We're ready for sun! This month we're heating things up with bright yellows, minty greens, and pink pastels. Get your orders in for our Hello Trouble collection by March 5th to beat those winter blues with this happy-go-lucky box of sunshine! Join us visualizing ourselves poolside, cocktail in-hand without a care in the world. If you're somewhere warm right now, we're jealous. If not we've got you covered with a sunny mixed drink to brighten up your day!
Feeling adventurous? Try creating different pieces using supplies from the Ophelia collection. Here's a few we came up with, now let's see yours!
Single Bar Necklace
This idea requires additional materials. You’ll need around 16" of chain, three more jump rings, and a clasp - in addition to the gold bar, and two jump rings included with the temptation drop earrings. Using clippers, cut your chain in half and set aside. We used 8.25" on each side. With chain nose pliers gently turn open a jump ring and loop through one end of the gold bar and one end of chain. Close jump ring tightly with your pliers. Repeat on the other end of the gold bar with the other piece of chain. Finish by looping the clasp on one end of the chain using a jump ring. Attach the final jump ring to the end of the opposite chain.
Double Bar Necklace
This project requires 7 total jump rings, a clasp and around 24" of chain in addition to two gold bars, one gold cup setting, and one rhinestone. Begin by setting your rhinestone using the instructions from the Temptation Earring tutorial. Next, cut your chain in half, we used 12" on each side. Loop the ends of two gold bars with a jump ring and close with pliers. Repeat on the other end and then loop another jump ring through one gold bar and chain and close shut. Then repeat on the opposite end of the same gold bar. Use a jump ring to hook the rhinestone to the bottom bar. Finish by attaching the clasp with a jump ring to the chain on the right side of the necklace and use the final jump ring to finish the end.
Fold the leather trim in half and wrap around your wrist, if you have smaller wrists you might be able to wrap twice, otherwise measure for the location of the knot for a single wrap. Tie a figure eight knot on the loose end of the trim. On the looped end, slide the crimp down both side of the cord just enough to allow the knot to go through. Using your chain nose pliers, curl down both sides of the crimp tightly fastening on each end. Test to make sure the bracelet fits comfortably and adjust location of knot if necessary. When satisfied with the fit, trim the ends on a slant.
Using materials from the Amour Pony Holder, string the leather trim through the elastic hair tie and pinch the middle of the leather around the elastic. Glide your finger down both strands to keep them even, then slide the gold crimp on both ends. Wrap each end around the elastic and feed back into the crimp. You might want to hold the loose ends in place with your fingers and make sure the band will fit your head, shorten length of leather trim if necessary.
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Your favorite flowers and foliage
A large heavy book
A sheet of newspaper
Heavy objects to use as a weight - about 20 lbs. worth
Tip: When choosing your flowers, pick them at height of their bloom when their color is brightest. Flowers with naturally flat faces, such as daisies, violets and geraniums, are easiest to press. Don't forget to keep and eye for ferns and other leaves, they add a natural, wild element to the finished piece.
1. After picking your favorite flowers, put them in the refrigerator or an ice chest to keep them from wilting while you prepare your pressing materials.
2. Place flowers and foliage on the inside fold of the sheet of newspaper. Make sure there is no overlapping of leaves, petals, stems, etc. and fold the top half of the newspaper sheet down over the flowers.
3. Open your book and place the newspaer in the middle.
4. Close your book and place your heavy objects on top. Leave to dry for about 3 days.
We made bookmarks, cards, gift tags and magazine collages with our pressed flowers. Get creative and see what else you can come up with!
Need some new tunes to beat the winter blues? Check out our latest playlist, an intoxicating mix of mystery and enchantment. To listen in, visit us on Rdio.
1. Daydream Youth Lagoon
2. Jasmine Jai Paul
3. Under Attack Shy Girls
4. Hanging On Active Child
5. Waiting Game Banks
6. Verse Rhye
7. Silk Giselle
8. I See My Mother Poliça
9. Life Round Here James Blake
10. B4 The Night Is Thru Jesse Boykins III
11. Outlines AlunaGeorge
12. Be A Body Grimes
13. Whitecaps Lemonade
14. Fantasy DyE
15. Ritual Union Little Dragon
We've been wrapped up in floral projects for the past month and even when you think you might be over it... you just aren't! The Ophelia Collection included some gorgeous hand pressed flowers. Not sure what else to do with them or any live flowers you have around the house. Take a cure from this floral project round-up and use them in unconventional ways.
The Ophelia collection is an intoxicating mix of mystery and romantic enchantment. Here are five things we're loving right now.
HAIR ACCESSORIES // We've been hard at work coming up with new DIY projects on the daily, so we've gotten into the easy habit of throwing our hair back in the mornings. But that doesn't mean our up-dos have to be boring. We've started experimenting with a variety of quick and simple braid and bun DIYs and topping them off with equally chic and feminine hair accessories.
