Showing posts with label jewelry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label jewelry. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

...introducing...

Simply Just Lovely now has an Etsy shop!

This announcement makes me very excited because I have been trying to find the time to open my shop for over a year now!  Something just always got in the way.  I was determined to do it before the baby arrives and I have succeeded!  So I feel very accomplished at the moment.

I have been designing jewelry for some time now.  Once I start designing, I can lose hours of my life.  I get so caught up in it because honestly I absolutely love doing it.  I really am happiest when I am designing and crafting.  It has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember.  It is so exciting and rewarding to be able to now share my designs with others.

Here is a quick look at some of my favorite pieces.  They are simple yet modern.







And here is a sneak peak at a few pieces that will be added this week.




I am also in the process of creating items other than jewelry.  The fun begins.  
Stay tuned!

On another note, I was browsing through my blog over the weekend looking at my old outfit posts and I decided I miss my clothes!!

These outfits in particular.






P90X I am ready for you once I can start exercising again!

Any other suggestions on how to lose that baby weight quickly?

 
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Friday, August 10, 2012

The Statement Necklace

Accessories are an essential part of my wardrobe.  Very rarely will you see me not wearing a necklace. It's all you need sometimes to spice up a simple outfit.  I am especially fond of statement pieces!  I am excited to style these lovely pieces this coming fall.


I used to be a silver girl but that has changed within the last two years.  I almost always wear gold now.  I am extremely fond of the bib necklace.  This necklace can be worn with a low or high neck top for two completely different looks.  The amber colored gemstones along the last layer of interlocking rings adds a little something extra to a simple necklace.  A simple statement necklace, is that possible?   



I bought this piece the other day fro 70% off, yes you heard me right 70%!  How could I pass up that deal!?  I didn't have anything quite similar to this piece in my collection of statement necklaces, so it made for a perfect addition.  I have a feeling this piece will be making an appearance quite often this fall.  It seems to match everything.

NY & Co.


How fun is this necklace?  The spikes are what caught my eye.  It has a fun tribal, edgy feel to it.  I can't wait to pair it with my leather jacket!



This necklace has a more elegant feel to it, so it can be worn with a dressier outfit or used to dress up a simple one.  I have a lot of plans for this baby!    


The best part about these pieces, they were all AFFORDABLE!

I don't know how many times I am browsing my favorite style blogs and fall in love with a necklace only to find out it cost $200 or more.  I wish I had that kind of money lying around for a necklace.  Affordability is always on my mind these days.  I kicked into Mama mode months ago.  I think I did pretty good on a budget!

In other news, I am 38 weeks today!  The end is near, so exciting!


I am still in need of 2 guest posts for the week this little man arrives.  If you are interested, please e-mail me at erin.simplyjustlovely@gmail.com.  I'd love to have you!

...and don't forget to enter this months giveaway here... 

Happy Friday!!!

 
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Friday, August 3, 2012

Fabulous Weekly Finds

I have had a love for Etsy for a long time now but lately I have become addicted.  Seriously, I should not even be aloud on that site anymore.  I find something new I want every day or more like 20 things I want.  I have found such different, unique items on Etsy that I keep coming back for more.  Besides I love supporting other crafters like myself.  

Here are a few of my recent finds that I just had to have!


I absolutely adore this simple, delicate necklace.  It is perfect for layering with other necklaces and will match so much!

Shop: edor


I have been looking for a "love" bracelet for some time now.  Most of the ones I found were chain bracelets with a love charm on it, not exactly what I had in mind.  Then I found this gem!  I love how the metal twists into the word "love" and the delicateness of this bracelet, especially since I have a such a tiny wrist.



I fell in love with the bubble necklace from J.Crew but refused to spend over $100 on it, so I went looking for something similar.  I found one on GroopDealz but of course I waited too long and they were gone before I could purchase one.  So I went searching and figured I should give Etsy a try.  Well that was the best idea I had because I found this gorgeous necklace!  

Shop: Arkpearl


This necklace is just so fun and edgy that I had to have it!  Basically I love anything that has cobalt blue in it or spikes on it and that fact that this necklace had both was like a dream come true!



This print is the perfect addition to Aidan's room because not only is he going to be AWESOME but it will add some new colors to his room.



This was too cute of a saying to pass up.  And isn't the whale just adorable!  I loved that I was able to customize the colors to match Aidan's room!

When I was purchasing the decor for Aidan's room, I did not have a specific theme in mind.  I knew the colors I wanted, but had trouble finding bedding that I loved so I decided to have the bedding custom made.  The crib skirt is a subtle, modern giraffe print, so I found myself starting to purchase giraffe decor to match the crib skirt.  Can you now see why I needed to have this clock!?!  It is not like anything I have been able to find in the many stores I have shopped in.  It may be one of my favorite new additions to Aidan's room!

Shop: Decoylab


My favorite thing about this product is the fact that it can be used as decor for Aidan's room until he gets old enough to eventually use it as a toy.  That and the elephant is so darn cute!!  


What are some of your favorite Etsy shops?  I love finding new products and shops to fall in love with!!

 
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Thursday, July 19, 2012

DIY: Shirt Collar Necklace

I have been obsessing over shirt collar and peter pan collar necklaces for awhile now.  I have come extremely close to purchasing one on many occasions, but always decided against it.  Recently I have been finding myself searching store after store for one to buy, so I decided why not make one instead.  One of the greatest things about this project is I didn't have to go but anything for it.  I had everything I needed already, score!

Materials used:
- assorted beads/pearls
- spikes (from an old necklace)
- chain (from an old necklace)
- leather material (from an old jacket)
- black thread and needle
- jump rings (from an old necklace)
- necklace clasp (from an old necklace)
- jewelry pliers

As you can see I used a lot of materials from a necklace I was getting rid of.  Recycle and reuse, wohoooo!    



Once I had all the materials collected, I sketched out what I wanted the collar to look like.  *It may be easier to sketch one side of collar, flip it over, and then trace that piece for the other side.  This way both pieces with be the exact same size and shape.  Then I cut both pieces out and traced them on the leather with chalk.  I poked a hole in each collar piece (where they would meet at the center) and connected the two pieces together at the center with a jump ring.



Now it was time to add the chain to the leather.  I poked a hole in the leather, put the jump ring through the hole and attached the chain.  I measured the necklace around my neck at this point, so I could adjust the chain to the right length.  *Repeat to other collar piece.  Attach the closures to the chain.  Now you can open and close the necklace.


I attached the spikes first by sewing each one on individually.  I sorted through my beads and once I decided on a pattern, I started to sew the beads on.  First I sewed on the whole row of beads and then reinforced each bead individually.  I wanted to make sure these babies were not coming off!  


I am very big on my final product being neat in appearance, therefore I did not want the thread showing on the underneath side of my necklace.  I used my pattern pieces to cut black felt pieces, which I then hot glued to the back of the necklace.    


And that completes the process.  Here are few pictures of the final product!




I love my new necklace and the best part is I spent NO money to make it.  
Take a look at how I wore it!



Hope you like!!

 
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