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About Melinda

I Love:

Family. Friends. Yoga. The Mountains, Cape Cod. Hammocks. Kayaking. Photography. Crowns. The way light spills onto and through things. Strong coffee. Crows. My backyard and the doves and squirrels that have lived there as long as I have. Color, mostly greens.  Staying up late. Breezes. History. Stories. Movies and books. Manhattans (with rye whiskey please, up and stirred). Estate sales, art museums and bookstores. Linen sheets, palindromes, Chris Isaak and John Paul White.

I love being around people yet crave solitude. I usually have a hundred projects going on at any one time. My favorite place on earth is the one room cabin in the Sierra National Forest that I built with my uncle, mostly from reclaimed wood. It is 120 square feet, and that feels just right.

I live smack dab in the middle of California. A native Californian, I am a descendant of Juan Atanasio Vasquez, one of twenty soldiers who traveled with Juan Bautista de Anza on the first overland expedition to California in 1774.

I love California. Sure the air is less than healthy where I live and the summers are hot but I’m 1 hour from John Muir country, 2.5 hours from the beautiful seashore and Yosemite is just a short drive. Did I mention San Francisco and LA? and that my daughter works at Disneyland, and that most of the nation’s produce comes from here, so there's an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies, year round. So not a bad place to live.

I love to travel. In the early 90’s I opened a travel agency and that set the tone of my affection for travel.  I don’t miss the cranky business travelers, however I do miss the perks that came with being a travel agent in the good old days (before the internet) when airlines loved and spoiled us with free, first class tickets. These days a good deal of my travel (in coach) centers around finding new crowns for the shop.

Crowns make me happy. Seven years ago I bought a dozen crowns for no good reason, I kept one, gave some away and then listed a few in my Etsy shop. I soon discovered I'm not the only one who adores crowns. I love working with brides, photographers and moms who are looking for the perfect crown for their special event.

I have two beautiful children, two sweet grandsons and a wonderful husband who loves to travel with me and gives me lots of alone time to work & play. I love 18th and 19th Century Europe and hope to someday spend a year living in France or Italy, roaming flea markets and museums, and of course, taking lots of photographs and looking for new crowns and sacred hearts.


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Pleasure doing business with you. Item came fast and as expected, my wife can't wait for the baby shower to put it on baby girls cake. Thanks.

Gorgeous crown! Will be a stunning feature at my daughters 1st birthday! Fast shipping and excellent communicating seller. Very happy with my purchase :) xxx

I just received it this week and it is going to be perfect for my upcoming photo session! Thank you for the fast shipping and excellent service!!!

Beautiful! The crown looks even better than it does in the picture. Great craftsmanship, thank you!

I absolutely love my crown! Perfect size, better than the picture. Shipped on same day and was delivered in 2 days!
Thank you so much

The pictures don't do this item justice! Love! Love! Love! Great quality and fast shipping! I can't wait to use this as our wedding cake topper!

Wonderful item, very pleased and very fast shipping all the way here to France. Thank you very much.

I really love this silver crown cake topper. I can't wait for my daughter's birthday to surprise her! Thank you!

Perfectly beautiful and delicate for my daughters enchanted forest birthday cake topper.

Awesome. Was hard to decide will definitely be back for more. Girl can't have enough crowns. Very smooth transaction, fast delivery

Absolutely love this crown! We will use it for the baby shower cake and we will take Emma's photo wearing it every year on her birthday!!

The cake topper was a show stopper, everyone loved it

I didn't know what to expect when I ordered, but when I got it it was just perfect in every way, quality, look, weight, color, and size. I used it as the cake topper for my baby shower! It was just perfect!

As pictured. Very pretty on top of cake and daughter has as a keep-sake.

This is absolutely perfect! This precious crown cake topper has a special meaning.!! Just the right touch for our wedding cake!


It's painted the exact way I wanted it to be a touch of gold and the pink is perfect. And after I can save it for my little princess to take her first pics :)