Easy DIY boho necklace + tending to our gifts

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 I love jewelry.

And other than my wedding ring my jewelry is usually from Charlotte Russe or Forever 21.

There is something about buying a bunch of new bracelets and accessories to breathe some new life into your wardrobe.

I have been in a huge style rut for a while now.

A bad one.

It’s not that I don’t care, because I do, and I love the way I feel when I like my outfit and feel confident.

I think it’s just my head space, and being tired from work, and letting other things get in the way.

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DIY Suede Tassel Necklace

 

Hello friends I hope this finds you enjoying your day & maybe even finding some
time to relax if you happen to have a long weekend!! It’s raining like crazy here, but
we are pros at having fun rain or shine.  Living in Washington seems to include a
strange love of rain.  We’re weird like that.

I wanted to share a project with you today that I had a lot of fun making and
now wearing too.  Jewelry can get a little spendy to buy, and even make sometimes too.
Any of us who have purchased beads can attest to the cost of making your own jewelry.

 

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Gorgeous ring giveaway + my new shopping crush

 

Hello friends!! I am so excited to tell you about my latest shopping obsession toADORN…
toADORN is a daily deal site that features huge discounts on the trendiest boutique fashion, decor,
and handmade items.  New items are posted, and each deal is only available for 3 days, at huge discounts,
that I can always appreciate!

 

 

I am going to share my latest score with you later this week, I can’t wait to show you what it is and
see if you love it as much as I do.  I think you will! Oh, and if you want to save even more enter the
following code when you order for twelveOeight readers to receive an additional 10% off:

Code: ilovetoadorn

 

In the meantime, my friends at toADORN have been so generous to share this gorgeous ring giveaway
with twelveOeight readers, just scroll down to enter the rafflecopter.

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How To Make A Chunky Beaded Necklace {easy make-ahead gift!}

 
I know we are all on some sort of budget each year at Christmas, and doesn’t everyone gal you know LOVE getting jewelry? When it comes to beaded jewelry, you can create a very simple yet fun piece like this in about 20 minutes! This does not have to be expensive either, I use a mix of pottery, plastic and glass beads to create a light choker style necklace for less than $10. 

 
Measure around your own neck first to see where a necklace would sit well on the recipient.  A choker that is not snug, but rests on the collar bone lightly is classic and super hot this season.

 
A few little findings, a handful of fun and sassy beads, we are getting closer! After you have strung all of your beads onto your tiger tail wire, follow the directions below to complete your fabulous new necklace.  The font is ending up really small in order to fit, but the pictures walk you thru the next steps pretty well.  The crimp bead goes on one end after you have finished stringing all of your beads.  Next the lobster claw, then you take the wire and run it back thru the crimp bead and pull the end to make a small loop, pinch firmly with needle nose pliers.  Do the same on the other end and leave a small loop on that end for the lobster claw to grab ahold of when you want to connect the two ends.  Pinch the other crimp bead with your pliers and you are done.

 
If you are new to making your own jewelry you are probably wondering why you didn’t start before now? I did too when I taught myself years ago (no Internet and my first bracelet was not exactly attractive upon completion).  But that is the rule of crafting, keep trying and don’t give up.  We ALL have projects that go sideways!

 
Guess what? We just made one of your Christmas gifts.  I know cool huh? I bet you want to make more and be like uber-prepared this year? Well good, like I mentioned earlier this week, I will share everything I make this year, all thrifty and easy to make gifts.
I am so excited about YOUR necklace now that I think I need to go make another one before the little’s wake up from naps…

 

So are you a midnight shopper, plan ahead shopper or a little of both this year? Let me know what you are working on, and if you have some things you would like to see, give me a shout out!
 
Thank you as always for reading, hugs & blessings from my home to yours,
 
xoxo, Tanya

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Make Your Own Jewelry Gifts

 
November 1st (tomorrow) marks the day that I really begin to feel the pressure to “get stuff done” each year.  So this year, I am trying a new tactic.  I believe it is the opposite of procrastinating, it feels a bit uncomfortable, but hopefully it will become second-nature.  I have heard that it takes either two weeks or twenty one days to create a new habit.  So, I should be a former procrastinator, and totally on track for Christmas by Thanksgiving.  I will let you know if the theory works.
 
