Bling for Spring! Swarovski crystal project ideas

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A little bling in the spring makes everything sparkle better! Swarovski Crystal Beads not only add sparkle to jewelry designs, but below are a few more ways to bedazzle projects and take them to the next level!!

Add some bling to clothing

Bling out clothing
Bling out clothing with designs made of Swarovski crystal

When I was young metal studs were the in thing to add to jeans, handbags and other clothing. I loved decorating with those, but using crystal would have been so much cooler!!

Try adding Swarovski crystals to clothing in a unique design and then dress it up with other craft materials like organza ribbon, ricrac or even fabric scraps.

Iron on bling
Use iron on crystal on the back of a jacket

Create a one-of-a-kind sparkly design on the back of shirts or jackets with Iron-On Crystal Transfers – Made with Swarovski Crystal Components!

Embellish everything in the house

When it comes to home decor, the sky is the limit for adding a special sparkle with Swarovski crystals.

blingy wine charms lampshade and gifts

Dress up a simple gift bag with a charm or bracelet made with Swarovski crystals. Another idea to make a gift really unique is to use beautiful Swarovski crystals to embellish gift bags.

My favorite projects are fancy Wine Glass Charms made with Swarovski crystals or decorating an old lampshade with flowers made of Swarovski crystals.

Fire Mountain Gems website has a variety of project tutorials for every room in your house.

Summer projects for teens

Summer will be here soon and crafty teens can spend free time expressing themselves by adding crystals to all their gear!

Blingy cat on phone
Create designs on cell phone covers with Swarovski crystal and glitter

My daughters have blinged out their shoes, headbands, notebooks and their Cell Phone Cover with Swarovski Crystals! These are perfect crafts for tweens and teens of all skill levels.

What is the most unusual way you have used Swarovski crystals in a design project?

4 reasons I have ignored my blog

Somehow the year has just flown by, and I have hardly touched this blog! Do I have a good reason why I haven’t been posting regularly? Not really, but I do have 4 flimsy reasons, and you can use these same excuses for just about anything.




There are many reasons to start writing a blog and there are just as many reasons not to start blogging, or to start one and then ignore it.

One article I read recently focused on getting out to meet other people instead of blogging, which kind of reinforced my recent thoughts about finding local businesses who would carry my Vampire Diaries earrings and bracelet or my handmade rosaries.

That right there would require face to face meetings, and I could probably come up with the same 4 reasons not to solicit!!

Ignore blog
Hit the Ignore blog button on your keyboard

4 reasons I have ignored my blog lately

  1. I have an appointment – that is always a good reason! A doctor appointment, an appointment with the BEACH, a dinner date, you name it!
  2. I just don’t feel like it – this is one of my top reasons, and it is associated with number 3
  3. Takes too much time – it really does take a lot of time, no matter how easy everyone says it is! First you have to write, then look up keywords and think of cool ways to illustrate because some people only look at the pictures!
  4. FREE HBO/Cinemax weekend! – that’s right, because watching a new flick is always a good reason not to blog or do anything 🙂

These 4 reasons are so generic that you can use them for just about anything!!

I do like to share ideas, and new cool beads and I will continue to do that. But somehow this year has just slipped past me. I really just wrote this little article to kind of apologize for not posting much lately.

What are your reasons for not blogging? Are they the same reasons for not beading or not exercising? Or not doing anything?  Comments are welcome!

St Patricks Day Irish jewelry ideas

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St Patricks Day is coming in March and I wanted to share a few Irish Celtic Jewelry ideas! Even though this is right around the corner on March 17, there is still time to make something – in fact, if you love beads, there is ALWAYS time to create!

Irish jewelry ideas for St. Patrick’s Day

First of all, anything green or with a clover will work, but below are a few jewelry making ideas for inspiration!

Irish Celtic Earrings
Irish Celtic Earrings with Swarovski Crystal

There earrings are a beautiful and simplistic design with Swarovski Crystal and Celtic design charms. See the materials list here:

Design Idea – Earrings with Swarovski Crystal Beads and Sterling Silver Celtic Drops
Irish Clover Earrings

These Irish Clover earrings in green and gold are another fun design to make and wear! Click below for a supplies list and instructions:

Learn how to make – Earrings with Swarovski Crystal, Gold-Plated Brass Beads and Gold-Finished Brass Chain

These are just a couple of ideas to get you started. Check out all of the Celtic and Itish jewelry making supplies at Fire Mountain Gems!!

Celtic and Irish Jewelry Supplies

Valentine hearts earrings are easy to make

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These Valentine Hearts earrings are so easy to make! Whether you want to wear them at the office for Valentine’s Day or give them as a gift, handmade earrings are at the top of the list.

Valentine hearts earrings

Easy to make Valentine Hearts earrings

It will literally take you longer to pick out the beads you want to use, than to make theses gorgeous earrings! Just three simple steps and you are done!

  1. Slip the beads onto a headpin
  2. Make a loop at the top
  3. Attach to an ear wire.

So easy and so beautiful, and they will be cherished for years to come.

Click the links below for a materials list for the earrings or for ideas on other beads to use.

