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DIY Tassel Statement Necklace

I may be a little late to the tasseled jewelry trend...but I'm no stranger to a statement necklace (I've made a ton of statement necklace DIYs in the past!) I finally bought myself a tassel maker to experiment with making tassels for different kinds of jewelry and I'm pretty much obsessed with how this DIY tassel necklace turned out.

I combined some colorful stone beads with some glass and crystal beads and attached them all together in a collared necklace design with some fun and flirty tassels made using embroidery floss hanging off the ends of the beads!

This necklace looks harder to make than it really is.  With just a few basic jewelry making skills, you can make your own version too! And you technically don't even need a fancy tassel maker either: there are some YouTube tutorials you can look up for how to get by without one. Don't skip out on adding the tassels though: they make this necklace so fun!!! Here is the step-by-step instructions so you can make your own version :)


Needle nose pliers, wire cutters, round nose pliers, small cable chain, eye pins, large and medium size fuchsia stone beads,  large and medium size purple glass & crystal beads, a tassel maker, embroidery thread, thin wire, jump rings, and a lobster claw clasp.


Cut three lengths of small cable chain to your standard necklace length

Using a long eye pin, thread on a large fuchsia bead and then thread the eye pin through the center of one of the pieces of chain.  Add on a round purple bead and then thread it through the middle of the second length of chain.  Finally, add on a smaller fuchsia stone bead and then thread it through the middle of last piece of chain.

Your Whims Wednesday #381 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Tiramisu Cocktail by Delightful E Made
If you love the classic Italian Tiramisu dessert, then this amazing Tiramisu Cocktail will be right up your alley! Made with just 3 simple ingredients, this delicious dessert cocktail is the perfect drink to enjoy anytime you're in the mood for something creamy and sweet!

Snowman Cheeseball by Crafts a la Mode
snowman made from cream cheese

Strawberry Christmas Lights by Wonder Mom Wannabe

Hot Chocolate with Polar Bear Marshmallows by Gluesticks
Make this white hot chocolate recipe with only 4 simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen! Then top it off with an adorable polar bear marshmallow for one impressive cup of hot chocolate!

Bacon Bourbon Jam by Busy Being Jennifer

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Your Whims Wednesday #380

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Kitchen Centerpiece with Eucalyptus and Cranberries by North County Nest
fruit and eucalyptus kitchen table centerpiece

White Wine Holiday Sangria by From Playdates to Parties
Your holiday brunch needs a pitcher of this white wine holiday sangria with rosemary and cranberries. It's gorgeous right in the pitcher, but the sangria recipe is made even prettier with a garnish of sugar frosted rosemary speared cranberries.

Upcycled Cutting Boards with Christmas Stencils by Duct Tape and Denim
O Holy Night_SQUARE

Pumpkin Pie Tarts by Delightful E Made 
These easy Pumpkin Pie Tarts are just like classic pumpkin pie, but when made in small tart pans, they become the most beautiful individual dessert for your holiday meal!  Topped with delicious vanilla bean whipped cream, your guests will be dazzled!

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Now... onto this weeks party!

My Girlish Whims Book Club #12

I'm back to round up the last set of books I've read since my last recap! Since my last update, I traveled to a weekend away in Nantucket and got to do lots of reading while traveling there on the plane and ferry, and also while we had some downtime during the afternoon.  The B&B I stayed at had a beautiful outdoor garden area that was SO relaxing to sit and read in, especially with a good bottle of wine :)

I also got to meet one of my favorite authors of ALL TIME while in Nantucket: Elin Hilderbrand! I've included a bunch of her novels in my book reviews because I'm pretty much obsessed with everything she has written.  I planned my trip to Nantucket almost solely because of reading her books, so it was really cool to actually be able to meet Elin in person while I was there.

My in-person book club also just met up again this past week to talk over our October book, and we had a blast as always.  Lot of wine, giggles, and truffle fries were shared all around.  Yummmm....truffle fries....

Without further ado, here are the last four books I've read!

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The Beach Club

By Elin Hilderbrand. Synopsis from Amazon:

In The Beach Club, the juicy first novel by talented newcomer Elin Hilderbrand, a series of personal dramas are played out during one summer at a Nantucket Beach Club. It's about the love of summer, summer love, and the special feelings we all have for that special summer place--in this case, a hotel and an island.

Mack Petersen, manager of the hotel, has been working at The Beach Club for 12 summers. Only this summer is different. His boss, the owner of the hotel, Bill Elliot, shows up in the spring with a new set of demands. His girlfriend Maribel is pressing Mack to get married and Vance, the African-American bellman, who has hated Mack since the day Mack stole his job 12 years ago, threatens him in a deadly scene. Mack knows something's got to give.

Love O'Donnell, the new front desk person straight from the slopes of Aspen, is desperately searching for a stranger to father her child. The bellman, Jem Crandall, who posed as Mr. November in his college calendar, is on his way to LA to break into agenting, until he falls in love with Maribel. Emotions are at a peak when a hurricane threatens to wash away The Beach Club and all it stands for.

An engrossing, sexy novel that will sweep you away to the beach any time of the year.

I picked this book to read right before my first trip to Nantucket because it is the first book Elin ever wrote that was set on the island of Nantucket. As with all of Elin’s novels, you get to follow various character's stories throughout the book and the highs, lows, and dramas each character faces and how they intertwine together to create an overall novel.  This book takes place over the course of one season of a high-class beach club resort located right on the beach in Nantucket.  It was fun to read the various stories of the different types of guests that would come to stay at the club while following the main characters throughout the book as well.  I will say that this book didn’t have a true clear-cut love story in the traditional sense.  There were relationships: but up until the very end of the novel I was still confused as to if I was supposed to be rooting for the couple to say together or split apart.  The book touched on a lot more emotions and personal growth besides just straight forward relationships, which I actually did appreciate. My favorite quote of the entire book came on the closing page: “What was home, really, but the place where a space just your shape and just your size waited for you.” Overall a good read (as are all of Elin’s books) not my favorite one of hers, but one I am still glad to have read.

Your Whims Wednesday #379 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party:

Reduced Fat Pumpkin Cheesecake by The Kittchen
Reduced Fat Pumpkin Cheesecake | This cheesecake is has a layers of pumpkin filling and a fresh creamy yogurt cheesecake. It's a lighter healthier dessert to serve your family this #Thanksgiving.

Pine Cone Flowers by Adventures of a DIY Mom
How to Make Pinecone Flowers

Paper Scroll DIY by Hazel and Gold Designs
paper scroll diy, faux hand lettering, how to hand letter

Baileys Pumpkin Hot Chocolate by Living on Cloud 9

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Now... onto this weeks party!