Glam

Glam

Handbags tote
smile.amazon.com

Chanel perfume
bergdorfgoodman.com

Patterned rug
projectdecor.com

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Whisper

Whisper

Camisole tank
makemechic.com

Ballet tutu skirt
lindybopusa.com

Gucci red patent sandals
$1,105 – ssense.com

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Tutti Frutti

Tutti Frutti

Joseph camel pants
$215 – stylebop.com

Turquoise blue rug
chairish.com

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Maxi Long

Maxi Long

Summer sandals
gojane.com

Library Hearts Garland
shopterrain.com

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Jeweled Bridal Bouquet

peach jeweled bridal bouquet

This lovely peach and pink jeweled bridal bouquet was made by Brenda Koval. Brenda makes custom bridal bouquets and you can find her Etsy shop here.

In addition to using purchased rhinestones and jewels, Brenda will use your treasured heirloom pieces from your own collection to bring a bit of your past and thoughts of loved ones to your special day. She turns your dreams into reality.

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Fan Earrings

Summer 2017 has been a fun one for jewelry. Tassels, pom poms, andĀ fan-shaped earrings. I fell in love with these made by the ever so talentedĀ MusingTreeStudios. Girlfriend kicked it with folded tin at the top and worn leather at the bottom. Love the creativity and interesting use of materials. Snag them and some of her other gorgeous pieces. I’ve long loved her shop.

leather fan earrings, tin earrings

Then I saw these crochet fan earrings made by PashaBodrum and fell in love with them as well. Again, it’s the interesting use of materials that captivated me.

crochet fan earrings

Even if you make jewelry, it’s a lovely thing to collect beautiful pieces like these from talented artisans. I know how to make many, many different types of jewelry, but still love collecting gorgeous pieces from other jewelry makers.

Now, down to brass tacks for the DIY’ers out there. I’ve got metal folded circles that you can use to make your own fan earrings. I used embroidery floss and the ever-useful E6000 to make the sample in the photo.

fan earring findings, half circle earring component, diy fan earrings

 

You can use thread, lace, ribbon, torn fabric strips and other items to complete your earrings. I tied the bundle of thread together in the middle so I didn’t have a lot of loose pieces to mess with, used a toothpick to put the E6000 into the shell and then used the toothpick to push the threads in.

So whether you buy or DIY, I think fan earrings should definitely be in your summer jewelry plans.

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What a difference a day makes…

About this time Tuesday, I got the news that Etsy Pattern sites can have listings that do not appear on Etsy and do not have to be handmade, vintage or supplies. This news seems to have a lot of people rethinking their options.

I mean, for $15.00 a month, list as many items as you want, they never expire, an integrated blog, Mail Chimp integration, and now this; it’s looking pretty sweet.

So, last night, I created a Pattern site for my Charlene Sevier jewelry shop and this is my very first item that is not Etsy legal, but is definitely Pattern legal.

large boho hoop earrings, tribal hoop earrings, turquoise and gold earrings

I’ve long wanted to curate a line of jewelry and maybe other small accessories that included items I loved, but didn’t actually make. I mean, one girl can only do so much, right? Like having my own accessory boutique, but virtual, online only.

I have been in the process of reworking my jewelry shop. I think it needs to be updated and given a fresh new look. The supply shop got so busy that I had to let some things go out of sheer necessity. Over the past few months, I’ve been able to spend time on it again, but it is slow going at times. Being able to augment what I can make with carefully selected items purchased wholesale and offered at great prices could give the shop a remake a lot faster than I could have otherwise done.

The timing of this announcement is good too I think. There’s still plenty of summer left; the 4th isn’t here yet. And there’s time to prepare for the holidays that always get here way too fast.

So, upward, onward and beyond I go.

 

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