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after + before

At first I was afraid, I was petrified that I wouldn’t be able to make something wearable out of leather, chain and pirate charms.


But I’m sooo happy (and a little surprised) with how it turned out.


And it was simple simple simple to make. I braided ultra suede strips with gold chain and hung charms off of it. I made it long enough to be a necklace or to wrap three times around your wrist.


Aaaaargh you as excited as I am about it?


Speaking of things I’m excited about, this dress is currently at the tailors getting shortened. It’s pretty as it is, just a little too heavy.


Won’t be nearly as fun for the puppy when it’s shorter, but it will be far more fun for me. I’ll post the “after” shot next week.

My most daring before shot yet

Normally my before shots look like this or this and someone else turns them into magical after shots (I’m not much of a do-it-myselfer). But this before shot is a little different, and I’m not going to lie to you, a little terrifying.


Using leather, chains and charms from Country Beads I’m going to attempt to make a pirate-themed bracelet. And I really, really hope it turns out.

My friends are do-it-themselfers

Sonja, for example, modified these earrings by putting beads and bells on loops.

beaded-earring-detailThen putting the loops on hoops.


For just the right amount of razzle dazzle. Speaking of Sonja’s razzly dazzly jewelry, take a look at her rings.


I think you (not me) could take this loopy idea and use it to make a really pretty bracelet. Maybe stringing the loops on a thin strip of leather and then wrapping the leather around your wrist a few times? Just a thought.

It’s all about mixing and matching

I am obsessed with the way my friend Sonja mixes her rings — antique, brand new and completely redone.


The top one is an antique given to her by her husband. The diamond band in the middle was a gift to herself.


The bottom one is her wedding ring, which she recently had engraved by Era Design in Vancouver.