Charmed & Bejewelled



Charmed and Bejewelled
The Lighter Side of Love

Howdy everyone. After my bizarre take on Valentines Day, I promised I would follow up with 'The Lighter Side of Love' here it is .. 'Charmed and Bejewelled'. Small tokens of love! Whether bought for ourselves, gifts received or family jewels, these simple items bring us joy and remind us of the people and places we love.


Cathy Penton Charms

As most of you will know I have been collecting Cathy Penton charms for some time, so today I thought I'd share some with you. I forgot I had so many, this is just a sampling of my greedy happy collection. Beautiful silver charms graced with images that remind us of what we love and cherish. These pocket size inspirations serve as a reminder to pursue my dreams and fill my world with beauty. My favourites are the little itty bitty ones. Happiness in a centimeter!
Cathy's blog can be found [here]


Vacation Memories

Also on the agenda today are some of my silver rings.. I like to buy jewellery when I travel [how unusual!!!] .. Happy reminders. A favourite pair of earings bought in Phuket can be a great lift at the beginning of a working day. A small ritual to brighten the outlook!... The square mother of pearl ring was bought in Bali, the oval one was my mother's and the remaining two rings purchased in Roma! Constant reminders of a special day, favourite city or relaxing vacation!

Family Momentos
And finally .. the most precious tokens.. vintage watches belonging to family members and my Grandfather's duty whistle from Sydney Firebrigade. Small momentos of those dear to me.


So there you go.. little pieces of love to brighten the everyday. Thanks to Beth of 'Gypsy Fish Journal' for hosting Silver Sunday. Pop over there and see who else is entertaining us this sunday....
And Happy Mothers Day to those in the UK
I'm off to sleep.. see you all on the morrow!!

Julie b


IMAGE SOURCE: ALL Photography, text and photo editing by me - [Being Ruby]
Thanks for indulging my PS trial and errors


desde my ventana said...

All images gorgeus,that I love the firts poetical and plein with symbols.....maybe because I'm mother?
I wish you rest and happiness you for the weekend.

Anonymous said...

I am truly "charmed" by your beautiful silver post today. :) xo Lynn

Maureen said...

I looove your baubles! All are beautiful. Must find out more about Cathy Penton - so unique.

Blondie's Journal said...

I have heard of Cathy Penton, but now you have me intrigued. Beautiful pieces, Julie, as well as your travel and family mementos.

Happy Sunday!


alice said...

Love that post too!!!!!! Your photographs are amazing! Have a good weekend.
smiles, alice

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Dear Julie,
I love Cathy Penton's charms. I must get myself one, or two.... or three, or ......
and, your rings are beautiful. I always like to buy something when I'm on holiday to remember it by....your mother's ring is my favourite. Do you wear it ? I also love the square mother of pearl one that you got from Bali.
..... and the vintage watches and your Grandfathers whistle are wonderful family tokens to have and to remember them by.
Have a lovely Sunday, Julie. XXXX

the old white house said...

Gorgeous photos, love your jewelry, your charms are wonderful ...Theresa

koralee said...

Oh my these little bits did brighten my day...I love the way you used the charms in your clever! You have such a talent! xo

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Nice broach is it from the 30's or the 40's? Nice vintage look to it. Have a good day.

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Such dear sweet tokens of love....I adore Cathy's charms too...although I only have one...the one you sent me Julie! your family pieces...thank you for sharing these dear and close to your heart!

Greet Lefèvre said...

Oh Julie! What a beautiful lovely things!! Where do you find all this!!!Love the Cathy Penton items!!
Have a wonderful Sunday!!

Debra@CommonGround said...

Your photography is just amazing! What gorgeous charms and mementos. Love them all! And Happy Mother's Day to all!

Jane said...

love the whistle. Great for safety, why not wear it on a chain ? Also I love buying things whilst travelling and isn't the jewellry in Bali divine - their silver is so exquisite. Love all your things.

ps I saw that BHG Alice garden too. It Freaked Me Out. You know Alic has gone mainstream when its on a show hosted by Johanna Griggs. xoxo

La Petite Gallery said...

