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For the last week, I've been posting Finch's Threadless jewelry tutorials. Now, I'm giving away a little set of the goodies I made: the pin/hair accessory, simple pendant and earrings. If you missed the instructions (and/or want to see lots of additional images of what you can win), here are the links again:


1. Teardrop earrings

2. Pin / Hair clip

3. Simple pendant

4. Statement geometric necklace





Here's the third and final installment in the series of Finch's Threadless tutorials... a statement geometric necklace. I really love this piece - lots of work but worth it, I think!


For all the basics of working with aluminum cans please see this tutorial. However, DO NOT apply dimensional magic until you've made all the holes in the beads. Read on...


Here's the second installment in the series of Finch's Threadless tutorials... a flower pin/hair accessory for spring.


Here's the first of the Finch's Threadless tutorials... super-simple earrings! I'll also cover the basics of working with aluminum cans (in my limited experience!). 


If you know me (or you've read my bio) then you know I love good beer. Emphasis on good... really good. And since I live in Chicago, I'm spoiled for choice when it comes to local craft breweries, creating amazing brews. Great branding (visual design and names) seems to go hand-in-hand with craft brewing. I'm always entertained (and impressed by) the packaging, the quirky names and the rich, fun descriptions of each beer.

Finch's has been around since 2009. I'm no expert, but they seem to have made their mark very quickly!  And the collaboration with Threadless in 2011 (to create a branded IPA) produced not only a great beer, but a really inspiring collection of designs. When I saw the winning can, I thought jewelry! Yup. I really did. Ever since I posted a collection of "upcycled can" ideas, I've been wanting to try it myself. Apparently I finally found my inspiration! So, over the course of the next week, I'll post tutorials for each of the pieces you see above. As each one goes live, so will the links below so please check back!



1. Teardrop earrings

2. Pin / Hair clip

3. Simple pendant

4. Statement geometric necklace









LOVE this!  It's a "Marni for H&M" inspired DIY that involves some simple (but ingenious) repurposing of horrible little plastic containers. Head over to Matter of Style for the full DIY ... 
Ours is a story of logic and magic; the logic of recycling our rubbish using the magic of imagination, creativity and finally, plenty of passion! The result is a bouquet of colourful, well designed sculptures, household items, fashion accessories and bespoke pieces.

Let's face it - old flip flops are, well ... gross. But even when they're old and disgusting, they're still rubber and they take upwards of 50 years to decompose ... so they don't just "go away" when you forget them on a beach at the end of the summer. They do, however, float away. Apparently, by the hundreds of thousands. Then what? Well, Cleaning Beaches, Creating Masterpieces is the FlipFlop Recycling Company’s solution. And their motto! This eco-business (based in Nairobi, Kenya) collects discarded flip flops that were previously blighting waterways and coastlines around the world. Then, through the magic of talented local artisans, the collected waste is turned into amazing flipflop creations. And people from local communities earn an income in the process! Are you impressed?  Me too! 
And I have a couple of FlipFlop creatures to give away ... read on!



How often do you stand in thrift stores and stare at all those great vintage clip-ons?  And then wish you could *somehow* wear them?? You know, in way that wouldn't cut off the circulation in your earlobes?  Doe-c-doe makes upcycling clip-on earrings into a necklace look pretty easy.








You can never have too much jewelery.  Or perhaps I should just speak for myself.  And if you're me, you're always on the lookout for ways to make the bling rather than buy it!  So first - create these lovely necklaces from washers (care of a wonderful Little Birdie Secrets tutorial).  This looks super easy.  For less easy but with some serious wow factor, check out Bromeliad's tutorial on how to create a bib necklace from vintage pins.

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