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Oh, I posted a comment but I think it didn't work so here I go again...

Thanks for your comment on my blog. I think you are right, absolutely right! We can't be expected to fork out hundreds for designer pieces that are so "out there" we'd only wear them a time or two. It's not real life. I prefer being inspired by what I see on the runway and in the magazines and then challenging myself to come up with an affordable, workable version. Looking for materials is half the fun!

For instance, tonight I went to the movies wearing a Tarina Tarantino "inspired" Hello Kitty necklace that I made a while ago and although it looked like I was wearing a $200 piece, it cost me less than ten dollars.

Also: the fiber and pearl thing is interesting, I did it back in 2006 and sold some pieces on Inspire Company's website last September. I actually used Basic Grey fibers, if you can believe it!! Here's a link to the post:


... proving that everything old is new again, and I don't really think all ideas get copied outright, they just get reinterpreted... I think. Anyway, not to worry about the soapbox comments on my blog - that was a friend of mine and I could see her point. From her perspective it must suck to have your ideas copied from trade show to trade show, when you're working hard to make a living off your ideas. I think that was just her point. It reminded me of a post our mutual friend Amy at Inspire Company wrote a couple of years ago about her mother announcing very loudly at a craft show "you could MAKE that, Amy, for much less" and Amy just about died of embarrassment. It's one thing to think it, but quite another thing to say it out loud in front of the artist! I think she made a good point!


PS. If you ever want to "collaborate" on a piece or anything, let me know!


Hi Roberta,
fascinating! I don't follow the treads in celebs, so never know what is new and happening, this is quite something, Not sure I would wear it, but I like it! I love to make beaded necklaces and bangles. There is just not enough time in the world to do all the different hobbies!

Goddess Leonie

oh WOW~! this is utterly *fabulous*... i so adore this!
thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous creativity!

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