Happy New Year's Eve!


I thought this looked like "star-packed" piece of dynamite . . .

-- in other words, a great way to bring in the NEW YEAR!!

Thank you so so much, our customers, for a simply lovely 2008, and here's to an even lovelier 2009.

But I'd not complain to have a ditto of 2008.

Our Anthill and Kay followers ROCK!!


A0963, $195




No yawning is EVER allowed while wearing this GIGANTOR piece of flower-popping SPLENDOR.

It consists of giant black enamel flower brooch petals that never made it into brooch completion at the factory.

Add to it a bevy of colorful clip back earring bobs from the 1950s, findings removed and drilled through the center to complete this surreal garden spectical befitting ALiCe iN FLoWeRLAnD!

IT IS HUGE! Adjustable to real long -- like 24 inches . . .

All flowers removable for tame (boring!) wear. (That's when you're allowed to yawn a little).

I recommend you wear it FULL THROTTLE!!!

Signed Kay Adams, A0759
Blast Collection, $245,

Meet Me in the Medal


This piece speaks VOLUMES.

It is huge in scale and has eye-stopping color in person. It doesn't really convey well, but such is a still life.

But real life??? Baby, this piece is ALIVE!

It was a former bright gold "Mr. T" looking medallion brooch. I transformed it into a pendant, beaded the center, handpainted it in rich wild complimentary colors, and then custom beaded the sides for further accentuation.


Signed Kay Adams, A0148
Strike Collection, $185

Let's Have Some Fun!


Ain't it just a riot?

It's old plastic bangles -- all slim and mildly colorful.

Whodda thunk they'd make such a funky-cool necklace.

Wear it and fun is GUARANTEED! Guaranteed!

(Guarantee is void if you do unfun stuff in it -- like break up with your boyfriend or have your wisdom teeth pulled).

See -- just looking at it is making me blog delirious!

Signed Kay Adams, A1140
Pop Collection, $65,

Random Couture


I'm not sure what's up with the word steampunk -- it'll do, I guess.

But I'd rather call it Random Couture.

Watches and keyrings, fishing swivels and keys, buckles, beads and caps.

Anyone remember when I did Einstein's Brain?

It's like Einstein's nephew's brain.

Know what I mean?

Signed Kay Adams, $195.

A1248, Sold

Spending Christmas Booty


Know what it's time to do? Take your Christmas booty and come to Anthill and pick out the necklace of your dreams!

I personally think this one is a great choice!

Meet the Chinese Garden Tender.

I had always loved the little antique dress clip of the Chinese water carrier.

Then in my head I saw him lined up with his gardening triumphs -- all the beauty he cultivated through tending his flowers.

And I do believe he's got a wonderful green thumb!

Signed Kay Adams, A1270
Joy Collection, $220, Sold



I hope every joy and toy wished for came to you in 2008.

I wish the same for you in 2009.


7 Trees A Neckin'


Merry Christmas Eve!

Is 7 Trees A Neckin' part of the 12 Days of Christmas song?

I think we should add it . . .

These lovely trees lay festively and happily around your neck (that's the neckin' part, silly . . . mind out of the gutter!).

They were former brooches that I ground the backs smooth then drilled through at various points to enable the "decorating" of the trees.

They are vibrant and dangley, and each has a distinctive little personality. Each is removable to wear one-at-a-time, too! You could change out to a different one all through the month of December.

And you could make it Christmas in July (or April, or August -- or ANYTIME you want!).

Signed Kay Adams, A0862
XMAS YeaRouNd! Collection, $295, Sold

A-R-T of the Christmas Tree


A feathery ethereal Christmas Art Tree.

It was a filthy, dull, useless, life size brass tree when I picked up at a flea market.

I cleaned it, painted it salmony ivory, drilled it everywhere and hung white feathers, white lights and clear crystals all over it.

I enjoyed it at the house one Christmas before I hauled it up to Anthill where a fellow art freak promptly bought it.

