Brooch Necklace

It has been a many months since I’ve picked up my pliers and crafted any jewelry.
This Friday of course is Valentines Day, and I wanted a statement piece to wear with my planned outfit. We’re heading out to the Thinkery in Austin for a fun family day. Here in Harker Heights, it’s really laid back. You don’t see many people wearing statement pieces. I wore my crystal bow necklace yesterday when we took the kids to the park and felt a bit out-of-place with that much sparkle. In Austin, however you can get away with lots of things I wouldn’t normally wear, for example this necklace that I made earlier.

Brooch Necklace | Vintage Glass Beads | Vintage Rhinestone Brooch
That brooch was given to me by a dear friend a few years ago. I have loved it since the day it arrived in the mail. I’ve been wanting to do something with it, I hated seeing it sit on my shelf collecting dust. I used vintage jet black glass beads and of course that beautiful vintage rhinestone brooch. I believe the brooch is made out of acrylic rhinestone, even then it’s still a pretty heavy piece. I love using vintage beads! When I was still making stuff for my etsy shop, majority of the components I used were vintage glass beads & vintage glass rhinestone. Anyhow, here is what the necklace used to look like.

Pink Chrysanthemum Necklace | Vintage Glass Beads, Pink Resin Chrysanthemum
I liked it but after trying it on several times, I felt it needed more beads, but all I had were the ten used in the necklace. I decided to re-work it to incorporate the brooch. I took off the chrysanthemum, added a jumpring to the center of the beads and then added the brooch.

Brooch Necklace (Back) | Vintage Glass Beads | Vintage Brooch
I don’t remember if the pin that secured the brooch to your garment was already broken, or if I took it off. Anyhow, I secured the jumpring to the back of the pin via the clasp that held the pin closed using a “S” type hook that I made from an eyepin. I’m pretty pleased with how it came out. I feel the beads add just a bit of sparkle without taking the attention away from the beautiful brooch.

Brooch Necklace (Worn) | Vintage Glass Beads | Vintage Rhinestone Brooch
This is a link to my favorite vintage jewelry supplier:
Bumbershoot Supplies
Now go and create something fabulous!

What are your thoughts? Too much sparkle?
Have a wonderful day, and thank you for stopping by!
-XOXO Lysa

Harry Potter on Etsy

Those that know me knows I LOVE Harry Potter!

I read the books religiously when I was younger. I even had the bedding set! I actually forgot that I used to own the bedding until I came across a dress that was made with the sheet set and then the memories came flooding back. I’ve tried many times to read the series to Monk but she just wasn’t into it, so I let it go. A few weeks ago we watched an episode of American Dad that parodied Harry Potter. Now usually I’m not a big fan of American Dad, or should I say Seth MacFarlane, BUT this episode had me giggling like a kid. Ever since we watched that episode, when it’s time for Monk to wash her hands before we eat we always point our fingers like it was a wand and go “Lavate los manos!” Anyways, a few days after that I decided it was time to introduce Harry Potter to Monk again, this time through the movies. So for the next week we watched one movie a day until we finished the whole series. My kid is officially a Harry Potter fan!

I’ve been wanting to re-read the whole series again, but it seems I just can’t find the time.
Instead, I decided to put together a list of my favorite Harry Potter finds from Etsy.
In no particular order, my 12 favorite items:
(photos are linked to source)

The Grim Tea Cup with Saucer

Harry Potter Stars Earring

The Boy Who Lived Tank Top

The Tale of Three Brothers

Harry Potter Garden Sign

Harry Potter Italian Marble Coaster
Mr. H. Potter | The Cupboard Under the Stairs
Harry Potter Snitch Ring

I Solemnly Swear That I Am Up to No Good

Ministry of Magic Vinyl Decal

Deathly Hallows Always Tank Top
Ron Weasley Sweater
I hope you enjoyed my finds.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
-XOXO Lysa

Excitement is Brewing

Camping + Campfire = Love

We’re planning our first family camping trip and I can’t contain my excitement! I painted this sign earlier today. I’m hoping Dana can screw it onto a stake so we can post it at our campsite when we go. Camping with a four year old and a one year old will be quite an adventure.
I can’t wait!!!!

