June 25, 2013 | by Stephanie Gerber
by Stephanie Gerber
It’s the time of year I start wishing I had a beach in the backyard. Even one within a 250-mile radius would do! Because summer days are meant for collecting sea shells, building sand castles and relaxing with a good book. Everything should be easy – even your jewelry! And if you’re a bracelet lover, you’ve probably noticed that delicate bracelets are in. The trend is all about wearing a “tiny stack” of several smaller, simpler pieces for your arm party. My favorite way to wear this trend is to group together several (3 or 5) of the same kind of bracelet in slightly different colors. And sea glass is perfect for a beachy summer vibe!
The soft purples and clear water blues of sea glass instantly makes you think of the beach. Found in the mosaic section of the craft store, the shapes come in a random assortment of sizes, making some perfect for delicate bracelets and others just right for simple stud earrings.
- Sea glass mosaic pieces
- E-6000 glue
- Silver chain (about 6 inches per bracelet)
- 6 small silver jump rings per bracelet
- 1 lobster clasp per bracelet
- Jewelry pliers
- Stud backs or French wire hooks for earrings
Using the E-6000, glue a small jump ring on either side of the sea glass piece. The edge of the jump ring should extend out from the sea glass a tiny bit. Let this dry overnight. (Note: I originally tried to drill a small hole on either side – no luck! If you have the necessary diamond drill bit, definitely give that a try.) After the glue is completely dry, attach a small jump ring to each side.
Cut two pieces of the silver chain and attach them to the sea glass via the jump ring. Measure your wrist and trim the chain length with the pliers.
Attach a small jump ring on each end of the chain and add the lobster clasp to one side. Repeat to make as many bracelets as you want!
To make earrings, simply find two small pieces that are roughly the same size and glue a stud backing on one side of the glass. If you like your earrings to dangle a bit more, glue a jump ring to the top of the glass with E-6000 and attach a French earring wire hook.
Now, who else is really ready for a trip to the beach?
[Photos by Henry Happened for The Sweetest Occasion.]
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June 24, 2013 | by Cyd Converse
Looking back recently, it dawned on me that it’s been a bit since shades of purple have come out to play in a color palette. Then this perfectly plum and mint pairing from Wendy’s Lookbook stumbled across my path and I decided these soft pastel colors, reminiscent of sweet summery gelato, were all kinds of lovely together. Don’t you agree? So as the first color palette of summer (now that it’s official!) we’re channeling sorbet and gelato and all things sweet and pretty. As a sidenote, Wendy’s Lookbook is an absolutely gorgeous fashion blog and I’m all levels of obsessed with Wendy’s YouTube channel, too. She’s one stylish lady!
[Photos, from top: Jeni’s Ice Cream | Wendy’s Lookbook | Justin DeMutiis via Elizabeth Anne Designs.]
June 24, 2013 | by Cyd Converse
Hi, friends, and happy Monday! It appears I cut out a little earlier than anticipated on Friday (it was just one of those days that gets away from you) so I figured I’d start the week with a dose of link love. Oh, and in honor of it now officially being summer, I’m rocking out a whole bunch of summery links to get you in the mood for all the upcoming parties and lazy beach days in the months ahead. (As if you needed help getting in the mood, right?) I hope they’re not too distracting for a Monday at work!
Speaking of distracting, I finally made the giant plunge to upgrade my camera last week and it should be here tomorrow. Tomorrow! I’m literally going to be pacing waiting for the FedEx guy to show up! I know I’ll be sharing more about the new gear in future posts, but for those who are curious I ended up deciding on the Canon EOS 6D (body only) with the Canon EF 50 mm f/1.4 and Canon EF 35 mm f/2 lenses. When I first learned to shoot it was on a combination of my old Fuji and Nikon 35mm cameras, and I’d spend hours in the dark room my father built for me processing film and printing photos. (You can see a few oldies but goodies here!) I was a devoted Nikon girl for the next decade or more, including my current DSLR which is now a few years old and discontinued. With this latest upgrade I debated back and forth before deciding to go with Canon. I knew this was going to be the first time I was making a sizable investment in a body and lenses and wanted to make sure I was in it for the long haul, no matter the direction I went. In the end it came down to having had more hands-on experience shooting with higher end Canon bodies and more familiarity with the lenses, ultimately making it feel like a more intuitive choice for me. So, like I said, there’s going to be a whole lot of squealing going on here tomorrow so stay tuned for updates! This is just the first big step in bringing you so many new features and ideas. I’m over the moon!
At any rate, enough rambling from me. Let’s get onto the link love, shall we?
[Photo by Cyd Converse on Instagram.]
June 20, 2013 | by Cyd Converse
By now you’re likely well aware that I’m a complete sucker for a lemonade stand. Maybe it’s because I grew up on a rather rural road and never had enough neighbors as a kid to have my own? Maybe. That could well be it. Or maybe it’s just because lemonade stands feel like the epitome of all that is summer to me. Loads of sunshine, the smell of freshly squeezed lemonade and pure, innocent child-like fun. This pretty little lemonade stand was sent over by Kelli Wholey of Lumina and features not only the cutest of little kids but also loads of festive yellow and blue details. It has me completely inspired to get my lemonade stand on. Totally normal for a 30 year old, right?
Want to host your own lemonade stand this summer? Check out our printables to get you started and be sure to click through the gallery for loads more photos!
[Photography + styling by Kelli Wholey of Lumina.]
June 19, 2013 | by Cyd Converse
In preparation for a few new little tweaks to the site, I’ve been working on sifting through a bunch of old posts and couldn’t resist sharing a handful of favorite DIY projects from the archives. For the last few years my amazing team of contributors (Jenny, Chelsea, Alice, Kelly and Stephanie) and I have cranked out literally hundreds of DIY projects, which kind of amazes me to this day. I have big plans to continue bringing you the best DIY ideas with tutorials you can actually follow, but in the meantime I thought it high time to slow down and enjoy a little look back at some of my favorite DIY projects from the last couple of years. Perhaps you’ll discover an old favorite or something new! Either way, enjoy and happy crafting! xoxo
DIY Party Animal Candles
DIY Vintage Contact Paper Bunting
DIY Duct Tape Gift Wrap
DIY Potted Herb Favors
DIY Sharpie Dishes
DIY Glitter Vases
DIY Birthday Party Piñata
DIY Lemon Sugar Body Scrub
DIY Prize Ribbons
DIY Etched Glass
DIY Pipe Cleaner Heart Toppers
DIY Celebration Pennants
[Photos created exclusively for The Sweetest Occasion. Click through for sources.]