Eye Love It!!!

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The “eyes are the window to the soul”….there is some debate about who actually said it first, but this line has been tossed around for centuries. As Eye am sure you already know, or can guess at this point, Eye am the Funky in the Funky Lollipop brand–and this is why, hahahaha! As most of you have seen with my makeup, really the only feature Eye do anything with, are my eyeballs! Eye don’t wear foundation (although Eye should), Eye don’t wear blush or lipstick (although Eye should), so all Eye do is work hard to make my eyeballs pop! Eye am obsessed with the eyes! Eye have had eyeball jewelry since sixth grade, when Eye got a necklace at Casa Bonita. Eye have had necklaces and rings…but never earrings. Is it unseemly to wear fake eyeballs so near to your regular eyeballs? Eye don’t know, and obviously don’t care, hahaha, because Eye made these puppies!!

Eye like my jewelry to make a statement, and Eye find these to be really eye-catching!! Eye randomly found these little do-dads while Lollipop and Eye were at Hobby Lobby–instantly fell in love! However, they are not the easiest ‘bead’ to work with!   Flat on the back, with two little holes at each corner. How in the world do Eye attach this to an earring hook? Well, lucky for me, Eye am also obsessed with chains! 8 lengths of chain and 14 jump rings later, these eye-popping beauties were born!! They are also available with silver chain, instead of black. And Eye hope to come up with another design soon, as well. As much as Eye possibly can, Eye will have eyeballs in my pieces!!

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Twenties Inspired Scarab Earrings

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I have always been interested in ancient cultures and the splendid artistic legacies they left behind.  Ancient Egypt with its stylized elements and bright colors I find to be particularly fascinating.  I am not alone.  Europe and the west’s love affair with ancient Egypt design elements, including the scarab beetle, began in the 1740’s when the English clergyman Richard Pococke published a two volume description of his travels in the ancient world.  This renewed focus on the area led Napoleon Bonaparte to bring a large group of scholars and artists with him during his invasion of Egypt in 1798.   Bonaparte’s mission was unsuccessful, but his rag tag group of scientists created thirty six volumes of sketches and descriptions published between 1809 and 1813 upon their return to Europe.   The publication of this beautiful collection and the discovery of the rosetta stone caused the interest in Egyptian style and culture to reach a fever pitch.  Even more explorers and attention were drawn to Egypt in the following century and Egypt mania reached it’s height in the 1920’s with Petrie’s discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen.  Another style prominent during this time and one to which I am also very attracted is Art Deco.  I love the twenties for this blending of the ancient and more recent past and it is this combination that inspired the earrings pictured.

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