Monday, February 23, 2009

Oscar Bling!

This year's Oscars is all about the bling! and the opulent display of earrings by the truly fab!

Another first by Ange, she rocked that Oscar carpet with her gorgeous teardrop emerald earrings by designer Fred Leighton. Emeralds are a rarity of that size and absolutely marvelous to behold, the earrings came with a matching emerald cocktail ring. Bet Jennifer Aniston was green with envy =D

Heidi Klum living it lavishly large with a very romanesque duo of laurel-like earrings.

Taraji P. Henson brings in the diamond studs with a 19th century Fred Leighton necklace.

A similar design though more heavy-set can be seen on little miss Mamma Mia! Amanda Seyfried

An elegant and regal choice for Ryoko Hirosue, the Japanese actress from the Oscar winning film Departures.

Virginia Madsen - the Queen of diamonds! Golden diamond-shapes that is! Love the glow on you girl!

A bold choice that looks exquisitely handmade is the centerpiece on Amy Adams' neck- a multi-colored Fred Leighton collar necklace.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Trendy Candy Bracelet

A delightful Valentine's gift from my sister Jennifer. Cool eye-poppin' candy bangles! The latest fashion craze in the Emirates!

The kind of jewelry I wanna sink my teeth into! Or make me chill out with tweens haha!

Inside are colorful micro styro-balls, the plastic bangle case reminds me of a toddler's teether.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A Cloud Bracelet for King Totoro!

White and elegant hues of blue- a playful cloud floats by
like a dream... a cotton-candy dream!

This cute cluster bracelet is packed snug with blue hematite, acrylic beads, howlite, aquamarine stones, ornate metal spacers in each chain ring.

Innocent and whimsical, a bracelet inspired by the anime My Neighbor Totoro

My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ, Tonari no Totoro?), is a 1988 Japanese anime film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film follows the two young daughters of a professor and their interactions with friendly wood spirits in postwar rural Japan.

Monday, February 9, 2009

The World Spins for a Lazy Beader

I didn't get that coveted Bead Spinner for Christmas, nor will I be getting one this Valentine's Day - there isn't one available in our little side of the world. Unless I prevail nagging everyone I know with a credit card to order one for me online for $35.

$35!? plus the Big Eye Curved Needle for $3.00

So why I can't just string the itsy-bitsy glass beads like everyone else? Laboring countless hours on memory wire or string. I wish I still had good eyesight to go through such patterns, but my eyes have dried up and can no longer do the job that well. Maybe I'm just very impatient that's all. But bead spinners can really save you the time and get that project going without losing that creative momentum halfway through.

An option has turned up though, this craftygal Kimberly Chapman has managed to put up an eco-friendly tutorial on How to Make Your Own Bead Spinner Just don't mind the very 1994 website layout that predates Al Gore. Though I'm not quite sure how margarine tubs would fare against an actual bead spinner, if it gets the job done, well why not?

More on Bead Spinners at Bella Online The article talks about spinning techniques and which bead stringing wire to use.


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