I’m A Little Bit Vintage

Raise your hand if you remember Donny and Marie? πŸ˜‰

And their theme song?

You know —

She’s “a little bit country”; He’s “a little bit “rock and roll”.

C’mon Kids… please say you know what on earth I’m talking about, here.

(For you youngsters in the group – it’s Donny and Marie Osmond!)


I can hear you asking: “Surely there’s a point to this, Crystal???”


Why, yes. Of course! πŸ˜‰

If I were to join the chorus along with good ole Donny and Marie, I’d be singing: “I’m a little bit “vintage”.

I’m not referring to my age – though I suppose that’s a good adjective to describe it. I mean that I have a passion for all things vintage – beads, jewelry, books, accessories, china, furniture, etc.!

This week, I took some time to play with a pretty bunch of Vintage Swarovski Rhinestones and Cabochons. I combined them with some vintage-look findings and quick as a wink – I had 3 pairs of earrings!

Sapphire Blue – such sparkle on these vintage rhinestones!

Amethyst purple – my favorite color! Love that marquise-shape stone.

And Swarovski Glass Cabochons in Smoked Topaz Aurora Borealis. Talk about a rainbow of colors!


If you were to chime in with Donny and Marie…. how would you fill in the blank?

“I’m a little bit “_______”.



I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Last Minute Me

Happy Monday, Kids!

Whew, I’m out of breath from running . . .

Not really – but I am just barely getting in under the wire for this week’s Make somethin’ Monday post. πŸ˜‰

In my defense, it’s not that I haven’t been trying. I actually have 3 things in progress.

“That doesn’t count, Crystal. You need to have one finished.”

Well, luckily I just completed these!

Measuring 2-1/4″ long, these dangle earrings feature Tanzanite Aurora Borealis Swarovski Crystals in a medley of shapes and sizes.

I’m thinking they’d be a fab holiday gift for someone on your list . . . or maybe for you? πŸ™‚


P.S. Sending a great big thank you for the sweet comments and emails I received last week regarding the Cup of Bead Soup Design Challenge.

I truly do have the best blog buddies out there!



Worth A Thousand Words

Sometimes a picture really can be worth a thousand words.
In these photos, I see many of my favorite things . . .

Tea, bone china teacups, flowers (especially pansies), the act of making jewelry, (and jewelry, itself!), bracelets, BEADS!, the color purple, aurora borealis . . .


Not too long ago, I spent an afternoon making this bracelet.

It was a welcome break during a particularly busy week.


What are you up to lately? πŸ˜€



Accent the Positive

Recently, I was in a very blue mood . . .

Oh, I don’t mean THAT kind of blue mood . . .

I mean THIS kind of blue mood –

and this –

and also this –

then, there was this –

and finally, this –

If you have to feel blue . . .

this is the best kind of blue to be – don’t you agree? πŸ˜€




Remember this old rhyme? πŸ˜‰

“What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice,
And everything nice,
That’s what little girls are made of”

That verse was fluttering through my thoughts as I worked on this necklace set. I must say I’m crazy about the pendant – an amazing little treasure by polymer clay artist, Montse of Barcelona Spain. It’s whimsical but also elegant, so finding just the right beads was an interesting challenge.

I decided upon vintage West German and Czech Glass Beads in hues of midnight blue/black, with a spectacular aurora borealis finish. The colors are bright, but still muted enough that they don’t overpower the pendant.


Is this little lady sweet or what? πŸ™‚

And just look at the intricacy of the pendant frame! It truly is a miniature work of art.