Everything is so pretty. It's all hand made silver. That pink stone caught my eye. Is that a tiny purse mirror on top with roses? Have a nice weekend, I have sunshine at last.


Carole said...

My bejeweled Julie! Your photos of these lovely little bobbles are so enticing and gorgeous. I see a little ps!!! A great mixture of old,new and travel aquistions all in that shimmering silver we love.
Your Cathy collection is great and I admit I was trying to read the text.haha
Love that you included your families old special that you have them.

Thanks for brightening my's rainy and windy today....I think the greenhouse is going to fly away!!!


Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Good Morning Julie on this perfect sunshiney Sunday morning!!! Gorgeous collection of charms you have from Cathy...aren't they the best!!!
I loved your previous post...just feel like I could step into them and be there...You're going to have so much fun with Photoshop by the sound of it...Enjoy it all...Dzintra♥x

the old boathouse said...

Hey Julie, they are all so beautiful!! I love the keys too. I love the symbolism of keys when decorating and they are such great objects particularly the big old guys with their decorative tops. That whistle is so special and so rare. I have a thing for whistles too, I have had one on my key ring for over 20 years.Have a lovely Sunday I am doing nothing and loving it...cheers Katherine xx

BellaRustica said...

Suono bene bella amica. Ci scriviamo presto. Kim

Ange said...

Julie, those little pieces of love are just exquisite... sigh... I may have to hold you responsible for me starting a Cathy Pendleton charm collection. Can you live up to that?

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Very, very pretty!!
♥, Susan

rjerdee said...

Well now...I'M completely charmed by your post. So many beautiful trinkets, such a lovely presentation. Happy Silver Sunday, Julie!

Catchya later,

jeanne@juNxtaposition said...

i would like one of each please........:)

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

I love your pendant/charms/pretties! I have some similar ones too.

Sue said...

Such a sweet and pretty post. I loved seeing your treasures!

Dee@FrenchBleuVintage said...

Such lovely charms ~ Once you get hooked onto something like these charms, its hard to stop ~ they are all so darned pretty. Happy SS!

Chemin des Muguets said...

Greetings Ms. Julie,
You have some lovely silver souvenirs. But especially touching are your family heirlooms. I can imagine how dear your grandfather's duty whistle is to you. I treasure my grandfather's tobacco pouch, as well as some early pen and ink drawings he made of insects. These mean the world to me.


Donna Rafferty said...

Beautiful silver pieces. I love how they all have a special meaning!

Enjoy your Silver Sunday!

Pooch Purple Reign said...

mmm... i love sparkly things. so cute and teeny.
we have to put our clocks ahead tonite... i dont really want to. i like the time just the way it is.
happy sunday to you. still saturday here

Simple Home said...

So many beautiful silver pieces. I love the sweet family momentos, what a blessing to have them.
Have a wonderful Silver Sunday!

cathypentonatelier said...

Wow Julie your images are so, so beautiful...So glad you like my charms and they are special to you....That makes this designer extremely happy....:)xxxxx

Lovely Home said...

Hello Julie
I just discovered your blog I liked very (:
I'll be a regular guest
I greet you warmly

Coty Farquhar said...

Hi Julie,

Sorry I haven't been in contact with you this week, a rather unusual week full of unexepected things. I will tell you more later. Life!!!! oh my, oh my, oh my,

Love the whistle and love your images,
Talk soon,
x Coty

Samy said...

Oh julie its greaat to back, and read your amazing posts. What beautiful peices, love the last picture :)

Marina Saclley @ Iced VoVo's said...

A very bejewelled post!
I love all those charms together... looks like you're giving photoshop a bit of a workout! The images look fantastic.

Btw, thanks for the mothers day wishes. It's funny celebrating it in March ... plus I said to my girls I have to have another one in May (thats the real one ... hehe!)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love your charm collection! Do you wear them or display them {or both}?

Dash said...

So pretty, delicate and girly, love it!

Anonymous said...

Lovely and charming!
Happy day to you, Julie.

Beatnheart said...

