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New Year, New Endeavor

I hope you all had a Happy Holiday and rang in the New Year safe & sound! As we begin a brand new year, I thought it seemed fitting for me to share with all of you, the new business endeavor I’ve recently begun :)

And so, it is with my great pleasure, to introduce to you…………………………………………drum roll please…………………………………………….

underground + BOUND Handmade Bohemian Jewelry on Etsy

underground + BOUND is an eclectic collection of hand-made jewelry inspired by Mother Earth and the unique rock formations created naturally at her core. Bound together by leather, stones & bones, minerals & metals, feathers & found objects are cleverly combined to create this artsy assortment of accessories that is mystical, meaningful, & undoubtedly unmistakable!

handmade bohemian jewelry

Each piece in this diverse collection of one-of-a-kind designs is a unique representation of the earth, its abundant offerings, and the creatures that inhabit it. Minerals & crystals magically created when all of the necessary conditions combine in a particular way, at a particular time. Rocks that make-up Earth’s crust; those that comprise our mountain ranges & canyons, that were once liquid molten lava that have cooled & compressed over millions of years. Fossils & bones from plant particles & animal life; the trace evidence preserving the remains of what once roamed & flourished from the land, long before our time.

Just as no two stones are the same, each design is distinctive in its very own way. Completely hand-crafted; hand-cut premium hides are tied together to secure stones & bones; while metals & other off-beat materials add an eclectic touch to these traditionally boho-inspired baubles.

Paying homage to Mother Earth, native cultures, and the unconventional ethos of nomadic lifestyle; underground + BOUND boasts earth elements, unlikely pairings, tribal adornments, folkloric patterns, & intricate designs. u + B accessories are meant to emulate the natural beauty & great spirits of the materials they are made of and accentuate the beauty & spirit of those who wear them. They are meant to be adorned, admired & appreciated.

underground + BOUND embodies the bohemian fundamentals of fashion; encouraging the importance of individuality – inspiring one to embrace their own personality and express it through the unique way they dress. Whether you prefer the bold necklaces made of bone or the more subtle studded pieces, the not-so-average knotted necklaces or the styles made with stones, u + B offers something for every brazen bohemian, prairie princess, free-spirited fashionista, hippy-at-heart, & gypsy soul.

Highlighting the exquisiteness of Earth’s bounty and the spirit of the beings that dwell upon her, underground + BOUND is a manifestation of the precision, perfection, and creative beauty that’s been around since the very beginning of time.

handmade bohemian jewelry

I sort of started underground + BOUND on a whim. Contagiously creative & rather crafty, I began making a couple pieces of jewelry for my personal collection after I couldn’t seem to find exactly what I was looking for in any retail stores. I never originally intended for it to be more than just a pleasurable pastime, but after countless compliments I received while wearing my creations & requests from friends, family & complete strangers for items of their own, I decided to turn the leisure activity I loved into a legitimate business.

Thus, underground + BOUND was born – my artistic imagination coming to life.

Similar to watching a circus act, creating my collection has been both terrifying & exciting at the same time. The balancing act of building a new business while juggling my normal day-to-day responsibilities has been challenging at times; but seeing it all come together and introducing my work for the first time has been met with equal feelings of relief & exhilaration!

Always curious, passionate & in-motion, not a minute goes by that I’m not brainstorming something for the business. From conception to distribution, I relish in the entire creative process that goes into making each & every piece in my collection. From initiating a design in my mind to picking out the perfect materials to make it, the many hours spent cutting leather, manipulating metals, intricately knotting, stitching stones & bones – seeing my pieces evolve from what was once just a drawing on paper to a product ready for someone to purchase is such a satisfying feeling. I pride myself in offering unique designs made of quality materials & strive to create authentic connections with my customers. Whether it’s creating compelling marketing materials or collaborating with customers on custom pieces, shipping merchandise or sharing inspirational photos on social media, I truly enjoy being a one-woman operation.

Click on the photos below to see these item, and others, listed on Etsy!

handmade black fringe brass studded bull boho necklaceAntique Brass Studded Bull Skull Black Genuine Deerskin Leather Fringe Statement Necklace

clear quartz crystal black leather open collar necklaceClear Quartz Crystal Genuine Deerskin Black Leather Wrapped Open Collar Necklace

Black Deerskin Leather Studded Fringe NecklaceBlack Genuine Deerskin Leather Hand-Cut Fringe Antique Brass Studded Statement Necklace

Black Leather Macrame & Deer Antler Fringe NecklaceGenuine Deer Antler Black Leather Diamond Macramé Statement Fringe Necklace/Wall Hanging

Agate Stone & Cognac Leather Braided Tassel NecklaceGenuine Buckskin & Saddle Brown Deerskin Leather Natural Banded Agate Stone Braided Lariat Tassel Necklace

If you like what you see, be sure to stay connected with my brand new brand via the social media links below…
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Underground-Bound/1454969688115232
Instagram: undergroundandbound
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/undrgroundbound/

And as always, I love feedback, so leave a comment & let me know what you think of my designs!

