Making Stuff

Make It Monday

I love creating things with my hands, but for some reason, I get so stuck in my left-brain ruts that it just doesn’t happen very often. So to tap more into my right side, I decided to organize and schedule (left-brain) my creative endeavors with my other little regular projects this year. Since we are watching 50 movies from 50 states, I chose to make 50 one-of-a-kind pairs of earrings inspired by characters from each movie. I’ll post the results every month.

From the movie Selma


I was inspired by Selma to create a pair of earrings for Coretta Scott King, who was MLK Jr.’s rock and his fire. I used hematite to signify ‘rock,’ which is also Alabama’s state mineral.

From the movie Big Miracle

For Rachel Kramer’s character in Big Miracle, I made blue feathers with green jade (Alaska’s state gem) to symbolize the earth mother that she is. The three stones on each represent the three whales in this inspired-by-true-events story.

From the movie Raising Arizona

I particularly enjoyed making this one. Jim suggested a long black braid, and even though Randall Cobb’s character didn’t have hair like this, it seemed like something that might be flying in the wind from his ensemble. I added a beaded bullet bandolier, ‘grenade,’ wheel, and skull, and the two turquoise stones represent Arizona and his crystal-blue eyes.

From the movie Mud

For the girl with the bird tattoos, swallow earrings were a natural choice. I finished them with leopard jasper to stand in for bauxite, abundant in Arkansas, and clear quartz for diamonds, which you can mine as a tourist only in this state. I thought the qualities of both suited free-spirit Juniper, a flawed person who was a perfect gem in the eyes of Mud.

I’ve always been fascinated and inspired by people’s quirks, so I’m looking forward to making more of these. Until next month!

Movie Night Monday

The Movie Project

Jim and I love movies, so we decided to do a movie project: every week, watch one film about (and filmed in) a different state. I’ll record our notes here.

First up: Alabama (Selma)

Category: Historical Drama

Favorite Quote:

“It is unacceptable that they use their power to keep us voiceless.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Three words to describe this film/state: Negotiate, Demonstrate, Resist

Best ‘Extra’: Angry Marcher, played by Dexter Tillis

State recipe we tried this week: Pork Chops with Creamy Mustard Noodles

Character for whom I’d like to create earrings (hereafter referred to as ‘Earring Inspo Character’): Coretta Scott King

Other Notes: A powerful film, learned a lot. My world and American history knowledge is shamefully atrocious…ask me anything about art history, but my lack of history knowledge otherwise will forever keep me off Jeopardy. We have a new appreciation for the people of the Deep South and the incredible struggles many went through to obtain basic human rights. This country still has a long way to go in many respects. I know it’s cliché, but everyone should see this film.

Grade: A

State Facts: https://www.factmonster.com/us/fifty-states/alabama

Next up: Alaska (Big Miracle). Follow along to discuss! Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.