Sunday, July 4, 2010

Blown Away by the Wind







Do you know your ‘style' ?

When it comes to clothes, I don’t think I ever really had a ‘style’. I’m not tall, thin, svelte. My body wasn’t meant for the runway or catwalk.

As a matter of fact, I don’t find it easy to find clothes to fit my 5’1” – not thin frame.

However, I can make a statement with my jewelry.
I do know my jewelry style and I have a jewelry box to prove it!

I recently visited Philadelphia – the city of art, murals, history, John Wind, freedom, cheesesteaks. Whoa, back up a little...John Wind? Do you know him?
I didn't know him, but I do now! Yes, Philadelphia is where I discovered John Wind.


A friend and I walked into an upscale boutique on Walnut Street. I didn’t make it past the front of the shop where there was a jewelry display. I was immediately blown away by the jewelry I saw. I asked about it and was told the pieces were created by Philadelphia designer John Wind. His jewelry spoke to me and I listened. I knew it must have a story to tell.




First, let me tell you what I've learned about John Wind. He has twenty-five years of experience in his field. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania and London's Slade School of Fine Art. He first designs were Victorian-inspired brooches. His jewelry is both vintage and modern. His work is snapped up by celebrity clients who wear his jewelry proudly.

He and his jewelry are written about in nearly every fashion magazine worldwide.



His jewelry has raised money to help in his humanitarian effort to fight Aids. From all accounts, he and his company's staff are a kind and friendly, loving group of people.

Imagine found brooches, necklaces, bracelets from the flea markets of Paris or London. That's what I think of when I see John Wind jewelry.





Mr. Wind's jewelry is classy, fun, sophisticated

and pretty enough to display anywhere when you aren't wearing it.




Now, I want to tell you the story that the pieces of John Wind jewelry I bought told me.


This bracelet told me how it was created with a love of the past and a piece of history.

See the Fleur De Lis? That's a French lily, emblematic of French heraldry.

See the crown? Could there be anything that says "Royality" more than a crown ...and I AM the Queen of my castle.
Oh! The crown enhancer is also a locket!

The rooster says that although I'm a farm girl at heart, I am of French descent (truly, I am), and the rooster is also a symbol of France...and of Key West, Florida, which I'm pretty fond of!

Ah, my bird - I love to fly to parts unknown (unknown to me, at least), and I just love birds in general. I think of them as free spirits.

And look at that chunky number "4" - can you guess? Just ask me about that number "4" and I'll tell you about the loves of my life...my four grandchildren.

Go ahead - just ask me!!!

I hope you can see the delicate key and compass enhancer. The compass says that I do love to travel the world and the key says that travel can unlock you imagination -the only thing greater than your dreams.

The real working clock tells me that I'm usually not on time...ahem!

Moving on to the important stuff, such as the beautiful initial "D" with the pearl. Okay, that's easy - my name begins with "D"...but isn't that a pretty piece?! ..and last, but not least by any means - my Bee. My Bee is very special to me. It's the meaning and symbol of my name "Deborah". Or it could tell you that I am the Queen Bee in our family...well, perhaps in my own mind! I've named this blog Miss Bee's Haven and my dearest friends call me Miss Bee. So, you see why my Bee is a very special piece?

The enhancers on this bracelet that I put together, can be rearranged or taken off and added to a necklace or another bracelet.



I'm hoping for other pieces of John Wind jewelry that will add to my story...
perhaps a musical piece like a mandolin.




Well, I've probably kept you too long. I must tell you how much I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you see how excited I am about this line of jewelry.

If you want a closer look at any if my pictures, just click on the photo.

You can visit John Wind and his Maximal Art Company HERE and HERE.


I hope you are as blown away by the Wind as I am!



This post is linked to Show and Tell Fridays

21 comments:

Blondie's Journal said...

Thanks for the tip on John Wind's jewelry. It's beautiful. I love anything with crowns!!

xoxo
Jane

Dawn said...

After reading your post I am almost embarrassed to say I am not a big jewelry person. I have my wedding ring, watch and one necklace that I wear (because it was my grandmother's).

You are a wealth of information for me :)

take care,
Dawn

Keetha Denise Broyles said...

I have a style - - - it's called eclectic. Means I wear what I like all mish mashed together.

;-)

claudie said...

