New in the Shop: Earrings

A while back I mentioned wanting to make more earrings. They’ve kind of taken a back seat to necklaces and bracelets, so this week I decided to get back into earring-making.

The first pair features one of my favorite stones: lapis lazuli. These are pretty long drop earrings (2 3/4 inches total), and I think they’d look great dressed up or down. You can click on the photo to see the listing on Etsy.

Lapis Lazuli Drop Earrings

Lapis Lazuli Drop Earrings

I used red jade for this next pair of earrings. I don’t often work with the color red, but it’s Penny’s favorite color so I thought I’d give it a try. I know tassels are pretty trendy right now, so I added a few strands of antiqued brass chain to the red jade. Even though red isn’t really my color, I’m really happy with how these turned out!

Red Jade Tassel Earrings

Red Jade Tassel Earrings

Making earrings this week was pretty fun, I think I might keep going!

Cottages in the Woods: Scandinavian Holiday Craft Fair

The temperatures have really dropped off here lately (today’s high is supposed to be 21!), but I still wanted to get out this weekend without just going to the mall. While I was browsing online, I happened across something called “Cottages in the Woods: Scandinavian Holiday Sale” in Geneva, IL. Well, you don’t have to ask this cottage-and-woods-loving family twice! We got all bundled up and set off to Good Templar Park in Geneva.

We were not disappointed! We couldn’t believe all the cute cabins and cottages, many of them decorated with traditional Swedish antiques. A lot of them were built in the 1920s and 1930s, and in some cases have been handed down through a couple of generations. The newer builds were just as cozy and rustic, and my husband (of course) started getting ideas of building our own cottage. Not all of them were open for this craft fair, but about 10 of them were, with crafters selling everything from Swedish and Norwegian antiques and crafts to knitted items and jewelry. I even snagged this vintage book of Fair Isle knitting patterns!

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Here are some pictures of the cottages:

Did you do anything this weekend? Is it getting cold where you are?

New in the Shop: Buttons and Glitter

The weather has been so cold here lately that I’ve been spending more time cozying up on the couch with my knitting instead of making jewelry, but I did manage to make a few new pieces!

If you saw Tuesday’s post, then you’ve already seen the first item. For those who aren’t into DIY, you can get that vintage button necklace on Etsy! Click on the photo to see the listing.

Vintage Button Necklace

Vintage Button Necklace

This next item also features vintage buttons. I’ve layered three of them to make a one of a kind pendant. Rather than putting it on a chain, I thought a strip of burgundy sari silk ribbon would look nice.

Vintage Button Necklace with Burgundy Sari Silk Ribbon

Vintage Button Necklace with Burgundy Sari Silk Ribbon

The last item would be a great stocking stuffer, if you don’t keep it for yourself so you can be all bling-ed out for those holiday parties. :) The light blue glitter in this ring makes be think of a frosty winter day, so I’m calling it the Winter Frost Glitter Ring. If this is something you’d like to buy more than one of, I can definitely make more! Just click on the “Request Custom Order” link in my shop.

Winter Frost Blue Glitter Ring

Winter Frost Blue Glitter Ring

I’m not sure what I’ll have for next week, but stay tuned!

DIY Vintage Button Necklace

Last week I told you I’d have a vintage button tutorial for you, so here it is! This is a great idea for a gift or stocking stuffer, and is fairly inexpensive. Just a few jewelry supplies and some buttons from your collection and you can have a bunch of gifts ready in no time!

DIY Vintage Button Necklace - great stocking stuffer idea!

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

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  • Vintage button (It can be a new one or repurposed from some old clothes. It doesn’t have to be vintage. I just like vintage.)
  • Bail (the loop-thing that the necklace chain goes through)
  • Fabric scrap for backing
  • Necklace chain
  • Jump rings and clasp
  • Wire cutters and jewelry pliers
  • E6000 or other strong adhesive

The first thing you need to do is cut off the loop on the back of the button so it is nice and flat. The rough edges can be sharp, so be careful!

Take your fabric scrap and cut a circle the size of the button. Use some E6000 to glue it to the back. This will cover up those sharp edges and give it a more finished look.

Once that is dry, glue the bail to the back. If the button has a design on it, make sure you glue the bail so the design will be right side up!

Let the glue dry completely before you add your chain. Then use your jewelry pliers to add the jump rings and clasp, and you have a cute little necklace to give as a gift (or keep for yourself)!

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New in the Shop: Vintage Button Ring

I’ve been playing with my vintage button collection again! You’ll get to see more next week, but today I want to share this cute little ring I made with a black button. I think this would be a nice stocking stuffer or a cute cocktail ring to wear to holiday parties (I know it’s not Thanksgiving yet, but you might as well be prepared). I thought this button was unique because its surface is faceted, so it kind of looks sparkly even though it’s just made of plastic. The ring is adjustable so it will fit just about anybody. Click on the picture to see it on Etsy!

Adjustable Black Vintage Button Ring

Adjustable Black Vintage Button Ring

Stay tuned next week for a vintage button jewelry tutorial!

Our First Halloween in Chicago

How was everyone’s Halloween? Ours was pretty interesting, because IT SNOWED. Not enough to accumulate on the ground, but there were definitely flurries. By trick-or-treating time, the temperature was in the 30s, but with the wind blowing it felt more like the 20s. Too cold for us, especially since Penny’s been fighting a cold all week. We did get bundled up and go outside in the morning to chase around the flurries. Our experience with snow is very limited, so that was pretty exciting!

Fortunately, Penny got to go trick-or-treating the Saturday before Halloween around the local businesses in the neighborhood we live in. She got a ton of candy, so we didn’t feel that bad that she missed out on Halloween. She decided pretty early on that she wanted to be a superhero. I was going to make her costume like in past years, but things just weren’t working out the way I wanted, so we went with store-bought. She made a terrific Super Penny! A lot of the people handing out candy were impressed with her choice of costume (she never once considered being a princess), so she was pretty proud of herself. :)

We did have a nice stay-at-home Halloween. Penny and I made mummy hot dogs for dinner (see the recipe here), and we all watched It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Then we watched more snow flurries blow around outside our window. Because that’s a totally normal Halloween thing to do, right?

What did you do for Halloween?

New in the Shop: Wood, Glass, and Silk

Hey everyone, I’m taking a sick day today (my husband, who is working from home today, refuses to give me a bell so I can rest my throat :) ), but I still wanted to share my latest item with you.

As you may have noticed in the title, it has a few different textures: wood beads in a glass vial on sari silk ribbon. This vial is larger than the other two vial necklaces I have, so I made the ribbon a little on the short side so it won’t swing around and break.

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Glass vial necklace with wood beads and sari silk ribbon.

Hopefully I’ll get over this cold quickly and have more to show you next week. Have a Happy Halloween!