Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Been there, done that, messed around...

On the topic of over-priced things I could make myself...

Ever heard of Elsie Flannigan and the Red Velvet Girls? I think anyone who has a blog, or reads blogs about anything artsy, creative, girly, thrifted, or vintage has heard of this chick. She is sort of the ultimate of all those things amongst female bloggers. A few weeks ago she announced on her blog that the much anticipated renovation of the "Red Velvet" (a business started by Elsie and her sister.) online store was complete. On the site she sells a variety of things, from vintage clothing, to hand made items from various contributors. It is some pretty cool stuff, most of the time.

Much like my Anthropologie "game" I never actually intended to buy anything, but I did look through the site to gain some inspiration. One item on there immediately caught my attention. It was bright and shiny. Glittering metal.

No, hold up. I am not talking golden, glistening jewels. Have you met me?
I am talking cold, hard less-than-glamorous brass. I'm talking bullet casings. 

Listed was a collection of necklaces on chains, made from glass crystals (apparently with some sort of superstitious powers? Yeah. Whatever) and re-purposed  bullet casings. Handmade by some people called "The Lost Boys and Lovers." And it could have been mine (or yours) for the meager price of...$50!?

Whhhhat? Fifty bucks? Are you kidding me, Flannigan? Sure, it is pretty, but it is nothing but a chain, an empty bullet shell, and a piece of glass.

I bet you can guess what happened next, right?

If you guessed I got up, grabbed a casing from the Smith and Wesson .40 I shot a while back, a mess of gold chains from a vintage necklace bought from Goodwill to be hacked up, some wire, a black glass bead, and a tube of superglue, YOU'RE RIGHT (wow, you guys know me so well...)

 20 minutes later (and for so much less than $50) I had what was in essence the same necklace. I am so happy and I have been wearing it a ton.
 Today it is looking awesome with my $1 leather jacket, combat-esk black boots, skinny pants and ridiculously orange shirt dress. Oh yeah, you best believe I can rock a bullet hanging off my neck by chains (and you can also be assured I sing a line or two of "Bulletproof" every time I clasp it on!).

Money saved; awesomeness done. Good times all around.


the southern hostess said...

Awesome! I love it.

Sarah Louise Upjohn said...

I know this is not what your post is about, but you quoted La Roux, yes. Did you know that Joey and I saw them at the Webster in all their glitter techno glory last fall? I think I've prob mentioned that a million times, but I needed to say it again.

You should make another bullet necklace and sell it for $49 on etsy. Oh wait, would that be wrong?...

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

at certain angles, I too can see you looking like Kristen Stewart. I don't think you look like Amanda Bynes. I wouldn't spend 50 bucks on that necklace either.

Stephanie said...

thanks for commenting!! love the the diy, the necklace looks great and when it's a good deal too makes you love it even more =)

Sara K.S. Hanks said...

Niiiiice. I've had one of these bullet/crystal necklaces saved in my Etsy favorites forever, for more like $80. Pish posh! I'm makin' one! =) Thanks for the proof that I can do it on my own.

michelle_ said...

that's a really cool necklace !
id love one of those :)

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