Thanks for stopping by.
-XOXO Lysa

I HEART Ceramics

I’ve been busy planning Monk’s 4th “Pirates” themed birthday party for the last couple of weeks. Somewhere along the way I stumbled across an AMAZING ceramic artist, Jeanette Zeis. If you did a quick Google image search of “cupcake stands or cake stands” you would see her work over and over again. I love it! I have always wanted to try my hand at making my own pottery and browsing her lovely works of art makes me want to try it even more!
Single Cupcake Stand by Jeanette ZeisIsn’t this the sweetest little cupcake stand ever?!?!?!
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This little fruit bowl is my favorite piece. I can totally see this sitting on my kitchen table filled with cherries or strawberries.
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I would make room in my tiny kitchen for these little beauties. Even if it means tossing out the toaster to make room on the counter. Okay, I probably wouldn’t throw out the toaster, but you get the point.
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My cabinets would be full of these lovely pieces. I would love to enjoy some yummy soup out of those pretty little bowls! The detailed little scallops are just the cutest!il_fullxfull_382221584_5b2f_grandeFor all you vegans out there, Jeanette (who is vegan, herself) also has a line of ceramics catered to you, which includes bowls, plates, mugs, and even key chains and notebooks.il_fullxfull_382219097_9gdf_grande
So what do you think? Are you as in LOVE with her work as I am?

All the photos above are linked back to Jeanette Zeis Ceramics.
I actually do not know Jeanette, personally or professionally, nor am I affiliated in any way to her company. I just wanted to share her beautiful art work and that is the only reason for this post. If I ever have enough to splurge, Jeanette, I will definitely be visiting your (online) shop.

You can find Jeanette’s items at:
Jeanette Zeis Ceramics
vesselsandwares Etsy Shop

You can also find her on her blog at vesselsandwares Blog
Or keep in touch with her Facebook page at Jeanette Zeis Ceramics

Thanks so much for stopping by my little blog.
-XOXO Lysa

Tutorial: Cabochon & Felt Flower Brooch

Finished Cabachon & Felt Flower Brooch

Today I’m going to show you how I make this super cute little cabochon and felt flower.

Resin Rose Cabochon

I first ordered these little rose cabochons to use in making my ribbon bookmarks. You can pick up these pretty little cabochons at Dime Store Emporium. If there is a specific color you want make sure you mention it to Terri in the “note to seller” part, otherwise her company will randomly choose the colors you receive.

Pink & BlueSeafoam Bookmark

I had a bunch left over so I decided to use them to craft flower brooches/re-usable bows.

Ready for Gifting001

First I grab a cabochon and decide what color felt I want to work with. In this case I’m using black and hot pink felt for this pastel pink rose cabochon.

Cut a Circle

Using the cabochon as a guide, I cut the felt into a circle leaving about 1/4 to 1/2 inch of space between each layer. I have one small circle and one larger circle for each flower.

Ready for Petals

 Next, I cut little “V” slits around the circle to make petals. I usually cut out five little v’s per circle.

Stacked Felt PetalsFelt Petals

Once all my petals are cut, I head on over to my nifty sewing machine to attach the felt layers together. I use my sewing machine because I HATE sewing by hand.

Sewn Together

I just stitch them together going over back and forth several times to make sure they’re secure. I stick to center of the flower so that the stitches will be hidden once I glue the cabochon onto it. Once I have secured the petals, it’s time to finish the backing of the brooch.

Rectangle for the BackSafety Pin Opened

I cut out a rectangle that is big enough to hold the safety-pin in place. Short enough to fit inside the safety-pin, but long enough to have sufficient space to glue the felt onto the back of the flower.

Hot Glue the Safety PinFinished Backs

Using a hot glue gun, I attach the safety-pin and rectangle to the flower. I apply hot glue on one side of the safety-pin and attach that to the flower, then apply more hot glue to the other side of the safety-pin and press to secure. The backing is now finished.

