Sunday, June 15, 2008

The "Manlace"

Happy Fathers Day to all of the good daddies out there - may it be filled with Big Food and lots of love from your personal fan club today!
My husband got a Manlace as one of his gifts - I about killed myself trying to make it Manly enough for him to actually wear it and the good news is he actually did - Yay! I was wondering about mid-point what had possessed me to even start , since he's really not a jewelry-wearin' kind of guy.
The finished product here is not what I started out with though - that got voted down by his friend DJ as being too foofoo. I didn't think it was , but o well. I had wrapped some wire around the tags (manly) and strung some spacer beads (very plain ones , tiny little silver balls with some bali spacers) and made about ten double eyepins with slightly larger versions of the same thing to hang the dogtags off of. I only needed two , but I was too retarded to read my own measurements , so I made several. The good news is I was working with Plain and Manly wire - very cost effective as it turns out.
Anyway. So when D stopped by , I asked if he thought it was manly enough and he said no way nice try but a swing and a miss. But he then followed up by asking Dan where his tackle box was (luv D , he was totally feelin me) and brought me back spinners , which replaced the eyepins and I was Really jazzed because that was exactly the Manly slash Cute (shh) little accoutrement I wanted in the first place! And the fact that D can do this with absolutely no coaching from me just impresses me to no end. I mean really - very cool. Perhaps if he's very Very good , I will let him come make more jewelry with me. He's either got mad skills or latent tendencies - not sure which yet but we'll hammer that out later. It'll be fun for me and that's the important thing.
So there you have it - spinners , dog tags and washers - Manly. If the utterly adorable boychild is a little questionable - too bad , lol. You brought it on yourself , darlin'.
Happy Father's Day!

28 comments:

Christy said...

Kim this is amazing. Wow, is all I can say. And the spinners are just the perfect touch. Plus I really love the photos and yea, he can't say much about that adorable man child now can he :)

MizCarla said...

Kim you are Brilliant! I love your manlace (adorable name for it)! I'm so happy your guy loves it and is wearing it.

oxos

Lori said...

fabulous manlace!!! i love it and so glad that your hubby liked it too:)

Mary S Hunt said...

these are terrrriffic!

Kim said...

Oh Kim, this is terrific! Really good stuff! And who could resist that amazingly cute little guy? Good on you!

christine said...

Fabulous, Kimmmmm! And love the name you came up with -- someone should buy that from you!

Studio Panorama said...

Kim, the child is too adorable for words. The manlace is just *triple arm pump* manly, and the spinners are simply inspired.
Bev

Karen said...

VERY KEWL!! Wonderful creation Kim!

Cyndi - Dreams Unltd said...

Love, love, love it! Great job, and love the pictures.

Cyndi - Dreams Unltd

Viola said...

It`s a wonderful piece, Kim! Fabulous work as always! :o)

Linda Manning Findley said...

LOVE your man lace .... such a super idea .... Linda F

Sue Farace said...

They are amazing. The creative process is such a wonderful, ever evoloving thing. My son has creative ideas like that but still to "cool" to completely explore them. Congrats go to your hubbys friend for thinking outside the box!

Sue.
www.suefarace.blogspot.com

Aileen said...

Kim you did an awesome job and it looks very masculine. Very cool!
Thanks for sharing!

Inka said...

What a amazing piece of art as well as great guy gift!

momto6 said...

Kim - this is great! Wonderful work and an absolutely handsome gift. - Nicki

Janet said...

You hit the "nail" on the head. This is wonderful.

rebecca woodward said...

You go girl! This is awesome, incredibly creative and to-die-for!

One of my fondest shopping memories was accompanying my hubby to the tackle store. You can really score with chachka's and findings. Hmmm...wonder where I put those little tidbits???

Really Kim, this is a wonderful token of love for your man. Thanks for sharing.

Kim said...

Thanks for visiting Kim, no I don't have plans yet, but I am sure I will come up with something!

Debby said...

Kim this is a fabulous, amazing piece. I love the manlace bit. You always bring a smile to my face with your art.
Debby

Rein said...

Fabulous!!

Moonwillow said...

Oh my you are such a clever girl, I love it! He is one lucky man!

Jacqueline F. Graham said...

Hello Kim!

Honey.....I just found your site today from another blog. Your work is out-of-sight!!! I got the feeling that I am going to be here a while. Will also link your blog so that I can continue to visit.

I have a question for you. How did you add the additional column to the right on your blog. I am using the same template, however, I would like my blog to feel more spacious. Right now is cramped....like wearing a tight girdle. Whoo! *laughing* I need more breathing room. If you don't mind helping me with that, my email is JacquiG@bellsouth.net.

Thank you so much, and keep up the excellent work with your beautiful artwork, and outstanding blog!

(((((Warmly)))))
~Jacqueline

Sherry Goodloe said...

Kim Kim Kim . . .These are soooo great! And I LOVE the name you gave it (hee hee . . . or he he - wink)

carylsrealm said...

Wow! Totally amazing!

Cheeka said...

Very nice! And DJ was right - the other stuff was too much for a guy. The other guys would have totally busted his hump about it and started bringing him mascara to work or maybe a sewing kit.

The spinners are PERFECT. Love it!

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