I am entering my 3rd year of living in the same place, as such I am realising that another move, possibly interstate again, may be inevitable within the next year or two. So today I am holding my first 2nd hand market stall, at a regular market held at a nearby church. I have been there a few times as a customer, and it has never failed to supply me with something amazing at a surprisingly good price. Most of the items I am taking I would usually just give to the op shop, but there are some other items that I couldn’t just give away. Instead I will attempt to sell all of them, then give the rest to charity.
This looming relocation has also led my artyness to become more thrifty as I am trying to cut down on luggage. Combining or redesigning clothes and accessories that I rarely wear, but still just can’t bear to get rid of.
As many artistically minded people are familiar with, I find it hard to just throw out things. So I find myself with a small army of broken necklaces, single earrings, and small bags of beads and sequins. But I was very thankful for this when I found the need to make some accessories for an upcoming formal occasion.
Firstly I bought some shoes that I liked, but that could do with an overhaul.
I adore pearls, probably my favourite part of Breakfast at Tiffany’s is Audrey’s chunky pearl necklace. I would wear multiple strings of all kinds of shaped, sized and coloured pearls all the time if I could.
Though they aren’t real pearls, I decided to spruce my shoes up with one of the aforementioned broken necklaces.
Go from left to right to see their initial decoration, through the planning stage, to what I replaced it with. I went with the top design in the final photo.
And though there is also a single strand of pearls that go all around the shoe, I found myself with a lot of pearls left over. So what was I to do? Make a matching bracelet.
Using a four-way plait that I learnt years ago from a friendship bracelet book, I intertwined all kinds of things found in my sewing box together. Starting with just the pearls and a couple of strands of rope that you find tied around Frangelico bottles (I’ve always loved these and have been collecting them for years now). Next I added some gold braid, a mix of antique looking chains (using the clasp as the clasp for this bracelet) and finally some off-white lace to give it more bulk, and to wrap around the ends to keep it neat.
How great is that? I’m so happy with my result, and I think there will be more similar bracelets in my future. Such a great way to use up oddments that are too pretty to throw away.
And that’s about it for now. If I find more need for procrastination in the next few weeks I might show you a little of what I did with my summer. Lucky you!
Petersham: Strip of strong ribbon or elastic, first used around 1870, that sits around the waist to hold the dress in place while being worn or laced up.