Lauren Blythe is...

A work at home mom with a passion for vintage jewelry and design. I love sharing my handcrafted jewelry designs with others as well as being inspired by other vintage designs. Find me at

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Happy Hump Day! It's Wednesday, March 31st! Please remember to post a comment so you can be included in my $40 gift certificate giveway! Less than a month away!! Good luck!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Miriam Haskell Vintage Costume Jewelry

I was up pretty late last week reading about Miriam Haskell, a jewelry designer who got her start in the 1920s.  I was drawn to her designs in the way she created them and her style. She is known for her intricate, feminine designs using a lot of filigree, antique gilded surfaces, pearls and glass flowers.  She become very large with celebrities in the 1950s.

Here are some articles that will tell you more about her. She started creating jewelry on her own in the 1920s and hand wrapped each bead and each piece by hand and made it so you could not even see where the wrapped end was! It was so intricate and amazing. Some designs took her three days (Yeah I'd be out of business if that were the case!). Of course, her stuff is worth a lot these days (especially the originals from the 20s-50s).

You can still find new old stock of some of the actual beads she used (which I am eyeing!) to create your own pieces.

I posted a link to her actual workman ship on her main site and another link to her actual designs (gorgeous!)  Enjoy!

Miriam Haskell Workmanship

Miriam Haskell Designs

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Lauren Blythe Designs Facebook Fan Giveway!


To thank all my wonderful customers and to celebrate Spring, Lauren Blythe Designs Facebook Fan Page is having a wonderful giveaway!

The Prize: A $40.00 Gift Certificate to be used in my Etsy Shop or main website!*

How to enter: Please join the blog if you haven't already, and simply post a comment here on my blog - whatever you want to post! Please note you may only post ONE comment. Multiple comments will be deleted. In order to qualify you must be listed as a fan on the Lauren Blythe Designs Facebook Fan page.

Details: the contest will run from today, March 20th thru 11:59PM Mountain Time on Tuesday, April 20th.  A winner will be drawn at random and announced on April 21st on the Blog and on the Facebook page!

Good luck!
*gift certificate not good on past purchases or combined with other offers. Gift certificate IS good on the website as well (especially for those of you registered there and want to shop on the site!)

Monday, March 15, 2010

Etsy sale reminder!

Just a reminder if you don't already know about it, I am having an Etsy sale! Now thru Sunday, if you purchase 2 items you get another free (of equal or lesser value!) so come on over! Details on my front Etsy page.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

What makes you happy?

Happy Saturday! I'd love to know- what makes people happy? Is it the little things? Right now I am having a cup of coffee and that makes me happy (i know simple but wired!). I heard birds chirping this morning- spring is in the air, although I hear it may snow? But back to Spring...I am really loving the color yellow right now and floral- so yellow and floral? Hmm.....

Retro Floral Thermos

Funky Vintage Yellow Earrings

Vintage yellow art deco sugar bowl

Friday, March 12, 2010

What a fun blog: KayLovesVintage
Happy Friday! Hope everyone is doing well! Plesae join my blog so you can be part of my Spring contest- the contest will be posted on the first day of Spring! I think that's March 21st? Click on the FOLLOW link on the right side of the page (go down a bit) and join!!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Well it finally happened! I made it to the front page of Etsy!!! I am going to try to post a photo of the page here.

Also new Spring items are getting added as quickly as I have time (taking care of a 4 year old is also very time consuming!) I will have a new Spring contest...details to follow!'s Fan Box