Life

The Boss

My dad, step mom, sister and I drove to Pittsburgh Tuesday morning to see THE BOSS! We tried to get into the pit with our GA bracelets, but we had no such luck this time. Even though we stood for hourssssss, the concert, as always, was amazing.

I love having this tradition with my family. Now we’re just crossing our fingers that he comes to D.C. later this summer!

Happy Friday.

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Craft Projects, Jewelry, Quick and Easy Crafts

Gunmetal and mint necklace

How was everyone’s Easter? My weekend was filled with three different dinners, a birthday brunch and simply way too much delicious food. Basically, it was awesome. My older sister came into town, and it was the first Easter and birthday we’ve celebrated with her in a decade (or so it seems). My mom, little sister and I took her to brunch in Baltimore at Cafe Hon to celebrate her birthday. It was a ton of fun.

{A Smith of All Trades} Easter Pic

Sunday was dinner at my dad’s house with my stepmom’s family and her brother’s partner’s family. I’ll give you a second to figure out that relationship 🙂 We only get to see them at Easter, which makes the holiday even more enjoyable.

My Easter craft was pretty simple, and I’m only just sharing it now because the weekend was SO busy and yesterday I had a killer headache. I even missed trivia, so you know it was crummy.

Anywho… I needed a new necklace for Easter. Yes, needed.

I had this old chain that I’d been hanging onto. I liked its chunkiness, but the length was awkward. You know what I mean…. long enough to occasionally disappear  under your shirt and just the right length to get stuck in cleavage… basically, the worst length for a necklace!

{A Smith of All Trades} Gunmental and Mint Necklace1

I cut the necklace in half using really strong pliers, then added a new section to the necklace of bright mint beads.

The beads were a gift from my bestie, and were a totally sweet thrift store find. To add them to the chain, I used beading wire and a crimp bead. I looped one end of wire around the end of the chain, then flattened and crimped the crimp bead so no beads would fall off.

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Then, I strung the beads with gunmetal spacers in between, closing the wire at the other end with a crimp bead.

In about four minutes, my boring, awkward-lengthed necklace was transformed into the perfect necklace. My sister really liked the whole thing hanging asymmetrically, too.

{A Smith of All Trades} Gunmental and Mint Necklace

AND, it is also the perfect length to wrap around my wrist to become a chunky bracelet. #Winning.

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I hope you all had a great Easter. The weather is finally getting warmer in Maryland, so hopefully I can start to tackle a few larger projects I’ve been wanting to do.

Oh, and our doors are supposedly in! Joyyyyyyyy 🙂 I’ll make sure to show you when they are all installed and beautiful!

 

Craft Projects, Jewelry

Chandelier bracelet

Remember this hot mess of chandelier crystals from earlier in the week? Well, I tackled another project with them that was easy as pie.

We’ll call this one a chandelier tennis bracelet, cause lord knows it will be decades until we have money to afford a real one of those ;p Also, I’d probably stain furniture or paint a room or something else super messy  in a real tennis bracelet… and that would just end so badly.

Anyway, I took apart a chain of the chandelier and removed the excess crystals so it would fit around my wrist. Then, I scrubbed the heck out of them so they wouldn’t be gnarly anymore.

With the crystals clear and trimmed down to size, I pulled out my pliers and added a toggle clasp.

Uh yeah, that was it! So easy, huh?

Who knew an old chandelier could make such a pretty bracelet!?