Thursday, September 4, 2014

DIY : Fancy Waste Basket on a Budget

Tip: I found my waste basket at Walmart for $2.00. 
I found my wall decals for a dollar a piece at Dollar Tree.

Tip : The type of wall decals I purchased were readjustable. 
This was helpful since I changed my mind on how I wanted to lay out my design.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Crystal & Shine - Jordan's Bridal Necklace

A few months ago I was asked to make a custom Celebrated Lady bridal shoulder necklace for Jordan, a beautiful bride, as a gift for her from her Grandmother. I of course accepted and I am so excited to finally be able to share the story!

Before this I had never made a shoulder necklace… I had admired them from afar but never took the leap of making one myself. I knew making an elaborate piece such as this would be a challenge. After researching difference styles and emailing back and forth with the bride I felt confident that I knew just what she wanted. The journey began with two sketches.  I emailed them both to the bride and she chose her favorite and so I went to work. 

Over the next month I worked on making Jordan's piece all she dreamed of. I emailed her status updates and kept her Grandmother in the loop… since it was to be a gift from her after all. 

For the front of the necklace Jordan selected my design that featured a piece of Vintage Chandelier Crystal at its center. I chose to accent it with frosted and clear glass beads. My idea with the look that was selected was to keep the piece looking light and to have it pick up as much light as possible… because lets face it… everyone likes shiny, sparkly things.

The back was left as a bit of a surprise. For this I included a salvaged vintage clasp. the original necklace was one that sourced from a jewelry box at a flea market. A lot of the pearls were missing and the necklace itself had just seen much better days. That's why I felt it was the perfect clasp to tie the back together for Jordan's necklace. It gave the clasp a new life and added something special to Jordan's piece. I personally enjoyed this because it made the necklace be both something old and something new all at once.

I loved having this piece sit in my studio on it's bust while I worked on it. Every day it would sit and shine. Visitors would compliment on it's beauty. Though I was sad to package it up in a box to ship out to states away, I knew it was going to it's new home. After all … this necklace had a very important job to do!

I could not wait to see it on Jordan! She promised she would send me photo's.

Jordan looked so beautiful on her wedding day! The necklace perfectly complimented the sweetheart necklace of her dress and she paired it beautifully with sparkly post earrings.

 Jordan really made such a beautiful bride. Her grandmother loved the piece as well. 

I was so honored to be asked to have a small part in making this day a beautiful memory for Jordan and her Husband. I wish them both happiness and love!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Happy Accidents

I finally found a use for all of the interesting single buttons that I have. You know the awesome ones that I can not bring my self to part with even if they don't have a match to make earrings out of? Yep, they are the ones and I have started turning them into wire wrapped rings! 

They are are such a blast to make. When I figured out how to make them I immediately zoomed out to the craft store to get more wire because I quickly used up my stash. I bought a few different thicknesses to play around with. A few different colors to match up to various buttons. I felt very pleased with my findings and could not wait to get home to create more rings. This just hammers home my love for taking things that are just stuck in a collection jar on a shelf and turning them into something fun and usable! The thing is when I got home and started testing out some of my wires one of the gauges was much to strong for what I needed… I could barely bend it… It's what I get for not doing more research I guess. I was just so excited! 

Feeling sad I set the wire aside back in it's bag to be returned… though the one I opened sat pouting on my desk… I made a few more rings when an idea popped into my head. I picked up the neglected wire and started twisting out little pieces and viola! I had the parts to make really cute wire chandelier earrings!

I am obsessed with this happy accident! The possibilities are endless and I have also been inspired to create matching necklaces to the earrings I have made!  I love that I can make so many color combos! The end result is a fun boho pair of earrings that can be dressed up or down. Needless to say I didn't end up returning any of the wire I bought. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Kindness Is Beautiful

I use vintage buttons in a lot of the jewelry that I make. I spend weekends going to flee markets and yard sales to look for forgotten tins filled with treasure. The idea that I can give something that has been hidden away a new beautiful life adds to the joy I have when creating!

I was at a dinner for ladies that all go to the church that I recently started going to. It was the first time that I had met many of the woman there. They were all welcoming and kind. We shared stories, laughed, and enjoyed out time at our gracious hostesses home. Each lady brought a dish of food to share. I made pasta salad. 

While chatting, the topic of what I do came up. I was currently wearing on of the vintage button rings that I make. One of the woman in particular loved my reasoning for using vintage buttons and parts in my work. I use vintage buttons in a lot of the jewelry that I make. That is when she made me an offer that blew me away!

She offered me a tin of vintage buttons that had been her mothers! 

 I was astounded by her offer. I thanked her and told her I would love them but she didn't have to. She just met me and here she is offering me her mothers vintage buttons! Her answer was, "I don't have to do anything that I don't want to, and I want to give these to you."

I left the dinner feeling so loved by these woman who I had just met, who whole-heartedly accepted me into their circle. The knowledge and positive energy in the generations that gathered around the table that night was contagious. 

This is where it gets good!

After the dinner, the week went by and Sunday rolled around again. I remembered the kind woman's offer but I was not looking to receive her gift. I honestly expected her to change her mind. Guess what? She didn't! After church she made sure to stop me and in her hands was a beautiful tin. She told me she didn't think there was much in there I could use but she wanted me to have them.

I seriously almost cried! I got the tin home and right away started to go through it. I matched up pair after pair of beautiful buttons and the ones I couldn't match up are perfect for rings! There was so much I could use. My heart sang with gratitude. I immediately knew that I wanted to make her a thank you gift. What a better thing to do then to make her a pair of vintage button earrings out of a pair of her mothers buttons!

This entire situation is just a reminder of how much I love what I do. Not only do I get to create pretty jewelry but I get to make connections with amazing people! I get to share stories with people and in turn have them share their stories with me. Grateful does not even begin to describe how I feel.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Seven Days of #modsummer!

Summer is in ful swing and this celebrated lady has been living it up! The warm weather, the sunshine, mango popsicles. I love it all! 

That' is why when I saw the Seven Days of #modsummer Photo-A-Day Challenge by Mod Cloth on my instagram feed, I knew I wanted to take part!

I had never before participated in a photo challenge. Sure I've seen awesome photos from other challenges but I had never really gotten up the never to task myself with taking photos for a topic. With that being said this challenge was such a fun experience! I loved seeing what so many people on instagram chose to share. You really get a feel of how that person is spending their Summer… each persons challenge tells a story!

That is why this week I decided I was going the share my Celebrated Lady Story of Summer!

Day 1: Monday - A sweet treat.
Strawberries and chocolate… enough said!

Day 2: Tuesday - Stand & take a pic of your kicks.
My Birkenstocks are a Summer outfit must.

Day 3: Wednesday - What's in my bag.
I love my mint Fossil bag! It holds everything that I need and is just so cute and yep… I do travel around with a troll doll… I use it to amuse my niece at restaurants and waiting lines.

Day 4: Thursday - Summertime #tbt
Seriously one of my favorite girls road trips ever! Twirling at Foamhenge with my Mama in 2009.

 Day 5: Friday - Tag your Fave person of furry friend.
My 10 year old cat Roo is such a snuggle bug.
 I shared his quiet way of saying good morning… right before my kitten Boo pounced!

Day 6: Saturday - The color of Summer.
If the bright sunny yellow of my sunflower in the garden doesn't say Summer I don't know what does.

Day 7: A favorite quote.
From a book I am reading "To Blessed To Be Stressed" by Debora M. Coty. 
I feel the quote speaks for itself.

And we all lived happily ever after!