Who is going to believe me now?

I never consider myself a shiny object chaser….

but now I think I need to reconsider. But while I was reconsidering, I stumbled onto something even more disturbing. (Not for You but for Me!) In my last blog, I mentioned that I ordered sari ribbon not because I needed it but because I have issues with using things up. All weekend, I have been creating and designing new necklaces using sari. Lot’s of fun! I had just finished a really wild piece (Wild For Me!) when I get this blog post about Dsquared2 2016 Collection. I had never heard of Dsquared. Have you? This picture floats by:

Dsquared2

So what’s the big deal? Well, I just finished making a necklace that is VERY similar and I think to myself no one is going to believe that didn’t copy this idea. We all know I have copied lots of Chanel designs and I never tried to hide it. But it’s kind of like lying.  Once you’re caught lying anything you say is suspect. Enough with the suspense.  Here is the necklace Dsquared2 knocked off!!!! Believe it or not!

Kilroy

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But I said I was sari!

I’m loving fiber right now. Sari in particular…

sari pic

I was contacted by a women selling Recycled Sari Silk Ribbon and it got me wondering about how this recycling got started. Here is what I found.

Saree and the Society

Traditional Indian silk sarees, particularly the ones bought during weddings were heavy and had real silver thread or zari in their borders. Unlike the north, where wedding sarees had hardly been worn, they are worn regularly in the south. Thus due to wear and tear, they literally tear or come apart after a few years. The artists would convert them into cushion covers, curtain or make clothes for kids as the sarees were quite expensive to begin with. But they would soon end up with small tears unable to take the pressure of the sewing machine and would be relegated to the attic as people didn’t know what to do with them.
Then in mid 2000s came maverick saree stores with new interesting designs and light weight silks enticing the younger crowd by offering exchanges. Brand new pattern saree in exchange for an old one, whatever be its condition..

This Masterstroke of a marketing campaign led to small business selling lots of new light weight sarees with silver plated or silver finish zari which was a drastic reduction in quality and durability compared to the old ones but people were okay with it for several reason – chief of them not spending money out of their pockets and secondly not having to ask their husbands or inlaws before buying them. Generally women never bought silk sarees for themselves, by themselves, unless they were public figures or very rich. (This did not extend to cotton or synthetic sarees, simple silks  or salwars that women wore on an everyday basis.) Even when the woman worked, it would always be a parent, sibling, husband, inlaws or son who paid for the sarees chosen by the woman though this has drastically changed now. This was not merely due to financial dependence as buying a silk saree was considered a gesture of love and duty, something that is sadly missing nowadays.

Below are a few of the sari pieces I have been working on. Stay tuned as I ordered tons more as God forbid I should use up ANYTHING in my stash!
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Carol

Turquoise Sari motif    Purple Sari

Lavender sari    Sari Collar

Sari Wrapped

Channeling Chanel

Just Karl and Me Baby!

While I was home visiting my folks, I picked up some beautiful Lampwork Black and White Beads from this cute consignment shop. What to do? What to do? As many of you know, I am drowning in pearls (Thanks to my fashionista Chanel crazed friend…) so I set to work on a crochet design. I can hear you…What, not a Twisted Sister? Even I need a change. Noodling and nothing inspires me. Then, I think to see what Karl has in store for his latest Chanel Collection. Take the Chanel Creative Journey with me.

First I see this….

     And made this….

So then I am thinking, why not let my DIY Friends make their own. So I made a kit!

But then I see this…..

Chanel Black Image

And that begets….

Chanel 3 in 1

Thanks Karl! It was a very fun, creative ride. (There’s more Chanel Inspired Jewelry and Kits at: BlingBeadedBaubles.Zibbet.com

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Carol

The Heirloom Journey to Joe Namath!

What in the world does this ring have to do with Joe?

