Hardware Store Jewelry | DIY Rosette Mirror Clip Earrings

An evening spent dancing is great, but I much prefer a little DIY. Let’s meet up this Thursday after work for snacking and crafting! I’ll be one of the featured bloggers at Schnarr’s Hardware‘s Ladies’ Night on April 30, and if you’re in St. Louis, you should stop by! Door prizes, munchies, discounts, tutorials… Yeah, it’s going to be great.

Schnarr’s asked me to come up with a few hardware store projects before the event, and I am thrilled to share these easy, DIY (so very inexpensive) earrings made from rosette mirror clips. With only a few minutes of work, you can have vintage-inspired stud earrings in your favorite colors.

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Here’s what you’ll need…

  •  Rosette mirror clips
  • Adhesive
  • Earring backs
  • Nail file
  • Nail polish
  • Top coat

Thanks for providing me with a gift card for the project, Schnarr’s! 

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This project is super easy. Take your nail file and sand the back of the rosettes. Also, file the edges and corners of the rosettes if they are sharp. Paint the back of the rosette with your nail polish, let it dry, and add a top coat. Once it is fully dry, glue the acrylic centers in place and the earring back onto the rosette.

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For my first pair, I used a dusty gold polish to create a Bakelite-inspired set. However, if you’re a bit more into color, try a different hue of nail polish!

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Feeling crafty? Try making these earrings or my faucet handle bracelet at this week’s DIY event at Schnarr’s Hardware! See and try projects, enjoy snacks, and shop with a special 15% discount from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on April 30. Don’t forget to RSVP for Ladies’ Night (on Facebook and via email [melissa@schnarrs.com]) on April 30. I’ll see you on Thursday!

Rose Gold and Wood

How much wood would a wood watch watch if a wood watch could watch wood?

Was that a bit of a stretch? Even for me? Let me give you the brief version, free of lousy puns: Jord, a St. Louis-based company, makes fantastic wood watches – and was nice enough to send me one. See for yourself.

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Currently wearing… Cora watch, c/o JORD | Blouse, TJMaxx [SIMILAR] | Shorts, H&M [HERE] | Hat, c/o Pitaya [SIMILAR] | Bangles, c/o paperdolls boutique | Sunglasses, Blue Bird Apparel [SIMILAR] | Bracelet, vintage | Shoes, BCBGeneration, TJMaxx [SIMILAR] | Earrings, vintage

If you’ve read this blog before, you know I tend to obsess over things. New shirt? Wear it three times in a week. New lipstick? Apply it compulsively, even before running errands. My new timepiece is no different, and I can say it has perfectly matched not just stripes, but chambray, sweaters, and more. This watch, part of Jord’s Cora Series, is made of koa and rose gold, which makes it seem both full of texture and very polished. It’s lightweight and comfortable – and it goes perfectly with other metals and stones. Please let me formally introduce you to the arm party staple I’ve been missing all my life.

Exciting side note: I suppose this is because I’m not well versed in watches, but when I found out that being an automatic watch means it requires neither winding nor a battery, I was pretty ecstatic. The amount of dead, abandoned watches in my top drawer is pathetic. No more batteries! Wooo!

I feel another terrible wood watch joke coming on… Let me spare you the awkwardness; I should go back to mindlessly watching the beautiful hands tick away…

Hardware Store Jewelry | Easy, DIY Faucet Handle Bracelet

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Between the new job, the wedding, and the house hunt, I’ve been falling behind in…well…everything else. I did remember to mail my taxes, though, so hooray for that. (Thanks for the reminder texts, Mom.) Midst the madness, I’ve been itching for some craft time. After all, it has been months since I glued my hand to a project.

That’s why I was so excited when I got an email from Schnarr’s Hardware.

Schnarr’s Hardware, a shop known throughout St. Louis for its exceptional customer service, recently invited me to be one of the featured DIY bloggers at its upcoming Ladies’ Night event. Between now and the April 30th event, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite jewelry DIYs featuring hardware store items. I recently stopped by Schnarr’s to grab a few parts, and can’t wait to show you all the fun things you can make with household items.

Up first? A bracelet made from a faucet handle.

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Here’s what you’ll need…

  • One faucet handle
  • One rhinestone bead
  • Jewelry glue
  • Leather cord*

*I used about 62 inches of leather cord. Leave extra on each edge to avoid cutting it too short.

This assortment of supplies should only cost you a few dollars. Before you head to the store, try looking around your house. The bead was left over from a different project, and the cord came off a destroyed moccasin.

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Cut the leather cord into four strips. Taking two at a time, loop them through the edges of the faucet handle. Tie the ends into knots, making it the right size for your wrist with enough slack to let the knots overlap slightly.

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Glue the rhinestone bead into the middle of the faucet handle, and let it dry.

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Slip one knot between the cords from the other side, and ta-da!

