Showing posts with label jewelry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label jewelry. Show all posts

Thursday, August 27, 2015

ACCESSORIES: Gold Foil Twig Jewelry Tree

One of the many areas that I need to get organized is my jewelry box. It’s a mess with bracelets, rings and earrings mixed together. Sometimes it’s hard to find a matching pair of earrings and I give up and put on the my my standard small hoop earrings. In an effort to organize a few pairs, I made this little gold foil twig jewelry tree.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Weekend Inspiration: Nautical, Pizza, Seedlings and More

Weekend Inspiration Nautical, Pizza, Seedlings and MoreHappy Friday everyone! We crafted, sewed, cooked, baked, decorated and created our way through another week. Hooray! Here are some links I’m thinking about tackling this weekend. How about you? What’s on your creative list?

Friday, February 13, 2015

WEEKEND INSPIRATION: Hexagons, Pasta and More

Weekend Inspiration: Pasta, hexagons, origami and moreHappy Friday everyone. Here in the U.S. we have a three day weekend! Hooray! With the extra time, here are a few projects that I’m thinking about this weekend.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Homework {Reading}: French General–A Year of Jewelry {and a giveaway}

French General A Year of Jewelry via homework (6)Here in Los Angeles, there’s a little store called French General. The owner and jewelry designer Kaari Meng, first opened the store in Soho and then moved to Los Angeles. The store is located in a Spanish-style warehouse and is only open one day a week for loyal and devoted fans to shop and browse through the collections of textiles, notions, ephemera and other items found on her yearly trips to the South of France.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

CELEBRATIONS: Glitter Ornament with Dimensional Magic

Dimensional Magic Holiday Ornaments via homework |
Oh... hello December, where did you come from? It's sort of strange to rush into the holiday season when you still have Thanksgiving leftovers in your refrigerator. But here we are and I lucked out and happen to have a holiday ornament post all ready to go. I participated in UCreate's Handmade Ornament Series a few weeks ago and now is a perfect time to reshare my ornament. Of course, I couldn’t resist using a little glitter to start off my holiday crafting season.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Extra Credit: Novica: The World is Your market {& Giveaway)

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I have such a treat for you today. Last year, I was first introduced to Novica and shared a review and giveaway here on homework. You can read it here. I’m happy to once again be able to share this wonderful site with you and host another giveaway on behalf of Novica and their many artisans.

The beautiful gold and green crystal bracelet on the left is what I reviewed last year. This year I chose a sky and sea blue palette and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’m also giving away a gift certificate to Novica so one lucky winner will get to explore the many beautiful treasures on the Novica site.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Inkling: paper clip & junk mail bracelet

Paper Clip and Junk Mail Bracelet via homework | carolynshomework.comMaking a paperclip chain or bracelet has been around for probably as long as paperclips. I saw a fun paperclip bracelet here that took the paperclip chain to a new level by wrapping paper around each clip to form paper beads.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Etceteras: floral printables & an origami owl giveaway

Floral Frame 1I’ve been playing around with some of the photos I’ve taken of flowers lately. Pic Monkey has all these fun textures and overlays. Feel free to grab any of the four floral photos below. You can use the on cards, tags or in frames. Add your own text like I did above. {For personal use only}.


Also, I wanted to introduce you to my newest sponsor Mom and Me Origami Owl®.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Accessories: making a pin with dimensional magic

I have boxes and boxes of jewelry making supplies but I don’t often make jewelry. I haven’t really mastered the chains and jump rings and I don’t even own those little pliers that you need.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Giveaway: NOVICA. the world is your market

I’m so excited to show you my new bracelet and tell you about today’s giveaway. Have you heard of NOVICA?

NOVICA is one of the leading fair trade artisan websites. They work with National Geographic to give artisans around the world a place to express their artistic talents and provide access to the world market.

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They carry thousands of items – tableware, décor, fashion, jewelry and more. I was thrilled to be offered the chance to review a product and offer a giveaway.

I spent quite a bit of time on the NOVICA site because I couldn’t decide what to get. I finally settled on this beautiful bracelet from Thailand that I’m modeling above.

Now, I have to say, it took a few weeks for my bracelet to arrive. But that’s because NOVICA works directly with artists, stressing their stories as much as the art. Goods are shipped direct from the country of origin – cutting out the middle-man – and arriving with an exotic postmark and handwritten postcard

When my bracelet arrived from Thailand it was nestled in this beautiful box. 

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A little booklet tells the story of the artist and the product. The jewelry box is made out of mulberry bark. It’s handmade and uses a sustainable practice. Yay for being green!

I was surprised [and thrilled} that the bracelet is actually one long strand so I can also wear it as a necklace.

I love my bracelet. It’s absolutely stunning and I’m now a big fan of the NOVICA site and their products.

So here’s the best part. NOVICA is offering a $50 gift certificate to a homework reader. You can get a beautiful bracelet like the one I got or choose from any of their thousands of items. Here are a few words from NOVICA:

We want to give artists and artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity. And, we want to provide you with access to unique, hard-to-find items at great values that only the Internet infrastructure can allow. 
In the spirit of the Internet, let us bring you together. 
NOVICA. The World is Your Market.

And here are a few links to help you start choosing what you would like.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Accessories: jewelry giveaway and guest recap

Here’s a question for you… Can a girl have too much jewelry? Normally, I would say no but my jewelry box runneth over!

