I am going to attend a conference with my husband for a few days next week ... I love conferences - meeting people from all over the world, reconnecting with old friends and making new ones, cocktail and dinner parties and most importantly, a reason to wear something other than jeans and a tee shirt! My only complaint about the conferences is that we are asked to wear name tags all of the time and they are attached to really "sporty" looking lanyards. I like the idea of wearing name tags but not ones that look like I should be at the gym when I'm wearing a cocktail dress and heels. Well, let's just say that I wore the standard issue lanyard the first time (see my "before" picture above from Spain) but the next conference that I went to I made my own lanyards from some simple black beads (see my "after" picture above from Italy). My lanyards were a hit with all of the ladies and everyone wanted to know where I bought them!
I have been unable to find the lanyards that I had made over the past few years ... we moved a year ago and I'm still searching for a couple of boxes that have been misplaced or "thrown away" by mistake ... so this week I made a couple more lanyards to take with me next week. My new lanyards have more of an Anthropologie feeling to them with a mixture of vintage and new materials. I was very inspired by a couple of my new Somerset Studio magazines - Belle Armoire Jewelry and the new Jewelry Affaire. If I have time, I'm going to make a couple of extra lanyards to give to some of my friends at the conference.