Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Isabelle Abramson Lighting

Awhile ago I did a post on Isabelle Abramson, the ceramic artist. The bowls she makes are just so beautiful! Well, she has now started doing lighting, and I think that these pieces are equally beautiful.

Carved White Porcelain Pendant Lamp

Set of Carved Porcelain Pendant Lamps

(I'll let you find out the prices on your own, and find out why neither of us will be hanging these in our house any time soon!) Nonetheless, I think they are gorgeous!


Saturday, March 19, 2011


I heard about Anthropologie's new wedding line, "BHLDN", so I found the website, and swooned over dresses like this:

And this:

But my favorite things to look at, either on Anthropologie or BHLDN, are the jewelry. BUT-- it's my favorite because I like to see how much they charge for something I could make for like... one eighth the cost!!

I came across this darling little ring:

Isn't it so cute? Ok, I know that the "oui" is supposed to be symbolic of a wedding, but I would wear this all the time! Guess how much it costs.

$80! Yes, $80.

I started looking around on Etsy to see what I could find. I typed in "oui charm" into the search box, and guess what I found?

Voila! There they are. Just snip off the hole at the top with jewelry pliers, and it's the exact same thing.

So here's the rest of what I came up with. I couldn't find anything exactly like the little yellow flower on the original ring, but I think I came fairly close.

Tiny Metal Enamel Flowers: $3.75 for 20 of them

Faux Half-Drilled 3mm Pearls: $1.70 for 50

Antique Bronze Ring Base w/ 10mm pad: $4.80 for 10

And of course, you can't do it without my BFF:

E-6000 Glue: $2.50

The total cost for all of those supplies is $18.75. If you break it down per ring, it's less than $1.87. So even if you were making just one ring for yourself, and you had to order all those supplies (and you didn't want to make any for friends as gifts) you would still save $61.25!

I say: Make it yourself!


Friday, March 4, 2011

Lunch Bag from Hong Kong

I got this Etsy order in the mail the other day, and I can't believe it made it halfway across the world intact!

The packaging is a brown paper lunch bag!

These bird stamps are really cute though!

Have you ever received an unusually-wrapped package in the mail?


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Felt Is Fun

Besides teaching fourth graders how to turn an improper fraction into a mixed number, and vice versa (it's pretty difficult stuff!), these are my other accomplishments of the day:

How was your day?