New necklace design idea – make it your own!

So here’s a necklace design idea I really like:

necklace design idea featuring opaque glass jewels in ovals and teardrop shapes

The style is classic, really – oval cabochons leading to a teardrop shaped centerpiece. But you can have so much fun, mixing colors, maybe styles, shapes, you name it! Take the idea – and make it yours…!

And whatever design and ideas you use, it’s great to make Christmas prezzies for your friends and loved ones – and you save money at the same time. Love that idea!

Simple and elegant DIY necklace design idea

It’s always good to remember that fussy, complex design is not the only way to create beauty. Yes, there are designs that require many hours to complete, and complicated elements to create. But sometimes you just need classic, beautiful elements.

Case in point: this necklace idea. Basic cable chain, faceted glass rondelles, and a classic pear shaped pendant combine to make a necklace that would be wonderful for prom, for date night, for work – and in sparkling crystal, wonderful for a bride.

DIY necklace design idea featuring cable chain and a faceted teardrop pendant

Now is that a great idea or what? Make one to go with your favorite outfit. Or start making Christmas presents now and remember that New Year’s isn’t that far away. Even in this weird, troubled year, we will still find ways to share – and celebrate 🙂

Lariat Necklace always fits – Jewelry Design Idea!

We love lariat necklaces!

They always fit. When you want a special gift for your sweetie, you don’t have to worry about “will it fit”.

When you buy – or make! – one for yourself, you know you’ll be able to wear it with many different necklines. So versatile! And a wise way to spend your jewelry money.

And – I’m going to do more with this soon – you can use more than one color on the featured teardrops, or special jewels at the ends of your lariat. Red – and blue? Why not? Purple and green? Why not?

Or just focus on one gorgeous color, like this emerald-tipped lariat:

lariat necklace design idea featuring golden chain and emerald glass teardrops

Now is that a great gift idea or what? A gift for your bestie, using her kids’ birthstone colors. Or for yourself, with your faves. Save money, make fabulous jewelry, this is a win!

Black diamond earrings – and a sale!

Now these are truly “Statement Earrings” – bold and strong. I show them here in Black Diamond, a neutral that looks great year round – but of course you could use any color rhinestones. Or combination of colors, come to think of it – I may post more pics later just to show some examples!

black diamond big faceted teardrops combined with faceted octagon stones to make statement earrings...components are on sale in my online jewelry supplies shop

The pear or teardrop shaped stones here are larger than I usually wear – but they make such an impact! And I don’t mean “weight” impact – they’re not that heavy. Paired with the faceted octagons, they’re just classy 🙂

And yes, if you’re thinking ahead, these would be fabulous Christmas prezzies for your bff or your mom. Or for you. Or for New Year’s Eve. Know what I mean, right?

P.S. Oh! The “sale” I mentioned – for the rest of July 2020, if you buy the black diamond 25×18 teardrops (if you want to make earrings you’ll need two, they’re listed onsite as singles) – send me a note and I’ll include the 10x8mm octagons for free. Limited time offer and all that – just mention this blog post (and remember, this is through July 31, 2020!)

Clearance Sale – pretty DIY pendants or earring jewels :-)

I am having a major Clearance Sale! Starting with these gorgeous multi-stone pendant or earring jewels, available in even more colors than shown here, and great for making jewelry for yourself and for gifts 🙂

multi stone opaque glass jewels on clearance sale in my online jewelry supplies shop

I have several colors of those striking opaque glass gems – see the listings above. I don’t have them all listed yet – if there’s a color you like but don’t see, just ask!

These multi stone glass gems are perfect “as is” for earrings, are lovely pendants, and (just saying) would make lovely Christmas gifts. I think you’ll love them!

P.S. And seriously – check back, because I am going to be listing more jewelry making supplies on sale. For real 🙂

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!

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