Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Jack Handey Quote of the Week

"If I come back as a horsefly, I think my favorite thing would be to land on someone's lip. Even if they smash you, ick!, you're all over their lip!"

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Something New and Sparkly - Orange You Glad




Crazy for Kawaii Simply Citrus Bib Necklace, http://www.thetotetrove.etsy.com/


Crazy for Kawaii Citrus Sensation Bib Necklace, http://www.thetotetrove.etsy.com/


Top: Mudd, Kohl's
Skirt (or rather, a cleverly concealed dress): Never Too Spoiled
Shoes: Nine West, DSW
Bag: XOXO, Ross
Necklace: The Tote Trove

A couple of weekends ago, I made the above Crazy for Kawaii Citrus Sensation Bib Necklace. To my utter amazement it racked up more than 600 views in my Etsy shop! That never happens, so I went into my Etsy site activity report to investigate and found that I was getting direct traffic from Twitter. I guess someone must have posted a link to my listing there. I had plenty of fruit slices left over, so I thought, why not make a new but very similar neckpiece? This Crazy for Kawaii Simply Citrus number (pictured above the first one) was the result. Note the absence of the glittery buttons and rhinestones. I'd thought those were a little too much the first time around anyway. But you know how it is. You get all caught up in the groove of crafting, slapping sparkly stuff on willy-nilly only to step back at the end and realize you've gone too far.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Something New and Sparkly - Strawberry Storm





Crazy for Kawaii I Heart Strawberries Bib Necklace, http://www.thetotetrove.etsy.com/


Top: Mudd, Kohl's
Skirt: Bisou Bisou, J. C. Penney's
Bag: Journeys, http://www.journeys.com/
Shoes: Madden Girl, DSW
Necklace: The Tote Trove

Six necklaces, one caftan, and a boatload of toys make up my new six-part Crazy for Kawaii bib neckpiece collection. What's that you say? A six-parter? Yep. I've decided to go easy on myself (and on you) and blog about these one at a time.

So, where did I find that realistic-looking strawberry plopped in the middle of this beautiful mess? Michaels. I was there Friday afternoon stocking up on glue and wire while everyone else was scouring the superstores for water and batteries in preparation for Hurricane Irene. (Not that I'm totally frivolous. I didn't need to hunt down anything crucial because I'd been evacuated from Brigantine and was staying with my parents.) I spent Saturday afternoon and evening happily holed up in the basement making Crazy for Kawaii bibs. Well, at least until that first tornado watch came exploding onto the TV. That was enough to make me drop my glue bottle and dive under my craft table. Thankfully, the twister, and for that matter, the hurricane, were no shows. I'm not ashamed to admit that when I finally emerged from the cellar my arms were full of my creations to stow upstairs where flooding was unlikely.

But let's not dwell on the serious stuff. Let's talk about caftans! I found the one pictured here at Kohl's for a mere eleven dollars. I figured it was a good staple piece (in a trendy new shape!) and was delighted to use it as the anchor of this spread. Once I saw how striking all those colorful thing-a-ma-bobs were against the black backdrop I knew I couldn't subject my other collage-like collars to prints that'd obscure them.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Jack Handey Quote of the Week

"If I could be a bird, I think I'd be a penguin, because then I could walk around on two feet with a lot of other guys like me."

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Something New and Sparkly - Confection Obsession




Fabulous Felt Dessert Decadence Necklace, http://www.thetotetrove.etsy.com/


Top: Target
Skirt (actually a dress smashed down): Kohl's
Shoes: Guess, DSW
Bag: Etsy, Uniquely Different, http://www.uniquelydifferent.etsy.com/
Necklace: The Tote Trove





Crazy for Kawaii Strawberry Dessert Cup Necklace, http://www.thetotetrove.etsy.com/


Top: J. C. Penney's
Skirt: Kohl's
Shoes: J. C. Penney's
Bag: Etsy, Glamour Damaged, http://www.glamourdamaged.etsy.com/
Necklace: The Tote Trove





Crazy for Kawaii Banana Dessert Cup Necklace, http://www.thetotetrove.etsy.com/


Top: Kohl's
Jeans: Delia's
Shoes: BCBG, Macy's
Bag: J. C. Penney's
Necklace: The Tote Trove


As always, I'm delighted to deliver a fresh batch of sweet stuff. (Clearly I spend more time crafting than ironing, as evidenced by the state of my pants in the last picture.)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

At the Movies: Crazy Stupid Love

Nine times out of ten, the trailers spoil the movie. Yet when I went to see Crazy Stupid Love I was surprised to find that it offered more story and more layers than the previews had promised. Part romantic comedy, part drama, Crazy Stupid Love centers around Cal Weaver (Steve Carell), a nice-guy insurance salesman who's just been dumped by his wife (Julianne Moore). Depressed and alone, he starts haunting bars and spouting his sad story to anyone who will listen. Enter gorgeous, confident trust fund case Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). Taking pity on Cal and his lack of game, Jacob revamps Cal's wardrobe, brings him to a salon, and shows him how to chat up women in a My Fair Lady-style transformation. (Well, if My Fair Lady were a bromance.)

