DIY necklace design idea – use your pretty colors!

I just wanted to share another example of how a simple concept – oval glass jewels in two-ring (connector) settings – can make a fabulous piece of jewelry!

DIY necklace design idea featuring aqua sheer glass jewels and silver chain

I’m going to do a “fussy” design one of these days, because of course those can be wonderful. But clean-lined design with strong, faceted elements, can really work – you see what I mean!

Sheer rhinestone beads and jewels for DIY jewelry

Here are some new (and some restocked!) vintage and new glass jewels in my shop – yes, they’re just in time for summer. But also? Pretty Fall 2018 jewelry designs!

sheer glass beads and jewels for DIY jewelry designs

Don’t you love the colors? I swear, more and more I am leaning toward pure tints, unfoiled stones – so I can really see the colors. Of course that can vary with each design, and every woman that wears these might see them differently – but I think we can all agree, we love beautifully faceted stones for earrings and necklace designs. Pure color is pretty terrific. Affordable stones is even better 🙂

(PS And there are more on the way – stay tuned or better yet, ask to see the colors YOU want to use in your designs!)

Peridot green vintage teardrops – clearance sale!

I just added these sheer, vintage glass teardrops to the clearance section in my shop:

peridot green vintage glass teardrops measure 18x13mm

These are vintage, and in great shape for their age – but I don’t know if I can get more. The faceting is really interesting – it’s on the bottom of the jewel – so it shows through (there’s no foil on these) – but the tops are smooth. Very pretty!

And on clearance sale. As long as they last 🙂

Crystal bridal jewels – DIY bridal jewelry!

Bridal jewelry is such a joy to create! It’s a wonderful feeling, knowing that your customer, or your giftee, is going to wear your jewelry to her wedding. It’s the happiest occasion – and you know how beautiful brides are! That your jewelry is part of the day is a special honor 🙂

I did a quick design idea showing pretty crystal stones, pre-set in silver plated brass settings (so you don’t have to do that job) – in a design that I’ve already shared with two brides. In different states, they won’t run into each other 🙂

bridal earrings design idea featuring crystal rhinestones preset in silver prong settings

These look fairly large in the pic – they’re actually only about 2″ long. They’ll add wonderful sparkle, and they’ll definitely be noticed – but they’re not super heavy. And of course as a designer and jewelry maker, you’ll create your own spin on this design. Different elements, different combinations… post earrings, french earwires, leverbacks.

And a happy bride – that’s the best part of all 🙂

White and black glass jewels – preset rhinestones

I’ve recently managed to restock a couple of my favorite color / style vintage jewels – that can be a special challenge with vintage (like the white opal cabochons!) But really the point of this post is to give you a chance to see some of my white, black, and black diamond glass jewels in a composite – so you can see how the colors compare and blend.

white and black glass jewels in my online shop

I love neutrals and lately my customers have been telling me the same thing. I think part of it’s economic – when your jewelry is made with neutrals, you can wear it with a lot more outfits. We’re all happy to save a little money, you know? Brilliant royal blue jewels (for example) look great but they’re not quite as versatile.

Oh – just a note. Unless you request otherwise, these jewels are already pre-set in brass or silver prong settings. You don’t have to fiddle with the little prongs – I do that part of the work for you. So you can concentrate on the fun part – design 🙂

(The link above is to my shop – just put “black”, “white”, or whatever color you prefer, in the search box to narrow down the list!)

Diamonds – and crystal – are the birthstone for April.

So the ideal birthday present for your April birthday girl would be diamonds. For your mom’s April birthday, or your daughter, or your girlfriend. But we can’t always afford diamonds. And crystal – foil backed glass, well faceted, cleanly made – can be pretty wonderful. And happily, crystal is also the April birthstone! So if you’re not in the market for “emerald cut” (octagon shaped) diamond earrings – the prices I found today ranged from $629 to $3,857 – well, you might consider these lovely octagon rhinestone jewels for your next earrings project 😉

emerald cut crystal earring jewels... crystal octagon glass gems

And you can go for the diamonds some other time. Meanwhile – pretty earrings 🙂

Emerald green glass beads – great style!

A friend of mine was talking about finding some great emerald gemstone beads recently – so I just had to show her why I loved my glass beads. Okay, I love the gemstones too, don’t get me wrong. But for the money? Glass. Totally wins.

And I’ve got some terrific “multi stone” glass beads – that have two (or more) rhinestones. The extra rhinestone adds sparkle, and even more, it means you can customize to get exactly the color combo you want. Change that tiny crystal stone for pink, or amethyst, or aqua, or, hey, emerald!

emerald green glass multi stone beads

If I get a chance I’m going to take some more pics, using different colors for the small stones – just to show how yummy some of these combos can be.

Emerald it great for St. Patrick’s Day, of course, which just happens to be coming up pronto – and it’s the “official” birthstone color for May.

But really, it always looks classy. Affordable, wearable, flattering, and classy. This is a win 🙂

The space shuttle Challenger

People don’t talk about the Challenger anymore – it’s not part of most people’s conscious lives. But it’s part of mine.

On January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded a couple minutes after takeoff. I’m not sure anymore of the exact number of seconds, though I’m thinking it was 80-some. We’ve found out why (a faulty O-ring, and an attitude of “it has to succeed, so shut up and cross your fingers”). And in the big picture, it’s one hiccup on the trail of human exploration.

But it’s personal to me, and it was a tragedy, and there were 7 wonderful people on board that shuttle. A divorced Jewish woman astronaut! A black guy! A Hawaiian oriental guy! It was a mixed-race, mixed-gender, wonderful crew – representatives of the real human race. They were beautiful, and heroic, and they died because we – their caretakers – were stupid.

And the world goes on. But today, I thank these people for their heroism and their lives and their sacrifices. I haven’t forgotten.

Dick Scobee
Michael Smith
Ronald McNair
Ellison Onizuka
Gregory Jarvis
Judith Resnick
Christa McAuliffe

Bless you all. Thank you. May you rest in peace. You are remembered.

Vintage suede and faux fur boots

Now this is the best example in the world for why we love vintage. It’s snowing outside, it’s cold, it’s going to be Red Alert Winter for a while, you know?

We want to be warm, and safe (non-skid boots!) – but we also want to look great. And we want our stuff to be special, and a little bit unique if possible, and fun. Fun is important. So! Look at these fabulous boots.

vintage suede and faux fur boots

Are those not wonderful? And they are only $35.00 plus shipping! Trust me, if they were my size, I would be showing you a different item, because these would be already sold. I found them at LesSoeursVintage, a wonderful vintage boutique on Etsy. You really and truly want to go shopping there.

Even after Christmas. You deserve a little goodie for yourself. Like the vintage floor length black dress, or the vintage 1950s Bestform lace-up corset, I’m serious, you have to see it!

Do you get the idea that this could become your favorite vintage shop? Yes. You’re welcome.

And a merry Christmas to you, too 😉

Remembering Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941, “A day that will life in infamy”. There are many dark days in U.S. history – this is a day that we will remember for the sacrifice of American lives, and the determination we displayed as a nation after this terrible attack.

I am saluting all the vets of World War II today – those we lost at Pearl Harbor, and those who went on to fight and win. Thank you for your service. Thank you for caring and for giving. Thank you for being such good guys (and women).

It sounds simple but I don’t want to grandstand. We may argue with the brass (and we should) – but our troops in every service are the finest in the world. They deserve and should receive all the appreciation and thanks we can give them.