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Saturday, January 17, 2009

First Shipment

This is the first pendant to go out of the doors for this year from Mimi-Toria's new collection of jewelry. Many of you know that I had been designing jewelry for 10 years and than took a break for a couple of years, just now getting back into the design business again. Thus to celebrate my new venture, I wanted this first purchase out the door to be a memorable one.
I started with a lot of recycled products. Since I'm an active contributor on Junk Market Site, one always trys to use recyclable when possible. I'm reusing a plain white neckalce box, misc. jar of vintage buttons, vintage seam binding in black, repurposed taupe ribbon, newspaper print for the stars, 2 chipboard stars as well as the letter "A" for Ann the purchaser. I had saved this cool black/white stripe tissue paper from a clothing purchase my daughter made at a cool store in the Mall of America. It was perfect for this project.

Starting with the box top, tissue paper and trusty strong glue stick I measured approxiamately the size of tissue paper I needed to cover the box top and down into the sides of the top of the box. I glued the top down first, and than carefully worked out any creases and went along the opposite sides next. I cut the edges as needed and kind of used upholstering style techniques with a mix of gift wrapping to complete the top and bottoms of the box.

This shows the box with all of the tissue attached to both the top and bottom portions of the box. Note that if you attach the tissue paper neatly down into the sides it really gives the box a clean and neat look. Shown here with the pendant Ann had chosen to purchase.

The next thing I did was to measure the ribbons. I attached the black vintage ribbon onto the tan colored ribbon with the glue stick and than attached them both with the glue stick directly to the top portion of the box while centering it. I also glued the edges down inside the box for a tidy look.

I chose to embellish the box with personalizing it with items that I knew would be significant to the Ann. I wanted a little white fluff to go up against the ribbon, so that the stars would be showcased and I found this with the small piece of leftover piece of feathers that I attached. I chose the chipboard stars, as I know that Ann has a fondness for stars and that is what attracted her initially to the star pendant she purchased from me. I printed some newspaper print off of the computer, as I had already recycled all of last weeks papers, so didn't have any original newspaper left in the house. Next time I would use newspaper for the chipboard. I just chose to use the grey chipboard as is to layer on top of the newspaper print star. On the bottom right I attached a recently purchased black letter "A" to represent Ann's name. I hope she likes this!


  1. Congratulations Gretchen!! on your second, first necklace. wink. It is fun to read about you here and there once in awhile.

  2. Love my necklace and the beautiful box it came in. Ann

  3. How could anyone not love both the necklace and the box? What a nice touch!


  4. This is still my favorite, I ware this necklace alot. Thanks again!


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