Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Hand-Crafted Goodness

When I was in Maine this summer, I borrowed a necklace from my mother a couple of times, and I just loved it. It was green, with large, wooden beads. I love necklaces, and after returning to Idaho, I kept wishing I had one like it. One day I decided to email my friend Kate, and see if she might be able to fashion something similar. I've told you about Kate before - - I've known her practically my entire life, and I sometimes daydream that we are neighbors and that we spend countless hours crafting our brains out. Lo and behold, Kate said "no problem", and got right to work. Before I knew it, a package arrived in the mail, and I couldn't be happier with the results. Kate hand-dyed the wooden beads and added some extra flair, creating a unique, beautiful piece of jewelry that is going to get lots of wear.

I took the liberty of hijacking one of Kate's pictures (thanks, Kate!) because her camera takes awesome pictures, and I wanted to show the neat little details she added:


I love the detail on the end, and the clasp. Then, a few days after I received my necklace, Kate posted this on her blog. Now, I'm obsessed with her new glass tile map pendants, and am scouring the house for an unused map of Idaho so I can have her make one for me. I'm probably going to need a Topsham pendant as well, come to think of it.

If you'd like to see more of Kate's creations, check out her Etsy Shop here.

6 comments:

Kate said...

It looks good on you! I was worried the beads weren't going to be big enough. I made a whole bunch of new map ones last night plus I have access to an Idaho map so just let me know. I also have an Iraq map if that's something you want?

Heather said...

The bead size is perfect, Kate. I just love it. Does your idaho map show Emmett? If not, let me know and I'll find one. It's funny you mentioned one of Iraq...I was just thinking about that last night. I think I'll need one of those, too. I'll email you!

Roberta said...

I will definitely be borrowing that necklace, so be prepared. What a nice job!

Heather said...

Bring some of your big baubles with you, Roberta, and I'll consider it.

Susan said...

You wear those beads well. Great color.

Cheryl said...

Wow! The necklace is beautiful and love the clasp. I am betting Roberta brings plenty of baubles and bling...

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