DIY chandlier earrings design idea

And as always, it’s the details that make the difference. Tiny, pretty aqua rhinestones are set in patina brass or golden (raw) brass prong settings. The brass filigrees are a restock in my shop – my customers have been loving them and I totally agree – the flower filigree is so pretty!

DIY earring design idea featuring aqua rhinestone gems and brass filigree flowers

Link the filigree flower connectors and gems with sturdy little jump rings, add earwires, and your fantastic chandelier earrings are ready to wear. And of course you can customize them with your own details – colors, gem shapes, and extra details you’ll think of and I didn’t. Still – the basic idea totally works – and they’re doable and affordable and you will love wearing them! Or gifting them.

And the earrings are gorgeous!

Clearance sale! Leaf spray links or charms

Yes, you read that right. These cute leaf spray links with two loops are on clearance sale! They’re antiqued-bronze finish over base metal – not precious, just pretty! And now they’re on super clearance sale in my shop 🙂

bronze finish leaf spray nature links or charms

DIY earring design idea featuring leaf spray links and crystal diamond glass jewels

The second pic is just one suggestion of how these leaf links could be used – you can see it’s an easy DIY earring design idea. I know you’ll come up with your own special design – and now you can do it when the links are on sale!

Just while supplies last – you might not to wait too long. Besides, the clearance sale section is always fun to check out!

January birthstone color is Garnet

And if you have a birthday girl in January, you might want to know that you can get lovely, affordable, rhinestone garnet jewels for fabulous earrings – just for example, like these:

garnet rhinestone pear jewels combined with rhinestone connectors for a great DIY earring design idea

Of course there are lots of different styles – and color combinations – you could invent (and I know you’re thinking of some of them already!) This design idea is just a starting place 🙂

Garnet rhinestones for January birthday gifts – a great DIY earring design idea to spark your creative juices – this is a great way to start the year!

A beautiful quilt – and DIY inspiration!

I saw a beautiful – and inspirational! – quilt this morning at All People Quilting, part of the Better Homes and Gardens family:

Victoria Findlay Wolfe quilt at American Patchwork Quilting

Of course, just seeing this quilt is inspiring – the intricate, lovely design, and those cheerful happy colors! And then we get to the “DIY inspiration” I mentioned.

First, you could buy one from the designer, which would mean you’d have a beautiful piece of useable art and an heirloom for your kids. But if you want to Do It Yourself (or have to because, well, funds are limited) – think about it. You could use a quilt design as a template for recycled fabric scraps, discarded t-shirts, or old neckties, and use the design as a quilt – or as wall art.

Take the idea further – you wouldn’t have to use fabric. How about cut out magazine images? construction paper, or too-creased-to-use-again wrapping paper.

You see what I mean? Endless options – and using recycled materials, almost cost-free.

There are a LOT of inspiring quilts out there. Until you can buy one of these masterpieces, well, make your own!

Michelle Obama, Jason Wu, and Vintage Design

Of course I watched (some of) the inaugural fuss yesterday – I have issues with every politician, but I still think the Obamas are better than the alternative last November – and I am very fond of Michelle Obama.

And like a lot of women, I love to see what she chooses to wear!

It’s not (just) shallow of us to watch her wardrobe. Her style choices influence retail fashion and that means business and sales and commerce – and we need commerce! But it’s also fun to watch. I loved her Jason Wu gown:

Michelle Obama in Jason Wu dress
Michelle Obama and Date

But what I specially like is that she doesn’t always wear Designer Couture. Sometimes she wears Gap or, in this instance, Target:

Michelle Obama in dress from Target

Love it! That she’s wearing Target, I mean – I also think it’s a cool dress.

Now if we could just get her to show off / promote / wear some American vintage…. that would be beyond fabulous!