DIY Beaded Hoop Wire-Wrapped Earrings

DIY Beaded Hoop EarringsFor today’s Make Something Mondays I put together a tutorial for beaded hoop wire-wrapped earrings. These are fairly easy to make and they don’t take more than half an hour all together. The wire and beading is affordable, so they also make fun gifts!

DIY Beaded Hoop Earrings materialsThings You Will Need:
Clip pliers
Jump rings
Earring hooks
flat-nosed pliers
Round-nosed pliers

*I am not entirely sure what size wire I used for these earrings. I know it was a larger gauge though. As long as you get a sturdy wire, this will work fine.

DIY Beaded Hoop Earrings Step 1Step 1:
Cut the wire to about the site of your tool.

DIY Beaded Hoop Earrings Step 2Step 2:
Slide the beads onto the wire in the order you want them.

DIY Beaded Hoop Earrings Step 3Step 3:
Use your round-nosed pliers to add a loop to each end of the wire. Loop outward.

DIY Beaded Hoop Earrings baseStep 4:
Work a hoop into the wire so you have something that looks like the image above.

DIY Beaded Hoop EarringsStep 5:
Use a jump ring to fasten the two loops at the top of your soon-to-be earring together.

DIY Beaded Hoop EarringsStep 6:
Attach another jump ring to the jump ring you just fastened. Then, link the last jump ring with an earring hook to finish it off.

DIY Wire Hoop EarringsI decided to make a slightly smaller set of earrings as well. Those are the ones on the very end that you can hardly see (for good reason). Those didn’t turn out so well. Oh well, practice, practice, practice!

Happy crafting… or beading?

I have done some other beaded earring tutorials in the past so, if you liked this one you might like those tutorials as well. Click the images for links to the tutorials.

Wire-wrapped earrings via Make Something Mondays

DIY Wire Wrapped Earrings

DIY Heart-Shapped Wire Earrings

DIY Heart-Shapped Wire Earrings

The Artsy Parts

I’ve added a few new items to my Etsy shop: The Artsy Parts. All of the items are earrings.

There is a variety of items on The Artsy Parts ranging from drawings to jewelry. If you want to take a look at my shop just click the link above. I am curious as to what my audience thinks of the products available. Do you have an Etsy shop also? Leave the link in the comments below; I would love to see what you work on!

Medium Blue Stone Earrings

Medium blue stone earrings via The Artsy Parts $10.00

Silver Key Shaped Earrings

Key Shaped Earrings via The Artsy Parts $10.00

Fleur de Lis Earrings

Fleur de Lis Earrings via The Artsy Parts $10.00

Give me some feedback on the poll below, please! I am open to suggestions and comments as well. I would love to hear what you think!

Who Says Hair Makes You Beautiful?!

I have had long hair for as long as I can remember. In the past two years I’ve MAYBE had it cut 3 times. It was easier to braid it and be done with it.

My hair was about 24 inches long… until today.

When I was a senior in college my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Watching her go through that was very difficult for me. This was someone that I talk to every day, someone who used to braid my hair for me… and now she was losing hers. She has since recovered (YAY Mom!) and is doing very well.

I decided to donate my hair to Locks of Love. So today, I told one open-minded person that I was going. If I told more people they probably would’ve talked me out of it and I didn’t want that.

I went to the hair salon and got 11 inches chopped off.

I don’t particularly like it but I don’t hate it either. It will grow on me. I know that I made a good decision and that is what makes me happy.

If you have long hair i highly recommend you donate it. Here are my top 10 reasons:

1. Someone else would be more than thankful for it

2. There is no better feeling in the world than helping someone else

3. When women lose their hair it is a serious shock to their system. Our culture puts so much emphasis on “hair is beauty” that women feel very insecure without it.

4. It constantly gets pulled

5. It gets caught in the car door

6. you can’t do anything with it but pull it up. Even then it probably falls out of the ponytail

7. It is heavy

8. It takes FOREVER to dry

9. You spend a lot of $$ on shampoo and conditioner

10. You can’t curl it because the weight pulls out the curls

BONUS: It grows back!

The Guru Awards

The Guru Awards are a special Photoshop contest just for attendees of the Photoshop World design and photography conference, and were created to honor and recognize the design, photography, retouching, and creativity of our attendees.

If you want to fill out an entry form click here.

Best In Show | Winner: Chuck Uebele

Chuck Uebele

Artistic | Winner: Theresa Jackson

Theresa Jackson

Commercial | Winner: Kobi Gulianni

Kobi Gulianni

Illustration | Winner: Joel Jensen

Joel Jensen

Photo Retouching | Winner: Rebecca Johnston

Rebecca Johnston

Photo Montage | Winner: John Flynn

John Flynn

Photo Restoration | Winner: Chuck Uebele

Chuck Uebele

Photography | Winner: Khawla Aljodar

Khawla Aljodar

Vincent Versace Award for Photographic Excellence
Mary Miller

Mary Miller

DIY Travel Kit

When you travel it is always beneficial to keep all of your things organized. You keep all of your clothes in one area, the shower supplies in one area, etc. So this is the perfect, easy-to-make solution to carrying toiletries. If you are making this for the men in your life I would avoid the ribbon, ha. Maybe going with a leather strap or velcro would be a better idea. Enjoy 🙂

Things You Will Need:
Wash cloth

*I forgot the ribbon in my materials picture 🙁 Just imagine that it is there.

