Noodling around Pinterest and Whoa!

I’m minding my own business and noodling around Pinterest ….

When I come across this picture of Princess Sophia at a Royal wedding.

Princess Sopia

Is someone knocking me off????Something about “Imitation is the best form of Flattery”? I just finished this necklace. (Comes in many colors too.)

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All the best,
Carol

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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Let’s chat soon,
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

Let’s Chat Soon,

Carol

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

If you would like to get your free copy of this Tutorial just click HERE. I’ll email you your link.  

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Carol

PS Next up – Not So Easy Peasy!

June is for LOVE!

Were you a June Bride?

June is all about weddings and I got to wondering about engagement and wedding rings and just why the third finger of the left hand.  So here we go…

Here is an approximate timeline of this evolution from a fellow blogger:

ANCIENT PAST
As Egyptian fortunes were excavated, they were found to be buried with a metal wire tied around the third finger of their left hand. According to legends, this finger is believed to be directly connected to the vein going to the heart.

MIDDLE AGES
As per most historians, the first official use of an engagement ring was made by Archduke Maximillian of Austria in 1477 when he gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring with tiny diamonds set in the form of an M.

1600-1700
In the 15th and 16th century, the engagement rings were mostly exchange of poser rings, gold or silver bands with a message engraved on them. Sometimes, silver was seen as a sign of engagement and a gold ring was given during the wedding.

1800
The romantic era saw a high demand in diamonds after a large deposit was discovered in South Africa. This saw the making of Tiffany & Co. and the trend of huge solitaires, flower designs and high setting of the rock on the bands.

EARLY 20th CENTURY
In the Edwardian era engagement rings became a social norm and a must in every wedding. Fine jewelry was in the reach of more population as industries revolutionized class. In this era, the rings were made of a platinum band and ornate designs in which the diamond was set.

1920-1930
In the 20s and 30s, the designs became less feminine and more geometric as the era was about all modern things. The most frequent were diamonds set in platinum or white gold and were accompanied by gems like rubies and sapphires.

1940
In this period, even after the economy being hit by World War II, the designs were bold and big. The designs had motifs like flowers and gold was used to make the band. The population turned to synthetic rubies and sapphires as their budgets tightened.

1970
The princess cut and radiant cuts were invented or perfected in the 70s and their square shapes became very popular for engagement rings, fitting for a generation that embraced the new and different and did away with many of the traditions of the past. This became the year of radiant cuts and princess cuts as their square shapes became popular. They were the new and different thing during this time and attracted all those modern brides.

1990-PRESENT
There has been no set trend and no popular design stayed for very long. There have been trends for sapphires and emeralds but now that is fading. Today people are choosing everything. It’s no more about the trend but about the taste and desire. There are couples that are going for the traditional solitaire set high on a platinum band, some want to go antique and buy emeralds and Victorian designs and some want to customize their own thing.

And, aren’t we blessed that we have the freedom to express our love for one another however we choose!

Let’s chat soon,
Carol
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My Horoscope War is still Raging…

June is my birthday month and it got me thinking back to the late 80’s when I would read my horoscope every day. Honestly, I couldn’t believe I was really a Cancer as my horoscopes were Boring!  I didn’t feel boring but my horoscope sure was. Then I started dating my now husband, who is a Scorpio. Like so much in our early years, lots of things became a competition. Horoscopes were no exception. I would read mind to find out I would be cleaning the fridge and organizing my plastic containers while my partner would be having a torrid affair. I swear to you, a great horoscope for me might be to suggest I be bold and go to a movie by myself. I just quit cold turkey. It was too depressing.
Now all these years later I get this horoscope blog from a friend and I’ll be damned. This time it is cleaning out my closet to feel fulfilled and what’s his name is meeting someone new and VERY exciting.  I am just done, AGAIN! If you want to checkout your sign try Horoscope.com. Don’t be mad at me if you don’t like the results!

The interesting thing is I learned that Cancer’s birthstone is either Pearl or Moonstone so guess what I just made?

Pink Quartz Lacy

Happy combination don’t you think? Not boring!!!!
Let’s chat soon,
Carol
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Do Friends Spoil?

Not the Stinky Spoiled but more like Spoiled Rotten….

If you’re a parent you know how easy it is to spoil a child. After the fact, you’re kicking yourself for allowing this to happen but what about the ramifications of spoiling a friend? My Friend, let’s just call her Ms. M. She has many passions but the top 3 are Fashion, Chanel and Pearls. Good friend to have if you have a jewelry biz right? Ummm, not so fast. When I first started I was floundering for inspiration and Ms. M. came to the rescue. She started sending me necklaces she liked. Surprise! Surprise! They were all Chanel, Pearls or both. So, here is the first idea she sent me and what I did with it.

Chanel 1 Spoiled

Well you would have thought I invented ice cream she was so pleased. Truth be told, she is partly responsible for my inventing the Twisted Sister Technique but I digress. Next came this:

Chanel for Spoiled Sautoir

I think the ice cream is beginning to melt! She liked it but wanted those cute Chanel C’s like in the original. Where the H am I going to get those? Next up were some Stella McCartney PEARL necklaces that I made but they were technically difficult to make and had no room for any creativity so I made and sold a few and gave up that design. Then we had the Safety Pin and Pearl phase. All the while she is becoming less dazzled by my “Talent” and more about why can’t you do this it doesn’t look particularly difficult? So this begs the question; Can you spoil a friend?  I am not sure I know the answer but here is her latest want.

Chanel Spoiled 3 - 1

Not to worry Ms. M. I still love you and welcome your next inspiration! Spoiled or NOT!
Let’s chat soon,
Carol
PS I have lots of new ideas for the months ahead.  Hope you stay tuned!  If you know of anyone who might like this romp please sign them up HERE!

 

What is a Twisted Sister?

I have been crafting all of my life and I never thought it would take me here. As for crafting,  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

If you would like to get your free copy of this Tutorial just click HERE. I’ll email you your link.  

To view all of my work and receive your 20% Discount Shopping Pass,  20OFFPASS

Lovely chatting with you.  Tell your friends! Enter their email HERE!

Let’s talk soon.
Carol

PS Next up…What does Cate Blanchett have to do with The Twisted Sister???

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