Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Step Right Up! Get Your Amazing Original Jokes Right Here!

This has nothing to do with jewelry. Or maybe it does but I just don't know how right now. I'm really sleepy. Right before I drifted off, this joke popped into my head. I don't know why. I haven't thought about Annette Funicello for years. Mickey Mouse I've thought of as recently as 2008, when I worked for Disney.

I shook Mike awake.

"Wake up! I have to tell you this joke so I don't forget it! It's really good!"


"Okay, get ready. It's really good..."


"What did Mickey Mouse do when Annette Funicello died?"


"He shed a Mouseke-tear!"

(Well, it's better when told verbally, because then it works on two levels: Mouseke...teer...tear.)

You can purchase Annette Funicello items at Etsy, as well as my stuff.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hey, Toots!

"There are no original ideas, only original people." --Barbara Grizutti Harrison

I was inspired by a necklace I saw in an Etsy store. It incorporated a tiny metal toy airplane with the paint half worn off. I went, Want...

I marked it as one of my favorites in 2007. It's long gone, but since I started making necklaces, I've kept my eye out for a tiny metal airplane (red) with the paint half worn off.

I finally found one--a little Tootsietoy Spirit of Saint Louis model--and made this necklace. It's very similar to the one I favorited on Etsy three years ago.

Still, it's different enough to be It has a tailwind of crystal and steel. 

Let's say it's an homage, which, really, it is.

And I could easily have come to the idea independently. I'm always looking for non-jewelry items to put in my work. Also, turnabout, there are pieces I see in other people's shops that incorporate the ideas and materials I've used or even intend to use, like the sword-belt chain I thought would be fantastic for a man's wallet/belt chain. I bought an old sword belt in an antique store in Texas; a couple of weeks later (before I had even made my piece), I saw that another Etsy seller had made a chain very much like the one I had in mind. Murr.

I mean, there are only so many ways to hang something around your neck...