tandw1A couple of weekends ago when I attended Arts Fest Beverly, my booth was fortunate to be located next to the booth of Twitch and Whiskers and its owner, Mei-Ling. While setting up our tents Mei-Ling and I became instant fair friends as we quickly established our common fondness for taking castaway vintage items and turning them into art – me with my assemblages and she with her awesome “upcycled” jewelry.

About Mei-Ling of Twitch and Whiskers: “My name is Mei-Ling and I’m an elementary school teacher and a jewelry designer. After years of hunting and gathering treasures, the light bulb flashed on and I found a fun use for all my goodies. I design jewelry out of cast away vintage gems and inspiring items from the recycling bin. I always create with reuse and color in mind. I love giving new life to old objects with a twist of whimsy and humor. In my Etsy shop you will find upcycled one-of-a-kind pieces, thimbilism necklaces, and REcap bracelets. Everything is lovingly made by hand.”

Mei-Ling takes vintage items like old buttons, game pieces and thimbles and turns them into modern works of art meant to be admired as much as they are made to be worn.

tandwIn addition to the many fairs Mei-Ling attends, she maintains an Etsy store where you can see all of her great designs, like the Lone Starlet – Upcycled Tin Locket Necklace:

“Say howdy to a one-of-a-kind gem. Upcycled out of a vintage tin embellished with brass cowboy boots, this clever necklace is two-in-one. You can wear it with the lid open or closed for two distinct looks. The inside hides a layering of vintage black and white buttons with a brass horse on top. Underneath the tin is a pressed brass star with rhinestones. A gold tone curb chain connects in the back with a lobster clasp.”

Visit Mei-Ling’s Twitch and Whiskers blog here.

Visit Twitch and Whiskers’ Etsy Shop here.