Sand the Backs

Using sand paper, sand the backs of the cabochons. I do this so that the glue will adhere to the cabochons and secure it to the flower.

Bring in the E6000Add Glue

Next, I use my trusty tube of E6000 to secure my cabochon to the felt flower. Just a dab on the back of the cabochon and then attach onto the felt flower. Let it sit undisturbed overnight so that the glue has time to dry.

Glue Overflow

This is what happens when I used too much glue. It seeps out the sides.

Glued, Let Dry Overnight

Once dried, I attach them to the boxes that I send out to my customers. Whenever a customer orders an item from my shop, I always wrap it up. I think these little pretties adds a sweet touch.

Finished Cabachon & Felt Flower BroochReady for Gifting

You’re probably asking yourself, “Why so many methods of attaching the flowers?” Well, I used to just sew the felt together, then secured everything else with hot glue. One time, the hot glue didn’t hold the cabochon onto the felt, so that’s when I started using the E6000 glue. You probably could just use the E6000 glue for all the steps to secure, but it takes time for the glue to dry. “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” So thus the many different methods of securing the flower together.

You can re-use the flower for gifts, or wear it as a brooch to add a pop of color to your wardrobe.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. It’s my first tutorial, I apologize if something doesn’t make sense. If you have any questions, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer your questions.

Happy crafting and thanks for stopping by.

The Big Reveal

I sent these little beauties out to Patricia Steglinski of P.S. Photography to photograph them for our Etsy shop. I just love how they came out! Clean and crisp. All of the earrings are ready to ship except for the cascading clear rhinestone earrings, that particular pair is made to order. If you are interested in giving them a home, or if you just want to browse our shop, you can check out our items here.

Click on any of the photos to view the slide show.

Visit P.S. Photography to view more of Patricia’s work.

P.S. Photography is based out of Hanford, California.

You can contact the lovely Patricia at:

(559) 537-9185

Thanks for stopping by.

Day 29-Black & White

Can you believe that we are 29 days into the 30 Day “Photog Wanna Be” Challenge?

Challenge for today is “Black & White.”

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I got a few orders from my shop, so late last night I made these cute little felt and cabochon flowers. All the orders that leave my home goes gift wrapped. So whether if it’s a gift for someone or for yourself, the person the on receiving end will still get the pleasure of opening up a gift. The flowers can be re-used as a bow/flower for gifts or it can be pinned on as a brooch. They always vary in color and size, depending on what I have on hand. This batch, as you can see, is in the black/white/red color story.

 Visit Two Everyday Divas and Flower Faerie Lives Life to see their takes on “Black & White.”

The final challenge for tomorrow is “Self Portrait.”

Thanks for visiting.

Sneak Peek

A couple of weeks ago I sent out the earrings I made for the shop out to a fabulous photographer. I’m hoping that by having professional shots of them, it would generate more interest.

Patricia sent one photo back as a sneak peek and I’m just thrilled!

Patricia Steglinski of P.S. Photography did a stellar job capturing my little beauties.

Cascading vintage Alexandrite statement earrings.

Cascading vintage alexandrite statement earrings.

(Click on the photo for a closer look.)

This pair of handcrafted earrings is made from vintage alexandrite crystal rhinestones. They are set in closed back antiqued brass prong settings and finished off with French wire hooks.

If you are interested in these earrings, I will have them in listed in my Etsy shop very soon.

Visit P.S. Photography to view more of Patricia’s work.

P.S. Photography is based out of Hanford, California.

If you are in the area and are in need of a professional photographer, contact Patricia at:

(559) 537-9185

Thanks for stopping by.

Day 6-Obsession

Today is Day 6 of the 30 Day “Photog Wanna Be” Challenge.

“Obsession” is the challenge for the day.

Jewelry Making Supply

My jewelry supply box!

