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colour stories : Tamar Schechner

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Can you believe today is the last day of April? This month seems to have whizzed by in a flash! Easter has been and gone and the spring has brought blossom and much appreciated colour back to my world. While there may have been an odd mishap everything else has been good. Plans that have been delayed again and again are slowly but surely coming together step by step, you might have noticed my colourful blog makeover this last week?

colour story : Tamar Schechner | Emma Lamb

Talking of the end of the month and colourful things what better way to round off the end of this spring month than with today's colour story guest - Tamar Schechner of Nest Pretty Things. Tamar is one of my biggest colour crushes! Her eye for pretty and appreciation for beautiful colour and pattern is completely swoon-worthy and shines through in every thing she does. From her ever colourful jewellery collections to her beautiful home and her incredibly popular Tumblr blog where she collects gorgeous inspiration. Read Tamar's colour story after the jump...



Hello, I'm Tamar. Thank you so much dearest Emma for inviting me to write my color story on your blog!

I am a jewelry and accessory designer and I've been selling through my Etsy shop Nest Pretty Things for 8 years now, I also have a jewelry shop for girls Nest Pretty Things Kids and one for brides Nest Pretty Brides I also have a blog nestprettythings.com

My color story starts many many years ago as a child, I come from a family of artists, my grandfather and my mother were both painters and my dad an architect, I grew up surrounded with color, art, textiles and design. I am originally from NYC but moved to Tel Aviv with my parents as a child, I spent most of my childhood going back and forth between Tel-Aviv and NYC, eventually going to college at Parsons School Of Design in NY were I majored in Communication Design, not long after graduation I moved back to Tel Aviv, got married and started a family, we have three beautiful boys.

colour story : Tamar Schechner | Emma Lamb

I spent many many years working as a Fashion Stylist, Creative Director and Fashion Editor in the magazine industry. About 9 years ago we moved back to the USA to a tiny picturesque Vermont village.

Our home is full of color, I love to sew and I can spend days planning out colors for a new batch of sofa pillows... I am very inspired by art, gardens and textiles - I love vintage fabrics and anything with flowers on it, the more the better and a trip to a museum is like music to my ears, I try to visit nyc as much as I can even though I love the country life I'm still a city girl and the urban life, markets, colors and movement also keep my juices going.

colour story : Tamar Schechner | Emma Lamb

colour story : Tamar Schechner | Emma Lamb

All of this really shows up in in my work, I try to use unusual and surprising color mixes such as aqua with lilac and orange, reds with blushes and chartreuse and mismatched fabrics that create a bohemian look, the flowers in my garden are a big color inspiration too, the beaded jewelry are all inspired by my summer garden, but I also love a soft romantic palate, pinks and blushes, pale aqua and whites.

This year our youngest son went off to college and I decided that it's finally time to move my work space out of the house and the corner of the dining room and into a new studio space in town, it's so exciting to have this new inspiring space and room to move around!

colour story : Tamar Schechner | Emma Lamb
All images: Tamar Schechner for Nest Pretty Things // website - shop - blog - Facebook - Tumblr - Instagram

To see more of Tamar's new studio and gorgeous home take a peek at her blog here or be sure to check out this recent post on sfgirlbybay. And if you are like me and just can't get enough of her fabulous colour sense use the links above to explore the rest of her colourful world.

Thank you dearest Tamar for sharing your colour story today, a visit from you is always so uplifting and energising. You have absolutely made my day!

Emma, x

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jewellery box : spring picks from Uncommon Goods

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Besides the obvious yarn shopping, chocolate wishing and pinning the other way I find myself procrastinating the hours away in any given day is by endlessly browsing for beautiful handmade jewellery. OMG, there is so much out there! So many incredible artists creating the most uniquely beautiful baubles to adorn our ears, necks, wrists and fingers. Necklaces are by far my favourite and Uncommon Goods represents some fabulous artists in their handmade jewellery collection, these are my top picks...

