For those of you who have sadly not had the pleasure of discovering Maddie’s world over at OMG yet, I demand you go HERE right now and take a little look around. She shares everything from anecdotes to fashion tips to cool, crafty stuff and everything in between. She constantly inspires me and I could not feel any luckier to have her as my fellow creative, glitter-loving blogger soulmate! If only you guys could read some of the emails we write back and forth!! Hah I just love her fearless, uninhibited, engaging style and know all of you will love her, too.
So without any further ado, I give you over to Madeline!
Hi Friends of Love Colorful! It’s Madeline here from OH MY GEMINI.. a place that is my world of style, tufted, glitter, diy, awkward (just like, in general), funny stories, everything having to do with my two poodles… and anything that falls between any of the random, aforementioned categories… I am shaking-in-my-boots-excited to be here on Love Colorful. It is a serious treat and I can’t wait to share with you what I’ve made for my dear friend :)
The idea was that Jess and I would design and create friendship bracelets to be featured on each other’s blog. awesome. Jessica got a head start and shared her bracelets with me during one of our inspiration outings (at IKEA.. I’ll touch upon that later), at which point I sort of fainted… like, fell out of my seat on to the floor. Not really, but in my head I did. They were so intricate.. so beautiful… so .. TINY. Every little stitch was completed with multitudes of care and crazy attention to detail. AND THEN- she embellished them with all sorts of awesome ish! wahh! Basically, Jessica is like the cat’s meow of friendship bracelets, and everything else.. but you already knew that.
Just to note, whilst at IKEA, I made a crazy impulse buy. Just a bed frame. that’s all. It was this really great shabby-chic bed frame that I just decided the night before I had to have.. and then I drove my small-ish car to IKEA, just assuming it would fit. Your girl, Jessica… super. star. to. the. max. degree… She helped me hoist heavy boxes off of shelves onto my cart, then through my trunk, behind my seats, on my roof.. ’til we figured it out.. you get the point. She saved my IKEA life, and for that, and her sweet friendship, I am eternally grateful. My friendship bracelets for Jessica were going to be the bees knees.. and there was no question.
I made a date with some embroidery thread, tape, beads, and my counter. Oh, yes, and google. I figured I would simply channel my 8 year old, lanyard weaving, camp-going, self.. but when my multiple attempts at maneuvering tiny threads into awesome chevrons failed miserably I went to plan B. aka, my boyfriend Jordan. The scary part is that when I turned to him, frustrated, demanding that he weave my friendship bracelets he just sort of went for it. I was joking when I asked.. but, there he was, leaving his coding work by the wayside, and instead, looping, twirling, twisting and knotting the most beautiful creations I have ever seen. I mean, perfect stitches. scary. perfect. stitches. I was 40% pissed that he picked it up so gracefully, 20% annoyed that I had given up, 10% confused at the overall scene happening at my kitchen counter, and the rest of the percent (too lazy), feeling like a hoax. I put my hand over his nimble fingers, mid-stitch, and said, “stop. This isn’t right.” I was going to have to do this myself.. as apposed to hiding behind Jordan’s embroidery thread bracelet-making talents. I decided to abandon google, shed the thread, and move up to my office with my oodles of random materials and supplies. This was going to be a series of friendship bracelets like nobody has ever seen. These were for a special, colorful gal and these were going to be, OMG, made with LOVE. I think I blacked out, and when I came to, I had a stack of bracelets in front of me with a combination of ingredients ranging from tulle, pink chain, multi-colored tassel, disco ball toggle, vintage charms, antique trim, and some seriously large lobster clasps. Around me were spools of colorful tulle and jump rings, handfuls of disconnected vintage jewelry (which i love to up-cycle), and balls of tangled embroidery thread. Ok That’s more like it. sigh. I did it!
Jess- how you pulled off your intricately, perfectly stitched & embellished bracelets, one will never know.. but I CANNOT wait to wear them with pride, and maybe even pretend that I, myself, stitched them. just kidding I’d never do that. well, maybe just one.
Thank you to the moon and back for introducing me to your lovely audience, for your friendship, for your time, for these charming bracelets, and for all that’s to come. I am LOVE COLORFUL pumped!
OMG + LOVE COLORFUL = insert rotating glitter heart that pops out of screen and hugs readers a million times.
See? Aren’t those absolutely fantastic?! So creative and unique – I’m loving all the different materials she used! That super colorful tassel?? Um, hello? LOVE IT! (If you want to check out the bracelets I made for Madeline, check ’em out here!)
And don’t worry, we have a lot more fun stuff planned in the works that puts our two crazy minds together, so this won’t be the last time you see some OMG goodness up in here. :)