewelry props! Mint green dishes with sparkly crystals, turquoise mirrors hanging with vintage chains, silver plates displaying pearl necklaces. She was in the middle of wine country, waking up to the vineyards, sipping coffee on her balcony watching the sunrise and getting ready for each day at the show. Thank you to everyone who came out and visited Tammy at her booth! She is inspired by the creativity and vision of all the vendors and customers! Thanks Three Speckled Hens!  Next up: Trunk Show at Dream Gift Shop (Yuma, AZ) and ABWA Women’s Expo (Yuma, AZ) May 9 and 10th. Getting ready for the Mother’s Day Rush!