Saturday, October 17, 2009

Make and Tell Challenge, Day 47

This morning I finally finished the first coat of this tote, which I've named Beach Tropics. It's funny how sometimes you can plan a project but it doesn't really end up looking the way you thought it would. That's true of this one; it's darker than I expected, both in color and mood. But I still like it. Sometimes seeing how a project will turn into is half the fun of working on it.

This is the necklace I made for my grandmother as part of her birthday present. She turned 93 last Tuesday, and tonight the birthday circuit group is celebrating over another Italian dinner. A piece of costume jewelry may seem like an odd gift for a 93-year-old. But my grandmother is far from average. She's one of the most stylish women I know and never misses an opportunity to glam it up for dinner out or a trip to the casino. I really hope she enjoys this piece. I made it extra long so she can slip it over her head, then included a large toggle clasp at the last minute that will be easy for her to maneuver just in case.

Sometimes you think a project is done. And then you think again. That's what happened with the Cool Treats Tote. True to my promise, I left it un-rhinestoned. Almost. But then I decided it needed a little sparkle, so I glued a few on with the indomitable Gem-tac. I just posted it in my Etsy shop, where my large totes collection is happily growing.

The Purple Princess necklace was also in need of some enhancement. You may recall that I wanted to add a ribbon bow above each purple oval bead. A quick lunchtime trip to A. C. Moore yesterday and a few extra minutes today made that possible. I've got to say, I love the results. The dainty plum bows add a dimension of interest that fleshes out the eclectic feel of this piece. I may just incorporate more bows in my necklaces in the future. Look for this one on Etsy soon!

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