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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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Todd Oldham’s Kid Made Modern Hits Target

Designer, Todd Oldham has brought his new kid’s craft line called  Kid Made Modern to Target. But because they’re from Todd Oldham, they’re not your usual crayons and drawing paper. Instead, they’re unusually fun and quirky, making them very appealing to grownups, too. There’s something called a “crazy crayon”, which boasts 64 colors in one ten inch stick.  Other highlights include a sew-it-yourself elephant pillow, duct tape art projects, a space stone jewelry kit,  and a comic book making kit that includes markers, stamps, and stencils. Lucky for me, I live about a block from Target. I’m going to go check it out for my five year old, of course. Uh yeah, definitely for my five year old.

Todd Oldham for Kid Made Modern

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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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Draped out of Tape: Incredible Masking Tape Dress

Over at Burda Style, there are pictures of a stunning dress made out of masking tape. Esther Boller created the dress using interfacing, a zipper, and more than 17 rolls of masking tape. The dress took over 80 hours to create and won a National Gold Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Of the dress, she said:

“I made this dress for the Scholastic Art and Writing competition. It’s made completely out of masking tape and let me just tell you that it was a bit of a sticky situation (haha pardon the pun, but I just couldn’t help myself). I was inspired by architecture and an empty butterfly chrysalis.”

You can read the entire interview with Boller about the dress here.

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First Post. . .

I never know how to start these things. In a nutshell, I’m have a penchant for jewelry design and making pretty things. This blog will serve as my catalogue of inspiration. I will also be posting anything that I find pretty, inventive, clever, or just downright cool. In the meantime, allow me to plug my Etsy shop, Sunny Raven Designs (which I will be doing quite frequently). Here are a few of my favorite pieces for springtime:

Dusty Pink Rose Ring

Dusty Pink Rose Ring

sunny garden necklace

Sunny Garden Necklace

blue and cream garden hair pin trio

Blue and Cream Garden Hair Pin Trio

pink and lilac west german flower choker

Pink and Lilac West German Flower Choker

a chain of flowers in blue

A Chain of Flower in Blue Bracelet

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