Dear Julie, Thank you so much for your visit and kind comments.. I so admire and aspire to be a great photographer like yourself. Yesterday I took picture of some of my collections and was amazed at how much I enjoyed it..Made a huge mess in the house though, stuff all over the place..Its fun to arrange things and try to get the best in composition etc. Would have never considered doing this before blogging came into my life..My days are now filled with creative wonderful.. Love your friends charms and the way you presented thme..Just Lovely. Cynthia

Giulia said...

Julie, you have tempted me before with these charms. I love their portability. Also the pieces from's so true, just the act of putting on earrings or other small piece of jewellry/token from a trip &/or person evoke memories forever...& can help start off the day well. Or just touching a necklace, or other token helps in a tight spot. (Hence, "charm" - no?)

Giulia & I wave virtual pink paw-pad & hand, respectively. We're so happy to see so many comments to our friend 'round the world. xoxoxo

Susan & GG

Sherrie said...

When I do get to travel, I always buy a keepsake of the place as something I will actually use and not put away in a keepsake box. Thanks for sharing your treasures and their memories. Thanks.

Jeanne Henriques said...

Wonderful Julie...I am passing on the 5-Diamond Award to you because you are such clever girl!! :)

Petit Coterie said...

Hi Julie, I just love Cathy's charms, they are fabulous. You really do have a wonderful collection. Thank you for sharing.

xx, Michelle

Candy said...

First time visitor...that's me. Love your silver slivers of love today, especially the last pretty.
Now I'm going to return and see what you posted on V-day.
Happy Silver Sunday Blessings ;-)

Don said...

I love the "family mementos" photo. It belongs on your wall.

Jennifer Beaudet said...

I love them all! You have quite the collection! Now I'm going to read that post below that I missed about Capri! Jennifer:)

Gretchen said...

What lovely items you've shared today. Also, a great idea to purchase and collect rings from your travels. Such a fun memory.
I too love special family momentos, so great to see your collection of those on this "Silver Sunday" event.

simon said...


Brynwood Needleworks said...

Love all those beautiful charms, Julie. Thanks for sharing and Happy Silver Sunday.

Renée Finberg said...

i am all for that pin with the marquise diamonds.


Dumbwit Tellher said...

Hi Julie - thank you for sharing your treasured items. I so love your old family watch and your grandfather's very special whistle. How wonderful is that to have and cherish? I think buying a piece of jewelry no matter how small while on vacation is a great idea. I purchased a ring while on vacation in Dublin and I cherish it right up there with my wedding ring. It reminds me each day of those wonderful memories. And before I forget, Cathy's charms are so unique and so beautiful. Hope you are doing good Julie and happy as a clam? Thinking of you xx said...

I just love these charms. All of them are beautiful. xx

The French Bear said...

What beautiful charms, wow, they look so good!!! I can sure see why you collect them...... gorgeous!
Margaret B

Splendid Willow said...

Julie, what a collection! Greedy - hardly! You just follow your heart.

Your last image is wonderful. Love these family momentos and especially your Grandfather's whistle.

Happy new week to you Julie!

ox, Mon

Angie Muresan said...

I understand Greedy perfectly and I have no issue with it. I am a bit jealous of your collection though. I keep meaning to start one. Soon. Very soon. Wishing you a fabulous week!

Kellie Collis said...

THese are lovely! I dont think i have the attention span to collect so many ! Gorgeous .

have a lovely week x

Tish Jett said...

Dear Julie,

What a joy to see and read. The mere idea that looking at an object sparks emotion and souvenirs (as the French say for memories, which for me always makes me think of the two in one souvenir/memory which you have so beautifully portrayed today.)

Thank you as always for giving us something unexpected and lovely.


e said...

After this post i just had to Google her and i found this blog as well: I'm in vintage heaven!! I love these charms! You're a collector after my own heart, dearie. Stunning pieces and your images are jewels in themselves.

Luiza said...

I adore the charmes!!!
They are beautiful!
I think this will be the next item for me to collect, hehe!

Wish you a great week!


Pinecone Camp said...

Sweet little charms! Such a lovely idea.

nevin said...

Sooooo beautiful.. And Happy Mothers Day to those in the UK::))) love..

Brabourne Farm said...

Thank you Julie for these divine little vignettes of all these gorgeous treasures that mean so very much to you! Your photos are sheer bliss. Leigh