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!

Blue crystal jewels and a BOGO sale

Yes, I’m doing a BOGO sale – buy one, get one free! Just for the fun of it. And yes, it introduces me to new customers, and that’s a win/win for both of us 🙂 So – here we go – you’re going to love this! From today through Sunday, December 1, 2019, when you buy any
blue jewels in my shop – you get a second pair free!

blue glass jewels available in my shop - and yes there are more are styles available

This applies to pendants too of course! If it’s any shade of blue, you can buy one, get one free. For all these, the only proviso is the “equal or lesser value” thing – but that’s it. Buy one, get one free. Good through Sunday Dec. 1. This is great for holiday gift ideas – and holiday jewelry for you, too!

Clear Crystal Bracelet Design

I meant to update the bracelet idea I mentioned back in September – showing the clear crystal glass gems in silver settings. It’s not surprising that these clear gems adopt the color of the settings – but still seeing it is pretty cool. If you like silver, this style will totally work for you!

clear cushion cut octagon glass gems in a DIY bracelet design

And I’ve started a new sale so you can get these adorable cushion cut octagons at an even better price! Just mention this blog post when you buy – and for every pair you buy, you get a pair free! Buy two pairs – get two pairs free. That’s enough to make the bracelet as shown 🙂 (and if you want more for earrings, or a necklace… well, you get the idea!)

Buy one – get one free!

That offer is good till October 30 (at midnight, the witching hour) – so don’t wait too long!

Emerald green glass heart pendants or earrings

Just got a new supply of these gorgeous deep green crystal hearts – emerald green is such a great color. It’s flattering, much easier to wear than (say) olive green) – and of course right now it’s perfect. Great for Fall – and Christmas is coming 🙂

emerald glass heart pendants or earring jewels

These pretty heart pendants are lovely “as is”. Add a necklace chain and jump ring, and your necklace is ready to wear – feminine, sparkly, and Christmas-y! Or add leverback earwires and you’re good to go. The size here is terrific too – about 5/8″ wide, large enough to have presence (and I mentioned sparkle, right?) – but not so big that they’re too heavy for earrings.

If you’re making DIY jewelry for yourself, for gifts, or for sale – these emerald glass gems are fabulous. You’ll love them!

Amethyst crystals and glass gems

Amethyst always seems very rich to me – and that doesn’t mean just the gemstones. Amethyst crystals (as rhinestones are often called) – and amethyst glass stones, can be gorgeous without spending a fortune! And today I wanted to show off some restock amethyst and vintage stones I’ve got in my shop right now 🙂

amethyst crystals and glass gems available at weekendjewelry.com

These are fabulous as pendants or earrings “as is” – you really don’t have to add a lot of fussy details, these stones can carry a jewelry design beautifully! Or of course, pair them with your choice of beads, pearls, and crystals – make the design your own. .

And just saying – these crystals make great jewelry gifts. But you knew that already 🙂

Classic red earrings – DIY earring design idea

Red is a rich, vivid color, and it always makes your outfit a bit stronger. That’s just my opinion, but I’ll stand by it. These earrings are a great example of how you can combine jewelry components to make fabulous jewelry – and not have to spend a lot of time or money to do it.

faceted red glass octagons and teardrops are combined in this DIY earring design idea

Of course you can take this idea and customize the colors (and shapes too) – but the basic concept, pairing a strong color in complementary shapes – really works. And the red? Is perfect for fall – and Christmas is coming.

These would be great for gifts, for your holiday outfits – or just because 🙂

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!