You may recall I was extremely lucky to be selected to review the new Styled by Tori Spelling jewelry line. Playing with and creating all the jewelry was so fun but honestly, it’s more than I could ever wear. I’m going to use some for gifts but I also created TWO prize packages to share with you.

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The prize packages are a mix of the Glitz and Boho lines. 

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Each package will contain; a necklace top, necklace connectors, several necklace bottoms, several necklace pendants and danglers. Fun!

To enter, click on the Rafflecopter entry below and follow the entry instructions. There are several chances to enter.

  • Anonymous and no-reply entries must leave an email address in order to be eligible to win. If I can’t contact you, I’ll draw a new winner.
  • Once the winners are drawn I will send an email to each winner. The winner must contact me within one week or a new winner will be selected.
  • Open to U.S. mailing addresses only

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I want to thank the following bloggers {friends} who shared guest posts here on homework while I was away. I loved all your projects – you are all a great source of inspiration to me! 

If you aren’t familiar with these blogs, please stop by and visit them for some amazing creativity. 

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Accessories: crafty, easy, stylish jewelry

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Jewelry Teaser 2I’m so excited to tell you about this new collection of easy to assemble jewelry. It’s called Styled by Tori Spelling and no, it’s not sold in high-end boutiques and upscale department stores – it’s available in major craft and hobby stores.

That’s right – these collections; Boho, Glam, Noir, and Glitz by Styled by Tori Spelling are so easy to create, you don’t have to be a jewelry crafter or a a crafter at all.

The idea is simple. There are mix and match pieces that you can interchange. For example; to make a necklace you pick a necklace top and bottom and use the connectors to hook them together. No pliers or fancy jewelry making tools needed. There are pendants and danglers you can add to make your piece even more of a statement.

Jewelry CollageThe pieces above are from the Glitz and Boho collections that I received to try out. 

You can also make matching earrings. Just connect the earring dangler to the earring hoop or finding. Want to change the look – swap out the dangler.

For a dramatic look, showcase a bold pendant on a necklace top and bottom.

You can also make bracelets. Again, this is so easy. You simply use the clasps to hook the bracelets onto the bracelet rings.

For this piece I used four bracelets and also added the leaves from a pendant dangler. 
Note: [crafty confession]: to add the leaves, I did use pliers since I was using the pendant differently than it was intended for. The leaves were clustered on a dangler and I added them individually to the bracelet links. 

Another project a little outside of the box, I used this adorable owl pendant to make a bookmark. 

Jewelry 16This is also a pendant dangler but decided to glue it to a barrette for statement hair accessory. 

The pieces are truly stylish with current looks like these beautiful metal textured leaves with turquoise crystal beads. The Styled by Tori Spelling jewelry is available at Michaels and Jo-Ann – the pieces may vary by store but with such a wide assortment in each collection you are sure to find something to suit your style.

Thanks for visiting.

Check out some of the Styled by Tori Spelling posts by some fellow bloggers.

I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Darice and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Celebrations: a gift from the heart

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This Mother's Day, I'm working with Clever Girls in support of Macy's Heart of Haiti to shine a light on the "trade, not aid" program, which provides sustainable income to Haitian artisans struggling to rebuild their lives and support their families after the 2010 earthquake.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and as always, I’m stumped on a Mother’s Day gift for my mom.

It’s not until you become a mother yourself that you fully understand what being a mother really is. The love, joy, frustration and a level of patience you didn’t know existed. There’s really no gift that can express the gratitude we have for our mothers.

I think a Mother’s Day gift should come from the heart. Whether it’s an extravagant gift or a simple homemade gift, it should honor a mother’s love and sacrifice.

I was thrilled to receive two matching hearts from Macy’s Heart of Haiti collection. I’ll give one to my mom and I’ll keep the other. Matching hearts that symbolize that we are both mothers and connected.

The hearts are beautiful and I’m really pleased to be able to tell you about Macy’s Heart of Haiti. Heart of Haiti is a “Trade, Not Aid” initiative launched by artist and social entrepreneur, Willa Shalit, The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and Macy’s. Heart of Haiti has already led to employment of 750 artists in Haiti, providing financial benefits for an estimated 8,500 people in the country.

Each item is a one-of-a-kind design and handmade by a Haitian artisan from raw materials such as recycled oil drums, wrought iron, papier-mâché and stone. The collection features more than 40 home decor items including quilts, metalwork, ceramics, jewelry and paintings and is made almost entirely from recycled and sustainable items such as old cement bags, cardboard, oil drums and local gommier wood. Heart of Haiti products are available online at Macy’

I can’t think of a more fitting gift, than a gift from the heart and a gift that gives back.

Happy Mother’s Day Mom!
PS – sorry I cropped Dad out of the photo but this is your day!

Thanks for visiting.


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Thank you to Macy's Heart of Haiti for sponsoring my participation in this “Share Your Heart" promotion. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Show and Tell: shrinky dink jewelry

It’s Show and Tell day on homework and this shrinky dink jewelry made by Cathe Holden of Just Something I Made is amazing.

What a great idea to use shrinky dinks and vintage images to make beautiful bracelets and necklaces.

Cathe shares the step-by-step process on her blog post but basically, she scanned vintage items and printed them out on shrinky dink sheets made for an ink jet printer. I had no idea shrinky dinks had gone high tech…

She then trims the shrinky dink images, bakes them and creates the jewelry pieces.

For more photos and a complete tutorial, visit Cathe’s blog – Just Something I Made. Not surprising, her shrinky dink project was featured in Country Living Magazine.