Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Making Holiday Jewelry?

Are you making holiday jewelry for friends and family to wear during the upcoming holidays?

I just had to share my latest bead haul, hope you don't mind!! Definitely need to rephotograph when I have more time, so here's a link:

These are some of the latest pieces from Cousin's Tis the Season line...love them! 

I just opened the box and am going to have to force myself to get ready for work without picking up tools!

If you're making holiday jewelry, please share your stories and links in the comments!!

Happy Holidays! :)

Friday, November 28, 2014

Preparing for Holiday Craft Night












Time really flies!!! Tomorrow is our traditional HOLIDAY craft night, yay! It's also a time for gift exchanging with fellow crafters, YAY to that too!

Sure to be a very long night full of fun and frivolity, hopefully we'll also see some fabulous finished crafts. Last time we made fall themed crafts and only went until 3a.m. The ending time usually depends on the number of crafts and the level of difficulty. Since there's a bit of eating, drinking and being merry involved, we like to get the most difficult crafts done first. ;)

I don't have all the pieces and parts put together yet, but pictured above is the idea for my craft. We're making SPARKLY BRACELETS for ourselves and friends. It's an easy one, so this can be done toward the end of the night.

These are made using the new Cousin Corporation elastic cord that I found at Walmart last weekend. LOVE it! I don't know why I didn't get the other colors when I was there, so guess who's going to Walmart tomorrow? Yep! :) Here are a few other colors available. They come 4 colors to a pack for $2.50. The length of each color is 1.7 ft. SO AWESOME!











Using ribbon clasps and a variety of beads or sparkly chain, I'm sure we'll create lots of original designs full of sparkle!!

If you're doing a holiday craft event with your friends or family, please share the details or a link to your blog post about it. We're always looking for new ideas!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It's a Cornucopia!

This project seems timely considering Thanksgiving is right around the corner.

When I made this bracelet several years ago, I had intentions of adding dangles and glitter. In hindsight, I gotta love that desire for  extra sparkle! :)

However, seeing it now without the sparkle, I kind of love how it evolved into what looks (in my mind) a lot like a horn of plenty or horn o'plenty (much more fun to say!)


Here's a picture that accompanies the standard definition of cornucopia: a.k.a. horn of plenty, a symbol of abundance and nourishment, commonly a large horn-shaped container overflowing with produce, flowers or nuts

It seems to be getting me in the spirit of this upcoming holiday, yay!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Swarovski Sampler Bracelet


You've heard of sampler quilts, here's a sampler bracelet!

One of the "strands" I received from the Cousin Corporation in celebration of their new designation as the DIY distributor for Swarovski, was a pearl knotted strand of a variety of their glass pearls.

Since it already had a lobster clasp on one end, I just added on some jump rings on the other end and am wearing my sampler as a doubled up bracelet. It's so awesome, goes with everything AND gets attention.

People have even wanted to touch it! :) I think it's the variety that's attracting attention.

Either way, I'm loving it and have to remember not to stare, I have other things to do. I could really get lost staring at beads! How about you?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Living a Sparkly Dream!
















What would you do if you found out a box of Swarovski products arrived at your door, but you still had to get through the rush-hour commute before you could see what was in it?

That's right, ask your husband to open it!

Here's how it went: "It's really big and heavy! There's a card on top from Cousin that says, enjoy your Swarovski swag!"

When I asked what he saw inside the box, the response was "bubble wrap, books and boxes". That's when I realized I wouldn't really know what was in there until I got home, :)


The Cousin Ambassadors were given some exciting news last week. Here's the exact phrasing:

“We are now the authorized distributor for Swarovski Create Your Style (CYS) for the DIY market. We took it over from EK Success effective July 1. This means Cousin will supply CYS to the craft chains like Michaels, Jo-Ann, AC Moore, Hobby Lobby, and Walmart US.”

NICE! Congratulations to Cousin Corporation AND a giant thank you for the fabulous, fun and sparkly box of Swarovski awesomeness!


















When I actually had a chance to get settled in with my Swarovski box, I had to keep pinching myself and remember to revel in the moment. Here are just a few of the treasures.

I think it's safe to say I'll be sharing more as I make my way through everything. Yay!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It's okay to go crazy with sparkle!















Ooh! I am loving this sparkly pave/rhinestone connector!!

It's so easy to picture this connector in a mega dangly necklace. When jewelry pieces create themselves in my head, it must be my responsibility to bring them to life.

I did a quick search on the word "pave" on the Primabead.com website and voila...there it was. Sitting there waiting for me to find it.

Have you ever had beads and components speak to you like that? I often wish they would when I am feeling uninspired, so it's wonderful when it happens.

If you are willing, I'd love to hear your story about beads talking to YOU. Not just to reassure myself I'm not crazy, but because I know it happens to us all at some point.

True inspiration, ahhhh, a wonderful thing!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

What can you make in 10 minutes?


For some reason I'm having deep thoughts about jewelry this morning. :) It's not the first time I asked myself if I tend to wear sparkly jewelry when I'm happy or when I'm in need of a little extra happiness.

Since the answer was a little bit of both, I've decided to do a better job of making fun, happy and sparkly jewelry easy to reach every day. Extra insurance or ensurance of either bringing the happy or adding to it!!

My bead order arrived the night before last and inspiration didn't hit until early yesterday morning. Why inspiration? Why do you come when I am supposed to be getting ready for work?

I took a couple things that could be easily connected thinking I could make something at lunch. I'm so glad I did!!! Since I gave away the necklace I made with this sweet little owl, I'd been wanting to make a new one for myself.

I thought I brought necklace chain, but it was actually a silvery bracelet chain. No worries, I stuck the little owl on the chain and LOVE it!!! It took no more than 10 minutes to figure out how to connect the owl with jump rings, size the chain and add a tiny toggle.

Wishing you all a fun, sparkly and creative weekend. If you have a 10 minute project to share, please leave a link in the comments! :)