Kind of loving my new, American Apparel chiffon top with this Blydesign bib necklace
Monday, December 2, 2013
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Thursday, October 24, 2013
As a jewelry designer, I am always on the hunt for new ways to display my collection. Whether at home, or at a trunk show, I like it to be as aesthetically beautiful as it is organized and easy to see.
When building a display, I try to always go for a little bit of height. It makes the pieces more noticeable, and screams 'look at me!' In my office, I covered an entire wall with poultry fencing so that I could display my creations up to the ceiling...
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Branches are a great way to add multiple levels of height to your jewelry.
When building a display for your jewelry, try to think outside of the box. Don't be afraid to use objects that were intended for other purposes! Have fun mixing it up. Love these vintage, industrial finds...
A cigar roller...who knew it would be darling for necklaces!?
I typically never buy new displays with jewelry as their intended purpose (it's just too easy), BUT this one by Thorunn Design is tempting...
Natural elements are always a good idea. These air plants, crystals, and branches are a perfect compliment to this jewelry collection...
Deer antlers make great ring displays. Find them at your local pet store!
If you can make the investment, a stag skull will be your jewelry's best friend.
I found this handsome guy at Sleepy Poet, an antique mall here in Charlotte NC...
Not ready to drop that much coin? Try this little porcelain display...
Every once and a while, I feel like displays can get too cluttered. Especially if you feel like you have to gingerly remove a piece of jewelry for fear of breaking your display ;) Sometimes it's best to keep it clean and simple.
Everything pops on white! These trays are classic.
Clear glass protects your jewelry from dust while also keeping it easy to see what you have on hand.
I found this glass box at Crate and Barrel. It has a mirrored bottom, so my jewelry always looks extra shiny on the reflective surface ..
Flat file storage drawers are perfect for the gal with lots of bling. I am still on the hunt for a great vintage cabinet, but in the meantime, the Container store has some pretty good smaller options.
Velvet lined drawers are a must for your more expensive pieces. You don't want your Grandma's pearls to get scratched! ;)
For those hoping to D.I.Y your display, these options are so very cute!
Please send me your jewelry display photos! I would love to see how you display your baubles!
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
I am a little late on the pumpkin wagon this year (argh...so little time), BUT I just came up with something quick and easy.
I started with three pumpkins of varying size from Trader Joes (at the bargain price of $3 each) and began working with some materials I already had around the house.
I love all of the studded pumpkins I've been seeing lately. Many have used thumb tacks, which works really well. I just so happened to have a lot of studs from my jewelry designs lying around, so I decided to give those a try. I also like mixing the metallics and shapes you get with the different studs.
To kick it up a notch, I used some striped string I always have on hand.
The studs (available at most craft stores) have two prongs that easily push through the flesh of the pumpkin. Thumb tacks will be even easier. Try to position your first stud near the top of the pumpkin since that will be holding your string in place. I started off arranging my string in the crease of the pumpkin (as photo below shows), but found the string was slipping out easily, so I switched to the flat part and it was much more secure.
Once all of your strings are positioned to your liking, tape the loose ends under the pumpkin (remember to leave a little extra length for this!). You don't want to use studs to secure the string at the bottom because that will scratch the surface of your furniture and will cause your pumpkins to topple over.
I was able to do three pumpkins in less than an hour with about a handful of studs and three rolls of string. I love the way they turned out. I am definitely keeping these around for Thanksgiving!