Claudaycious Designs beautifies bookmarks, food picks and more.

Ronelle Grier Contributing Writer

After styling hair for clients across Metro Detroit for more than four decades, Claudia Drilich hung up her scissors and turned her talent toward a different kind of artistic endeavor.

Through her new company, Claudaycious Designs, Drilich has created an exclusive line of “food jewelry” and original bookmarks that make memorable gifts for the holidays and beyond. Drilich scours local bead stores, craft shows and the internet to find unique charms and beads made of glass, precious stones and carved wood, which she transforms into decorative yet practical pieces.

The idea for the food jewelry came to her while planning a small dinner party for a few friends.

“I was doing some bead work and thinking about what I could do to display the food in a cool way,” said Drilich, 64. “I had some martini picks, so I started putting beads on them. They were a hit.”

When the guests wanted to know if the picks were for sale, Drilich decided to start a business.

“Food is so beautiful on its own, but when you can dress with a little food jewelry, it’s even more festive,” she said. “They make fabulous food even more fabulous.”

The bookmarks were inspired by her love of books. To find out if there was a market, she did a survey on Facebook asking how many people preferred printed books to e-readers. She received more than 500 responses from people who read real books and use bookmarks.

The innovative collection of food jewelry features an assortment of picks and skewers for hors d’oeuvres, fruit kabobs or festive cocktails. There is a design to suit each person on your gift list, with themes that include Judaica, yoga, hearts and holidays. Made of food-grade stainless steel, the skewers are available in 4½- and 8-inch lengths. A set of four sells for $20-$50, depending on the design.

Your favorite bookworm will be delighted to receive one of Drilich’s custom bookmarks, crafted of metal stems and adorned with a variety of beads and charms, including hearts, owls, Jewish stars, hamsas and more. Larger beads and tassels are combined with the smaller charms for a distinctive piece that any reader will enjoy. The bookmarks are available in 3- and 5-inch styles and sell for $25-$30 each, depending on design. A portion of all sales goes to Shades of Pink Foundation, an organization that provides financial assistance for breast cancer patients.

To purchase pieces by Claudaycious Designs, visit the Facebook page.





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