Homeless Due to Toxic Mold Monday, Jan 16 2017 

It is insidious, eventually and potentially it will kill its occupancy…..Marelle

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Many people are unaware of the silent killer within their own homes and communities.  You may have heard of Black Mold but that is a general term for toxic mold.  Not all black mold is toxic and not all toxic mold is in fact black.  An air test by a qualified mold company is the only true tell of what could be causing your illnesses.  Sinus infections,flu like symptoms that won’t go away are just a minuscule of the horrific illnesses this silent killer can do.

 

Actress Brittany Murphy and  her husband died from this horrendous torture.  Brittany Murphy and Husband Death by Black Mold

The CDC has long been aware of this silent killer but little is known by the medical community leading to many misdiagnoses, treating symptoms and even writing off patients off as a hypochondriac or simply crazy.   Just recently there has been several studies showing the suicide and toxic mold connection.  CBS News-was it murder or suicide?

Here is one called the Beginner’s Guide to Toxic Mold…  Mold and Epidemic Suicide Connection

The worst misconception is assuming all mold can just be bleached away.  Toxic mold must be left alone and treated as a hazard.  The CDC has clear outlines to how such homes should be abated.  If you are a renter and want your home tested, they will ask you if you own the home.  If you say no, they will require the owner to ask for the test.  They do now ask for proof so I leave it to you to decide how to answer that question.  The owner also has the right to withhold the findings from you.  This is a violation of your Civil Liberties but you will then need to find a lawyer to demand the release of those findings.  The right to know what you have been exposed to.  Many low income families are stuck in such homes and if any mold issues come up they are evicted and by law they deserve displacement costs but that law is not well known.  The Housing Authority may be able to assist you with that unless your in the wrong county.  That is why I felt compelled to write this post because this family wound up in not one but two wrong counties are are left homeless, disabled and to add insult to injury….no shelter will take them in because they have a service dog.  Federal law seems not to apply to shelters who when asked, simply answered…”It is up to our discretion to not allow service dogs.”  ARE YOU SERIOUS!!

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I need to end this now as this is absolutely beyond upsetting to me.  I am sharing their daughter’s fund raiser and calling all media that will hear me.  I do hope you do too.  Please take the time to read their story and imagine if you can their pain.  God Bless You All.

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The Angelic Series by Marelle Wednesday, Mar 2 2016 

“Only One for the One and Only You.”

Inspiration:
My inspiration for this collection was to create Ethereal Angelic pieces to add to my Angel Series.  It was imperative that each piece frame the face beautifully.  Every necklace and headpiece I create is to be custom fitted as to compliment, not compete with one’s outfit or hairstyle.  Every piece is guaranteed to be one of a kind.

Every piece I create, including this series, is inspired by the materials I am using.  I never sketch a design. Rather, I let the pieces unfold into an accessory of fine art.  I only use quality vintage trinkets and treasures so no two pieces are ever the same.  That was my biggest inspiration when creating my line….give new life to previously loved, vintage treasures.  It is true that an object holds onto the energy of its previous owners so great care is taken when acquiring these vintage treasures.

Depending on the pieces I am using and the surface they are being adhered to determines what method I will use to attach them.  I often work on several pieces at one time.  Laying pieces of treasure, sometimes taking hours, deciding on just the right placement for my canvas.  Whether that canvas be a purse, hat, or an actual canvas.  I would suggest to any gal to experiment with a brooch, scarf, a little something to set your accessories apart. And always be up to trying on your jewellery in new ways. I’ve had people use my necklaces as head wraps. I guess what I would like to say is be you in every sense. Your fashion is a reflection of your fabulous individuality, so flaunt it!

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Marelle Couture Bridal Collection Slideshow. Friday, Feb 26 2016 

Dedicated to generations of true love, unfeathered none above.  For there still is for a hopeful few….a heart that beats just for you…..Marelle

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Faith in Marriage Friday, Feb 19 2016 

The wedding of Clare and Ciarán.

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Just when you think you have figured it out.  When you realize the fairy tales of the knight on the white horse is just that, a tale.  You see the reality all around you….love is crowned as a mere accessory…..a ring followed by a marriage  that looks good on paper.  It is just a matter of time before the inevitable split of assets and dividing of time spread out on paper all for the sake of the children.  They are not like the fairy tales from our youth?  Then there are some that go by the same book of nonsensical  rules on how to land the partner you want.  Or, by happenstance,  chance, are they encouraged to wait, to hold out for the right one.  A Love so strong only God can provide.

