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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.

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


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.

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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