Room With a Past | January 2014 Sale

California Roll Sushi Japanese Food | DuctTapeAndDenim.comThe January sale at Room With a Past starts Thursday night so Jordann and I went to set up our shelf yesterday.  We started off at a local Japanese restaurant for lunch with some friends.  Not my favorite but it was a fun experience.

The photos below are just some highlights from our shelf and around the shop.

Hope you enjoy them and if you are local come by and see the shop.  I’ll be working Saturday morning from 9:00 – 1:00.

Handmade Red Velvet Bracelet Display |

I made a bracelet display from a piece of red velvet.

Painted Jewelry Box Handmade Bracelets |

This was Jordann’s favorite jewelry box. It’s great to display bracelets in and the I AM LOVED bracelet is my favorite this month.

Turquoise Painted Jewelry Box |

This is my favorite jewelry box this month. Of course… my favorite color. And I love the hearts on the front.

LOVE Sign Handmade Jewelry |

Love is the theme in the shop this month!

Vintage Lipstick Holder Handmade Earrings |

I found this vintage lipstick holder last week. We’ve had a lot of these in the shop lately. Just right for holding my earrings.

Hand Painted Furniture |

There’s always lots of creatively painted furniture in the shop. This is just one example.

Turquoise Tuesday – Vintage Dog Tag Bracelet

Vintage Aluminum Dog Tag Bracelet Genuine Arizona Turquoise BeadsYes, I just missed Tuesday again.  But I had a new bracelet to show you.  This one is made of REAL turquoise!  I just listed it in my Etsy shop.

Turquoise Tuesday – An Arm Party

994368_619036081471179_461130086_nYeah, I know it’s actually Wednesday but I was working on some turquoise projects yesterday.  Christy wanted to order a whole arm party at once so I worked on this group for her.  These turquoise colored pieces are actually howlite and magnesite but that saved her a lot of money.  And I think it still looks pretty nice.  Especially the magnesite, still nice, heavy stone beads.

The olive wood beads actually came from Jerusalem.  I was inspired while I was there this spring.  Love those wooden beads!  This bracelet is also available in my Etsy shop.

The vintage dog tag bracelet is going to be a gift for someone actually born in 1950.  Great idea!

Turquoise vs. Howlite

I love turquoise.  Not just the color but the gemstone, too.  But usually when I am wearing turquoise jewelry it’s actually howlite.  Many people can’t tell the difference and some sellers actually sell pieces of jewelry made with howlite but claim that it’s turquoise.  Right now I have items made with howlite and genuine turquoise in my Etsy shop.  I try my best to give clear descriptions of the stones I use but please feel free to ask if you ever wonder.


Howlite is a borate mineral.  It is porous which enables it to take on dye very easily.  Its often found in many other bright colors, not just turquoise.  There’s nothing wrong with turquoise-colored howlite.. as long as you know that’s what it is when you’re buying it.  It’s a very affordable alternative to genuine turquoise.

Howlite is often called white buffalo turquoise, white turquoise, buffalo stone, or turquenite.  Most howlite is mined in California and shipped to China, where labor is cheaper, to be shaped into beads.

You don’t often see howlite in its natural state, a white to light grey with darker grey veining, called matrix, similar to turquoise.  The matrix in howlite is usually thinner than in turquoise.  But I actually like the way it looks in its natural white state and have made several pieces with it and I love them.

The photo below is some jewelry for your books… something new in the shop for Fall 2013.  I’ve used this same howlite cross in some of my earrings and bracelets.


Turquoise Tuesday

Yes, I know it’s not Tuesday… But I was busy setting up at Room With a Past yesterday for the sale that starts tomorrow. So I thought I’d share a photo of a stack of turquoise bracelets that will be available in the shop this weekend. Go to the website to see times and location. I’ll be working Saturday from 10-2 so come see me if you can!