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Vashon Island, Washington, United States
Please check out my Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/people/EmeraldApotcalypse. I will be posting what I'm working on, tutorials I have used and ones I have created. Also expect to see the finished products and how to get them. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

If any one is out there

you are the lucky of lucky to know that Etsy is super cool and allows you to make promotional codes.
  BUDLUST gets you free shipping! 
Stop on by!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011


I was poking around Etsy when I saw this really beautiful 70's Maxi dress. (here)
But all I could think about was that dress Carrie Bradshaw wears at some point during Sex and the City movie.  Thank god for google because 'sex and the city Carrie Bradshaw big flower' gave me the exact picture i was looking for. 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

3 Sandstone & Beachwood rings

Peach Sandstone Ring

The first ring available from The Emerald Apotcalypse!
Even though this ring stretches across your knuckles it is a one finger ring. The peach sandstone that sits on top is pointed on one side and curved on the other. It is resting on top of a piece of sanded down beach wood. The whole ring is fitted on a refurbished skateboard bearing.
This ring is made for 100% found materials!
Fits a ring size 8


Rainbow Mountain Ring

 Another ring made from all found materials!
The best part of this ring is the pretty piece of sandstone that has layers of white, grey and peach. It sits on a piece of wood that has been colored with colored pencil and sanded down to be nice n' smooth. The 'rainbow mountain' sits on a refurbished skateboard bearing.
Ring size 8

 And The Sticks & Stones Ring

 This ring was made from a piece of stone, beach wood and a refurbished skate bearing. The beach wood is blue and pink, I colored it with colored pencils.
This is the smallest of the 3 rings set. It is a dainty ring, that still is pretty bold.
I sanded down the stone everywhere except one corner that has more jagged crystals.
Ring size 8
If you have any other questions feel free to contact me.

 All $25 bucks, get 'em here!

How I made them:

-Find a piece of stone or rock that you really dig.  Finding one with a flat side is helpful but you can also sand down one side to be flat if you need to. 

-Find a piece of wood, maybe beach wood.  Cut and sand it down to around the size of your stone.

-Find the base for your ring.  I used a skate bearing, perfect size.  You can also use copper tubes and cut them to the size you desire.

-Super glue the stone onto the beach wood first.  I placed a weight on my stone and left it for an hour just to make sure.

-Next glue the wood to your circle ring material.  Make sure you keep it center and hold force on your glue job for a LONG TIME.  Just  to be safe.

-Celebrate, you got some sweet rings.

Tribal Flowers Felt Necklace

The Tribal Flower Felt Necklace was created from a deconstructed children's belt, a doily and beads. Long necklace that lands at the top of the stomach. The felt u shape has ruffles on it with flowers made from doilies.
This is a very colorful necklace that is for a bold person :)

Get it here.

I find that supplies that get left over from one project usually inspire another one for me, sadly I throw so little away.  My room is a tower of supplies and scraps that thankfully are getting used but its hoarders worthy at times.  
How I made this necklace:
  • I found the leftover fabric belt piece from my shorts project and trimmed it down to a necklace length.  
  • Put that aside.  Next you want to cut out 2 pieces of felt in the shape you desire.  I chose a subtle half circle but triangles and circles would be cool choices too.  Put the two felt pieces aside.
  • Get the fabric you want to make your flowers out of.  Cut out circles of fabric in diffrent sizes.  Fold the circle 3 or 4 times in half and sew the flower together.  There are UNLIMITED ways to sew the little flowers.  Go nuts.
  • Sew your flowers onto one piece of the felt.
  • Add beads to the middle of the flower buds.  (You can let your thread job be a little messy on the back side of the felt since you won 't be able to see it in the end)
  • Place the two ends of the fabric belt on each side of your shape and pin.
  • Hand or machine stitch (depending on your comfort level and your beading) around your shape.

Deep Blue Striped and Pleated Tank Top Vest by The Emerald Apotcalypse

This button up tank top was made using a deconstructed women's blouse. On each shoulder are a set of for pleats. The fabric is dark blue with golden stripes.
Size M


One of my earlier projects, this vest came out pretty good.  It began as a short sleeve blouse that was very middle aged lady like.  I started by cutting off the sleeves and doing a hem stitch around the arm.   I wanted the shoulders to have a thinner strap so I folded the fabric over into pleats and did a straight stitch through each layer.  This is a very simple project, but the fabric really caught my eye and I think it has a mexican tribal vibe to it.
Check it out here.

