Kanji jewelry that says “Love”

Not surprisingly, the japanese symbol for “love” is one of the most popular kanji choices. Whether it’s used for earrings, a pendant or necklace, people seem to, well, love this kanji!

The kanji for love, in paper earrings and pendants

It goes without saying (well, okay, I have to say it) that “love” is a wonderful kanji to use for gifts, too. :-)

Cute Shoes – and they’re Vintage!

I found these totally adorable shoes today on Etsy:

Cute Vintage Shoes

They’re available from Tbone4Life and they’re only $12.00 (plus shipping)! If they were my size I would be buying them today. But they’re not, so you have a shot at them :-)

If they’re gone when you see this, go look at her shop anyway – she’s got some super cute goodies at great prices. And they’re vintage, so you’re being eco-friendly and fashion conscious all at the same time.

Comfy and cute shoes – totally of the good!

Home Decorating – with Craigslist

I just wanted to point out something you probably know already – the great finds you can score at Craigslist. If you’re in the U.S. – and a lot of cities worldwide – there’s a local craigslist, or close to “local”. And if you’re shopping for goodies for your house – you really ought to check it out before you go and pay Retail!

For instance – here are a few goodies I found today in my local CL. If I were Seriously Shopping, and not just looking around, I would call the owner to check any of these out!

Table and Chairs on CraigslistTable and Chairs on Craigslist
They’re asking $75 for the table and five chairs. $75! And that bench has lovely bones, I think. They’re asking a whopping $20.

Patio Set on Craigslist Patio Set on Craigslist


The patio set? The owners mentioned the chairs need new cushions (or covers) and maybe a coat of paint too. But hey, they’re asking $50 for all the pieces shown. And the sofa? It might not look as good in person, or it could be all smoky-smelling, or torn up and down the back. But it might be as good as it looks. And doesn’t it look good? They’re asking $150. Might take less :-)

Yes you have to inspect your purchase carefully, and not be afraid to say “Sorry, don’t want it.” But sometimes you really will want it – and you might get a great deal!

PS You are also Going Green – you’re reusing and recycling, and maybe rethinking too :-)

Now THIS is a prom dress. Recycling at its best!

I’m a member of Craftster. It’s a wonderful place to go explore ideas for do-it-yourself craft goodness – but I don’t mean “just crafts”. I mean glass work and recycled furniture and how to make a wedding dress and probably everything else you can think of.

How to make shoes. There’s threads and tutorials for those. So yeah, there are a gazillion good and useful and fun ideas to explore. You should go there and explore and learn and have fun.

But this! This one blew me away. It’s a prom dress. And as you can see from the pics, it’s a gorgeous prom dress.

Prom Dress made from ribbon and recycled pop tabs

Prom Dress made from ribbon and recycled pop tabs

Isn’t it beautiful (so is she!) And here’s the kicker: she made this dress from ribbon – and recycled pop can tabs. I am serious. LOOK at that dress! It’s lovely. It fits beautifully. And yet! Pop can tabs! Here’s a closeup of the “fabric”:

>Prom Dress made from ribbon and recycled pop tabs

Truly, you want to go read the whole thread. You don’t have to be a member to read the articles. It’s just that you will want to be a member after you see all the goodies over there!

And here’s a side note I thought was pretty interesting: she’s in high school – a junior if I remember correctly (if I’m wrong I’ll come back and correct that!) She had made another recycled prom dress the year before – out of Doritis packages. Really. And her principal told her she couldn’t wear the dress to her dance – possibly he thought she was going to Make a Statement, or do Something Outrageous, or whatever.

After he saw the dress he apologized to her. Publicly. And allowed her to wear the dress.

I mention this only to say: this girl has grit, and determination, and the willingness to See It Through. And she’s either talented, or knows how to get talented people (family) to help her, or both. And she’s beautiful.

We should probably keep our eyes open for her. She could go far. She can do anything.

But most of all – what a dress!

Do It Yourself Lampshade – and Inspiration Piece

I saw this fabulous idea over at Daily Decorator:

Ikea Lamp with Buttons - Do it Yourself Project found on Daily Decorator

Such a fun and potentially interesting textural idea! They embellished a simple Ikea lamp with buttons – on the inside of the shade. So, this is my “inspiration pic” – all you really need to see :-)

However, if you’d like to be thrifty (okay, thriftier) and even more do-it-yourself, and hey, even use recycled paper – you could make a lamp and/or lampshade yourself. Check out the instructions for this neat lamp(shade) from Instructables:

Paper Lampshade - how to make your own

I love that you can make a lampshade (safely!) out of paper – and of course you can make it specifically to fit any lamp or any corner of your home. And decorating the inside of the shade, to provide a bit of extra texture or visual interest – that makes it truly yours. That’s what decorating your home is all about, isn’t it?