But then Jacob meets Hannah (Emma Stone), the "game changer." Just jilted by her dweeby lawyer boyfriend (Josh Grobin), a guy whose only charm was his security, Hannah sets out to do something reckless only to soften Jacob with the allure of her naivete.

Had things ended here, this would've been a different kind of movie. A more surface kind of movie. But Love isn't about easy hookups or black and white relationships that can be saved on the strength of grand gestures. It's about the gray areas and the complications and the parts that get left in between.

If I say too much I'll spoil it, but this cast of characters, which includes Marisa Tomei and Kevin Bacon, is unexpectedly intertwined, creating plot twists that are not only entertaining but that deepen the story. And although the ending is marked by a grand gesture, it's more a culmination of the many false starts that came before it than an out-of-the-blue deus ex machina.

Tender and thought-provoking, Crazy Stupid Love is about all the stuff we have to go through to find and keep our soul mates. Yet it's spiked with just enough humor to prevent it from taking itself too seriously.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Something New and Sparkly - Chaos and Color




Crazy for Kawaii Lemon Fun Stuff Bib Necklace, http://www.thetotetrove.etsy.com/


Dress: Rampage, Macy's
Shoes: Material Girl, Macy's
Bag: Gifted
Necklace: The Tote Trove






Crazy for Kawaii Lime Fun Stuff Bib Necklace, http://www.thetotetrove.etsy.com/

Dress: XOXO, http://www.xoxo.com/
Shoes: Paris Hilton, Marshalls
Bag: Bisou Bisou, J. C. Penney's
Necklace: The Tote Trove






Crazy for Kawaii Citrus Sensation Bib Necklace, http://www.thetotetrove.etsy.com/

Dress: Macy's
Shoes: MetroStyle, http://www.metrostyle.com/
Bag: XOXO, Ross
Necklace: The Tote Trove

I've had these plastic fruit slices for awhile. I thought I knew what I was going to do with them, but then some unforeseen technical difficulties killed that dream. At first I was annoyed. But them I thought, fruit slices, you were meant for more. A few cabochons, rhinestones, and some industrial-strength glue later, and I had a trio of neckpieces worthy of a carnival outing.

Speaking of carnivals, I was watching TBS as I made these (as always) and that Amanda Bynes movie She's the Man was on. For those of you who've seen it, there's that scene where they're at the carnival (for those of you who haven't, don't worry; it's not that important). Everything was nice and clean and cheerful and candy-coated (well, everything except for the creepy kissing booth), and I thought, hey, this is the kind of carnival I'd want to go to, the kind I'm always alluding to in my blog and jewelry listings, as opposed to the dirty, seedy, nightmare-inducing kind that exists in real life.

But enough about the empty promises of movie magic. I'm really liking these necklaces. Especially because they gave me an excuse to pull out my bubble dresses.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Jack Handey Quote of the Week

"I remember how, in college, I got that part-time job as a circus clown, and how the children would laugh and laugh at me. I vowed, then and there, that I would get revenge."

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

How Great is this Magazine Cover?

I don't usually read jewelry-making magazines. Partly because I'm not good at following directions, partly because I'd rather come up with my own ideas. But this cover was so fun and tropical (That necklace! That flower! That dress! ), that I couldn't help but leaf through. A lot of jewelry-making magazines tend to be kind of, well, stodgy (which, come to think of it, is another reason why I avoid them). But not this one. The pages explode with colorful pieces crafted to appeal to the artsy fashionista.

Still, I couldn't be cajoled into committing to any of the projects. Too exact. Too many details. Too many opportunities for me to hurl my pliers at the TV.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Something New and Sparkly - Kawaii Not? Part II




Crazy for Kawaii Pink Unicorn Necklace, http://www.thetotetrove.etsy.com/

Tee: Alloy, http://www.alloy.com/
Skirt: J. C. Penney's
Shoes: Baby Phat, Macy's
Bag: Pink, Victoria's Secret
Hat: J. C. Penney's
Sunglasses: Fred Flare, http://www.fredflare.com/
Necklace: The Tote Trove






Crazy for Kawaii Rainbow Ostriches Necklace, http://www.thetotetrove.etsy.com/

Dress: B&B, Ocean City, Asbury Avenue
Flip Flops: Kohl's
Bag: The Tote Trove
Sunglasses: Rampage, gifted
Necklace: The Tote Trove





Crazy for Kawaii Banana Bow Necklace, http://www.thetotetrove.etsy.com/

Tee: Kohl's
Skirt: J. C. Penney's
Shoes: Nine West, Macy's
Bag: Bisou Bisou, J. C. Penney's
Necklace: The Tote Trove