So… I don’t know if you recall a few … months!… back, I published this post, discreetly featuring the tank top you see below.
I know, I know.
I may be no mind reader, but you are likely thinking, “What is this girl doing, making me look at a plain ol’ tank?”
And… you’re right.
This was a lesson that you can (almost) always work with what you have!
See the straggly threads below?
I even took another shot to show you the other side.
Why this is significant is that the entire strap (from over the shoulder to go all around the arm) and the hem on top were covered with gorgeous cylindrical beads. They sparkled and danced in the light, and I loved looking at them.
And the tank was on sale. Or was it? Actually, I don’t really know.
All I know is, when I saw this a few years ago, I walked out of the store with it.
Only one problem stood in my way: the beautiful beads were causing me pain!
For all the loveliness they possessed – that opaque pearlesque pink – the beads clawed and scratched and angered my arms. To the point that my skin started blushing like a first grader who got seated next to the person they had a crush on. And then started complaining.
Mind you, this was only three minutes after I put on the top.
Too bad I tried the tank top for only two minutes in the fitting room and
refused to notice never noticed what an issue this purchase was going to present!
And several times, I was tempted to just toss the whole thing and give up.
It struck my fancy to try using the beads so that I could utilize the tank top to its maximum potential (i.e. actually wearing the thing).
So, I painstakingly removed all of the threads linking the beads to the top (hence, the reason you had to subject your eyes to an ordinary tank top with… gasp… stray strands!).
And ended up with hundreds of lovely beads!
Here is what I did with them (wow. longest. intro. ever. you are welcome ; ) )
I took a blank canvas and started painting a cute little bird.
And because it does not look like a blackbird, I named it “Blackbird” – so that’s what it is.
After using acrylic paint to fill everything in, I decided to create a scalloped border in gold to complement said blackbird.
I couldn’t resist.
To add the final glittering touch, I spread mod podge in a fairly thick layer and scattered the beads all around.
Too much fun!
I seriously am a kid at heart.
With a flourish, I present to you: the end!
I hope you enjoyed this, and that it inspires you to really maximize whatever items you have on hand.
It’s not necessary to purchase everything new – revamp what you have and create something beautiful!
I enjoy making new things and hands-on projects because they point to the ultimate Creator Who chose to bring forth everything from nothing! Which is why you and I exist!
Have a wonderful day!