Curious and Catcat

Monday, July 28

Espadrilles: Summer For Your Feet!

So in case your wondering why I'm talking about summer shoes now, while you're already shopping coats and boots - I'll have to tell you that I've not given up on summer yet, and that some trends (or all trends) need some time to creep up on me. And now that I'm finally in love with espadrilles and also because I feel like I know them all by now (from work), I put together some of my favorites for you!

What I like most about espadrilles is that they come in so many different colors, patterns and materials, there's a pair for everyone and for every occasion. And they're flat. Totally lazy and comfy. It's no secret I'm a sucker for lazy and comfy. Ha! I'd wear a pair of statement espadrilles (neon, studded, sequins) with a simple jeans and airy blouse or shirt basically every day of summer!
From the top clockwise: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Thursday, July 24

Strawberry & Cherry Picking

We went strawberry and cherry picking last week with the best weather we could wish for. You'd think we'd have enough harvesting to do in our own garden! But we were only always picking vegetables, so fruit is a completely different matter, right? We had so much fun! And oh the colors! Now we can add strawberry-vanilla jams to our pantry. Yum! Sadly the cherries didn't last long enough to be made into jam. I'm very serious when it comes to cherry annihilation. Very serious.

Saturday, July 5

Golden Hour Gardening

We ran a little late with our weekly visit to the garden and were lucky to take a few pictures in the golden hour. The green stuff in my hands is our last harvest of arugula. I'm not very sorry about that, though. We're harvesting so much at the moment, we had to get a new freezer to be able to store it all and I've been really working on my housewife qualities spending my free time preserving stuff and making jams. I have to admit it feels great to see the shelves filling with preserved food.

Saturday, June 28

Statement necklace with

Time for another statement necklace! This time I cooperated with, a very cool shop for leather cords and stuff. The shop has a wide range of leather cords and bands in aaaall the colors of the rainbow, in neon, metallic, pastels, really everything you can imagine. I was hooked the minute I sat eyes upon their shop and had such a hard time deciding!
After a lot of thinking, sketching and drooling over various leather cords I knew I’d never own (at least for now…) I ordered a round braided leather cord (ArtNr.:23280) in purple, a round stitched Nappa cord in neon pink (ArtNr.:14220), a high quality leather cord in turquoise metallic (ArtNr.:44465), a flat leather strap 15x2,5mm in black(ArtNr.:17600), 15m suede leather lace in turquoise (ArtNr.:50756) and a little assortment of jewelry supplies (ArtNr.:87021, 87112, 87102, 89065, 87108).
I was so excited when the package arrived! The leather cords all seemed to be very good quality - as far as I can tell. And the colors! I was itching to start creating something very very cool with my new supplies (Lucky me. I made a sketch.).
For the necklace I used all supplies listed above except the black strap (I have something planned for that one, too) and added a golden chain, thin brass wire, jewelry glue and a few bigger jump rings from my own stock. In the picture above, I was loosely putting the "base" together to see if the actual necklace would be anything like the sketch (It was!).
I used the thin brass wire to combine the cold chain with the braided leather cord. The neon cord is attached with the bigger jump rings from my own stock. They fit perfectly so the cord is secured without being squashed in places.
After that I added three tassels (suede leather lace pieces glued into end cups) and the end cups to the braided cord. I glued two pieces of the turquoise metallic cord to the closure, two end caps to the other ends and connected it with the base with small jump rings.
That's it. Have a look at the finished statement necklace!
This was a really fun project! I had the feeling that my accessories lacked some color for a while now and I'm glad that's out of the world now. The thing even looks expensive! Ha! I love it.
And if you were wondering: Yeah, that's the kitchen in the background there. It was the only room with nearly enough light when we were taking the pictures. My bad. You focus on the necklace!

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