a talisman necklace for a mermaid who has found herself dry docked a cute hand carved seahorse beads that remind her of the ocean where she loved to swim ancient roman glass bead that is rough and tumbled like beach glass found bits of sea glass captured in sterling wire cages old sugar glass beads, bits of found items
Didn't everyone's grandma have one of these little leather coin purses back in the day? And making a necklace using these coin purses is nothing new. A few years back, I found a double sided one, horribly dried out and brittle. But I finally got the leather conditioned back into a somewhat sublte state.
It's shabbiness is perfect.
Today was spent on making things just for me.
A lovely day spent with special little pieces I have set aside.
Special treasures like this vntage coin purse, Betsey Johnson skull pendant and some crazy beads.
The black and white spiral bead at the bottom of the coin purse reminds me of Tim Burton.
The respone to my necklace from my family after the laughing stopped was "I suppose there is some eccentric person out there who may buy it, like that guy downtown." Seriously, that is exactly what was said.
They were informed that this necklace is for me and that brought on some eye rolling. I don't care, I love it. As a matter of fact, I am wearing this necklace as I type this post and wearing it makes me happy.
Family! Sometimes most of the time, they just don't get it.
And that "the guy downtown" is one of my favorite people.
Boots so good, words are not necessary. My first pair of "serious" boots, custom made just for me.
Is it polite to mention a boots age? They are over 30 years old, been re-soled three times, worn year after year even through the decades and in countries and cities when it wasn't cool to wear cowgirl boots. They are the one item in my closet that is truly the essence of me. The stories these boots could tell.
Last year, I found a couple of long very full gypsy skirts at the thrift store. They appeared to have never been worn. I guess these skirts seem like a good idea but.... well, Kristy Ally set us straight on that issue.
The original plan was to cut apart the skirts and use the fabric to make curtains or a table cloth for the gyspsy wagon but I never got around to it. These big skirts have a large amount of fabric and the two I bought had great colors and interesting patterns.
I didn't get a picture of the actual skirts before cutting them down for fabric last year, didn't even cross my mind. When cut apart these skirts usually have four large panels of fabric similar to this one.
When I was digging around in my fabric stash, I found the skirt fabric and thought it would make a nice casual top to wear over tops. Something to throw on quickly as I head out the door to run errands.
I love this Marcy Tilton pattern and have made it many times. It is designed for knit fabrics only but i wanted to use the cotton fabric from the repurposed skirt. I altered the pattern by adding to the center back, widening the sleeves, and I opened up the armhole curve on both the front and back. Yes, I used gift wrap to trace and alter the original pattern. I ran out of the medical office exam table paper I usually use to make patterns. I also wanted this top a bit longer and since the fabric has a decorative border, I wasn't going to sew on the bottom band. I left the pattern length at it's original length and put the bottom edge along the top of the decorative border to make it easier to match the front and back when cutting the fabric. I used a ruler to extend the pattern line once it was pinned to the fabric. It was a bit big at the back neck edge so I put in three darts at the neckline. This worked out nicely as I ended up liking this detail. I also rounded off the top corner of the front drape part because I didn't like the way the cotton fabric was draping. It works with knits but not so much with a woven fabric even thought this fabric is very thin and lightweight. The edge binding was cut from a leftover piece of the decorative edge. I love how it turned out. It was quick and easy once the altered pattern was drafted. A good everyday jacket for the price of a thrift store skirt ($3.00). Pardon the poor pictures, it is dark and rainy today.