Handmade Jewelry for the Special Occasion

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

2,000 Facebook Fans Celebration Giveaway

I just hit the 2,000 Facebook Fans mark and as promised I want to celebrate with all my fans! If you're not a fan yet, don't worry, you can "Like" my page and join us in the celebration with this amazing Giveaway that I've prepared. Last time, when I got to 1,000 Fans I gave away 1 prize, however this time I'm thinking on giving 5 prizes away! Basically, this will be my biggest Giveaway ever and also the last one I will be having for a few months. So now is your opportunity to participate!

What I'm giving Away:

1st. Prize - Any One Item* from my Jewelry Shop + Any One Item* from my Cufflinks Shop + 1 Flower Headband or Hairclip.
2nd Prize - Any One Item* from my Jewelry Shop OR Any One Item* from my Cufflinks Shop + 1 Flower Headband or Hairclip.
3rd to 5th Prize - 1 Flower Headband or Hairclip

*Custom items are not included.

Who will get the Prizes:

1st. Prize - The winner of this prize will be chosen via Random.org on Sunday, July 24th 2011 from the people who entered the giveaway by commenting on this blog post (please see the How to enter and Rules section).
2nd. Prize - This prize will be given to the person who referred the 1st. prize winner to my Giveaway via Facebook. That means that if you shared this giveaway on your Facebook and a friend of yours got to my giveaway because of that link and won the 1st prize, then you will get the 2nd prize. This is a way to Thank You for sharing with your friends. If the 1st prize winner was not referred by anyone then the winner of the 2nd prize will be chosen by Random.org on Sunday, July 24th 2011.
3rd to 5th Prize - This will be more fun. I will post 3 questions on my Facebook Wall and the first person to answer the question correctly will win one prize.

How to Enter for 1st and 2nd Prize:
There is One Mandatory Entry and Six other Optional for you to increase your chances of winning. (All entries must be made as a comment on this blog post ....please make sure to do separate comments for each entry)
Mandatory Entry:
- "Like" my Facebook Fan Page and then come back and comment on my blog that you did. If you are a fan already you still have to comment that on my blog.
Optional Entries:
- Share this blog post on Facebook and comment on my blog that you did, including the link you shared. Remember that this will give you the option to win the 2nd Prize!
- Leave a Comment here on my blog telling me which Jewelry item from my Jewelry Shop you would choose if you win
- Leave a Comment here on my blog telling me which Cufflinks from my Cufflinks Shop you would choose if you win.
- Follow my blog and leave a comment that you do so.
- Stumble this blog post and leave a comment on my blog that you did.
- Tweet about this blog post and comment on my blog that you did. My Twitter is @estylojewelry

You have a total of Seven Chances to Enter, so take advantage of them!

The Giveaway starts today July 13, 2011 and ends on July 23, 2011 at 11:59 pm PST. Winner will be chosen via Random.org and will be announced on my Blog and Facebook Fan Page the following day. It is open Worldwide for anyone 18 years or older. The prize will be sent out via USPS First Class. Please note that I can't be responsible for Post Office mistakes or non-deliverable. Winner will have 3 days to contact me for the prize or a new winner will be chosen.

Good Luck Everyone!!! 

This Giveaway is now Closed! The winner of the 1st prize is Comment #69 from Kajira. Congratulations! Please contact me for your prize! She was referred by a link posted by Aileen, which therefore gets the 2nd prize :)

As for prizes 3 to 5 they were already shipped to the lucky winners stated on my Facebook Page.

As seen on CashNet Sweepstakes and http://bloggiveawaydirectory.com

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Flower Headband or Clip DIY Tutorial

As I had mentioned to my Facebook Fans I recently learned how to do these gorgeous Flower Hair Accessories and just got addicted to it. The are great for Newborns, Brides, Bridesmaids, or just the every day outfit! I made a bunch for me and my little baby that will be born in a few weeks, but I just made way too many, so I decided to 1. Show you how to make yours and 2. Have a fun giveaway with some of the flowers I already finished, plus jewelry and cufflinks:

I'll start with the tutorial and will write about the Giveaway in another post, since it's not only the flowers that I'm giving away, but also some of my jewelry pieces and cufflinks in celebration of getting to 2,000 Facebook Fans! Yayyy!!! So make sure to check out the Giveaway post here.

