Monday, March 26, 2012

Necklace and Earring Set Jewelry Giveaway

Enter to win this Catju Designs Chocolate Jasper necklace and earring set by visiting la chapstick fantique's blog.  Hurry over by March 28, 2012 for your chance.


Friday, March 23, 2012

Jewelry Making Assistance at Catju Designs

Wanted to introduce you all to my assistant here at Catju Designs.  She has been an assistant for 8 years, and hold a very important position in the company.  She assists with all aspects of jewelry making, including sniffing inventory, checking all incoming bead strands for bugs, and of course finding a comfortable place to nap, often right on top of the things I am using.

Catju Designs Beading Kitten - Pookie

She is great company when I am hunkered down for long periods of time making jewelry.  Check out my latest items in my Catju Designs Etsy Shop.  There is even a cat necklace and earring set, inspired by you know who!!


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Vintage Style Earrings Art Deco with Crystals

Just listed these vintage art deco style crystal earrings in my Etsy shop.  These crystal dangles will be great to dress up evening wear, or be perfect with a pair of jeans and a black sweater.


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Turquoise Earrings, Swarovski and Lampwork Beads

These earrings are made from handmade lampwork beads, and look fantastic with Turquoise Swarovski crystal beads.  These earrings are from my confetti line, named for all the beads on the top of the lampwork bead.  You can find these Swarovski Turquoise crystal and lampwork earrings in my Etsy shop.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of these earrings.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Swarovski Bracelet and Earrings - Dear Catju


Dear Catju,

I’m a little nervous and freaked because I’m receiving an award from work at an upcoming event. The event is formal and I’m not a formal kind of girl.  Luckily, with the help of my sister, I found this dress that I absolutely love!  It’s a black one shoulder that that comes to my knees.  Can you help me with jewelry and shoe options?

Bowie, MD


Dear Janee,

A big congrats from Catju Designs is sent your way, that’s wonderful that you’re getting an award!

Now to the style, a little black one shoulder number sounds beautiful, very trendy and timeless. That piece will be in your closet for many years to come!  Since it’s formal and it’s work, you won’t want to dress too flashy or be too bright.  Since you’re the award recipient, all eyes will already be on you. You’ll want to dress elegant and beautiful.

My first suggestion would be to wear your hair up in a bun or chignon.  This is so cute and very classy. It allows you to show off your ears and jewelry as well.

My suggestion for jewelry would be to wear a short, conservative, drop earring. This would be very corporate and would really draw attention to you and your dress, with a slight pop of sparkle. Our Topaz Wire Wrap Earrings

or Swarovski Bling Leverback Earrings would definitely be perfect! 

You do NOT want to wear a necklace with your one-shoulder, that is just too much and the one-shoulder strap is the focal point for your neckline.  Because of that, you’ll be able to wear a sparkly bracelet.  I’d recommend something neutral, but sparkly, like our Swarovski Super Bling Crystal Bracelet.  This bracelet fits the bill, so there wouldn’t be too much going on with the other elements of your jewelry, like your earrings.

I would the only wear the rings that you normally wear to work, I wouldn’t add a cocktail ring or super fashion ring because your other jewelry will really stand out.

I’d also pair this with a fun clutch, preferably black patent leather or silver leather. It would be the one trendy piece that would accent the entire look.  As for your shoes, I would stick to a basic, black patent leather pump. You’ll not only be able to keep the shoe forever, but it will help balance out the complete outfit for the completed, cohesive look.

A big congratulations again and I hope you have a wonderful night!