New Year Quote

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

I know I cannot wait to see what this New Year brings for me & my new business. May your coming year be filled with health, happiness, magic & lots of new dreams!!!

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A Special Gift: My Mother’s Day Tote

My mother is the most thoughtful, kind-hearted, loving person I’ve ever known. Whether it was traveling around the state for horse shows or gymnastics meets when growing up, moving me to Chicago so I could pursue my passion for fashion, or happily helping me with my latest hobby, she has always supported me with whatever I want to do in life. That’s why, this Mother’s Day I was super excited to give my mom the first finished handbag from my new collection, curated & carried, the latest project I’ve been working on.

Curated & carried is a collection of thoughtfully constructed handbags made from an eclectic mix of intricate embroideries, hand-woven textiles, and vintage fabrics. Every design is one-of-a-kind; individually created from a combination of unique pieces then expertly hand-crafted.

Hand-woven rugs, meticulously-stitched needlepoints, distinctive dish towels, tablecloths, handkerchiefs, and quilts have been curated from antique stores, vintage shops, and flea markets around the country, then custom-made into contemporary handbags to be carried around today. Family heirlooms that have been forgotten over the years have now been found and turned into fashionable carry-alls that can be admired once again.

With a vintage leather belt as a strap and a personalized hand-stitched interior label, curated & carried handbags are artistic & authentic. In an era of fast-fashion and mass-production, it’s humbling to have something a grandma worked so hard on, so many generations ago. Click here to link to my curated & carried Facebook page to see other handbags I’m working on…(and ‘like’ it while you’re at it) :)

This is the tote I designed for my mom from a colorful scenic church embroidery and hand-woven rug…

Mother's Day - Colorful Church Tote Colorful Embroidery Mother's Day Tote

Curated & Carried Handbag

Happy Mother’s Day Mom! Your compassionate soul & caring heart inspires me every single day. I love you!!!

Hung Up on Love

Even though Valentine’s Day was last Thursday, I never got a chance to publish my adorably V-DIY project…so I figured I’d share it with you now (better late than never, right?!)

Inspired by the boho hangers I made myself, I decided to make my nieces some festive fabric-covered hangers for Valentine’s Day. Since I live far away and don’t get to see them as often as I’d like, I like to send them packages on special holidays so they know their Auntie Jillie is thinking of them.

Coincidentally, last time I was home I bought a couple balls of vintage cloth stripes from an antique store (having no idea what I was going to do with them at the time) that was a mix of floral, red corduroy and tiny hearts. Perfect for this project, I picked up a pack of kids felted hangers and repeated the same process as my first project. Check it out…

What you Need:

  • A hot glue gun
  • Hangers

DIY - Novelty Heart Hangers

  • Thin strips of fabric

Vintage Fabric Balls

What to do:

  1. Simply secure the end of a fabric strip to the middle of the hanger with hot glue
  2. Then tightly wrap the fabric around the hanger entirely covering the original coating
  3. Switch up the cloth sections whenever you please – just seal off one strip with hot glue & start another.
  4. When the original hanger is completely covered with fabric, simply secure the end once again with hot glue and there you have it!

Heart Wrapped Hangers

Heart Wrapped Hangers

DIY - Novelty Heart Hangers

DIY - Novelty Heart Hangers

DIY - Novelty Heart Hangers

DIY - Novelty Heart Hangers

Of course I couldn’t leave my new little nephew out…so I made him some hangers too!

DIY - Novelty Hangers

Hand-made especially for you…because I’m hung up on love for you!

Happy belated Valentine’s Day! I hope your lives are filled with lots of love everyday!

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DIY: Nomadic Novelty Hangers

I’ve been playing around with some new photography ideas for my blog lately, so this past week I spent my off time making some “props”. I wanted to create ‘nomadic novelty hangers’ to use in bohemian-inspired photo shoots; and doing so was much easier than I expected! Here’s how I did it…

What you Need:

  • A hot glue gun
  • Hangers (I picked up a pack of neutral felted hangers from Container Store)

DIY: Nomadic Novelty Hangers

  • Thin strips of fabric (I used my multi-colored twisted fabric twine from Anthropologie. I’ve had these colorful spools in my arts & crafts kit for two years after snagging them on sale after the holidays. I never really knew what I was going to do with them…until now.)

DIY: Nomadic Novelty Hangers

How to Make Them:

  1. Simply secure the end of a fabric strip to the edge or middle of the hanger with hot glue
  2. Then tightly wrap the fabric around the hanger entirely covering the original coating
  3. Switch up the cloth sections whenever you please – just seal off one strip with hot glue & start another. The color combinations and patterns are completely up to you!
  4. When the original hanger is completely covered with fabric simply secure the end once again with hot glue and there you have it – your new nomadic novelty hanger!!!

DIY: Nomadic Novelty Hangers

DIY: Nomadic Novelty Hangers

DIY: Nomadic Novelty Hangers

DIY: Nomadic Novelty Hangers

DIY: Nomadic Novelty Hangers

DIY: Nomadic Novelty Hangers

DIY: Nomadic Novelty Hangers

They’re bold, beautiful & bohemian!

