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The Talaru Blog

This blog is where I will write at length about topics of relevance to my design work, production processes and personal collections. You are free to comment on these posts as I welcome the chance to engage in a dialogue with my customers.

 

Blog Archive

I’ve been blogging since 2008. You can read about the early development of my creative style and the things that have inspired me over the years in my blog.

As there are years worth of posts over at my old blog, I have only transferred the last 12 months or so to this website. If you wish to take a trip down my memory lane you can visit the blog archive and view these older posts here: BLOG ARCHIVES

 

Musings – the latest news from La Comtesse de Talaru

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I don't often have sales in my jewellery store but today I marked down quite a few pieces that have been slow to sell. They are lovely but maybe they weren't priced right. See all sale items HERE. Meantime I am making the most of the Easter long weekend to put...

For many years I have been buying, selling and collecting book lockets. These tiny little souvenirs were popular in France in the mid-1800s through to the mid-1900s. Most that I deal in come from the latter part of the 1800s. I couldn't tell you how many I have sold over the...

I found these intriguing images while searching around online at WikiCommons. These postcards were produced in France in the late 1800s and early 1900s to show a vision of the future for 'France in the 21st century'. I've not posted all of the images here, but there are a lot...

...I haven't written much lately. It's because I have: finished a job packed up our house sold our house moved interstate unpacked our house bought a car found a new job started working in a new job. Today was the first day since I arrived here in Brisbane a few weeks ago that I've had a moment to stop...

Sometimes what you see as the finished product takes a few goes to get it right. My designs can go on a magical mystery tour before they reach a point of being ready for sale. Take this lovely design for example. It started out like this...

For a few years now I have been making these delightful fine silver earrings. They are entirely hand fabricated, starting with the moulds - which I made from old buttons - through to the casting of the metal and the finishing of the final piece. I sell the earrings for $45...

Take a look at this necklace. I keep wanting to look at it, which is strange because some of the parts used in its design have been in my collection for over five years. [caption id="attachment_3624" align="aligncenter" width="715"] Nouveau Deco Necklace 3[/caption] There is a lot going on here and sometimes I...

Look what I found online? Hundreds of fashion photos taken at the Longchamps Racecourse, officially known as L'Hippodrome de Longchamps, in Paris from the year 1900 through to 1919. Look at the lovely people and their fancy fashions! What I would give to see these photos in colour. You can...

I've slowly been adding items to my curiosity cabinet, as written about late last year - Curiosity Cabinet. It's nearly full which means I might have to get another one ;-) Here are some of the latest additions. A bronze bird from France. I read somewhere that actual birds were moulded then cast....