November 2011 | My Girlish Whims

Your Whims Wednesday #35 {And Features}

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 | | 15 comments
It's time for another party!!! 



Your Whims Wednesday



 Here are some of the projects that I loved from last week:

DIY Bead board Tray by Southern Lovely

Stenciling Tips from Salvage Savvy

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes from The Queen of Iwasgonna

Wedding Card Christmas Ornaments by The Space Between

Yarn Wrapped Star Ornament by Live Laugh Rowe




 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 below) 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 :)



Jewelry Lessons: How To Use Crimp Beads

Monday, November 28, 2011 | | 19 comments

Learn How to Crimp

This jewelry lesson is by far the easiest and most important to learn when starting to make jewelry. After you learn how to crimp you can make endless different kinds of necklaces, bracelets, and ankle bracelets. Once you learn how to crimp you can experiment with different patterns and types of beads and make all kinds of jewelry just in your style!

To demonstrate how to crimp I whipped up this simple but elegant strung necklace this afternoon:
(If your not into making jewelry, this necklace is also for sale in my etsy shop!)

Here's how to make it!

Supplies Needed
 Beading wire, needle nose pliers, wire cutters, crimp beads, clasp, and beads of your choosing. I choose to use rose quartz beads and metal spacers.

I'm using tiger tail as my beading wire, which you can get at Michael's or Joann's. It's strong and cheap, but kinks easy so beware of that. Beadalon or Softflex are higher quality beading wire, but also a little more expensive.

Steps
Step 1: Cut a piece of beading wire using wire cutters a few inches longer than your finished product will be. My finished necklace is about 19 inches, so I cut my wire to 22 inches. It's ALWAYS better to have to more to work with!!

Step 2: String on a crimp bead and one end of the clasp of your choosing.

I choose to use a pretty heart toggle clasp.

Step 3: Loop the beading wire back over the clasp and through the crimp bead.

Step 4: Squeeze the crimp bead shut using needle nose pliers. There are also tools out there called crimpers that allow you to crimp the bead twice, but in my experience when I use a crimper my crimps tend to break. Once and done with pliers will just just as good, if not better.


Step 5: Trim the excess wire off using wire cutters.

Step 6: String on beads.

Step 7: Crimp the other end of the necklace the same way shown above, just use the other end of the clasp. Be sure to leave a little extra wire before the crimp bead so the beads have a little room to move around and don't grind on each other so much.

Trim off the excess wire, and you are done!

A beautiful necklace in only 15 minutes.



Now that you can crimp, the possibilities of different kinds of necklaces and bracelets are endless! I love sitting down with a specific color pallet of beads and playing around until I find a pattern I like and then I string them.

Missed a jewelry lesson post? Learn about different types of beads here and learn about the jewelry supplies I use here!
Up next week: how to make earrings! Be sure to come back and check!






I'll be linking up to these parties:


Call for Sponsors - and a winner!

Saturday, November 26, 2011 | | 1 comments


I recently updated my advertising page and am looking for sponsors for December!


I currently have two different sponsorship opportunities available:

Sponsor Package Deluxe: Receive a 300 x 150 ad spot on my sidebar, one post introducing your blog, company, shop, etc, and another post with a giveaway if you would like! I will also make you the sponsor of one of my weekly link parties, Your Whims Wednesday, and put your button on that page as well. 

Sponsor Package Basic: Receive a 150 x 150 ad spot on my sidebar and one post introducing your blog, company, shop, etc, wtih a giveaway if you would like!  I will also make you the sponsor of one of my weekly link parties, Your Whims Wednesday, and put your button on that page as well.


Giveaways
Host a giveaway on my blog and I will give you one free month of advertising on my sidebar.


Product Reviews
I would be happy to review your product and share it with my followers as long as it is a good fit with my blog.


Other
Have something else in mind? I'm open for ideas, let me hear them :)


Email me at mygirlishwhims@gmail.com for current sponsor rates - they are pretty low :)

Also...the winner of the Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway is.....


Bekah! I'll be emailing you. I'm way jealous of your cute new dress!!

Black Friday - Cyber Monday Sale

Thursday, November 24, 2011 | | 2 comments

Starting NOW: Black Friday through Cyber Monday 35% off your total purchase from Your Girlish Whims!!

Click the picture to go to the listing:
Sheet Music Charm Necklace

Gold Flower Charm Necklace

Key Charm Necklace

Anthropologie Inspired Wire Dangle Earrings

Blooming Hearts Bracelet

Blue Hoop and Dangle Earrings

Pearl Button Ring

Avoid the masses and shop for some pretty handmade jewelry from the comfort of your own computer chair. Or couch. Or lazy chair in the living room while waiting for the dang turkey to finish cooking like I am doing right now. Come on bird. Raise that temperature.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Shopping!!!

My Bridal Shower!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 | | 14 comments
I'm home this whole week for Thanksgiving break, and I was so blessed to have a bridal shower thrown for me by my friends and family the Saturday I got back! 


Here I am totally surprised!!! So astonished.....ok. Not actually. I kindaaa knew about it. Even though it was supposed to be a surprise. Between a little bit of a bridesmaid slip up, my mom texting me something meant for my sister, and me digging around in one of my roommate's drawers to find the invitation to see which Saturday it would be over break so I could plan my outfit (noooo would I do that????) Anyway haha. I kind of knew about it but it was great anyways. :)

 The shower was a pink/purple/black/cheese them. Cheese? Yes, you read that right. Ok, maybe it wasn't cheese themed, but there were a lot of cheese snacks. Cause that's my favorite food, and when people throw a party for ya they pick your most favorite things!! Check out these pretty cupcakes:
om nom nom. 

After some snacking we played this fun game using these tiaras and mustaches.

My sister had asked fiancé and I the same set of questions. My sister and my maid of honor read the questions and gave one of our answers. If the audience thought it was my answer they would put the tiara up, if it was  fiancé's answer the mustache, or both if they thought it was both of ours. 


Even my cute little flower girl kind of got the hang of it :)

 It was fun....although slightly embarrassing. For the question "what can't you live without"  fiancé said Becca. aka me!! (awwww) I answered an internet connection. whoopsies. Also, for "what is your favorite part of the wedding planning"  fiancé said the honeymoon. I said crafting projects. double whoopsies.

Then it was time to open presents FUN FUN FUN!!!!

Very happy about this one :)

Here are some of the goodies I got!!

I got two blenders. I registered for the Oster, but also got the Ninja which looks a little more fancy. Anyone have experience with either one??

Mmmh waffles and quesadillas yummmm

This teapot was made just for me! Well, the designs on it at least. My friend had someone draw on it. She told the artist "Becca is girly and likes pink" and this is what she did. I like it :)  
 

 I got 19 kitchen towels. Whoooo!! 

Pretty plates :)
 

LOTS of baking pans!!

I also got SO many wine glasses. Which is perfectly fine by me, because I love wine!! Yum :)

 All of my loot back at my house :)

And here's me with my bridesmaids. Thank you so much girls for all your planning!!! :)

I think I could get used to this many presents being given to me on a regular basis.... :)

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