The Burlesque Bazaar - a sneak peek and a coupon

It's the last night before the Burlesque Bazaar and my last chance to lure to you my table. Here's a little peek at some of my newest work.
Mariposa: A blue butterly themed music box pendant with vintage metal butterflies and silver swallow detail.
This already spoken for peice, may be scheduled for a trip to the U.K.! 

 Sweet Hibou: I love this owl's little face peeking out in front of leaves. He is part of my new Woodland Collection.

Sweet Heart Locket for your sweetheart. Pink glass drops and vintage faux pearls, this locket is part of my Clockwork Fantastica Heirloom Collection.

And finally here's the coupon for show attendees:

I hope to see you there,



I'll be at ** The Burlesque Bazaar Trunk Show & Sale **

Ladies and Gentlemen, come get your Valentine's goodies at The Burlesque Bazaar! We have everything from pasties, jewelry, fascinators, lingerie and even Japanese Rope Bondage Lessons!!

Workshop Schedule - each workshop is $5 to participate

Crash Course in Tango (BASIC BEGINNER TUTORIAL) 11:30am

Stocking Tease Workshop w/Esther De Ville - 2pm

Belly-Dance Burlesque Workshop w/Emmanuelle La Gitane - 3pm

Japanese Rope Bondage Lessons - 4pm

There will also be a swap meet area open to all Burlesque Dancers and Glamour Enthusiasts alike!!! Bring your old costumes, jewelry, supplies or fascinators to trade and barter with!!!

Cover: PWYC (suggested $2)
UvKITTY Handmade Hair Accessories Bows and Jewellry! 
At Home Vintage Love!
Clockwork Fantastica Handmade Musical Jewellery!
Love Poetry Corsets!
Kaotic Ekkos Curiosities!
Decadent Betty Handmade Sweets!
Cherry Riot Alternative Fashion Accessories!
Kiss This Boutique!
Fashion Whore!
Cinched Tight Corsets!


Interview with Don Caine the Music Box Repair Man

Don Caine, aka the Music Box Repair Man, has been a music box specialist for almost as long as I’ve been alive. Music boxes have taken him to Switzerland to learn about the manufacture of the musical mechanisms. To Florence and Sorrento, Italy to learn how the finest inlaid music box cabinets are made. To France and Germany to learn about mechanical musical automata, mechanical singing bird boxes and bird cages, and back to his home in the U.S. to work with Canadian & American collectors and sellers of those wonderful mechanical musical creations of the past. I recently had the pleasure to meet with Don personally and to interview him about his passion for his work and his almost compulsive obsession with precision and perfection in what he does.

" You can take something mechanical and make it ethereal. That's the wonder of music. Somehow or other sounds resonate within us on a different level than anything else."

What is the best way to describe the work you do?

I provide repair/restoration services and parts for music boxes and try to restore them to their prior glory. In the process I have found that I am often able to bring great joy to people by restoring family heirlooms that sometimes haven't been heard in years. So, on a philosophical level, I guess I make my living by restoring other people's memories.

What is the most interesting piece you've worked on?

Probably an intricate late 1800s French mechanical singing bird box. Also, a really troublesome 1890's Thorens disc player that has taken me a long time to restore - in fact I still don't have it completely restored to my satisfaction.

Have you ever repaired anything that you wished you could keep?

Oh yeah (laughs) almost everything I fix I wish I could keep; they're beautiful, I put a lot of love and affection into each of them.

Do you think your fascination is with the mechanics or with the music boxes themselves?

I think it's a combination of the two . The fact that you can take something mechanical and make it ethereal, I guess. I guess that's the wonder of music. Somehow or other sounds resonate within us on a different level than anything else.

Would you say you have a nostalgic streak?

Well Yes. I tend to be more at ease at a when things are quieter, kinder, gentler and less hectic...

In what era would you have liked to have grown up?

I think the late 1800's. I would have liked to be around when Edison was inventing. I love to tinker and make things work, hopefully better than they did before. I could certainly also see myself as the Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

What is something that you are really proud of and why?

Diligence, honesty, the quality of the work that I do. I strive towards perfection in my work.

When people look back at your life, how do you want to be remembered?

I think as a kind & generous person who did the best he knew how.


I Heart Design Awards 2010

 Do you have a favourite Designer who deserves his or her moment in the sun? Valerie over at RoseFlash is hosting the I Heart Design Awards, and giving away prizes and blog exposure to participants and winners.

The Categories:

  • Best Website Design
  • Best E-commerce Website Design
  • Best Illustrator
  • Best Blog Design
  • Best Logo – Visual Identity
  • Best Etsy Shop Pictures
  • Best Paper Design (prints, letterpress invites, calendar, it HAS to be on paper)
  • Best Packaging Design
  • Best Online Zine
To nominate your favourite designers, visit this link: I Heart Design Awards 2010 Nomination Page

Nominations begin immediately! Voting begins on February 14th and ends on March 12th.


It's not too late too give!

This is good. The Canadian Government is matching donations from individual Canadians to registered charities until February 12, 2010, up to $50 million.

So many of the deaths are happening because of basic injuries like broken legs that become infected as a result of the devastation of hospitals and the decimation of medical staff - I'm making my donation out to Doctor's Without Borders.

 Small Birds in Flowers by Carlo Valtrain  


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