Saturday, April 18, 2009

A Little Inspiration

Last week at a garage sale I found this absolutely beautiful soft and flowing white skirt.  I didn't know what to wear with it.  

Then a few days later I saw this big shell pendant at Michaels and it reminded me of an Easter egg.  It inspired me.  I decided that I would make a necklace for Easter to go with my new skirt.  So I bought a bunch of pretty blue and silver beads, including a little bird, a little nest, and a little feather.  I had no idea what I was going to do, but I thought they might work.  

I didn't make the necklace until I found a blouse.  I had to go to several real stores and try on a gazillion blouses before I found the perfect teal top that was equally soft and pretty as the skirt.  I made the necklace the perfect length for the blouse - you can do that, when you make your own jewelry.  Then, because I am a bit OC about having matching jewelry, I made earrings and a bracelet to go with it.

Don't look too closely, as I am not an expert at beading by any means.  Jewelry making is not my thing, as it were.  But I have learned the basics from my very talented sisters and friends.  I am thrilled with how my birdie themed jewelry turned out.   Even the little silver beads are tiny feathers!

(I should tell you, though, that I didn't do a very good job.  My necklace kept falling off all day.  Maybe I can convince one of my talented friends to reinforce it.)

Still, I am so glad that I followed through with my little bit of inspiration.

What I am trying to say is that if you see something that inspires you, and you get an idea for a project, just go for it - even if you're not an expert in the field.  I firmly believe that we all NEED to create, and we all can, we just need to find the courage to do it.  You might just like what you come up with, and when someone compliments you on your creation, it just might make your day!

Now go and follow your inspiration.


  1. I think you did a great job. I have only made earrings. At work every single day, I wear an ugly ribbon lanyard that holds my ID door swipe badge. I would love to have a beautiful lanyard that looks like a necklace, but I'm afraid that since it gets a lot of use, it would fall apart. I have seen them at Hallmark for $20. Yikes!

  2. Oh, I think it turned out beautifully! Yay for you for making your own jewelry.

    I've taken on projects when I can't find what I want in stores. It's rewarding and also a learning process.

    Love your blog!

  3. This is so beautiful. I thought this was so amazing when you created this that I'm glad you blogged about it. Way to go girl! Love your last bit of inspiration. Were you talking to me? Love ya.

  4. I've always wanted to learn to make jewelery. You did a great job. I adore the little nest with eggs on the bracelet and the little bird! So sweet. Very inspiring.

  5. I think that you did a beautiful job! I love the colors and the little nest.