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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Blank Book Necklaces 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!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Beaded Earrings 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.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / "Button" Earrings! 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.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / More Mini Book Necklaces 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!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Glass Beaded Earrings 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!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Beaded and Button Earrings 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!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Anthro-Inspired Book Stack Necklace 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.
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Non-traditional Graduation Announcements That Double as BookMarks! 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.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Bookmark Graduation Announcements on: March 27, 2011 05:04:01 PM
I decided to make my own graduation announcements, and since my graduation party is going to have a book theme to go along with my English degree, I decided to make bookmark announcements. I've never made bookmarks before. Is there something I should do to them to make them shout "bookmark!"? Or will people get the hint? I was thinking about tying a piece of ribbon at the top, but that will need extra postage. :-/ Should I put a little note on the back that says "I'm a bookmark!" I want these to be as simple as possible.

Also, how thick do they need to be? I feel like mine aren't very thick, but neither are a lot of the bookmarks I've used in the past.

Any comments or suggestions are welcome!
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Recycling Pillow Stuffing? on: November 08, 2010 12:25:58 PM
I'm making some stuffed monsters for my cousins for Christmas and thought about using some recycled pillow stuffing to stuff them, instead of buying new poly-fil. Is it gross if I buy throw pillows from the thrift store and re-use the stuffing? Should I wash the pillows first? Should I just spray them with disinfectant? Should I just skip it and buy new? I know this isn't really a crafty question, but I thought there might be some Craftsters out there who've tried this.
Thanks in advance!
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