My favorite artist right now also happens to be a women I met at my day job. Her drawings are full of fairies and whimsy and her jewelry is perfectly simple. She paints my dreams and everything she does is exactly what I would do if I possessed her immense talent.
Yesterday I went to her Etsy shop The Many Things and purchased an illustrated necklace of Little Red Riding Hood. The moment I saw it I HAD to have it. This afternoon (the very next day) it was in my hands!
I’m totally crazy about it and can’t wait to wear it!
One of my aunts and I have very similar taste in jewelry. We both like unique pieces and always appreciate one-of-a-kind items over any other. Recently at an antique store, my aunt came across a harmony ball on a long silver chain. Unfortunately the actual harmony ball inside the silver cage was missing but being resourceful, she decided she would find one elsewhere. In place of the harmony ball for the time being she decided to use a blue iridescent marble.
The moment I saw it, I was in love. To me, the marble inside looked like magic wiggling inside the intricate cage and the design of the cage was beautifully intricate. Of course, even though I begged she wouldn’t let me have it so the very next day I hopped on Etsy.com to see if I could find something similar. Before long, I found exactly what I was looking for and ordered it up instantly. The harmony ball arrived quickly and was exactly as I expected but when I wore it to work the light bell noise it made seemed really loud in my quiet office setting.
On Wednesday, when my aunt showed me her harmony ball cage, I noticed she’d replaced the marble with an actual harmony ball and then handed me the marble. Now mine looks just like the magic I enjoyed when I first saw hers, all I need now is a long silver chain to put it on.
I was browsing Etsy.com the other day when I discovered this shop selling bouquets of origami flowers. They were beautiful and well done, but instead of buying some I decided that being somewhat proficient in origami that I could easily find instructions for the same flowers and build a bouquet myself.
Of course, finding the instructions was impossible. I found pictures of several that were similar, but the instructions were either too difficult or non-existent. So I took up the task of inventing instructions myself. After staring at the pictures from the Etsy shop for awhile and a stroke of genius I realized that the flower could probably be made by working the first few steps of the crane and modifying it from there.
When I finally perfected my model, I built several for a Valentine’s Day exchange in my office. I think they turned out lovely. I used floral wire for the stem and a fancy paperclip for the leaf.
I’ve never written an origami diagram before in my life but since I made up this flower based on a picture I wanted to write up a diagram so I wouldn’t forget. I hope it helps! Create a bird base and from there start with number 1 in my written diagram below:
Sometimes I buy things on impulse, but usually I’m very thrifty with my money (okay, cheap) and I take a lot of consideration when buying things, especially online and especially if it’s an item I don’t really need.
When my friend Christy opened her Etsy shop, Thrifty Vintage Kitten the first thing I noticed was this adorable blue ramekin. The price was right, but I didn’t need it so I left it alone. I then spent the next several months stalking it. Every week or so I’d check to see if it had been purchased yet and every time it would still be there begging me to buy it.
Then one day I decided enough was enough. If I had the money for it in my wallet I would purchase it.