diy: anthro bib necklace on the cheap

source: anthropologie

check out this necklace from anthroplogie. it’s beautiful, right? i really, really wanted it- at least until i saw the pricetag. $368! i immediately decided that instead of really, really wanting it, i really, really wanted to make a knock-off.

old lucketts is so amazing. go there.

so, while perusing old lucketts store, an amazing antique shop outside dc, my friends and i decided to have a craft night, which meant i had a perfect excuse to make my necklace. i didn’t have any supplies with me since i was on vacation (including a good camera, boo. apologies), so i had to buy everything. i spent about $50, but you can likely make this necklace for even less $$$ if you have some of the supplies on hand.

here’s what you’ll need:

  • 5 pendants. they can all be the same or different, just make sure they have enough holes to create an interesting effect. i found mine at michaels and joann.
  • about 6 colors of embroidery thread
  • about 8 beads, 2 sizes (2 large and 6 small)
  • three varying chains
  • a clasp and small round findings to connect everything
  • embroidery needles
  • small pliers

{step 1} using your embroidery thread and a needle, weave different colors of the thread throughout the pendants. this is pretty time-consuming and possibly the reason anthro’s original costs $368. just a warning.

{step 2} arrange the pendants and connect them with the small round findings.

{step 3} add a finding to the top of the upper pendants. string four beads together, add another finding, and attach to the pendants.

{step 4} attach the three chains to a finding, cut to size, attach to the necklace. repeat on the other side.

{step 5} add a clasp.

{step 6} enjoy the necklace and all the compliments!

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tut tut, it looks like rain

it’s a stormy, stormy day in nashville and i am getting over a little sickness. so instead of being productive on this gloomy day, i’m laying in bed looking up happy things online while my little doggie burrows under the covers (she’s so scared of storms). while perusing my etsy favorites i realized how many rain-related things i’ve had my eye on. here are some of my favs:

i’m in my late 20’s and i still have a thing for stuffed animals- or in this case stuffed clouds. that’s ok, right? i definitely want to hug this cloud.

source: goodbyebluemonday on etsy

such a pretty little rain cloud necklace. i bet my dog wouldn’t be scared of this sweet storm.

source: exodesign on etsy

if i had a baby, it would definitely have a rain cloud mobile. this was my inspiration for my latest yarn wreath.

source: babyjives on etsy

these are rain drop necklaces, but i’d love to have them hanging all over my condo just like this!

source: Kosmika on etsy

now that my sewing machine is easily accessible, thanks to my craft space, sewn paper rain drops like these might be on my to do list.

source: kategreiner on etsy

the name of this necklace is “big rain drops on my tiny umbrella”- so cute

source: plasticouture on etsy

lovely, lovely rain drop print. the colors are perfect.

source: PrissDesigns on etsy

and for your viewing pleasure, here’s my favorite, winnie the pooh, being a little black rain cloud, of course {{sidenote: i think i’ve posted two videos ever on my blog and they’ve both been from winnie the pooh. weird? awesome? who’s excited about the upcoming pooh movie?!}}


the next cool thing: krush.com


as i previously mentioned, i have a new job! i’m an analyst at a new social networking site- www.krush.com. Here’s the description on the website:

Welcome to KRUSH.  Can you spot the next style or product before everyone else? Friends always following your lead?  Well here’s your chance to show what you’ve got and get seriously rewarded.

Be the first to post a product or style that YOU have wanted or seen and hype it up.  When your friends (and thousands of others) like it too and start crowding around it, it can be yours. We call that “Krushin’ it!”  You can post your own picks, or rate someone else’s…even sneak a peek at your favorite brands’ future collections and add your two cents about what’s going to take off.   You’ll earn kred and free product when you predict right.  Game on…

Why should so-called “experts” tell you whats going to be huge. Get with your friends and thousands of others and decide for yourselves at KRUSH.com.

sooo, you get to post things you love and you can see and rate upcoming not-yet-released lines from awesome brands! rate items and refer your friends- your chances of winning increase the more you play! so check it out! my job depends on you providing me data! ha!


spring has sprung? while we’re waiting, here are a few of my favorite things

it’s a stormy, yucky day here in nashville. it’s warm though, so maybe that means we’re just on the verge of sunny days and flower blossoms! the dreary day inspired me to click through my favorites on etsy in an attempt to add some color to my world. here are some of my favorite spring time picks.

for your person:

this so-cute bicycle necklace from luckyduct. i love bicycles and i love decorating with them. i even have a cool “vintage” one that takes up space in my dining room. unfortunately i’m a terrible bike rider. maybe this spring i’ll work on that.

photo credit: luckyduct on etsy

this sweet dress from aftershowershop. i want to go frolic in a field in this dress!

photo credit: aftershowershop on etsy

these activator sandals from TreadLightGear. these have been on my favorites for a looong time.

photo credit: TreadLightGear on etsy

these yellow flats from extraseed. they’re eco-friendly. and yellow. love them.

photo credit: extraseed on etsy

this clutch from HaydenJ. i actually sent this to a friend for her birthday. i think she loves it (i do, anyway)!

photo credit: HaydenJ on etsy

this striped canvas bag from HOWEVER. another one that’s been on my favorites list for a while. wouldn’t you like to bring this to the beach?

photo credit: HOWEVER on etsy

for your home:

this bird mirror from fluxglass. a great way to add some springtime cheer to your home.

photo credit: fluxglass on etsy

these colorful lampshades from illuminatingdesignsK. these would lighten up any room (i’m wondering if i could make something similar myself).

photo credit: illuminatingdesignsK on etsy

this beautiful bubble chandelier from jeanpelle. this one’s way out of my price range, but can’t you imagine the possibilities?

photo credit: jeanpelle on etsy

for your tummy:

this diy macaron kit from theMacaronner. mmmm…..macaron’s are all the rage these days. i’m not sure how they’re made, but a kit like this is sure to make it easy.

photo credit: theMacaronner on etsy

these lollipops from mihow. you can get flavors like peanut butter and banana (the elvis), watermelon and peppercorns (tickled pink), buttered popcorn (the box office), and black pepper ice cream (the pepper pop). i ordered a sampler box of these a while back and promptly finished them all by myself. so yummy.

photo credit: mihow on etsy

these southern pink velvet cookies from crumblescookies. i ordered red velvet cookies from this bakery for my housewarming party and they were amaaazing. if you didn’t get one at the party, it might have been because i stashed a few in the fridge for me. so good, plus lanae was a great seller- she even added an extra half-dozen cookies for me!

photo credit: crumblescookies on etsy

click here to see all my etsy favorites and add me to your circle!

on a related note, i’ve been asked a lot lately if i have an etsy shop or if i plan to sell any of my art/crafts there. i don’t think i have a clear enough vision for my creative side yet to make that jump, but maybe someday (my blog name still is saving artist ryan). i’m always thinking/dreaming/planning though!