This ring was the only piece of real jewelry my Grandmother owned. She bought it with the money she saved from babysitting my brother and me. One day, planting our Spring garden she noticed the stone was missing. She was distraught and I vowed to find it for her. Those of you that know me know I have the “Dog with a Bone Gene” big time. I tore the garden apart. Dug up and replanted etc.  My Dad, Bob, helped me when he came home from work. When it got dark he said we should begin again at first light as we could end up reburying it in the dark.  We were out there before the sun came up and sure enough as soon as the sun peaked over the horizon, every shiny thing in the garden sparkled and that is how I found the stone. My Grandmother was overjoyed and promised that I would be the next owner of her beautiful ring. Sadly, that Fall she passed away and I inherited this beautiful piece. Since I was only 11 I wore it around my neck until I was old enough and then I wore it everyday.

Now the Juicy Joe Part!

It’s Spring Break 1971 in Fort Lauderdale. (Young things don’t give up, it’s still a good story…)
I’m in a bar alone. My friends are scorching themselves in the sun and since I don’t tan, I drink!  The bar is packed and there is only one seat at the bar.  I settle myself and order some dopey Ohio drink. Probably a  7 & 7. There is a reason they say Youth is wasted on the Young! I notice the guy next to me is REALLY good looking and I start up a conversation. Which leads to talking about my ring. Turns out Joe’s mother loved blue topaz. He then joked with me about how the color only matches one of my eyes. Ha, Ha! My left eyes is half blue and half brown. He buys me drinks and later asked me to dinner. I said I had plans with my friends and got up to leave. The girl behind me taking my seat says, “Do you have any idea who that is?” Not a clue says the Ohio girl. That’s how I met Joe Namath. When I tell my husband this story he says if I had gone to dinner with him, I would probably be more interested in Football. Do you think????
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Iris Multi necklace       Chain Tassle Necklace

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Carol

Am I a Forgerer?

As a new blogger, I am learning the ropes. Along the way, I found this fabulous artist Hugo Costa.  He is a an Urban Sketcher. Every day you get a gift of one of his sketches. I hope you will follow him as his sketches are gifts. Below is a recent sketch of the Carroll Bridge in NYC. I loved it and since my name is Carol, I thought it would be a great inspiration for a necklace.

Hugo's Piece

Here is my “Forgery”!  Tell me what you think!

Hugo Piece with Necklace

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I thought I was being so genuine…

I just read this inspiring post from TheBeadedWireWork, and realized I have gone about this blogging thingy all wrong. Everything you read on blogging says to be genuine and I thought I was until I read the above post. So here is the new me with the REAL story.

I have been crafting all of my life and I have my parents to thank for this talent. My Dad loved to make Halloween costumes and my Mother would transform the American Legion Hall each month into some spectacular venue for their dance club.  I single handedly have the Guinness Record for carnation flowers.  

After retiring from technology, I was free to explore every whim and I did. They say it is not the destination but the journey but for this post it’s my latest destination – Beads and Beading. If you are a serious crafter you know that any hobby needs a serious stash. When you are inspired to create something you can’t slow down the process by shopping for your items. I thought my knitting and crocheting period was bad but OMG beading requires a HUGE stash of stuff. Thus this crazed Beadaholic was born.

Let’s fast forward to 2 years ago. My wonderful husband had a hip surgery that did not go well. He and I, as his caregiver, were pretty much shut ins for at least 6 months. I desperately needed an outlet for all my home time and so I decided to sell my jewelry creations online. This was a perfect solution. Everyday I was here to watch and help my husband steadily improve albeit glacial and I had plenty of time to create. The triple bonus was all those necklaces needed tons of BEADS! At last, we are ready for The Twisted Sister Journey.

It all began when I got hooked on bead embroidery. Beautiful stuff but REALLY time consuming. Weeks to finish one piece and the rage was and is now really chunky collar and bib statement necklaces. Seed beads were just not going to cut it. So, I started noodling around with wire and larger beads.  I liked the wire because it gives the piece dimensions that you would never get with bead stringing. After many failed designs and attempts, I came up with this twisted wire wrap technique I call “Twisted Sister”.

