Portia Wanders….

“….darkness has a hunger that’s insatiable, and the lightness has a call that’s hard to hear. I wrap my fear around me like a blanket. I sailed my ship of safety ’til I sank it………”

She has gone by the name Portia for so long, her given name is but a distant memory. She’ll never tell you what it is, for she has left it in the past along with everything and everyone ever associated with it. She hasn’t spent the last decade reinventing herself, only to recall the past with the uttering of a name. She won’t tell you where she was born, or grew up……the only tales she tells are of her travels. Those around her get the sense that she is running from, while Portia will always stress that she is heading to…those around her get the sense that she is searching, she insists that she has found.

Portia travels wherever the wind blows her. She is a career traveler. No one knows of her profession, if she has one at all. She has been all over the world and has trinkets and treasures from flea markets and fine boutiques alike, that she stores in her teeny apartment in the city. Her neighbors joke that the reason she travels extensively, is that there is no longer room for her in the apartment amidst her sea of collected memories. She collects, but seems to have no affection for any of it….with one exception…….

Although she travels as frequently as she draws breath, each flight is a battle. She will be found boarding the plane, always clinging white-knuckled to her vintage travel case. She never boards a plain or train without it. Those around her get the sense that it may be the last vestige of her previous life, the life before she was Portia…. Those around her see the white knuckles and sense that with each trip, she conquers fear, a little at a time. It is as if she is trying to move forward while furiously clinging to a piece of what she wishes to leave behind. Those around her see fear and longing, perpetual searching. Portia would insist that all they are seeing is her independence and disdain for attachments..and yet, she holds tightest to the vintage travel case….the only evidence of a life she chooses to deny……
….and so she’ll keep searching …….

Enter: The Portia Bracelet……..

Portia is antique gold tone double link curb chain, decorated with a combination of vintage and contemporary beads tied with delicate chocolate chiffon ribbon. Portia boasts giant contemporary champagne glass pearl beads, vintage white glass swirl beads from 1950’s West Germany, vintage aqua glass lentil beads, also German from approximately the same era. The chiffon ties add a touch more femininity and class to the weightiness of the chain and beads. The Portia Bracelet is the now and then, the here and there, melding into something beautiful……..

If you made it this far into the post, thanks SO much for indulging me! The whole post and the bracelet were actually inspired by that funky cool vintage suitcase that I won from Harlow Monroe Vinatge on Etsy! The bracelet, the colors and vintage beads, the wandering Portia and all have been swimming around my head for a while now. Is this how you would picture Portia in a bracelet? Or, in your mind would she be entirely different?

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  1. I definitely picture Portia in that bracelet! Very pretty, and I enjoyed the story and the vintage travel case — had one just like that as a kid 🙂

  2. Portia would wear that bracelet for sure! Love it, the story and the little vintage travel case — I had one like that as a kid. Maybe I’m a lot like Portia…

  3. Love this one! Your necklaces are just getting better and better! Portia is such a lovely name for a girl…hmmm, I’ll have to put that one in my file! 🙂

  4. You had me at the photo. She is gorgeous and I love your story of her history…you breathed into her a soul…and she is wonderful!!

  5. I’ve just passed you an award!

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  6. the story just makes me fall in love with the bracelet even more! the life… the history.. the case… perfect. So much fun!

  7. Portia leads a mystical life travelling around with her fabulaous bag. LOVE them both. GREAT post.

  8. The bracelet is beautiful!!! 🙂

  9. great post…can I hire you to write my blog

  10. I knew you were a writer from lunch date one. Glad you are using all your creative juices. Every piece gets better and better sweet girlfriend o’ mine! :O)

  11. I love the story!! Wow, I thought I was reading from a book, and was going to ask what the title was. Great bracelet! Protia is an appropriate name. All mysterious-like. Bracelets will do well, and I WILL keep tabs as to what creativity you will exhibit with those.

  12. What a fantastic piece! I am in love with the color!!


  13. that bracelet is so unique!


  14. Absolutely gorgeous bracelet, darling!


  15. The bracelet is perfectly fitting for the story & vintage suitcase! I LOVE it! Many thanks for mentioning our little shop, too 🙂

  16. Sara: I love it that you can look at a traveling case and grab inspiration for a bracelet–you amaze me!

    I’d probably have added some darker beads, to signify Portia’s fears, but who am I? You create what’s in YOUR heart, and you are a master at it!

  17. love it!!! Very talented in many ways:)

  18. Oh my goodness, Sara, I totally love the story of Portia…and the bracelet…stunning! What a beautiful way to bring this bracelet to life! I want more of Portia’s story!!!! Beth

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