Monday, December 19, 2011

New Items!

I feel like all I've been doing this week is making earrings. I'm obsessed, it's official. Here are a bunch of my newest listings. Everything is one of a kind and ridiculously on sale. I can also do overnight shipping so you get everything by Xmas :)

Friday, November 25, 2011

Handmade Black Friday


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The store has been updated this morning with all bracelets and necklaces reduced to $10 and all earrings reduced to $4! Shipping has also been reduced!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Tips - Cleaning Your Vintage Jewelry

I wanted to share some good jewelry cleaning tips I've found online. This is a great list of 12 household products that can be used to clean any "gently worn" or tarnished jewelry bought at the thrift store or flea market.
My favorite:
Make your silverware — as well as your pure silver bracelets, rings, and other jewelry — shine like new by soaking them in a mixture of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons baking soda for two to three hours. Rinse them under cold water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.

This one has a great reaction when you mix the ingredients! The shine is actually pretty impressive. This one started with a lot of metal chipping and gunk but now it's ready for the paint and tools!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

New Reversible Necklace

After refurbing those vintage necklaces I have lots of chain remnants. I'm also too cheap to throw them away, so I threw them together instead. The long beads are reversible and I couldn't decide which side I liked better so I'll let you chose.

I think I like the smoother side better. This is what it looks like in real life via my cell phone.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Holiday Sponsorship Sale

Do you have a shop or blog you want to promote during the holidays? If so, boy have we got a sale for you! Jessalynne Designs is doing a BOGO sale - Buy One Month Get One FREE! The price? Only $5!

Ad space includes a 150x150 px ad - all ads are rotated weekly so everyone gets to be at the top - as well as an introduction post inlcuding a photo and links to your blog/shop/cause. Giveaways and coupon codes are encouraged but not required. Ads can start on any date and will run for 30 days at a time (60 with this sale).

Sale only through November 30, 2011

Please contact me at if you are interested :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Gift Guide - Shiny and Geeky

It's that time again - Xmas shopping time! I tried to make a general list of some cute and interesting projects but I think I just ended up making my own little wish list. There's something in here for everyone. Sparkly jewelry for the ladies, wine for the sophisticated, puzzles for the bored, camping gear for the adventurous, and shirts for the nerdy.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Knock off Criss Cross Bag

I fell in love with this bag on etsy a couple months ago but I was not going to shell out over $70 for it. I'm way too cheap to pay more than $30 for a bag. I loved the leather details on the very interesting straps of the bag. I studied it and sketched the pieces that I thought would work. After a lot of planning and graph paper I was pretty sure I had it down.

 I can't show you how I made it (unethical and whatnot) but I can show you my version. I wasn't confident in sewing leather with my machine so I chose a home dec fabric as the main bag and a canvas for the details. I also used this zipper tutorial for installing zippers to lined bags. I used this for the top of the bag and for the back pocket.

I was able to put this together in one night once I had all the pieces cut out. I am hoping to make another version in a print. A shoulder strap is kind of necessary since I don't like to carry handbags.  There are already made leather straps on etsy that I might check out next time.  

What do you think about the tassel that I added to the zipper? I think it makes the bag pop!

Friday, November 4, 2011

A little bit of an obsession with...Tassels!

Ask any of my friends (Kelsey) and they'll tell you I have quite an obsessive personality. Once I get fixated on something it definitely sticks. Lately I've been adding tassels, small and large, to everything. I've made interchangeable necklaces so I can match whatever color I'm wearing and teeny chandelier earrings. I just wanted to share with you a few of my favorite ways to incorporate tassels into your life.

Tassel Drop Earrings from Polyvore
 Digby & Iona Tassel Necklace from Madewell

 Tassel top gift box idea from Martha Stewart Weddings
 DIY Tassel Garland tutorial from The Sweetest Occasion
 My newest bag decorated with a shiny new gold tassel

Really each of these could be a great DIY project. Adding tassels to things is so simple and inexpensive. Hobby Lobby sells packs of small tassels and large tassels like the gold one above. Or you can try hand making them from embroidery thread or leather scraps. Martha Stewart has a great tutorial for making your own! Let's see how many you can add to your Fall wardrobe!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Shopping - Affordable Scarves

Now that it's finally cooled down (at least in FL) it's time for me to break out my scarf collection! And trust me, I've got an excessive amount of scarves. I only get to wear them for like a month here so I relish in the short time we have together.

Here's a colorful collection of affordable scarves for the cold season...

Blue & Black Striped Lightweight Circle Scarf $9.99

The blue is so vibrant and the stripes break up the color perfectly. It's not an overwhelming print but would spice up any outfit of neutrals.  I also really love the way this one is wrapped.  I'm going to have to copy it tomorrow!

Steve Madden Open Weave Infinity $36.00

An open weave scarf is perfect for a harsh winter. I'd try to sneak it into my Floridian "winter" but I'm not sure how long I can last in it.  The greens and teals would make my hair pop and I've been a little obsessed with these colors this season - mostly in my eye make up and jewely.

fuschia cashmere tubular scarf $107.10

(OK not that cheap but soooo pretty) The fuchsia is is bright and the fabric is soft. What else can you really ask for in an accessory?

Alexander Del Rossa Blue Plaid Scarf $13.97

 I think a plaid scarf should be a staple in every woman's fall wardrobe. For people who are too scared to commit to a print, this pattern is very familiar and nonthreatening. For people who love prints but not bright colors, the black and white is the perfect compromise. 

 There are tons of affordable scarves and wraps out there. Scarves make a perfect gift for the upcoming holidays because they are one size fits all and, let's be honest, everyone loves scarves!  For an even cheaper alternative you can simply purchase a yard of fabric and voila - scarf! Fray the edges or add ribbon as trim to personalize it.  Stay tuned for some great DIY posts.




Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Classic - The head scientist and the intern... :P

Wally's all ready to hand out candy tonight too!
 In case you can't tell who he is dressed up as, here's a hint....
Hope everyone has fun trick or treating tonight!