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Friday, October 7, 2011

The Thrill of the Hunt: In Search of Stuff

What do you do when you wake up on Saturday morning? Make coffee, read the paper, clean up dishes from your dinner party? That all sounds fine and dandy, but for me, I need a super recharge at the end of my 8-5 week sitting at a desk........

Enter: the hunt.

The hunt can happen anytime, anywhere. Walking around the office building, driving sown the street, talking to people you meet at the pub, but the most fun is Saturday morning garage sale digging. It seems that everyone has all this "stuff" that they don't know what to do with anymore, and yes, my mission is to find this "stuff" it's funkiest practical new use.

Take bicycles.
They are the urban-green movement's new best friend. No fuel (except for that extra burrito) and no icky exhaust outputs.
Alas-they aren't perfect. You've got blown inner tubes, bent rims, worn out cassettes, rusty broken chains....
And yes, I have found some funky, yet stylish ways to reuse these bits for you and the home.
Get This Necklace!

Christmas Ornament!!

 Here is where you can find these earrings!
Christmas Ornament!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

It's a New Beginning

Sigh, relief! I'm Nicole and I'm the founder of Erra Creations. I started out this spring wanting to make jewelry for friends and family just by reusing bits and pieces of broken jewelry I had sitting in my dresser drawer. And then an agreement with a friend that we would start our own Etsy shops, and what ever money we made by October we would compile together and have girls night out on the town.

It all went a little differently than planned....
My friend never started an Etsy shop, and I created a business!!! Woot Woot!
A business, really. Like tax id numbers, vendors licenses- you name it. Scary- but OUTSTANDING!
So, I took the plunge last week and bought my domain: and the site is now in the works.

So why am I writing all this? Who knows! But I do know that my head is constantly spinning with everything I could and would be doing, if only there were enough hours in the day (sound familiar???)
And Erra is way more than reinvented jewelry at this point. I make everything from light switch plates to Christmas decorations to vases to bicycle jewelry, everyone's favorite! And it's all out of reclaimed materials. I absolutely hate wasting things and it's just wicked fun to come up with a new life for something.
I know why I'm writing this! It's because absolutely everything is connected and everything is influenced by everything. So...I think it will be fun to see what influences me most and what random goodies I will come up with next.

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Love, peace, and taco grease-