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You have a unique bracelet for only a few dollars and less than five minutes of work.

Not to tell ya what to do, but if you liked that DIY project, you will totally absolutely love the upcoming Ladies’ Night event. Discounts! DIYs! A date with the gals!

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Keep an eye out for more hardware store jewelry DIYs, and remember to RSVP for Ladies’ Night (on Facebook and via email [melissa@schnarrs.com]) on April 30th.

Rock (Arm) Candy

Like any child given the opportunity, I was madly in love with rock candy.

Uh, d’uh, Julia. What’s not to love? It’s sugar on a stick.

Beyond that, I adored how it looked. The jagged edges, the translucency, the sparkle… It was like the geode I had in my room, except I could eat it. That’s a magical combination.

As a bill-paying adult who would do practically anything to avoid seeing the dentist, my rock candy days have slowed down tremendously. Thankfully, the gemstone jewelry trend is helping me get my fix.

St. Louis mainstay paperdolls boutique sent over a few of its spring favorites: stacked gemstone wire bracelets and necklaces. (Let’s be honest — it’s a lot of people’s favorite accessory this year… and last year… and probably next year…) Good news for you, budget-loving babes: PD’s beautiful ‘BB’ bracelets are buy two get one free this month at all three of paperdolls boutique’s STL-area locations. When it comes to arm parties, less is just… less. Pile on more, and grab ‘em on sale.

Styling tip: Let the stones shine. Pair these pieces with basics  like this chambray boyfriend shirt and denim cut offs — and great shoes.

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Currently wearing… Blouse, Old Navy [HERE] | Shorts, H&M [HERE] | Booties, c/o Naturalizer [SIMILAR] | Bag, c/o Anthropologie [HERE on sale!] | Sunglasses, Blue Bird Apparel [SIMILAR] | Bracelets, c/o paperdolls boutique [on sale in stores B2G1 free this month!] | Necklace, c/o paperdolls boutique

Wanting a little ‘BB’ action for your arm party? paperdolls boutique is giving away three of these bracelets on Instagram! Enter the giveaway here!

Happy Friday, lovelies!

Co-ord Skirt Set Three Ways

Let me paint the picture for you: After crepe brunch and extreme silk flower shopping, Sara and I went to T.J.Maxx, at which I spotted an adorable Cynthia Rowley striped skirt for a mere $13.99. I was figuratively drunk off wedding planning and that 3,000 calorie (give or take) meal, so I grabbed the item with sugar-high stagger and declared it mine. Twenty minutes later, while being sheep-dogged out of the blouse section by the cart of a crazed discount shopper, I spotted the matching top. My first thought was that I was actually drunk and I had made up the visual similarity. And then Sara walked by and muttered under her breath with shock, “Gasp. A Set.”

Discount shopping does not normally end in finding a set. That’s one of the reasons the item might be discounted. My personal favorite is when the stitching is in the wrong color— it adds personality! — but a lack of matching sets seems like a logical cause of the TJX life. It’s like I found a unicorn, only cooler, because my new outfit doesn’t need food and it won’t shit in my house.

Finally, a co-ord set. I was going to call it a two-piece something or another, but I searched it up on the magical Google, and apparently, it’s a co-ord. Who knew. Every time I type it, I say co-oooooord aloud, with a weird little stutter in the middle, thereby ruining any trendy sass I might have gained. Back to the point. I’m late to the co-ord party for financial reasons. Whenever I saw a set I enjoyed, each piece was more expensive than normal, like having a matching buddy justifies a 25% increase per piece. That’s bananas. Less than $30 for the set sits well enough with me. Plus, the glory of co-ords is they can be separated if/when this look is comically dated. That’s right — instead of one outfit, it can be three. The return on clothing investment is stupendous.

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See? Many looks. Much style. So fashion. Wow. Let’s get to it.

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Currently wearing… Top and bottom, Cynthia Rowley, TJX [SIMILAR / SIMILAR] | Booties, c/o Naturalizer [SIMILAR] | Ring, St. John, c/o Neiman Marcus | Nail decorations, c/o Jamberry [SIMILAR] | Necklace, DIY [TUTORIAL] | Jeans, AEO [HERE] | Flats, Nine West, TJX [SIMILAR] | Purse, Coach [SIMILAR] | Charm bracelet, Betsey Johnson [SIMILAR] |  Earrings, c/o paperdolls boutique [similar styles on sale in stores 2/$20 this month!] | Leopard blouse, TJX [SIMILAR] | Boots, Steve Madden [SIMILAR] | Bangle, Old Navy [SIMILAR]

I adore a crop top as much as the next mid-20s was-a-child-in-the-90s-and-want-to-relive-it-now gal, but there are about ten times more days when I’d rather go boxy than baring. Like, y’know, after eating my weight in crepes. Thanks for understanding my breakfast addiction, Cynthia Rowley. I feel like you really get me.


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