I don’t really know which direction I want to take MonkeyAndSquish, my etsy shop. Right now I’m working on streamlining it and making it more cohesive. I’m phasing out my pallet signs and art and focusing on just my jewelry. I’m still in the mint & coral phase, so a lot of the things I have been making are in that color scheme. I will be working towards exclusively working with sterling silver. Some things I’ve been working on:
I’ve also been making some macramé bracelets. I’ve been testing out various closures for the macramé bracelets and am still unsatisfied with the end result so they will not be listed in the shop just yet.
The problem with making jewelry in the style that I love is that I just want to keep every piece! I am absolutely in love with the colors of the oval chalcedony. That sea-foam green color makes me think of tropical waters and reminds me of how much I miss the beach.
I had some left over wire so I decided to play around with it.
I’m 30 years old and I still have no clue what I want to be when I “grow up.” All I know is that I’m blessed to have the most wonderful, supportive boyfriend anyone could ever ask for, and our two wonderful kids light up my life each and every day. Can you believe Dana has put up with my crap for the last seven years?!?! Good thing he loves me! Our baby girl will be four in a little over a month and our little baby boy will be a year old in a little over two months! Where has the time gone?
I may not know which direction MonkeyAndSquish is taking me, but I know that I am enjoying the journey. Thanks for stopping by my little blog.
I have been super super busy the last few weeks. Dana has been working 70 hour weeks, so I’ve had little time to get back into blogging.
If you read my last post, you know that I’m in a mint and coral phase. I just love that color combo!!!! I ordered some beads so I could make my own mint and coral jewelry and along the way I found these really fun rings.
Are they not the cutest?!?! It is actually two rings that I stacked together to get the chevron look. Czech glass rhinestones and chevron pattern in one, I couldn’t pass them up!
I haven’t quite found the perfect “coral” bead. All the beads I’ve come across is a little too peachy for my taste. I would prefer my coral to be a little more pink than peach. But so far my favorite out of all the peachy coral beads is the Swarovski “pink coral” pearl beads. My favorite mint is definitely the Swarovski faceted “alabaster mint” beads. Here are a few things I’ve been working on in the last few weeks:
The necklace on the left I made for myself, it’s made with vintage Japanese acrylic “mint” beads paired up with a pink ruffled flower cabochon. The necklace on the right I made for my little Monk, she chose the green ruffled flower cabochon, so I paired it with two vintage Czech alabaster milk glass beads.
These two bracelets are in my Etsy shop. The bracelet on the left is made up of Swarovski “pink coral” pearl beads with a white ruffled flower cabochon as the centerpiece. The bracelet on the right is made up of vintage Japanese acrylic pearl beads with an ivory ruffled flower cabochon as the centerpiece. If you want to pick these up you can find them here.
You can also find this necklace in my shop. It’s made up of vintage Czech alabaster milk glass graduating beads. The largest of the beads starts underneath the lavender flower cabochon and gets smaller as it makes its way up the chain. Two lavender and one turquoise flower cabochon commands the attention on this piece.
This necklace comes with a matching turquoise ring set on an adjustable filigree base.
I mentioned I’m in a mint and coral phase, so of course I had to make some mint and coral stuff for myself!
I love my little necklace and these bracelets. I just adore these bracelets! I love them so much that I want to share my love of them with one lucky winner! So on to my giveaway!
The winner will receive these two bracelets. You can stack them and wear them as shown, or give one to a friend or someone you love. These bracelets are about 7.75 inches from end to end. The beads are Swarovski “pink coral” pearl beads and Swarovski “mint alabaster” beads with small silver-plated brass beads. The eyepin holding the beads and the lobster clasp are also made of silver-plated brass. The chain is silver finished steel. I will contact the winner and adjust the length of the bracelets if necessary.
To enter, come and “like” us on Facebook and “share” our photo. That’s it! Once shared, your name will be entered into a drawing and on Saturday May 25th at 6:00pm, Monk will randomly choose the name of our winner out of a hat.
So come on over and share this photo. Good luck everyone!
Thanks for stopping by!
Okay, so I KNOW I’m way late to the mint & coral party. Like, everybody has gone home late. But you know what they say, “Better late than never!”
I came across a photo the other day of a collection of jewelry in the mint and coral color story and I just fell in LOVE! Like, head over heels in love! Like, love at first sight in love! Like, I cannot live without you in love! Sooooo! I ordered a strand of vintage mint pearly glass beads and a strand of pink coral beads to add to my jewelry making box. I can’t wait until I get them so I can make my own mint & coral things.
For now, here is a collection of my favorite coral and minty things to lust after. Enjoy!
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