Snowballs and Holly Berries – Christmas Jewelry

I started making jewelry last year. I made some zipper pulls for a few friends for Christmas. I’d seen a picture of one in a catalog and of course, in true diy fashion, I thought, I can totally make that. I went to Michael’s, gathered up some supplies and got to work. I’ve learned a lot since those first zipper pulls. I’m not sure my stuff could stand the test of time back then. I’m using better quality products now and I continue to learn new techniques and perfect my skill. So this past summer I found these beads at Hobby Lobby that I thought looked like snowballs. They were shiny but had the texture of brand new snow. I knew they would make beautiful Christmas jewelry. I paired them with some red beads I had on hand, and this is how they turned out. Now, I have to apologize for the photos. The flash kept reflecting off the beads! I really need a better camera…Santa!

Jewelry, Holly Berries, Snow balls, Bracelet, earrings

I really love how they turned out, and I can’t wait to start wearing them.

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Here are a few of the supplies I used.

elastic cord, beads

The first time I made a bracelet with the elastic cord I was very unsure of the knot I tied to secure it together. I put a little glue on it to keep it from coming apart. I’m still a little paranoid about the knot, but I’ve gotten better at it. Having the correct tools helps, and I try to get something new when the budget allows.

Here’s one of those zipper pulls I was telling you about. My sister is a photographer so I made this for her.

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She really loved it. She’s got it hanging from her rear view mirror instead of using it as a zipper pull and that’s totally cool.

Well, I hope you liked my Christmas jewelry. Stay tuned for updates on the new house, or the spot where the new house will be, once they break ground. Until next time…

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Martha Stewart Nautical Bracelet

I recently got an email about a new line of Martha Stewart jewelry products that were exclusive to Michael’s.  I clicked over  to the plaid website and this is one of the products that was featured.
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It was love at first sight! I mean really, who wouldn’t love this bracelet? What caught my eye immediately was the sea horse. I love the color of that charm. I had a shirt that I knew would match this exactly. I’m from New England so I love all things nautical. My second fav charm was the crab. Lots of bling. So, off to Michael’s I went, hubby in tow. As the cashier started ringing up the items, my heart started to sink. The total shocked the you know what out of me. I actually leaned over and asked the girl NOT to say my total out loud. LOL. Of course my husband walked up just as it totaled. I saw the blood drain from his face. I just grabbed my bag and ran. Now we all know Martha Stewart can be a little pricey. The nice thing about this line is that the charms came 1, 2, 3 or 4 to a card. Each card was $5.99. Then there was the chain, the jump rings, the clasp and all the beads and rhinestones. I could have used some of the supplies I had, but it called for braided jump rings and clasp, which we all know is very nautical.  The nice thing was that really you could make two bracelets with everything except the big charms. Anyway, here is my finished bracelet.
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I didn’t have that awesome aqua background, but I think my bracelet turned out pretty nice. I love it. Oh about all those extra beads? I made a necklace and earrings. I used another clasp from my original purchase, but I did go buy a smaller link chain for the actual necklace. All the charms and beads are from my original purchase as well. I still have a lot of beads left.  Here they are.
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Oh, by the way, my husband loved it so much he asked me to make one for his mother. We only needed the big charms. So, off to Michaels we went…

Disclaimer: I was NOT compensated in any way by Martha Stewart Crafts or Plaid Crafts.