In the meantime, Santa’s Workshop is beginning to create and make gifts and goodies, as Christmas is less than eight weeks away, yikes!  Not to worry, I am going to share a tutorial for everything that is made here at twelveOeight.  And maybe, just maybe, we will both be ahead of schedule and eating bon-bon’s for all of December.  It could happen.

 
I love jewelry, and I love to make jewelry too.  Not only are most pieces quick to make, but the supplies and finished gifts take up very little space to store.  And, they are lightweight to ship too, always a plus!
 
I am sharing a few different styles of earrings that I made this week, and the components used to make them.  By having the basics in the picture above on hand, a pair of needle-nosed pliers, and some fun beads, you can easily make a few gifts early, and maybe some bling for you too.

 
Earrings are probably the easiest jewelry making project to make.  By choosing a smaller bead for the base of the earring, this stops the larger beads from sliding off.  Next I like to experiment with colors, shapes and styles to get the right look for each earring.

 
Once I have decided on the final design, the earring can be in one solid section, or two like in the picture above, to create a dangle effect.
 
I trim the earring wire to about 1/4 of an inch above the top bead, use my needle-nosed pliers to create a loop in the wire, and connect my earring hook.  Most earrings do not need a jump ring unless it helps the top bead turn forward, like in the earring below. 
 
Beads can be found not only at bead shops and online, but Walmart and Jo Ann’s have a pretty good selection of beads and jewelry components as well.  Plus, these supplies are sometimes up to 40% off at some craft and fabric stores this time of year, if you watch the ads.  And, if you are a Jo Ann’s shopper, they have an awesome app for your phone that can yield wonderful coupons, I saved $30 on my last trip after downloading this app while I was in line! 
 
 
What are you beginning to work on, are you making/buying your gifts this year or a combo of both? If you have something that you would like to see me share, I would love to hear from you!  Hope this finds you doing well, and for our friends dealing with Sandy, hugs & prayers coming your way 🙂
 
xoxo, Tanya

 

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Jewelry Making, Update Your Wardrobe On A Budget

Making a few new pieces of jewelry always gets me excited about the next season around the corner.  Working retail for years may have very well helped rob me of enjoying a full summer.  By the time that mid to late July arrives, I am shopping for new boots online, and designing a few new scarves for the cooler months.  Am I the only one doing this while my air conditioning is going and I apply sunscreen to the kids faces in liberal amounts?

While I am looking forward to baked apples, pumpkin patches, and fall decor galore, I am not quite ready to jump yet.  So while incorporating some yellows, greens and topaz, I looked for the balance of more earthy colors for late summer and early fall, while still keeping them light enough to wear now.  Nothing can update your wardrobe faster on a budget than a few new accessories.  I love how a fun necklace can make me feel, and pull existing pieces together in a fresh way.  Let’s get beading:

I found these great light-weight carved shell findings recently while bead shopping.  I loved the pretty caramel color.  I gathered the following to put these together:

  1. Earring hooks and two long earring pins.
  2. Complimentary Beads to use on the top section of the earrings.
  3. Needle-nosed pliers with wire-snip base or a pair of wire snips too.
Since the carved rose already had a hole when I found them, I opened the ring on the bottom of the earring pin, hung the carved rose on each, and closed the ring with my pliers.  Next I strung the remaining beads on, snipped a bit of wire off so I left myself with about 1/4″ above the top green bead, and using my pliers again, formed a circle at the top of the wire.  I inserted the base of my earring hook and closed the circle, attaching the earring hook to the top of the earring.
And that is how easy it is to make a super cute new pair of earrings.  Staying current and keeping up with trends in fashion doesn’t need to break your budget or take a ton of your time.  The reason most of us love crafting is because we can make something beautiful and enjoy using it without remembering how much we shouldn’t have spent on it.  Plus, this way you can afford more than one, maybe like six!

