In the vast and wonderful global market of things I can’t afford, there are many items the manufacturing of which I don’t quite understand, whether they’re produced by man or machine. How complex a process it must be to turn minerals into an iPhone, to engineer a camera that takes panoramic photos, or to get the aroma of apple and cinnamon to stick to those netted bags of pine cones all season long! So when it comes to DIY’s, I am easily awed and overwhelmed. Assembling an ombre cake or weaving a friendship bracelet may be kindergarten day camp level of difficulty, but my attempts at them never seem to turn out right. Inspired by this Lulu Frost necklace, I decided to tackle one of the simplest current DIY trends: painted rhinestone jewelry. I used an OPI shade of blue and L’oreal polish in “Raven’s Strength” and basically did a little paint by numbers. For the black pupil I used a wooden skewer with a flat, smooth circular end. The whole craft took about five minutes and provided a great false sense of accomplishment – a must for these bleak post-grad times.