Custom Jewelry ProjectsPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, August 01 2017 03:14PM
It's that time again for another behind the design of a custom design I was working on. This set was for my godmother's birthday. Each year it's getting harder and harder to top the design before for her. Luckily, I know the type of design she likes. So let's so behind the design of this piece which I'm calling Deeper Connection.
Like always when I'm working on a piece I gather all the elements in front of me and see where it goes. This time I grabbed a bunch of coco pukalet beads in brown, some brass drops, agate beads, carnelian beads, glass beads and some aluminum chain to round it all out. I definitely knew I wanted this necklace to have the aluminum chain in it for sure.
I then cut a piece of wire, attached a crimp bead and added a jump ring. I got to work on unique combination of beads and some brass drops. (Shown above is what I came up with) Totally random and got it the first time around.
I then measured the bead combination and came up with the remaining length of the necklace which I divided by 2 and got the length of chains I needed.
I then added an additional jump ring and the chain to each end of the bead mix strand.
To finish off the necklace I added a jump ring and a lobster clasp . While the other end I added two jump rings.
And the necklace is completed. It's the perfect length and lays beautifully.
Now if you know me I can't make a necklace without including the matching pair of earrings. So I had a ton of supplies left over and I carried over the same elements into the earrings.
I found some bead caps while pulling out the headpins and decided to use those to flank the carnelian beads. I took 3 coco pukalet bead and put those on separate head pin.
I then combined the two elements together but it was missing something so I took one of the brass drops and added it the mix. Added the ear wires and it's complete.
Here's a better look at the completed earrings. I think I knocked this one out of the ball park and I can't wait to get my review from my godmother. So what do you think?!?!
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Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, July 25 2017 08:20AM
An idea hit me yesterday while scrolling on Pinterest. Why not create monthly journaling cards. So I got to work and came up with 3 different designs. A plain and simple one, one with a watermelon and one with the character I created Sandra the Petty Cat. They're super cute and you can use them any number of ways.
One way I love to use them is in the front of my planner. Another is you can punch a hole and add it to your planner. Or you can add it to a pocket in your planner. The possibilities are endless.
So I know you're dying to download them. Simply click print and you're good to.
To download, simply click on the image.August Journaling Card
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Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Friday, July 21 2017 10:57AM
Yesterday me, my sister and her best friend went to Coney Island for the day. Now if you're a fellow Brooklynite then you might remember the Coney Island from the late 80s and early 90s. Where Nathan's was the highlight of your trip there, the Himalaya ride was the place to be even if you weren't old or tall enough to get on it in my case and you never stepped on foot on the beach. Times have truly changed and now it's more a tourist attraction. So let's go on a little adventure of the new Coney Island.
Our first stop was Nathan's.
I'll confess it's been a couple (probably 3-4) of years since I stepped foot in this part of Coney Island. Nathan's is still Nathan's except they added a outside eating area and they kind of restructured the inside.But my only complaint is the whole staff is Asian.What happened to all the local staff they used to hire unless it's under new management.
We walked down the street on the side of Nathan's and there was all this cool wall art for you take pictures in front off. So cool and beautiful to showcase local artists.
Also there were a ton of new shops and stores. All those games on the outside and food joints. Gone. We then walked up the ramp to get to the boardwalk to eat our Nathan's . Now this was a site to see. The beach was so clean and jammed packed because it was super hot and day two of a heat wave. 96 but felt like in the 100s according to the weatherman. It was hot period.
I'm sorry I didn't think to bring my bathing suit with me. So then because my sister's best friend was taking her favorite student out for the day she bought her an all day pass for the rides in Luna Park. Then the fun began.
As we walked into one section of Luna Park we were hit with yet another great piece of wall art.
I didn't take any photos inside Luna Park because #1 we were too busy watching the student have so much on the rides. Such a thrillseeker. And #2 children everywhere.
But overall, I'm happy to see Coney Island got a facelift it definitely needed. I'm glad it's flourishing and thriving. I'll definitely go back soon and hopefully when my older sister comes back home for a visit we'll take here because if you remember the Coney Island of the past. You'll have to see the Coney Island of today.
