Great Etsy Finds: Wedding Accessories

(Photos taken from Twigs and Honey Esty page)

If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind accessories for the wedding, look no further than Etsy. Etsy is a website that specializes in handmade items. The site allows everyone from recreational crafters to professional artists to showcase their talents with their unique creations. It’s amazing what kind of magical and quality handmade things that you can discover here.

Silk Flowers:

One purchase that I was particularly happy with was Bridal silk flowers from Twigs and Honey, a shop that specializes in beautiful bridal hair accessories. These flowers were $80 plus shipping. It was a great deal for such delicate and breathtaking flowers. Owner Myra Callan has such great eye for style. Just check out her website, Twings and Honey, and you’ll know why brides-to-be everywhere fight to wear Myra’s hair accessories on their special day.

Shawl Wrap:

(Photos taken from Alex Bridal Esty page)

Another Etsy find that made the big day special was the shrug stole shawl wrap that I purchased from Alex Bridal for $50. After I saw my (and everyone’s) style Goddess Kate Middleton wore that Alexander McQueen dress with sleeves, I knew that I wanted to cover my shoulders for my own wedding, so I was ecstatic when I found this lovely shawl to wear over my strapless dress.

I wasn’t sure how it would look at first, but I was delighted to learn that the shawl matched the dress perfectly. I received a lot of compliments on the lace dress and faux fur combination, and a few even said that it was very Kate-esque! I love that it fit comfortably and I was able to move my arms freely in them.

I heart Etsy!

Rekindling My Love with Kneading

I cleaned up a storage closet that I keep all my soap and other craft supplies over the weekend and came across a bag of polymer clays that I had purchased many, many years ago. I was once obsessed with Fimo clays and used to spend many hours making little jewelry pieces for earrings and necklaces. That was back in the early- to mid-90s when the grungy accessories were in, and I used to dangle handmade charms on a chocker, while sporting a flannel shirt and a pair of Doc Martins boots. Good times.

I think I picked up several bags of polymer clay from Michael’s about five years ago in an attempt to rekindle my love for jewelry-making but it looked like that plan had failed … until tonight. I was itching to make something so I decided to give kneading the clay another try.

I wasn’t in the mood to make anything extravagant (the grunge days are over) so I decided to make very simple but adorable flower pieces. I haven’t decided on what I’m going to turn these flowers into so I just poked a tiny hole on each piece so I can make it into an earring or a necklace at a later time.

I made flowers in three sizes. I think I like the smallest one the most (I will probably turn them into a pair of earrings). I think these are a little too girl-y for me to wear and I’m actually thinking about giving them to my friend’s pre-teen daughters as gifts.  Or I may use it as a soap decoration when I wrap them up with a bow.

Making these flower petals was very simple. I rolled small pieces of the clay on the palm of my hand, folded the tip of the flattened ball to create a crease, and put five of them together. I put the tiny white round piece in the middle and that’s it! I poked a tiny hole with a wooden stick before popping them in a 270 degree F oven for about 15-20 minutes. For the purple ones, I used Sculpey-brand clay in Lavender (312) for petals and white (001) for the center.  For the reddish ones, I used Lilac Pearl (1004).  Just to note that colors didn’t change much after baking them in the oven.