PRESSED FLOWERS // There's nothing quite as nostalgic, poetic and romantic as a pressed flower. They preserve special moments in time and serve as refreshingly natural adornments for frames, notecards and more. We're using them as bookmarks for our favorite passages in books, putting them in lockets and even on our iPhone cases this month.
SHAKESPEARIAN REVIVALS // Valentine's Day may be right around the corner, but we're avoiding the multitude of rom-coms dominating cable at all costs. Instead, we're opting for more dark and modern Shakespearian revivals like Baz Luhrman's Romeo + Juliet that speak to our more complex, old-world romance-loving natures instead.
VICTORIAN DRAMA // Oscar de la Renta and Dries Van Noten turned the drama on high for their Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear collections. With extravagant patterns and embroideries featuring dark tulip damasks, and the endless parade of deep florals and opulent silhouettes, these designs served as major inspiration for the color scheme and direction of Ophelia.
NATURAL SCENTS // We're growing tired of harsh perfumes that irritate the skin and make us smell like everyone else. We want our aroma to be pure and unique, so this month we've been dabbling with natural oils and floral scents that enhance our natural essence rather than mask it.
Our Ophelia Collection has just the right amount of romance and edge. Rich, moody yet sweetly sophisticated, this collection is an intoxicating mix of mystery and enchantment. The Temptation Drop Earrings are a must-have in your jewelry collection, they go-with-everything! We've swaped out our old plain hair elastic for the Amour Pony Holder and polished our ring stack with the Little Posey Ring. Tucked inside our closets are custom scented Evening Grove Sachets, which make even those can't get dressed mornings feel a little better.
Adorable illustrations by Evie S.
Whip up these fiery Valentines for your sweetheart. Print out , cut and glue...It's that easy!
We're excited to announce the release of a special edition wire jewelry kit we are offering in collaboration with 100 Layer Cake. In case you haven't already heard, 100 Layer Cake is one of the chicest, most helpful wedding and special events blogs around full of crafty, fashion-forward DIY ideas to make your big day stand out from the rest. The always-stylish co-founders Jillian Clark, Amanda Dawbarn and Kristina Meltzer are great sources of inspriation, and we loved joining heads for this exclusive kit.
The box provides all you need to make several wire bow pendants for necklaces, bracelets or rings, or to create DIY initial or phrase pieces of your own design. This fun and feminine kit makes the perfect gift for a bride to give to her bridesmaids. Bond while making it as a group and wear the special, handmade pieces together on the big day. Also makes a great present for your best friend or for a group party festivity on "Galentines" day (what is Galentine's Day? Only the best day of the year—just ask Leslie Knope).
Use code HAPPYMAKING to receive 15% off your wire jewelry kit, for the first 15 days only!
All pictures from the lovely and talented Haley Sheffield.
There are a million variations of the things you can create with this versatile rope material provided in the Sedona Sunset Collection. This Monsoon Skies Necklace, for example, is a great alternative to the Verde River Necklace tutorial.
Fold the rope in half and find the center.
String the silver cylinder bead onto the head pin and pierce the center of the rope with the pin. String the agate bead onto the head pin and bend the remaining pin at a 90* angle flush against the bead. Using a pair of round nose pliers, wrap the metal around the nose to form a loop. Close off the circle by wrapping around the loop once and then use a pair of semiflush nippers to cut the remaining wire.
With the necklace flat on the table, wrap the rope around the edges of the agate to meet at the loop. Secure by using a needle and thread, sewing one end of rope to the other through the loop.
String the double cord connector down both ends of rope and tighter just above the wire loop.
Finish by using the E600 to glue the clasp to the rope ends.
We love collecting the variety of bracelets featured in the subscription boxes and stacking them to create a one-of-a-kind wrist-wear look all our own. Get a similar stacked look to the photo pictured above by making and combining the Isabella Sequin Bracelet, Plane Cuff, and customizing these Wire Lock Bangles by adding a few charms of your own. Top off with any threaded or woven bracelets you have laying around and your look is complete.
If you'd rather deck out your wrist than your neck this month, make this Vortex Valley Rope Bracelet as an easy, fun alternative to the Verde River Necklace from the Sedona Sunset kit.
Fold your rope in half and tape the loose ends together. Using the photo as a guide, tie your figure eight knot so that the edge of the knot is only about two inches from the looped end.
Using a needle and thread, sew the 2 cords together and then snake beads between the two ropes. Triple knot the thread and hide with a double cord connector sandwiching your bead inserts. Repeat on the other side of the sailor knot. Finish by gluing the end caps. Once dry, attach a clasp with a jump ring.