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.