Loopy and I visited the Sanrio store in Chicago. We are suckers for the Japanese cartoon cat. Aside from gawking at the general silliness of Hello Kitty waffle irons and door mats, we drooled over the showcase of dazzling collectible necklaces. I snapped some shots through the glass with my pink spy-cam.
Who needs a Hello Kitty guitar, bicycle or umbrella when you can have serious bling? They were not a light touch. Unattainable on our shopping budget at $150.00 each. Scandalous!
Veto would (rightfully) commit homicide. Or have a stroke. Neither scenario is ideal.
They were so lovely. We kept thinking about them. Then it struck me... $150.00 is so very unreasonable, but I figured the materials for each piece had to cost less than ten dollars.
Could I make Hello Kitty collectible jewelry for Loopy for less than ten dollars? Yes.
Hello Kitty Petal and Pearl Necklace
Hello Kitty pen: $3.95 (I snipped the dangling Kitty charm off it)... still have the pen!
Forever 21 necklace: $5.99
Gold tone jump ring from supply box: pennies
Hello Kitty cell phone charm: $5.95
Faux pearl necklace with rhinestone clasp: $1.00 (Claire's 10 for 10 rack)
Pink bow cell phone charm: $1.00
Miscellaneous bedazzling jewels from stash: pennies
Total: $7.95 plus jewels (pennies)
Gaudy rhinestone prom necklace: $5.00 on clearance table
Pair of Hello Kitty earrings: $1.00 (Claire's)
Heart-shaped Hello Kitty key chain: $1.00 (Claire's)
Hello Kitty silver charms: free (thanks Pam!)
Swarovski heat-set crystals: $4.50 (with 50% coupon at Michael's)
So I blew the budget on the last necklace but it is the closest to the ones we saw in the store... and probably the least likely to be worn by Loopy, ever.
But I did it. I made $150.00 necklaces for an average of ten dollars. *APPLAUSE SIGN*
And... on a disappointing note... I had no idea that I was nominated in this category for the BlogLuxe Awards at the BlogHer convention this weekend in Chicago. No idea whatsoever... and I could have pressured all of you to vote me into the finals, and gone to Chicago this weekend to lose, but hey, how cool is that? Perez Hilton was also nominated in this category but failed to make the finals, so I am in the company of blogebrities.
The category "Guilty Pleasure Blog" is described as,
"The blog you love to hate or hate to love, but either way you find yourself reading it when you should be doing other stuff. You just can't help yourself."
So whether you love to hate me or hate to love me, thanks for the nomination.