Inspiration// Erin Considine

Since I got my facebook group for The Emerald Apotcalypse I've been recommended to check out the designer Erin Considine.  Her work is really really amazing and kind of the same vibe I got going on. 

She has a offcial website, and a tumblr if you are interested.

& more shorts!

Sneak preview!  These shorts are not even listed on etsy yet!
 This is really really easy to do and can really change a pair of pants or shorts.  I just found a fabric belt at a thrift store that had this pattern on it.  After turning these jeans into shorts I pined on the strip of belt and cut it at the length of the outer seam.  After you have the strips where you want them just sew them down!


Denim shorts with mustard & black lace pockets by The Emerald Apotcalypse

These denim shorts are made from up-cycled jeans. The pockets peek out of the cuffed bottom. Both front pockets have mustard felt sewn in with black lace overlaying the felt.
Size: 33 W

These short are so easy to make.  Just find fabric that you like and match the shorts or pants you are using.  Try looking for sheer fabric like lace to overlay and make it more interesting.  Take a piece of paper and do a loose trace of the size of the opening above the pocket.  Cut out the pattern from your fabric and sew into the shorts. 

my etsy.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

My notes from, "Tips for increasing views on Etsy"

“The more items in your shop, the more items that you have to be found on Etsy — that’s my little theory!”

"Tag colors in the languages of the countries I sell to, as well as list the type of item (necklace, earrings, etc.) in the languages of the countries I sell to.”
 "Set your location. In your profile, make sure your location is set to City, State, Country. That way buyers who are using Geolocator or Shop Local are going to be able to find you. “I’ve gotten art shows and several invitations to craft fairs just by listing my location. People (myself included) love searching for local talent!” 
Ahem, this one I am working on...
"Be seen off Etsy. The more content you create on the web, the more people are going to bump into you. If the content is interesting (or funny, smart, weird) people will want to know more about you and will find your Etsy shop in the process. The best part? Creating this content is free!" 

"Adding new items always gets my shop more views than renewals, so my tip is add more product.” I agree: listing new items on a regular basis is a much more effective approach." 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Paypal is set up!


People of the internet, feel free to use plastic to buy my things.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Denim shorts with purple fringe

Basic denim shorts with a line of purple fringe of both front pockets. I made these using a pair of denim jeans and up-cycled fringe. The pockets of the shorts peek out from below the cuff.

Size: W 33


Get it here on my etsy!

Semi Symmetric Felt Necklace

It gets uneasy when things are too symmetrical. Let loose with this felt necklace that crosses lines and shapes.
The bottom of the necklace has a line of rhinestone beads made from an up-cycled bracelet. The beaded chain is an up-cycled necklace.
Get it here on my Etsy!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tetradecogon Necklace

If you are a math wizard, or love scrabble you know that this tetradecogon necklace has 14 sides.
This statement necklace was made using a upcycled beaded chain, wine colored felt, bamboo, and a vintage pendant. The inside of the necklace has 2 cutouts and the necklace rests at mid chest.
How it was made:
  1. Cut out the shape of felt you have cooking in your head.
  2. Pick the spots you want to have the cutouts in the center of the necklace and cut them out.
  3. Place the piece of bamboo or other stiff rod into the top crease to keep it from folding in on itself.
  4. Find a necklace and place the ends in between the felt shape sandwich & pin.
  5. Sew all around the outside and inside of the necklace.
  6. Add a vintage pin or earring!

Big Ol' Bolo Tie

You shouldn't play favorites but this one is definitely mine.

Almost named, I <3 Pizza (I would have added pepperoni if I went that down that path), this necklace was realized to just be an over sized bolo tie!! I feel in love with it even more at that moment.

The Big Ol' Bolo Tie Necklace was made from a upcycled necklace and multi colored felt. The red triangle has a golden bottom sew on with blue stitching. The chain goes comes out at the bottom of the triangle in two separate pieces. 
You can get it here on my Etsy.

How it was made:
  1. Find a necklace that falls around your belly button.
  2. Cut 2 pieces of felt into the shape you want, in this case a triangle.  
  3. Lay the necklace down in between the 2 layers of felt.  Allow some necklace to fall out of the bottom of the shape.  Pin the felt around and sew closed.
  4. Snip the necklace with wire cutters at the bottom crease for the bolo tie effect.
  5. Now you can go back and go crazy with layering pieces of felt or just add one like I did at the top of the necklace.