Step 1:

Fold the bottom of the wash cloth up about half way and sew the edges.

Step 2:

Determine which essentials you are going to be carrying with you. If you are going to want to put a comb or other larger object make sure you will have room for the rest of your needs. Measure the sizes and sew several straight lines down the folded part of the cloth to make unique sections for each essential.

Step 3:

Cut your ribbon so that it is a little less than double the size of the cloth. You want it to be long enough so that you can tie it in a bow (or a knot) when you roll it up. sew your ribbon to a small portion of the cloth. If you sew it across the whole thing then your will have problems tying it together. I chose a very small area and sewed it tightly.

Step 4:

Add your essentials to their unique sections.

Step 5:

Roll up the cloth and tie the ribbon.

You now have a cute DIY travel kit. Very cute 🙂

Happy crafting!

Which came first

via Ben Pentreath Ltd.

I LOOOOVE this concept!

This idea is by artist Kyle Bean who graduated from Brighton Uni in 2009. All of the work is pretty amazing but I wanted to feature this one. Please check out Kyle’s site.

Which came first? The chicken or the egg?


I don’t know if you guys have ever been to the website but I recently discovered it and might be spending too much time there. This girl’s blog is all about her attempt to make things she finds on Pinterest. In her posts and shows you how she did it and whether or not it works. She is honestly hilarious, a bit vulgar at times though. So, if you are not into the swearing then maybe skip this one but I think she is pretty amusing. See below…
Funny post #1 (summarized)
Strawberries & Cream Mug Cake | Pintester

I think of myself as a tolerant person. I only groan a little when I hear a dad joke. I hang out with people who are prettier than me. And I occasionally let people with Romney bumper stickers get in front of me on the freeway. I can even tolerate the odd disgusting food item, provided it has some redeeming qualities.

Strawberries & cream mug cake has no redeeming qualities.

The rest of this story really should be told in pictures. Words cannot explain. I leave you with this.

In conclusion, if you like recipes that turn out like marginally edible sponges, you might like this. Otherwise, run. Run far away.

Funny post #2 (summarized)
Ombre Nails

And, since I was headed to a Durham Bulls game later on in the evening (I love baseball. And baseball pants.), I decided to paint them Bulls team colors. Except I didn’t have Barf Orange in my collection. But Mango is close enough, right?

I did a base layer of mango, because it seemed like that was the thing to do. This nail polish is from Forever 21. I bought it because it’s the only thing from there I can wear that doesn’t make me look fat.

Also, it is scented. I think the scent is supposed to be mango, but it’s more like dear-God-turn-it-off, my-head-hurts-already-from-Diet-Coke-withdrawals, this-is-what-death-smells-like. Just in case you were wondering.

Looks nice, though.

Probably if I had not been in testing mode, I would have stopped here, with a nice happy orange base that turned out pretty well, actually. But I was determined to test this ombre thing and my head was already kind of swimmy from the fumes anyway, so I figured why the hell not.

I smeared some Vaseline on my cuticles to make clean-up easier, and also because I use Vaseline whenever possible in pin tests so that I can make off-color jokes about giant tubs of Vaseline, hurrhurrhurr.

The first nail actually went pretty well.

I was pleasantly surprised that it sort of resembled the tutorial.

Subsequent nails were less successful. Apparently, to make this work properly, you have to re-paint your sponge each time. This, in case you couldn’t guess, is a huge pain in the ass. But I tried it both ways, and you definitely need to reload the sponge for proper results. Also, it would probably be better if you used a new sponge for each subsequent nail.

I did the best I could, considering the effort I was willing to expend. And that is an honest assessment of most of the stuff I do on this blog. Some things just aren’t worth that much effort, manicures being one of them.

You get the point. She tries other stuff too not just nail tuts and baking. Check her out though, seriously. She makes my day a bit more cheerful, somehow. Haha!

Peter Aurisch’s Geometric Tattoos

Peter Aurisch is a tattoo artist in Berlin. His geometric style consists of fine, direct lines and bold colors.  I don’t think I would put this on my body but I sure do like looking. Beautiful work!

Visit his site to see more of his work 🙂



Do You Like to Color?

I like to color. It takes me back to childhood where I didn’t have to worry about life and that is a wonderful thing… even if it is only for twenty minutes. So I found these free online coloring pages and wanted to share them with you. If you still like to color and don’t want to be coloring princesses and elephants (no offense Erin) then, these will be fun!  Go to for the free printables! Below are a few examples of what you can print off. You could even use these as decor if you can color inside the lines 😉

Or, unless you want to make some yourself, you can buy a coloring book for $12. Yeah, I agree, a bit expensive for a coloring book but there are a few free ones!