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I think back on how my Grandparents looked at each other with great tenderness.  They were far from rich but from the start of there love they were committed and greatly rewarded for it.  They survived the depression, oppression and the wave of modern ass backward thinking.  Through it all there loving gaze never wavered.  Theirs’ was a marriage built on faith and understanding.  I still hear the phrase in my mind when money was tight, my grandmother saying….”As long as you are able to pay your bills your doing alright.”  He a factory worker, she a seamstress so blessed with one another money never entered their Holy Union or dampened their devotion to their Love…

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So where did that generation love lessons go??  How did we stray so far from what is real and what is impulse.  Who is dressing up the windows of our life these days?  Pretty Bridal reality shows on TV for all the world to see, and for what? Ratings?  And why are we buying into it?

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I have been blessed to be an admittedly small part in many great tales of love thru my clients.  I am honored to hear how their romance formed, how they first met.  Grand is the word I would use to describe these romantic encounters.   It is an honor to create the keepsake of some of those great unions.  I sometimes wonder how it will all turn out.   I go through boxes and boxes of discarded jewelry from years ago.  Countless engravings of heartfelt sentiments wind up on the auction floor to be cast off to the highest bidder.  I can’t help but wonder why……img009

Didn’t anyone find the sentiment of what those tokens represented or were they now looked upon as thorns quickly to be removed.  I still have and wear my grandmothers engagement ring, as seen in this picture around my neck.  It was a white sapphire given to my wonderful Grandmother with a promise of a diamond.  My Grandfather didn’t want to risk her getting away.  A promise he kept for he was always a man of his word.  That symbol of their love diamond was graced upon her finger but I find the first promise of a man’s love too deep to wait, for an object of consumerism to seal their future, more beautiful than any other piece of jewelry I own.  The ring  no longer holds a stone instead it hangs from a chain framing a cherub beautifully.  This seemingly understated charm necklace holds the love no one could break it went on as the precious circle the ring was meant to symbolize, love unending.

As all objects from the past do, they hold on to the energy of the previous owner…

So where did that generation’s lessons go??  How did we stray so far from what is real and what is impulse?  Who is dressing up the windows of our life these days?  And why are we buying into it?  If you look very carefully you sometimes get a glimpse of that type of true love today. I am not a die hard cynic or a negative thinker in any way.  In fact, just the opposite is true…I am a hopeless romantic.  I believe you never ever look for a man….  Rather, he finds you somewhere along the many roads along the way of life.

Each and every piece of jewelry I choose and each precious gem I include has to feel just right. Its’ energy absolutely perfect for the brides I have come to adore.

When designing Clares’ wedding neck piece, I labored many sleepless nights until it was just perfect for her blessed day.  Many hours are spent getting the neckline to lay just right. The flow of the pieces woven together in harmony.  Always considering the way the future bride will wear her hair.  I am framing her face and walking the fine line of complimenting not competing with her perfect dress.   I always ask what personal sentiments may I include in the piece.  What has meaning to you and your future betrothed ?  In all the years of creating custom Wedding Jewelry and all Custom pieces for various events…. only one, just one…..Clare, who answered that question most perfectly.  “Faith in God is most precious to my holy union.”

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She was the first and only one to this day to ask that I incorporate a crucifix into her neck piece.  I felt such joy, for I had a container filled with many crosses to choose from.  Now I had the long awaited opportunity to open it.  I must also add that this particular neck piece was also one of the more challenging of many to make.  The weight had to be quite light and I was unable to obtain exact measurements.  It is also the first time I admitted openly that I may not be able to accomplish the piece Clare had in mind.  Upon her insistence…. I kept designing and redesigning styles….they were not quite what she was looking for.

 

The wedding day was getting closer and the last thing I would ever wish is to cause a bride distress or even inconvenience on her special day.  I believe Clare knew the problem was the weight limit.  How could I create such a grand piece worthy of this most special union and make it very light.  I told her I am a woman of faith, and Clare gave me permission to just forget the limits do my thing.  I told her I would say a prayer and let God figure out the measurements and it will be just fine.  I’m sure Clare didn’t know how I acquired the same degree of faith she had, nor did I know how she acquired hers.  Her personal journey to this moment was one of great challenge and blessings along the way.

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It all turned out beautifully in the end.  The neck piece arrived in time and the fit was precise right down to the centimeter.  A necklace made out of faith for a very rare couple and their marriage based entirely on that….faith and faith alone.

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A more beautiful love story I have yet to hear.  For now I do know how and why Clare walks her days in God’s grace and she knows my story as well.  It was not until after her special day that we exchanged those details.  I don’t think we were suppose to before her wedding day.  After all this was a very rare, most grand tale, something barely seen these days.

This was meant to be, blessed by God.  This was truly a marriage of love and faith……and they will live happily ever after of that I am sure.  It is my pleasure to have her permission to share small bits of her heart touching love story.  Some day soon it will be told fully in just the right Magazine.

