Necklace Hyponosis

08/31/09

Stare into the center of the necklace . . .

Relax . . .

Your eyes are getting heavy.

Your legs are motionless and comfortable.

Your mind is feeling open and aware.

You like this feeling.

You are happy.

Relax . . .

Buy a Kay necklace . . .

Signed Kay Adams, A0161
Bitz Collection, Sold

Into Every Life . . .

08/30/09



















Into every life, a little art must fall.

This piece is comprised of necklaces:
A1581-$195. Item Sold. Please email for similar design.
A1582-$225. Item Sold. Please email for similar design.
A1583-$115. Item Sold. Please email for similar design.

Price for necklace as shown $535.

Signed Kay Adams, L1584
Juice Collection, Sold

Math Lesson

08/29/09

Five porcelain flowers, vintage 1950's stock from Japan.

Plus,

Eighteen
Tiffany blue lucite oversize beads.

Equals,

One
beautiful NECK.






Signed Kay Adams, A1464
Blast Collection, $225, Sold

~~~ Thread-oh Meadow ~~~

08/28/09

A MEADOW OF . . . MOLDED THREAD??

Indeed, that is what we have here.

A necklace whose bibbed base is a mass of tangled threads -- yes, I'm so obsessed, I collect thread scraps in their own drawer, aptly titled, "thread scraps."

These salvaged scraps were dipped in sculpting paste and hardeners, then hand-molded and formed.

It was then drilled through to wire in the vintage flower bursts and enamel butterfly and the little dingle dangles that adorn it throughout.

I do believe they call this kind of art a labor of love.
Signed Kay Adams, A1090
Juice Collection, Sold

Scrolling by . . .

08/27/09

Vintage scrolled initial pins grace this beautiful necklace
with all the savoir faire they have perpetually held.

So classic, it's current.

Good style never changes.









Signed Kay Adams, A0806
Lore Collection, Sold

Three Cheers for JOEY!

08/26/09

How 'bout that Joey?
Ain't she cool?
Wears them jools that make 'em drool!
Put on a necklace,
Put on a ring,
Come on Joey, DO YOUR THING!
YEEHA!

Well, at least one cheer anyway --I don't know if I can remember three!! . . . and I think the words to the above one just changed a bit . . .

Joey and I used to be cheerleaders at Hermitage High School. Gooooo PANTHERS!

Recently Joey was in Anthill and for kicks she brought her cheering outfit from back in the day. It was so tiny!!

WHAT A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE! We weren't as big as a bump on a log. Heck! We weren't as big as a flea on a fly on a bump on a log!!


It was great fun seeing you, Joey! You haven't changed a bit!

Love your necklaces!!!

Great taste in schools and jools! YEEHA!!!


Can you pick us out??


















Signed Kay Adams, A1246, A1093
Strike & Joy Collections, Sold

Here's My Point

08/25/09

My explanation point, that is.

Made with bakelite ! ! !

See why I needed to make one? --

Bakelite can't exist without ! ! !

See?






Signed Kay Adams, A1092
Bitz Collection, $65


Toilet Rose

08/24/09

Truly -- this is a pink rose from a 1950's crocheted toilet seat cover.

Can't you just picture the pink poodle skirt worn by the woman who crocheted it?

The faceted jade crystals bring it into the "now."

But the nostalgia of the rose keeps it awesomely "then."







Signed Kay Adams, A1505
Bitz Collection, $55

Stranger In a Strange(r) Land

08/21/09

Had it existed at the time,
I think Heinlein would've let Mike
bring this back as a gift from Mars for Nurse Jill.


Just my theory.









Signed Kay Adams, A1530
Blast Collection, Sold

Time 4 Fun!

08/21/09

Any TIME,

seems like a good TIME,

to wear a WATCH creation.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
All authentic vintage watch faces, center one mother-of-pearl.

All Swarovski rhinestone studded and mounted to vintage black lucite flowers.

All removable to wear sole.

All this makes for . . . a FUN TIME!!!

Signed Kay Adams, A1373
Toc Collection, $185

Let Me See Ya Grill

08/19/09

Skull necklace with skeleton key sides,
a grill with spiders and bling,