Now I miss it. Miss you Art Tree! But I know you're in a good, artful, Christmasy home.

Merry Christmas to that tree and to that home!


Littler Still . . .


I'm not sure why I insist on making littler a word.

I guess I just find it so darn useful.

This diminutive little beauty is chock-a-block in colorful goodness and tantalizing folkiness.

It's simple but complex, folky but polished.

If you're like me, it's for you!

Signed Kay Adams, P0708
XMAS YeaRouNd! Collection, $125, Sold

Badonkadonk, Badinkadink


A smaller version in this series of layered stack attack Christmas trees.

Same impact on a littler (word?) scale.

So I can appeal to the badinkadinks as well as the badonkadonks. =)

Signed Kay Adams.

P0201, Sold

Eclectic Christmas Mamma


Ain't she a beaut?

She's pink and blue and weird and wild and lovely.

I think that's the official definition of eclectic!

THE DAY is only 5 days away!!

Measures 2.5" tall by 2" wide.

Signed Kay Adams.



Norman Rockwell's Chandelier


Can I blog on a really pretty chandelier that I made many, many years ago?

It was always one of my favorites -- so festive and unusual. It had "berry" bobeches and was draped in chain after chain of peridot, tourmaline and amber swags.

It just seemed liked it should be hanging over a loving family's crowded dining room table.

The carved turkey and honey-glazed ham complete with pineapples are just waiting to be carved.

And I see the cranberry sauces and the hand-decorated sugar cookies over to the side -- and there's the bowl of the walnuts still in the shell, sitting next to the nutcrackers. I see the sweet potato casserole and many many other condiments.

I hear the children laughing and the adults story-telling.

I feel certain this is exactly the environment into which this chandelier found it's way.

This chandelier was a mood -- a perpetually beautiful, content and comfortable, good, Norman Rockwell family mood.

A major Merry Christmas, everyone.


Retro Pearl Bomb!


Retro Pearl Bomb!

Virtually no caps -- ALL beads -- in a distinctively vintage color palate.

WWII pearl stock tops off each bead for added play and moveable swing!

It's like snow balls on each ornament!!

Crowned with a rhinestone ball "star," complete with rhinestone streamers (a former earring).


$85, Sold


Candy Canes, HO HO!


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go.

Take a look at the Anthill, step in
It's glistening, glissssennning,
with CANDY CANE necklaces, HO, HO!

Whimsy rules in this sequin patch turned necklace. The sequin patch has been leather-back to give it more structure, and then trailing beads have been draped from the center for added flair.

Eclectic old fashioned beads dance up the neck in complete unharmonized harmony. How does it always work out like that? It's completely magic to me!

Signed Kay Adams



Swirly Twirly


This drama queen tree is constructed a bit differently from the rest.

Its "ornaments" are wired in a woven fashion as compared to when I drill thru the back and stack attack.

Creates a less uniform, more playful look.

Fun, whimsical and SWIRLY TWIRLY!

Signed Kay Adams.

$195, SOLD


Jim Dandy, Eye Candy!


Jim Dandy, Eye Candy!

Normal spiel . . . irresistible and far far far prettier (and bigger looking!) in person.

Pastels with some incorrigible pops of vibrancy for the unexpected DAZZLE.

Will be your favorite Christmas tree pin ever!

Measures 2.5" high and 2" wide. LARGE AND LOVELY!

Signed Kay Adams.






Why 143%? I don't know -- mainly because its the numbers my fingers magically found when I went to type a number. Like a oujia board --

The point is that it is DAZZLING, ALIVE, FESTIVE and JOLLY! But pictures don't always convey that Joy! So percentage keys have to.

Warped logic for a magical necklace!

Enjoy! Signed Kay Adams.

A0377, SOLD

BURSTING with Goodness!


It's beads are so big it's like the tree is BURSTING!

This is a plump one.

Loaded and decked like the others.

Ready to dazzle your lapel and your friends!

