I was inspired by Tricia over at Oh So Crafty, when I saw her Lanvin Inspired Bracelet. Then she made some Anthropologie inspired pieces, the ribbon brooch/watch piece......and I had to get up and make something, too! Thanks Tricia :D
I have a box I keep pearls in, so I have plenty of those, but I didn't have any black ribbon, so I held off making it, since I've spent most of my time sleeping and haven't left the house in weeks :D But yesterday I found a red satin ribbon and decided I'd make a Valentine's Day pearl bracelet. It won't be as chic as the black satin but I'll eventually make that one,too. Unfortunately, I haven't finished that one yet, but going to the Anthropologie site, I saw some other pieces I HAD to have for my own. So I made the blue chambray watch band, and the pearl friendship bracelets like these
and made mine.....
the pearl bracelets are simply Mardi Gras beads and cotton fabric torn into 2 narrow strips all braided together. And I used regular snaps sewn on for the fastener, very easy to put on and take off yourself, especially for a young girl. If you have loose pearls just string them on some stretchy elastic cord made for bracelets.
I made the watch from 2 strips torn from an old printed chambray dress I bought at a yard sale years ago. One wide strip for the bottom, and another wide strip that I tore each end into 2 strips, stopping in the middle and leaving a square the size of the back of the watch. I laid the strip I tore onto the first wide strip, then threaded them through each side of the watch and braided each side. I stopped when each side was long enough, and sewed down the narrow strips and cut them off, leaving the wider strips to tie together as a fastener. You can still change the battery easily. It says they used "distressed" watches...hmm, so that must be like all the ones you buy in that box of junk jewelry at a yard sale or thrift store....looks like the brand name one when finished to me! By the way, they both got approval from several of my relatives :D
So gather some trinkets and start making something quick and easy..
move the dog....and finish what you started :D Uncle Pedro loves to help....but look at that huge square head! He's a good boy...
want to see a few pictures from our weird ice cold weather? it was something like a 5 degree windchill a few mornings, lots of burst pipes under our houses, stayed in the mid 30's during the day with low wind chills....but I went out one morning and took a few photos, then the camera died. I learned the batteries don't like to be that cold, because it works just fine now, lol! here's my collection of old rusty faucets that I have beads hanging out of to look like water drops, and also my bottle tree....and now the weather is warm and muggy again...and I am coughing and sneezing...*sigh*