Recently I had the opportunity to check out a cool Etsy company called Quiet Mischief. They sent me a custom made Kumihimo Necklace in neon blue and green with a cute white shell pendant. It reminded me of something that a mermaid might wear. I love the blue and green and I really like how it looks with my hair.
About the Owner
Quiet Mischief was born and continues to grow due to opportunities disguised as misfortunes. In late 2009 while on an internship in Florida, Michele came down with the H1N1 virus and was put in respiratory isolation. By the time she was allowed to leave her room, she had made so many bracelets that she started an Etsy shop to get rid of some of them. She continued to spend much of her time on the shop after her internship was over as her increasing struggles with depression and anxiety made her wary to get a job. As a result (and with her sister joining her with duct tape crafts in early 2010), her shop gained in popularity, and she was soon bringing in enough to pay the bills. In late summer 2012 trouble struck again; her bracelets became so popular that Michele was at risk for carpel tunnel and had to take a six-week break from knotting. However, since she couldn’t keep herself from crafting, she taught herself the Japanese braiding technique known as kumihimo, which was much easier on her wrists and allowed her to use some new luxury materials. Now Michele makes both kumihimo and regular friendship bracelets, always focusing on great color combinations, beautiful patterns (many of which she designs herself), and additions such as charms that make her bracelets unique.
$42 for this particular necklace
$15 and up for most pieces, price varies on price and pendant
Kumihimo is a Japanese technique that utilizes a disk or loom to create a braid that is round or flat. Historically, it has been used by samurai for both functionality (the finished product is very strong) and decoration. These days, it’s used for decoration.
This is a gorgeous necklace and I love how it looks on me. I think the style would look great in a variety of colors and with just about any type of pendant you can imagine. I love that these necklaces are custom and handmade.
You can order any color combination that you can dream up. In addition to the lovely kumihimo style necklaces, Michelle designs duct tape roses and several other unique creations.
Isn’t this bright leopard design gorgeous?
I’m very pleased with my custom necklace and how pretty it loosk when worn. So far, when I’ve worn it out, I’ve got a ton of compliments on it. People love the bright weave of colors and say that it’s very me.
what do you think of the lovely Kumihimo necklace, the duct tape rings, and Quiet Mischief? What piece would you wear?
In addition to their etsy store, they just started a Kickstarter campaign to get backing to create a book!
Also, because I loved her necklace so much, I’ll be giving away a custom necklace of the winner’s choice from Quiet Mischief! To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below. Open to USA & Canada residents 18 and older only. Official rules. Ends 5/30/2013 at 12:01 am EST.