Archive for July, 2010

Art Nouveau-style necklace

Every so often, I will see a piece of jewelry that seems to be crying out to be something else. This was absolutely the case when I spotted a pair of really great art nouveau-style earrings in Forever 21 a few months ago. I LOVE big dangly earrings, but I prefer that my earlobes not hang down to my knees…And since these earrings were made of metal, they seemed much too heavy to wear for any length of time.

I thought that these earrings could use a new lease on life, so I decided to make them into the above necklace. To make the necklace, I used only: 1) some old scrap chain I removed from a much too long necklace that I bought from Forever 21 a year or so ago, and 2) the jump rings that came with the earrings; 3) I added a simple, cheap clasp from the craft store, and that was it.

All in all, I bought 2 pairs of earrings, which I think were about $5 a piece, and nothing else. All the other items I had lying around. In the end, I ended up with 1 necklace, and 2 pairs of much smaller earrings – which won’t be uncomfortably heavy to wear. Please see below for a shot of the smaller earrings. I did have to add a 2nd pair of earwires to the mix to make the 2nd pair of earrings though. But for less than $10 I got a pretty eye-catching jewelry set, and another pair of earrings to give away. Not too shabby!

Hope you enjoyed this project everybody. I’d be happy to answer any questions if you’ve got ’em. Happy summer!

Gaga for Gaga

The weekend before last, I had the IMMENSE pleasure of going to see Lady Gaga perform at Boston’s TD Garden. And Gaga definitely did NOT disappoint. That tiny woman did about 2-2.5 hours straight with no intermission, with innumerable – and fabulous – costume changes, and with heels on that give me pain just to think about…

I know that this blog is primarily about craft, so I thought it was only fitting to share my experience (and talk about my Gaga concert outfit) here. Besides, every costume Gaga wore (that lit up, detached, spun, sparkled, or shot sparks) – as well as the show itself – was “crafted.” If anyone out there is up in the air about buying a ticket to a Lady Gaga show, do it. You’ll be SO glad you did.

Some may say that Lady Gaga is “out there” or “freaky,” and that’s 100% true as far as I can tell……but she’s also totally captivating. She owns all the freakiness, and makes it work for her. You can sense a kind of glowing contentment from her when she performs, behind all of the sunglasses you can’t see through, or the latex dresses you totally can.

Years ago, I remember watching Oprah talk about seeing Steven Spielberg in action as he directed a film. She said that you could just tell that what he was doing at that moment was what he was meant to do on this earth, and what gave him the most joy. And I could absolutely feel that same energy from last week’s Lady Gaga spectacular. Part way through the show, Gaga kindly thanked everyone in the room for having bought their ticket. And yes, perhaps she says that at every show, but I really felt like she meant it, and means it every time.

Agreed, her outfits are like something from a dream you’d have after watching a David Lynch film, or going to see a Dalí exhibit, but thus is her charm. You kind of appreciate that she isn’t quite like anyone else on the pop scene today. And I think that if she tried to be anybody but that kooky, self-possessing, potty-mouthed, rhinestone-studded chameleon she seems to have been born to be, it would diminish her.

So cheers Gaga. Show me your teeth!  :-D

If anyone wants to see the outfit I wore to the Lady Gaga concert, and read a bit more about this experience, please read on after the break. Thanks everyone!  Continue reading ‘Gaga for Gaga’

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