Halloween decor – a fun Halloween wreath!

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of summer, but the planet does keep moving whether we’re paying attention or not – and Fall isn’t far away. And that means Halloween is coming! I love Halloween – it’s kind of indulgent, it’s fun, you get to play dress-up – and it’s super cool when you can add a bit of Halloween decor to your house!

Now I’m not really a fan of orange and black at home. Just a personal thing. So when I found this fun Halloween wreath, in non-traditional colors, I was a happy camper! It’s got a skull: practically a requirement for Halloween. It’s also made with wonderful colors and a great artistic eye. Tres cool!

Halloween wreath available from WreathDesignsStudio on Etsy

The shop is WreathDesignsStudio on Etsy. I haven’t asked (yet) but it’s possible that Pam, the artist, could make a terrific wreath in your customizable colors. And either way, she’s got many different styles and combos already, go peek! I think you’ll fall in love just like I did.

You can check out her Whimsical Wreaths by Pam facebook page too – you’ll find some fabulous wreaths, and I have to add, some animal and pet pictures and stories that will totally melt your heart 🙂

P.S. And of course, Christmas is coming too… and wreaths are so appropriate (and a thoughtful gift too!) Might help to remember that – just saying!

DIY necklace design idea – pearls and crystals!

This do-it-yourself necklace design features “real” gems (freshwater pearl buttons) with faceted Swarovski crystal elements, and a gorgeous rhinestone oval pendant. I think the combination really works!

DIY necklace  design idea featuring white freshwater button pearls, Swarovski crystal elements and an aqua oval rhinestone pendant

The cluster of crystals at the top of the oval pendant adds a bit of complexity to the design – and offers a great way to personalize your design, using your customer’s favorite colors – or hey, the birthstone colors of you and your kids! This is YOUR necklace and your design. You make it the way you like it best!

If I can spark an idea or three, that’s super 🙂 Take this idea and run with it – creating your own special *and* affordable jewelry – that’s the goal!

Earring design idea using glass jewels and brass flowers :-)

This pretty earring design idea is another example of how you can combine two simple components into a great jewelry design 🙂

earring design idea featuring brass filigree flower connectors and 10x8mm rhinestone octagons... shown here in black diamond

earring design idea featuring brass filigree flower connectors and 10x8mm rhinestone octagons... shown here in ruby red


Add earwires or posts, a sturdy jump ring, and your earrings will be ready to wear! I show two different color jewels here – using custom colors is a simple way to personalize your design.

Easy, economical and pretty – this is the way it’s supposed to be 🙂

Glass teardrop pendants – on sale!

“On Sale” are pretty interesting words, right? Now this is a sale not everybody knows about – I figured you guys would like to hear. I have some gorgeous teardrop-shaped glass (rhinestone) pendants available in my shop – the pic here just shows a few examples (I love the colors though!)

For the rest of this week, through midnight on January 20, 2019, when you buy two of these gorgeous pendants – any two, your choice – you get the third one free. You just have to tell me which one.

Birthday presents? A gift for your mom? For your bestie? For you (equally valid!) – This is the time. Buy two, get one free. Love it!

Garnet glass gems for January birthday gifts

Just an FYI – garnet is the traditional birthstone for January. Garnets are not rare, but finding clean cut, non included garnets can be a challenge – and expensive. But the garnet rhinestones I have in my shop are beautifully faceted, versatile, and they’re super affordable too 🙂

These glass gems are wonderful for necklaces and earrings – and I’m almost always able to ship next day after you order, so there’s still time to get your January birthday present ready. Add your own creative touch, save money, and make a gift she’ll love. This is the way we like it!

P.S. I have a few more garnet rhinestones on the way – if there’s a style or shape you need and don’t see, drop me a note – I might have it already!

Cyber Monday – buy two get one free!

Just for fun, my Cyber Monday sale will be good from today, November 26, 2018, through midnight on Friday, November 30, 2016. You read that right. I know there are a lot of deals out there – this is my contribution to the pond 🙂

rhinestone beads and jewels for pendants and earrings - shown here are red glass gems

Of course there are more than red glass gems available – I just felt like featuring Christmas-y ones. Remember – buy any two items (pairs, or pendants, or charms) – and get your third item free! Equal or lesser value (but that covers a lot of territory). Just contact me when you buy two items, and say “Cyber Monday sale”, and tell me what your extra gift will be!

Make a couple Christmas gifts – and get the freebie for yourself! Hey, it’s a win-win 🙂

Ruby red glass jewels and a BOGO sale

Sometimes you want rich color! I’ve just gotten a new supply of these gorgeous red rhinestone ovals – perfect rhinestone pendants and earrings. Or connectors, if you use two-ring (two-loop) settings.

ruby red faceted rhinestone oval pendants or earrings

Of course these red glass gems would be wonderful for Christmas – but truly they are fabulous year-round. Make red a new “neutral” with black, brown, navy, gray – it brightens your whole outfit. And right now, I’m offering a buy-one-get-one-free BOGO special! From today through midnight on October 12, 2018, when you buy one pair of these pretties, you can get a second pair free (or dicker for another pair of rhinestones, equal or lesser value).

So don’t wait. Red glass gems – wonderful for you or a DIY gift – and they’re on sale!

Blue zircon glass pendant

You know how I mentioned I was going to get in some more blue zircon glass jewels? Well here ya go 🙂

blue zircon glass pendant

blue zircon glass jewels avaiilable in my online jewelry supplies shop

I just got the pendants – and wanted to show you a few of the other blue zircon rhinestone jewels I have in my shop right now. Love the color!

and I decided the BOGO sale ought to go on a little longer. Call it an introductory special 🙂 So until midnight on September 16, 2018, you buy blue zircon glass jewels in my shop – you get a freebie. Just let me know which one you want as an equal-or-lesser-value freebie!

(Can you say “early and affordable Christmas gift shopping ideas”? Yes!)

Blue zircon or teal blue glass beads – and a BOGO sale!

Woo hoo! I’ve just gotten in some gorgeous new blue zircon, cushion cut octagon rhinestones. These are wonderful earring drops, mid-size pendants (classic traditional shape to nestle at the base of the throat) – or glass connectors, when you use two-ring settings.

blue zircon or teal blue glass cushion cut octagon beads

I’ll be posting some more blue zircon glass gems soon. The color is such a gorgeous dark teal blue – lovely for fall, and flattering for just about everybody. And right now, I’m offering an introductory BOGO sale! Buy one pair, get one free (and you can dicker for another jewel for your freebie if you want).

From today through September 12, 2018 at midnight, the BOGO sale is good – while supplies last anyway – so don’t wait!

Hint: these make wonderful (easy, affordable) Christmas gifts, too. Just saying 🙂

Personalized DIY jewelry design ideas using birthstone colors

If you’re making a pair of earrings for a gift (or for sale) it’s really popular to personalize those earrings. A simple (and pretty!) way to do that is to incorporate birthstone colors into the earring design. Use the giftee’s birthstone color, or maybe combine the colors of her kids’ birthdays, or maybe his-and-her colors – for example, crystal for the April birthday girl, and emerald green to represent the guy’s May birthday – combine those two colors in her earrings!

That’s just one idea – there are so many combinations and colors that are beautiful together – and meaningful for the person who will be wearing the earrings 🙂

glass beads and jewels with birthstone colors for personalized DIY jewelry designs

I’m going to show some more ideas using birthstone colors – sometimes it helps to see color combos, and seeing one design or style can sometimes help spark a gazillion new ideas. Let’s have fun with this!