When you leisurely walk down the streets of Old San Juan on a Saturday evening, your senses will be overwhelmed (in the best way possible). Happy music wafts through the hot air. Soft light bounces off the ancient stone walls of the city. Vendors line the Paseo de Princessa and sell unique gifts. And the churros! THE best tasting churro you may ever have is smack dab in the middle of it all, freshly made from a street vendor. (If you go, I recommend the Dulce de Leche. And grab lots of napkins.) It’s one of my favorite things to do while in Puerto Rico: get a churro, check out the vendors, and then watch the giant floating cities set sale for a week of adventures.
During our most recent trip to PR, I spotted a new vendor who was crafting jewelry out of leather. His tools were spread out on the table in front of him and his finished products were scattered around the table. He sold me a pair of brown leather studs he had just made – simple circular cuts of leather attached to jewelry posts. I’ve worn them almost every day since.
Inspired by this man, I started making wood slab stud earrings out of small cuts from tree branches. Some are stained antique walnut while others are finished with two coats of shellac and kept natural. They are secured to nickel-free posts and extremely lightweight.
The earrings come in two sizes:
Wood Slab Earrings: $5 per set (available in small or large and in natural or antique walnut)