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DIY Striped wall art with roses

I am asked many times how Love Your Bling® came to be, and it has been a long journey of DIY practices. Being crafty has always come naturally to me, but I have had a lot of teachers along the way. My grandmother taught me to sew doll clothes by hand when I was about five or six years old, and in middle school, my teacher gave me an appreciation for cross stitching. All this is a far cry from jewelry making. However, I learned how to make something out of nothing.

Recently I attended a local crafting event hosted by the Gypsyz Road Show and picked up a new interested in decoupaging. I learned some helpful techniques and was inspired to make a wall hanging for my office.

 

Supplies

  • 8×8″ Wood Plaque
  • Decorative paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • sandpaper (optional)

I started by lightly sanding the plaque and applying a thick coat of Mod Podge®. I cut out the striped sheet slightly smaller than the board and smoothed it out over the mod podge and covered it again with another coat. Next, I cut out the flowers from the second scrapbook sheet and covered the backs of the flowers with the Mod Podge® to place on the stripes. I am not very patient in waiting for it to dry between coats, but I tried. You can read more about decoupaging techniques here. Happy crafting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recap of BlogHer 216

Recently I had the opportunity to attend the BlogHer Conference. The three-day event was held in sunny Los Angeles, California with keynote speakers like Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sheryl Crow, and social media mogul, Kim Kardashian West.

Sarah Michelle Gellar talked about her new business and challenges of being a woman entrepreneur. Sheryl Crow focused on her battle with breast cancer and living a simpler, less technological life with her two boys. Kim Kardashian drew the most media attention for the event, focusing on life in the public eye.

My favorite break-out session was with speakers Tiffany Pham and Julie Ross Godar. Tiffany is the Founder and CEO of Mogul, a platform for connecting women to trending content, while Julie oversees the editorial aspects for Blogher.com. Together they spoke about Owning Your Expertise. As women, we tend to minimize our accomplishments and undermine own proficiency on anything from mothering to our career performance. It resonated with me and my mission to encourage others to “love your bling” and highlight that which makes you unique.

Being in LA, there was a slew of celebrities. I woke up bright and early for an event hosted by Staples with surprise celebrity guests Gabrielle Reese and Lori Loughlin. My inner teen fangirl came out for an event hosted by Goodnites underwear with guest Ian Ziering star of a few Sharknado films and my personal fave the original 90210.

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Another fun aspect of the conference is, of course, the swag. There was also an expo hall with great sponsors such Garnier, Best Buy, Baskin Robbins, and Russell Stover Candies to name a few. Love Your Bling® was also a sponsor via The Artisan Group, but was lucky enough to receive handmade swag by Clever Kim’s Curios, JDzigner, Starletta Designs, Nan Gates Designs, and BadTags.

 

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Swag from The Artisan Group®

BlogHer was the third conference I have attended this year, with one more scheduled for the end of September. It is always good to network with other people that speak your same language about what you are interested in and escape your everyday routine.

Finding The Right Photographer

One of the challenges of being a maker online is conveying to your customers what you are like as the person behind the screen. Until recently I hadn’t been posting many images of myself on social media because it is always harder to select a selfie versus pictures of your product.  The photo I have been using is one I had taken nearly three years ago. _DSC9678 At the time I had no idea that my business would expand, and my photo would be utilized for so many things, including being published in a national crafting magazine, twice. It conveyed who I was at the time,  but we all grow and change, so I was determined to update my headshots.

While it can be hard to trust the Internet, I started out by Googling my way through local photographers, until I came across the site Thumbtack. You answer a few questions about what you are looking for and your price range, and then professionals contact you with an offer. I did get connected with an excellent professional photographer that understood the look I was trying to convey. Before I met up with her, I did a little research on what to wear for headshots on Pinterest, which led to stuffy style photos that probably would be best for a bench ads. There were, however, a few great tips for keeping your makeup looking natural. I ended up choosing a chambray shirt dress that was classic and feminine, which I accessorized with a few pieces from my latest Rosie Collection. The photos came out great, and I loved working with Michele Tully of Sole Fide Photography. She made the awkwardness of taking photos a little more bearable. I look forward to working with her again on future projects. Do you have any unusual picture taking stories? Tell me about it in the comment section below.

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Everything is coming up Rosie

It’s no surprise that Rose gold has been a favorite choice metal for jewelry recently, and by the looks of it, the pink gold trend isn’t going away anytime soon. This particular metal looks great on all skin types and pairs well with a variety of stones in all shapes and colors. Rose gold has inherent warmth and feminity, that plays well with all kinds of metal, making it easy to pair with the classic pieces you already wear. It was an easy choice to make rose gold the foundation for my latest collection; Rosie.