This IS NOT Charlie Brown's Christmas tree.
(Although it might be Lucy's)! :)

Approx. 2" x 2"

Signed Kay Adams, P0702
Xmas YearRound Collection, Sold

Kitschy Cutie


Really kitsch and loaded on this little handmade cutie.

Leather-backed sequin patch is pierced and layered with beads and chains, sequins and earrings.

You name it, if it was miniature, cute and near me, it made its way on this frolicking fir. (You just can't tell it's a fir for all the stuff loaded on it).

Signed Kay Adams.


P0706, SOLD

Layers and Stacks


As gorgeous a Christmas tree pin as ever got made!!

The only one like it in the whole wide world!

Layers and stacks of colorful and rhinestone goodness.

2 1/2" tall by 2" wide. Nice and BIG!

Good stuff.

Signed Kay Adams.


P0202, SOLD

It's a T-BEAR!


It's a t-bear!

A winter t-bear!

A sequin winter t-bear!

A red-scarf sequin winter t-bear!

A Kay Adams red-scarf sequin winter t-bear!

Ok -- I'll stop.



A rhinestoned-hat Kay Adams red-scarf sequin winter t-bear! (oops . . . sorry)

Crammed FULL!


Let's see what's on here . . .
jingle bells
santa lapel pin
wreath brooch
holly leaves pin
santa earrings
stocking brooch #1
christmas tree pin
teddy bear earring
poinsettia earrings
elf lapel pin
stocking brooch #2
double bells pin
bell brooch
angel pin
christmas tree earrings
snowman pendant
holly leaf pin

* lots of beads nestled through custom drilled holes and tucked in unsuspected nooks and crannies,
* swarovski rhinestone headpins,
* and faceted crystal garnet bead chain from which all this reworked, recycled jewelry hangs.

ANY given piece can be removed for single element wear! =)

GET IN THE SPIRIT! Signed Kay Adams.


A0527, SOLD

Jump on my neck!


Oh Tannenbaum, Oh Tannenbaum, please jump around my neck.

Get happy, festive and pretty AND grab attention all at the same time when you wear this Christmas tree necklace.

Decorated with five former brooches and two former postback earrings, with the addition of vintage ruby carnival glass beads from Japan.

Offset in irresistible eclectasy (new word!) with the mossy green bead chain.

It's adorable and so will you be when you wear it!

Signed Kay Adams, A1113
XMAS YeaRouNd! Collection, Sold

Frosty's Family


Didn't know Frosty was married, did you?

That's his wife in the center, and all their chillins' (pun intended) playing on the crystal chain.

Frosty's been busier than we all thought!

Frosty himself was not put in this necklace as he was out on a press junket for the upcoming holiday season.


$185, SOLD

Funky Christmas Monkey


What a funky little Christmas monkey.

This little goober was made by adhering a sequin patch to a piece of leather, then using a giant industrial leather sewing machine needle to pierce the back numerous times over in order to stack and embellish, embellish and stack, stack and stack and embellish some more.

It looks like a 1960's folk art Christmas tree.

It's cozy and unaffected by Nordstrom's . . . know what I mean?

Signed Kay Adams.



Batman Smells


Jingle Bells, Batman smells,

no wait . . .

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,

no wait . . .

Jingle Bells, Anthill Sells, lots of Christmas fun. Come and get a Kay Adams piece before the day is done.

Yeah -- that's the one.

Bells galore in this loaded charm bracelet. Includes some very old brass ones, a vintage Swiss bell complete with transferware chalet flowers, and delightful jadeite celluloid bell. MUCH cuter in person!!!

Festivity for your wrist. $95.

Signed Kay Adams.

B0706, SOLD

Where's the Xmas Party?


A Christmas party right on your lapel!

It's tree deeee-lish!

Reds and greens pop in a standing room only format -- using antique molded Czechoslovakian glass beads, vintage aluminium flowers, rare plastic bead caps, oddly shaped sequins, and hand painted wooden beads.

