Vintage sundress just in time for Spring

I am so in the mood for this dress! It’s a gorgeous vintage sundress. The fabric is polyester, which means yes it’ll be hot on 100 degree days – but the rest of the time (i.e., almost always) it’ll be washable and it won’t wrinkle and it’ll always look good. These things are important!

vintage black and white sundress from PowerofThreeVintage boutique on Etsy

Is that not adorable? And look at the fun details! The spaghetti straps, the little keyhole neckline, the bias cut fabric (you know that moves beautifully!) And not to mention it’s super affordable. It’s available from Power of Three Vintage on Etsy. This is the kind of vintage shopping that’s fun! The shop is a joint operation with three sisters, and they have got a great eye for unique clothing – all featuring black, which is kind of a cool niche – and I think they’re going to be around for a while.

Go shopping – you’ll thank me!

Restocking black diamond glass beads – and they’re a great Gift for Mom!

These are actually one of my favorite “duo” jewel combinations. They aren’t “summery”, they aren’t just for winter – they are classic and year round and did I mention, they go with practically every color?

black diamond oval and crystal glass jewels or earring drops

Very useful when you just need to grab some earrings, put them on, and head out the door. And when you want something that’ll go with blue jeans or LBD.

And just in case you’re looking for that perfect gift for mom, that you can afford, that she’ll love? Problem solved: these will totally work!

Earring design idea and a BOGO sale

Yes, another one (these are fun!) I’m posting a pic showing a glass jewel combo that I think of as “summer jewels”. The white teardrops are vintage glass made in post-war Japan – I just found a packet I had stashed and lost! I know that never happens to you guys, right? You put something somewhere so it’ll be safe and findable, and then forget where you put it? Yeah. So anyway: white teardrops, clean lined and beautiful. Pair the white jewels with these aqua (light turquoise) rivoli faceted glass connectors and voila, white and turquoise – a classic summer color combination. And you’ve got a great pair of summer earrings 🙂

DIY earring design idea using white vintage glass teardrops and aqua rivoli faceted glass connector jewels

So here’s the deal. Buy either of these jewel styles, and you get a second pair of jewels free – equal or lesser value and all that. In practice, it means that if you buy the white teardrops, you can get the aqua glass connectors for free! Or choose another color – take a look around my shop and I bet you’ll find some that’ll be perfect for you.

The BOGO offer is just till the end of this week (from today, April 3, 2018, until midnight on Saturday, April 7, 2018) so don’t wait too long. And have fun!

PS Come to think of it – these white teardrops, paired with crystal clear sparkly glass beads instead of the aqua, would be gorgeous for bridal earrings. Just thought I’d mention it 🙂

New DIY earring design idea – sapphire glass teardrops with amethyst and aqua

Recently we’ve been talking about delicate spring colors and bridal jewels, which all are wonderful. But I did want to point out that rich color, deep sapphire blue for example, looks just fabulous all year round. Including in springtime. Sapphire blue (and aqua, as shown here) is for bridesmaids, too. And hey, for brides, if you’re not a clear-crystal-diamond traditionalist.

DIY earring design idea featuring sapphire rhinestone teardrops paired with amethyst and aqua glass jewels

In other words, when you make your own jewelry, you can make just what you want! Including glass teardrops, rhinestone jewels, and stunning combos of colors in your favorite style and shades. That’s what DIY is all about.

Well, that and getting what you want, when you want it, and not even having to spend a lot of money. How cool is that?

Pink Bridesmaid Jewels – new BOGO sale

And just because we’ve been talking about brides, this morning I’m highlighting some pretty jewels that are wonderful for a bridesmaid, maid of honor, and anyone else who wants to wear some pretty jewelry to a wedding 🙂

pink glass beads and rhinestone gems available in my jewelry supplies shop

And yes there’s a new BOGO sale – buy one pair, get one pair free 🙂 Choose any of the pink glass gems you find in my shop (see link above), and pick your second PINK item of equal or lesser value, for free. Oh – this offer is good from Sunday, March 25, through midnight on Tuesday, March 27. So don’t wait!

