Sunday, October 29, 2006

quick post....

i know i said i wouldn't be around for awhile, but it's such a rare occasion that i'm crafty (other than my ratgirl stuff, i mean) that i thought i should post this.

paul & i went to a wedding on saturday and i needed a necklace to go with the dress i was wearing. i knew exactly what i wanted to make and luckily i had everything i needed on hand.
bits and pieces necklace

the coolest part: every single bit and piece came from my collection of odds & ends from thrifted jewellery. here's the story....my brother-in-law is as much of a thrifting junkie as i am but he goes to value village and buys those "junk bags" of miscellaneous jewellery looking for gold, diamonds and expensive watches that they've thrown in there (not knowing these things were worth $$). but then he's left with piles and piles of "junk" jewellery that he has no use for. well, he collected all of his castoffs over the years and handed them over to me knowing i could probably make something from it all.

after acquiring about 7 or 8 massive shopping bags of the stuff this summer, i went through it all and sorted everything i could use into ziploc baggies. now i have a little suitcase full of these great treasures just waiting to be deconstructed and turned into fun trinkets!

that necklace is the first piece of jewellery i've made from my windfall of "junk"! hopefully when life slows down, i'll be able to devote some time to crafting up more.

this is a picture i took in the summer after sifting through all of the bags. it shows everything i kept.
jewellerycastoffs

ok, back into hiding....
;)

18 comments:

michelleknits said...

no no, "no hiding before tubby. let's make it a rule."

(my cousin chris said this about his 1 1/2 month daughter when i visited them yesterday. she works herself up hiding in the covers that she doesn't want to take a bath and then go to sleep. but i'm saying it to YOU cause i like it when you're not hiding, too!)

Uber Mer said...

I love it - it's so simple, yet it tells a story! beautiful!

vania said...

i love that necklace, but it looks like we have the same routine at VV - we should trade goodie bags!

Carla said...

What a great necklace! And yay for crafting for yourself!!

jen said...

very crafty of you! glad you popped out of hiding.

VaxGirl said...

What a pretty necklace! I want to know if he ever finds anything 'valuable' in those bags.

tania said...

oh that is a really pretty necklace!

we should all have a random jewellery making party and pool all our collected odds and ends and go home with a new necklace-
:)

Karina said...

I knew you wern't going to post for a while, but for some reason, felt compelled to take a peak..and you posted! Sorting all that junk/treasure must have been so much fun, I love making order out of chaos, especially with the help of dozens of ziplock baggies. They help make everything make sense. PS: got the tickets in the mail, thanks Krissy!!!!

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the knitrider said...

wow that is alot of stuff. the necklace is lovely!

fin said...

love it! sooo pretty!

janet said...

awesome necklace. how long did that take?

Casa Mia * My House * said...

I have to say that is the most beautiful necklace I've seen in a long time. I would wear it everyday. Congratulations on your great blog, you are very creative. Now I need to find myself an eiffel tower charm. BTW, I love VV too.

Angie from Montreal

shoe stretchers said...

If you were going to buy a golf club, you wouldn't walk into a store and buy the first one you see, would you? Of course not; especially if you want to improve your golf game! You'll want to hold the club, take some practice swings, hit some balls if the store has a practice spot, and look at the price, of course. If you are considering buying running shoes, you need to go through a similar process and take the time to find the perfect shoe.

tash at poppyseeds said...

Great Krissy! Nice blog\! and here is a video on how to make a necklace from Plaza hotel numbers that i found thanks to a wonderful blog that i dig called kraf-o-la. Its really about 3 minutes of great fun! http://www.oxygen.com/Specials/CraftyGirls/video/OBJ_Plaza_Necklace_m.m4v

tash at poppyseeds said...

oh and sorry i should have acknowledged that the video is from CraftyGirls at www.oxygen.com.

mishka said...

Krissy....! Where are yooooou? Come out of hidiiiiiing!

Leigh said...

Ooo, I love this! Great idea to use what you have and make something new from it.