Custom Ordered Bridesmaid Bracelets

I’m so excited to say that I just got another custom order for bridesmaid bracelets! The white pearls, white leather, and white silk thread all come together to make a bracelet that would contrast beautifully with any color bridesmaid dress (and that could be worn even after the wedding is over!).  I can’t wait to see the wedding photos!

To access the listing in the lakeshore lavaliere online store, just click the photos!

OR

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For Inquiries/Requests/Custom Orders don’t hesitate to contact lakeshorelavaliere@gmail.com

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Silver& Green Cameo Necklace

This silver and green cameo was a custom order, and  I think the way the tarnished silver and the green look together is a great color combination that I will definitely attempt to use more often in future pieces. I added some beading and I also made wire designs to look like flowers to give this piece a fun twist.  I realized when making this necklace just how much I love cameos, and how have not done enough pieces with them recently. Point of the story: there will more where this came from!

Hope you like it!

To custom order your own piece you can contact me via my online shop: etsy.com/shop/lakeshorelavaliere

OR send an email to lakeshorelavaliere@gmail.com

Metal Stamping

When I went shopping recently, I happened to pass by a rack with a group of necklaces that had letters stamped into them, resulting in a look was sort of like engravings. The store had a bunch of different letters so that people could buy necklaces with their initials stamped on them, and I really liked the idea of a pendant stamped with my initials, name etc. (but I hated the rest of the necklace because it looked like it would break in the shopping bag on the way home). So, I decided to try and learn how to do metal stamping myself, and decided to start with stamping letters like the ones I saw at the store.There are a variety of metal stamps out there that have pictures and tons of other really cool designs on them, but I was set on learning how to do letters (which I now know is much harder than pictures or designs), so that is what I have been working on. The alphabet stamp sets come with each letter raised from the bottom of a steel post,

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and you have to line them up perfectly to make sure the letters are straight, space them the exact same distance apart so they don’t get crowded in one area of a word and spread out in another, and also you have to hit them just at the right angle or they will move and come out looking like the letters are tipping over, etc. And, it’s really hard to line the stamps up perfectly straight, considering the bottom of the stamps are circles… (this seems like a ridiculous design defect to me, but who am I to say anything about the process of metal stamp making?)  But, after much practice, I think I’ve gotten the hang of it:

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The metal blanks were made for jewelry, but I decided to turn this one into a dog tag for the furry little love of my life

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Anyways, I will soon be taking orders for metal stamped jewelry with names and initials, and will be putting some pieces up on the lakeshore lavaliere online store within the week!

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Dyed Turquoise Beaded Necklace

Yesterday I realized I hadn’t added anything to the lakeshore lavaliere fall line recently, so I decided to go hunting for more beads that reflect the colors of fall. I found these amazing dyed turquoise orange stone beads, (which are similar to the ones I used previously in the lakeshore lavaliere Turquoise Drop Triple Chain necklace) and had to have them:

 

Real turquoise is hard to come by right now, and fairly expensive, so when I saw these beads I really just had to have them. I love the earthy feel they have and the way the orange swirls with the other colors. These beads just remind me of the wide variety of oranges, browns, tans, etc. that the leaves change in the fall- and those are my favorite colors! I will definitely create more pieces with the rest of these beads, but there aren’t many of them and I can’t buy more because they are no longer available, so these pieces will really be one=of-a-kind.  I’ll have more necklaces and accessories to post later today, so check back later for more new pieces!

To access the listing in the online store just click the pictures! OR

go to etsy.com/shop/lakeshorelavaliere

For Inquiries/Requests/Custom Orders, Contact: lakeshorelavaliere@gmail.com

Delta Delta Delta Wrap Bracelets

My sister is a freshman in college who just finished going through rush. (CONGRATS!) I made these two bracelets for her (figuring she could pick whichever she liked better) in silver, gold, and blue, which are Delta Delta Delta’s colors. Staring into my closet, and at the shelves in my room, I see t-shirts, sweatshirts, and different knick-knacks that represent my college years as a proud Tridelt, and remember how much I loved buying or wearing anything with the Delta Delta Delta letters or our sorority colors on it. But, sometimes my outfits called for me to dress a little bit dressier than whatever event t-shirt/sweatshirt I was lounging around/sleeping/working out/going to class in, and it would have been nice to have some small piece of jewelry that I could wear with basically any type of outfit. I wanted to make my sister something along these lines, something she could wear whenever, and these silver, gold, and blue Tridelt wrap bracelets were the result:

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OH! AND I FORGOT: I’m going to donate 5% of all of the proceeds from Delta Delta Delta Bracelet purchases from my website to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Delta Delta Delta’s wonderful philanthropy!