Your bridesmaids will love you!

Wedding and Bridal Jewels – new BOGO sale

I’ve just restocked one of my favorite rhinestone (glass) jewels – the mid size, sparkling crystal teardrops shown below. I love these. They have high quality facets, terrific sparkle, and – this is important to me! – they’re super comfortable. Big enough to add shine and sparkle – but still petite(ish). And they are a best seller – I think a lot of women agree with me here 🙂

crystal rhinestone teardrop earrings or pendant jewels

And since I just got in a new packet, I’m offering a limited time BOGO sale – buy one pair of these rhinestone earrings or pendant jewels – and get another pair free. And you can substitute any other item in my shop for your second pair, as long as it is equal or lesser value. You know the drill 🙂

Good for only a few days, so don’t wait too long! From Friday, March 23, 2018 through Monday, March 26, 2018 (at midnight), buy one pair, get one pair free!

Sheer Rhinestone Glass Jewels

I’m loving sheer glass jewels more than ever these days. The colors are a bit softer, but vivid – and they shine through the settings beautifully. They don’t need the harder edge that foil backing gives the facets. Yes there are times we want that strong sparkle – but you know? Sometimes pure color just really works 🙂

colorful sheer glass beads available in my online jewelry supplies shop

Aren’t they pretty? You don’t need to fuss a lot with these. Add basic findings – earwires, or chain and clasp – and you’ve got a fabulous piece of jewelry. You don’t have to spend a lot of money – and your DIY jewelry will look fabulous 🙂

DIY necklace design – classic and simple

Here’s a great example of how a classic design can make a beautiful piece of jewelry. Yes, it’s fun and often gorgeous to use intricate, complex designs. But clean-lined simplicity works beautifully too!

DIY necklace design with vitrail teardrop pendant

See what I mean? When the centerpiece – your focal jewel – is as pretty as this one, you don’t need to fuss. This doesn’t take a lot of work, and you don’t have to spend tons of money. Pick the color(s) you like best, use a simple chain, and voila: a beautiful necklace. That’s one of the joys of do it yourself jewelry!

Pretty Easter jewelry

Springtime and Easter are celebrations we love! Around here, Easter is all about spending time with family and friends, going to church, hosting family dinners – and yes, maybe showing off some new spring clothes. And jewelry. And if that new jewelry is pretty, and doesn’t cost a lot, that’s a good thing too 🙂

These delicate “duo” earrings are wonderful for Easter!

peridot green and pink rhinestone jewels for Easter earrings

peridot green and pink rhinestone jewels for Easter earrings

Another fun thing about these earring jewels is that you can choose the color of that tiny stone at the top of the setting – so you can really customize them to match your outfit. Just a little added plus 🙂

PS Did I mention? The peridot glass octagons are vintage rhinestones – to me that makes them even more special!

White bridal jewels – and a free gift with purchase

Okay, these are two good things: a pretty earring design idea using white bridal jewels. And, a free gift with purchase. What’s not to love?

The bridal jewels are traditional – with a twist. They are classic modern shapes (that are also pretty, and flattering) – but the white teardrops shown here were made in post-war Japan! That’s post World War II Japan – we’re going back a ways! And they’re in wonderful shape. The “white opal” glass octagons shown here aren’t quite as old – they’re from the late 1950s. So – “something old” here – but so fresh and pretty!

white vintage glass jewels for a DIY bridal earrings design

And! The “free gift with purchase” thing? Buy these components for your wedding jewels (or for a bride you know, or a bridal customer) – and you get a free gift of another pair of white glass jewels, your choice (subject to availiability). This is a limited time offer (till May 1, 2018) so you probably won’t want to wait too long!

Bridal jewels that are gorgeous – and affordable. And a free gift. Like I said – what’s not to love?