Twisted Sister Method

Then an opportunity arose for me to teach The Twisted Sister and viola I was off and running but I had a problem with not having enough bandwidth to create, sell and teach.  So that is why I now offer Tutorials, Beading Kits AND my Jewelry.
I just finished my Chanel Crocheted Necklace Tutorial pictured here. It is so fun and really easy to make. (Even if you don’t know how to crochet.) 

Chanel DIY 2 Photos White Back

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PS Next up – Not So Easy Peasy!

Interesting Twist to My Armani Bloomer Post

Benjamin Wild’s recent blog on Kate Middleton’s photo shoot provided an interesting counterpoint to my politics in fashion post, “Where are my Armani Bloomers?”  I hope you enjoy this. C

Photographing the Duchess of Cambridge for the centenary cover of British Vogue was surely an obvious choice. Few people at present seem to inspire as much popular sympathy, pique as much interest and reflect the magazine’s focus on high style and high society, than the wife of Britain’s future king. Deciding whom to photograph was […]

via Plain Kate: Vogue’s Centenary Shoot — Benjamin Wild

Healing Creative Block – Bloggers Too!

So last week I took a break…

But nothing was happening creatively.  Oh no!

Panic could be around the corner so I do what every Bead-aholic does. Buy Beads!!!! For whatever reason I became fascinated with Quartz and thus these beauties were born. So here is a tad of info on the amazing healing qualities of these stones.

Quartz is a stone of clarity which dispels negativity and clears away negative energy. It can be used to purify and clarify on the spiritual, mental, and physical planes. It is powerfully protective because of these properties. Quartz enhances spiritual growth, spirituality and wisdom. Because it clarifies thought processes and emotions, it can increase inspiration and creativity. It can also help particularly with concentration, studying, and retaining what one learns. So now you know! If you need any of the above, I hope you’ll consider adding these necklaces to your quiver.
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Electric Blue

Electric Blue Quartz

Copper Quartz

Champagne Titanium Quartz

Quartz Peach Multi

Champagne Multi Strand Quartz

Where are my Armani Bloomers?

The Bra Burning of The 1850’s.

I’m cleaning out my closet… (If you read The Horoscope Wars you’d know that’s what ever good Cancer does!!!)

I find these lovely Armani harem pants that I had completely forgotten about. It got me wonder about women in pants and how exactly it came about. (Note to readership: Hillary had nothing to do with this.)

It turns out that in the  summer of 1851, a pair of pants made headlines across America. The “bloomer costume,” also called “Turkish trowsers,” set off a fire storm of commentary from women’s rights activists, fashion enthusiasts, and critics across the country. In a social reform journal, Mary Williams described  described the outfit as “TuFerkish pantaloons and a short skirt, leaving the upper vestments to be fashioned according to the taste of the wearer.” Williams wrote that the bloomer costume was “infinitely superior” and “ought to receive the friendly countenance of all sensible persons of either sex,” emphasizing that the choice to wear the outfit was based on health and fashion, rather than a desire to wear men’s clothes.
Women’s rights activist quickly adapted the look but the outfit became most closely associated with Amelia Jenks Bloomer, the editor of The Lily, a temperance journal. The “bloomer costume” caught on among some white middle-class women who saw “dress reform” as an integral part of the fight for women’s equality in the mid-1800s. Some 50 years before bloomer-clad women rode bicycles in public, heralding a new era of freedom for women, few dared to don the trousers in public. The women who did wear the style became known as Bloomers, partly for their dress and partly for their interest in women’s rights issues.
The bloomer trend may have been short-lived in 1851 but the media storm that followed made it clear that, especially for women, fashion is political, whether we like it or not.
Many people (most of them men) were convinced that bloomers were a political statement instead of a health initiative—writers stoked fears of a women’s takeover of male space, led by Bloomers in “Turkish trowsers.” Thus, in the language of clothes, pants equal power, underscoring the social fears and possibilities that emerge when women make their own clothing choices. In the end the activist abandoned the bloomers as they felt is was distracting for their property ownership and voting initiatives.
Moral of the story: The 60’s burning of the bra had been done a 100 years earlier with a much bigger prize in the end!
I hope you have enjoyed my brief beading break.
Let’s chat soon,
Carol

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