I have never been extremely materialistic. Given my budget and free time to actually go shopping, I have always found ways to find unique pieces for less and make them look like the real thing. Antique shops and thrift stores are always go-to’s for me. I also shop small online through different boutiques.
However, I’ve never been a fan of spending an insane amount of money on something that can undoubtedly be made with my own two hands. This concept contradicts my obsession with turquoise. Yes, those little blue stones are worth more than diamonds in my eyes.
I decided to start creating my own Santa Fe-inspired jewelry rather than missing another months worth of rent to buy another necklace. I have yet to master the art of silver work, but I know a guy or two. I did, however, stumble upon the turquoise honey hole
in the form of a gentleman who frequents trade days in Tucson, AZ. He provides whole sale for gals like me who have a relatively unhealthy addiction to blue shiny stuff.
The necklaces below are all handmade by me. The two long strands with heishi beads are my personal favorite. The chunkier the better, and many more to come! The leather twisted necklace was inspired by a piece I saw at a trade show recently. Lucky for me, my fiance tools leather so you can bet there was buck stitch and leather lace laying around the shop in mass quantities (he still doesn’t know “where he put it”…ha) and thanks to the fact that I’m a klutz of the highest degree, I have more broken jewelry than intact jewelry. If I didn’t re-purpose the things that I break, my bank account would be shot.
This is an every-day look for me, just about. I love to dress up, don’t get me wrong. But I try to focus more on what makes me comfortable and happy. Plus, I sell the jewelry I make, so these are great conversation starters for me! You gotta promote yourself, ya know? It’s okay to be flattered when people compliment you. What you wear says a lot about who you are, it’s how we express ourselves.
Necklaces: Handmade by yours truly
Bells: Lil’ Bee’s Bohemian
Tee: Vaquera Style