I have been wanting to make an owl pendant for a while now.  A pendant is the fastest thing to make EVER.  You find the center piece for your focal point and after that, decide what kind of chain to use, and complementing beads.   I used a 30″ pewter-toned chain that was already connected, saved a step!  Next I used an earring pin that had a loop on the end, connecting a pewter linking bead and a jump ring to the owl.  Above the linking bead, I connected the earring pin,  and added my yellow and orange beads.  I trimmed the wire back to just a bit more than 1/4″, using needle nosed pliers turned the top of the wire into a loop connecting pendant to the chain. 

And it’s that easy.  You could take a very basic pattern like this and add beads onto the chain, more charms on the bottom like keys or feathers, or instead of a cute owl what about a large stone or agate with a pre-drilled hole? You could get crazy with these, and sit in your craft room until the wee hours making gorgeous little pretties that everyone will want.  But you should go to bed, because I want you to have enough energy to have a healthy breakfast and time to check your email for awesome blog posts.   There are so many good ideas out there, so much crafty creativity you don’t want to miss. 
So, get some rest, try and figure out what color beads you want tomorrow, and don’t forget to check your email.  It makes us crazy crafty bloggers so happy. 
Happy saving, thrifting, creating, and being fabulous!
xoxo, Tanya :)
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DIY Mediterranean Earrings

Today’s DIY Mediterranean earrings were inspired by the beautiful colors of the ocean like azure, sapphire, sea green and teal.  While mentally planning my trip to the Mediterranean (someday!) I created these little lovlies to tide me over until my tootsies touch down in Sicily and Crete.

These have now become my latest go-to earrings that seem to go with just about everything.  Here is what you need if you would like to make a pair of Mediterranean-inspired earrings:
  •  Two pieces of “tiger tail” to string beads on, each about 10″ long
  • Assorted beads (I used a mix of glass beads, and small glass seed beads in blue/green shades)
  • Two earring hooks
  • Two crimp beads
  • Needle-nosed pliers and wire snips or scissors

The first step is to decide how long you would like for your earrings to be, and starting in the center, string beads on each side of your main bead like in the picture below.

After adding beads evenly to both sides, pinch the tiger tail together and string a larger bead on like in the picture below to close the loop.  I used a couple different size beads to do this before I strung on one crimp bead.
Once the crimp bead is in place, run the two wires back through the crimp bead and other beads you just strung on the top to create a loop.  Carefully pull the strings until you have a small loop above the crimp bead, and using your needle-nosed pliers, pinch it firmly to secure the beads in place.  Closely trim the loose wire where it is coming out of the earring, and use your pliers to open the base of your earring hooks and attach them to the earring via the top loop you just created.  Can you believe how easy that was?

I wore these with jeans and a t-shirt yesterday, and I think I will pair them with a tank and maxi skirt when I visit the farmer’s market with the little’s this week.  I hope you are inspired to keep your travels alive in your head and heart, and until you are there, you have a pair of earrings to inspire your day-tripping. 

Wishing you a blessed week, happy crafting!
xoxo, Tanya 

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Easy DIY Summer Necklace

I love all of the super cute accessories and clothes for summer this year.  Bright tanks and maxi skirts, fun bags and sandals can be mixed together for a casual, yet pretty summer wardrobe.  But, I have also seen some of the price tags on summer jewelry and being a cheap-skate-DIY’er-I-think-I-can-make-one-even-cooler kind of mom, I dug in my bead box and this is what I came up with.
The Super-Easy Summer Necklace

 I picked up the white chunky beaded necklace while thrifting a couple months ago for under a dollar.   Beads and jewelry components can be quite spendy, when I see a good solid piece I can add to, upcycle or cut into pieces for the parts, I pick it up knowing I will put it to good use later.
Isn’t this pretty? It would have been awesome by itself but I already have a similar white necklace, so off the the upcycle bin she went.

