Earlier this year, I received an email from my friend Kathleen with a request I absolutely had to tackle:
ok so my college roommates and I have nicknames- Kitty, Skittle, and Pan. Would you be able to find (and then make, obviously) a friendship set with those?
OK, a cat … I’m sure I can find this. A pan … well, I’ve seen rolling pin and muffin tin charms, so I’m sure there’s a pan out there somewhere. Now … a Skittle? Well, let’s see what I can do.
And I found these:
Um … YES.
We chatted back and forth about how to make necklaces from these completely different charms in different colors appear part of the same set. I suggested adding an initial charm to each, which would all be the same font and metal, and using the same chain on each. For some necklaces, it would create a mixed metal look, but I’ve always been a fan of that.
Turns out, Kathleen is too.
She just posted a pic of the three college roomies in their necklaces, and I’m again feeling absolutely thrilled with how these 100-percent unique necklaces turned out (that’s Kathleen in the middle, say hi!)
- I came up with the trio that started all the friendship sets for Jac & Elsie, the rock/paper/scissors necklaces, at the request of a friend who couldn’t find a rock/paper/scissors set she liked.
- I’ve expanded the cutlery set for a group of women who meet for dinner club, as well as for a production of Beauty and the Beast (because all the cutlery becomes alive–the gal wanted to give everyone the piece he or she played in the production).
- One friend wanted each necklace to have a rock, a paper and a scissors charm on it.
- Another wanted a ribbon charm with four colored beads to represent a variety of cancers her family members had beat.
It’s amazing to me how humbled I feel knowing I’ve helped someone give that perfect gift. I know what I thrill I feel when I find it, and I’m so happy to know I’ve helped others find it, too.
And just to throw it out there, I ended up purchasing multiple Skittles charms because, well, look how awesome. If you’d like your own, you can find one here.