In which everyone should have a good jeweler, and you can borrow mine!

Okay, everyone, I'd like you to say "Hi" to Teresa!
Teresa and I work together at the library (not nearly often enough!) but she has a real career as well: she makes wonderful things with gems. Teresa and her friend Sue make and sell their jewelry in a partnership. Since they are both obsessed by gems, they call themselves TwoObsessed. Oooooooh! SHINY!

I told Teresa about the Prom Dress Extravaganza that will happen this Saturday at the upcoming PNER Convention, and she agreed that a fancy prom dress totally demands a shiny necklace to, uh, temper the neckline a bit.
(My dress is spaghetti strap/straight across--not the kind of neckline to diminish the appearance of linebacker shoulders...or in my case, "hay-bale-toting shoulders").

A V-line is a more flattering look for those of us sturdy-built ladies.To keep the cost down, we combined some of the horse-themed jewelry I don't wear much with Teresa's collection of shiny sparkles. She used 24 gauge sterling wire to hand-wrap swarovski crystals to make a necklace pretty enough to wear to the party, but sturdy enough that I won't break it!
It amazes me that she can do this stuff on a break between shifts in the lunchroom of a library! She is so talented.

Just when I thought it was perfect, she added one more little touch: This little cowboy boot charm is near the clasp, so there's an extra little bit of pretty on the back of my neck.

Given the (ahem) revealing nature of the prom dress, and the scantiness of my hair, this little charm adds just that perfect touch of....well..., what else? Charm!
Just wait until you see the ensemble! I'll be sure to get a bunch of pictures.

In the meantime, drool over more of Teresa's work at her website, HERE. I can't decide which I love most: bracelets? Maybe the earrings? They also do custom designs for special occasions like weddings...or proms!

(I just visited that page and discovered that I now completely love "freshwater coin pearls." Who knew?)

For local shoppers, TwoObsessed jewelry is available at Romanza in Ballard and at the Romanza sister-store in Walla Walla. They are also on etsy.

Here's my recommendation: forward this post to somebody special. Be specific. Tell them your birthdate, or the colors you intend to wear to that fancy party. Want horse-themed jewelry that you don't see on the website? Write to Teresa and Sue via email, and tell them what you want, so they can make it especially for you!

Tell them Haiku Farm told you that shiny and sparkly is always the very height of fashion!


  1. What lovely stuff! And how cool to have talented friends. :)

    They should consider branching out into browbands too... There's a market for custom bling with the dressage/event crowd!

  2. Ooooh that totally rocks! It's a lovely, lovely piece. Especially with the little boot at the clasp. Is the charm from Black Horse Designs?

    Scrawny shoulders are overrated. I much prefer my useful body, thanks.

    I have pretty much completely given up on jewelry. I never ever think to wear it. About the only thing I would really like is to get the top of my ear re-pierced and get a tiny cute charm to go in it. I miss my permanent ear jewelry.

  3. Imagine. Jewelry for real women who Do Stuff. Yahoo! It's beautiful, too! Going to website.
    Now if we can just get clothing designers in on the secret that women Do Stuff, and might require a little more thigh room for those muscles...
    Will they let a sewing machine in the break room of the library???
    I prefer to say "I have a core" rather than "I have no waist".

  4. Simply lovely. Can't wait to see it with the dress :)

  5. I don't wear much jewelry, but I agree a pretty piece around the neck can really accentuate and soften the neckline, and yes, especially for those of of with linebacker/haystacker shoulders :)

    Your new necklace is lovely and suits you perfectly.



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