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Photography Copyright (c) 2012, Paula O’Hara

This amazing wedding has been featured on Love My Dress and here is the link to the wedding of Clare and Ciarán….

The End….for now.

Marelle

 

Salt Protection Pendant/Amulet, Sel Protection Pendentif Wednesday, Feb 17 2016 

Salt has been used for many generations to ward off negativity and aid in protection. My Grandmother used it in this manner and was a devote Catholic. I just love this feeling of protection and I have small sachets hung on my doors to the outside of our house. You never know who is going to stop by and leave some draining energy. It is also used in prayer services by some devote Christians to ward off evil and cleanse a home.

What ever your beliefs may be they are quite stunning. I usually create these one of a kind Amulets on a made to order basis. Simply contact me to get the process started and have a personal piece of jewelry that does more than just look pretty.  It is also used by many brides wishing to insure their special day and marriage be one of happiness and protection from all evil.

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God Bless You All…..Marelle Couture

 

La Marelle Couture / Hopscotch Couture….. Friday, Jul 25 2014 

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Formal Jewellery, Statement Necklaces,  Amazing One of  Kind Purses, Unique Fantasy Accessories, Vintage Art Jewellery Pieces, Avant Garde Statement & Steam Punk Accessories. Custom Orders Welcome. Headpieces, Bridal Necklaces, Jewelry Bouquets and Sashes. Keepsake Treasures all made from high quality vintage materials. No Two are Ever the Same.

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Over 95 percent of all items in La Marelle Couture’s accessory line are made from previously loved, vintage treasures. They are chosen for their quality, appearance and the feel of the piece. It is true that an object holds onto the energy of it’s previous owners so great care is taken when acquiring these vintage treasures.

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You feel the quality as soon as you pick your new piece up, the dimension and feel is exquisite.

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Even the best photos don’t do these works of art justice.

every piece is the only one of it’s kind in existence, a true keepsake piece.

Hence the saying……Only One for the One and Only You…..Marelle

Royal Couture Saturday, Dec 14 2013 

Always in awe of the Victorian era it was only natural I would combine my style with vintage materials to create a Royal Couture Accessory line.

Even as a child I would hunt down antiques with my father. I loved everything about it. Now I find myself surrounded with vintage jewelry, hardware, fabrics, bottles, clothing, etc. It’s all around me in my studio and that is how I create my pieces, by the materials and what they inspire. Many times I never know how a piece will come out, I just go with it.
By far my favorite pieces to create are my crowns….

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Brass trinkets and treasures…. The one on the bottom is a Royal Brass work in progress.

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It is amazing what a crown will be composed of.  This one, for instance, started as a metal ashtray holder with a glass ashtray in the center.  The glass ashtray is now a candle holder.

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My Black Queen’s Headpiece was inspired by a vintage drawer handle.  You just never know what will inspire something grand….

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My Fushia Nymph Neck Piece is appearing in Sunday, Jun 30 2013 

My Fushia Nymph Neck Piece is appearing in Vogue Italia due to the amzaing photography of Anna Jay…

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My Black Queen …….. Friday, May 31 2013 

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My vision was completed by the amazingly talented Felicia Püschl Photography….so stunning. I can’t imagine a more beautiful shot of the costume I created. Thank you so much Felicia for bringing her to life.

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Professional Photos of Some of my Pieces Thursday, May 16 2013 

So many fabulous professional photographers have been photographing my pieces with stunning results. Here’s just a few.

This one below was taken by Vanessa Powell and appeared briefly on OMG Insider during a bridal gown segment.

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Vanessa also shot this award winning photo using a Neck Piece of mine as a Head Piece.  I adore this stunning work of art and have it framed in my home…..it is so Blessed.

 

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Vanessa is currently on another collaboration photo shoot with some of my statement pieces.  I can’t wait to see her new works of art.  She has amazing vision.

 

Other photographers has been amazing me with their vision when shooting some of my accessories.  This one is absolutely my favorite by Anna Nicholas from the UK.  She used my feather sash as a head piece and it looked amazing.  I actually made these into some postcards.  This is why I love having these amazing photographers shoot my pieces, I get so inspired by their work.

 

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And again unique uses for my pieces by the ever so creative Anna…..A feather neck piece turned feather crown.   Statement vintage couture bridal neck piece and Haute Beaded Bridal Hat looking smashing on this fabulous young man.

 

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DSC_9705a  Photo by Anna Nicholas, Hopscotch Couture Bracelet.  To see more of Anna’s Amazing work click here….

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I will bring you more photos as I can, there are so many stunning ones I know you will enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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