Getting PersonalPosted by Gaetana Tuesday, July 18 2017 06:03AM
Summer is not summer without attending CurlFest in Prospect
Park here in Brooklyn, NY. This past Saturday I had the wonderful opportunity
to take the day off with my sis and go. I was dressed and pumped ready to go
and see all the amazing vendors, beauty influencesors and of course to buy some
amazing products. FYI, I had a mental list in my head of what I needed too.
Me and my sister was running a bit late because she had to
beat my face to the gods and then finding a parking spot on Eastern Parkway is
always an adventure. So by the time we trek our way through Prospect Park to
where CurlFest was it was already after 12:30. We walk actually past the
registration line by accident because they set up the tents differently this
year and when I say the line was lonnnnnnnnnnnggggggg for general admission to
get the general admission gift bags.We said nah and headed right into CurlFest.
Can we say vendors galore. Palmers, Eden BodyWorks, Mielle
Organics, Madam CJ Walker, LottaBody and those are the ones I stopped at where
the lines were reasonable. The others were Iman, Shea Moisture, Crème of
Nature, Curl Keeper, Design Essentials, Jane Carter Solutions, Jamaican Black
Caster and Nyako. No two booths were alike. All booths were giving out samples
plus many more giving out ice pops, water, lemonade, and etc to keep us all
cool. Many were holding demonstrations of using the actual products on
someone’s hair. I really wanted to stop at Crème of Nature but they were the
one with the longest line but the samples they were giving away was ridiculous.
Full size I believe. Nevertheless, I was able to purchase my go-to products
that I needed to wash my hair when I got home. Winning.
After stopping at some of the booths we visited the
Marketplace Vendors. I always love stopping by them and seeing what’s unique to
purchase. Being a creator myself, it’s kind of hard for me to buy but I’m
always on the lookout for something unique. My sister wanted a head wrap
particularly a black one for work. Luckily, we got to Fanm Djanm early and she
still had some available. Thank god. And she’s such a sweet heart too. She was
on hand if anyone need help wrapping their wrap. We stopped at another vendor
that was selling unique afrocentric earrings for $5 and $10. My sister got a
wicker material pair and a hamsa pair to match her new tattoo. There was a
couple vendors selling t-shirts, sunglasses, face painting, unique dresses and
tops, henna. I’m a little sad that I didn’t get my henna again for the second
year in the row but I guess there is always next year. Oh and even Spike Lee
had a booth there selling and autographing his t-shirts. Super cool. Managed to
snap a picture to show my dad.
Food…. Can I say it was hooootttt. Lord, you would think
with the rain the day before it would have been comfortable. Nope. Hot. We
checked out each truck and settled on the Jerk truck. We didn’t want to wait
for the Jerk Chicken to be done so we the Cilantro Lime Brisket. OMG!!!! It was
so good. I wish we would of got a photo but we were too hot and hungry to think
about that. At that point my sister’s coworker finally got there and we wrapped
up eating and then walked around. By this time the crowd had grown from the
hundreds to the thousands. I swear we were standing on a hill and you could
look down into CurlFest and all you saw was people. It’s a beautiful site to
see. Women of all ages, skin types and curl textures. We hit the stage area to
see what they dj was playing. After being in the crowd for a bit we went around
again to the vendors to see what my sister’s coworker wanted to get. After that
we decided we had enough and it was time for a real lunch. We then started our
walk out of Prospect Park but along the way we had to do a lil’ photo shoot
because we couldn’t end CurlFest without one.
So in closing, I totally enjoyed my second year of CurlFest.
All the vendors and marketplace was amazing, the dj was pumping, the food
vendors was amazing but the best part was seeing everyone with their natural
hair. All the textures, styles, the fashion even the little kids. Too cute. If
CurlFest didn’t reach a million people this year they were close to it and it
will definitely reach it next year. Amazing job to the CurlyGirlCollective. See
you next year.
Totally forgot to share the samples that I was able to snag from some of the vendors.As you can see I already started to use two. It isn't as nearly as big as the stuff I got last year but it's still a good haul of stuff.I'll let you know most likely in my future must haves if any make the cut.
