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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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All About Antiques in April – Modern Vintage Spring Fashion Explosion

It’s April – and this month is all about antiques! Earlier this month I blogged about my shopping spree at Clothing Optional’s close-out;  now I’m going to blog about my trip to the Modern Vintage Spring Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Explosion today, and next weekend I’ll be blogging about my trip to the regular Randolph Street Market and the International Antiques Fair!

This weekend the producers of the Randolph Street Market presented Modern Vintage Chicago, a fusion of fashion-forward contemporary designs and classic vintage from the Mid-Century, Art Nouveau, ‘60s, ‘70s, and more. Vendors from around the country brought their textiles, jewelry, handbags, artwork and accessories from legendary fashion houses like Hermes, Chanel, Prada & Gucci, while Chicago’s leading indie designers presented creations of their own to shoppers.

Modern Vintage Chicago - Spring Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Explosion!

Here are some snapshots from my day at the market…

IMAG4269Special Occasion hankies

IMAG4298Clowning Around!

Raccoon Jaw Bones (1)Raccoon jaw bones

Mummidied Cow Fetus (3)A mummified cow fetus

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I love the wooden boxes & old desks Susie, one of my favorite sellers at the show, uses as jewelry boxes to display all her merchandise…

Old Wooden Jewelry Boxes (1)

Old Wooden Jewelry Boxes (6)

Old Wooden Jewelry Boxes (3)

Old Wooden Jewelry Boxes (4)

Old Wooden Jewelry Boxes (5)

Old Wooden Jewelry Boxes (9)

And yes……every drawer is filled with one-of-a-kind treasures! Just like this…

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So what did I walk away with this weekend? Well…

IMAG42633 needlepoint books; I bought a book of folk designs cross-stitch pattens for only $5.00 and the other two for $10 apiece. The Needlework Book is an embroidery, crochet and knitting how-to book that shows hundreds of stitches!

The Needlework Book Inside Pages (1)

The Needlework Book Inside Pages (2)

The Needlework Book Inside Pages (3)

And, of course – I bought a couple bones :)

IMAG4449I’m going to make a necklace out of one!

Don’t worry – I left the mummified cow fetus behind :) I didn’t want to spend all my money at once! After all…I’ll be back again next weekend!! ***And for free! A different dealer that I’ve made relations with gave me a complementary admission pass (usually $10.00) for being a repeat customer!

What’d you do this weekend?

Caged Inside My Jewelry Box

My jewelry collection is starting to look like a day at the zoo! I’ve always been attracted to animal-inspired accessories and recently my metal mammal collection has multiplied. Check out the creative creatures I wear around my neck, wrists & fingertips…

Animal-Inspired Jewelry

Meet my ‘pets’…

Gentle Giant Anthropologie Ring

Gentle Giant Anthropologie Ring

My ‘gentle-giant’ gold-plated ring from Anthropologie is giant in size and the statement it makes. The elephant ring adds a safari-inspired element to my style.

Gold Bald Eagle Ring

Gold Bald Eagle Ring

Bald eagles were once on the endangered species list and this ring was just that when I came across it! The gold-plated eagle ring with diamond-encrusted eyes was no longer available in my standard size, so I had to settle with a smaller one; now my bird of pray sits perfectly perched on my pinkie.

Sterling Silver Roaring Bear Ring

Sterling Silver Roaring Bear Ring

Sterling Silver Roaring Bear Ring

My RRRaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Ring! I bought this vintage sterling silver roaring bear ring at the Randolph Street Market. This rare ring is fashionable, fabulous & fierce!

Feather Accessories

Feather Accessories

My delicate feather cuff from Anthropologie, single feather pendant from Free People, and feather drop earrings (from somewhere in Arizona) add a light, airy touch to any outfit.

Red Dragon Bakelite Ring

Red Dragon Bakelite Ring

My red dragon ring is as abstract as the mythological creature it represents. This bold Bakelite bobble has you thinking outside the box when trying to envision it…just like you must do when listening to the many myths of the fire-breathing, bat-wing serpent/lizard thing.   P.S. It’s another Randolph Street Market find of mine!

Vintage Bird Necklace

Vintage Bird Necklace

The vintage bird necklace that my sister gave me for my birthday years ago has become a staple around my neck nearly every day since.

Peacock Feather Earrings

The iridescent “eyes” of peacock plumage are vibrant in color and a bold accessory that I let hang from my ears!

Black Enamel, Gold-Plated Serpant Bracelet

Black Enamel, Gold-Plated Serpant Bracelet

Real snakes are slimy & gross, but my black enamel, gold-plated serpent cuff sparkles with diamond-encrusted elegance.

From silver t0 gold, 4-legged to feathery, I’ve adopted these animals – and I give them the same tender loving care as the real animals they replicate :)

Are you into animal-inspired accessories? What kind of creatures are in your collection?

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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

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

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Randolph Street Market - Vintage Finds (2)

Randolph Street Market - Vintage Weaving Loom

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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!

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Randolph St Market - Vintage Jewelry (21)Vintage cameos

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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. :)

Engraved Name Tags: Personalize a Present…Then Wear it as a Pendant

If you look close at yesterday’s post, you’ll notice that on top of my unique way of wrapping, I also made my own name tags to personalize my presents. Last year I created my own To: and From: tags with my rubber stamp set; and this year I followed suit with my new metal engraving set.

Rubber Stamped Name Tags

I bought this alphabet & number set off Amazon.com a few weeks ago and have been engraving things ever since. The 36-piece set was a very reasonable price (only about $15.00) and the small pendants I used came in a packet of 4 or 5 (for around $3.00).

Metal Engraving Set

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Creative Christmas Wrapping - Engraved Name Tags

Creative Christmas Wrapping - Engraved Name Tags

In the case of my Christmas tags, I figured, not only will they identify whose present is whose; but after all the gifts are unwrapped, the ID tag can be used for something else. It could hang decoratively from a picture frame, be used as a key-chain, or worn as a pendant on a chain necklace.

Engraved Name Pendant as Decor   Engraved Name Tag on Keychain

Engraved Name Pendant on Necklace

As you can see – it’s a fun & easy way to add a personal touch to almost anything! I advise you invest in one of these and I promise you…you’ll be labeling everything (including the engraving set itself) before you know it. Enjoy!