Tuesday, July 31, 2012

DIY Rosette Statement Necklace

My 10 Year High School Reunion, was Saturday!
And as I mentioned in my What I Wore post, I made the statement necklace that I wore. :)
So  today I am sharing with you all the do it yourself.
Supplies needed:
Fabric♥Various chains♥Rhinestone chains
Metal Cutters♥Flat nose pliers♥Jump Ring/Lobster clasp
Glue Gun♥Glue Sticks♥Felt
First thing you need to do is make your rosettes.
I know most everyone and their momma know how to make fabric rosettes
SO I didnt do a tutorial for them. But if you are someone that doesnt know how to make them,
there are tutorials all over the internet for them!
This is one I found that I believe is one of the best: Rosette Tutorial. 

You can create what ever amount of rosette's you need for the look you want.
Feel free to get creative and make them various sizes too.

Aside from the time it takes to make the rosettes... the rest of the necklace is quick & easy!

First, arrange your rosettes in the shape you want for your necklace.
To keep the shape use your glue gun to glue each rosette to each other side by side.

Next play around with chain.
Drape it over, around your rosettes to get an idea how how you want it to look.
I played around with the chains and rhinestones a little before deciding how I wanted it to go.
Then I took a picture to remember how it looked because I had to take it all off in order to glue it.

After that I used hot glue to glue the chain to the back of the rosettes and draped over the front.
Then I hot glued the rhinestone chain around the rosettes too.

After you have all your chains glued down, apply glue all over the back of the rosettes
and then stick to some felt so you have an even backing!
Then just trim the felt.
Originally I wasnt going to add a clasp...
 But the necklace hung longer than I wanted, so I decided to cut and shorten it and attach a clasp:
Thats it, some fabric rosettes, some chain, rhinestones, glue and a little imagination!
And you have an easy peasy statement necklace to adore!
I just LOVE how it turned out and I got many many compliments about it at the reunion! :)

This necklace can be made several ways...
I am already considering making more which the chains in different styles and
the rosettes in different various shapes!

I hope you make one for yourself and show me how you put YOUR creative spin on it! :)

Much Love & Hugs,
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Monday, July 30, 2012

I Like Slash Love These Girls!

Meet Nichelle and Elise. Nichelle blogs at Vintage Wanna Bee and Elise blogs at Elise's Pieces
They are BFFs and they think they are way funny slash, they are actually pretty funny.

Elise and Nichelle met in a Women's Organization that focused on personal growth, faith and sisterhood. After becoming besties, and realizing they blog slash were obsessed with blogging, they decided to create 

The Slash Blog is a sisterhood that focuses on faith, friendship, service and sisterhood. 

The Slash Blog is officially live as of today! Head on over to check out this new blog that focuses on and is based on friendship. Elise slash Nichelle invite you to join along with their Weekly Inspirations, Weekly Challenges, Weekly Uplifting Printables, Monthly Serviced Projects and more! Head on over to the blog, 'Join The Sisterhood', or just come by to get a smile or a laugh! 

Check out The Slash Blog here:

The Slash Blog is also having a "Slash Bash" in honor of the new blog launch!
If you are in Northern Utah, or Southern Idaho, Elise slash Nichelle invite you to come to this Super Awesome Blog Party! Please RSVP on the facebook event here. 

If you would like to get involved, have questions, want to say hello, have a funny joke, or have a charity or organization you would like to see on The Slash Blog, you can send an email to The Slash Girls at:

Much Love & Hugs,
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Sunday, July 29, 2012

10 Year High School Reunion Wear

Yesterday was mine and The Hubs 10 year High School Reunion.
We had a blast! :) I will be sharing photos from the event later this week!
I wanted to look amazing, so I went a little more dressy than The Hubs, who wanted to stay casual.
 I also decided to do a very "sexy" (according to the hubs) smokey eye.
To make my eyes really stand out too.
 I just couldn't decide what to do with my hair... So I decided to go natural.
By The Hubs advice, he said "I like your hair best like that."
I honestly need a trim badly!
Plus my roots are driving me insane, but Im determined to grow the color out back to its natural color again.
Should I just give in and dye it again? Or can I just safely claim "ombre"? HAHA
 Dress: Ross, Shoes: Payless (OLD), Necklace & Bracelets: Handmade by ME. ♥
Tutorial for the necklace coming this Tuesday!
 Can you believe I convinced The (elusive) Hubs to take some photos with me??
Isnt he just so handsome?????
 The Hubs is wearing... Shirt: Old Navy (NEW- and I love the fitted look on him!), Jeans: Target, Shoes: ??

 Stay tuned this week for a post about the Reunion with photos and such. :)
Have you had your 10 year reunion yet??
How did yours go?

Much Love & Hugs,
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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Children Portraits| Flores Sisters Sneak Peek | Red Bluff Photography

Last week I had to pleasure of taking these adorable girls' photos!!
They are just SO adorable, and seriously SO FUNNY!
What a great combo, we had a lot of fun with this session. 
I hope you enjoy checking out these photos as I did taking them. ;)

Thanks for stopping by friends!

Much Love & Hugs,
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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Yellow - Perspectives Photo Challenge #2

Welcome to  Perspectives Photo Challenge co-hosted by myself,
Lena of Lena B Photography & Natalie of When Shutters Click!

This weeks theme is yellow.
So I bring to you 3 photos of something yellow, from my own perspective!

First up:
A Gorgeous SUNRISE from the road a little above our house.
 There is a spot up the road from our house with an amazing view of the mountains & sunrise.
You can actually see our house from that point too...
Im adding this 2nd photo (start of the sunrise) to show you sort of where our house is in perspective to the spot.
See that TALL Palm tree there in the bottom right corner?
Well that palm tree is in our front yard right next to our driveway.
The Hubs guitar!
I adore my husbands voice and LOVE when he plays the guitar. :)

Even though my shop is closed for now, Ive still been working on a few new items.
When we picked the theme Yellow I knew I had to share this is a beautiful new necklace I recently created.
 Its made with a great message: SHINE!
Bible Verse Matthew 5:16 is:
 "In the same way, let your light shine before others, 
that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."
Last week was our very first challenge and we had 25 links! 
You all are amazing!
To thank you for linking up each host is picking a photo to feature.
You all did amazing and I had several favorites.
But this week I am featuring this photo from Absolute Mommy 
 I just LOVE how sweet her little girl looks and the sun rays shining through!

If you link up, please be kind and follow the RULES:
The rules are simple!

Link up your post (or photo sharing account) containing your 3 photos,
 representing this week's theme....

Follow your hosts in one way or another.

Grab a button for your post to help spread the word & have a fun!
Please, if you are linking up, grab a button or at least link back to one of us,
as we are just starting out and need all the help we can get to spread the word!
Thanks so much!

Manic Mother

We cannot wait to meet new shutterbugs & photo lovers such as ourselves!
Remember each host will be picking a photo from one of the link ups to feature next week!

If you can't link up this week, that's okay!


After you link up be sure to check out Lena & Natalie's photos for this week,
and also see who THEY featured!!
Also, this week Natalie has a giveaway for you all! 
Link up, and then enter using the rafflecopter widget below. :)

Natalie is hosting a giveaway for those taking part this week! Enter to win a 1" inch square necklace (pictured below; $20 value) in a few easy steps! Winner will be announced next Friday! 1in Irish Eye pendant + chain a Rafflecopter giveaway

Much Love & Hugs,
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