Wednesday, July 10, 2013

5} working with silk

behind the scenes :: a handcrafted collection ----->

<----- yesterday, we put together the silver notions that go into Pretty by JL accessories and today, we FINALLY get to work with silk!! Yay! THIS is my very favorite part and the part that gives you the best glimpse into what is Watermelon Limeade...our Summer 2013 Accessory Collection!

For this I have a babysitter. I need to spread out and my kids, as much as they'd like to help, can't yet.


I LOVE hand written notes and journals, but I love my iPad, too. It goes with me everywhere and it is also where I keep my accessory and parts inventory. While we're camper livin' I set everything out on our kitchen table. Look at those gorgeous piles of silk!

Okay, now I can get some of the silver sets and tags out that I've already put together...


I'm going to make wraps with these. I'm dying to get some pieces made and wraps go together fairly quickly...


There's the silk we need. Now I need to attach it to the silver...


Now I've just got to braid it. I do this totally old school and use a Pottery Barn throw pillow circa 2005...



Once I braid the length of the forty inch silk cord {approx.}I finish it off by tying it to the remaining silver set {what I showed you yesterday}. Then I do a few more and have some Watermelon Limeade wraps...


Oooh la la, I like the looks of those and my silk addiction has been momentarily appeased. But, I'm gonna make some more. Let's do some stacked braids...


The notions.


The silk.


The pillow.


The braids.

Then I tie it off...


...and admire all that is PRETTY about our Watermelon Limeade stacked braid in solids...


My heart is singing!!! It is so PRETTY!

I'm gonna make another. Instead of solids, let's mix it up for some Watermelon Limeade...


Sheesh, these make me happy...


I'm gonna make more. Since I'm on a roll, and I like the gratification that comes with numbers, I'm going to make some adult braids...


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If you can fill in the blanks I'm totally giving you one ;) 

I'm going to stop here, but this is just getting fun! Maybe on Friday you'll catch glimpses of some of the other designs in this summer's collection, Watermelon Limeade, when I share some outtakes from it's photo shoot...otherwise you'll have to wait for the oh-so-PRETTY-reveal on Monday. But, I can assure you that we've got some for the kids, and the arrow & heart lovers as well ;)

X O X O, JL

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