not sure how I came up with the idea, but I was brainstorming Christmas gift ideas and decided I was going to get my niece miss K a real necklace..a real piece of jewelry. She’s 6 years old now and I remember how special I thought it was at that age to get something of real value.
I’ve ordered her a pendant necklace from The Vintage Pearl…it has her initial on it and its sterling silver. I cant wait to get it in the mail!
Then like I always do when I simply buy something for someone, I think…”wow, how much more would I appreciate giving a gift to someone if I’d sacrificed my time and my efforts and talents or LACK of talent, to make that gift?”
And then it came to me. I’m going to make her a jewelry box. Out of an old book. A beautiful vintage jewelry box that I make myself, where she can keep said necklace.
old book. I’ll be enlisting ben’s help to hollow out the inside of the book with a box cutter of sorts, leaving about an inch of book pages around the edges to form the wall of the box.
pretty pink fabric for the cushiony bottom of the box. I’m going to sew some cotton balls and good smelly stuff inside of the fabric.
razzle dazzle. i’ll be decorating the outside of the book with these beauties. every little girl loves rhinestones!
paint and glue. i’ll be painting the outside edges of the pages all the way around the book, in order to keep them stuck together. (a little emerald green and gold shall do the trick!) I’m also gluing the bottom pages to the back of the book so everything stays in place.
This weekend is my last weekend to get my crud together for christmas. It never fails…every year…something drastic happens to us financially around the holidays and we’re stuck waiting until the last second to get things done. Anyone else out there pining away for the day when they arent scared to fill up their gas tank for fear of draining their bank account? Such is our life right now. Ben’s still looking for a full time job and helping me out, and thats where life is right now…it just is. Christmas isnt about gift-giving though, remember? I did write a blog post about that. Guess I should down some spoonfuls of my own medicine.
I’ll let you all know how the jewelry box turns out. I cant wait to put it all together! Tomorrow we are back to our regularly scheduled programming, with Thursday’s LLP post! stay tuned!
It makes me so happy when I find an old friend whom I’ve lost touch with, who has fallen into the art world like myself. This is the story of Sarah Gittens and I. We were in the same homeschool group (yep, homeschool. group. homeschool group. you heard it first, you heard it right…here. i was homeschooled. all jokes aside, and all bitterness aside…its fun to talk about it NOW when im an adult. moving on.) We also played basketball together for the Good News Academy Lions for many many years. Millions of roadtrips to games and state competitions, hundreds of 20 ounce mountain dews, and a few hideous koolat pants later….here we are. I’m a photographer and Sarah Gittens find and sells vintage gifts.
Charity Gems was started by this sweet girl and I love her website.
“Charity Gems is an online boutique which began with a simple idea to sell good quality items with a portion of each sale given to benefit others. Charity Gems began with a desire to make a difference combined with an interest in fashion. Throughout this website you will find jewelry and accessories that we hope will serve to enhance your personal style or make a wonderful gift for someone special. Motivated by a desire to have a positive impact on the world around us, a portion of every sale will be donated to a charity. Happy online shopping.”
Fantastic, right? Great idea, even better intentions, all combined for the love of helping others and looking fabulous.
Here are a few of my fave pieces and gifts from the site. Seriously, this year why not fore-go the annual mall trip and snag a few meaningful gifts from a local girl trying to do some good? Trust me, there are some beautiful things to be found. Check these out! (all items under $20! seriously!)
vintage jewelry travel case, around $10
vintage blue earrings, around $3
vintage flower pendant necklace, around $8
vintage white leather clutch, around $15
Shop some Charity Gems this christmas..feeling good and looking good never felt soooo good.Tell Sarah I sent you!
all images courtesy of charitygems.us