I’ve recently (in the last couple of months) started making earrings and bookmarks with charms. In the little bit of spare time I do have, this box is on my lap while I’m working away. If I’m not crafting new items, I’m surfing Etsy supply shops that specializes in vintage parts while brainstorming new designs.

Check out Two Everyday Divas, our two hostesses for this challenge.

And Flower Faerie Lives Life who is also participating.

Tomorrow’s challenge is “Changes to Come.”

Stay tuned and thanks for visiting.

30 Day Photography Challenge

I decided I’m going to attempt the 30 Day “Photog Wanna Be” Challenge from Jen & Chrissy at Two Everyday Divas.

I forgot to post my self portrait yesterday, which is the challenge for Day 1. I was dead tired, and it totally slipped my mind. Squish woke me up at 2AM and I wasn’t able to go back to sleep. So here are my photos for Day 1 & Day 2 Challenges.

Day 1-Self Portrait, taken with Monks’ Olympus Tough

Day 1 Photo Challenge

Can you believe Monk photo bombed my self-portrait?!?!

Day 2-Something you wore, taken with my Nikon Coolpix L110

Favorite Earrings

I made these earrings a couple of weeks ago and have worn them since.

Tomorrow’s challenge is Clouds. Which I anticipate will definitely be a challenge for me since the forecast says 80% chance of rain!

Come join us with the challenge. Link up and comment to let us know you’re participating.

Thanks for checking us out.

Bookmarks with Charms

I’m so excited about my first batch of bookmarks. This is a ten piece set reserved for a lady down in Missouri.

Charms for bookmarks

Charms for Bookmarks

I’m just waiting on the ribbon clamps to arrive so I can finish them off. I used a combination of new and vintage trinkets to create each bookmark. My bookmarks range anywhere from $12-$18 in my Etsy shop.

Bookmark Charms

Close-Up of Charms for Bookmarks

If you would like one custom made for you or someone you love, or if you are a retailer and would like to purchase my bookmarks at wholesale price, please feel free to contact me via Etsy or Facebook.

Bookmark Charms

Reserved Listing for 10 Bookmarks with Charms

Here are a couple of examples of what the bookmarks look like once completed.

Velvet Bookmark with Spring Charms

Spring Fever

Pink and Blue Bookmark

Pink & Blue

These will definitely add a little sparkle to your favorite book.

Bookmark Charms

Vintage charms for velvet ribbon bookmark.

Vintage charms for velvet ribbon bookmark.

I am still waiting for the velvet ribbon I ordered so that I can finish this bookmark and get it listed in the shop. Adorned with vintage rhinestones, vintage glass beads and cabochon, and vintage charms, once completed this bookmark will mark your page and add a little sparkle to whatever you are reading.

I first saw ribbon bookmarks in a post from Whipperberry.  Those bookmarks were created by Christina from Intimate Weddings using trinkets from a line of customizable jewelry called Styled by Tori Spelling. Super cute as those trinkets are, I knew that my own bookmarks would be created with vintage charms. I love being able to give new life to something old and probably forgotten. Inspiration for my own bookmarks came from Andrea Singarella. I absolutely adore her creations.

I have always loved crafting. Making things with my own hands is so much more special and satisfying than going to a store to buy something that everyone else can easily purchase. I remember making colorful paper banners out of a string of hemp twine, a hot glue gun with a couple of sticks of glue and a Land Of Nod catalog. For a few cents and a little time and effort, I have beautiful banners gracing the kiddos play room and also a couple in my little craft corner. They are bright and cheerful and always bring a smile to my face every time I walk into both those rooms. What I love most about crafting is that I’m constantly learning something new or finding new ways to improve my skills. I’ve learned everything from origami, to sewing party favors, & dress-up clothes, to painting personalized professional looking signs. Making my own brooch bouquet is one of my favorite crafts until now. Making jewelry and bookmarks is one of my favorite things to do while the kids are napping.

Vintage charms for velvet ribbon bookmark.

Vintage charms for velvet ribbon bookmark.

You never know what you can do until you try.