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.

Christmas crafts and holiday DIY projects

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Christmas crafts and DIY projects for the holidays are fun to make for yourself or to give as gifts. Click through the projects below for step-by-step directions and lists of materials needed.

The tutorials below can be followed exactly or use your imagination and creativity to make them a special custom creation.

Everyone loves handmade gifts, and these tutorials serve to fuel your inspiration.

DIY Holiday projects and Christmas crafts

Christmas Tree Earrings
Christmas Tree Earrings

Tutorial: Christmas Tree Earrings with Swarovski Crystal Beads

Super easy to make Christmas Tree earrings that can be made in any color! Also known as “Yule Trees”, they are a popular symbol for the Christmas holiday.

Dreidel Earrings
Dreidel Earrings

Tutorial: Sterling Silver and Swarovski Dreidel Earrings

A dreidel is a four-sided spinning top, played with during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. These adorable sterling silver earrings are a great holiday jewelry project to make and share with others.

Snowflad ornament
Snowflake Christmas Ornament

Tutorial: Steel Snowflake Ornament

Make several of these beautiful snowflake Christmas ornaments to give as gifts to family and friends! Experiment with other beads and components to make a truly special holiday decoration.

Check out the great selection of beads, charms and components shown below to add to other Christmas crafts!

Shop below for holiday charms and components

Easy to make black leather bracelets or necklace

Leather bracelets and necklaces are always in style and are a more casual type of jewelry to wear every day. It’s really easy to put together a new look for your arm or neck with the versatile Carlo Biagi black leather cord.



How to make black leather bracelets or necklaces

  1. Pick out your favorite beads or charms
  2. Slide them onto the leather cord
  3. Tie knots at different points on the bracelet or necklace to hold the beads
  4. Measure for your neck or wrist and then tie another knot!
  5. Easy Peasy


The Carlo Biagi versatile black leather cord is great to use as a bracelet or necklace. Made of quality leather and 40″ long so you can wrap or tie in any way you choose. The ends are sterling silver and are stamped with the Carlo Biagi brand logo.

Leather bracelets example with charm
Example of how you can add beads or charms, tie knots and create a leather bracelet

String on some beads or charms, tie a few knots and you have a really cool custom jewelry bracelet or necklace!

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Example of an easy slide necklace with just a few beads

Need a different look at a low-cost? With just a few beads you can create a fashionable lariat style necklace! It’s easy to change whenever you want!

Beads are sold separately and are only shown in pictures above as an example. The leather cord will also work with Chamilia, Pandora and other popular large hole beads.

Halloween costumes accessories add spooky fun!

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Halloween costumes accessories and jewelry put you at the top for contests, parties, or trick or treating.

Halloween is quickly approaching, and Fire Mountain Gems has a wonderful selection of fun and frightening items to put the finishing touches on your costume.

Resin dragon eyes, gemstone skulls, crystal spiders and more. They have everything you need to add a creative, personalized touch to your costume.

Sew beads or charms onto costume, glue on cabochons, dangle spiders, create a bracelet or earrings. There are so many ways to have ghostly fun with this assortment of Halloween costumes accessories.

Another great idea is to buy several charms to hand out in lieu of candy.

Love Halloween and all things spooky? Then check out these items below!

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Click here to see the whole selection of beads, charms, findings and more.

Our favorite Halloween costumes accessories for the best costume ever!

Breast Cancer beads that give back

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month here in the United States, a cause that people are very passionate about! Many women and their loved ones have had this form of cancer affect their life in one way or the other.

According to BreastCancer.org, 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. That’s a pretty scary number! But regular screening and higher awareness can help with early detection and treatment.

Show support for Breast Cancer

Purchase and wear one of the beautiful awareness ribbon pins below to show your support. Fire Mountain Gems donates 100% of the sale to research! These also make great gift ideas for women and healthcare providers.


Rhinestone and Gold-Finished Brass 1.5-inch Pink Ribbon Pin

Price: $11.46
100% of pin sales are donated to breast cancer research


Rhinestone and Gold-Finished Brass 1-inch Pink Ribbon Pin

Price: $6.21
100% of pin sales are donated to breast cancer research

European beads for awareness

Below are high quality charm beads that 10% of each sale goes towards cancer research. These beads are compatible with Pandora and other trendy charm bead bracelets, they also make great gifts!

