Sunday, January 30, 2011

One of THOSE Outfits: Country Style & Baby Showers

The mister and I had to make a quick jaunt to the countryside yesterday morning for some family biz.  I worked on crocheting a baby blanket for a shower later that day (haven't yet finished) and the beast cruised in the backseat while we drove with the windows down on a beautiful Oklahoma day!  And now we're preparing for a winter blizzard hitting tomorrow evening...oh, Oklahoma!

We stopped for a moment to capture the day and snap a few of ourselves and the countryside.  I'm going to attempt to share outfit posts on this blog so this would be my first!  Let me disclaim though that I am far from a fashionable person.  I tend to dress a bit odd from time to time and always have but I've always loved how I dress so I thought I would start to share!  My mister calls my really odd outfits 'one of THOSE outfits' so that's what I will call these posts!  Enjoy!

Now, it may take me a while to get my model self to emerge but you have to start somewhere, right?!  For the time being, just ignore my faces and poses ;)

I wore a summery dress and cardigan from the clearance rack at Anthropologie, tights from who knows where, boots from Target, a gifted cream scarf and a vintage mother of pearl necklace that belonged to my Granny.

My mister wore stuff from his closet ;)  I've no clue where his clothes came from for this outfit and I doubt he does either!  He looked handsome as always, nonetheless :)

Today we purchased a new fancy camera (!) so I'm crossing my fingers we get good and snowed in soon so I can stay at home and learn how to use it!  Then, perhaps, you'll get some good snowbunny outfit posts ;)

Until later!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Project Restyle: Here Kitty Kitty

I'm sure some of you have stumbled upon this blog in its early stages and are thinking that this isn't much of a blog at all! Relax, I'm working on getting some posts published before I 'officially' announce the switch over and while I wait on my graphic work :) If you are here before all of the bells and whistles are done though, Welcome! Please go ahead and bookmark, subscribe, do whatever you need to do to ensure you come back, because I promise, it will be worth your time :) If you'd like to see what this blog is evolving from, you can read my old blog here!

And now on to my first Project Restyle! I was reluctant to make jewelry for my first restyle since that's my typical gig but I couldn't resist when this one popped into my head!

My beloved cats haven't worn collars in quite a few years as they are solely indoors and don't really need the added kitty bling. I hung onto one of my fuzzbucket's first collars because for one, I LOVED the design and for two, it reminded me of when I adopted her. I knew one day I would figure something out to do with it!

So easy and so worth the time! I cut off the ends of the collar, saving the clasp for an unknown future project and stretched it out straight.

Since it is a woven material, the ends immediately started to fray so I added a line of gel superglue to each end to ensure it stays together!

I pulled out some Flea Market found chain and metal arrowhead which totaled about $1.50.

I got a bit out of order here :) Before I tended to the ends of the collar with glue, I put in three grommets - one at each end and one smack-dab in the middle of the collar to hang the arrowhead from.

Side note: I bought my grommet maker at a local craft store here and LOVE it. The grommets were a gift from above. I came across this box of 10 or so different colors of grommets at a half-price estate sale, 100 each color for FIFTY CENTS a package. I spent about $4 or $5 bucks on this gem! There are some of the most random colors in there, too!

After grommetting away, I did a bit of linkage and VOILA, a brand new necklace for me! Both strands drop at about the same length and wear wonderfully. I am SO thrilled that this came together so well!

Odd? Perhaps, but that's just how I like it :)

Do you save your animals' collars? Or tags? What do you do with them?? I've saved all of their tags for years now and would like to figure out something to do with those!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Life of a Bangle

We've all seen them and heck, we've all probably owned a few hundred or so! I'm talking bangles here, ladies! Being an acquirer of all things jewelry, I've found myself amassing hoards of bangle bracelets and, until now, they've just been sitting and waiting for a creative answer!

After a quick internet search, I discovered that I'm certainly not the only one who's been faced with a creative bangle crisis. Here's some fun creative solutions for fixing up bangles that I happened upon (click on photo for source).

Lots of beautiful fiber work! Perhaps with the five million bangles I have left I'll give them a bit of a fiber treatment!

While I'm the furthest thing from a fiber artist, I decided to make jewelry out of jewelry! What a novel idea! ;) I love their boldness, uniqueness and the all around good feeling that these give me! These can currently be found in the Buy Bifftastica section of this blog or in my etsy shop.

What would you do with a hundred bangle bracelets? Just keep them as bracelets? Make your cat jewelry? Let me know!
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