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Guest Post: Tamara’s DIY Anthropologie Verveine Necklace Tutorial

A while back, one of my super talented readers named Tamara mentioned she was working on a DIY project at home, her own version of Anthropologie’s Verveine Necklace. I am a proud owner of this necklace and let me just state for the record that if I ever lose it, I will cry like a baby for days, weeks even. Here’s me sportin’ it in a coupla outfits:


My Verveine in action with the Decade by Decade Skirt and Scalloped Buttondown.

And here again with the Million Pleats Midi Skirt.

So, when I read Tamara’s comment that she was working on a little somethin’-somethin’ for herself, I thought I’d weasel in and ask if she wouldn’t mind doing a guest post on it.  Happily, she obliged, and the rest is history! Please give Tamara a warm welcome, and hopefully you get bitten by the DIY bug today.

Take it away, Tamara!

Step 1: Gather Supplies

Supplies Needed

You’ll need:

–       small pliers/wire cutters (mine are Craftsman brand, from my husband’s tools- he just thinks they’re still his)

–       beading wire (7 strand bead stringing wire is what I used)

–       crimp beads

–       various beads in different sizes

–       flower pendants or charms

–       6-8 inch length of chain

–       cording strand (mine is 18”)

–       head pins (not pictured)

–       jump rings (not pictured)

Note: these all come in various metal finishes (silver, gold, brass/antique gold, etc), just pick what you like. I have these all in silver because that is what I use the most.

Step 2: Attach all of the non-adjustable pieces together. I joined the cording to the flowers and the chain before doing anything else, to get a sense of the finished length.

Step 3: Cut a length of wire, about 3 inches longer than you think you want it (it’s better to be too long than too short). Add a crimp bead and loop the wire back through it. Then crimp the bead with the pliers (just smoosh it till it’s flat on the wire). Add the beads and check the length by comparing it to the necklace base that you already put together. Repeat for all of the bead strands you want.

Step 4: Lay out the necklace for a final check.

Step 5: Use the head pins and various beads to make the bead cluster that goes on the opposite side of the flowers. Add bead to pin, cut off the wire about 1/4” above the bead and loop it around the pliers until closed. Repeat for the desired beads.

Step 6: Use a jump ring and attach all ends together. To open and close the jump ring, use the pliers and twist the ends to the sides, do not pull it open (if that makes sense). On the side without the flowers, I put the single beads for the cluster and all of the beaded strands together on one jump ring. It was kind of crowded and hard to close, but I liked how it looked all together.

Note: You can add a clasp in if you want, just attach with jump rings. My necklace is long enough to slip over my head, so a clasp was not necessary.

Step 7: Wear and enjoy!

Sources: Michaels: Vintage Groove by Making Memories- pendant brown leather flower, pendant beaded flower, silver chain strand; Bead Landing- clear round faceted large beads, cording strand; Blue Moon Beads- crimp beads, head pins; Beadalon- bead stringing wire.

Local bead shop: small brown faceted beads, medium smooth white beads, miscellaneous beads and rhinestone beads for cluster.

A MILLION THANK YOU’S, Tamara!! I’m all sorts of inspired now, Michael’s coupons in hand. If you need me this weekend, you can find me snipping wire and playing with beads. :)

Where will you be?

xoxo Molly


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Disappearing Act

Ebay did it again. She was there for me in my hour of need. This skirt I so foolishly let slip by last year….

Wearing: Skirt- Anthropologie Decade by Decade, Top- Anthropologie Scalloped Buttondown, Belt-Ann Taylor, Shoes- Sam Edelman Yelena, Necklace – Anthropologie Verveine Necklace

…Is finally mine. The A-line silhouette on this Decade Duchess is SICK, (meaning #3). I love me a bold A-line, especially when it kisses my knees when I sit. That’s why I’ve been a bit bummed by the disappearing act they’ve pulled. Anyone else mourning the lack of great A-line offerings as of late? I for sure am. Throw us a bone, Anthro!

Aside from my A-line thoughts, I wanted to thank you for your sweet comments and well wishes for Mr. Banks. Great news…the Bankster is full throttle once again, crawling everywhere, happy as ever. I really appreciated your concern and commiserations.

Apologies for being a bit silent on replies to comments this week. I’ve been family reunioning out of state. Drama, fun, sun, and sleep deprivation. Oh…and awesome ziplines too. A blast has been had for sure. I’ve read every comment and thank you sincerely for taking the time to do so. I’ll be responding to as many as time allows this weekend. Thanks again!

Happy Saturday to you all!
Xoxo Molly


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Last Friday Night….My Ear Drums Danced.

MacGyver did a good thing, Ladies.

He wooed me with music.

The music of Iron and Wine, to be exact.

This past Friday night, my ear drums danced with delight. Sam Beam is a singing genius. The really cool part is that it was a benefit concert for the Midwives Alliance of North America, and Mercy in Action. Mr. Beam has done this concert every year for the past 4 years.  Cool as all get-out, right?! Midwives are near and dear to my heart, as all of my children have been born with their assistance and love, so it was doubly cool to be able to attend.  Check out the Mercy in Action peeps and the amazing things they’re doing in the Phillipines.

Thank you much, Mr. Beam, for being so darn awesome.

Sorry for the blurry photo. This pic was taken outside the Paramount Theatre after the show.  MacGyver did his best.

Wearing: Dress-Anthropologie Verdant Slip Dress, Shirt-J.Crew Buffalo Check, Slip-Vintage Hem, Shoes-Sam Edelman Yelena, Earrings-Anthropologie

As far as what I wore….I wanted a little elegant, a little funky, and a bit laid back all at the same time.  Gotta say, I absolutely love how this outfit turned out. And I’m fully 100%, crazy addicted to my latest Endless.com purchase:

Sam Edelman Yelena – regular price: $134.95. These were on sale at Endless for $99, plus an additional 20% off promotion. S-e-x-y!!

It was such a great night, I’ve decided we need to take advantage of our proximity to Austin for the next 2 years and devour it’s music scene.  MacGyver needs no encouragement.  He’s an avid concert-goer. Ever since high school, in fact. (He once got kicked out of a Cranberries concert for jumping on stage, the rebel). He makes the jaunt up to Austin quite frequently for his own ear drum enjoyment, and will be one of the masses at Austin City Limits this year (he’s so stoked).

I should specify that Mr. Beam’s concert style was right up my alley; I’m not much for mosh-pitting, having my Anthro dresses reek of second-hand pot, and getting all my toes stepped on, thank you very much. Smaller venues, air conditioning, and getting frocked up for the night….now we’re talkin’!

Any ear drum dancing parties in your life lately? Or a fun event to break out an Anthro piece? Lay it on me.

xoxo Molly


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