Idle Hands Make Pretty Things

Well, sort of pretty. I’m not about to pat myself on the back here.

It’s a long weekend I’ve been spending most of it at home–which I have no problem with because I wanted to rake in some much-needed me time.

I’m a do-it-yourselfer (not to mention incredibly cheap). If I think I can do or make something myself, I don’t buy it. If I find myself with some free time and some needle and thread, I sew. Even as a kid I preferred playing with the toys I made with scrap over the store-bought, extortionate ones that supposedly help in my development but really just succeed in milking my mom’s funds.

Lately though, I haven’t really had time to do anything with my hands so I’ve been living vicariously through my incredibly awesome, fellow crafty friend, Allie. I promised myself that I would do something productive this weekend.

My mom and my sister are incredibly crafty as well. We have a whole book case of beads, chain mail, hooks, threads; drawers of fabrics and glue–you name it. I didn’t have to leave the house for inspiration; I had everything I needed right there.


I saw these beads and they reminded me of my favorite Charms candy. Candy necklace! That’s my peg. But stringing them would take only about five minutes and I needed something more difficult to occupy my time.


Lining up my strands to make sure everything’s in order. I didn’t put any whites at first but then I felt there was something lacking.


Just making last minute touches; i.e. attaching the lock. I put the two teeny orange beads in the middle just to break the monotony of purple.


Tada! I actually took inspiration from those bibs that Native American tribal chiefs wear. I dub my creation: Indian Candy Fringe (Or Something Like It)!

I rarely wear anything I make. Usually I give them away as gifts. There’s something amazingly touching about presents that you worked so hard one. I gave my very first handmade accessory to my dear friend Riza when we were in high school. It was a beaded blue barrette that she wore everyday for a week. Thanks for the support, Riz! (I love you!) I also made a couple of bracelets for Jason’s sisters a few Christmases ago. For Kris Kringle last year, I drew Techy Romantics vocalist Camille Besinga and she wore it for one of her gigs! I think I’ll do that again this year. It’s so much cheaper, not to mention thoughtful.

Here’s what I’m currently working on:


I saw a beautiful bouquet by Teddy Manuel and I wanted to make something like it. I don’t know what I’ll do with these though.

6 responses to “Idle Hands Make Pretty Things

  1. Preeeetty! ❤ i don't have the patience to work with beaded jewelry so I'm jealous haha!

    • Gaaaaah! It’s terribly therapeutic emotionally. Physically not so much… your hands, fingers, and wrists get a beating. I’m sure you can do it! I just had an early start!

  2. I wish we had those beads and clasps and things at home! I have a LOT of DIYs that I wish I could do.

  3. i still have your R letter necklace with me. 🙂

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