Crafting and My First Giveaway!!!

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.

Chevron 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:

Pink & Mint NecklaceNecklace for Monk

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.

Swarovski Pink Coral BraceletVintage Acrylic Mint Bracelet

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.

Turquoise and Lavender

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.

Turquoise and LavenderTurquoise Ring

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!

Mint & Coral Necklace

Mint & Coral Simplicity BraceletsSimplicity Bracelets

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!

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.

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.

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.