a question I've been meaning to answer...

Hey Pauline, I'm sorry it's taken me so long to answer you. I hope you're crafting!

To answer your question, I just use these two: a round nose plier & a flush cutter. That's it. I think it's advised that you should have also have a chain nose plier and flat nose plier. (for example) But these two get the job done for me.

I've had them since I first started crafting when I was fourteen. They were given to me by my sister. They're pretty banged up. I've tried a lot of different tools since then, but they feel either too light in my hands or just plain... weird. For example, the more common tools have skinnier handles: they're just too thin for me.

These have meatier handles.

This is unsanitary, but when I switch between the two, I usually just bite down on the handle of the one I'm not using. It just saves me time then to put it down and then pick it up again. I don't remember when I first started doing this... I don't even realize when I do it anymore.

- A

a small update.

Recently I haven't made any earrings. 

I've always said that it takes me forever to think up designs... I meant it then, and I still mean it now. My last couple 'sessions' have ended with no results. The last time I made earrings was about three or so months ago I think. I've tried. I don't know how many hours I sat at my desk, staring into my bead collection to the point where I almost convinced myself I needed more to get inspired.

It may be why I've tried to expand to necklaces.

Here are three miracle pairs I managed to think up three months ago.


Pretty simple design. I like the length and how the white beads cascade down. The pink and white are clean and simple.

COMPONENTS: ball silver headpins, white beads, silver headpins, coral flowers, silver chain, petite hooks


Again, pretty simple.

COMPONENTS: silver hooks, pearl wings, silver chain, silver ball headpin, silver wire, blue square bead


This pair is more elaborate and top-heavy.

COMPONENTS: silver chain, pearl wing, cubic zirconia drop, coral tulip, milky rondelle, small blue beads, seed beads, silver hooks.

Also, I've been taking apart earrings that I don't like anymore and I'm trying to create something new. I'm going to try to make some this weekend. Wish me luck!

- A

Oh, because of blogger's hiccup the last few days, I lost whatever comments were made on the last post :(


jewelry storage & collection update

So remember this post?

Well... I meant what I said, but the blue dish has since been repurposed for my bathroom counter. (Note: I am running out of things to put in these dishes that I compulsively purchase.) Since it's been awhile since I've last updated, I wanted to photograph how I have been storing my jewelry for the past couple months.

My jewelry primarily rests on top of my dresser and my mini fridge. I say primarily because I have a couple necklaces hanging from a wall shelf. But more on that, later.

On top of my dresser I keep my handmade earrings, my studs and my handmade bracelets. (I got that camera from a vintage shop for $3!) Hanging from blue thumbtacks off the wall are a couple necklaces.

In the blue bowl are flower studs from this, this and this post. I've given away a lot of pairs to friends, but as you can see, there is still a lot left. In the purple bowl are store-bought studs still kept in pairs punctured through the paper.

I spent an hour or so unbagging all my handmade earrings and hanging them up on the earring holder. I honestly don't know how they all fit. I tried to have a system based on grouping earrings together based on focal beads, but it didn't really work out.

The first and second rows. For the top row I tried to put all the earrings together that had the coral rose beads. The second row I think was focused on birds/pearl animals.

The earring holder has little branches that butt out (that's where the overlap comes from.)

I have a confession to make. 

I rarely wear any of these earrings. I dress quite monotone... like a bruise, really. Mostly black and grey, a little bit of dark blue, on extremely rare occasion maybe something bright. My earrings are not like that at all. I think I've worn maybe six of them.

Now on to my fridge top.

I have an earring holder and three ceramic egg crates.

A little side note:

You do not understand how long I have coveted these buttery smooth babies. I discovered them online months ago, but instead of ordering them off Anthropologie I waited (impatiently) until Easter rolled around. I checked out JoAnn fabrics and picked up the white and blue one on sale 40% off. These are smaller than Anthropologie's, but I got two for half the price of theirs, so I'm not complaining. 

The pink one and this blue one I got for a dollar each at a different craft store. Actually, I ended up buying about six, and I gave one to a good friend and one to each of my roommates. They're perfect for holding jewelry.

This is how one of my roommates uses hers. Her boyfriend made her this shelf. It simply sits on top of a Honduras cigar box (that I got for her, lol, she's half Honduran. It reminded me of her.)

Miscellaneous items: coins, rings and necklaces. Pretty cool, right? I hope I'm not the only one who went completely nuts over them, haha.

So back to the post, in the white one I keep different studded earrings. In the pink one are bracelets, and in the blue one are miscellaneous items and some handmade studded earrings.

So that's the end of my earrings.

I mentioned my shelf earlier.

I taped some wooden clothe pins to the shelf and from them I clip polaroids and business cards. Hanging off of them, though, are a couple of necklaces. The long gold blue one to the left I made, the shorter gold one I bought at Goodwill for $3. the two colorful ones on the right I made. They're kind of like friendship bracelets made into necklaces. I learned how to make them here at Honestly...WTF. Their tutorials are great. I recommend going through their DIY section.

I've only made two so far because they take FOREVER to make. They're tedious and repetitive and my hands looked like claws afterward, but they're fun and add a bit of color to my otherwise bland wardrobe haha.

I'm back.

- A

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