Add beads to your Hoop Earrings!

My family loves hoops, we even named our business after this amazing piece of jewelry.  Until recently I just thought that the hoop earring was enough.  It is after all simple, elegant, classy.  But there are times when you want to spice things up a bit, and that is where beads come in.

This is just one example of what you can add to a hoop earring.  The options are endless, or not, depending on what you have in your house:)

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The tools that you will need are:

Sterling Silver Wire

Round Nose pliers

Something round to shape the wire into a hoop, like a marker, pen, pencil, madrel.

Wire cutters

Beads – it is amazing what you might have around the house, or wherever you like to buy beads.

Here is a youtube video made by my dad of how to make Hoop Earrings.

You can continue and make Hammered Hoop Earrings. Or make the Hoop Earrings and then add your beads.

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Another fun thing about this design, is that it is not permanent. If you are wanting to change up the beads it is easy to do.

Have fun!

Tales of the Shop:

Happy Thanksgiving this week! Canada has already celebrated their Thanksgiving, but we are going to celebrate anyway:)  Although my favorite Thanksgiving was when my family and I stopped at a Mexican Restaurant on the way back from viewing Bryce Canyon or Zion’s Canyon, maybe both!

It just goes to show that it doesn’t matter where you are or what you are eating, as long as your with people you love!

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What do you do with Thrift Store Jewelry?

I LOVE thrift stores.  Being the wife of a student for eight going on nine years, and not seeing it end any time soon.  I have learned to love Thrift stores, the price is just right:)

There was a time when I thought that Thrift stores were not my thing. Then I went to church and saw one of my buddies wearing the cutest skirt.  I had to know where she got it.  She said she got it at a Thrift store, and since then, I have not been able to stop going.  One of my favorite combinations of all time is a thrift store with half off days:)

I love the color turquoise.  I found these strands of necklaces at the Thrift store for $2.00 and could not resist.  I didn’t really like the look of the single strand necklace that reached super low and had the tendency to get caught in everything, kids included…

So with the genius of my neighbor she found a way to make it shorter and cuter!

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DSC_0974DSC_0976 DSC_0977The necklace was long enough that she was able to fold it in half.  Then she used Sterling Silver wire to make the clasp.  You could also use a clasp on another piece of jewelry that you may not be using as well.  To combine the necklace she used jump rings to attach both of the strands together.

The tools used are:

Wire cutters

Pliers



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Now this is the right length of necklace and I am excited to wear it. I am going to look at jewelry at the thrift store in a different way. I am going to look at the jewelry and see what it could be:)

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It started snowing again.  I realize that I live in Canada and that snow would be coming.  But I had this false hope that maybe it would forget to come…

These pictures are from last years winter.  I am literally shaking in my boots to see what this winter will bring.  I hear it will be CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!  I am still recovering from last year!

Here’s to warm coats, mittens, millions of blankets and being grateful for shelter of any kind!

My boys LOVE winter.  It is a kids dream, you can jump off high mountains, build anything, and come inside for Hot Chocolate:)

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Making a ring with an Earring!

My neighbor came over about a month ago to learn about how to make jewelry.  We had been talking about making jewelry for over a year and we finally did it.

I asked her what she wanted to learn.  And she said that she just wanted to borrow my tools and wire and use them to make up her own designs.

I was more than thrilled because I was able to learn from her.  I have never worked with beads before.  It never occurred to me that beads could and should be used in jewelry designs.

So instead of me teaching my neighbor, she taught me.

Here is a beautiful ring she made, using a post of an earring and wire.

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Halloween Traditions!

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I love Halloween, it is my third favorite Holiday.  The other two favorite holidays are Christmas, My Birthday and then Halloween.

Dressing up has never been my strong suit…but I will do it for Candy!  Which is why the Pop Challenge has been so difficult, because Sugar is my weakness and love. Continue reading

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How our Etsy shop is doing!

Our etsy shop has been opened for a little more than two years.  It has been so fun to see our Etsy shop grow and have more products added to it.  Every time we have an order, I still get SUPER EXCITED.  And I have a feeling that will never change:)  There are so many wonderful jewelers and products out there, that it is a blessing every time someone chooses us.  All I can say is Thank you! Continue reading

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The Pop Challenge – aka our new health challenge

Growing up my parents tried to teach us good habits, like exercising, eating right, not drinking soda, etc.  For the most part all of us try hard to follow suit.  More often than not we drop off the band wagon and we have our marathon running sister Nicole help us get  back on the health track.

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So she sent out this e-mail:

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Classic Jewelry – Like Grace Kelly and Cary Grant

These past few weeks have been weeks full of jewelry, and I have enjoyed it immensely.

When my mom came to visit me she was able to bring jewelry to me to give to my wonderful Canadian friends who have helped me so much.

What surprised me the most is what they chose.  They did not choose my dads sculptural earrings like this:

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Jewelry Photography

I have an awesome Nikon D 40, which I love with all my heart.  I realize that there is a lot that this camera has to offer but I tend to use two settings, they are called Auto and then the option of using no flash.

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I went to my First Jewelry Show:)

My good friend invited me to a jewelry party.  I was intrigued by the idea of a jewelry show and wanted to support my good friend.  I ended up having a great time.  I took my favorite escort, Jamesy Boy and I was able to try on some jewelry.

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What I liked most about the party is that the lady who was talking about the products did not talk a long time.  I think she talked for 10 minutes and the rest of the time we could try on the jewelry.  The jewelry was lovely Continue reading

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What you can do with wax…make earrings of course!

My parents just got back from a jewelry shown New York City along with Daniel his sweet wife Lizzy and Lisa.  Our little sister Lisa has gone to so many cool places and Disneyland a million times, that I am starting to realize that the youngest really does get some perks:)

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My dad is an artist and it reflects in all of his jewelry designs.  He recently took his artistic level to a whole new level when he started adding his own sculptures to his jewelry.  Here are a few examples:

DSC_0328 DSC_0382I cannot show you how to make these because I lack the artist gene in the family.  But I did ask the process he went through to make these, just in case any fellow artist would like to get their designs on jewelry:) Continue reading

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