Embellish The Runway, Project Accessory edition

I'm trying hard to keep up with the Embellish the Runway, Accessory edition (Flickr group)but they just ran the third episode and I've only now finished my stuff for the first challenge.   The challenge itself was to root through a storage locker and find enough material to make a necklace, a belt, and an object of the maker's choice to jazz up a white tee and a pair of jeans.  Adapting the challenge, I spent a few minutes in a local thrift store and came up with this stuff:

Then I made this stuff with it:

Time's disappearing faster than usual, and I'm moving at the speed of evolution here, but I really want to keep with it.

Embellish the Runway is an open group on Flickr and anyone can join - c'mon!  It's fun!  Even if it does take me  forever to get these challenges done, I'm in there sluggin'.

Maybe more later.


Bookman's Holiday

For our annual fall vacation, we chose to stick around and get some things taken care of around the book store.  Major shelving, cleaning, some plumbing work, getting the heat turned on, that sort of thing.  More importantly, we decided to go on a Santa Fe Thrift Store buying spree to replenish the stock.  We rented a mid-sized SUV for comfort, and were instantly confounded by the technology.  Understand, the youngest vehicle we've ever driven is our little '85 Toyota Tercel hatchback.  We couldn't get the freaky "keyless locks" to work for a start.  And it kinda went downhill from there.  The drive was super comfy, though, and we went there and back again safely, quickly and successfully - we visited 6 charity shops, bought almost 300 books and had a late lunch at the Santa Fe Outlet Mall - there's a delicious little French-themed place there called Cafe Vingt Cinq - the special of the day was a wonderful chicken fillet sammich with avocado, pesto, and fresh greens on a freshly baked chunk of bread with a side of jacket fries.  Soooooo tasty.  But I digress.  The vehicle.  It was as big as a damned cabin cruiser.  We had some white-knuckling in every parking lot.  AND two days' rental - with a gas fill-up and their insurance - was almost $200.  An interesting and educational experience.

I have now had my current cold for just over two weeks.  I'm becoming quite attached to it.  In the bad way.

About the Embellish the Runway Flickr challenge - you can see what we did here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/etr/ - I fell way behind, but at last I'm finished.  Here's some pics of what I've made since the last posting:

This necklace was loosely inspired by the winning look for Episode 7:

This was inspired by Viktor's win from Episode 8:

This was inspired by Viktor's winning look from Episode 9:

 This piece was inspired by Bert's win from Episode 10:

For Episode 11, we decided to choose our own inspirational bird.  I went with the raven:

 You can see the inspiration picture above for the mini-collection win from Episode 12.

 This was my offering for the finale (Episodes 13/14).
  Glad that's over.

Now we're busy with Project Accessory.  I just managed to watch the first two episodes all the way through, but I had a general idea of what was up for the first challenge.  And no, I haven't pulled it together yet.  Shouldn't take long - maybe that's why I'm dragging on it.

Well, more later - probably much later - as always.