Necklace design idea with peridot, and flowers!

Peridot is the birthstone (color) for August, so I was playing with jewelry design ideas featuring peridot crystal gems that I have. Once I pulled out these two elements – the peridot crystal pendant, and the golden brass flower connector link – the combination seemed irresistible 🙂

necklace design idea featuring peridot green crystal pendant and golden brass flower link

Use a golden chain, with or without a connecting jump ring – and you’ll have an easy-but-gorgeous necklace!

Hint: mom would love this. Or your bestie. Or maybe you should keep it, just to, you know, field test the design 🙂

Peridot – the birthstone color for August :-)

It’s so easy to say “in these troubled times, take a few moments to make something pretty for a loved one – or yourself”. But I think it’s good advice. You don’t want to worry about anything complicated, or expensive. But it’s a treat to make something as a gift – you know how good that feels to give a gift 🙂

And it feels nice to have a pretty new trinket to wear, too. Even if it’s just for yourself, in quarantine.

peridot green crystal teardrops for pendants or earring jewels

Take care, and have a little fun!

An easy and pretty DIY earring design idea :-)

You’ve probably noticed by now that I really believe in cute earrings that are also easy to make, and don’t cost a fortune. Nobody should have to work that hard to have pretty jewelry – and most of us get a little ‘lift’ from having new pretties. It doesn’t fix the world but it’s a tiny nice perk 🙂

Like this earring design idea:

earrings design idea featuring raw brass acorn charms and faceted small octagon glass gems

It’s an easy idea to use – and adapt with your own components. Though of course I’d be happy to send you some 😉

These are specially nice because they have movement and color (you can choose the color of course!) – but they’re lightweight and not too big (sometimes we want delicate!) And I have similar charms in silver plated brass. So – golden or silver (color), you can do this!

Earring design idea – for Christmas gifts or anytime!

Of course you know why I thought of Christmas when I made these earrings – hey, they’re red and green and sparkly. But honestly, they would look good anytime. And (also of course) you could use any color combination.

red and green earrings design idea

I am really fond of these. Partly because they have sparkly color that really shows up, but the jewels are small – so these would be really comfortable to wear all day long. And, the silver plated chains add such movement! That’s one of those classic design elements that I really love – with a minimum amount of work, the chains add a lot of style. It’s just a bit of extra fun, you know?

Really – take this idea and make it yours. And, or, maybe some Christmas earring gifts! Just because 🙂

Playing with pretty earring design ideas :-)

Like a lot of us – most of us I hope – I’m staying home right now, finding things to do around the house, keeping my online business going even if times are weird, and sometimes playing with pretty sparkies in my workshop. There is no deep significance, it’s just that sometimes a pretty little bauble can lift the spirits, and I can rationalize it by saying “it’s business”.

Well it is, but it’s also that I like making pretties, and trying new combinations. You know how that is 🙂

I tried out this new combination for earrings and I think they’re lovely!

peridot and peach crystal earring design idea

I really like the combination of the vintage peridot crystal teardrops and peach rivoli faceted round gems – and of course the design could be adapted to all sorts of color combos.

You see what I mean, though. It doesn’t have to be fussy or difficult to make pretty earrings! Or expensive either. It’s just a way to make a little treat for a friend, or for yourself, in these difficult times.

Stay safe!

A Handmade Mask – and great neighbors

My husband noticed that our new neighbors were working on their lawn and went over to offer his weed eater to them – just being friendly and maybe helpful. Yes, he was being careful – they didn’t shake hands, and he was wearing a double-folded, high-cotton Harley Davidson Bandanna mask, so he was covered. During the course of the casual conversation, New Neighbor happened to ask if we had any actual masks. Nope, we were using bandannas and scarves – and mostly just staying home and avoiding people!

Yard chores finished (for the moment), DH came home, said the new folks seemed like good people, and we went about our day.

Later on, out of the blue, a package with two masks appeared on our porch. Just a friendly gesture, yknow? A gift from our new neighbors. The masks are beautifully made, fitted onto the face as they should be, and created with tightly woven cotton, which is supposed to be the most effective fabric to use.

I wanted to show off the one I will be proudly wearing on those few errands to the outside world!

pink gingham handmade mask

gingham handmade mask, shown here on a mannequin

So now I have a handmade mask that’s pretty cool. And the neighbors?

Are very cool 🙂

P.S. Oh! I almost forgot to mention, my mask is reversible. Here’s the other side:

reverse side of the gingham mask made by Lacy Monogramming

Aquamarine and aqua glass gems on sale!

Aqua and aquamarine – you know they’re the birthstone color for March, right? It’s also worth noting that aqua is one of the most universally flattering colors. From light aqua to deeper turquoise, almost everyone can wear it. If you’re born under the zodiac sign Pisces (Feb. 19 to March 19, i think? correct me if I’m wrong!) – aqua is also your zodiac color.

So if you’re wanting to give (or make!) a gift for your favorite Pisces, or your bff, or your girlfriend, or your mom – or even you – aqua is a wonderful choice! And also, as you can see here, it’s beautiful!

some of the aqua glass gems available in my shop right now.... click through to see more styles and shapes

And from today through March 1, 2020 (at midnight) they’re also on sale! Buy one pair and get the second pair (or pendant) free. The only catch is “equal or lesser value” – and while quantities last, so don’t wait too long.

Enjoy – make pretty gifts – or pamper yourself. It’s a sale after all!

Navy blue pendant and earring jewels – a jewelry gift for Mom!

I was looking at these gorgeous navy blue (montana sapphire) jewels last night, and my girlfriend mentioned that her mom just loved navy blue. Well, I thought, these would make a great jewelry set for her. Me and my girlfriend worked that out (she’ll dog sit one afternoon, and she got the pretty jewels plus findings and chain. A win-win!)

Anyway, that just got me thinking…Mother’s Day is a couple months off. No rush, right? But hey, maybe you’re making a lot of gifts anyway – or maybe you make jewelry to sell. Mother’s Day is a day to remember! And Moms like lots of different colors. Like these gorgeous montana sapphire stones!

navy blue pendant and earring beads available in my shop

The earring beads come in one-ring, two-ring, or no-ring settings (as shown) so you can make exactly the style you like best. And your mom? She’ll love them!

Red glass jewels – sparkle in 2020

Just a quick post today (where does the time go!?) to show off some pretty red glass jewels available in my shop right now – and to celebrate 2020, there’s a great sale going on right now too!

red glass jewels available in my shop

Buy any RED item in my shop (see link above) and get a second item free! The sale’s only good through February 5, 2020 – so don’t wait too long. Just buy an item, then message me to tell me what you want your freebie to be. Equal or lesser value and all that, but that’s the only catch!

And it’s sheer coincidence that RED is my fabulousness color right now, and that the Kansas City Chiefs colors are red and white and they’re in the Super Bowl tomorrow! Just a coincidence. Right!

(Go Chiefs!)

Happy New Year!

Just a quick note (I know, where does the time go lately!) – to wish all of you a happy, prosperous, healthy, loving new year. Let’s make this a good one!

the pups wishing us all a happy new year 2020

The pups definitely agree. Even if they look like they’re waiting (semi-patiently) for The Ball to come their way. There are priorities, after all 🙂

Happy New Year, y’all!