Tuesday, September 18, 2018

More Story Themed Items

     As I've been getting out and about this past summer, setting up at craft fairs and farmer's markets, I've been able to gain a feel for what you all are looking for. I cannot tell you how fun it has been to see the look of discovery on people's faces when they realize what my book page bracelets and pendant necklaces are (they are made from actual books!).

     I've spoken with lots of you who don't wear bracelets, who cannot stand the idea of cutting up a perfectly good book, or are looking for something more masculine.

     Since there are so many awesome ways to accessorize your personal book fandom, I've decided to add curated products to my website. My Etsy store will continue to carry only GVS handmade goodness, but Geminivintagestore.com is blowing up with fun, curated, book themed accessories.

     I hope you'll take a look around and let me know what you think!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

     So, there are two things on my mind right now: Christmas and wine. Now, wine needs no explanation, AMIRIGHT? Christmas, on Labor Day Weekend probably requires a small explanation.
When I used to work retail, waaaaayyyyyyyyy back when I was a 20 year old kid, we pretty much began planning for Christmas back in August. So, all these years later, this is where my mind is.

     What do you think of when you think of Christmas? Trees, caroling, food? My mind goes to Dickens. Of course, right? One of these days, I really need to go check out the Dickens Fair in San Francisco. It always seems to be such a production to drive into SF, but I'm sure this will be well worth it.

     If you need a little something to listen to during your commute, work, or whatever, check out this audiobook on Youtube. This is the link to the first of three recordings. I will have to grab a listen too :)

     So, how about pairing Dickens with wine?? A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens features a wine shop in the story, so I had to use this wine bottle charm for the A Tale of Two Cities bracelet.

     This first one is red/silver. I thought it was pretty. And, you know, red wine.

     This one is red/brown. The red, again, for wine, and the brown is to represent wine barrels. I do love the warm tones on this one.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Tarzan Bracelets

     Who here is a fan of Tarzan? I used to love all of the Disney movies with the animals <3

     Perfect for when you need a little piece of this jungle story close to you, I have two versions!

There is one with wooden beads and a tree charm:

And, another with a paler green color, and a tiger charm.

What is your preference?


Sunday, September 2, 2018

Game of Thrones Season 8 Release Date

      It is looking like Game of Thrones season 8 release date is set for April 21, 2019. It will be a long winter for GOT fans, considering it has already been over a year since the last episode of season 7.

     I got you while you wait out this long winter! Everyone needs a reminder of their favorite character now and then, why not wear yours? 

What house would you like to see represented?


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

S.S. Palo Alto aka The Cement Ship

     Sometimes, ya just gotta forget everything and get away for a beach day! This was yesterday - my daughter, my sister, and I escaped the valley and ran off to the beach for the afternoon. We hit our go-to beach in Aptos (a bit south of Santa Cruz). The weather was deliciously foggy, a relief from the relentless heat of the central California valley summer.

    The fog/water/sand combo would be perfect by itself, but this beach is home to the S.S. Palo Alto, a WWI era cement ship. This ship has always been fun for us to explore, although now we need to explore it from the beach. This ship began as a cement bottomed ship to be used in WWI, but the war was over by the time the production of the ship was completed. Rather than become a war ship, the S.S. Palo Alto was purchased as a beach amusement center. The ship was all decked out to be the ultimate party ship, with a ballroom, a restaurant, and a swimming pool! Legend has it that there was also gaming in the bottom, and the surrounding beach was used for bootlegging during prohibition.

     Here is this awesome ship when it was new.

Read the history of the S.S Palo Alto here

     Here is the S.S. Palo Alto, complete with her pier, entertaining guests in the early 1930's.

Read the history of the S.S. Palo Alto here

     This party boat was only in business for a couple of years before the business went bankrupt. The ship stayed and was used as a fishing dock for the next thirty or so years.

     Every few years, the Monterey Bay area sees some lively storms and this ship has been repeatedly battered. She is breaking apart and sinking now. I think it would have been fun to see her in her heyday. It is still fascinating to get to watch the deterioration process, though. The pier is no longer safe to walk the length, although the front half is still open for walking and fishing.

S.S. Palo Alto June 2013

S.S. Palo Alto June 2013

S.S. Palo Alto August 2018

S.S. Palo Alto August 2018
S.S. Palo Alto August 2018
Pelicans and gulls
     Of course, the afternoon was not all about the ship. My sister and I were having fun playing with our cameras while all three of us walked the beach. We actually walked about 6 miles!!

     We found a winged dragon weathervane on a beach house. How majestic is he??? Click on the caption link to see what he looks like new. This actually was not difficult to research, the weathervane was handmade by a local company. 

Dragon weathervane
      I love the hardiness of flowers growing in the sand. It seems so inhospitable to me, but look at how beautifully they are doing.

     My girl "helping" her auntie with some sandy action shots.

Throwing sand for photograph effect

Sand crab

Walking Seacliff State Beach

Cement ship Seacliff State Beach Aptos

Waves under the pier
      There were several painted pink driftwood logs. I have no idea why they were painted this way, but it looked cute and festive.

painted pink driftwood

   Here is Aptos Creek spilling into the Pacific Ocean. The mouth of the creek often changes course.

Aptos Creek spilling into the ocean
      The famous "Boat House". This majestic beauty is super fun to look at and looks to be even more fun to stay in. Raise your hand if you could live here! It is my dream to live on the beach and be able to grab my coffee and walk the beach for my daily morning exercise. Check this out: this house is an occasional VACATION RENTAL! Starting now, I am saving my dollars for this! Check it out here.

Boat House on Rio Del Mar beach

     I hope you enjoyed seeing our little adventure. All work and no play makes a very boring book jewelry maker, AMIRIGHT? Please, leave a link to your getaway adventures in the comments. I'd love to see what everyone else is up to.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 3??

Could there be a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 3?? I am sure hoping so! Alexis Bledel teases us here on this clip with Jimmy Kimmel. 

Until this movie happens, we will have to be happy watching the first two. Here is something to keep Bridget, Carmen, Lena, and Tibby close to our hearts.

Here is the inspiration behind this first bracelet: Jeans!

This second bracelet was inspired by Carmen's ensemble. The pink pants and blue top are so cute on her and cute on this bracelet too!

What do you think? Would you go for something more neutral, or should I carry it further with other outfit inspirations??

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins fans! I've been hearing a lot of chatter about the new Mary Poppins movie coming out on Christmas. Who can't wait to see it?

I began making Mary Poppins bracelets a few years ago and have now changed my design a bit and now have two choices. As always, color requests are welcomed :)

Do you like these designs? Would you go for something different?