Now….I love the look of my new statement hangers, but I wouldn’t necessarily use them in my closet on an everyday basis. While they’re very vibrant & eye-catching on their own, they may be a bit much when mixed in with the colors & patterns that already exist within your wardrobe. If have a colorful closet like mine you probably already have a hard time focusing on each individual piece; adding another bold element only adds to the confusion of picking out what you’re going to wear.

You also wouldn’t want to run the risk of the colors on the hangers bleeding into your clothing – I don’t think they would, but if you ever hang your clothes up while they’re still wet, or for a prolonged period of time, it could be a possibility. And again, if you’re like me, you don’t take chances when it comes to your clothing.

Another thing to think about is space. After wrapping the original hangers in twine they became twice their size. If you’re trying to conserve space like I always am, you definitely want to go with something thinner!

And then there are the obvious reasons – that it would take a lot of time and could get quite expensive to create a whole closet full of specialty hangers. I suppose if you used the hangers you already have and created your own strips of recycled fabric it wouldn’t be too costly; but it takes time looping the fabric around-and-around-and-around. It was fun at first…but by the tenth one, the task was getting a bit tedious. I couldn’t imagine how long it would take to cover all of the hangers in my closet! Could you?!

My Closet

DIY: Nomadic Novelty Hangers

Even though I don’t think they’re ideal inside your regular clothing closet, I do think they’d work well in a coat closet or at the office. The original felt hangers were thin & flimsy, but when I wrapped them in the twine they got much more sturdy – perfect for those heavy, over-sized winter coats. And at the office, each employee could make their own personalized hanger for their stuff. It could be an easy arts & crafts project that not only builds the team moral, but brightens up the break room too!

DIY: Nomadic Novelty Hangers

What do you think of my new novelty hangers? Is making your own personal hangers something you would spend your time on…or are the basic ones you buy in the store adequate enough for you?

Sunday Funday at the Randolph Street Market

It’s the 1st Sunday in February and while football fans have been looking forward to today for months because of the Super Bowl, I’ve been looking forward to today for a completely different reason – the Randolph Street Market! Forget about the big game, I’ve got shopping to do! Instead of watching people run around with a football; I spent my day rummaging through rows & rows of vintage jewelry, clothing & home décor.

Randolph Street Market - Chicago

The Randolph Street Market started back up this weekend after taking a 2-month break. And despite the cold, vendors filled the inside of Plumbers Hall with unique antiques and shoppers showed up to see what they had. From fur coats to floor lamps, broaches to buttons, artwork & artifacts, there was a wide variety of vintage, and surely something for everyone. Here’s a look at what I spent my day looking at…

Randolph St Market - Clutches

Randolph St Market - Palm ChairNeed a hand? :)

Randolph St Market - Vintage Jewelry (1)

Randolph St Market - Vintage Jewelry Now that’s a necklace!

Randolph St Market - Vintage Jewelry

Randolph St Market - Vintage Jewelry

Randolph St Market - Vintage Jewelry

Randolph St Market - Vintage Jewelry (3)

Randolph St Market - Vintage Jewelry (8)

Randolph St Market - Vintage Jewelry (9)

Randolph St Market - Vintage Jewelry (10)Silver, gold. Sparkle or pearl…again, something for everyone!

Randolph St Market - Vintage Jewelry (11)

Randolph St Market - Vintage Jewelry (14)God Bless the U.S!

Randolph St Market - Vintage Jewelry (15)

Randolph St Market - Vintage Jewelry (16)

Randolph St Market - Vintage Jewelry (17)

Randolph St Market - Vintage Jewelry (18)

Randolph St Market - Vintage Jewelry (19)

Randolph St Market - Vintage Jewelry (22)

Randolph Street Market - Vintage Finds (2)

Randolph Street Market - Vintage Weaving Loom

Randolph Street Market - Vintage Finds (4)

Randolph Street Market - Vintage Head

Randolph Street Market - Vintage Finds

Randolph Street Market - Vintage Finds (7)How neat is this? With a burlap sack & a few sticks you could make this yourself, it would be perfect for a little girl’s playtime imagination.

Randolph St Market - Vintage JewelryTons of turq!

Randolph St Market - Vintage Jewelry (12)

Randolph St Market - Vintage Jewelry (21)Vintage cameos

Randolph St Market - Vintage Jewelry (13)

And out of all that I went home with this…

Roaring Bear RingMy RrrraaaRRRRRRRRR Ring!

I saw this sterling silver roaring bear’s head the last time I went but didn’t buy it. Since it was still there the second time around I had to scoop it up. Talk about a statement piece that’s fabulous and fierce!

Tiger Print Embroidery

Apparently I was all about the animals today because I also bought the embroidered tiger print on the left. I’ve got a project in mind and have been on the hunt for old needlepoints & embroidery pieces.  I love the intricate stitching and his textured furry face. It’ll be perfect for my project! …don’t worry, I’ll be sure to show you when I’m done. :)