My Girlish Whims

Copy Cat Anthropologie Earrings

Sunday, March 22, 2015 | | 2 comments

What is this, I have a new jewelry tutorial to share??? Ye gods! Heh :) It's been a little bit since I've last posted a tutorial but I finally have a new project to share with you....and get ready! It's everyone's favorite...an anthro-knock off!!

I was scrolling around  the jewelry section of Anthropologie's site online and came across these really pretty Beaded Lochan Earrings. I loved the crystals and the wire wrapping and tiered oval drops...a great design in my opinion!

I thought I would make my own version in pink (of course) because this is my blog about my girlish whims and when pink is an option I'm always going to pick it ;) I think they turned out super girly and cute!

Here is how to make your own version!

Supplies
Gold wire in about 16 and 26 gauge, light peach crystals, pink crystals peach crystals, earring wires, needle nose pliers, round nose pliers and wire cutters.

Steps:
 Cut a length of 16 gauge wire useing wire cutters and form into a "U" shape.  Use needle nose pliers to bend one end back 90 degrees

Use round nose pliers to bend the end back into a loop

Do the same thing for the other wire end but bend it horizontally like so:

Grasp the end again with round nose pliers and bend back around into a loop

Hook this new loop around the original loop and squeeze it closed using needle nose pliers

Repeat this process for a total of six wire loops in three different sizes.  Please note that I have completely NOT perfected my wire wrapping skills...I'm sure with practice you could make your loops a lot nicer than these but I was just making these earrings for myself so they don't need to be 100% perfect :)

Now it's time to start wire-wrapping the crystals onto the wire loops!

Cut a length of long wire using wire cutters and wrap it around the top of your wire loop a few times

Add on one crystal at a time and wrap the wire around the loop in between each crystal

Repeat until you have enough crystals to fill up the wire loop and then wrap a few more wraps of wire at the end of the loop to secure and then trim off any excess wire.

One pretty little beaded loop ready to go :)

Start wrapping the second largest wire loop with another color pink crystal. Wrap halfway around the loop and then interrupt the pattern by wire-wrapping the large beaded loop onto the loop you are currently working with.

Wrap a few times to secure and then pick up the pattern of wire wrapping crystals back onto the loop

Should look like this when you are done:

Next start wire wrapping crystals onto your smallest loop again stopping halfway around the loop

Wire wrap the other two loops onto the small loop and then continue adding crystals to the small loop.

After everything is attached it should look like this!

Last step is to open up the simple loop at the top of your wire loop with needle nose pliers and add on an earring hook.  Squeeze the loop shut again with pliers and you are done!

A pretty and playful pair of pink earrings.  If i could have used any more "p" words in that sentence I think I could have won a prize ;)

These are NOT small earrings, they definitely make an impact when you wear them! But you can always alter the size of them somewhat by how big you make your wire loops.  I'm not afraid of big earrings though and I don't think you should be either ;)

These pink colors are perfect for spring, but of course you could always pick your own favorite color crystals to make these earrings whatever color you want!

Because after all, it's super hard to talk about spring or spring colors when my back yard still looks like this:

BAH. Bah humbug mother nature! Alas.  I will keep on making spring jewelry despite the fact that it still looks like a winter wonderland around here!

14 Months Weight Loss Update

Saturday, March 21, 2015 | | 4 comments
This month's weight loss post is a little late - whoops! But thought I would pop in with a quick update for anyone who has been following along! Since my last update I am down another 6 pounds for total weight loss of 88 pounds.  That means only 12 pounds to goal weight and 100 pounds down.  Wow!!! 12 pounds sure sounds super easy to do now!!!


I am so completely happy with my new body and lifestyle.  This picture is from when hubby and I went out for our wedding anniversary last month.  We went out for a big night on the town and so I really wanted a nice outfit to wear. I went shopping that morning and didn't have a lot of time but I popped into the BCBG outlet store and plucked a dress off the rack, tried it on and it fit perfectly. Then I went to a shoe store and bought a new pair of black boots and didn't have to worry about them zipping up past my calves. What is this??? Shopping is so easy and fun now!!! 


I'm going to keep these jeans forever.  These used to be so tight on me.  Oh my goodness.

It's really fun to compare photos of me wearing the same/similar outfits from before when I was heavy and now.  That pink dress on the left was a size XL from Old Navy, and the one on the right is a similar dress from Old Navy in a size small.  I can't believe I can fit in smalls!!!


Nothing really new to report on what I'm doing to loose the weight, still counting calories with My Fitness Pal and rocking my workouts every day. Throwing in an occasional gym bathroom selfie to keep it classy and track my progress (20 pounds down on the left in each pic above and below vs. 85ish on the right)


This past month I did try a new exercise class for my first time though - I went to a Barre and TRX class at another small gym near me and I really liked it! They just added Friday morning classes at 5:45AM that I've been going to before work.  I was so proud of myself for trying this: it would have been WAY out of my comfort zone to just show up for this kind of class before I started getting healthy.  The moves are INTENSE, like after my first class my legs were sore for like legit 4 days after. I may not be the strongest or the skinniest or the anythingest in the class but I show up and get my workout in and do my best and that's all that matters!! I also finally started showing up in these fancy barre socks so I wasn't the only person in the class in white haines socks ;)


I feel like every month at some point I go through a little plateau, I hit that for awhile this month and got frustrated.  Summer is right round the corner people!!! I've made tons of progress but I'm still not really confident enough to show up at the beach rocking a bikini. I tried to really rededicate myself in the middle of this month to get ready for beach weather.  I realllly really really want to wear a bikini for my first time ever this summer.  I've got work to do before summer starts but I am well on my way!!!


