Inspired by Vintage Jewelry

I absolutely love vintage jewelry. I’ve been collecting it, especially rhinestone jewelry, since I was a teenager.  So, I guess it is natural that pieces from vintage jewelry would make their way into the jewelry I create.  I love to use components from broken, mismatched, and disassembled  vintage jewelry as well as vintage beads.  I even collect clips and buckles from old shoes and belts.vintage assemblace rhinestone earrings by Janell Mithani

Of course, I would never take apart a special or valuable piece of jewelry.  Those, I just save to wear on special occasions… like when I go to the grocery store.  🙂

vintage assemblage rhinestone necklace by Janell Mithani

I really love the  slightly worn look to pieces that have aged.  It makes me think that someone must have really loved the piece and wore it all the time.  Or that a special person, who loved them very much, gave it to them.  I know,  I am a hopeless romantic!

Vintage assemblage gold and pearl necklace by Janell Mithani

I also love mixing components that I create (like the little rose bud above) with vintage beads.  Clear crystals and pearls are one of my favorite combinations.


I used a vintage shoe buckle as the focal piece for this necklace. I have been eyeing some of my girlfriends shoes…


I was missing my favorite color green, so I added some colors into this necklace.


Doesn’t my daughters vintage perfume bottle show off this sweet bracelet?  I borrowed a few from her collection to use as “props” on my latest photo shoot.


Oh, but don’t worry —  I haven’t forgotten about my fairies!   I am in the process of re-learning to solder (I haven’t soldered since college and that was a very long time ago!) and I have this fabulous idea to mix tiny images of my fairy paintings with my assemblage jewelry.  I am so excited about it!  Actually, I have thought about doing this for a while now, “marrying” the two things I love to create.  I just had to think about it and figure out the process.  I will share pictures of these new creations soon.

Have a wonderful, creative, day, Janell

Holiday Getaway and Photographing my Daughter at the Beach

The past few weeks have been busy with family, friends, celebrations, traveling and a bit of time for reading. We had a chance to run off to Cambria for a few days right before Christmas and had a wonderful time.  We walked the beach, hiked the trails at Fiscalini Ranch, took a tour of Hearst Castle, enjoyed fish and chips, barbecue… and I got a chance to do a quick photo shoot of my daughter at the beach.

Portrait by Janell Mithani Portrait by Janell Mithani

I loved the beautiful light at sunset, but you have to work fast! We were running and chasing the light at the end. I fill flashed her in on the second shot as the light was pretty much gone.

We found both vintage dresses at thrift stores.  One of our favorite mom and daughter outings is to look for beautiful vintage dresses at thrift stores and vintage shops.  She found the purple dress while we were visiting with family in Oregon in August and the green and black dress here in the Los Angeles area in October.   I am pretty sure I had a dress similar to the purple dress when I was a teenager… guess that make me “vintage”. 🙂

Have a wonderful creative day, Janell