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Morden jewelry designer overflows with accessory ideas

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By far my favourite fashion component has to be the accessory. Accessories can be co-ordinated, sophisticated and luxurious, or quirky, colourful and fun. They can cost you a lot or a little, be subtle or outrageously bold and there really are no right or wrong ways to wear them.

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By far my favourite fashion component has to be the accessory. Accessories can be co-ordinated, sophisticated and luxurious, or quirky, colourful and fun. They can cost you a lot or a little, be subtle or outrageously bold and there really are no right or wrong ways to wear them.

For Little Mouse on the Prairie designer Tiffany Tilley — those sentiments ring true, especially when it comes to designing pieces for her collection.

PHOTOS BY JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Tiffany Tilley’s jewelry collection includes baubles, vintage-inspired pendants and earrings that feature skeletons, bones and video-game characters.

“I struggle with trying to describe my design style,” Tilley says, laughing. “I’m very eclectic with my pieces. I don’t know if that says something about my personality or not. I feel like I constantly have 10 different ideas in my brain and only get around to one or two of them before I have 10 more completely different ideas.”

This is really great news for those of us who love to accessorize — the more dazzling and colourful options to personalize your style the better, I say.

If you’re not familiar, Little Mouse on the Prairie has an eclectic collection of baubles, pendants and earrings that range from vintage-inspired, to modern, to playful and fun. For Tilley, delving into the world of jewelry design is just something that made sense.

“In 2010, I was in a major transition period in life and thinking about what my next steps were going to be and what I needed in life,” says Tilley. “I realized that I’m someone who needs a creative outlet of some sort in order to function, so accessory designing just kind of felt like a logical step for me.”

And Tilley’s designs are truly creative. The collection includes cutesy floral stud earrings in an array of vibrant hues, macabre vintage-inspired cameo pendants — think skeletons and bones — and dangly earrings featuring iconic video-game characters.

I also really love her Manitoba pendant necklaces. These fabulous pendants are made from a blended polymer clay and formed into the shape of our great province — the ideal gift for the expat on your Christmas list.

Little Mouse on the Prairie will be available at the Annual Holiday Craft Sale in Morden today and at Raw: Verve at District Stop Dec. 1. You can also shop the collection online at littlemouseontheprairie.ca, or in person at Saddler’s Creekside Greenhouse in Souris.

Got a suggestion for a future column or trend worth following? Email Connie Tamoto at connietamotofashion@hotmail.com.

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