12.02.2010

THE KEY TO YOUR HEART


Here's a suggestion for a lovely gift made by a New Orleans artist--and friend of the family--Brandi Couvillion. I've already scooped up several for various friends. Brandi finds old keys and escutcheons from Louisiana houses--bearing art deco, or moderne, or arts and crafts designs. She burnishes and restores the pieces, and, with the artful addition of pearls and gemstones, turns them into charming necklaces. Clever. Brandi was, until recently, the CFO at the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans; you can see where she got her inspiration for this line. To order, and see more of Brandi's work, visit her at Waregarden Studio.

Handmade and one of a kind is the way to go with holiday shopping this year; after all, you don't want to see the key to your heart dangling over everyone else's sweater, do you?

9 comments:

Sarah said...

So much cooler than the Tiffany variety.

Barbara said...

Beautiful work. I love one of a kind items.

Anonymous said...

I am delighted to discover your blog and have read it avidly for many months. I love it...except when you start selling things. There are very few places where we are exempt from having Things for Sale pushed upon us, and I had thought your blog was one of those rare refuges. Please don't turn into yet another merchandise forum.

mary said...

These pieces are gorgeous. I love old escutcheons, but never imagined them as jewelry until now.

quintessence said...

So charming and thoughtful. Love your last line - you always make me smile!!

Farmgirl Susan said...

What a fabulous idea for a necklace! That escutcheon (don't you just love the word escutheon?) is exquisite. And old keys are always so neat.

Dominique said...

Dear Anonymous--and anyone else concerned with sales at Slow Love Life.....
I'm not actually selling--I'm supporting artisans whose work I admire, and who make their livings by their craft. Not a penny changes hands between me and them, unlike with advertising, or with commissions.
I also feel that handmade work is completely in keeping with the spirit of Slow Love Life--you can see the traces of the artist's hands, and you know that what you have is yours alone.
And of course, at holiday time, people are looking for gift ideas. And I love to pass along news about things I care about.
The balance of this blog will never tilt to merchandise, I can promise you.Out of hundreds of posts, I think I've put up a handful relating to "merchandise."
I really appreciate your concern, and your response. But I did want to write back--especially as I am about to post another offering for tree ornaments.
I hope this clarifies my intentions! d

Jeannine said...

As an artist/designer I appreciate that you feature art, craft, products that delight and inspire you. I enjoy your insights and generous sharing. Your blog is a feast and always inspires my day.

myowntimemachine said...

Dominique -- pffft to Anonymous (I"m always suspect of people who are "Anonymous" when they make comments anyway...) and I do the same thing on my blog -- support independent businesses and artists that don't get attention from mainstream media and are a wonderful alternative to big box stores. I've promoted yarn from a National Historic Landmark district in New Hampshire and organic cornmeal and flour from a National Historic Landmark mill in the Pennsylvania countryside. It's my blog version of lending support to the 3/50 project -- where you try to pick three small, independent businesses and spend at least $50 a month.

You're right in positing that it's a lifestyle commentary. I suspect Anonymous is concerned that you've embarked on "pay for play" postings even though it seems pretty clear by the choice of items you are highlighting that it's probably not your motivation!

Looking forward to more recommendations!