This beauty has it all! And it shouts, "MERRY CHRISTMAS!"

P0203, $165.


Santa Claus is coming to CARYtown!


You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I'm telling you why . . .

Santa Claus is in CARYTOWN! And at Anthill specifically!

In fact, he took a clone pill and now look! There are 5 of him! All on the same necklace. Will Santa's wonders never cease?

A polyclay Santa, a fired ceramic, a wooden one, an enameled metal and and 1930's celluloid one, complete with his rhinestone studded toy bag (added by yours truly, of course). All former brooches or uses. All back sanded baby's bottom smooth.


Signed Kay Adams, A1096
XMas YeaRround Collection, Sold

Yummy Xmas!


If you live in Richmond, PLEASE come by the shop, Anthill Antiques, 3439 W. Cary St., and see this in person. So so so pretty, and so hard to convey in a photo.

Handmade Christmas tree pin in this series of Christmas jewelry. An unadorned vintage tree is drilled and adorned in every conceivable nook and cranny to make this oneuvakind handmade collectible.

Colors everywhere -- pales and vibrants, opaque and iridescents, vintage Swarovski components, metallics and old glass flower bead caps -- IT IS LOADED!

Measures a showy 3" tall by 2" wide.

Signed Kay Adams, $165.


Thank you for looking!! Merry Coming Christmas!!

Guilt-free Merry Christmas!


It's December 1!

I can now say, "Merry Christmas!" guilt free!

And as such, here will the first in my series on Christmas tree pins.

These are delightful and impactful little creations I make by drilling through a blank unadorned tree pin, then stacking tons of old goodies to make the most unique and mesmerizing tree you will see anywhere.

You could possibly find dazzling mass produced, but you'll never find a more unique and captivating one-of-a-kind. It measures a large 3" tall, by 2" wide. Bedecked and bejewel on every part of its 5 total square inches.

This one is in reds, aquas, and oranges -- how eclectically cool is that????

Merry Christmas!!!! Guilt free! IT'S DECEMBER 1ST! Oh my goodness! Only 24 more shopping days 'til THE DAY!

Signed Kay Adams.

P0704, $165.

I Heart Jodie!


You've got to meet Jodie Smart.

She is one of the most alive, enthused and happy peeps you will ever meet. She always comes into Anthill bubbling over, laughing and grinning.

She's my kind of person because unguarded comments just come flying out of her mouth.

They're always kind, but they're never contrived or filtered. Things like:

"OH! Grrroowwllll, Look at That! LOOK AT IT!"

"That's So Gorgeous IT'S RIDICULOUS!"

"OMG, I'm gonna FAINT -- I've GOTTA HAVE THAT!"

I'm probably putting words in her mouth, because she's probably never said exactly any of those things -- but that's the essence. And everyone catches her spirit (enthusiasm is contagious, you know), and her and my energy builds off each other, and the shop gets loud and full and people stare at us like we're loons . . . but they always agree that whichever necklace she's opted for, it's a no-brainer, must-have.

So here's awesome Jodie in her latest! She looks amazing! =)

Jodie makes everyone SMILE! =)

A0757, Sold

A Childhood Memory


''Kay, are you taking apart your barbie dolls again?''

''Yes, Mother, and making the most groovy necklace ever!''

Excuse me -- I was revisiting my childhood . . .

Bratz and Barbie doll parts lept at the chance to be a part of this strange body parts collage. Hands and feet are embellished with ''diamonds'' and jewels, so as to be sure and one-up each other. You know how kids are.

Signed Kay Adams, A0937
Blast Collection, Sold

Black Friday Memories


Sometimes I revisit designs I made in the past and don't for the life of me know why haven't done another like it.

I thought of this necklace this morning, because I wore it last year on Thanksgiving day and then took it into the shop the next morning, Black Friday, and sold it immediately.