Roses as flowers have an interesting dichotomy of being both delicate and strong. They can grow under difficult circumstances and thrive in the most unlikely places. No matter the color or shape roses are always beautiful just like humans. Love Your Bling® is about finding that which makes you unique and using that special quality to make the world a better place. At home or in public we should all strive to love our bling and share it with others. Love Your Bling is not just a brand, but a way to express your individuality.

My latest collection is composed of new pieces that complement each other with a variety of shades ranging from soft blush pinks to dark rainbow shades. Open bangles and rings can transition from work to night outfits, or saved for special occasions. I invite you to shop the entire collection here.

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New Rosie Collection at LoveYourBling.com

 

For the next quarter Love Your Bling® will be donating a portion of sales to Mental Health America, an organization that provides mental health services and education to those in need.

What is your inner bling? Tell me about in the comments below.

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Plated vs. Gold-filled

What’s the difference?

One of my frequently asked questions is regarding my plated versus gold filled materials. At Love Your Bling® my goal is to bring you quality jewelry at an affordable price. At times, I may use plated gold chains and findings(ear wires, bails, wire, etc.) to keep costs down. Other times I work with 14k gold-filled metal for those that may have specific metal allergies or to accommodate price range.

Gold filled findings are created with multiple layers of real durable gold. Legally it must constitute 5% of the item’s total weight and is layered over base metals or sterling silver. It has the look of solid gold without the same price tag. Since gold filled components are thicker than gold plated ones, they tend to last longer when worn more frequently. Sterling silver metal coated with gold is also referred to as vermeil.

To care for gold filled jewelry, I recommend cleaning it often with a warm water and soft material. I do not recommend jewelry cleaners or cloths, as they may be abrasive and damage the metal.

I do my best to specify which metals I use in my designs if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Ruthie@LoveYourBling.com

Love Your Bling® Bracelet Sparkles on Actress Yara Martinez in Episdoe 208 of Jane the Virgin

LoveYourBling®  has had its Blush Crystal and Rose Gold Bracelet worn by actress Yara Martinez (Dr. Luisa Alver) on Episode 208 of the CW Network’s primetime hit, Jane the Virgin. The episode aired December 14, 2015.

According to LoveYourBling founder and designer Ruthie Youngman, the bracelet was designed to be, “feminine and dramatic, in keeping with Doctor Alver’s complex yet heart of gold character.” The bracelet, which pairs beautifully with a range of fashion colors, showcases a collection of emerald cut SWAROVSKI® crystals in a soft blush shade, accented with rose gold plated links. The bracelet was gifted to the stylist via The Artisan Group.

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LoveYourBling heads to Hollywood

LoveYourBling® will participate in the GBK’s 2015 Primetime Emmys Celebrity Gift Lounge, in association with The Artisan Group®, where its Dark Sapphire Crystal Necklace will be gifted to members of the press and media stopping by The Artisan Group exhibit. The by-invitation-only Gift Lounge takes place September 18-19, at an exclusive location in Beverly Hills, California.*

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*This event is not affiliated with the Primetime Emmy show; LoveYourBling® is not in any way affiliated with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Floral Earrings from Handcrafted Jewelry Company LoveYourBling® Dazzle on Cedar Cove

LoveYourBling® is pleased to announce actress Andie MacDowell playing the character of Olivia Lockhart wore our hand painted Floral earrings on the season 3 premiere of Cedar Cove. The earrings were selected by their wardrobe stylist, who was gifted via The Artisan Group. The episode aired on Saturday July 18, 2015 on The Hallmark Channel.

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LoveYourBling Summer 2015 Collection

The first day of summer was June 21, however thanks to mercury retrograde I have had a multitude of technical difficulties. I have been working on this collection for the past few months named “a day at the beach”.  I was able to take two mini vacations from March-April. The first to Ventura, Ca, and the second to the Santa Cruz area. What’s a vacation without a beach? My collection has a rustic chic style with recycled silk sari ribbons, seashells, and large white fresh water pearls. Most pieces are enhanced with a touch of bling. The bubble necklace and earrings are made entirely with iridescent round Swarovski crystal beads that are smooth and sparkly. There is a limited availability on the pieces, so get them while you can, available 7/14/15. summer_2015_loveyourbling

LoveYourBling Jewelry Makes Third TV Debut

LoveYourBling® is pleased to announce actress Nicole J. Butler playing the character Prizzi Pritchett wore our Rose Gold Ornate Earrings on episode 409 of Hart of Dixie. This is the second time these earrings have been selected by their wardrobe stylist, who was gifted via The Artisan Group.  The episode aired Friday 3/20/15 on The CW Network.

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