I already had the following jewelry components on hand, I love free! Yay!!!!
-White chain, about 100 inches long
-Bright center piece for the focal point ( I had a large, green, filigree piece I couldn’t figure out what to do with from a previous 40% off day at JoAnn’s)
-Two larger clear beads, and two smaller green beads (I use a mix of glass and high-quality plastic)
-Some beading pins about 1 1/2″ long with the loop on the end and a few jump rings
Ready? This is easy and will look amazing on you!
I doubled my loop of chain and set it aside

 To one end of the chain I connected the beading pin that I strung the large clear and small green beads to.   The other end of the beading pin is now connected to one side of the filigree piece.  I used my needle-nosed pliers to open the end and close it around a thin area on the filigree.  On the other end, I used the pliers to bend the wire and form a loop around the bottom of the chain and now connect both sections together.

 Now I repeat the first step with the large clear bead and small green bead on the other side of the filigree and connect to the white thrifted necklace that I folded in half, see below.

Told you this was easy!

We are almost done, on the other end of the white chain that needs to connect to the white chunky beaded necklace, I added a jump ring to the end.  The a few inches up another jump ring slid onto the chain, like in the picture below.
I hung the chunky white necklace a litte uneven and chose a section (see below) to loop the white chain between a couple of the chunky beads and connect the two jump rings. 

Don’t you love how quick this pretty necklace was to make? I am so glad we were able to get crafty together today, thank you for creating and saving money with me, it was fun!
I wish you a wonderful, blessed day,
xoxo, Tanya

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Turquoise Earring DIY

Getting back to my bead box was really fun this week.  I am so excited that one of my favorite colors (TURQUOISE!!) is not only a really hot color in decorating this year but it’s a super-hot trend for accessories as well.  Turquoise is extremely versatile since you can wear it with just about anything.  It looks beautiful against black, brown, denim, and this time of year, plays up the color we all begin to see popping up on our sun-kissed faces as we spend more time outside.

So, before I begin rambling further about how much I love turquoise, I will tell you these earrings are really easy to make.  If you don’t already have some beading supplies, visit a beading shop where you can usually purchase just the items you need and sometimes even use their tools when you make them there.  Plus it can be really fun to grab a girlfriend, some coffee and shop for beads together.  Also addictive, similar to thrifting so be careful 🙂 But have fun.  Ok, here we go:

 On the right you can see the finished earring, on the left, all the components you need to throw these babies together.  If you don’t like the colors, like gold better, get crazy with them.  They will be dangling from your lovely ears so make them unique to you.  You will need an earring hook, the beads shown above, a short earring pin with a flat ending, and another short earring pin with a loop. 

 A pair of needle-nosed pliers and a pair of wire snips, or just two needle-nosed pliers work great,  one will need to have the ability to snip wire at it’s base, which most do.

Start out with the earring pin that has the flat base, add the beads that will go below the main piece shown in the picture above. 

Snip off about 1/4 inch of wire depending on how large your beads are.  You want about 1/4 inch left above the top bead, you will curl this with your pliers into a loop.

You can hook on the middle conch piece right before you close the loop, and avoid having to use too many connecting jump rings.  This will give your earrings a more polished look.  Speaking of polish, I will just say that my nails look terrible, as I have been painting the inside of my house as well as refinishing furniture.  Don’t judge! 🙂

Wow, the nails look even more stunning in this picture.  This is my dedication to bringing you DIY projects to save you some cash and look like a hottie-potottie as well.  I sacrifice exposing my nails for the whole world to see, to make you look even more beautiful than you already are.  We should be friends, I think we are wonderful! 🙂 Anyways, now the center conch piece is connected (you are almost done!)
Now you are ready to add the top beads to the earring pin that has the loop on it.  Trim any excess wire off the top leaving yourself about 1/4 inch to bend into a loop and hook it thru the loop on the bottom of the earring hook.

Now that the hook is on, you just need to open the lower loop on the bottom of the piece you just attached, and connect it to the lower half of your earring.

Throw those earrings on and get out into your world and be fabulous today. Thank you so much for crafting with me, it’s fun making something pretty, you deserve it!

Ta-da! All done, happy crafting – Hugs, Tanya

Thank you so much for reading, and as always, may your heart and home be full of everything you love! xo, Tanya         linking up to: http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/ And these awesome parties: http://www.twelveoeightblog.com/awesome-link-parties