Vintage blue and black sheath dress

I was on a quest for a dress, and this is not at all what I was looking for. I was trying to find an amber gold wiggle dress – something to go with the topaz glass jewels I mentioned earlier. But I saw this dress and I kept coming back to it. It’s such a GOOD dress!

vintage blue and black sheath dress

I mean, think about it. This dress looks great, just as she’s wearing it. You could go to work, meet the in-laws, go play with the girls. But! So changeable. Wear it with killer pumps, or flipflops. Add a bright red cardigan. Go with the blue-and-black and add a (fake) Armani black jacket.

Or a turtleneck and tights under, in winter. Or a gossamer shawl. And we haven’t even talked about jewelry yet!

This is the kind of clothes that once you find them, you can wear like forever. Summer or winter (that Armani jacket) – casual or dressy. You’ll wear this out, is what you’ll do.

This treasure can be found – until it’s grabbed up anyway – at Buxom Babes Vintage – I mean, even the name is great! Lindsay, the shop owner, has a great eye for detail and good pics. Go shopping, you’ll thank me!

Seriously? this should be your dress!

P.S. I almost forgot to mention. This dress is on sale (only $38.00!) because of a flaw at the back hem, which Lindsay is very up front about – and which in the pics, I cannot even see. Totally worth investigating, and fixing up, or ignoring (because no one will probably notice). But Lindsay was sure to mention it – and that to me is a sign of a good (reliable and smart) online seller!

Golden topaz glass beads

Golden topaz is pretty year round of course. But somehow in fall, it seems a more magical color. The color of changing leaves, maybe?

Or because it’s the November birthstone? That’s partly it. But mostly it’s like little rays of sunshine, I think. For example:

golden topaz glass octagon beads in silver or brass settings

Pretty color, low cost, do-it-yourself sunshine jewels. This is a win 🙂

Fuschia pink glass beads and design ideas!

I had featured some fuschia pink bead “triples” several months back see post here – and just recently started playing with fuschia again. Sometimes that rich, bright color is just what you need!

fuschia glass beads and design ideas for earrings

Yes, I love to try new combinations – almost at random. The center design shows simple, small round glass beads hand wired (using inexpensive gold craft wire) to a teardrop bead. None of the colors match. And yet, isn’t it kind of interesting? I thought so. And of course, you could “randomly” choose colors that are just what you need for a special outfit…

That’s the fun of making your own jewelry (and having lots of bits and pieces from previous projects!) You can try stuff. You can create your own look. You don’t have to spend a lot of money.

That’s a win 🙂

Crystal AB glass beads, updated

I was talking about crystal AB glass beads recently (see post here and realized I hadn’t added my newest style! I am totally in love with these 🙂

crystal AB glass connector beads

They’re wonderful used with other AB beads – make dangling earrings by combining them with teardrops, for example. But they’are also wonderful with any tiny bead or pearl added to the bottom ring – lightweight and comfy and also totally adorable! I’m going to post some examples soon (stay tuned!)

The sparkle and tiny glints of color are so pretty!

Cushion cut glass beads (jewels)

I’m trying a little experiment over in my Etsy jewelry supplies shop. I’ve made a listing where you can pick any three pairs of “cushion cut” glass beads or jewels in one listing – and you get to choose the color(s).

cushion cut glass beads

I want to see, over say a month’s time, how many times people want three pairs of the same color, or all pastels, or all warm colors, or – well, you get the idea.

And of course I’m offering a little extra incentive – a sale price 🙂

That’s called a win for me, because I learn stuff (and maybe make a few extra sales), and a win for you the customer, because you get just what you want, and you get a really good deal. See? Win!

Pink Glass Beads

We’re going for simple today. Pink glass beads – cabochon jewels, if you want to be technical about it 🙂 I’m getting more pink jewels in lately – people are wanting them. And it’s such a pretty color!

pink glass beads from my weekendjewelry1 on Etsy

Use them “as is” with dangling pearls or jewels. Or buy the settings with only one ring, on top of the stone – add earwires and you’re done. Or with no rings at all, you just glue on earring posts – and again, done. A classier pair of stud earrings, you are just not going to find!

Well – you might be looking for other colors, which is totally doable. Check out the other “cushion cut” glass beads in my Etsy shop.

DIY earrings are easy, they’re super affordable, they’re fun, and they will totally match your new outfit. This is a win!

Vintage white summer dress

I was looking around for a pink sundress. But then I saw this totally adorable white summer A-line, and my brain just went, Okay. Yes.

vintage white summer A-line dress

This is a dress you add some shoes (high heel sandals maybe, or flipflops, or if you have to wear Real shoes, some pink Mary Janes). Earrings of course (I’m biased) – bright pink or green? A stack of bangles too, because I love them. And go. You’re dressed. You could wear this anywhere, work, play, church, shopping, meet the girls, meet the boys. And you’ll look fabulous.

I found this sweet frock at Rogue Girl Vintage on Etsy. I have to tell you, they’ve got some serious chops. Great items, clear and helpful pics, and they give the relevant info that you absolutely need when you’re shopping online.

Summer dresses. It doesn’t get any easier than that. Go peek, you’ll thank me 🙂

Crystal AB glass beads and jewels

When you hear someone referring to an “AB” finish on their beads, they’re talking about an “aurora borealis” coating. It’s a treatment that gives glints of many colors over what would otherwise be clear glass. I think it might have originated with Swarovski but by now, most reputable manufacturers have their own version.

crystal AB glass beads and jewels

Add just a bit of glam to your day – don’t spend a lot of money – you know the deal. Try it – I think you’ll like it 😉

Jonquil yellow glass jewels

And just a quick peek at some of the jonquil yellow glass cabochon jewels I’ve got in stock right now. Jonquil is such a lovely crystal!

jonquil yellow glass jewels and cabochons in my Etsy jewelry supplies store

There are a few I haven’t got listed yet, too – so if you’re looking for a particular size or shape, and don’t see it? Please do ask!

Red and green glass jewels

I’ve been playing with color combos again – you know I like to do that. And these just struck me as really fun.

red and green glass cabochon jewels

Of course we think of Christmas when we put red and green together, but that’s way more limited than it needs to be. Imagine these jewels, used together to make a pendant or pair of earrings, worn with a white sundress with a red and green cherry design (I saw one recently and now I can’t find it – when I locate the pic I’ll post it!)

Or a bright red and white tank top and a bright emerald green short skirt. Flipflop sandals, a bangle bracelet, and these fun earrings. With a summer tan.

Very fun!

P.S. And okay, yes, they’d be great at Christmas 🙂