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Buttoned Up

As a jewelry designer, Martha Stewart’s button necklace tutorial caught my eye. It looks rather simple and the outcome is a pretty necklace that would go with just about any color outfit. You could, of course, mix it up and make it bright or however you wanted depending on the buttons you use.

In the comments section below the tutorial, one commenter wrote that you can get a bag of 60 abalone-shell buttons at JoAnn Fabrics for $3.50.

buttoned up

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Art Inspired by Literature

As a book lover, I’ve been taking notice of a lot of book art on the web lately.  There have been pieces cropping up including sculpture and jewelry.  Here are a few of the pieces that have caught my eye and my interest.

Rich Neeley Designs on Etsy sells Iphone chargers made from classics. I want one of these! Here’s my favorite made from The Great Gatsby:

Great Gatsby Iphone charger

Daily Danny has a lovely little birdhouse made from classic children’s books and also a tutorial from the Today Show on how to make it. It actually looks fairly easy, but then again a lot of these tutorials squeezed in-between commercials on morning talk shows always look like a slap-dash good time. The tutorial also has instructions on how to make a book clock!

For bookish birds

Paper Statement on Etsy is a shop that sells sculptures and jewelry made from books. One sculpture that really caught my eye is called “Double Book Sculpture“. It would look good on the fireplace mantel.

Book statement piece

This piece by book sculptor Guy Laramee is pretty incredible. It’s a book carved with a nature scene in the middle, proving there really is a whole world inside each book.  The detail in this piece is unbelievable. Be sure to check out his other pieces on his webpage.

A world inside of each book

There’s a tutorial over at Mandipity on how to make this lovely book page necklace. It’s certainly giving me some great ideas!

Wear the words around your neck

And last but not least is the trendy book purse. Here’s one of the brightest and most fun examples I’ve seen in a while: The Chicago Manual of Style by Rebound Designs.

Grammar on the go

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Do You Have Baggage?

Repurposed vintage suitcases have been all the rage lately. Here are a collection of the best redos I’ve seen.

The first one is a love seat whose base and back are made from an old suitcase. It even has wheels! The makers are junktion and their other repurposed peices are truly incredible. You can check them out here.

suitcase love seat

roll away love seat

 

Next up on my list is this vintage suitcase boom box from The BoomCase Store. They have a large array of boom boxes made from vintage suitcases that are pretty jaw-dropping. This one is called “The Titanic II”.

The Titanic II

The Titanic II

 

This next piece is an ottoman made by a blogger named Meghan. In her post, she writes that it only took her an hour and a half to create. She gives a tutorial on her site if you’re interested in making one like it.

suitcase footrest

 

The next find is a pet bed made from a relic suitcase by Salvage Shack on Etsy. It looks like this particular bed is no longer available, but the owner now has a cute dog bed posted made from salvaged wood.

purrrfictly suitable for any kitty cat

purrfectly suitable for any kitty cat

 

While I was visiting the Salvage Shack shop, I noticed this cute table for sale.

luggage end table

 

And last, but certainly not least, is this stand-up bass made from vintage baggage. It’s made by a guy whose blog has a post on his “bass project”. In it, he shows exactly how he made this fantastically creative piece.

suitcase bass

suitcase bass

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Wisdom Wear

I recently came across this fantastic ring on Craft. It was made by jewelry designer Shannon Larratt for his fiance, Caitlin for her birthday. She gave him permission to use her wisdom teeth after she had them yanked and he did just that, welding a ring that holds one of her teeth as well as two moonstones. You can read more about how he designed this toothy ring on his blog. He is also the owner of Zentastic Art and Custom Jewelry.

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Food Fit for Barbie

I’ve never had a small appetite, but these tiny food sculptures leave a big time impression. Tel Aviv-based artist Shay Aaron is responsible for the lovely little snacks pictures below.  I can’t imagine how he makes these tiny delights and would love to see or read about his process. You can find his creations on Etsy (I love the Sunny-side Up Ring!) and see more photos of his work on Flikr.

(All photos by Shay Aaron)

Good morning, sunshine.

Very Wayne Thiebauld

Bitty dish

Bitty dish

Oysters, anyone?

Barbie would love this.

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What I’ve Been Up To (Etsywise)

I decided my Etsy shop needs a bridal line. It’s springtime and the wedding season has already begun so I’ve been working my fingers to the bone to catch up. This weekend, I made rings, earrings, and hair pins. I also made a fancy shmancy necklace that’s sort of retro-inspired (not shown).  Here are a few pictures of what I have so far:

rings

hairpins

earrings

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Incredible DIY Solar Lamps

I love Modge Podge. I use it a lot when making my jewelry. Recently, I found this incredibly easy and money-saving tutorial for DIY hanging solar lamps at The Hand Me Down House. It’s magic ingredient? Modge Podge, naturally. Normally, similar “sun jars” or “solar jars” go for about $30 a piece. These work about to be about $3.50 a jar. The project requires: mason jars, outdoor Modge Podge (you can find it on Amazon), food coloring, small solar lights, and some wire.

In a nutshell, mix the food coloring of your choice with the outdoor Modge Podge and paint it onto a mason jar.

Painted-on outdoor Modge Podge in green

Then let it dry overnight.

Jar with dried outdoor Modge Podge

Next, take the top off a small solar light.

solar light

Add the top and some wire to the mason jar.

Mason jar ready to go

Wallah! You have your own sun/moon jar.

Wallah!

(All photos belong to Amanda at The Hand Me Down House)

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