(and not spending a lot of money – that too!)

Instructables is a great resource you should check out anyway – they have so many how-to’s over there and they work.

Color in Springtime – and Vintage Glass Jewels, too

Because I’m in the mood for color this spring – I’ve said that before. Somehow after the blue jeans and scrungy tee shirts (which are a lot of my year-round wardrobe), I want something fresh and new and pretty.

And I’ve got just the thing. You know accessories are the most useful fashion there ever. You can change your basic black with a pop of color – and zing up your white!


Art deco pattern lacquered paper necklace - with vintage glass jewel
Art Deco patterned, lacquered paper necklace with vintage glass jewel

Of course I can make the necklace in any color combo – with a coordinating vintage glass jewel. I do love these soft blues and green, though. They remind me of a summer garden, only without the work :-)

And it’s a lovely gift for someone you love – hey, I had to say that. But it really is – she’ll love it!

Spring Flowers Brooch – recycled, of course!

It’s springtime. I’m in the mood for color and look what I found :-)

Orange Recycled flower Brooch from Bahee on Etsy

It’s from Bahee, on Etsy and she has a shop full of goodness for you to explore. Happy and colorful goodies. And recycled!

Here’s a pic of the brooch modeled on a garment, so you can see how it would really look:

Orange Recycled flower Brooch from Bahee on Etsy

Also did I mention recycled? I did? It’s worth repeating. Recycled – and adorable :-) Go peek!

Vintage Dress for Spring :-)

I was just looking around Etsy – which is one of my favorite ways to play on the net for a little while – and I saw this terrific and gorgeous vintage dress:

Light Blue Vintage Dress from RaleighVintage on Etsy.

Isn’t that a yummy color? And the way it skims the waist, it would be easy to wear and flattering. And it’s only $30.00. I mean, you’ve got to love it!

The Etsy shop, Raleigh Vintage has LOTS of other goodies :-)

Just as an aside – okay, a little self-promotion here – these earrings from Paper Jewels would look adorable with that dress:

China Blues - Wedgwood inspired lacquered paper earrings

Or maybe these:

Stars and Pearls lacquered paper earrings

I think the soft grey would be great with the light blue in the dress – or (of course) I could make them to match the blue. Hint: these would be great for Mom, too – Mother’s Day is coming soon! (End of commercial!)

But truly, go check out that dress!

Fabulous Upcycled Fashion – One of a Kind Fashion Forward Clothing

You can’t get more “fashion forward” than upcycled, newly created one of a kind garments that are made from recycled clothing :-)

It’s the best of both (all) worlds – unique styles, handmade quality construction, AND eco-chic! Take a look at these wonderful items from Broken Ghost Couture on Etsy.

Women's upcycled one of a kind top from Broken Ghost Couture on Etsy

That top is so much fun! I love the colors, you know it’ll look great with leggings or skinny jeans, and the black lace adds a cool edginess.

Girls Upcycled Dress from brokenghostcouture on Etsy

This is such a darling dress! The colors are so happy, and it would be warm with those long sleeves, and those buttons and gathers on the skirt are adorable. Think how much your little girl would love wearing it!

The seller (creator!) on Etsy has lots of other goodies – one of a kind, original, unusual garments. You should definitely check out her shop!

PS By the way. Some people think that creating garments from recycled clothing is easier than starting from scratch with new fabric. I have to tell you, I do some sewing myself, and the truth is, it’s much more work to recycle/reconstruct, than to just cut out fabric and sew. You have to pick and choose carefully what you can use from the cast-off clothing, often you have to de-construct, and your ‘eye’ for construction must be more finely honed. It’s a demanding skill!

Pretty Trinkets from a Super Destash Shop

Now you know I love finding little hidden goodies online – especially when they are unusual, and vintage (yay for reusing and repurposing vintage!) – and when they’re also a great deal, well you know I am impressed.

I stumbled across this lovely Destash Shop – Stoss on Etsy the other day – and look at the pretty Monet vintage trinket box I found!

Monet Trinket Box with Butterfly and Jewels

Wouldn’t that be perfect to hold your own little treasured pair of earrings or ring?

And, completely different – these pink earrings are cute and maybe a little kitschy and fun:

Pink Beaded Bubble Earrings
for those days you feel like playing June Cleaver. Or Natasha in disguise :-)

Little goodies like this are just fun – go, check out the pretty (and even useful!) goodies over at Stoss!