Friday, December 30, 2022

Christmas Gifts

Did you get any good Christmas or Hanukkah gifts?

I like to dress nice so I have a dozen shirts with French cuffs. French cuffs add style and panache to any outfit.

When you have such shirts, you need cufflinks. I have a few but can always use more. So I asked for and got some this year. Best of all, my new cufflinks have a fun story behind them.

Here's a picture and here's the story. In the old days car-makers in Detroit painted cars by hand on metal racks. Enamel paint dripped onto the racks and got baked solid when the car-paint cured. The process was repeated hundreds of times with different colors so racks ended up having layers of baked paint. Usually they were thrown out but some smart workers saw potential -- they kept the paint-residue and sold it to jewelers. The baked paint was then ground and polished to create jewelry like these cufflinks. Cool, huh?

What did you get this year?


  1. Wow, these are fabulous and oh so cool, Ally! xxx

  2. Ah, what a great story!!! I love that! They are beautiful and I love that they don't match yet you know they are a pair! Wishing you a happy new year Ally!xx

    1. Thanks, Kezzie. As friends, you and I "don't match" but "are a pair!"

  3. Twas I, Kezzie x

  4. Oh I love this - what a great idea for making use of the discarded paint, and the result is so pretty! :) Definitely a talking point!

    Hope you have a great start to the new year :)

  5. Those are fabulous cufflinks, Ally! Now you need a pair of matching Fluevogs, ha ha!

    I hope you and Robin had a very Merry Christmas, and all the best to you in the new year, my dear friend.

  6. So cool! I adore something that has a story and love that they were able to use something that might have just been discarded.


  7. These are fantastic! And yes, cufflinks are such a fun accessory. Hope you're doing okay. Thinking of you.