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A few months ago I came across a post on Onward, Lulu that featured a DIY for a Dolce & Gabbana-inspired fruit charm bracelet and thought it was just the cutest thing ever. I decided to try it for myself using some dessert-shaped erasers that I bought at the dollar store, which are possibly knock-offs of a more well-known (?) brand of Japanese erasers. I am just that committed to cake and other sweet treats.


It took me a while to get around to it, but I finally made my own desserts charm bracelet this weekend. It's hilarious and silly and I love it. With the proper tools it was quite easy to make; the instructions on Onward, Lulu are thorough, but I still have a hard time wrapping headpins neatly & messed up my fingernails in the process. Good thing I haven’t bothered to put on nail polish for, oh, a month or more.



I also decided to make a quick & easy new camera strap. I have a few camera straps at this point but this camera has become such an important part of my life/prized possession that I feel compelled to accessorize it. I found this chain belt with tassels at Zara & decided instantly that it would make a great camera strap (and also a great belt). Obviously had these straps on the brain! I took off the lobster clasp it came with—although I kept it, because it would be easy enough to make into a belt again—and added new, smaller lobster clasps. I found these clasps at Michael’s, but the selection was so limited that I got silver ones and spray painted them a flat black (I already had the gold-tone jump rings). Ta-da.

59 comments:

  1. You are such a talent and inspiration, Anabela!!!!!

    These are all amazing. :)

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  2. I have that camera, though I haven't used film in so long, le sigh. Nice work on that strap. Hope it's comfortable enough.

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    1. I don't wear the camera around my neck for very long periods of time, and my hair makes a nice pillow for the chain.

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  3. I love the size of the dessert charms. Nice and chunky!
    Genius camera strap idea too!

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    1. Yeah, the ones I got were huuuuge. I should have used a thicker chain!

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  4. The camera strap is perfection.

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  5. your camera is even more beautiful now, and that bracelet is adorable - i'm especially fond of the ice cream cones!

    i just checked out that website for Japanese erasers and, holy mackerel, i had no idea you could basically get ANYTHING in eraser form... yikes, this could be dangerous.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, the food ones are particularly dangerous for me. Tiny food! So cute.

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  6. What a brilliant idea for a camera strap! Amazing!

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  7. Cute bracelet! I made chocolate cake the other day, so delicious. So glad you're committed to cake :).
    I love the camera strap, too!

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  8. That bracelet is so fun!!! And I love that camera chain. I would love to make my own strap for mine too!

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    1. Thanks! If you can find a chain it's pretty simple.

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  9. I had actually thought about doing something similar with ones from that japanese brand of erasers...I have them sitting on my dresser as something to get to eventually. I definitely prefer cute sweets and junk food to a fruit bracelet, hah! The bracelet does look really nice!

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    1. That's funny. Yeah, I had been collecting them and didn't know what to do with them other than hold them up to my cats' mouths. They're not very good as erasers, I don't think.

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  10. I loooove the camera strap!

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  11. That is one badass camera strap!

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  12. lookin good! you sent me a slice of cake a while back and it's been on my desk ever since! i may need to make one of these..

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    1. Oh! I forgot about that! Cake for cake.

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  13. this is so perfect. :)

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  14. That little bracelet is so stinkin cute! The kids at my school are obsessed with those erasers, they would die if I came in with that bracelet! Now I know hat I'm doing next weekend :) thanks!

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    1. Oh man!! I bet they'll want their own! Adorable.

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  15. i feel like that bracelet could also be made to *smell* like dessert (remember those erasers?!)...and that would be AMAZING. :)

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    1. Indeed! I used to practically shove those up my nose.

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  16. That's too cute!!

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  17. the bracelet is too cute and i think i'm going to have to copy your camera strap!

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  18. Your eraser charm bracelet is the cutest thing! My daughter will love it :) Thanks for sharing the how-to link!

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    1. Good luck! Glad you enjoyed it.

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  19. That bracelet is so cute. And I've just had a Canon A-1 for a month or so, it has already become my favorite camera ever! Your photos are a major inspiration, I have been browsing the A-1 photos on your blog & they are so lovely. I just use the strap that came with the camera. Your strap is very pretty, sadly I don't think I would find most of the stuff needed to make it here.

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    1. Oh, glad you've enjoyed them! Have fun with that camera.

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  20. I love the bracelet! So fab and unique.

    http://spero-rose.blogspot.com

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  21. So clever! While I'm not particularly deft or dextrous, I'm definitely going to have a look at my local $2 shops to see if they've got any mini candy erasers, and if there's anything I can do with them...feeling inspired :)

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    1. Good luck! It's pretty fun. I didn't enjoy the headpin wrapping part but that's mostly because I am impatient & wanted it to look perfect on the first try.

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  22. Best idea for a camera strap.
    Thank you so much for the inspiration!

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  23. anabela, love the camera strap! also - random question, I've been looking for a nude pleated maxi skirt! do you mind me asking where your skirt is from?

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    1. Oh man. Sadly, that skirt came from a thrift store and I have been trying so hard to find a similar one! I love that skirt so much and I wear it so often that I think I need a backup. I love this one but it's a little pricier than the one I got (which, of course, was maybe $6).

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  24. Awww, so cute!! The camera strap what a brilliant idea.
    -Madeleine

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  25. i love the fruity charm bracelet, thanks for sharing! i will hit up my local dollar (well, euro) store and use the cold weather as an excuse to brighten up my wrist.

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  26. oh my god. OH MY GOD. !!!!!!!!

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  27. I love the bracelet. I now have an idea what to do with the old broken case on my dad's film camera.

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  28. That hair would look good on you!

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