Sunday, December 20, 2009

Lovely details

So I'm obsessed with details...especially those little ones that only you will see. For some time now I've been underwhelmed by the back of my combs, which were so stark and bland. I was complaining to my sister about it and she had a lovely suggestion. And here are the results...something old and something blue. Thoughts?

Friday, December 18, 2009

Weddings Unveiled

Noaki Jewelry just got a lovely write up in the Weddings Unveiled blog! If you're not familiar with Weddings Unveiled, it's a fabulous modern, chic wedding magazine in the South. On their website you can flip through this month's magazine. Be sure and check it out.

Friday, December 4, 2009

New pieces

Just made these teardrop necklaces after being inspired by a custom request. I just love love love chandelier crystals and incorporating vintage jewelry into these pieces.

And how pretty is this little number? Coral camelia necklace soon to be making an appearance in my etsy shop and website.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Custom piece

Just sent this lovely, huge custom piece off today. The bride wanted a brooch for her dress and after lots of searching, I found this gorgeous piece. It needed some serious TLC but after replacing the pearls, a little cleaning and some other repairs it turned out so beautifully.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Today's happy moment

Happiness is a warm bath and a big hug (ignore double chin...still losing baby weight)

Friday, November 20, 2009

More wedding pics

More pictures of my sister's wedding at the Santa Barbara Zoo taken by the ever amazing Max Wanger. After the ceremony everyone got to feed the giraffes! Such a fun idea.

That's me (or at least my back) doing my sister's makeup whilst carrying the baby in a sling.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009


I've been slowly posting these all week. A couple more pieces to go...Next week's theme: flowers. I've got some really charming things in store.

My usual the biggest piece. I don't know what it is about big jewelry. It just pulls me in. Moth to a flame.

Daylight savings is not a friend of parents

Sorry for the light postings this week. My kids have been getting up at 4:30 and 5 a.m. thanks to daylight savings. So exhausted but its impossible to get upset first thing in the morning when they're at their cutest and most lovable selves. Am hoping that by next week we'll have all the kinks worked out...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


So this year we don't have to go buy pumpkins because we actually grew a half dozen of them ourselves! Ok I overstate -- my husband grew them. I cook but don't garden. After our son was born we decided we wanted to have a seasonal, organic garden so Blake could pick tomatoes, corn, grapes and other produce in order to have a better understanding of where food comes from. Plus it's just tastes that much better right? Anyway, this year we decided to try growing a bunch of pumpkins and it actually worked! We finally harvested our bumper crop, which is now sitting on our front steps. Haven't carved them yet but we will in the next day or so.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Golden cuffs

So after the Etsy Wedding posting, which featured a topaz colored bracelet, I received a surprising number of requests for yellow and topaz cuffs. Who knew so many brides liked yellow? I'll be listing these this week. My favorite? The huge one -- looks like a sunset on your wrist.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Back from a roadtrip

So we did our somewhat annual trip to Telluride, Colorado again...only this time we drove and had an infant and toddler in tow. It was definitely challenging at times when Lucia launched into her pterodactyl cry but for the most part we had a lot of fun. It struck me somewhere between the Grand Canyon and Telluride how amazing it is that we got married, decided to have children one day and now, here we are, a family of four.

Hiking through the aspens.

Enjoying a peaceful lunch until Lucia wakes up...

Grand Canyon...

Monday, October 12, 2009

Hello pretty little thing...

So I spotted this not too long ago at an antique and collectibles market and absolutely fell in love with it. Visions of this little purse accompanying me in my jeans and heels to dinner with husband -- sans children -- danced in my head. All the beading is amazingly in tact and all the metalwork perfect (apart form a couple dents I pounded out) The clasp is a lovely cobalt blue too. It needs a new chain, which shouldn't be a problem, though I'm debating on whether to go with a black ribbon instead. The purse needs some lining too and that's where I'm stuck...Stay tuned...

Deco Emerald pieces

I've been loving green lately. Maybe I'm anticipating the holidays or maybe it's that post I read recently on malachite jewelry on Coco + Kelley, one of my favorite blogs about stylish interiors. I'll be listing these this week...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The fabulous etsy wedding

Etsy wedding has just posted the nicest description and display of my pieces. I've been giddy all day...

Take a look:
"LA-based noaki's delightful work breathes new life into one-of-a-kind or limited edition vintage and art deco pieces. they have an airiness and lightness to them that's hard to pin down: the same pieces could see a summer beach wedding or a glittering winter affair. then of course there's the eco-friendliness of repurposing and rehabilitating old gems and metals. east coast meets west coast... these are fresh modern takes on classic designs."

Friday, October 2, 2009

New vintage jewelry and feather hair comb preview

Expect to see these little beauties in my etsy and online shop very soon...Vintage Art Deco jewelry attached to a spray of feathers.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Megan's jewelry

One of the most memorable parts of my sister's wedding was the morning of the big day. All the girls gathered in her room for breakfast, pedicures and manicures and in the corner, on an antique dresser, I set up dozens of pieces of jewelry. Some went for more of a Deco look with silver and clear rhinestones while others went with more 1950s jewelry in golden tones. I loved that Megan didn't expect all the us to match exactly (good thing too since there's no way I'd be able to find five identical pieces of vintage anything!)

Megan was going to wear the necklace shown above which is actually mine but in the end she went with a simpler look with a pair of chandeliers, a cuff bracelet and a rhinestone star hair piece. We also put some little star jewelry on her blue shoes too. (I'll post a little how-to on that soon. They ended up looking adorable.)

The photos were taken by the amazing Max Wanger .