Wire Ring & Bracelet

After making the wire bird’s nest the other day, I decided that I was going to do a whole line of wire jewelry because I have fallen in love with the style (it’s so simple and elegant) and because I really enjoyed doing the bird’s nest. So far I have done a silver wire ring with 3 freshwater pearls with a pink tint:

and a silver wire bracelet with the same freshwater pearls as the ring and some wire designs:

To buy your own, just click the picture to access the listing in the lakeshore lavaliere online store!

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I plan to do more wire jewelry and to try out new designs with it, and even create some with gold/brassy wire. lakeshore lavaliere for more updates, photos, and new pieces. 

Wire Jewelry: Hearts & Bird’s Nests

Wire Jewelry is a growing trend, and I’ve begun to see it everywhere. It seems like everybody is accessorizing with wire bracelets, rings, necklaces, and earrings, and I just love the look. Wire jewelry can come in silver, gold, and basically every other color imaginable, and the the possibilities for different designs are endless. Most popular is the wire heart ring (probably because it is the most simple for anyone to make).  I made these in the car (don’t worry I was only driving on side roads, not the expressway), and they were really easy to do:

                                                    

But, I have seen more elaborate designs for sale online and in a few stores, and I thought I’d give it a try. (Also, I was not actually driving while making heart shaped wire rings, I was a passenger in my mother’s car. I can barely change the radio station while driving, much less craft new pieces of jewelry. Okay, no more parenthesis.) My favorite wire jewelry design that I have seen so far is a tiny bird’s nest on a chain, and here is the lakeshore lavaliere version below:

This lakeshore lavaliere silver wire bird’s nest necklace has real pearls and hangs on a 16 inch silver chain. I love bigger pieces of jewelry, so it’s been awhile since I wore anything as delicate or dainty as this, but I’m obsessed with the look and think it’s time to add some variety into my style choices.

The tiny wire bird’s nest necklace is such a cute way to accessorize any outfit, and the silver and pearls will add a touch of class to any formal or cocktail attire.

This necklace is for sale in the lakeshore lavaliere online store- just click the pictures to access the listing! 

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DIY Coasters: Porcelain & Wood Sets

Last week, I posted about a featured designer, Sam Birch for her really cute String Art Project– this week, I am going to feature another art project of hers, and one of mine- different ways to make DIY COASTERS.

 Sam’s Porcelain Tile Coasters (from separate sets):

Materials:

1. Scrapbook Paper (Michael’s, Joann Fabrics, etc.)

2. Porcelain Tile (Home Depot ~$1.00)

3. Mod Podge (Michael’s, Joann Fabrics)

4. Mod Podge Sealer (Michael’s, Joann Fabrics)

5. Ruler

6. Scissors

7. Paint Brush/Sponge Brush (Michael’s, Home Depot, Joann Fabrics)

To Make Sam’s Porcelain Tile Coasters: 

Step 1:

Measure the tile with the ruler, or trace the tile face down on the back of the piece of scrapbook paper. If you want the porcelain to show and create a sort of matte border around the paper, use the ruler to measure the tile, then, when using the ruler to draw the square on the back of the scrapbook paper,  leave a centimeter or so on each side.

Step 2:

Cut the squares out, duh.

Step 3: 

Cover the Porcelain Tile in a layer of the Mod Podge and place the scrapbook paper over the Mod Podge layer on the porcelain tile. Cover the top of the piece of paper with Mod Podge as well.

Let it dry.

Step 4:

Spray the Mod Podge Sealer over the whole tile evenly.

Let it dry.

**While the regular Mod Podge should technically be enough, the sealer ensures that the paper will really harden onto the tile. Without the sealer, glasses with a lot of condensation on them kept sticking to the coasters. The sealer eliminated this issue.

