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!
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