Monday, November 24, 2014

Leather flowers, part one: earrings

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I’ve been playing with leather lately.  These little flower earrings have been sitting here, almost finished, for about a month.  I finally got it together to poke a little hole in them so an earring wire could go through, and now they’re done.  Ten seconds of work.  Why is it so easy to get 90 percent done with something and then just let it park there on the work table for four weeks?  I’ve been moving these around to make room for something else for ages.  I don’t know what that’s about. 

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These are small, maybe an inch across.  In my head, leather jewelry is so 1970’s, and there is almost nothing I love more than that.  These are begging for a long patchwork skirt and maybe a big bracelet made of cowrie shells.  Boots, for sure. I’m thinking of my second grade teacher, Mrs. Lorenz, who was a beautiful hippie with fringed vests and long red hair and dangly earrings that looked like tiger teeth or maybe bear claws or something.  She made a pillow out of an entire pair of old jeans (I mean it; she just sewed up the cuffs and stuffed them) and she let me borrow her Monkees records.  Her class is where I first heard The Lovin’ Spoonful.  Awesome.  She potted up twenty spider plants in recycled peanut butter jars and gave them to us for Christmas.  She’d totally wear these.  Anyway, I used tiny scraps of leather from my stash of somebody else’s leftovers, purchased twenty years ago for another purpose.  Save everything, people!  The lovely tutorial is here

I am also illuminating the Great Lakes and most of the Eastern Seaboard with work on the granny blanket, which is still frustratingly in the Lemongrass Phase of construction.  This yarn badly needs the tempering of a neighboring hue. 

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It looks so innocent there in the sunlight.  Do not be fooled. 

14 comments:

  1. I had a leather bracelet that had flowers on it and, of course, a leather purse with fringe! You had an awesome teacher if she loaned you her Monkees records! Were they 45's? I still have some 45's, but I don't have anything to play them on. I still love that yarn color. Have a good day!
    Deb

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  2. Your teacher sounds amazing, not only the Monkees records but I think the spider plants in peanut butter jars need to be resurrected as teacher presents this Christmas. What goes around. Poor granny square blanket...it looks beautiful in the sun.xx

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  3. Beautiful earrings and perfect description of your hippie-teacher (reminded me of myself back in the day!). Intrigued by your white sofa - how do you keep it so clean??? Lovely blanket.

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    1. I admit, I don't really keep the sofa clean. I just wash the slipcover every month or so, or when somebody spills tea on it. :)

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  4. I love your earrings! I have memories of a special teacher too that sounds a lot like yours. I will never forget the care she showed to each of us.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  5. Those earrings are amazing - love them so much. I have to say I like the yarn colour!

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  6. I'm loving that green blanket!

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  7. I've been looking through your wonderful blog - late to the party, but here now! I also live in an orchard in NYS - Ulster County. Are we neighbors?

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    1. Hiya! Ulster county is a fair bit away from me--I live in the Rochester area. But we're all New Yorkers, so howdy, neighbor! :)

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  8. If you are looking for a record player that will not only play records but also 45's, there is a store called Urban Outfitters in the U.S. that sells them. Ever since the hipster movement has come into fashion, the act of wearing and doing things from decades pass is in high fashion. I love the earrings. I like the hippie/bohemian look of them.
    I love the Lemongrass color. Maybe the picture is less bright compared to the real life version. Toodles and happy making!

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  9. I totally get those earrings! I had a leather purse with flowers on it similar to your earrings when I was in Jr. high.
    Spider plants- now we're talking- in macrame holders with beads. Those were the days.
    I bet you can crochet in the dark with that yarn. Have a great Thanksgiving!
    Lynne

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  10. Love your blog and your creative makes :) wish I could knit and crochet better than I do!

    Bee happy x

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  11. Hello from a new reader! I just wanted to say I really like your blog in its whole: the crafy items, their pictures and the way you describe them, awesome! : ) I really enjoyed the description of your reacher, and those earrings are very cute indeed!
    Wish you a nice day - and happy Thanksgiving! ; )

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  12. Love, love, love the aerrings.
    Happy Thanksgiving,
    Meredith

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