Vintage Rhinestone Earrings
These lovelies are from my JULIA collection, a line that is characterized by opulence, intricacy, and elegance. These pieces can be worn individually as single statement pieces, or combined together for a look of true indulgence. Classically elegant and so very vintage-chic, the pieces in this collection will undoubtedly… details »
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Fascinator made of three organza blooms with ostrich feather centers over coque feathers and a pouf of black French veiling. Attaches with an alligator clip for easy placement and tangle-free removal.
I make unusual, odd, and silly earrings out of old school shrinkydink plastic. I handdraw and color them and then bake them with love. I like to make silly characters that interact and try to make each of them unique and fun. I was born and raised in Austin and I think a lot of that Keep Austin Weird mentality has rubbed off on me.
How did you get started? Have you worked in other creative areas before the kind of work you’re doing now?
I discovered shrinkydinks as an adult while I was in college and was amazed I’d never tried it as a kid. I love to doodle and draw and I’ve found that handdrawing and designing earrings is the perfect medium for the kind of creatures and oddities I create. I got a BS in Creative Advertising so that’s the ideal day job, but I love creating these earrings for my own personal joy.
Is there a story behind the name of your shop?
Its an old user name I came up with just to send good vibes my way. I find it ironic because I usually try to create things that I think will make other people smile as they wear them.
Do you work alone? With a team? Do you engage your family or friends in the work? What is your process? How do you ensure you get your work done yet still have a life?
I work mostly by myself. Occassionally I’ll ask my friends and family for ideas or what they’d like to see as an earring set. I try to think about upcoming holidays or seasons that would make the earrings more relevant. This is my favorite thing to work on when I have free time.
Where do you sell your work? Which venues are your favorites? Do you prefer selling online or in person? Do you attend shows or fairs? Is your work in a gallery or brick-and-mortar store?
I sell them mostly online at http://smileforsuzy.etsy.com but also have them for sale at Storyville on the drag in Austin. I love to hear about the people that buy them and what they personally mean to them.
Do you have any favorite handmade shops or sellers you’d like to recommend?
I’m in love with the clutches they make over at Tsuru Bride.
What inspires and motivates you?
It’s a release for me to create things. Sometimes if it’s been too long since I made something I get antsy about it, and it feels great just to know I made something out of nothing. I love to fill blank canvases with ideas from upstairs.
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Bonjour! Ah! Paris in the Springtime! How delightful! What? You’re not in Paris? No, me neither. But let’s celebrate one of the world’s most romantic cities by decking ourselves out in Parisian inspired accessories.
Let’s start with the quintessentially French headgear, the beret. This beret from Bow Tie Unique will have everyone around you smiling and saying, “there’s a girl with style!”
Please help me welcome Jesika Wolff to Try Handmade! She’s a writer, artist and web developer and here on the blog she’s going to be detailing tips for Small Space Living. I live in a small space so I’m looking forward to her tips, and if you have any special requests, please leave them in the comments.
This mosaic inlaid candy dish by Smith Mosaics would be perfect for holding those little hard candies our grandmas loved so much, but maybe you’re not a candy person. Let’s say you’re more carrots and celery sticks. Those won’t keep too well in an open dish on the counter. There have been plenty of little bowls and silver dishes I’ve found enticing, but couldn’t fathom a use for. There are only so many “change bowls” a person needs before you end up losing the bowls with the change. Still, I can’t help but be drawn to beautiful craftsmanship; particularly if I can conceive a purpose for it.
I like looking at things. I can’t help it. When I’m driving down the highway I read all of the signs. When I’m shopping every window display has my undivided attention for at least one minute. I’m an observer by nature. One weekend, while observing a vase full of bracelets at my favorite boutique I had an epiphany: I was looking at bracelets in a vase. A grand realization, I know, but stick with me. I promise you it’ll all make sense in the end.
Why did I grow up thinking Jewelry had to be kept in a box? Stores keep necklaces on hooks and rods. They put earrings on trays and bracelets in bowls. I’d been hunting for the perfect Jewelry box for over a month, to no avail, when the solution was sitting in my kitchen cupboard! Boutiques keep it cute and classy by putting jewelry in random containers. Why couldn’t I do the same? Now, for those that want a little more flair than the standard glass vase, I highly recommend Bottlehood in San Diego, California. Take a look at this gorgeous upcycled Absolut bottle:
Wouldn’t your bracelets look spectacular in there? You could even put a few tumbled rocks in the bottom for filler, if you don’t need the bottle to be that deep.
But the earrings! What shall we do with those? We can’t possibly put them in a jar or bowl, even a little one, without making quite a mess of things. There’s a cheap and easy solution to this dilemma. Remember when you bought a shirt with buttons? Did it come with an extra button in a little plastic bag? I’ve already lost track of the shirts those buttons belonged to, but I still had those button bags. I took all of the buttons and condensed them in a jar, then used the bags to hold my earrings. This way I could put them in a container without making a mess. I’m also a big fan of organza pouches:
Home2 makes these lovely jewelry pouches. You can usually get them in any size and color, and they look much nicer than little plastic bags.
Here’s what I ended up doing:
I don’t have much jewelry, so I put the bracelets in a vase, stacked the really thick bracelets, and put my earrings in pouches. That weird looking metal contraption in the middle is actually a candle holder. I found it in our new house’s basement and couldn’t bear to part with it. Took me a month, but I finally figured out where to put it! I put my earrings in the glass “candle holder” and dangle my necklaces from the hook at the top.
Now I know there are two necklace boxes that managed to sneak in there, but for good reason. Some jewelry is a bit too important to put in bags and hang on hooks. One box has my wedding necklace. A beautiful piece I purchased from Etsy seller Leela Bijou. The other box has an anniversary present from my hubby. It’s another wonderful handmade piece from Etsy, by seller Kivaford.
What I love the most about this arrangement is that everyday I wake up and feel like I’m shopping for a new piece of jewelry. It makes the ho-hum of morning ritual a bit more interesting. Go ahead, give it a try! I’m sure there a few wine bottles left over from last weekend, maybe a nice vase from that last flower arrangement you received, or my absolute favorite way to spend a weekend: garage sale discoveries!
So next time you’re thinking of buying a new jewelry box for all of those earrings, necklaces, and bracelets you’ve accumulated, why not take a stroll around your abode first? You might be surprised by the random containers you find.
These juicy pieces make me remember that Spring and Summer follow Winter. There is hope!
Bella Jewels bio: My jewelry is made expressly for the discerning who prefer authentic, expertly crafted everlasting adornments. Not meant to be fleeting trends…but rather to bespeak the beauty….spirit and individual style of the wearer.
Self taught metalsmith with a background (degrees..really, who cares) in apparel design and textiles I have made jewelry designing my full-time professional career for the last twenty five years. The desire to create burns like a fire in my soul (I am not kidding you). I want you to feel the passion resonate in my work.
Because this has been my livelihood for so many years, many of my pieces..if not most, have become signature..especially the gemstone encrusted vine, stem and hoop earrings and the arc necklaces. I have clients reaching back over two decades who continue to collect this style exclusively. I rarely make tasseled adornments anymore, but long flowing thickly tasseled earrings and necklaces were, many years ago, also signature and original.
I was juried in and have shown in the widely known ACC and Rosen craft shows. My work (both wirewrapped and sterling metalwork) has been in the American Museum for Women in D.C…the Baltimore Museum of Art..some smaller, lesser known museums and dozens of galleries throughout the nation.