Category Archives: Trinket Hankers

Paper, Scissors, Rock Necklace

Oh the hours I’ve whiled away playing ‘Paper, Scissors, Rock’ with my brother when we were young to end disputes and then my daughter when she was little to kill time when we were waiting for pretty much anything to happen. I’ve racked up hours and hours on this game. The only game to come anywhere close, in my opinion, is ‘Thumb Wars’ but that’s a subject all of its own…

So when I saw this ‘Paper, Scissors, Rock’ necklace by Brighton jewellery designers Rock Cakes it brought back many happy memories for me.

Paper Scissors Rock Necklace by Rockcakes

There are some pretty special things about this necklace. First things first, the rock is a 4ct DIAMOND. A rough diamond that you can ask for in various sizes and colours. Secondly, the scissors actually open and close. That paperclip isn’t from Ryman’s either, it is sterling silver. The whole thing is silver and handmade and yours for £206.

Want to nudge any partners who’ve forgotten it’s Valentine’s Day next week?

Have a look at the rest of Rock Cakes jewellery, you can get lovely things from £3. I particularly like the anatomical heart and the wooden bicycle brooches. What about you?

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Burns Night Bling

Celebrate the Scottish language with Glaswegian designers Bonnie Bling who make acrylic jewellery inspired by Scottish slang. You may remember the Amelia Lily knuckle dusters on X Factor? They designed them in collaboration with Obscure Couture. You can get your own custom-made pair for £40.

Although knuckle dusters played a part in my husband and I getting together (yeah, a long story) I can’t think of an occasion that I would wear knuckle dusters, but this I heart Haggis necklace is very appropriate for Burns Night tonight.

Bonnie Bling - 'I heart Haggis' necklace

I’m afraid I really don’t heart haggis, but I’m going to try to like Scotland’s national dish by making this veggie version I saw over on Domestic Sluttery.

If you don’t have pierced ears these Och Aye earrings are available as cufflinks or knuckle dusters or without the ‘Aye’ as a brooch and necklace.

Bonnie Bling - Och Aye Earrings

The Ginger badge is definitely my favourite. I think because it reminds me of my brother and of Irn Bru – two of my favourite things.

Enjoy your Burns Night celebrations!

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A Fervour for Fonts

I’ve just got around to reading ‘Just My Type’ by Simon Garfield, a great book about fonts that was given to me for Christmas. It’s a really interesting look at the language, history and use of fonts and how they influence us. Great stories and facts fill this book, such as that Steve Jobs studied calligraphy at college and how this influenced Apple’s products.

'Just My Type' Simon Garfield

You could lose hours gazing at these intricate typographic illustrations of London by Vic Lee; available in West, East, South and North each word is made up of and surrounded by themes from that area. Although my heart really lies in the south and west of London, East London is definitely my favourite of these.

East London by Vik Lee

This Modern Wooden Alphabet Necklace by Little Red Lantern makes me imagine letters dropping from the wearer’s words and collecting round her neck.

Modern Wooden Alphabet Necklace - Little Red Lantern

I’ll leave you with this beautiful video ‘Refraction – The Alphabet’ by Jesse Zanzinger.

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Art Deco Aspirations

Art Deco is probably my favourite design era, our wedding had a very loose (dare I say it?) theme and since then I’ve been hankering after Art Deco in other ways.

This necklace/collar from Etsy shop Amorous Cat’s Attic was on my Christmas list; I thought it would Art Deco-up a few plain tops.

Or this wonderful ring made from Art Deco watch parts from Noble Studios Ltd?

Noble Studios Ltd Steampunk Ring

These Art Deco style printable playing card designs from Memories Emporium are fabulous, I’m not sure what I would use them for but maybe the artier among you can think of something?

Art Deco Printable Playing Cards

This antique monocle necklace started life in the late 1800s as an optical lens but Renee Loughlin Designs has given it an Art Deco twist with chevrons. Not sure my deepened frown lines would be worth it after an evening clasping this to my eye so maybe best for decoration. Delivery is very good value from the US.

Antique Monocle Necklace

I adore this Art Deco door knob that Kim Ladd has turned into a wine bottle stopper.

Art Deco Door Knob Wine Stopper

Always forgetting the recipes of those cocktail classics? Ugly cushion covers? Solve both problems simultaneously with these Classic Cocktails Pillow Covers. Choose from Margarita, Manhattan, Gin Sling, Whiskey Sour or Daiquiri or all five.

Cocktail Classics Cushion Covers

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Rainbow Styling

I’ve mentioned Mixko before and their dreamy cloud necklace but the item that first drew me to their Etsy shop was this unique and smile inducing Here Comes the Sun necklace.

Here Comes the Sun necklace - Mixko

I wasn’t sure if in the flesh the quirky plastic dove would look tacky and the delicate ribbon rainbow too delicate. But when it arrived (very speedily) the classy packaging reassured me that Mixko know design. Their necklace is delicate and light but very well made, the dove elegantly flies across your neck and the ribbons sit perfectly one underneath the other. The final piece of wonderful design is the ‘last drop of rain’, a single blue Czech crystal bead that hangs down the back of your neck from the clasp.

Here Comes the Sun necklace - Mixko

This necklace brings a splash of colour and character when worn and has been admired by everyone I’ve seen when I’ve worn it, even my goth daughter!

When I ordered this it was supposed to be a present but I guiltily kept it for myself. I’ll have to order another for the original recipient, but at less than £20 it’s affordable and as Mixko give 20% of their profits to victims of the Japanese earthquake I can feel that by nicking someone else’s present, I am in fact doing good.

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Clouds

Today I have been hankering after clouds.

Not the dark stormy kind that loom ominously threatening to leak, but white fluffy ones set against a blue sky that conjure up images of summer – well an English summer anyway.

Which brings me to the English Summer necklace from Mixko’s Etsy shop. The fluffy felt cloud looks like the perfect thing to fiddle with whilst thinking/daydreaming/ hankering and the raindrops of varying length are just the right raindrop-blue. It’s a great price at just under £20 and Mixko donate 20% of their profits to the victims of the quake in Japan.

I love the way they’ve photographed this with the sun on it.

Mixko - English Summer Necklace

Would it be too much to wear it with one of these ‘Oh Happy Day / Oh Crappy Day’ rings? These are from Etsy shop Weaselfactory.

Oh Happy Day / Oh Happy Day Ring Set
Despite being sterling silver the ‘Dreamy Man Flying Through The Clouds’ range by Jesa Jewellery still manage to look fluffy. The dreamy man and birds flying through them have been cut so intricately and each cloud has its own water message inscribed. I wonder if the dreamy man is inspired by Colonel William Rankin the only known person to survive falling through a cumulonimbus cloud.
Dreamy Man Flying Through The Clouds Brooch

This Rainbow Cloud print from Dig the Earth is so colourful and retro. Imagine how soon the clouds would be chased away if you woke up to this on your bedroom wall. Is it just me or does this bring to mind Rainbow Brite?

Rainbow Cloud A3 Giclee Print
I think grey interiors are wonderful (my bedroom in my last home was painted grey) and this cloud cushion is also wonderful in its grey simplicity. It’s a surprising £17 and even with the shipping costs from Australia it’s still good value. Alphabet Monkey make cushions and crib quilts for little boys and it also comes as part of a set with the gorgeous crib quilt in the picture.
Animal Monkey - Cloud Cushion & Quilt
Today’s post was inspired by my cloudy view.
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