10 Ways to easily upcycle vintage rhinestone earrings

Dear all,

 

I found this interesting blog post by lovemaegen.com and could not resist to share this with you, so here goes:

 

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I found these large vintage rhinestone earrings on Ebay for under $5, but I’m 100% sure my local thrift shops have a nice little collection and yours would too. I bet you could also find some in your Grandma’s jewelry box, if she’ll part with them! Since they’re clip-ons, and clip-ons never seem to say clipped onto my little lobes, I thought I’d upcycle them in a number of ways to show you just how versatile they are as well as adding that extra something to brighten up a plain object, giving it a really unique vintage flair.

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* Beading Pliers
* Wire cutters
* Hot glue gun

First things first… let’s remove the earring backs.

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* Using your pliers, bend the clip on metal piece up, and using your wire cutters, snip them off at the base.

vintage rhinestone earrings DIYs 2Now we’re left with two gorgeous vintage rhinestone findings… imagine the possibilities!

Here’s what I came up with…

1. Shoe Clips

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* Simply hot-glue your shoe clips onto the backs of your rhinestone clusters. You can find shoe clip findings on Ebay or Etsy {Ebay is cheaper!}

Vintage Rhinestones DIY -  vintage shoe clips2. Headbands, Headwear, Combs, Barrettes

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* Simply hot-glue your rhinestones onto an existing headband, ribbon, scarf, or stretchy elastic band. You may also choose to hand-stitch them if you prefer. Easily glue them onto a comb or barrette {or two!} for a pretty updo!

vintage  rhinestones on  a satin head band3. Bracelets, Cuffs, Bangles

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* Glue them onto an old bangle or bendable cuff.

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4. Bags, Clutches

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* Pump up the volume on a boring {or not so boring} clutch or bag and make it one of a kind!

5. Brooches, Pins

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* Simply hot-glue a pin back to each and Voila! Instant brooches! Pin them onto a scarf, belt, or…

rhinestone brooch  diy pinned on a bow blouse
* Pin them together on your favorite blouse… off to the side or right on the bow!

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* Pin one to each of your collar tips!

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* Pin them onto a cluster of pearls or chain necklaces!

6. Just for fun!

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* Add them to the edges of a mask for a masquerade ball {or a fun night in the bedroom *wink}

HAVE FUN!

How To Find Your Specific Purpose in Life by Gregg Fetter

Hey all,

As you might have noticed I am posting more self discovery links than small craft projects these days.

I’m on a journey of defining my purpose and dealing with everything that has to do with it. From dealing with emotions, time management, making decisions and cleaning up.

I am hooked on a bible verse for this:

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

In papiamentu (my native language): Buska reino di Dios i buska pa hasi su boluntat prome i boso ta hana tur e sobra kosnan aki aserka.

So after receiving a very important word I could no longer sit and wait. I had to do something, but what? I still have no clue of what the “thing” is.

I started asking God to take away things from me that would hinder or do not contribute to the purpose, to point things out to me, to show more specifically, even to shake me if He needs to.

So today I bumped into this post (after searching for 100+ others) and I finally found something practical I can tackle!!

It’s called: Bible Made Simple: How To Find Your Specific Purpose in Life by Mr. Gregg Fetter.

I’m not there yet, but I will most certainly work on it to get there, because I really feel like a fish out of water.

While on this journey I will keep on crafting and drinking tea! After all, that’s what I have always liked the most!

Till then ❤

Craft room clean up!

Hey everyone,

This week I have been cleaning up my craft room. I was a heavy job as I had to let go of many things I held dear to my heart.

But I chose to do so to make room for new things and to shape the purpose of the room and of my crafting style. I had to much of to many going on at the same time that I lost track of what I like and what I need.

So if anyone is interested I’ve set up a mini shop on the facebook page of some of the things I am selling.

Letting go is hard but it does feel good, especially when you are helping someone who needs the things more than you do.

Here’s the store: Crafty Teacups Thrift Store!

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I’ll leave you with a verse that helps me when cleaning:

Isaiah 43:18-19 (AMP)

Do not [earnestly] remember the former things; neither consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Flower Scotch!

Dear all,

Here’s a quick tutorial on how you can personalize your desk accessories using what you have!

Materials needed:

Scotch tape dispenser

The inside label

scrapbook paper/ gift wrap/ any other paper

Glue

Scissors

All I did was taking the label out, glue the right side to the back of the paper (you could just trace it, cut out and glue it later on) and cut it out.

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Place it back in the dispenser and voila!

It took me less then 5 minutes to make.

Maybe you could cover both sides by tracing the label on another piece of firm paper.

Show me what you have made this week!