Copycat

I always accuse my mom of being a copycat when we go out to eat.
Why?
She always makes me order first, and no matter what I get, she says, “I’ll have the same thing.”
Silly momma!
But now I’m the one who’s being a copycat.
I recently shared with you my newfound love of Pinterest, and it’s growing stronger by the day.  In the past week, I’ve made three projects directly inspired by things I’ve pinned.
The first was Noah’s button monogram for his new room.  The second was my first attempt at an Anthro knockoff necklace.  And now, here’s the third.
It’s another Anthro-inspired necklace.  I actually saw another copycat version first on Flamingo Toes.
Here’s the original Anthropologie necklace, which is priced at $48.
Here’s the Flamingo Toes verison:
And…here’s mine!
I made a few changes to the design; one was that I added two extra beads on the short strand so that I could incorporate more colors.  I also changed the color scheme to fit my own wardrobe.  I tend to have lots of magentas, turquoises, and purples, so I wanted my necklace to match those shades.  And I used all round beads, mostly because that was what I had, but I also tend to favor uniformity.  {It took all my self-control to keep from putting the colored beads in rainbow order or a particular pattern.}  I do think it would be fun to make another using a variety of shapes like the original.
It was pretty simple, I just used two strands of stringing wire and placed 2″ worth of silver beads in between each colored bead.  The ends of the two strands are attached to jump rings with crimp beads, and there’s a piece of chain attached in the back.  It is long enough to go over my head, so I didn’t bother with a clasp, although I may add one later to make the length adjustable.  Flamingo Toes has a fabulous step by step tutorial if you want to make your own.
Here’s how it looked when I wore it on my hot date with hubby last night…dinner and dancing!  It even worked well for all of the dances except the hustle when it flew back over my shoulder.

All in all, it probably cost me about $6-7 bucks.  The colored beads were around $2, the round silver beads were about $4, and the long silver beads were a score from a yard sale, mixed in with a bunch of other beads.  The chain in the back was a piece of a broken necklace.  Much better than $48, wouldn’t you say?
Meanwhile, Little Crafter has been busy too.  When he’s not jumping on his new big boy bed, he’s busy with arts and crafts of his own.  Most recently, we’ve been learning about the fruit of the Spirit, starting with love.  His project was to make a card for our friend Ms. Tricia, who is deployed to Iraq to assist with bringing troops home.  I pulled up her picture on the laptop so he could ‘see’ her while he worked.
At one point, he leaned over and kissed her picture. :)   But what really got me was when he took the two angel stickers {to the left of the purple smiley his thumb is on} and put them on, saying, “They will pwotect Miss Twicia and watch over her.”  Yes, sweet boy, angels will protect her indeed.

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6 comments on Copycat

  1. Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com
    July 12, 2011 at 2:35 AM (3 years ago)

    Amy your necklace turned out so great!! I love the added beads – they look really pretty. And it looks great with your black dress!
    Thanks so much for letting me know you made it – and for the shoutout in your post! :)

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  2. The Tame Lion
    July 12, 2011 at 3:44 AM (3 years ago)

    Simply gorgeous! Ravishing!
    Truly inspiring!!

    P.S. Seriously, your mom and mine have something in common. ;P

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  3. Janelle
    July 12, 2011 at 9:46 AM (3 years ago)

    My mom does the same thing… only she does it with clothes when we go shopping :-/ Love the necklace! And Noah is really really sweet! :)

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  4. Simply Smith
    July 12, 2011 at 2:07 PM (3 years ago)

    I love your copy cat pieces! They look great!!!

    Kelly

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  5. Charisa
    July 12, 2011 at 5:25 PM (3 years ago)

    Found your blog through Crayon Freckles – what a great necklace!

    I’m enjoying your blog – I’m your newest follower!

    Reply
  6. June Scott
    July 13, 2011 at 5:47 PM (3 years ago)

    Beautiful necklace, Amy! Your little boy is super-sweet :)

    Reply

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