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Design on a Dime: Water and Woods Necklace

Design on a Dime: Water and Woods Necklace

Erin Strother
erins 12 months ago

Gift giving season is upon us, which is unfortunate for anyone attempting to buy me a gift, because I’m uber-picky and mostly hate everything.

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Romper Stompers. YES! How could anyone NOT want these?

Romper Stompers. YES! How could anyone NOT want these?

I’ve always been that way. I remember one year as a kid, I REALLY wanted a pair of Romper Stompers for Christmas. I envisioned hours of stomping fun—stomping around the house, stomping outside, stomping my brother. Oh, what fun I would have!

Sadly, it wasn’t to be.

What I got that year was Barbie clothes. (WORST. GIFT. EVAH.) What was Santa thinking?! I remember ripping open the package and staring blankly at the hideous ensemble—an orange coat with horizontal stripes of brown fur, matching orange tights and orange plastic go-go boots.* Also, some kind of weird, detachable orange hat/hood thing. (???)

This is the actual Barbie outfit in question, no doubt designed by someone who took a lot of drugs. I found it within 27 seconds of googling “vintage Barbie fur coat orange boots.” I heart you, Google search.

This is the actual Barbie outfit in question, no doubt designed by someone who took a lot of drugs. I found it within 27 seconds of googling “vintage Barbie fur coat orange boots.” I heart you, Google search.

Clearly, whoever picked out this gift was on crack. Probably Santa, and DEFINITELY my mother, who knew my feelings toward all things Barbie were, at best, “Meh.”

As you can imagine, Christmas was totally ruined, many years of therapy were necessary, and I have never forgiven any of the involved parties.

Due to my vast and unrelenting disappointment in the gifts chosen for me by mostly well-meaning people, I usually end up just buying whatever I want for myself. Of course, much of this self-gifting is bead related. However, even though I know exactly the correct thing to buy for myself, I’m still often disappointed.

Case in point, all the beads I’ve bought after having viewed giant, close-up pictures on a website, assuming they’ll be the size of bowling balls, only to unwrap pitifully small, smurf-sized beads when I rip open the package. “I’ve been scammed!” I cry with righteous indignation, running to my computer to report the outrageous false advertising. I look again at the listing, only to discover, clearly printed in 72 point bold type, “SIZE: 5mm” along with a photo of the beads next to a ruler.

Oh.

Or, the beads I ordered online (expected to be a lovely shade of faded denim), which, in reality, turned out to be the color of three-day-old snow in a WalMart parking lot.

Hmmm.

The moral here is that there’s no substitute for seeing the beads in person. Knowing exactly how big they are, and being able to look at them alongside other beads/pendants to make sure they work well together is the best way to avoid disappointment.

And that’s a very long story to get to today’s project, but if you’ve read my blog before, you know I’m naturally blabby, so this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.

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Michael’s has a ton of good sales this time of year, so take advantage! I chose the pendant first, (using a 40% off coupon) and then selected three other strands of beads to go with it (all 40% off), so I ended up paying only $14 for beads AND the pendant. Add a few more dollars for suede lace and findings, and your total rings in at under $20.

And that’s an awesome gift for yourself.**

*Looking at this outfit, I now realize I would TOTALLY wear this if they made it in adult sizes. Not the hood thing, of course. No one would wear that, except maybe on Halloween, or if you were trying to get out of jury duty.

**Alternatively, romper stompers are always an excellent choice.

Erin Strother

About Erin Strother

Erin Strother is a full-time graphic designer with an obsession for jewelry design living in southern California with her long-suffering husband George and their disobedient dog Swiffer. She has won 6 Pulitzer prizes, an Academy Award for “Best Virtual Sound Editing,” $4 in the California State Lottery, and other prizes too numerous to mention. She is currently working on her first novel, “The Summoning Circle.” (Really!) See more of her work at http://www.studioEgraphics.com and http://www.etsy.com/shop/StudioEgallery.

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2 Comments

  1. Erin Prais-Hintz
    Erin Prais-Hintz December 21, 2016

    I always have a smile after reading your posts! I simply adore the necklace you made. I think that the turquoise would look great with the orange fur trimmed coat and boots in that adult size. If only I were good with a needle and thread……
    Enjoy the day!
    Erin, the other ;-)

    1. Erin Strother
      Erin Strother December 21, 2016

      You’re right–the turquoise would totally work with that outfit! I’m doing a google search for orange boots, BTW. I would rock those.