remember the leather braided rodeo necklace at free people that I was going to DIY? Done and done! It's made of iolite, silver, a bit of cow leather, and deerskin lace. Mine's a bit shorter than Free People's original, because that super long length does nothing for me ... or for my mother (who liked this necklace so much when it was still in-process that I sent it to her for her birthday). The foreshortening in this photo is a bit deceptive, though; I think it hangs about 20" long (maybe 22?).
I love that I still have iolite heishi beads to play with; they're so pretty! Maybe I should make some earrings?