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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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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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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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