Knock it Off! Anthropologie’s Vaqunnon Earrings

So speaking of earrings, let’s talk about my pregnancy retardation, bless my heart.

I mentioned the other day that I was sewing a swimsuit for my little girlie. Well, I was working on it last night, and it was rolling along like a tumbleweed.  I was having a lot of fun actually, with thoughts of her birthday and summer swimming and baby names dancing in my head. I come to the last leg opening and realize I’m like 4 inches short of swimsuit elastic. NUTS. So I have put this super-cute-and-going-so-well project on hold. I hate putting super-cute-and-going-so-well projects on hold. So I’m thinking, thinking….everything is closed right now. Maybe I’ll zip up to Hancock’s tomorrow to get some. I need lots of things at Hancock’s, but the dang it, the sale for those things doesn’t begin until Thursday, so really, I should wait until then to go. So I should delay the super-cute-and-going-so-well project TWO DAYS. Can I do it? Nope. I decide tonight that I’ll just swing by TwinkleAnn’s.

In the parking lot I mentally make a list of things I want to check out: doilies, princess dress patterns, perle cotton thread, porcelaine paint markers, clearance section for those cool lampshades I saw, princess dress fabric, and of course, swimsuit elastic. I spent almost an hour and a half taking my time perusing the goods. Allan was home putting the kids to bed, so I just enjoyed my freedom and shuffled around quite at my leisure. I check out, get in my car, and head home. Not a single alarm went off in my head until I turned the corner of my street and realized that I’d FORGOTTEN the swimsuit elastic. Plum FORGOT the whole ding-dang-billy-be-hanged reason I went there in the first place. Of course it was a pretty inconsequential anecdote, and probably not worth the two paragraphs I spent telling you about it, but even so it’s a tiny snapshot of my life right now as a severly handicapped expectant mother.

About the earrings. I really liked these earrings, and I think my version is a pretty close knock off, but I have to admit they’re a little too Bling Razzily Pop for me. They’re really long. I’m not sure if I’ll really wear them.

Here’s my version: I had all the stuff, but I don’t know, they probably would cost a like $5 bucks to make if you had to go out and buy all the supplies at once. mad mim jewelry_vahqunnon earrings_1

and here’s theirs at $238
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and mine again just in case you’re too lazy to scroll up mad mim jewelry_vahqunnon earrings_2

They’re paper beads again, except I made them tube shaped rather than cone shaped. All those little metal loopies took forever.  I don’t really have any more to say about them.

So question. Do you think of madmim as a sewing blog? Does it bug you when I have a ton of other crafts like a whole slew of paper bead jewelry projects? I think some of my readers subscribed to my blog thinking it was strictly sewing, and so in some ways I feel like I duped them, and straying from the needle is wasting their time in some way. Of course that’s silly, cause nobody will read anything that doesn’t interest them, but…do you know what I mean?

28 Comments

Hind Luby

I’m a novice and self taught sewer and am learning a lot from you! I actually stumbled upon your blog through your dresser restyle at project restyle and I love to see all types of creative projects! Keep on doing whatever
inspires you and I hope you are feeling well with your pregnancy:)

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Dara

Hello, In response to your question, I think of your blog as an awesome one and not just a sewing blog. I speak for at least 3 girls at my work when I say we love all your cool projects and you inspire us to try new things in all kinds of crafty arenas.

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Haley

Mim, those earrings looks so good, seriously I can’t believe those cost 238, crazy! Also I love your maternity shirt, it looks great and you look fabulous. I can’t believe you are down to the final stretch. Can’t wait!
I love the crafts, they are my favorite to read about since I don’t sew. 🙂

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Amy

Hey! I usually just stalk your blog but wanted to jump in and say that any craftiness from you is awesome (and it’s in your blog title “Sewing and other craftiness”)! And always wanted to put my 2 cents in about my love of natural childbirth, too. In fact, I took Hypnobabies in Provo years ago with my 1st. Now I’m in Japan and super-newly pregnant with my 3rd, so we’ll see how they go for the hypnosis birth here. Can’t wait to try out your maternity refashions!!

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Miriam

Wow, Japan! I just had so much fun peeking in on you at your blog. From what I’ve read, Japan has awesome maternity care, and that most women deliver with midwives, and many at home–is that true?! I’m sure it will be an awesome experience. Good luck with your pregnancy, and thanks for commenting!

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YAM B Fan

I love that you blog all the stuff on your creative journey. Keep ’em rollin’ . . .

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YAM B Fan

p.p.s. My favorite part was that you didn’t make me scroll back up, because yes, I wanted a second look.

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Erika

I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now (you hooked me with your t-shirt tutorial, and kept me with all the rest), and I am absolutely not bugged when you post other crafty things. I think that most people who sew are generally DIYers anyway, so we love to see sewing, reupholstery, and jewelry all chillin’ together on an awesome blog.

Just wear these earrings with your hair down and they won’t feel so crazy crazy long, and they’ll play with your hair in cool (hopefully not tangly) ways. I think they’re beautiful!

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Miriam

Erika thanks for the sweet comment, and hair tip–I think you’re probably exactly right! I’m pumped to try it!

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Heidi T.

I love these! I’m going to try to make my own version of this. I was looking through your other DIY posts and damn, you’re really good at this! 😀

Visit my blog, too. Thanks. 🙂

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Kim Jaspers

The earrings are really great! I just bought a “lot” of beads, old jewelry, etc. to use in other crafts… maybe I will make a pair of these for myself. Also enjoyed the paper bead post ~ you do some cool stuff here!

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Shellie

Where have you been all of my craft life?? Just discovered you tonight and I’m sure I’ll be coming back!!

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Jameece McLaren

I actually came here looking for paper craft ideas, so no, I don;t feel duped because I was looking for a sewing blog. Last time I tried to sew something more than reattaching a lost button, I ended up with a sewing machine needle THROUGH my thumbnail. Please, more paper beadcraft…

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Beverly

You need to crop your pictures tighter for best results.
Otherwise I can copy and knock off your ideas without redoing everything. LOL
I’m saving them for my own use for later.

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Mama Mary

Love all the things you post!!! You keep things fresh by mixing up all the things you do.. Never change, Dear Mim, never, ever change!!!

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Miriam

Thank you Mary, what a sweet thing to say, it’s made my night! Thank you for taking the time to say such a kind thing!

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Cynthia

I have only checked out your beading tutorials and I love them… the paperbeads my favorite… the triagle anthro knock offs my absolute favorite… Im gather my supplies now… and trying my hand at making them… Love them… your version I think was my pick over Anthr… and not just because of the price difference…keep up the great ideas…

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Fanny Fennell

Soy aficionada a las paper beads y me gustó muchísimo su Tutoriales. Es “pura vida”. Saludos desde Costa Rica.

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Patricia Reiners

Hello, enjoyed seeing all you’re paper bead jewelry, made some paper beads myself awhile back and this gives me an idea how I can use them, I covered a paper cup with the beads and used some to decorate a picture frame

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