Saturday, December 20, 2014

Handmade Swarovski Bracelet JCB-38 Made Waves in December

Blessings are indeed pouring this month. Aside from the regular orders that I sent out to my sister-in-law I got a few orders that came in from friends and colleagues. And in spite of the very busy month I’m really overjoyed because I was able to finish most of them. Except those that still needed additional materials, where I have to postpone until early next month.

I made this design way back 3 years ago I think, and have done only a few so far because it seems like not a very saleable item. Until last month, I made one for myself in white and aquamarine Swarovski crystals intended for the my colleagues wedding day. I posted the collage photos on my Instagram account (yep! I made an Instagram solely for my crafts) and linked to my personal FB account, I started receiving orders from my friends. 

The first order came from a former officemate Hazel from Bukidnon, I did the same color for her.

Later, two more orders came in from our Ninang Malou (our wedding sponsor), but the Swarovski crystals that I have used for this bracelet were already out, and I don’t have plans to order materials from my supplier until next month. Instead, I offered another color combination, she agreed and the results were really pretty and she loved them.

A sweet combination of aquamarine, light amethyst, citrine and peridot crystals. 

An elegant combination of black diamond (gray), white and indicolite (greenish) crystals.

And last but not the least, another bracelet was sent out to Ate Zarah mother of my son’s classmate. Also a sweet combination of light rose, light amethyst and aquamarine Swarovski crystals for her.

The above bracelets were made using authentic Swarovski crystals (I do trust my supplier for that claim) and 14k gold-filled wires and components and of course made with quality and passion.

To my dear friends, thank you so much for patronizing my products.  Merry Christmas!

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Monday, December 8, 2014

My First Handmade Swarovski Jewelry Set

Aside from the orders that came in weeks back, which were already sent to my sister in law last Friday, and will be sending the next batch within the week, I was up for a bigger project. Hubby did the rest of the remaining orders (since he already knows how to), while I was busy brainstorming of the project that my high school-college friend asked me to do for her.

A Handmade Swarovski  Jewelry Set, my first ever jewelry set that includes a full beaded necklace, bracelet and a pair of dangling earrings. 

It took me a while to finish the set, because I was short with the materials needed, I had to contact my supplier before actually starting. At the same time, confident because the target date is still on the 15th of December, I still have ample time. On Thursday night, I started making the necklace first, because of the excitement that I can finally make one. (Yes!Necklaces are once in blue moon order because of the cost involved).  My only time to make jewelries is at night after putting my two kids to sleep and at the same time doing the Alexabloghop. By Friday midnight, the necklace is done! Whew! Loving the feeling of the first accomplishment!

Sunday night, I was up for the earrings and bracelet set and also finished both before midnight. Last night, my tasked was to do the pictorial. After several takes, I finally got the right setting of the camera. So without further ado, here’s the my first ever set of Handmade Jewelry Set;

The set uses 10mm Round (light siam), 6mm Round (light siam), 8mm Helix (golden shadow) and 6mm Bicone (golden shadow) authentic Swarovski crystal beads, 14k gold-filled wires, earring studs, and lobster lock.  According to my supplier, lobster lock are the only ones remaining that are 14k gold-filled, the spring lock that I used before were already gone and the supplies coming is are of low plated quality. I have no choice but to adjust and take the more expensive lobster lock.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Getting Ready for the Christmas Orders + A Golden Leaf Pendant

The materials are all here and I am in a panicked mode to finish all the orders before the 7th of December. We are trying to produce small items that are affordable that our clients can give as Christmas gifts to their family and friends.

Good thing I already have a pair of helping hands in the person of my husband who is already doing well in jewelry making. In fact, he does the bracelets while I do the earrings because according to him, bracelets are easier to make than earrings. That is why I have no choice but to do the earrings which includes the hooks and loops, etc. myself. Nevertheless, I’m still thankful that he is already helping me in this endeavor. 

As always, every Christmas I received something form Ms. K my supplier. If last year it was one of her bracelet creations, this time she gave me a 24k gold-filled leaf pendant and accordingly it is a “leaf for wealth”. 

I’m not really a fan of big pendants, but last Friday I really did wear it. After all Friday is a wash day we can wear anything as long as it’s decent. See, it looks so lovely, right?

Thanks Ms. K for this lovely gift!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Getting Back to Handmade Jewelries

My first half or November was hectic. Aside from my tasks as a corporate slave, I was a very busy mother bee preparing my bee-girl’s 1st birthday party, and active mother race driver preparing the hotwheels inspired birthday celebration for our little boy after. Hah! This is the prize of having the kids born in the same month. Though the past days were very demanding, still I was one happy mom for being able to pull-up all the activities for the kids in just a small amount of time. And that I have to congratulate myself! Clap clap! And the DIYs I did, were very commendable right? Anyway, let’s cut the bragging, I’m directing your attention back to what this blog is originally all about, “my handmade jewelries creation”.

A day after our first born’s 4th birthday, I was already holding the pliers and made these sets of bracelet and earrings, pre-order items for my officemate (sapphire) and for my neighbor (white crystals). 

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you have seen these items a number of times already. Yep! These two are among our very saleable items. I already made them many times (my husband can already make the bracelet as well), in different colors, in different combinations. And will probably continue to make them in the near future, I hope so! And we’re ready to make  more of them, especially now that my husband is already doing his best to help me out.

