Friday, March 10, 2017

February Book Club (and other stuff I've made)

Boy- that title just lured you right in, right?!?

So I am pretty confident that my resolution for 2017 is to NOT actually read any of the actual books.
I'm not gonna lie, but I just don't have the energy.

Things have settled down with the house, the kids are in generally good health, and the weather is getting better and the days are getting longer. But when I have free time theses days, I will admit that I have been using that time to binge watch Scandal on Netflix.

And let me tell ya, I am HOOKED!

Not to get all political, but wow- Shonda Rhimes must have had a crystal ball and looked into the future when she wrote the script for that show. It's absolutely uncanny!

Anyway-we are talking about book club here, so.....

This month's book was The Ladies of Grace Adieu. Mind you, I had the book in my possession for at least a month. Picked it up and read the first chapter and it's literally is as if I never looked inside. I don't remember reading a thing!

The good thing is that I had daily visual inspiration. The cover, though not much, was at least a pretty color combo. And folks, that color scheme was my inspiration... GO ME!

*Photo credit William Jones :)

The grey stones have a really pretty flash to them and the shiny pink ovals are a really cool contrast to the matte rectangular stone. Alison and I split a strand of these and they are soooooo cool. I cannot wait to wear this one!

The next piece was the bi-product of a couple of trips into the shop between going home from work and having some extra time on my hands before the kids got home.

These are some woolly balls (hehe) that I picked up from one of Andrew's Destash events, that I strung on bead wire and spaced out with some funky colored Czech glass beads. I used a super flexible bead wire that I had floating around in my bag, and it seems to be adding some play to the piece as the wire has been bending around some the other stuff in my bag in transit. Who knows how it will lay once worn. But at least I made some matching earrings! Hooray!

*Photo credit- William Jones (again)

Lastly, I had a reallllllllly bad day at work and left early to go play at the store on an Open Table Wednesday (cheaper than therapy, right?). I had these gorgeous pearls from a trunk show this summer and haven't quite had the right idea what to do with them. And then it hit me- they are perfect just they way they are, so I re-strung them on bead wire and added this chain.

Coincidentally, the way they are strung in the alternating pattern being sort of tear shaped, I left too much wire showing after I crimped the ends. So to fix it, I used crimp covers and TA-DA, all fixed!

Photo credit: William Jones :)
I also have to add that I was wearing a multi-chain necklace and needed some chain. My solution- steal some chain from my necklace and use it on this piece! BOOM!
I did wear it to work and I am soooo in love with it! This will definitely be a staple in my wardrobe.
Thanks for checking in with what I have been up to and stay tuned for our projects from this month's book, Where'd You Go, Bernadette.


  1. fun times! soo good to see you! great necklaces!

  2. Great necklaces Laurel. Love the colors and energy in them. Thanks too for the tip about the Netflick series.

  3. I especially love the pearl necklace -- the chain is great with the pearls!