Enduring All Things: July 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Thankful Thursday: Marriage

Sorry I didn't post this last week. I really don't have an excuse for that. I just forgot. And sorry I haven't posted Thankful Thursdays the last 2 weeks before that... These I do have excuses for; 2 weeks ago we were in NYC for our anniversary and the week before my in-laws were coming into town.

Anyway, this week for Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for...

As I said, Pearson and I just celebrated our first anniversary. I cannot believe it has been a year! It does not seem that long. It has been the best year of my life. I have been able to spend close to every moment with my best friend. Not much gets better than that. It is kinda hard to explain. He is always there to make me laugh, listen to me, pray with me, and help me with everything and anything. I am so thankful that God instituted marriage. He knew what he was doing. I love having a partner by my side all the time through this life who truly cares about me, my well being, and my happiness. Not to mention, having a sleepover with your best friend every night is pretty much the best thing ever!

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

DIY Statement Necklace

Once upon a time, I bought a couple statement necklaces that everybody is wearing these days. But I had a problem. How do I wear them? Just with any outfit? What kind of earrings do I wear with it? Do colors need to match or coordinate or not? So I googled 'How to wear statement jewelry', and an article I found told me not only how to style them but also to make my own. So I thought "I have so much jewelry that I don't wear, would I wear it if it was all together?" So I looked on Pinterest for some ideas and decided to go for it. I made two.

Here is what I did for the first one sorta following this tutorial:

I took little pieces of jewelry and things I had and arranged them the way I wanted.
The green flowers are earrings. I made the orange flower out of ribbon. The read ribbon is wrapped around a button. The denim circle at the bottom left is also a button. The charcoal craziness next to that and the black and white flower on the right side are both rings [with the ring part taken off]. The pink gems are a broach and the turquoise cross is a necklace pendant.

The tutorial I looked at that for most of my inspiration used felt behind the pieces, but I didn't have any. So I used denim from a pant leg of some jeans I recently cut off into shorts. We will see how well it holds up.
  1. Anyway, I laid out all these pieces the way I wanted on the fabric as close together as possible. I wanted very little fabric showing through. I put the earrings in the top corners because I was going to use the little rings on them for the chain around my neck later.
  2. I then hot glued all the pieces down.
  3. Then I cut the denim fabric out as close to the edge of the bib as possible.
  4. I tied ribbon through the rings on the tops of the earrings and left them long enough to tie around my neck. [I may go back later and put a chain instead of ribbon but I didn't have anything like that in the apartment].

For the second one, I found this tutorial for a braided necklace and sort of followed it...

I used 3 old necklaces that I never wear, 6 lengths of ribbons, and 2 binder rings.
  1. I put one of the rings through all the necklaces.
  2. I tied the ribbons around the ring arranged in such a way to create three equal sections. [Sorry I didn't take pictures of this part]
  3. Each section consisted of one necklace and 2 ribbons.
  4. I braided the sections.
  5. When I got to the end, I put the other ring through the necklaces again and did my best to tie the ribbons around it.
  6. Lastly, I tied more purple ribbon around the rings and left enough room to tie them around my neck.

I considered again using some sort of chain instead of the ribbon around my neck, but I wanted to stick with supplies I had on hand. I also considered doing something with the ribbons besides just tying them to the rings, but I decided I like the unfinished look.

Now lets see if I am ever bold enough to wear them somewhere besides my own apartment.

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