Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Oscar de la Renta Tribute and Our Favorite Jewelry Picks

World-renowned Fashion Designer, Oscar de la Renta passed away yesterday at the age of 82 in his Connecticut home surrounded by family. He was famous for his ready to wear collections and for dressing Jacqueline Kennedy and many other iconic actresses.

We've picked out our favorite pieces of Oscar de la Renta jewelry! This luxe set; the Swirl necklace & Swirl Drop earrings is designed with a beautiful linked circle motif. 

We are also pretty smitten over these tassel earrings! A perfect accessory to glam up your wardrobe.


"Fashion is about dressing according to what's fashionable. Style is more about being yourself" ~ Oscar de la Renta

“Walk like you have three men walking behind you.” ~ Oscar de la Renta
"I don't really know how to do casual clothes" ~ Oscar de la Renta



DIY Jewelry: Bohemian Bib Necklace

Bohemian Bib Necklace


Skill Level: Intermediate

Approximate Time: 2-3 hours

Materials: 

- Seventy-five 8mm bone beads
- Twenty-three African turquoise rings
- Thirty-nine 5mm yellow round quartz
- Lots of brass chain with small to medium open links 
- White Cording
- Seventy-five brass eyepins
- Thrty-one 5mm brass jump rings
- Nine brass headpins

Tools Needed:

- Flush Cutters
- Round Nose Pliers
- Flat Nose Pliers
- Chain Nose Pliers
- Scissors
- Measuring Tape

Techniques:

- Simple Loop
- Knotting
- Open/Close Chain Links

Instructions:

1. Place one bone bead on a brass eyepin and make a simple loop.

2. Repeat step one and connect the links together until you have five in a row.

3. Repeat steps 1-2 until you have a total of 15 bone strands. 

4. Next, you’ll need to remove the chain links so that they can be placed between the bone links.

5. Starting at the top left, place 2 chain links between the bone links, as you move right you will alternate in this pattern 2:1:2:1. 

6. Continue to repeat step 5 until all the bone strands have been connected together to form the bib.

7. Now, you’ll run a 4mm jump ring through the top of each eyepin and attach to the brass chain.

8. Cut 7 strands of cording; one 14”, two 12”, two 10” & two 8.”

9. Take the 14” piece of cording and run it through a brass jump ring, make an overhand knot to secure cording in place.

10. String on a turquoise ring, run both strands through the yellow quartz bead and then back through the turquoise ring.  Finish with an overhand knot.

11. Repeat step 10 until you have a total of 5 turquoise rings for the middle row.

12. Add a yellow quartz bead to the end, and make an overhand knot.  Cut excess cording.

13. Attach to the bottom middle bone bead link.  

14. Open 6 chain links and place around the top of the turquoise ring connection.

15. Moving towards the right, you will place a yellow quartz bead on a headpin and make a wrapped loop.  Attach the dangle to the next bone link with a 4mm jump ring.

16. Take the 12” piece of cording and repeat 9-14 until you have four turquoise rings in a row.

17. Repeat step 15.

18. Take the 10” piece of cording and repeat steps 9-14 until you have three turquoise rings in a row.

19. Repeat step 15.

20. Take the 8” piece of cording and repeat steps 9-14 until you have two turquoise rings in a row.

21. Repeat step 15.

22. Now, repeat steps 9-15 to finish the left side of the necklace.

23. Add clasp to end.

Tip: Use light weight chain so the bib necklace is not too heavy (I used what I had on hand so mine is a little weighty)


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tutorial: Step by Step Children's Black Kitty Cat Halloween Necklace

Children's Black Kitty Cat Halloween Necklace




Products Needed: All items were bought at JoAnn Fabrics
1 pkg.Black Glass Beads
30 Headpins 
30 4mm Jump Rings
Black Textured Pleather
Black Thick Felt (1 piece)
Black Rainbow Classic Felt (1 piece)
Orange Rainbow Classic Felt (1 piece)
Crafter's Choice 100% Polyester Fiberfill (1 bag)
Black Closed Bottom Fashion Zipper (1 zipper)
Hot Orange Lily Cotton Yarn (1 spool)
Black Cotton Cord (48" of cord)
Black Thread (1 spool)
Two Green Eyes
Clear Nail Polish

Tools Needed:
Chenille #6 Needle
Dritz 25 Assorted Craft Needles
Scissors
Jewelry Flush Cutters
Jewelry Round Nosed Pliers
Jewelry Chain Nosed Pliers
Pins



Instructions:
1.    Bring your own Kitty Cat to life by either creating your own face template or print and trace the cat face above out on paper.

2.    Cut out that precious little face with scissors.

3.    You will begin by making the inside of the cat first; so again place that precious little face on the black thick felt, secure with pins, and cut around the template.

4.    Next, pin the face template to the black pleather, and cut around the template. You will need a front and a back for the face, so when making the back you will want to make sure that you turn over the pleather and trace on opposite side.

5.    The next step is to decide where you would like the eyes on the front pleather, once you decide puncture two holes in the pleather, and insert the eyes.

6.    On the orange felt cut out a small triangle and pin it to the front of pleather, this will be the nose.

7.    Cut 24" of orange yarn and divide yarn into two equal parts. 

8.    Thread the yarn (2 pieces) through the Chenille needle and begin to sew on the nose to front pleather piece.   
       
Tip: I used a ruler and marked where I wanted the thread to be sewed on.

9.    Next, you will need to make this poor kitty's mouth. Count out 5 teeth on zipper and cut; then count out two 10 strips of teeth and cut.

10.  Sew the teeth onto the front of black pleather with the black thread.

11.  Cut the cotton cord into two equal parts, sew the ends of the cord onto the black thick     felt by the ears.

12.  Place all the pieces together and secure the edges around the face with your pins.

13.  Thread the orange yarn through the Chenille needle, and begin to hand stitch the face           together.

Tip: I used a ruler and marked where I wanted the thread to be sewed on.

14.  Stop sewing about 2 to 3" from closure, add a little fiberfill, and then finish sewing all parts together.

15.  To add the finishing touches, I made 3 overhand knots on each side of the cotton cord.

16.  I also added a 4mm jump ring to each overhand knot.

17.  Then place five black beads on each jump ring. The beads are placed on a headpin with a simple loop, and then placed on the jump rings.

18.  Bring both pieces of cotton cord together and make an overhand knot at the end of the necklace.

19.  Put a little bit of clear nail polish on the cord ends so that they do not fray.

And, in the end she wanted to be a kitty!