Back to the Flower Accessories. This is how your finished Flower will look like:

In the tutorial I will show you how to attach the flowers to an elastic headband, but you can attach them also to Bobby Pins, Hair Clips, Belts, etc. Just use your imagination and the options are endless. They are also great for all ages and occasions. So here is what you will need:
- Scissors
- Fabric Flowers
- Heat Gun
- Felt
- Rhinestone or Button if you want to decorate the center
- Headband, Pin, Clip, or whatever you want to attach it to

You can get all of these items at a regular Craft Store, like Michael's or Jo-Anns. They also a have a large selection of flowers and normally will have a few on discount. Another option is to go to the Dollar Store, however the selection is probably a little smaller. Start by cutting two small circles from the felt. They should be the same size, but don't need to be exact. Set them aside.

Next cut the elastic for your headband. You can buy the headbands ready or you can make your own. I opted to get the elastic since I wanted to make the headbands in different sizes, for me and my girl. The suggested sizes are as follow:
Newborn - 13"
3 Mo to 6 Mo - 14"
6 Mo to 12 Mo - 16"
12 Mo to Teen - 17.5"
Adult - 18"
Those are the finished sizes, so if you are making your own headband you will want to cut your elastic a little more than that. Once you cut your elastic you need to sew them together. Don't worry on how it looks since it will be covered by the felt. Just make sure it's sewn correctly so it won't rip.

Set the headband aside and connect your heat gun so it starts warming up, then continue onto the flowers. Take one flower completely apart, depending on how filled you want them you can use more than one. I like them with a lot of petals so I usually use at least two flowers. If you plan to use a rhinestone or button in the center you can throw away everything except for the petals. Or you can leave aside the center of the flower and re-use on yours.

Now that you have the petals only arrange them in the way you want to have them. You can mix different flowers, colors or just put them together as they were originally. I like to separate them by size first and then start to put them together until it looks like I want them. Once you've arranged them turn them around to have the largest petals on the top and the smallest on the bottom. Take your first petal (largest) and add some of the glue with heat gun on it. Now take the next petal and press firmly over the first one. Keep doing that with the rest of your petals until you're finished.

Now it's the time to embellish your flower. You can use rhinestones, pearls, buttons or the original center of the flower. You can get a mixed package of colors and sizes of rhinestone in the bead section of your craft store or you can use the self-adhesive ones from the scrapbooking area. Just apply the glue with the heat gun onto the center of the flower and press your embellishment on it. If you don't want to add anything, just leave it as is and it will look nice anyway.

You've finished your flower now and are almost ready. Take on of the felt circles and apply glue all over it. Also apply some glue on the back of your flower (the largest petal) and press both of them together. This is to hide any imperfection that might be on it. Now take your headband and apply glue on the part that is going to be glued onto the felt, make sure you are hiding the sewed part. Press it onto the flower and then apply glue on the inner side of the headband and of the two felt pieces. Glue them together and let dry.

That's it! You have finished your Flower Headband! So easy, right? And it will take you only a few minutes to make them. You can make it as fancy or as simple as you want and I love that it's great for any age and any occasion. Remember that I do not sell these flowers in my shop, just made them for fun and will be giving a few away (together with jewelry and cufflinks) on my 2,000 Facebook Fan celebration here!

If you're not the crafty kind of person but liked these flowers and did not win one at my giveaway, you can find plenty of fancy options for sale from other Handmade Artists. Here are a few that I found:
For the Bride
Handmade Bridal Flower Clip here

Shoe Clip
 Handmade Peacock Shoe Clip here

For the Bridesmaid
  Handmade Flower clip here 
For the Baby
Handmade Newborn Headband here

Flower Sash

Handmade Flower Sash here 

Have Fun creating or shopping and don't forget to check out the 2,000 Facebook Fan Giveaway!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Great Day - Yellow Findings

Great Day Print here

Today I was doing my usual browsing, looking for nice things to feature and I stumbled upon this nice print. Today is going to be a great day! What a nice way to start a day, don't you think? It immediately brought a smile to my face. It's not only that I like yellow and it's a perfect summer color, but it just made me happy. There is nothing special going on right now and I really don't expect anything extraordinary to happen, but today I'm going to start my day with a big smile and I hope it lasts throughout the day.

Well, since I liked the color so much I decided that today I would feature only yellow items. Look at these gorgeous handmade findings I have for you guys today:

  Handmade Flower Shoe Clips here

 Sexy Summer skirt here

 Love birds here

 Handmade Yellow Clutch here

Yellow and Purple Cookies here

Handmade Daisies Soap here

And last but not least a friendly reminder to all of you:

Handmade You Look Pretty Towel here

 Have a great day everyone!


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