Lotus on Wire Necklace by Ronni Capos at Uncommon Goods | Emma Lamb
Lotus on Wire Necklace by Ronni Kappos : OMG, I love this necklace sooooo much! Pre WWII vintage glass beads from Germany, stunning colour palette and the iconic lotus design is no longer restricted to kitchen enamelware. I love the thirties Art Deco vibe and can picture this adorning the necks of all those beautiful Gatsby ladies! If you love this necklace as much as I so be sure to check out Ronni Kappos' full collection especially the Lotus Earrings and Grain Necklace.


Silver Spoon Handcut Necklace by Moniek Van Zyl and Marlette Strauss at Uncommon Goods | Emma Lamb
Silver Spoon Handcut Necklace by Moniek Van Zyl and Marlette Strauss : How wonderfully whimsical and uniquely beautiful is this upcycled spoon necklace!? I love to see such clever upcycling ideas used in handmade jewellery and this is such a great example. If you look closely you will be able to see that the adorable wee kite is linked on chains so it will move with you and look as though it is swaying in the wind. Such a great detail!


Large Faceted Pendant by Julie Moon at Uncommon Goods | Emma Lamb
Large Faceted Pendant by Julie Moon : I adore the burst of candy colours in this geometric ceramic pendant, it's just so much fun and absolutely perfect for the coming spring. It would work so well with jeans and a plain white shirt and cardigan combo, you know that clean casual look with a tiny pop of colour? Julie Moon also has earrings and a similar smaller pendant in her collection and the Prism Pendant which would work just as well in place of this Faceted Pendant!


Copper Rays Necklace by Susan Harbourt at Uncommon Goods | Emma Lamb
Copper Rays Necklace by Susan Harbourt : Last but by no means least this beautiful and understated copper necklace, yet another stunning example of upcycling at it's best. Susan Harbourt works with reclaimed copper and silver and was originally inspired by the aged copper wiring removed from the walls of her Edwardian Era house which she wove into her very first bracelet. As we know copper is a huge trend for interiors right now and it has long been a favourite of jewellery designers but it is so good to see such a fresh take on this material in the simple design of this necklace. Love it!


As I mentioned, these are just a few of my favourites from Uncommon Goods, but here is so much more in the way of unique jewellery to discover over there. I did say I can lose hours browsing this handmade goodness didn't I!?

One thing I really love about Uncommon Goods is that they are keen to support jewellery artists and designers and are always looking to represent new talent. Each month they run Jewelry Design Challenge where you are free to submit your own work, the winner receives $1000 plus the opportunity to work with Uncommon Goods and the runners up will receive a supportive critique from the judges as well as helpful tips for growing your business from the marketing team. How fabulous is that!? The challenge is open to all US residents over 18 and accepts all kinds of design styles just so long as they are safe and animal friendly, "so no lead, leather, feathers, or pearls", what have you got to lose!? Full details here. Go, go, go!

Emma, x

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sponsor spotlight : planning for spring with Jacaranda Designs Jewelry + giveaway

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sponsor spotlight : planning for spring with Jacaranda Designs Jewelry | Emma Lamb

Hi everyone, I am so happy to introduce you to my newest featured sponsor today - Jacaranda Designs Jewellery. In meteorological terms it will be officially spring in just a few days so I think we're okay to start planning a few ideas for a wee spring wardrobe update, don't you?


Jane is the lovely designer of this home grown brand, which began back in 2007, and she has such a wonderful eye for pretty colours and feminine designs. Her collection has that lovely whimsical vintage vibe and includes pearls, bows, flowers, pretty crystals, bird's nests and delicate filigree motifs all in the most gorgeous range of pastel bright shades including - peach, gold, mint, ivory, turquoise, red, orange, chartreuse and lilac. Jane describes her collection as 'beautiful and frivolous' meaning pretty and fun but casual enough for every day wear. Definitely a collection for more girly girls and my inner girly girl is loving each and every piece but especially these earrings, this necklace, these earrings and these earrings. Oh, and she wouldn't mind this necklace or these hair clips either! (She doesn't get out all that often so when she does she tends to get a wee bit carried away!) If you're loving the purple / radiant orchid trend for the coming spring, Jacaranda Designs also has a great collection in these tones for you...

