Sunday, October 28, 2012

Bracelets for Me!

I love the trend of layering bracelets.   I can't go too overboard though because I type a lot at my day job and too many bracelets just don't work.   Bangles don't cut it either - they are too noisy and don't stay put.  I started looking online - department stores, Etsy and lots of other sites and I found several I liked.  The problem was the price and how long it would take to get some of the Etsy products to me - up to 3 weeks in some cases. Therefore I decided to make my own.  

I got my inspiration from several sites online and was able to duplicate several of them almost exactly.  I don't like the sliding knot type bracelets so all of mine have lobster claw closures.  I found the charms, dangles and slides at craft stores and some came from my stash.  The single and double strand bracelets were super easy - the multi strand and I had issues. 

 The three below I wear as single, double or all three one once.


This one is my favorite - a doubles stranded brown cord with sterling textured slides. 

This one is my least favorite - I had issued with it and it turned out a bit bulky and I wish there was a bit more bling to it.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

October Flea Market Finds

The first Friday of October, my mom, sister and I took off for flea markets in the West Bottoms in KcMo.  Lots of walking, stair climbing and shops!  If you are in the KC area the first full weekend of the month and you enjoy browsing the flea markets and shops - head to the West Bottoms.   Be prepared for some great finds and a lot of people. 

Here's a little gem I picked up during our October visit.  This wonderful little tool box - metal with a little rust and great character.

The perfect size to go in front of the TV in our living room. Short enough so it doesn't block any of the screen plus the length doesn't cover the receiver part for the remote control. I  added  popcorn, candles and pumpkins for a great fall look. 

It's also nice to find things close to home. I found these great vintage bobbins at a local shop just this weekend.  Seven of them with great old thread - blues, creams, browns and burgundy.  

I've got the perfect spot for them.

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Fall is in the Air

Highs in the 60's - Lows in the 40's.  We're getting closer to the season I love best - WINTER!  But for now I'm just waiting for the first good freeze, as fall allergy season is in full swing.   I put away some of my summer decor over the weekend and purchased some pumpkins and gourds to place around the house. 

I made another mini pumpkin wreath like I did last year.  I like this year's much better.

I also got out a large candle holder and some popcorn for the dining room table.  A large plastic charger plate from the dollar store and some gourds and I ended up with a nice center piece without breaking the bank.  

I did a new project from some $1 wine bottle coolers I got from Hobby Lobby.  Some construction paper and my Silhouette and I ended up with something cute.  The mini pumpkin on the candle holder just adds a bit more fall to the room.  I need to add a little more to this, but I just don't know what to add. 

I also took the remaining mini pumpkins and gourds and placed them in a granite ware berry bucket.  So very easy and it will last until Thanksgiving.  

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