New Arrivals of Jewelry, Clothing and Art at MaJe

Every week brings new arrivals of treasures to find at MaJe Gallery.  This week’s treasures include a lovely new jewelry collection from the eclectic Poulsbo artist, Poppy.  Poppy is constantly on the lookout for unusual components to include in her work, from vintage finds to Taxco silver to delectable pearls and gems. She never makes two pieces the same.

If you’re a fan of the Sundance catalog, then two of her current pieces might be of special interest to you.  Unlike the Sundance catalog, no one else will ever have these!

4-wrap necklace and 4-strand bracelet by Poppy is among our new arrivals this week
4-wrap necklace and 4-strand bracelet by Poppy

On the left, variously shaped white pearls mix with a whole variety of sterling silver chains.  It’s long enough to wear doubled, tripled, or quadrupled as shown here.  The neutral tones go with just about anything.  This is most definitely not your mother’s pearls.

On the right, a four-strand bracelet features one row of labradorite rondelles. A cable chain is adorned with a pair of amber beads, while another chain features a coin-shaped picture jasper bead.  The fourth row has blue coral ovals captured between oval sterling chain links.  The toggle clasp makes it adjustable for 7.25″ – 8.25″.  Alas, this found a home on June 11, 2016.

After The Rain II, by Julie Gangler, one of the new arrivals this week
After The Rain II, by Julie Gangler

Local artist Julie Gangler loves to incorporate color and texture into her paintings.  Among our new arrivals is her latest one, After The Rain II, is oil on board. Julie used a small palette knife to add texture to different areas, making the visual impact quite compelling.  It’s so yummy you can almost smell that unique smell that comes after a recent rainfall in a meadow.

Summer blues and soft white is a favorite of our new arrivals.
Summer blues and soft white

Perhaps our favorite of the new arrivals is a new collection of delightful skirts by our favorite skirt-maker, Marcia Bloom, just arrived.  These are all cotton, and each features a pocket!  Most of the pockets have a bit of vintage handkerchief appliqued onto the surface.

The soft blues and whites in this skirt make it the perfect skirt for your summer explorations.  I paired it with a Luxe Junkie tank top in “sea”, and the ivory bolero by Testimony. When ordering the bolero, be sure to note your size.  At the moment, I only have XS, L and XL in stock.  I can definitely order other sizes.  Just let me know!

Five more cotton skirts await your fancy!  Stop by to check them out.  They are simply to die for.

New Summer Hats, Tunics and a Horse

We’ve been so happy to get some of the loveliest, sunny spring days in recent memory.  It’s the perfect time to remind us all that the Pacific Northwest has some of the highest skin cancer rates around. Protect yourself with a Parkhurst hat which has SunGuard woven right into the fabric.  The best part – they are stylish too! One of our new summer hats will be perfect for you!

The reversible Bali Bucket hat - one of our perfect summer hats
The reversible Bali Bucket hat

This charming version is in the “bucket” shape, which looks good on nearly everyone.  It’s both adjustable and reversible, making it an excellent choice.  Folds flat for travel. Just stuff it in your bag. Light weight cotton fabric in a white and sand color combo. It’s a standard for summer hats.

We’re sold out just now so I ordered more. Call to reserve one for yourself in advance! Also coming in black/white, red/white, and denim blue/white.

Multi-colored straw "Riviera" hat - one of our perfect summer hats
Multi-colored straw “Riviera” hat

To make a bold statement, go with this charming wide-brimmed hat in white, sand and black. The multiple colors make it go with all your spring/summer outfits. This is also adjustable as well as packable.  Best of all, it also has the SunGuard woven right into it.

The "vera" tunic in black, coral and a charming print.
The “vera” tunic in black, coral and a charming print.

Add this delightful tunic to your spring/summer wardrobe. Paired with either black or white pants, it’s a flattering style on every figure.  Better yet, it’s made of modal, which is incredibly soft and comfortable to wear.  I’m currently sold out, but there’s a possibility a large will be coming.  Interested?  Let me know!

"Big Mama" wire horse sculpture by Jeanette Trudeau
“Big Mama” wire horse sculpture by Jeanette Trudeau

Visitors to MaJe Gallery are often mesmerized by the intricate nature of the wire sculptures of Jeanette Trudeau. Specializing in horses, we usually have an array of smaller ones in stock.  Every now and then, Jeanette goes all out and creates an especially large one.  The one delivered a few days is the largest we’ve seen yet.  Isn’t she regal?

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The Fashionable Northwest Woman

The fashionable northwest woman has a variety of tools at her fingertips.  A variety of tools leads to a variety of looks to suit her mood as well as the situation of the day. Today we’re going to talk about how accessories can not only complete an outfit, but also determine the mood you wish to convey.

Trio of scarves by Susie Howell - an excellent choice for the fashionable northwest woman
Trio of scarves by Everett’s Susie Howell

On the left, bright summer colors on a black background create a fresh yet professional air.  In the middle, the white silk chiffon scarf with purple, blue and yellow butterflies creates a lighter mood and a feminine air.  On the right, the long pieced scarf creates a bit of a bohemian air.  Same outfit, different scarf, three different moods.

Scarves are excellent for travel, as you can alter an entire outfit by simply putting on a different scarf, and tying it a different way.

Pair of shawls by Susie Howell. The fashionable northwest woman uses a shawl to make a statement.
Pair of shawls by Susie Howell

Occasionally, the fashionable Northwest woman wants to go bolder yet. In that case, a shawl or poncho can dramatically alter an outfit. These two examples are opposite extremes. On the left, a very light-weight, very colorful fabric has just transformed that solid black outfit into a moment of sunshine to share with everyone you encounter. It packs down to nearly nothing, making it excellent for travel. Throw this on for a special event in the evening, and be the talk of the party.

On the right is a much more subdued, yet very stylish shawl in stripes of gray and red. This is also very lightweight, but with a tad more substance. It would add just a bit of warmth should that be necessary. This one is perfect for day-wear when you want to have a bit of distinctive presence.

Shawls are another excellent travel accessory. Put it on over a plain outfit to transform it completely. Meanwhile, it takes up very little room in your suitcase.

Long Victorian Jacket in seafoam is perfect for the fashionable northwest woman.
Long Victorian Jacket in seafoam

The fashionable northwest woman always has a wide variety of jackets, sweaters and wraps in her closet. With our unpredictable weather, we’ve learned the peril of not being prepared. Since it doesn’t often get super cold, mid- to light-weight wraps are a premium.  You need them in different colors, lengths and weights to work with all your various outfits.

Since a jacket is typically the outermost layer, you can use this to great advantage when selecting the perfect one for each outfit and situation.  The French Terry fabric of the jackets and coats from Testimony Los Angeles are just about the perfect northwest weight. The stylish designs have compliments lining up all day long. (Sorry, but this jacket is currently sold out. Stay tuned for the same jacket in fall/winter colors!)

We just received a box of these incredible long victorian jackets in the seafoam color. Perfect for your spring and summer wardrobe!  They’ll be available in all sizes – until someone buys one….  which just happened.  No more medium… And it happened again – no more large!  Just Small and XL left!

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