sponsor spotlight : planning for spring with Jacaranda Designs Jewelry | Emma Lamb
All images: Jacaranda Designs Jewellery // Etsy shop - Facebook - Twitter - blog

To help you along with updating your jewellery box for the spring Jacaranda Designs is offering one of you, my lovely readers, a $40 gift card to spend in her shop as you wish. Yay! So to be in with a chance of winning this giveaway please hop on over to Jacaranda Designs' Facebook page and give it a big thumbs up like, then come back here and tell me which pieces from her shop you would spend your gift card on should you win. My picks are linked above but I can't wait to see what you will choose! This giveaway is open worldwide and and the lucky winner will be chosen next week.

Emma, x

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jewellery box : BITZA by Amy Lawrence

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New BITZA collection of upcycled crochet jewellery from Amy Lawrence Knitted Designs | Emma Lamb

You will most likely know the incredibly talented Amy Lawrence from her innovative collection of geometric and tribal inspired knitted jewellery. But in recent months when her hands haven't been kept busy by her beloved Italian knitting machine she has been tinkering with other ideas that have developed into her new side project - BITZA. A collection of necklaces meticulously pieced together from up-cycled crochet lace, leather, interesting yarns and embellishments found at antique markets, charity shops or passed on from friends and family.


New BITZA collection of upcycled crochet jewellery from Amy Lawrence Knitted Designs | Emma Lamb

Aren't these gorgeous!? I was lucky enough to snap up one of Amy's prototypes a few months ago and it has since become one of my favourite necklaces to wear, so light and comfortable and totally unique too. Every necklace in the BITZA line is a one-of-a-kind and today I'm feeling so greedy for all of them! I love the colours in this wee collection especially - the natural vintage tones of the lace with natural leather, blush pink and cool grey with tiny pops of aqua and yellow. So pretty! When I'm not wearing mine I like to hang it across a mirror in my studio so I can admire it. The mark of a great piece of jewellery indeed, when you can't bear to lock it away in a box and have to put it on display so you can see it everyday!

New BITZA collection of upcycled crochet jewellery from Amy Lawrence Knitted Designs | Emma Lamb
All images: Amy Lawrence Knitted Designs for BITZA

Currently Amy sells this unique collection through her new BITZA Facebook page, where you can also keep up to date with news on new works in the pipeline. Definitely worth keeping a wee eye on I think, I know I will be stalking her page for updates and gorgeous new pieces to add to my collection!

Emma, x

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colour crush : Anthro's chunky baubles & raffia tassels

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Tasselled Strands Necklace from Anthropologie | Emma Lamb

I must admit I'm not one for wearing kitsch chunky statement necklaces, I did go through a wee phase a few years ago, but it didn't last long! Now I much prefer more minimalist pieces or delicately handmade jewellery, especially if they have a vintage or textile element. Even so I am finding myself quite smitten with these chunky baubles and raffia tassels from Anthropologie, they are just so much fun. Retro, kitschy, playful fun! They're the kind of necklaces you would expect a grandmother to donate to her granddaughter's dressing up box and that wee girl would wear them all at one in a kitschy B. A. Baracus style. Who else loved The A-Team!?


Obviously I've picked out this wee collection in particular for their colours. 'Citrine & lilac' is an unusual one for me as I find that kind of zesty yellow tough to love, but mixed with the mint, lilac and teal it looks really interesting. 'Late summer sunset is a no-brainer for me really, rich coral orange with charcoal grey and a wee hint of raspberry and chalky blue. Lovely! On and 'turquoise pop' is just gorgeous! Those blush and warm sandy tones with a touch of cool grey and a great pop of turquoise are a summer classic and great wedding colour palette.

Figli Layer Necklace from Anthropologie | Emma Lamb
Clouded Bluff Necklace and Fanned Raffia Pendant from Anthropologie | Emma Lamb
All images: Anthropologie

Which is you favourite and would you wear any of these necklaces yourselves? I'd love to know!

Emma, x

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