Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Self-Bribery and Etsy Jewelry Under $25

The Lady of Verona Choker

Lady of Verona silk-lined vintage faux pearl choker by Sally Gee, Avery Mary Design, $22.50 USD. 

This month, I’m using jewelry bribery to motivate myself to change some eating habits.  The task is not to lose weight, but to eat healthy.  The payoff can’t cost too much; so here are some things I love from Etsy, all except one under $25 USD.      

The artists and vintage sellers on Etsy have so much to choose from in the way of unusual alternatives to mass-produced costume jewelry from the stores. 

How about you?  Does self-bribery motivate you?  What’s the best reward? 

Little Sparrow Necklace

Little Sparrow Necklace, Ethereal Girls on Etsy, $21 USD. 

Multi Natural Stone Bracelet

Multi-natural stone bracelet with turquoise, coral, carnelian, jade, cherry quartz, agate and rose quartz, J. Dream Handmade Jewelry, $8.50 USD. 

La Mer Amazonite Earrings, Memai, $14.00 USD. 

FREE SHIPPING Bohemian Summer Necklace

Bohemian Summer Necklace, Get Noticed, $24 USD.

Blue Chalcedony Necklace

Blue Chalcedony Necklace, 3gems, $25.00 USD. 

Olive Blossom Earrings - Olive Jade and Black Flowers on Gunmetal earwires

Olive Blossom Earrings, Stoned and Wired, $13.50 USD.


Vintage Lucite and Seed Beads, NanVintage, $24.99

Very Long Very Cool - necklace

Vintage Long Beaded Necklace, Vintage Alcove, $28.50 USD.

Brown Stone - bracelet

Brown Stone and Sterling Bracelet, Vintage Alcove, $20.50 USD. 

White Buds

Pendant made from a Weiss 1930s earring, Starr Strung Jewels, $24.00 USD. 

Bohemian Chic - Felecia

Bohemian Chic earrings with freshwater pearls and reclaimed vintage findings, Crystal Beutler, $20.00 USD.

Vintage Bobbis, Crystal Beutler, $10 USD. 

Vintage Bakelite Bangle Bracelet Orange Swirl

Bakelite bangle, Great Old Stuff, $22.95 USD. 

Haunting-- Fabulous Vintage Tortoiseshell and Silver Cuff Bracelet

Small vintage tortoiseshell and and silvertone cuff, Paleorama, $24 USD. 


Jean said...

I love necklaces as I don't wear rings or earrings. I've just treated myself to a new necklace today with several stones of varying colours.

I love your selection especially the bohemian necklace, that looks like something I would choose to buy.

Zuzana said...

Ah, love them all! My favorites are though the "Bohemian Chic Earrings". They are so much me.;))

Unknown said...

That tortoiseshell cuff is MINE! Love it! Thanks for doing the shopping for me ;)

littlebyrd said...

I love the beaded collar necklace in the first picture. Good luck with eating more healthy. I've been trying to and some days it is easy and others it is so very hard!

Woman in a Window said...

The choker and bracelet might just work as bribery. Beautiful pieces and holy heck, great prices.

vicki archer said...

I just love the way you think...xv

Stephanie N. said...

I definitely bribe myself... but the reward is usually food. For example, "I can sneak one spoonful of cookie dough for every half-hour I work on this dreaded document." Often when I know a rough time is coming, I mix up a 1/4 recipe, substituting a tablespoon or so of milk for the egg, then I "hide" it in the back of the fridge. When times are really tough, I switch over to brownie batter, giving it the same treatment. In college, the bribery was often one gummy worm per paragraph or one sweettart per sentence.

It's probably not the healthiest relationship I could have with food, but at least I'm very conscious of it!

Rosaria Williams said...

Ah, jewelry! Lovely pieces. Good luck on your endeavors, with or without self bribe.

La Belette Rouge said...

That first necklace is a very good bribe for me. I am having to do some studying for a big exam in August and I bribe myself every single day. Without bribery I would never get the studying done.

Lori ann said...

I hope you reach your goal and get the jewelry!

i love Etsy, thanks for sharing your finds ☺

Darla said...

No, I don't try to bribe myself because I always cheat. I tell myself I can have the prize anyway because... well...just because. But oh, that bakelite bracelet looks tasty.


Duchesse said...

There are so many treasures here, I especially want (oops, like) The Bohemian Necklace and the tortoise shell cuff. I'm guilty of the 'pre-bribe: buying it now, b/c by the time I have met the goal, the item may be gone. Of course then I need another reward...

Anonymous said...

Used to bribe myself by hanging a new bikini next to the fridge.
The dangly earrings for me please.
Great prices...

Lucy said...

Hey- whatever works;) I love the bracelets most. Isn't it great to be able to find such creativity at great prices? I love Etsy shops. Thanks:)

A Woman Of No Importance said...

I want all of it, now! Sorry, ever the hedoniste! I have enjoyed getting caught up with all your refashioning stitchery witchery - How clever you are, Sallymandy, and I love your creative sewing nook.

You are an inspirational person with your (you make it look so) easy creativity! Thank you x

Cheryl said...

Bribery definitely works. In my case the reward is sleep, the more I work out, or stay active, the better I sleep generally. Plus peer pressure. Every single woman I know (I think every woman in the US, probably) is in the process of losing weight and getting in shape. I don't want to be the lone woman getting wider and softer in comparison.

Marie said...

Wow, I like your bribe choices, especially that tortoise cuff. Really cute. I do bribe myself, I exercise longer to get to have a treat (though that shouldn't make sense I try it) and I get myself a treat on special occasions if I've worked really hard. I think I bribe myself too much actually! But good for you for having a goal and rewarding yourself!

Ingrid Mida said...

It's all beautiful stuff but I wonder how these artists make any money selling these works for so little. The materials alone must cost what they are charging.

Tiffany said...

Oh, I can't BELIEVE I missed out on the cuff. It is just divine. Maybe I will have the bakelite bangle instead ...

Kat Mortensen said...

The sparrow necklace is just like the Twitter logo.


Cynthia L. H. said...

Yes, I like to "bribe" myself, too.
LOVE all of these!!!
The Vintage Bobbi's are my absolute fav.

Lianne said...

Ooh -- Little Sparrow necklace please and thank you.