Friday, April 18, 2014

Malachite Drop Necklace with Chain Accent

DIY Malachite Necklace
This past Christmas, my budding geologist of a little brother took notice of my interest in rocks over the past year and gifted me some pretty incredible rock + mineral beads. (He also included some coal in his gift, but I probably deserved that for the times I tricked, pestered, and pummeled him growing up. :)) One of the sets of beads he gave me were these incredible malachite beads.

DIY Malachite Necklace

Real malachite, the tiny beads in my fingers, is this gorgeous, flowy, green-banded mineral. I first fell in love malachite when some faux malachite beads appeared in my For the Makers box in February of 2013.


DIY Malachite Necklace

I was waiting for the perfect project to use the beads when For the Makers sent this vibrant drop necklace last month. I love wearing that necklace so much that I wanted to make another in a similar style. (Plus I had some extra faux malachite beads from the ladies at For the Makers that I'd been saving for the perfect time.) This necklace is a lot simpler than the ones I've been making recently, but it feels a bit refreshing to make something a bit more casual.

To make a drop necklace you need:
-beads
-chain
-jump rings
-crimp beads
-beading cord
-chain nose pliers

After you string all your beads onto the beading cord in the order you like, here's how you finish the beading cord. (I used the pics from For the Makers because mine were taken in hurried excitement mid-project. #needtoslowdownanddocument)
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Once you string all of the beads on the beading cord in the proper order, you can make tiny loops with the cord and fasten them with a crimp bead and pliers. Something about crimp beads feels so satisfying to me.

DIY Malachite Necklace

I wore this necklace for the first time over the weekend when we had a little picnic in Central Park. It was 70 degrees and it felt perfect outside. :)

DIY Malachite Necklace

DIY Malachite Necklace

DIY Malachite Necklace

DIY Malachite Necklace

DIY Malachite Necklace

DIY Malachite Necklace

DIY Malachite Necklace

DIY Malachite Necklace

DIY Malachite Necklace

DIY Malachite Necklace

DIY Malachite Necklace



There is nothing like a spring weekend in New York city to lift your spirits and incite some warm optimism for the coming months. <3

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

DIY Teacup Succulent Garden with a Book Shelf

DIY Teacup Garden with Book Shelf

Ever since I discovered that it's pretty difficult to kill cacti and succulents I've been collecting then around the apartment like a squirrel preparing for winter. Usually when I bring a plant into the apartment it commits suicide upon entering our threshold, but the cacti seem to be doing alright. (WOOHOO!)

I've also been collecting teacups from Goodwill and Ebay to plant the cacti in around the apartment. I love the juxtaposition of something so prickly inside something so dainty.

DIY Teacup Garden with Book Shelf
What you need:
- Book for the shelf, actually found my book on the street when someone left it out to throw away
- Jute
- Teacups (Mine are from Ebay and Goodwill)
- Rocks for the bottom of the teacups (For drainage)
- Succulents and cacti
- Frame to go around shelf, also from the street in front of a frame shop that was pitching it.

Because it can be a little difficult to find a variety of succulents in the city for a decent price, I actually ordered mine off Amazon. I was so surprised that they came in perfect shape and two months later, all of them are still living! Definitely would recommend the seller they came from.

DIY Teacup Garden with Book Shelf
To start, tie one loop of the jute around one side of the book.

DIY Teacup Garden with Book Shelf
Then wrap the jute around two more times and tie it in a sturdy knot. Then make loop handles of equal length. When you put the book against the wall with the loop handles wrapped around two parallel nails, gravity will make the book into a really sturdy shelf. It's really not an exact science-- just make the straps look like a backpack that is lying flat on the ground. :)

DIY Teacup Garden with Book Shelf
To make sure some of the shorter succulents didn't get hidden, I stacked a few branch discs underneath two teacups to give them a little boost.

DIY Teacup Garden with Book Shelf
In addition to Goodwill and Ebay, a couple teacups come from Anthropologie when they were on sale for a few dollars, and the tiny thimble teacup from a shop around where I work in Chinatown.

DIY Teacup Garden with Book Shelf


DIY Teacup Garden with Book Shelf

DIY Teacup Garden with Book Shelf

When you're hanging the shelf, you just need to nail two level nails into the wall and wrap your jute handles around the nails until the shelf is even. One nail might have two wraps and the other might have three. As long as the book is level, you're good to go! :)

DIY Teacup Garden with Book Shelf


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