BEETLE MANIA

I just had to use that title. ;)  Here is the entire beetle belt collection….Beetles 2

The top beetle is a stag beetle, middle guy is a rhinoceros beetle, and the third is a click beetle.  I don't know if you have click beetles where you live, but they are all over North Texas–that makes me partial to this belt. They're kind of clumsy, good natured beetles.  Imagine if Mr. Rogers were a beetle……. We'll have to get Karen to try some type of Longhorn beetle too…

Longhorn 

When I was younger, I would visit Texas in the summer, and I can remember these giant green longhorn beetles with black spots.  I was terrified of them!  Now that I live in Texas, I never see them anymore.  I don't know what happened to wipe them all out–probably those darn fire ants.  I would love to see one again.  Growing up in Alaska, we didn't have a lot of variety in insects, mostly aggressive mosquitos.  Visiting Texas as a child really traumatized me at times–it seemed that some of the bugs were straight out of a bad horror films.  I could handle seeing bears and moose, but NOT giant flying bugs!

It will soon be time in the south for the annual June bug visit.  These are the dumbest creatures ever created.  They just fly around crashing into everything in their path….this is how you usually see them.  Dead.  Poor things…I don't think we'll make a June bug belt or anything else.June bug 

Here is the first necklace to be completed….Karen is home working fast and furiously on new pieces…I can't wait!  

Tentacle
 

Thanks so much to everyone that ordered the stag beetle belt–we should be picking up our first casting in the next couple of days.   
 

Also–I don't want to jinx this–but the site is working!!!  Give us just a couple of days to update pictures.  
  

 

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29 Responses
  • Sophia Schwan April 07, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    I love the pieces so much. I am in love with the stag beetle belt! I’m always looking for pieces like that but they just don’t exist!!! <3
    http://skiepies.blogspot.com/

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  • Style Odyssey April 07, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    I love these! Funny, I was thinking about June bugs the other day. I grew up in Alabama, so I remember them rather fondly- a pretty green iridescent color. But yes, they don’t seem very smart, relative to other bugs.
    I’m very interested in ordering one of the belts (you’ll see my email). Please, would you or Jane do a post of the two new ones soon, so we can see them as belts.
    Oh, and the octopus necklace is wonderful!

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  • Kayla April 07, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    I love that necklace!! I’d wear it with everything all the time!!
    http://senseofstyleiseternal.blogspot.com/

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  • Stephanie April 07, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    AH! I live just outside of Houston in Katy, TX and must say, the dumb June Bug invasion has already begun!!! The buckles look amazing. Keep up the great work!

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  • Jody Pham April 07, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    that necklace is AMAZING!

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  • stylefyles April 07, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    love that octopus necklace…it reminds me of Ursula from my favorite Disney movie ever! This jewelry line is fantastic! (wish it were more affordable, womp womp).

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  • Pearl Westwood April 07, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Aw poor June bug! The pieces are all so beautiful, great job Judy xx

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  • The Photodiarist April 07, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Stunning pieces!! So you are from Alaska? My sister used to live there before she moved to Texas and then to London. She’s in the oil industry. I’ve been to Alaska and Texas one time each. Such totally different places from each other!

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  • judy@judyaldridge.com April 07, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    We will definitely have some lower priced items. ;) )

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  • judy@judyaldridge.com April 07, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    Photodiarist–Yes, Im from Alaska–did you enjoy your trip. I haven’t been back in ages….

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  • Annie April 07, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    love this post! aaaah all these huge insects freak me out we dont have too many of these huge beetles in california that ive run into. those poor june bugs :( you should make a little june bug charm!!!
    http://shoelosophy.blogspot.com/

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  • Cruz April 07, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Those beetles are really works of art – and so is the necklace! I can’t wait to see what else you guys will come up with. PS I find it really cool that you’re from Alaska lol

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  • Amy Lambert April 07, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    The finish and texture to these pieces are amazing. Just awesome!!!

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  • Persephone April 07, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    Really fun, really interesting. I love insect-inspired fashion, though I am usually scared of being so literal.
    xx Persephone
    http://the-limbo-of-vanity.tumblr.com

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  • Kiki April 07, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    I like those beetle!
    And the beetle belt collection is just amazing!

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  • CC April 07, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    im so excited for you and your bug belt collection. you and your sister are awesome.
    i also wanted to say jane’s pics of that old hotel were freaking gorgeous. well worth the jump out of the car.
    CC

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  • liz April 08, 2010 at 6:31 AM

    really loving the belts and necklace. Amazing job on the collection

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  • Athena April 08, 2010 at 7:15 AM

    Hi Judy!
    The belts and necklace are amazing. But then again, I wouldn’t expect anything less from you & your sister! Looking forward to viewing the site!
    I was born & have lived in Dallas all my life & I have never seen a Longhorn Beetle. I just remember being terrified of the huge grasshoppers! Haha.

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  • mooivintage April 08, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    The site looks great, I accidentally stumbled upon it when searching for Dotty Smith buckles! Looking forward seeing all your cool finds. I’ve amassed quite a bunch of cool animal buckles myself;-)
    http://www.mooivintage.etsy.com

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  • Catherine April 08, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Wow! beautiful belts and necklace. Which site will they be available from – the Plain Objects one?
    Thanks

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  • Catherine April 08, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    I really, really love the necklace!

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  • Sister Wolf April 08, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    Hideous! How can you stand these obsequious ass-kissing comments?!?

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  • jezmine April 08, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    hi there,
    i love to read ur blog and jane’s too…
    and those belts are truly one of a kind…
    love,
    Jezmine
    all the way frm KL, Malaysia..
    This is my blog, i love all things animal print too, and I had this KingKong print bodycon dress on..
    http://www.jezmineblossom.blogspot.com

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  • Cristina April 08, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    I recently found your blog and I love it! I am very attracted to those beetle belts. In real life I am completely scared of beetles, they just look so mean and scary, but I would so wear one of these… are you planning on making them a bit smaller? I am very short and thin and it would surely look like the beetle was trying to attack me LOL
    Have a great weekend,
    Cristina
    http://cristinasjewelry.blogspot.com

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  • Ola April 09, 2010 at 3:56 AM

    Fantastic, very original

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  • amy b.s. April 09, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    love the beetles and love the way they look on. fantastic idea.

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  • annie April 10, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    Judy,have you checked out Dominic Jones?
    Here’s the link – I love his rings but check out the cuffs in the new collection:
    http://www.dominicjonesjewellery.com/

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  • Roller shoes April 11, 2010 at 10:48 PM

    interesting post
    http://www.evolution-shoes.com/Roller-shoes-c3.html

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  • Amy September 03, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    !!WHOA! I grew up in Alaska too!!! so insaneee, never really meet people outside of Alaska that grew up there.
    I really like the beetles btw, they’re so precious (:

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