Step 5:

Enjoy your coasters!

My Aged Wooden Tile Coasters (part of one large set requested by my mother):

Materials:

1. Scrapbook Paper (Michael’s, Joann Fabrics, etc.)

2. Wooden Block (Michael’s 3 for $1.00 on sale  $0.70 e/ when not )

3. Mod Podge- I used Antique, to create the, yep you guessed it, Antique look, but any Mod Podge will work. (Michael’s, Joann Fabrics)

4. Mod Podge Sealer (Michael’s, Joann Fabrics)

5. Ruler

6. Scissors

7. Paint Brush/Sponge Brush (Michael’s, Home Depot, Joann Fabrics)

8. Paint, two shades of green: Sage & Spanish Olive

9. Americana Weathered Wood Crackle (I used medium, I would suggest a stronger one for better effect)

Here is a picture of some of the materials I used ( and Sam too!)

To Make My Aged Wooden Tile Coasters: 

Step 1:

Cover the wooden tile in a layer of one of the paint colors. My first layer was Spanish Olive because I wanted the Sage to be more prominent.

Let it Dry.

Step 2:

Cover the wooden tile with a layer of the Wood Crackle.

Let it dry.

Step 3:

Cover the wooden tile with a layer of the second paint color. My second color was the Sage.

Let it dry.

**Steps 1-3 create the crackled wood effect, making the wood look aged and have a more antique appearance.

Step 4:

Measure the top of the wooden tile with the ruler- because the wood is carved in a sort of relief style, tracing it will not work. Trace the dimensions from measuring the wooden tile onto the back of the scrapbook paper.

Step 5:

Use common sense and cut them out.

Step 6: 

Cover the top of the wooden tile in a layer of the Mod Podge and place the scrapbook paper over the Mod Podge layer on the tile. Cover the top of the piece of paper with Mod Podge as well.

Let it Dry.

**I used the Antique Mod Podge because it creates the aged effect on the paper. (obvious I know, but still, thought I would let you know).

Step 7:

Spray the Mod Podge Sealer over the whole coaster.

Let Dry.

Step 8:

Enjoy your coaster- coasterS if you decide to make sense and make more than 1.

Sam gave our roommate and I the coasters pictured above as a gift- and we love them! I told my mother about the coasters Sam gave me, and she wanted a set immediately. They were fun and easy to make, and incredibly useful. We have a set in every room of our apartment, and my mother has the monster wooden set at my parents’ house.

Hope you enjoyed our project tutorials & liked our DIY coasters! 

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Triple Wrap Black Leather Bracelet w/ Purple Fluorite Beads

Lately I find that I have really been obsessed with the color purple, and I love how it looks with black. This triple wrap black leather bracelet with purple fluorite beads was borne out of that obsession (and I’m wearing it right now!):

 

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Bridesmaid Gift Bracelets

Picture of Bridesmaid Jewelry Gift Bracelets Courtesy of Tejani Jewelry at tejanijewelry.com

It is a wedding tradition for the bride to give the bridesmaids a gift to say thanks for everything they do to help prepare for the wedding. I’ve seen people give little keepsakes, heard of people giving magazine subscriptions, a t-shirt, or various other personalized gifts. My favorite gift idea that I’ve ever seen is a piece of jewelry for all of the bridesmaids to wear on the day of the wedding. I mean a bridesmaid t-shirt is cute, but a piece of jewelry that can be worn again and again (I think) is a much better way to say thank-you! So, that’s why I was excited to get a custom order to try my hand at making lakeshore lavaliere bridesmaid bracelets for the girls to wear on the day of the wedding:

The white leather makes for an elegant twist on the wrap bracelet and perfectly complements the glass pearls. (Freshwater pearls also available). I was thinking of ordering a different charm as the clasp/closure for the bracelet, like a wedding bells charm, or a champagne glass charm, or even something like a bow or a dove. Thoughts??

To access the listing in the online store just click the pictures- or go to etsy.com/shop/lakeshorelavaliere

For Inquiries/Requests/Custom Orders, Contact: lakeshorelavaliere@gmail.com