My name is Lucy Kelly, and I am the owner/artist of bel monili. I hand-craft jewelry and accessories using vintage and re-purposed materials, including vintage earrings, chain, books, buttons, flowers, and much more. Each item I make is uniquely one of a kind, making it an affordable piece of wearable art.
Before Bubbie had her antique shop, years before I was a twinkle in my mother's eye, Bubbie was herself an incredibly talented artisan. She had an amazing talent for sewing high fashion clothing items (the collection of 1950s-60s-70s gems she created are second to none) and was an accomplished painter. Bubbie loved painting ceramics and even had a small kiln in their basement. I have a small collection of her works on my bureau today, and these are my most treasured possessions.
Fast forward to 2010, when I had some time on my hands and a lifelong creative spark that was yearning to be ignited into a raging fire of craft. I decided to take a few classes on the basics of jewelry making, and the rest is history. Since then, I have been able to combine my life long love of vintage and antique baubles with my passion for making jewelry. Today I am on a never-ending search for midcentury costume jewelry, enamel brooches, clip-on earrings, and anything else that catches my eye. I would like to think that Bubbie would be proud of me when I get a phone call from one of my "regulars" to come out and see what treasures they have lined up for me.
In November 2013 my life changed forever when I got engaged to the love of my life, my high school sweetheart. We split up after high school, but we never lost touch and remained close over the years. Finally, in August 2013, the stars all seemed to align and we got back together again. Now, we are happily making our home in the suburbs of Pittsburgh as newlyweds (married April 11, 2015!) and are thrilled to have welcomed a new love of our lives: Evelyn Agnes was born on January 28, 2016. Affectionately known as "Baby bel", little Evelyn is the moon and stars to us.
I invite you to look through my shop and see if you can feel the genuine love I put into each piece. bel monili is my passion, and I would love to share that with you!