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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A Literally Green Idea

Like most good DIYers, I’m all about recycling. If I can make something pretty at the same time (and do it quickly), all the better. So when I ran across this seed starter idea over at Made, I was immediately taken.  All you need is some shredded recycled paper, flower seeds, cookie cutters, and water. In a nutshell, you take shredded paper (I think newspaper would look really great) and wet it down, put it into cookie cutters (or just roll into a ball), and then sprinkle seeds on top. After the shapes dry, just plant them and watch them grow!

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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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Ingenious Shadow Paintings

I just stumbled across an art installation (the first one below), which blew my mind. With a little research I found that the artist is Rashad Alakbarov from Azerbaijan. He makes “shadow paintings” by using ordinary objects and background lighting. The results are stunning.

Shadow and light "painting"

"Crisis HAHA"

"Plastic Portrait"

Wow

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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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