Others may find our items expensive but our satisfied clients are willing to shell out extra amount just to get our items, because accordingly, ours are quality made.

Our jewelries are made of authentic Swarovski crystals and joined together using 14k gold-filled wires. The wire used are of thicker diameter to ensure durability.

If you want the same items, just drop me a line.

Have a Nice Day!

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

BEE Inspired Swarovski Bracelet for the BEE-day Girl

Just 3 hours before the BEE party, I realized that my little girl has no jewelry that will match her bee-outfit.

Digging into my stock of Swarovski crystals, I made her a bracelet, of black star and yellow flower shaped crystals and strung it using a thicker 14k gold-filled wire, making it durable just in case she will pull it out.

After just a few minutes, this tiny bracelet was done and ready for the BEE-girl.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

FOLDED FLOWERS Hairclips for the BEE-Girl

I spotted a set of Kanzashi flower hair accessories from an online shop. I was so tempted to get a set for my little girl to pair her BEE-theme outfit, but opted not. Instead, I bought yards gross grain ribbons from Michelle’s and made the flowers myself.

I was intrigued why the flowers were called Kanzashi, and how these intricate flowers are done. The way I understand based on the written information in the internet, Kanzashi are hair decorations used on traditional Japanese hairstyle which go back 3000 years ago. The stick pins were believed could ward off evil spirits. Tsumami Kanzashi on the other hand, is a type of kanzashi that means folded hair flowers or ornaments that are made of fabric. Originally, tsumami kanzashi are made of silk fabric, folded and formed into flower petals. I’m still in the process of intensive researching and reading to understand the term more.

Meanwhile, I made a tsumami kanzashi based on the tutorial I’ve seen in the YouTube. Difficult it may seem but in the end, I was able to follow and made my first ever pair tsumami kansazhi hair clips for my birthday girl using lemon yellow and black grosgrain ribbons. I used a sew-on button rhinestone that I bought in a local store as centerpieces.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

The Unfinished Crochet BEE Dress

From the time I have decided what theme we are going to have for our baby girl’s 1st birthday party, I already thought of making her a crochet bee dress, a Do-It-Yourself BEE costume that she is going to wear to her party.

I did able to start the project like two months before the birthday using a mercerized cotton crochet thread, the only cotton material that I can find locally in the city and making one round at a time during my free time. But later on, a lot of reasons and excuses came in that I wasn’t able to finish, and instead decided to buy a black tutu skirt to pair her yellow romper.

A few days before the big day, I was already shifting my attention to other things that I needed to do for the party and set aside the already in the 75% completion crochet BEE-dress. (I did a lot of DIYs for the party which you can find in my other blog)

Though, she wasn’t able to wear this dress on her big day, I’m still very satisfied because I was able to make her a pair of BEE-colored hair clips and bracelet instead. I won’t promise anything this time, but I’ll find time to complete this dress before the year ends. x-crossfinger-x 

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Make It Yourself!

Why spend more when you can do those little things with your bare hands? That is what I’m planning to do for my little girl’s 1st birthday.


I’m thinking of doing the decorations, layouts, party hats, etc. by myself. And as early as know I need to search the net for ideas. I’m keeping myself calm and getting ready to do it myself!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

A Pair of Helping Hands

After many years of convincing my husband to learn the art of handcrafting jewelries, I finally was able to teach him and make him do it.

At first,  I taught him how to make simple charms/danglings, then later on connecting wires and eventually created bracelets. In fact, the bracelets above that are also made of Swarovski crystals and 14k gold-filled components were his finished products. As a beginner, I must say he's good, though he always chose the easier job and left the complicated ones to me. Still, I am happy I already have a pair of helping hands. 

I’m looking forward for more handmade jewelry creations with my partner in life. Hmmm, I’m thinking of teaching him to crochet as well, will he agree? I wonder…

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Nail Art: Paw Prints Gone Bad

The last time I had red nail polish on my fingernails was in December 2012. I do not know what came into my mind that I picked a red polish (Revlon Fire) from the box and painted them on my nails last night. I missed nail arts and haven't done them on my nails for quite some time now, thus, I decided to paint some on my nails. A very simple one that I can think of, using the only dotting tool.

I was aiming for a simple paw print, but sadly my hands had forgotten how to do nail arts after months of hiatus instead it ended up into just ordinary "4 dots of different sizes". Paw prints that had gone bad!.

Looking at my nails today, I realized that my nails aren't that bad at all.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Let's Make Handmade!

 We are blessed enough with a pair of hands, so let's make the most out of it. Let's make handmade!


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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Crystal White + Sapphire Charmed Swarovski Bracelet

After the series of jade bracelets I made less than a month ago, I'm finally back with the crystals. Yep! Yesterday, I did a charmed/dangling bracelet using my first love the Swarovski crystals. 

Per request of my officemate Ma'am Annie, I made her sapphire + crystal white combination bracelet to pair with her old earrings which she asked me to do a makeover which I will be posting as soon as I finish it. As always the components used are of 14/20 gold filled, guaranteed, will not fade nor tarnish as long as you keep it clean and free from dust. 

I already made quite few bracelets and earrings for my officemates and so far the items they got from me are still looking great. Aside from using authentic materials, the wires used to join them together are of thicker diameter, that means they will not easily break. Because I always make it a point that my creations are of quality. 

So if you want any of my creations, I'm just an email away. :-)

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