I reallllly can't wait for all the snow to melt around here so I can go back to running outside.  It had melted last week but then we got like 5 inches of snow on the first day of spring whomp whomp. Hopefully it will melt quick and I can start trying to run longer distances, I worked up to 7 miles this past fall and I've lost more weight and have training since then so I'm hoping to be able to do a little better when I can start practicing again!

Your Whims Wednesday #204 {And Features}

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | | 6 comments
Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Your Whims Wednesday
 
Sorry for the lack of content lately.  I've been having some computer issues but everything is back on track now and I should get some new posts up soon!!! In the mean time, here are some of my favorites from last week's party:

Lemon Meringue Martini by Just us Four
Lemon Meringue Martini- sinfully sweet with a pop of lemony tartness! #limoncello #lemon #martini | Blue Crab Martini
 
Barnwood Jewelry Holder by Hawthorne & Main
 
Mini Strawberry Cheesecake Bites by My Organized Chaos
strawberry-cheesecake-bites
 
DIY Colorful Pouches by Haberdashery Fun
Main Canvas Corp
 
Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies by Living Better Today
These Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies are an easy dessert the whole family will love!
 
Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured :)
 
Featured on My Girlish Whims
 
Now... onto this weeks party!

I show off my girlish whims weekly on my blog, and now I want to see yours with 
Your Whims Wednesday!

Guidlines:
1. Link up as many projects as you would like: as long as it is one of your girly ways, you can link it! I'd love to see crafts, recipes, style posts, etc. Anything and everything feminine :)
2.Please add my button (code at the top of this post) to either your blog post or somewhere on your blog. 
3. Take a quick moment to comment on at least one other entry. We we all love comments!! 
4.I'd love if you would follow me as well :)



Your Whims Wednesday #203 {And Features}

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | | 7 comments
Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Your Whims Wednesday
 
Here are some of my favorites from last week's party:

Keylime Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust by The Gold Lining Girl


DIY Sunburst Mirror by Blooming Homestead
Affordable diy sunburst mirror with easy to follow tutorial.
 
Homemade Mint White Hot Chocolate by The Gracious Wife
Homemade Mint White Chocolate is a fast and easy hot chocolate recipe made with white chocolate and mint! From TheGraciousWife.com
 
Coral Pleated Skirt Outfit by Style Assisted
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Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured :)
 
Featured on My Girlish Whims
 
Now... onto this weeks party!

I show off my girlish whims weekly on my blog, and now I want to see yours with 
Your Whims Wednesday!

Guidlines:
1. Link up as many projects as you would like: as long as it is one of your girly ways, you can link it! I'd love to see crafts, recipes, style posts, etc. Anything and everything feminine :)
2.Please add my button (code at the top of this post) to either your blog post or somewhere on your blog. 
3. Take a quick moment to comment on at least one other entry. We we all love comments!! 
4.I'd love if you would follow me as well :)



Your Whims Wednesday #202 {And Features}

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 | | 7 comments
Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Your Whims Wednesday

I completely spaced on getting last week's party posted.  Whoops! Sorry guys! I've picked out a few extra features from the party two weeks ago to make up for it.  Here were some of my faves:

Black Forest Crepes by The Gold Lining Girl
black forest crepes 7 pin

Berries and Cream Meringue Nests by Spoonful of Flavor
Berries and Cream Meringue Nests | Crisp meringue nests filled with luscious vanilla bean cream and topped with sweet berries!

DIY Beaded Tassel Necklaces by Made in a Day
DIY Tassel Necklaces madeinaday.com
 
Dainty Bracelets DIY By Happy Girl Crafty
 
Red Carpet Strawberry Champagne by Hey, Let's Make Stuff
Throw a Girl's Night at the Oscars! The perfect time to break out the champagne and chocolate with your best girlfriends. Post includes recipes, products, and games that are perfect for the Academy Awards!
Sangria Tasting Party by Lipgloss and Crayons
 
Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured :)
 
Featured on My Girlish Whims
 
Now... onto this weeks party!

I show off my girlish whims weekly on my blog, and now I want to see yours with 
Your Whims Wednesday!

Guidlines:
1. Link up as many projects as you would like: as long as it is one of your girly ways, you can link it! I'd love to see crafts, recipes, style posts, etc. Anything and everything feminine :)
2.Please add my button (code at the top of this post) to either your blog post or somewhere on your blog. 
3. Take a quick moment to comment on at least one other entry. We we all love comments!! 
4.I'd love if you would follow me as well :)



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