I’m A Little Bit Vintage

Raise your hand if you remember Donny and Marie? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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Remember me?

Happy Monday, Sweet Kids!

Thanks so much for all your warm and caring comments last week – you touched my heart. ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s get back to our regularly scheduled program.

Ok???? OK!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I was wondering if I could ask you a favor?

I’m trying to plan future jewelry projects and I would really value your opinion on a few things….

Would you mind answering a mini survey right here in the comments?

1. What is your favorite color?

2. Are your ears pierced?

3. Are you a glitzy gal who likes bold jewelry, or a fan of delicate jewels, or somewhere in between?

4. How long are most of the earrings in your wardrobe? (Maybe you could grab a favorite pair and measure from the top of the earwire to the bottom of the dangle?) Of course if you only wear studs – no measurement necessary!

5. Do you prefer silver or gold metal? What do you think of the copper and the “antiqued”/hematite silver metals that are so popular right now?

See you tomorrow for Show and Tell Tuesday!



Woo Hoo!

In the words of the Pointer Sisters . . .

musicalnote“I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it…”

My “Blue Skies” Necklace Set is featured this month in an online beading magazine! ๐Ÿ˜€


This design was chosen for an article that illustrates a variety of ways to create jewelry with rectangular-shaped beads.

You may have noticed that I have a shop on etsy called “irisblue222” – that is just for my jewelry.

Recently, the The Beading Times contacted me for this month’s issue. Click here to see it.

The other designs included are just gorgeous and I feel very honored to be in the company of such a talented group! ๐Ÿ™‚


Giveaway – Swirls of Sage Pendant

Hi there and welcome to my weekly giveaway!

This week I have a beautiful pendant by Cheryl Harris to inspire your creative spirit!

~Swirls of Sage Pendant~


If you believe that jewelry can be wearable art, then you will love the work of Cheryl Harris. She has an extraordinary ability to transform polymer clay into beautiful beads and pendants. With her rich palette of colors and her unique talent for adding detail to her creations, each of Cherylโ€™s pieces is truly a miniature work of art!

This round pendant is smooth as glass and features pretty swirls of sage green, pink, lavender, fuchsia, brown, and white. The pendant is pierced from side to side. The accent beads shown are included. Add your own touches and create something wonderful!

Whether you add beads to make a colorful necklace, or you simply string the pendant all by itself on a purchased piece of leather or silk cord, the compliments will be rolling in! ๐Ÿ™‚

Material: Polymer Clay
Measurements: Approximately 34 mm

Contest Rules and How To Enter

This week, you will have up to four (4) chances to enter the weekly giveaway.

You can choose any or all of the following 4 ways to enter:

1st Chance:

Leave a comment answering the first weekly question:

Name something you are good at. Cโ€™mon, donโ€™t be shy! Do you have an artistic talent? Maybe you have good people skills? Are you an excellent cook? Crossword puzzle whiz?

2nd Chance:

Leave a comment answering the second weekly question:

What is your favorite drink? It can be either alcoholic or non alcoholic. If it sounds delicious, you can be sure that we’ll all be wishing for the recipe too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

3rd Chance:

Comment on any other post except this one. You can do it today or another day this week. You do not have to tell me that you left a “comment” on another post. The blog program shows me all of the “comments” as they come in – so I do not miss any of them! ๐Ÿ˜€

4th Chance:

Suggest a topic for a future blog post!

The Boring Stuff . . .
You must be 18 yrs. old. After the completion of the contest, the name of the winner will be listed here. The winner will also be notified by email. If no valid email address is given at time of entry, or if winner fails to respond to email within 3 days from the time notification email has been sent, the win will be null and void and a new winner will be chosen. The prize will be mailed by USPS First Class Mail.

All entries must be received by 9:00 p.m. EST on 08/30/09, and the winner will be selected on or about 08/31/09.