I’m having fun putting together a new line of bracelets for the Firefly Holiday market. These are made from horse bridles & have been strung with brass beads & sparkly chrystals. A little bling with old leather is such a nice contrast. Each bracelet is a different combination of leather & beads so when they’re all together it’s hard to pick a favorite.
I had a great weekend participating in the Makerie Retreat & also having a booth at the Market. I met wonderful, creative women from all over the country who inspired me to no end. When it was time to set up shop, the ladies kept me very busy trying on all sorts of bracelets. Combining colors & textures, mixing them up in great new ways. I think I’m definitely stuck on bracelets…..
I have completely fallen in love with the antique shirt studs. It has become an obsession of sorts. I am all over the internet looking for secret stashes as I keep thinking of so many things I can make with them! After researching them, I’m finding that many of the ones I have could be way over 100 years old. A lot of them are gold plated & were manufactured between the 1880′s & 1930′s by an American jewelry company called Krementz. I’m making headway with bracelets but can’t wait to apply it to bags in some way.
(There is always the prerequisite out of focus shot that I attempt to take with my left hand while standing in front of a mirror in low light…. I will eventually learn an easier way- but at least you get the idea)