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1  Blank Book Necklaces in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by malmow on: March 27, 2012 08:16:37 AM
These little blank book necklaces are constructed from recycled leather and recycled books.
Red:

They're blank. I'm not sure how they would hold up if you tried to write in them, but they look cute!

Blue:


Thanks for looking!
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2  Beaded Earrings in Beads: Completed Projects by malmow on: March 27, 2012 08:03:07 AM
I love making earrings. They are so versatile and such a fun way to accessorize.
I love the clustered look lately.

I'm quickly learning how difficult it is to take pictures of sparkly things, but I gave it my best effort with these.

I love green, and I think the different shades in these earrings make them something special.

I made these simple teardrop earrings recently too.

I think they would be perfectly with a little sundress for spring or summer.
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3  "Button" Earrings! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by malmow on: February 14, 2012 08:55:15 AM
I wish I had thought of this! Disney from the blog Ruffles and Stuff suggested cutting the shanks off a pretty pair of buttons and making them into earrings. I glued mine to posts for some glamorous retro-looking earrings. I love these things! And since they're plastic buttons, they're super light!



You could also make these danglies by attaching something to the back and then attaching an ear wire.
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4  More Mini Book Necklaces in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by malmow on: February 14, 2012 08:52:37 AM
I've been making some more book jewelry. These are a little neater than my original book stack necklace.


I love these colors together.


The single book is actually made with blank pages, and opens up so it can be written in!
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5  Glass Beaded Earrings in Beads: Completed Projects by malmow on: February 07, 2012 05:31:22 PM
I've really been enjoying making jewelry lately. It's so fun and easy, and instantly gratifying.






These red ones came together when I realized that I didn't have anything pink or red to wear last Valentine's Day.



Thanks for looking!
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6  Re: Anthro-Inspired Book Stack Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by malmow on: February 07, 2012 05:07:08 PM
I don't know if this helps at all with the scale.

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7  Beaded and Button Earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by malmow on: January 27, 2012 09:43:07 AM
For Christmas in 2010, I wanted to do a little something for the ladies I work with, but I didn't want to spend a lot of money. So I made them all earrings!





I made these sequined ones for my sister. They turned out much better than I though they would!

Then I started playing around with buttons.



I kept the blue ones for myself, but I've never actually worn them. I can't decide if I like them or not.
I made these in Auburn colors for my mother-in-law. I worried they might be a little too young or tacky, but she wears them on football days.

I also made all the little cards that the earrings are on. Overall, they were inexpensive and fun-to-make gifts.
Thanks for looking!
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8  Anthro-Inspired Book Stack Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by malmow on: October 16, 2011 10:50:40 AM
One of my favorite bloggers posted about this necklace available on Anthropologie's website a few months back.
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=20860656&catId=JEWELRY-NECKLACES&pushId=JEWELRY-NECKLACES&popId=JEWELRYACCESSORIES&navAction=top&navCount=354&color=000&isProduct=true&fromCategoryPage=true&isSubcategory=true&subCategoryId=JEWELRY-NECKLACES-PENDANTS#BVRRWidgetID

It was retailing for something like $165. I figured it would be pretty easy to diy. So I did.



First, I looked around my house for leather-like items to cut up for the covers. I had a bag that my dog had chewed the straps on. I had an old placemat that I had purchased to make into a purse.



I remembered an old red purse I had that would be perfect. My dog had chewed the straps on it, too. Then I remembered that I had finally thrown it away. I kicked myself. Then I headed to the thrift store.

I found an old green purse for a few dollars. A few dollars was more than I wanted to pay, but still considerably cheaper than the Anthro necklace!



I set out molding the pages out of white fimo that I had laying around. I scored the sides. I poked a hole in the middle. I baked them.



I sandwiched them between the cut leather and mashed things around a bit. The "pages" cracked.

Time for round two.

I did some reading about the Anthro necklace, and found a similar one on Etsy. The shop-owner on Etsy was selling actual usable books. Made with real paper!

So I started cutting up books.


I cut and I cut and I cut! And then I used a needle and poked a hole in the middle. I inserted a headpin through the middle, found a suitable chain, and voila!



I love it.
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9  Non-traditional Graduation Announcements That Double as BookMarks! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by malmow on: April 05, 2011 11:09:53 AM
I decided, after some prodding from my mother-in-law, to make my own graduation announcements. I didn't want something boring or something that would mimic the school-provided ones. I started thinking about the party invitations she had made--they look like books! She's planning a book themed graduation party for me, so I thought, what about announcements that are also bookmarks?

It took a little while for them to evolve into what I wanted. How will people KNOW that they're bookmarks?


They might be a little rough around the edges, but I think they'll do just fine! I made all the envelopes, too.



Hopefully, they'll be well-received.
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10  Re: The Sketchbook Project Craftalong 2010 in Craftalongs by malmow on: January 19, 2011 01:40:49 PM
The rabbit hole is perfect!
Here are some pictures of my book. I bent the theme quite a bit to include things you forget in general. And there are some pages that don't fit the theme at all!
The page on the left is one of the earlier ones I did...I ended up really liking it! The page on the right didn't get as much attention as I would have liked.

I found this hand but wasn't sure where to put it. Then I made the homework page and was almost finished and realized that the hand fit perfectly! I had almost forgotten about it.

Another early page: the birdwatching one. It was my way of forcing myself to use a bunch of my pretty papers that I was hoarding. The left page is my dog! He's supposed to be sitting outside, peering through the screen door at me. I let him out sometimes and get distracted while he's sniffing around, but he just sits and waits patiently for me.

One of my original ideas was about forgetting birthdays. I'm really proud of that page. There a bunch of dates stamped in the background, a bunch of meaningful ones and some random ones.

I have quite a few more pictures, but I don't want to be a thread hog!
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