Trends & gossipPosted by Gaetana Friday, July 14 2017 07:18AM
Have you ever been shopping online and get to checkout and then have to search high and low for a coupon code to get a discount? That was the whole reasoning behind me creating my coupons printable. It's a one stop spot to put down everything about my favorite retailers, plus the coupon codes and the usage.
You have 4 sections on the page to put 4 retailers, the discount, the code, any restrictions,if it's one time use and/or unlimited use. This printable will be a welcoming addition to your planner.
Please note, this printable for personal size ring bound planners. To download, click the image below.To print:
To print on one side, simply click print. For double sided, print the first page then turn the page over and reinsert so it prints on the blank side.
If you have any questions, feel free to email us.
Trends & gossipPosted by Gaetana Friday, July 07 2017 12:27PM
Is it just me or did June fly by entirely too fast?!?! Nevertheless, it's time for another monthly must haves. With summer finally being here my must haves for this must reflect the change in the weather. So enough chit chat and onto the products.
Since I somehow managed to finish all my perfumes. Don't ask me how but I have. But until I find another scent to purchase I've been spraying on this Japanese Cherry Blossom body mist
from Bath & Body Works. I've never been into super sweet or fruit fragrances so this one is perfect. This one is slightly floral with tones of musk. Despite it being a body mist it still last pretty long.In my opinion, perfect for year around. It's described as a fresh blend of japanese cherry blossoms, crisp pear, mimosa petals and sweet sandalwood.
Some people gravitate toward bright colors during the summer months. I tend to go toward my neutrals which can go with anything. Some of my favorite nail polish are the Julie G nail polishes. Hands down some the best on the market. Her color range is wide and the staying power is on point. I think I had this nail polish on my toes for the entire month of June. It's Stiletto, I would describe it as a warm taupe neutral. Looks fantastic on tanned skin too.
I stumbled across Dr. Miracles "Feel It" Formula Deep Conditioner one day while in the beauty supply and each time I need a packet of conditioner I snatch it up. I love the smell of it which is probably because of the jojoba oil but I also love the slip of it. A little bit goes a long way. Plus it has a tingling sensation which makes it feel refreshing to the scalp. The only drawback is I haven't found it yet in a bottle. I just keep coming across it in the packet form. Guess I'm just going to have to keep looking for it.
Sunscreens really are all the same when you think about it but it's the SPF level that you need to worry about. With it now being summer I have whipped out my tried and test Equate Sunscreen in Ultra Protection in SPF 50. I think I've had this bottle so far for 2 summers and I haven't gotten burned yet. (knock on wood) Even if I'm going to be out in the sun for a hour or two I still reach for this baby. I'll rather be safe then sorry.
Suave Almond + Shea Butter Conditioner is hands down my ride or die conditioner. I've been using this when I used to perm my hair two years ago. I was still using it when I transitioned and I'm still using it now since I'm natural. It's the first conditioner I put in my hair when I'm deep conditioning. Because one it has amazing slip. Two it really detangles my hair. Three my hair loves it. Four it's cost effective and five it smells amazing. If I had to choose only one conditioner to use in my hair every week it would be this one. When I don't use it which is very rare my hair will act a fool. I'll be detangling forever and a day. If I was to recommend any conditioner it would be this one. Don't walk, run and go get a bottle. You'll be thanking me later.
With it being summer I rarely wear makeup because what's the point. It's just going to melt off anyway but when I have to my go to lipstick is by MAC in the shade Cherish
As you can see from the photo above mine is well loved and I'll be needing another one in the distant future.
On the MAC website, it's described soft muted peachy-beige. Which is exactly correct. It goes with just about anything and you can change the shade of the lipstick pretty easily with any lip liner. I normally pair either a brown lip liner to make it more brown. Or I use MAC's lip liner in Whirl all over the lip and then a brown on the out edge of the lips. Perfection. No lip gloss is needed since it's a satin finish.
So this completes this month's must haves. What's you're must haves for June? Feel free to share below.