How sweet is your special bracelet Miss Bee? It suits you to a "T". I like the fact that you can take the charms off and put them on a necklace. My cousin wants me to help her sell her cool pieces of jewelry this weekend, back in my hometown. It's over 100 degrees right now... if it's that hot I'm staying here where it's nice and cool : )
I'm going to check John's site now. Remember we first talked about charm bracelets over a year ago? I remember that like it was yesterday.
I liked your description of every single charm. I should look into a little watch for mine...
Love You
Love Me
xoxoxo

JEANNE said...

Hi Deborah, I was so impressed by your post about John Wind. I have not heard of him but his jewelry is very pretty but more than that it is interesting. The piece you explained is awesome. I will check out his site. Thank you for your shout out.
How are you Ms Bee? I hope you keep posting. I have been bad about visiting lately. Lots of company as always. It is nice to say hello.

Have a wonderful day tomorrow Deborah.
Love, Jeanne xoxo

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Very, very neat! Love it!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Craig Miyamoto said...

Wow, what stuff. Too bad I can't wear things like that ... or can I?

xoxox Craig

debbie said...

HI DEBORAH,
I JUST SAW THIS POST...AWESOME...
YOU COULD HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT ME...I LOVE ROOSTERS...I DREAM TO GO TO PARIS AND I LOVE THE OCEAN BUT HAVE NEVER BEEN TO KEY WEST. I HAVE ONLY BEEN TO THE OCEAN ONE TIME...CHARLESTON FOR LESS THAN A HALF A DAY.
I LOVE HOW YOU DESCRIBED EACH CHARM....I LOVE THE BRACELET
I AM GOING TO READ ABOUT JOHN WIND NEXT.
BEAUTIFUL POST.
HAS THE OIL SPILL AFFECTED YOUR BEACHES...I PRAY NOT.
HUGS
SIMPLY DEBBIE

John Wind said...

Dear Miss Bee, I so enjoyed reading your take on our jewels. You made them come to life, and in your very personal assemblage did exactly what we hoped! Thank you for your enthusiasm, support, and sharing our work with your world. Maximally, John Wind

ps to Craig I say--Guys can't do the charm bracelets, but we have an awesome keyring on the maximalart.com website (it's part of the John Wind AIDS Jewelry Project) and you can personalize that with charms... that's how I get to have fun too!

Craig Miyamoto said...

John, that's a nice key ring. Maybe ...

STyle SHepherd said...

Wish you could have helped me merchandise John's trade shows years ago. You completely get it! Smooches!

STyle SHepherd said...

Craig! I bow down... you are THE ultimate blogger! How many blogs do you write? Amazing!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Deborah,
Thank you for stopping by StoneGable and entering my giveaway, and for your kind comments.
What a find in Philadelphia! From one jewerly lover to another~ you found a real treasure.
I live about an hour and 15 minutes from Philly and I going to look him up!
Wonderful and informative post!
Yvonne

Craig Miyamoto said...

STyle SHepherd. I have 6 blogs, but two of them don't require much writing. Thanks for the compliment!

~ Craig

Sylvia said...

Hi Deborah...thanks for visiting my blog and when you mentioned charm bracelets I had to come and see yours. Your bracelet is beautiful and very unique, I love the rooster because I too think of Key West and love that number charm. Very unique. John Wind has some beautiful jewelry, what a nice collection to start.

Sylvia

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Oh my Goodness, I love the bracelet!
Thank you for sharing!
Leticia

Bevlove said...

I loved your post on John Wind's jewelry and although I have several charm bracelets, I don't have any charms from his collection. I'll have to do something about that.

~ Bev

ann said...

Deb,I am so glad you come and got me.I love your new blog dres and everything you have done.
And the jewelry is wowowowow.i peurticularly love the rooster ,of coure;haha....Anniepoo

claudie said...

I just bought "Country Living" and what do I find in one of the adds? Charm bracelets, and John Wind is one of them. What are the odds of me finding him if not for you Miss Bee? Isn't that cool?
Speaking of cool, our new air conditioner is cooling us off nicely. It's been HOT!...but I love it. It's much better than snow.
I'm looking out my window right now, and I'm watching the most magnificent sunset, and thinking of you : )
Love you
Love Me
xoxoxoxo

ann said...

Deb,I LOVE------your new blog and the name is perfect.I'm so proud you found your bracelet,sometimes we're just meant to own something so very special as this.
I am doing fine.I don't blog anymore,being homebound gives you little to blog about,ha.And my precious family has left me alone very little since i have been sick.
I miss everyone and fully intend to at least get back into reading yalls blogs.I so enjoy them.
Take care,I'll be back.....Ann

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