Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Chained Melody

One of my internal New Year's resolutions (even though I think resolutions are bound for failure & thus set life goals instead, because I'm more comfortable with bullshit, watered-down terminology like that) was to be more creative. At some point last year, I was shocked to discovered that I don't refer to myself as a writer or artist nearly as often as I used to - & that's only because I don't write or create art as often as I'd like to.

Art's an expensive habit to get into, so I've been holding back a bit. But two days ago, bursting at the proverbial seams with an urge to get crafty, I made a necklace inspired by this one from the GAP:

Because I'm resourceful & respectful of recycling & all that other new-age hippie shiz, I took apart a bunch of old, gold-toned necklaces I haven't worn for awhile & sewed them to the strap of a canvas tote bag. Sounds ugly, I know, but I'm pretty proud of the result:

A free necklace! SCORE. And yes, I'm aware that the tote bang handle absolutely looks like a tote bag handle (I tried to braid it & failed), but for a first attempt, I'll take it. Sadly, the trouble now is that I'm itching to keep creating... but I'm fresh out of bits & pieces of broken jewelry! My lovely mother offered to snag a bunch of thrift store pieces for me on her day off, but in the meantime, I've got to find something else to make. She's also notoriously unreliable at shipping, so it may be awhile. (Ahem. Love you, Mom!)

I could really get into this free accessories thing & being allowed to refer to myself as an artist. Bring it on, 2010!

11 comments:

DanielS82 said...

I think it looks great! I certainly couldn't create anything like that! For sure not something I would be proud to wear!

thegoodgirlgoneblog.com said...

Make me one? I love it!

Grace said...

Very cool. I love creating new things out of stuff I don't use anymore. The hard part is actually doing it. I hope momma comes through for you!

Lusty Reader said...

there's a guy at Eastern Market who has a pretty big box of jewelry that's usually good to rifle through. good luck!

Lacey Bean said...

Looks pretty!! Love that you made it out of old jewelry you had lying around. :)

Mary said...

I said it on Twitter and I'll say it again...SUPER CUTE! Good work lady :).

I hope you find some new "materials" soon.

flipflopsintherain said...

I actually don't think I would've realized that was a tote unless you'd said so. It looks really cool, and I would TOTALLY wear it!

Kate said...

You're all kinds of cool for making this!

Emily Pearl Goodstein said...

Um, I love everything about this and am SO IMPRESSED with your jewelry making skills. I actually JUST bought a necklace at the gap that looks VERY similar to this one. Wish I had crafted it myself so I could have blogged about it. xo

erin said...

love it!

Alice said...

DUDE! that's awsome! and gorgeous! and you should totally make more and sell them (to me)!

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