Tutorial: Earrings with Swarovski Crystal Beads and Czech Pressed Glass Beads

Shop for other Valentine’s Day charms and components

Tiger bead charms for bracelets

This Sterling Silver Tiger Bead from Carlo Biagi (UPDATE: This bead is sold out and no longer available making it officially extinct!) is the perfect charm for bracelets themed around a sports team, spiritual energies or for animal lovers. The large diameter hole has no threading and it is compatible with many popular bracelets.

Over the years this European charm has been very popular due to its symbolism of this ferocious animal.

Tiger bead charm
Carlo Biagi sterling silver Tiger bead (side view)

Tiger beads and symbolism

The tiger has always been an important symbol, and throughout history you see it’s influence in art, literature, or as a mascot.

Here are just a few interesting facts:

  • The tiger is the largest cat! For those of us who love cats, it is a dream to own such a huge kitty.
  • It is one of the animals in the Chinese Zodiac, the next year of the Tiger is 2022.
  • The Detroit Tigers football team was named after the nickname of the Detroit Light Guard Military Unit
  • There are 9 different sub species: three are extinct and the remaining six are endangered

This popular sterling silver bead is also on my bead “endangered list”. There are only a handful of these beads available and they will not be restocked. (UPDATE: This bead is sold out and no longer available making it officially extinct!)

If you are waiting for just the right time to buy this bead, then NOW would be the time. (When they are all gone, and officially extinct, I will update this page.)

 

To answer the most asked question – yes they will fit on PANDORA bracelets and are also compatible with Troll, Chamilia, and other trendy charm bead bracelets.

The bead hole is 5mm and is smooth (no threading) making them easy to slip on an off any bracelet chain.

Begal Tiger Glass bead
Carlo Biagi Murano Glass Bengal Tiger Stripe

This Murano glass bead is fashioned after the colors of the Bengal Tiger. Together these two beads are a great combo to represent this charismatic cat.

Free beading patterns and resources

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Free beading patterns and tutorials are available here for working with seed beads to make anything you can imagine!

Learn how to do the popular peyote stitch, brick stitch, weave with seed beads and so much more.

Transform your favorite seed beads into elegant handmade creations to give as gifts or keep for yourself.

If you’ve never worked with seed beads before then checkout these free beading patterns, video tutorials and other resources to help you get started.

free tutorials
Learn how to weave and stitch with seed beads.

Free beading patterns and resources


Seed Bead Video Tutorials

Free Seed Bead Patterns

Free Seed Bead Graph Paper

Shop seed beads by color

Seed beads are some of the most colorful and versatile beads available. They come in all different materials, finishes, sizes, shapes and textures!

Vampire Diaries holiday gift guide for fans

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Vampire Diaries holiday gift guide of items seen on tv that fans must have, especially those fans who dearly loved the character “Elena Gilbert” played by actress Nina Dobrev.

These highly sought after fan gifts seen below are my top choices for this popular tv show. Most of these handcrafted items were spotted being worn by “Elena”.

Click each item below for more information or check out these other unique jewelry trends on Etsy.

Vampire Diaries gifts for fans

All of these unique handmade products were gifted to the wardrobe stylist of the CW Network series in a collaborative gift bag through an opportunity with The Artisan Group®.

Elena Gilbert hat TVD S4 e13
Elena’s hat in Season 4 episode 13

Elena’s Crocheted Newsboy Brimmed Hat made by Hunky Dori Boutique, $34.00

Goddess bracelet worn by Elena Gilbert TVDS4
Elena’s triple wrap bracelet Season 4 Episodes 4 and 11

Elena Goddess Bracelet in Matte Gold made by Julie Ellyn Designs, $62.00

Celtic Necklace for men seen on TVD S4
Worn by Galen Vaughn, the Vampire Hunter in Season 4

Celtic Cross men’s necklace made by Loralyn Designs, $59.99

Elena's gold and silver earrings as seen in Season 5 episode 2
Elena’s Eternal Reflection earrings as seen in Season 5 episode 2

Eternal Reflection Sterling Silver Earrings made by Bead Lovers Korner, $35.00

Elena Gilbert Unisex bracelet seen on TVD S5 e9
Elena’s bracelet worn on Season 5 episode 9

Unisex Beaded Stretch Bracelet made by Rock And Hardware, $30.00

Elena Gilbert necklace TVD S5 e20 e21 e22
Elena’s necklace seen on TVD Season 5 episodes 20, 21, and 22

Labradorite Layered Stacking Necklace made by Fizz Candy, $99.00

Elena Gilbert necklace from TVDS6 finale
Elena’s blue crystal necklace seen on the Season 6 finale

Blue Frost Crystal Pendant Necklace made by Alyce n Maille, $45.00

Elena Gilbert earrings TVD S6 e2
Elena’s dangle earrings worn on Season 6 episode 2

Agate and Hematite Sterling Silver Earrings made by Sari Blue, $40.00

Enzo ring TVD S7 e22
Enzo’s statement ring as seen on Season 7 episode 22, and all throughout Season 8

Sterling Silver Statement Ring made by Kim Jakum Designs, $195.00

Bonnie necklace TVD S7 e10 e11
Bonnie’s necklace as seen on Season 7 episodes 10 and 11

Copper Wire-Wrapped Necklace made by Pillar of Salt Studio, $50.00

Leave a comment and tell me your favorite from this “Vampire Diaries” fan gift guide for the holidays.