Monday, February 27, 2012

Something New and Sparkly - Fire and Ice and Something Extra

Dress: XOXO
Cardigan: August Silk, gifted
Shoes: Chaps, Kohl's
Bag: Kohl's
Necklace: The Tote Trove

Dress: XOXO, Macy's
Shoes: Dollhouse, Journeys
Bag: Chinese Laundry, Bloomingsales Florist & Gift Shop, Brigantine

Top: Marshalls
Tank: Kohl's
Jeans: Marshalls
Boots: J. C. Penney's
Bag: Candie's, Kohl's
Necklace: The Tote Trove

When I spied these oversized blank metal pendants in Michaels months ago, I knew they'd be the perfect backdrops for rhinestones.  But because I was in the throes of a custom order I was forced to table the idea.  So, while browsing Michael's last week, I was dismayed when I couldn't find them.  Stock moves on and out, I lectured myself as I made my way to the register clutching a packet of safety pins.  Then I saw the clearance jewelry racks winking with treasures near the front of the store.  Sure enough, I spotted the pendants nestled among the beads and findings, deeply discounted no less.

Back at Trove headquarters I thought they'd beg to be fashioned into overly ornate pieces.  I pictured bits of bric-a-brac mixed in with the aforementioned rhinestones, anchored by wires overburdened with beads.  But when push came to shove, I knew that would be overdoing it.  So, I stuck with the lone rhinestones as embellishments and exchanged the beaded wires for simple satin ribbons.  Although the final products weren't as over-the-top or as original as some of my other pieces, I was enormously pleased.  Sometimes it's nice to make something simple.