Thursday, June 30, 2011

Arizona Treasures

The word concho comes from the Spanish "concha" which actually means "conch" or "seashell" but has come to mean round or oval disks (occasionally rectangles) of silver used to decorate saddles, bridles, clothing, used as jewelry such as for pendants and bolo ties and for adorning or making belts.
I have returned home from Arizona with lots of little treasures for making jewelry and a terrible cold. It was not the most pleasant plane ride with my ears feeling like they were going to explode and to tell you the truth I was hoping they would! I am really excited about my finds and if my nose wasn't dripping all over the place I would be in my studio right now. 

 great leather scraps from the saddle shop, milagros and some great beads from the Town Dump.

My antique and vintage finds from the Antique Emporium in Cave Creek Az.. I coveted the most awesome green glass rosary beads and more milagros.

My little collection from the Scottsdale Bead Supply. I fell in love with all of their handmade bronze components..all though they were very pricey.

I am glad to be home amongst all my goodies and I can't wait to get started on a few Arizona inspired pieces. I hope everyone is doing well, thanks so much for stopping by!

P.S. I am having a 20% off sale on all of my handmade etched components in my Flapyourwings Etsy shop. New etched pieces are in the horizon!


  1. Dang girl you always get the best stuff. Love everything!

  2. What a haul!!!! I know you will enjoy using all these wonderful finds.

    I took advantage of your etsy sale and picked up three etched pieces. I'm so excited!!!!

  3. Those are delicious beads and findings! I recommend Vicks on the throat area. Wishing you a quick recovery!

  4. You have such a knack for finding good, love, love those conchos...can't wait to see what you do with them.

  5. Sorry about the cold. :( A Summer cold is usually the worst. Looks like you got some great treasures - looking forward to seeing what you create with them.
    Enjoy your holiday weekend.

  6. Hope you feel better soon Judy, summer colds are awful. Pamper yourself and dream of what you will make with those beauties!

  7. You brought home some beautiful treasures! Can't wait to see what you do with the conchos. My sympathy for the state of your health - I have been fighting a cold this week myself...

  8. treasures treasures!! concho's are awesome!! wow!! thanks for sharing those pieces!!