Monday, October 25, 2010

Don't buy that, I can make that...and I actually did!

On the theme of one of our favorite mantras, I'll share a couple pieces I made. Perhaps not too amazing on their own, but amazing that I uncharacteristically followed through and actually made them as opposed to griping about the ridiculous price of an item that I could so obviously make if I so chose to. Also, rather green of me (though the term is getting a little old, I know, my poor favorite color) as I re-purposed materials.

J.B. you'll appreciate the fact that I found a new home for Professor Owl. He had a buddy before and they resided on some earrings, but, alas, there remains but one now. The inspiration came from those the mish-mash charm necklaces you see all over the place these days. They always make me think "I could totally make this." So, take some lone earring pieces tie them off with a bow, et voila, c'est magnifique, non? (As a side note, the necklace is modeled against a swap shirt and scarf. Bonus!)

I had similar bracelets on my wrists, ready to purchase at World Market, when I realized that I was about to spend something like $8 on three bracelets and I could probably pick up a whole pack of bangles for half that and finally use up some of the fabric scraps in my closet. That's how these little guys were born. I added flowers and some vintage buttons to the plain one to copy the corsage bracelets I've seen around lately. It's wandering away from the simplicity I liked initially, but it was fun to play with. I made the mistake of inattentively buying bangles that are all attached, so the process would probably be simpler if I didn't have to cut each one, but it works. Just something to bear in mind if anyone else is interested...


  1. I love it! I want to learn how to make those bangles! :)

  2. I love it too! Also, thank you for the necklace you gave me for my birthday! It is lovely, and I like this owl theme you've got going on ;)