and all the while he's crying a spider teardrop.

And what does he have to say about it?

CLICK HERE!







Signed Kay Adams, A1528
Strike Collection, Sold



JA-JA-JA-GIANNNT

08/18/09

And all I can say is, it's not as JAJAJA-GIANT as WHAT is COMING!!!

But it doesn't make this unGIANT, nonetheless.

If you prefer your jewelry diminutive, please disregard this INSANELY HUGE NECKLACE.

Signed Kay Adams, A1556
Juice Collection, $635, Sold

Purchase

How Do I Love Thee?

08/17/09

LET ME COUNT THE WAYS!!

THIS IS MY MONSIE AND SHE IS MY BFFFFFFFF!















FOREVER and EVER and EVER and EVER you feisty little Filipino, you!! :)

Mona and I go waaaayy back to the good 'ole school days.

She's got three beautiful kids now and is as sparkling cute as she ever was!

For her b-day she wanted a Kay necklace. And what Mona wants, Mona gets.

Happy Birthday angel! Love you!!

A Classic

08/16/09

So gorgeous, so wearable.

Looks great glammed up or in a tee.

All old rhinestone jewelry pieces, converted into pendants, each removable to wear independently.

The gift that keeps on giving.







Signed Kay Adams, A1154
Lux Collection, Sold

West of Maui

08/15/09

A delightful, whimsical piece ~~~

A collection of 1950's Hawaiian souvenir shell collage earrings.

Further rhinestone-enhanced and
generously entangled in nests of pearls.

It is the most charming little collage-within-a-collage west of Maui . . .

--perhaps even east of Maui!








Signed Kay Adams, A1156
Joy Collection, Sold

SUMPTU-LISCIOUSNESS

08/14/09

This cup doesn't runneth over.

THIS CUP BUBBLETH OVER!

Lucite crystals - in frostyish/clear and pale blue - mix with GIANT pearls in a irresistible palette of SUMPTU-LISCIOUSNESS. (pronounced: sump-shoo-lish-us-ness).

Man it is fun making up words (it's actually easier for me than real words, and if you happen to know me, you indeed know I invent vocabulary as I go along).

And besides, a good-looking necklace is always a good reason for adding a new entry in the unabridged dictionary of jewelry slang --



Signed Kay Adams, A1557
Posh Collection, $195, Sold

Black & Gold Lemonade

08/13/09

Yesterday's Lesson:

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.


Today's Lesson:

When life gives you gobs of golden earrings and loads of black beads, make jewels.







Signed Kay Adams, A1421
Blast Collection, Sold






Beauty? Check! Brains? Check!

08/12/09

If these two aren't the cutest I've ever seen, I don't know who might be.

Becca and her friend Sophie are classmates and both really love vintage jewelry.

I think it is so awesome when young people have an appreciation for the older jewelry -- something not only beautiful, but that has some history and significance.

It's such of world of instant gratification, wear it once and let it fall apart. Planned obsolescence -- 'cause there's two million more where "that" came from.

Not with vintage -- and these girls know that.
They'll learn more, they'll always have loads of fun treasure hunting, and they'll have a style ALL THEIR OWN --

So . . . how smart -- AND CUTE -- are they?!!! :)



Signed Kay Adams, A1358
Blast Collection, Sold

Turned On It's Side

08/11/09

And a beautiful side it is.

A Victorian rhinestone collar pin (made to be worn horizontally) is ground smooth, turned on it's side, drilled and suspended from a gracefully linked silver chain.

Rebirth.

Lovely.






Signed Kay Adams, A0154
Bitz Collection, Sold

Carved Razor Blades?

08/10/09

Rhinestone-studded dressclip backs.

Cool.

They almost look like carved razor-blades to me.

Some are so much like little works of art -- and often engraved works of art -- it's a shame they were on the backside of the beautiful and elaborate rhinestone fur clips and dressclips from which they came.

All their sharp little gripper prongs (cleats) have been ground smooth, so you will have poke-free enjoyment.

I'm just glad they are so pretty . . . and unique . . . and odd . . . and edgy . . . and cool, because this necklace exists as a result of that completely unique beauty.