Now it's been a year and I've never attempted another like it. I'm convincing myself as I type this to do another beauty of this sort.

But it won't get done today, 'cause I'm off to the shop to "sell 'em up!" :))

Happy Black Friday, Blitz Day, (Big Retail Day) -- look for an available piece like this one coming soon!

A0116, $195, Sold

Thank You

11/27/08, Thanksgiving Day

There is confliction as to who is the actual author of this essay -- rumored to be Leno or Letterman, who knows . . . maybe even just some guy . . . but it's fitting for Thanksgiving day. I happen to think most Americans ARE appreciative, but let's remind ourselves. We really do need to give thanks. We are fortunate.

"The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some poll data I found rather hard to believe. The poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy . . . in essence 2/3 of the citizenry just ain't happy and want a change. I started thinking, "What are we so unhappy about?''

A. Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?

B. Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the

C. Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job?

D. Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year?

E. Maybe it is the ability to drive our cars and trucks from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state?

F. Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter?

G. I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough either.

H. Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you to the hospital.

I. Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home.

J. You may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames, thus saving you, your family, and your belongings.

K. Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TV's, a burglar or prowler intrudes, an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss.

L. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90% of teenagers own cell phones and computers.

How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world?

Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S., yet has a great disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people in the world who do nothing but complain about what we don't have and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here.

There is exponentially more good than bad. We are among the most blessed people on Earth and should thank God several times a day, or at least be thankful and appreciative." -- author apparently unknown

Is Peter Max in the house?


If Peter Max had been born female, would he have wanted to wear this? Or maybe if he had just been born closer to the metrosexual era we're in now?

This screams of Twiggy and Laugh-In. The 1960's personified. Odd given that most of the elements are 1980's. But that's how art is. It morphs into it's own skin and then there's no denying its true essence.

So get your groove -- and your knee-high white boots on, and GO SHAGGIN'! (that means dancing, right?)

Said a la Mike Myers, "Fun, BABY, fun! Yeah . . . baby!"

$195, A1047

Rear Window


I have a lovely young customer who is from one of the most gorgeous places on the earth, Zagreb, Croatia.

I've had the pleasure of visiting that city, and how I'd love to go back one day.

Miss modelesque Iva sent me this picture of Grace Kelly from the movie Rear Window wearing a most gorgeous vintage bracelet. Could I make her something like it, she asked. For Iva, the answer was yes.

It's chocked full of vintage chunky golden charms, several of which were former earrings, vintage satin gold beads embellished with the yummiest old bead caps I could find, and to make it super-special, I tucked in a charm of the continent of Africa.

She'll be going there on a trip soon and knew it would have wonderful meaning for her.
All charms removable for individual wear as well.

B0710, Sold



A piece with presence!

1940's earrings have become the voice of this never-to-happen-again necklace.

Gorgeous turquoises juxtapose next to porcelain yellows and fire engine reds. Includes Venetian glass, Italian lampwork, English porcelain and vintage carved celluloid.

Hangs from vintage baby pearl chain.

Each element made removable for individual wearing.

Inedibly YUMMY!

Signed Kay Adams, A0801
Joy Collection, $175, Sold

Cutest Ever


Meet lovely mother and daughter Rachel and Barbara Driver. Rachel is about as pretty as they come, and you can see where she gets those good looks!

Barbara has become a great fan of Anthill and Kay necklaces and I LOVE her sense of style. She loves glamour and sophistication, and of course the classics (Chanel, Haskell), but always with an eye for that piece that has a certain j'ne sais quoi that makes it inch out above the rest.

I've recently made Barbara a piece using some OUTSTANDING Chanel earrings she bought, and I can't wait to show her! Watch for that blog coming soon.

In the meantime, here she's wearing this fun-filled glamour number that is one-in-this-world.

Just like Barbara herself!

A0134, SOLD



Baby locket collection.

Tiny beauties; rare collection. Two real gold.

Adjustable to 18". Signed Kay Adams

$225, SOLD