Significance of the Name

My Blog’s name is a tribute to my Dad & my Husband. My Dad because he used to sing the song to me, "How 'd You Like to Swing on a Star?" It's about reaching for your dreams, you can stay where you are & be safe OR YOU CAN SWING ON STAR. Stars also refer to a difficult night just after my husband died. I was talking to him (I often do.) & said how I missed his "I Love You's". That night he gave me a dream... a gorgeous, bright blue night sky filled with thousands of stars, in the middle the stars formed an "I LOVE YOU"....such a gift on so many levels.

So "follow your own path, & don't worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest”

Saturday, October 1, 2011

If you can't afford the Latest Trends, maybe we can make them ourselves

The week before last I was checking out the fall fashions at a J. Crew Store.
 On my way out I grabbed a catalog and saw these bangles....LOVED THEM. 
So sorry for the condition of the picture, it was in my purse for a few days!! 
OK...they ranged in price from $45.00 to $118.00. My budget screamed no way Shari, just sigh and move on. However my creative side said I bet I can make my own version myself!
I had a pile of bangles I had been buying at flea markets, 
thinking I would use them some day.
I painted and added vintage flea market jewelry finds that I collect.
This is my after:

I spray-painted them various metallic shades of shiny silver, black, satin silver and bronze. Do several coats and then polyurethane making sure each coat is dry. You can alway sand out a drip and repaint if needed.
It was so fun matching up all the flea market vintage jewelry pieces I've been collecting over the years, taking some apart to suit my needs. I used E 6000 glue to adhere them.

The first one is one of my favs. I loved the old vintage pin I used. I added a portion of a vintage dangle earring that I put in the center because I wanted movement.
Here are some of the others.....

 This is from a rejected piece of jewelry, not vintage, but so spectacular. Wore this just to see the responses the other night when my daughter and I went to see "Wicked".....received great reviews!
 This is from to silver colored earrings and is my other favorite.
 Still deciding if I want to part with it!

 This leaf was from a pin that had several layers of leaves. Love this antique silver look.
I believe since this one is so simple it will look good layered with other bracelets!

One of my favorite blogs, A Gift Wrapped Life discusses the trendy use of layered bracelets this season
on this, one of several posts on the subject:

So sometimes when things seem not to be in your budget you can be creative and make your own version.


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  1. Shari these are fabulous...I like them better than the JCrew ones. You are so damn creative...sigh and double sigh.... :-)

  2. these are GORGEOUS. I want one! :)

  3. I LOVE that you have recycled (or upcycled) into something very beautiful. =)

  4. Love these! What a fabulous ideas!!! Thanks for the great idea!

  5. love it! found you via craftomaniac!

    hope you'll enter my giveaway:


  6. did a fabulous job and look at all the bangles you have now. I am totally impressed! XO

  7. I love these, the colors are perfect for Halloween parties but you could wear them year round too. So pretty!

  8. ahh I love these! They are so trendy and cute!

  9. Fabulous!! I found your blog thru Pinterest and love the bracelets you created much more than the JCrew ones :)

  10. What I love about blogging is ... you never know who you'll meet or where you'll find them. I actually found you through an Italian blog where one of your jewelry photos is featured and I'm now a follwer. You can find your picture on the Italian blog at (but maybe you already know).

  11. Wow I love these, I would buy the leaf one and the one made from the silver earrings in a heartbeat! Better than the J Crew ones :)

    1. Thanks so much Alexi. They were all sold in like 24 hours after I listed them. That was a first for me. Thanks so much for stopping by, Shari