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Once upon a smorgasbord…

I’ve worn some really cute outfits since my last post, but instead of taking pictures of them and blogging about my day, I’ve been hiding in my garage for the past week making necklaces… and listening to Adele’s “Someone Like You” on infinite loop while doing so (it’s the most beautiful form of torture, but I don’t know why I did that to myself because it gave me a major emo). I’m hoping to open my Etsy shop, Once Upon a Smorgasbord…, sometime in November. I want at least 10 items done to put up for sale before I officially open it. And when I do, I will have my first give-away here on Le Fancy Geek! So stay tuned for that. ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m growing a bit too attached this Bambi necklace I just completed the other night. That’s the tricky part in making things — you become so fond of your creations that you don’t want to part with them at all. AH!

Here are some of my other finished pieces:

The Sleeping Beauty/Briar Rose, Peter Pan and Degas necklaces are all the same length, and much longer than the Bambi and Alice in Wonderland ones, which have lobster clasps. I have yet to measure either though — my jewelry making method is somewhat weird as I just put things around my neck and say, “Hmm, well I think that’s a good length” or compare them to necklaces that I already have, and just go from there. I also made it so that the pendants don’t swing around, so when you wear it you don’t have to constantly adjust it when it goes crooked (’cause my shit ain’t crooked). ๐Ÿ™‚

Most of my stuff is Disney for now since I have a lot of random Disney images lying around, but I swear my stuff will be more than just Disney!<– but it’s not like too much Disney is a bad thing either. ๐Ÿ˜›

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DIY Binge

When I was little, my Auntie Nelly brought home a box of beads from a craft store for my sister and I to make stuff with. I made a tiny wreath with pink plastic beads and silver roses, and I think I even added some teal and purple beads in there too (what did I know?!). And for my 9th birthday I got a super rad Pocahontas jewelry making kit! When I went to school with my new creations, some of the girls in my class asked me to make them stuff — even the ones that bullied me. The nerve, right?! I made one of them earrings anyway to make her leave me alone. That worked out in my favor. ๐Ÿ˜€

Making jewelry has always been a hobby of mine. In the last few years I’ve made necklaces with the intention of selling them, but I always found myself becoming attached to them, so I just kept them for myself. In short, I have never sold any of my creations. x___x

It’s been awhile since I’ve made anything, but this week I managed to crank out a few items! When I got my bosun whistle last weekend, I also bought a few loose pendants, one of them was a gold teddy bear that opens up and contains some waxy smelly granny perfume. I must get rid of that stuff! Anyway, I took a gold chain necklace I’ve had for years and made an uber fancy one with the bear pendant and a few other baubles (pictured above). Here’s a close-up of the teddy bear:

Sorry, the macro on my camera is a bit meh.

I’m trying not to get too attached to this piece, but it’s kind of hard because I really like the way it turned out, and I totally slaved away in the garage (which is hotter than Satan’s bumhole) for HOURS until I finally felt that it looked right. RUGH.

Anywho, I made a few other things this week too (I apologize for the craptastic quality of the following pictures):

Mozart pendant made out of chandelier crystal/teardrop crystal pendant. Whatever you wanna call it. Last year when Auntie Nelly went to Austria she brought back some chocolate with this Mozart design and I kept them because I thought, “Hey, I can do something with this someday.” And voila! I plan on adding a brass chain a some Swarovski baubles to it. I shall post the finished product here when it’s… well, done.

White Rabbit chandelier crystal pendant attached to brass necklace chain. I made the pendant last March out of boredom but could never find the right chain to go with it. I finally found one last week and I’m uber happy with the way it turned out. The White Rabbit image came from one of my tear-away desk calendars.

I made these earrings with these plastic pendants I found in a some randomly put together packets at some bead store in Berkeley (can’t remember the name of it though). I wanted to add little crystals beads to dangle at the bottom, but I think they look fine the way they are. I have a yellow pendant like this too, but since there’s only one I’m gonna have to settle on just making a necklace with it.

It’s nice to have this sort of creative outlet as writing stories is at a bit of a standstill for me. However, I recently came up with an idea for a zombie story and have been jotting down notes and doing a bit of research (I’m really not into zombies, but this idea came out of nowhere and I felt the need to run with it) so hopefully that’ll eventually come along. Plus Tim and I made a *high five promise — he has to write more songs, and I have to write more stories. I’m just having a hard time trying to figure out the direction I want to go in for the story — third person, first person, serious or campy, etc. AH! I think it’s time for me to bust out my old Creative Writing class’ writing exercises.

*high five promise is the new pinky swear.

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outfit details:

  • beret: H&M
  • sweater: GAP
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Green, Hamm & Eggs

Yesterday I went back to SPD for the first time in a month! Something always came up, so Jen and I would have to cancel our shifts — sickness, vacation, major holidays, etc. Who knew so many holidays fell on Mondays too? We ended up working on the “Lost Books” project; it’s where we’re given a list of books in each section and we take out the ones that aren’t supposed to be there. It’s rare that you actually find any misplaced books, but I ended up spending 4 hours reorganizing tons of shelves!

Afterwards, Jen wanted to take some pictures on her fancy Pentax camera with the new filter she bought, so I took my little Rex out for a shoot. And yes, sometimes I do carry a toy in my purse. I used to do it more frequently as I liked using toys to document the places I go. I’m trying to get back into the habit, no matter how odd it may be.

I got these really cute vinyl Disney toys by Funko over the weekend when I went to Sacramento, and I told Jen about it — so she asked if we could go to Sac so she could buy Buzz Lightyear. Despite the fact that there was a Disney Store across the bridge in San Francisco, she said she didn’t want to go there (SF rush hour… eww). So off to Sac we went!

This Hamm piggy bank matched my outfit. ๐Ÿ˜€

I didn’t think I’d be indulging in my inner child sooooo much yesterday. When I got dressed in the morning, Iย  knew I wanted to wear jeans and a tee, but somehow ended up looking like a put together 8-year-old. I bought my shirt at the gift store outside of the Toy Story ride when I went to the Disney’s California Adventure. When Toy Story 3 came out last year, I was soooo excited that there was going to be aย  little unicorn! When I saw the shirt with Buttercup on it, I knew I had to have it.

Jen and I now have BFF toys! She said, “It’s perfect how my favorite is Buzz and yours is Woody: you complain a lot and I’m annoying!” It’s kind of true too. x__X

outfit details:

  • cardigan: Old Navy
  • shirt: Disneyland Resort
  • camisole: Kirkland
  • pants: ???
  • necklace: Swarovski
  • bracelet: Coach
  • shoes: Avenue