Happy day after Thanksgiving! It’s the day that you officially pop into Christmas mode. One of my dearest friends put it best: “in two day’s it will finally be socially acceptable for me to listen to Christmas music!” So not only am I listening to some old school Christmas tunes while sipping a piping hot cup of joe, but I’m also flipping through magazines and poring over blogs to find some holiday inspiration (future inspiration gift guide coming soon!)! And this spirit of gift-giving brings me to one of my most favorite features to date: 31 Bit’s a Jewelry Company!
31 Bits is more than just a Jewelry company. They have a creative concept which truly inspires you to get up, get out, and do more. I love their idea of “Using fashion and design to empower women to rise above poverty.” Through selling their beads, 31 Bit’s gives these women more than just a paycheck. They get a chance to learn finance training, English, receive spiritual support through a community group, health education, and business training in hopes that after four to five years within their program each woman will graduate with confidence, a voice, a career, and a future.
When you receive a 31 Bit’s piece you also receive an amazing booklet of who 31 Bit’s is and what they stand for. As I was reading through the booklet, this quote stood out to me:
“In our model of development, we believe in a holistic approach, caring for every part of a person life. Education, Health, Faith, Financial Independence, and the capacity to dream, all play a part in an individuals journey to rive above poverty.”
I LOVE this company and I’m sure you will too. Take a gander at their website and blog to see these amazing pieces, and be sure to check out their full story!
The bracelet below is one of my favorites, it’s called the Whistler and would make an amazing gift!
Thanks 31 Bit’s for allowing me to feature your amazing work!
31 Bit’s Web, Social Media, Shop, Blog & More
Photo Credit & Shoot Concept goes to one of my favorite photographers Mark Brooke Photography
-Amber of Team Woodland Friend
Here is Part 2 of the DIY Gold Necklace and Bracelet set!
If you just stumbled up this DIY post check out the DIY Necklace Post ! These two are a set and perfect for gift giving just like our featured designer Kristine showed us in the last post, I love her rad wrapping ideas for these pretty little gems!
Thanks again Kristine for being such an awesome contributor to Little Woodland Friend, we are so looking forward to featuring your graphic design and invite work!
Step 1. Begin by measuring the desired length of your chain. I measured my bracelets to be 5.5”-6” inches long.
Step 2. Cut the chain in half.
Step 3. Cut a piece of beading wire. You want it long enough to easily handle. I cut mine to be about 6”-7” long.
Step 4. Loop one end of the wire through one end of the chain and twist the wires a few times to tighten the hold on the chain. Then feed both ends of the wire through the gold noodle tube. Once you’ve fed the wire through, loop one end of the wire to the other length of chain and gently twist the wires shut. Cut off excess wires. You want this to look nice and neat, so twist it just a few times and trim as close to the end as possible to blend it seamlessly with the chain.
Step 5. With your pliers in either hand, gently pry open one of the jump rings. Hoop the spring clasp and one end of the chain to the jump ring, then gently close the jump ring to complete your perfect circle again.
Step 6. Again, using your pliers, gently open the second jump ring and hoop the other end
of the chain to the ring. Close the jump ring to complete a perfect circle.
That’s it! In just a few steps you can have your own gold bar jewelry! It’s seriously the world’s easiest D.I.Y. necklace and bracelet.
If you prefer to purchase this set feel free to contact Kristine via e-mail :
Here are a few links to find the supplies featured in this DIY post:
Hi Everyone, I’m so excited to debut our first DIY project submitted by a very talented graphic designer, Kristine Lacanlale, who will be featured sometime in the coming weeks! Kristine was so kind to let us see how she made these wonderful pieces. Stay tuned because tomorrow I will be posting a DIY on a matching bracelet!
After arriving home from a summer abroad in England, I wanted to give gifts to my closest friends as a way to thank them for their support. I could have easily bought something, but I wanted it to be special, handmade and chic. So when I saw similar looks of this bracelet and necklace on Pinterest, I just had to make it. This delicate gold bar necklace and bracelet is the perfect addition to any outfit and I’ve already made it my go-to piece for my favorite season—Autumn! Here’s the how-to so you can make it for yourself and your closest friends!
Step 1. Begin by measuring the desired length of your chain. I measured my necklaces to be 18” long.
Step 2. With your pliers in either hand, gently pry open one of the jump rings. Hoop the spring clasp and one end of the chain to the jump ring, then gently close the jump ring to complete your perfect circle again.
Step 3. Slide your gold noodle tube through the chain.
Step 4. Again, using your pliers, gently open the second jump ring and hoop the other end of the chain to the ring. Close the jump ring to complete a perfect circle.
And if you’re giving them out as gifts, why not make your own packaging right? With torn book pages, glue, a needle, some thread and a little bit of imagination, I made these cute packaging to hold my jewelry. You can easily use wrapping paper, newspaper, and maybe even some fabric if you sew the seams in to avoid it from fraying. Now, go get creative! It’ll make the world a happier place. If you have any questions or would like to place an order, shoot me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org! I’d love to hear from you!
Here are a few links to find the supplies featured in this DIY post:
-Little Woodland Friend
Happy Monday! We love jewelry here at Inspiration den, a little flair sometimes adds that little something you need to spice up that boring outfit. We love this Pastel Mosaic Bib Necklace , pastels have made their mark this season we are see’in it in clothes, nails, hair, make up, jeans and everything in between! Peach & Pink is one of our favorites!
Enjoy this quick piece of inspiration!
-Team Woodland Friend
We were introduced to Honey My Heart by another local artist who loved her jewelry pieces. After looking her up we were amazed with her stuff (especially the little bunny ring!), so we thought we’d go ahead and feature a Q & A with Jella from Honey My Heart to give you a little taste of who she is, her creative process, and how she gets inspired.
*LWF=Little Woodland Friend
*HMH=Honey My Heart
LWF: What made you want to create Jewelry?
HMH: I have always been inspired to create and enjoy a DIY approach to things. From stationery to accessories, having my hands in the whole design process is appealing to me. I always wanted to create jewelry and after some research on materials and gems and a few classes, I dove right in!
LWF: It looks like you really love art, especially hand-made and small business’s. Are you at all inspired by these art forms?
HMH:Yes! I am inspired by all kinds of art, especially art created by local small businesses. Stationery, posters, t-shirt designs, and little sculpted pieces are all so full of color and design, and make me want to create.
LWF: Tell us about your creative process and how you get inspired to create your different pieces of Jewelry?
HMH:I spend a lot of time reading blogs. Wedding, photography, creative/DIY, and lifestyle blogs. I also enjoy walks around my neighborhood, on the bluffs, and ocean views. From the blogs and my neighborhood I draw inspiration of the shapes and colors, and how I feel. Then I spend lots of time forming sterling silver, working with it to achieve the perfect shape. I also spend lots of time coordinating a color scheme that works for the season and timelessly. All of this is done with the hope that my love can be seen through the pieces I make.
We love Honey My Heart, and are so happy we got to share her art with you here at the Inspiration Den!