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The intent of my blog heirloomed is to celebrate things that are inspired by yesterday but chic for today. So, you’ll have no trouble understanding why I instantly fell for the sparkly goods at Candy Shop Vintage.

I had the pleasure of meeting the founder, jewelry designer Deirdre Zahl earlier this year at The Southern Coterie Summit. I loved her jewelry (of course) and her business card & logo were just as beautiful. Which of course translates quickly to her website filled with original collection, vintage-inspired jewelry as well as real vintage pieces that she has collected. Oh, and then there is the packaging.

I love the analogy of the name – Candy Shop – and the nod to childhood. Picking through the goods, whether sweet or sparkling, as a child or adult, in search of the perfect piece.

I pulled together just a tiny few of some of my favorite pieces from the site. I’d love to know what your favorites pieces are, too!

One of the best family traditions we have is one that was started just this year.  I cannot take credit (though, I wish I could) for my Mom and Sister are the geniuses behind this one.

Grandma passed away in April. Over the next few months, we took turns going through her belongings deciding what everyone wanted to keep, what was meaningful, and what was to be sold or donated. When we got to the jewelry box, we couldn’t decide the best way to share her collection of pieces that were meaningful to everyone.

So, we took turns going through and each picking out a piece of jewelry that we wanted, then passed the box around until everyone had picked several pieces.  We decided we would all have the pieces we selected for the next year.  At Christmas, we will wrap up each piece with a little note or a photograph of what that piece of jewelry “experienced” over the past year – where we have worn it, compliments we got on it, memories that we had while wearing it – and will give the gift to different members of our family to continue on the tradition.

I have enjoyed the pieces so much this year and can’t wait to spread them around and share my stories with the family.  And, what a wonderful way to celebrate Grandma during the holidays, each of us having on-going gifts in her memory that we can share for a lifetime!

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