This last week has been one of the most productive weeks I’ve had in a very long while. I had designated a space as my workspace, and even placed all my bead and paper craft stuff on it. But since it’s been a while since I actually made any jewellery, it slowly morphed into a storage ground for everything from old receipts to extra water jugs. And the times when I did make some pieces, I found myself on the sofa or at our dining table. But somehow, I just decided that enough was enough. I spent two days – I kid you not – sorting through my materials and tools, and rearranging them. Plus I managed to get some fun light-weight storage boxes which fit under my table. And put all my craft supplies neatly into the drawers. And now, it is my very great pleasure to present – my new craft corner!
Did you happen to see all the pieces on my beading mat? I made all of them, except the cuff that’s the star of the show, in a couple of hours over the two days I was cleaning/sorting. This is what happens when you make friends with all your stuff again! 🙂
Not only did I manage to rearrange this entire little nook for myself, I’ve been cooking every day, and since we had a little potluck dinner with H and KV, I experimented with several new recipes. All of which came out beautifully, and were huge hits. I love watching people enjoy something I’ve made – whether it’s food or a piece of jewellery. So very satisfying!
I wanted to show you the cuff in a little more detail. It’s actually a bracelet with magnetic clasps, but I call it a cuff because it’s so broad. This is one of the pieces I made on the floor in front of the ottoman in the recent past.
It’s a multi-row, multi-column piece that had my head spinning and my pliers-hand cramping way before I was done with it! In fact, this piece has inspired me to go buy a looping pliers. Just to save me from this kind of extensive looping. There’s about 38 little bead-loops that formed 6 segments. I love the way this piece has movement with the little dangles at the bottom. And it’s great that it’s flexible, but also has structure. Win-win, every way I look at it!
It looks like a piece that can only be worn on “special occasions”, but it’s really much more versatile than that. I can imagine it with a LBD and simple stud earrings, with purple shoes for a show-stopping effect, but look at KV rocking it with her casual Sunday chic!
Points to anyone who looked at that picture and said, “Hey, I know that picture in the background!” And if you’re wondering what KV is eating, it’s homemade Paleo granola! Super easy, and so worth the time investment!
Anyway, getting back to the point – while this last week was all about making your space more comfortable and stream-lined, this particular cuff made me think a little more about contrasts, and stepping a little way out of your comfort zone. Would i have imagined myself liking a multi-strand cuff so much that I’d spend an insane amount of time on it? Nope. But I just love it! I really believe everyone should have at least one piece of jewellery that is their “go-to piece”. Something you wear over and over again because you love it too much not to. Something you base your outfit on, and not vice versa. This piece has all the makings of one of those special ones for me.
Plus it looks very, very cool, hanging out with my photo frame on my fridge!
So, do you guys have “go-to pieces”? What are they? Let us know!
Have a great week!