Monday, April 30, 2012

Blue Agate Necklace Combo with Swarovski Crystals, Sale for Mother's Day

Head over to my Etsy shop to see this dyed blue Agate necklace and earring combo set, along with several other items that I've listed especially for Mother's Day.

And I just added a coupon code so that you will get 20% off your entire purchase.  With savings like that, you can get something special for your Mom and yourself too!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Necklace Redesign, Part 2, Catju Designs

This post is a continuation from yesterday, where I used components from a vintage necklace to design two necklaces.

Here is the before photo:

For this necklace and earring set, I used the enamel butterflies to make a new necklace on a chain and earrings.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think, and which of the two new necklace and earring sets is your favorite.  


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Necklace Redesign with Before and After Photos, Catju Designs

Here is an interesting vintage necklace that I came across recently.  It is a little busy for my tastes, so I thought I would take it apart and use the components to make something else.

Here are the before photos:

As you can see, there are several things going on, starting with a long amethyst dangle, amethyst Swarovski crystal bead, enamel butterflies, enamel three-hole stations with tiny violet flowers, a very interesting green stone setting and amethyst bud flower dangles. 

Whew!  Quite a bit of colors and designs in this necklace.

Here are the after photos:

So the first thing I decided to do was use the lovely amethyst components with the violet triangles.  I linked them together, leaving the tiny amethyst bud flowers too.  I used amethyst Czech firepolish crystals for the necklace, interspersing them with gold plated spacer bead between every three beads, and added a gold plated lobster claw clasp.

I used the amethyst Swarovski crystal bead, along with a gold plated daisy bead and amethyst Czech firepolish bead for the earrings.  They are finished off with a gold plated fish hook earwire.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of this remake of the necklace.  

If you are interested in purchasing it, you can find it in my Etsy Shop at this link.

Check back tomorrow and I'll show you another set that I made using the same necklace.


Monday, April 2, 2012

Interview with Kathy of Catju Designs on Handmadeology

Check out this interview on the Handmadeology site where you can find a ton of information and tools to assist you in your endeavors.

Click here!

And after that you can pop over to my Etsy site and check out this new copper bracelet that I just listed.


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Easter Earrings - Dear Catju


Dear Catju,

So I’m looking for a fun pair of earrings for Easter, but I want to be able to wear it for the rest of the warm season. What are your suggestions?

Janie M.
Gettysburg, PA


Dear Janie,

You’ve DEFINITELY come to the right place as we’ve TONS of jewelry that would work for Easter, and you can wear throughout the spring and until the end of summer!

When it comes to color, I’d recommend a blue-green palette.  It’s not only trendy for the spring/summer season, it also goes with the trend of Easter if you wear it with a pastel yellow or green.

As for Catju Design exclusives, I’d recommend something from the confetti line.  This line is PERFECT for several occasions.  It can be worn to work, paired with a cocktail dress for the evening or worn on Sundays to church.  It’s very versatile and will meet your goal of wearing them on more than one occasion.

For Easter, I’d recommend any of these, click on the link below the photo for more information:

These are fun, festive and chic!  Not to mention, one-of-a-kind!  These earrings will give any outfit that you wear, the pop that you’re looking for and a trendy/chic look.

Happy Spring and can’t wait for summer!


Vintage Lariat Necklace April Birthstone Feature

Just added this lariat necklace of amazing vintage crystal beads to my Etsy shop.  It is made from crystal beads that are the birthstone for April.

See more photos and information here.  As you can see from the photo below, my cat Pookie is enjoying all the sparkle from this bracelet.