Anthropologie Necklace For Less

Do you love this necklace as much as I do?  It is from Anthropologie for $68.00!  I recently came across a great tutorial on Pinterest to make one very  similar for a lot less.  I tried it out today and it turned out really pretty!  The cost for supplies was around $20.00 and I am able to make 4 necklaces.  So $5.00 per necklace sure beats the hefty price tag of the original.  See below for all of the details to make your own.

First: Gather materials-pliers, thick gold wire, thinner gold wire, a gold necklace chain, clasps and jump rings, 4mm round glass beads-assorted colors. You will need a hammer for making the pendant.

 Second: For the wire pendant. Cut about 4 inches of your thick wire. On a hard surface hold one end of the wire while hammering down, flattening the wire just a little as you go. Do not make it completely flat, just a little flat. Use even pressure throughout the wire.  When it looks slightly flatter, hammer the ends extra hard to sort of "push" the wire outwards, flattening the ends a lot. Your wire should look like this when done. The ends are hammered flatter than the center.

Third : Make holes in the flattened ends.. I positioned a nail on each end and I hammered this through both sides of my wire to make holes.

Fourth: Add your beads to the pendant. Use about 15 inches of your thinner gold wire; wrap the end around one end of your hammered wire a couple of times to secure. Then, string the beads on the other end. If you want the same color order as the Anthropologie necklace the color goes: clear yellow, yellow, opaque mint, blue, purple, pink, clear, red, orange, jade, pink, red, blue. My beads were a little different in color and I added an extra one at the end. 

Start wrapping and weaving the beads onto your pendant. Put a bead against the front of the wire, pull with your right hand tightly while holding the bead with your other hand, and take the thin wire under the hammered pendant and up behind the back, then weave back down across the front. Continue doing this about 3 more times to secure the bead to the pendant before adding another bead. Continue in this fashion with the other beads to weave on all of them.

Fifth: Hook your jump rings onto the holes in the pendant. Attach even lengths of your chain to both sides, and your clasps to the loose ends of the chain to make your necklace. The necklace is about 17 inches in length.


Toes In The Water

Heading to the beach to put our toes in the water and toes in the sand!!!  We are visiting husband's family this weekend and thankfully they live in close proximity to the ocean!  Happy Weekend!  Just like the song says..........................


Bread Beads

On a recent rainy day, we made colorful beads out of bread slices, glue, and a few drops of lemon juice.  This mixture makes a nice mailable clay that can be colored with various types of paint.  Mini cookie cutters and drinking straws can be used to make different shapes.  You can also mold some by hand.  Once holes are made and they are dry, you can turn them into cool pieces of jewelry.  Best of all, it is inexpensive and keeps little ones busy for several hours!  Great for rainy day fun!  Here are the Directions to make these unique pieces of art.



Rain, Rain Go Away

Trying to keep a very energetic 6 year old little boy entertained in the summer is quite a feat, but when it rains most of the day for two days in a row, we go a little crazy.  Instead of spending the entire day with the television on or sitting in front of the __________, (insert any gaming system here), I told my little one we could not turn on the T.V. today. 

He said he wanted to make something.  We researched craft project ideas using material you have around your house and found a really cool way to make handmade jewelry with bread, glue, and lemon juice.  We still have to finish up a few steps in the morning and will be sharing this project later this week. 

We also spent part of the day reading some of his favorite books, looking through old baby pictures (which led to a very lengthy question/answer session), and by early evening got outdoors for a bike ride!  Hopefully, the sun will come out tomorrow! 

Here are some of the pictures we went through today, which reminded me of how fast they grow and how special these rainy days cooped up inside together really are!


A Day in St. Augustine

After spending several days over the week of the 4th at Crescent Beach, we spent the last day of our trip in one of my favorite cities, St. Augustine.  We visit several times each year and find something different to do each time.  Some of our favorites include the Castillo de San Marcos, taking the Ripleys Red Train Tour, and eating at our favorite restaurant in the city, Harry's Seafood Bar and Grill.  My little one (who is not so little anymore) is really starting to enjoy learning about the history of the nation's oldest city.  We would love to live here someday-in one of those cute little Victorian dollhouse looking homes that face the bay to be exact!     

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