Signed Kay Adams, A1501
Lore Collection, $155, Sold

Happy WF Day!

08/09/09


Happy Watermelon Festival Day!













Signed Kay Adams, A0196
Bitz Collection, Sold

WATERMELONS & ANNIVERSARY'S


08/08/09

If you're in Richmond, remember the 26th Annual CARYTOWN WATERMELON FESTIVAL is tomorrow -- 10-6.

Nine city blocks blocked off for watermelon, elephant ears, watermelon, crabcakes, watermelon, cucumbers on a stick, watermelon, mango lassi's, watermelon, Italian sausage, watermelon.

AND WATERMELON!!!

Plus bands, contests, VENDORS, retailers, sales, exhibits, and 90,000 of your closest friends.

AND WATERMELON!!






Come join all the peoples -- 1000's of them -- somewhere around 90,000 of them to be exactish. Did I just say that?

And HAVE SOME WATERMELON!!

Have I already mentioned that?

Be sure to stop by ANTHILL and say HI!

And HAVE SOME WATERMELON!!

PS -- We opened our doors to the public on a Watermelon Festival -- August 12, 1996!!!




HAPPY 13 YEAR ANNIVERSARY ANTHILL!

Gorgeous Guilloche

08/07/09

5 vintage lockets. All handpainted. All on guilloche enamel.

Guilloche is a technique for etching metal, named after a French engineer, Guillot.

He invented a machine that could scratch fine patterns and designs on metallic surfaces.

Thus when powdered glass is placed on top of an etched (guilloched) design and fired -- turning it into enamel -- the pattern from underneath shows through.

We have had some INCREDIBLE examples of it at Anthill over the years -- it can be a breathtaking art form.

And so it is here. Soft, romantic and and quite simply lovely.


Signed Kay Adams, A1414
Joy Collection, $155

Denim, Meet Rhinestone

08/06/09

Like two great things that go great together, Reese's peanut butter and chocolate, for instance, so it is with . . .

Rhinestone and denim.

An exquisite match.

Rhinestone dresses denim.
Denim relaxes rhinestone.

Now, let's put on our jeans, don our glitz and
GO EAT A BAG OF REESE'S!

:)

Signed Kay Adams, A1262
Juice Collection, Sold

COUNT ME IN!!!!

08/05/09

Hey Everybody!!

Taking this opportunity to tell you all to COME TO CARYTOWN
TOMORROW --- THURSDAY --- NIGHT!!

The retailers will be open LATE for the monthly
Carytown First Thursdays!!

Specials will be offered by all the retailers, the restaurants are zipping and zinging and
Mr. Carytown Cat wants to say MEOW-HI to YOU!



Anthill is offering buy 5 get 1 free deals on all vintage badges (and WE'VE GOT SOME FUNNY ONES), old patches, glitzy 1980's sequin appliques, and old postage stamps from every country you can think of (and probably several you can't!).


So it's a DATE!!

Ciao!

See you tomorrow!!!

Split Necklacality

08/04/09

It's like a split personality -- or like the necklace is having an identity crisis.


I say more power to personality challenged necklaces.










Signed Kay Adams, A0146
Bitz Collection, Sold

Varmints Rule

08/03/09


Showin' some love for the Scottish Woofus.






Signed Kay Adams, A0941
Bitz Collection, $65

Betty Boop Ain't Got Nothing on YOU

08/02/09

LOOK! I made a digital painting of my friend Ann!!

Ain't it cute???

Here she's modeling her latest and greatest Kay necklaces -- glopped together as I encourage people to do!

It makes 'em look all wild and wooly, like umkempt hair -- then if you want to look refined, you can wear one at a time or even ONE ELEMENT at a time --

VERSATILITY BABY -- like VARIETY -- is the spice of life!! (not recommended in the spousal department, btw, if you prefer your marriage to last).

Thanks Annie -- but don't get your gun and shoot me. I think this picture is ADORABLE -- AND I think it should be your new facebook profile pic -- I'm just sayin'. . . .















Signed Kay Adams, A1471, A1475
Lux & Lore Collections, Sold

Strategy B

08/01/09

Strategic use of Stratego.

This is my blue strategy.












Signed Kay Adams, A0770
Bitz Collection, $28