Beading supplies and charms

There are a variety of options for beading and jewelry design if you are making a gift for someone or preparing for a fundraiser. So be sure to check them out!

Learn something new to enhance jewelry designs

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Want to learn something new this fall? Let your creativity loose and explore these different art forms to use in your jewelry making!

As the fall approaches and kids return to school, many of you may have a little more time each day. Learning a new skill to incorporate in your beading craft is a great way to spend that extra time!

Learn something new and expand your skills

Below are three different techniques that you can learn to enhance your jewelry design and skills. Make really unique gifts to give as gifts or sell at crafts fairs or fundraisers.

Learn Kumihimo
Learn to make a Kumihimo braided bracelet

Kumihimo

Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese braiding technique that lends itself well to modern jewelry design. These beautiful braids are made using easy-to-use foam disks, spool-taming bobbins and other convenient tools, and can be embellished with beads and findings.

Resources & Supplies

Kumihimo Braiding Chart
Square Braid Tutorial
Kumihimo Design Ideas

Learn Macrame
Learn to make beautiful Macrame jewelry

Macrame

Macrame is a technique of knotting cord to produce a lace-like pattern. It’s often used to make jewelry, belts, purses and more. It is a versatile technique that lends itself well to gender neutral or masculine designs, especially when woven with darker color tones and paired with metallic findings.

Resources & Supplies

Macrame Video Tutorial
Macrame Charm Bracelet Tutorial
Macrame Design Ideas

Learn resin
Learn to make a beautiful resin pendant

Jewelry Resin

Learn how to use jewelry resin  to preserve and create beautiful, original components. You can make lockets, bracelets, frames and more with a clear, glass-like coating.

Resources & Supplies

How to Use Ice Resin Video Tutorial
Creating a Jewelry Resin Frame Pendant
Jewelry Resin Design Ideas

All of the above will teach new skills and make your handcrafted jewelry stand out from the crowd!

Leave a comment and let me know what new technique you are learning 🙂

Is it coincidence or God speaking through nature?

Do you believe in coincidence? Does God speak to us through signs and symbols in nature? How does God speak to us? If God is speaking and we don’t listen, how does he get through to us?

I don’t believe in coincidence and think that everything happens for a reason. Over and over our higher power, whom I choose to call God, is constantly trying to communicate through any method available.



Is it a coincidence when animals appear?

Native Americans believe that animal spirits or totems appear in our lives to give us messages, and in my opinion it is God trying to get through because we aren’t listening to his voice.

I recently began trying to walk 10,000 steps a day to counteract the midlife bulge developing around my waist. This puts me out into nature a lot more since my home is tucked into the Central Florida Wetlands.

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I nearly stepped on this rattle snakes tail while on my morning walk. (Photo taken by Bead Lovers Korner in Central Florida)

Last week I nearly stepped on the tail of a huge rattle snake, it never saw me, but seeing the snake had me shaken!! The rattle was the first thing I saw, not a footstep away – eek!!

Then two days later the sunlight was shining at just the right moment for me to see a beautiful spider web in the trees.

Spider web seen in the rays of sunlight.
Spider web seen in the rays of sunlight. (Photo taken by Bead Lovers Korner in Central Florida)

I tried looking for the web again the next day, and could not find it. It seemed as though God was shining the light directly at the web at just the right moment for me to see it.

Were these two random sightings connected? Was it odd that after seeing the scary rattle snake I was allowed to see the delicate web?

Does this have meaning?

You might be laughing right now, but I began to think this was no coincidence and that this might have meaning. So I decided to look up the snake and spider and see what their appearance might mean and how it relates to my life.

Here is what I found:

Snake key meanings are transmutation, change and to be reminded to stay connected to the self and my surroundings to continue on the path of growth.

Spider and it’s web is bringing attention to my creativity and asking if I am ignoring my ideas and dreams. Go figure!

My inner spirit has been nagging at me to get back to making rosaries, prayer beads, meaningful jewelry and to practice wire wrapping and wire weaving. I have not been making time for that, and have just pushed those thoughts and ideas aside.

Knowing when God speaks

Was God speaking and I wasn’t listening? Did he use the symbols of his creation to tell me in another way? I believe it’s true: when I ignore my inner Good Orderly Direction (GOD), nature takes over to tell me again!

What are your thoughts on how God speaks to you? Have you had any strange encounters in nature like that? How did you use that experience?