Pottery Barn Inspired Charm Necklaces

As I’m still enjoying my extended maternity leave with little Rosy I have to be creative and frugal with gifts this year. August is a busy birthday month for my family and I have two beautiful nieces who are turning 8 and 6 years old within a week of each other.

So what do you get two girls, sisters I might add, who love bling, dressing up as princesses and are having a mani/pedi birthday party on a budget?

It took me a while to figure it out however thanks to the wonderful art of Googling I stumbled across the Pottery Barn Kids website and saw these gorgeous silver chain charm necklaces that you can customize with a letter pendant, birth stone gem and a charm. These necklaces are priced at $89 USD and I live in Canada so I don’t even want to know how much two of these necklaces would cost after tax, shipping and duty.

Putting my mommy craft and frugal hat on, I decided to go to a local beadary store and see if they could help me make similar necklaces for a fraction of the cost.

Here’s what I came out of the store with…

Two gorgeous silver necklaces with a heart pendant, a flower charm with a little bling and some lavender Swarovski Crystals.
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To make these necklaces extra special I had the heart pendant engraved with the initial of their first name.

The total cost for each necklace plus gift wrapping was… drumroll please… $20.02! Amazing, right?

Here’s the cost breakdown for each necklace:

$11.10 — Necklace (chain, clasp, pendant, charm, crystals and labor)
$6.67 — Engraving
$2.25 — Gift box

I also used some ribbon and craft glue that I already had at home to pretty up the boxes.

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Do you love it? I really hope my nieces love these necklaces as much as I do.

My Little Kitchen Helper

I just love moments like these…

After a morning at that park, Rosy and I came home for lunch and I decided to whip up a batch of rice krispies/cheerios squares for a Friday lunch treat. I gave my little kitchen helper the batter bowl and this is what happened…

Amazement
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Curiosity
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Discovery
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Pure Enjoyment
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Mommy Intervention
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