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Making jewelry

Last spring I went with my daughters to a fun fair/market at a farm in the Santa Cruz mountains. It was called the Goat Hill Fair. My girls loved looking at and buying the upcycled creations. Their favorite was jewelry made out of found and purchased objects. We bought some fun pieces,  you can see more about our adventures at the fair here. I also told them it would be fun making our own. I bought a few supplies I found on Etsy and also scrounged around the house for broken bits and pieces, old keys and buttons, etc. We had our first round of jewelry making on Sunday and plan to do another set this weekend as well. Besides the jewelry bits and pieces, I also purchased a set of pliers from Michaels and some glue. Overall it was super easy to create cute little necklaces and rings. My daughters plan on giving some to their friends as well as keeping some. This could also be the perfect project for a birthday party. We are by no means pros but it was a fun, creative way to spend a couple of hours together! Perfect for an upcoming rainy day and a great gift idea for friends and...

Please don't eat these sweet treats

My hubby and I were shopping in Honolulu a few months ago and came across the cutest little store front. He was going to run into the video game store (yes, really) so I poked my head into this place and said, “I’m going to check out this candy shop” because it was too cute to pass up. As I stood in front of the glass cases, it took me several minutes before I realized I wasn’t looking at things I could eat — it was jewelry! Turns out I was inside of Q-Pot, the brain child of Japanese designer Tadaaki Wakamatsu. Q-Pot is known as the “mysterious pot” because “no one knows what will jump out of it”. And once you go inside, you’ll truly understand this concept. Q-Pot designs are incredibly cute, sweet and very much about fantasy. Wakamatsu takes ordinary food items like chocolate bars and hamburgers and turns them into dreamy, wearable works of art.   The burger and ice cream accessories come in layers, so you can add items to your stack as you wish. Don’t like tomatoes? Then just opt for lettuce and cheese instead!     Q-Pot even makes baby clothes and bags…   I ended up buying a pair of earrings that look like frosting shells. They’re a pretty pinky-coral, super girly and prefect for me since I’m a baking queen who works wonders with buttercream!...

color huesday: gold and teal

This post was inspired by a recent damage-causing shopping spree (don’t tell my husband). It’s not my fault: the new fun jewelry was speaking to me. Gold, silver, pewter, and a pop of soft color are the latest trend. Don’t be afraid, I am not talking about your mom’s shiny bathroom fixtures. Muted gold and silver looks much better where jewelry is concerned and is much more flattering for every skin tone. (Even if you are a rapper and enjoy blinging your grill with silver and gold, you should really try the muted variety) Gold, silver and teal reminds me of the start of summer and the end of spring: cool nights and warm days. I love that color combination and I was wondering why I was so drawn to it. Turns out we have done a Feathers Royal pattern (above) from the Simon+Kabuki collection in this...