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Bunco Necklace


I’ve mentioned before how much I love going to yard sales and garage sales.


Many fond childhood memories of my dad are conversations we had while driving around town, scouting out sales. My favorite thing to find was costume jewelry. I would stock up on pieces, and when I got home, I would take them apart and rework them into something new. I still love to do this. I’ve redesigned several pieces on the blog in the last few months, just for me to wear. But I now have an opportunity to make something and raise money.


See, my son goes to a great preschool here in town, and every year, we have a Bunco night fundraiser for the school. Lots of women get together to play Bunco and attempt to win fantastic raffle prizes – weekend getaways, passes to Disneyland, spa trips, and lots more. So this year, when the planning started, and people started mentioning things they could donate, I thought of my jewelry.


I’m not going to lie – it’s a stretch for me to make something in hopes of raising money. Even though I make stuff and put myself out there on my blog (sometimes daily), it’s definitely out of my comfort zone to donate something I made to a fundraiser. But I committed early so I would HAVE to do it.


I found these lovely turquoise-colored pieces on a necklace with lots of leather accents – not exactly my style. (See how I used other pieces from this necklace here.) But I knew that once I took the necklace apart, the pieces would make a fun statement necklace.


I used gold-filled chain and wire to attach and twist and play around until I came up with a finished piece that I really like.




It makes me want to find more turquoise pieces to recreate this one for me. (Because it might look a little funny for me to put all my raffle tickets in the box to win it back for myself.)



This post is part of a 31 Day series about improving my days by being more PURPOSEFUL.

You can read more about it here. You can find all the posts in this series here.


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