Friday, September 30, 2011

The Earjeans 365 Collection: #306

Today's jewelry creation is inspired by my recent workout session.

Yesterday I spent 2 hours in the gym- 1 hour of body works (combination of light weights and aerobics) and 1 hour of Zumba! Can I tell you I was exhausted but I had a lot of fun. Afterwards, I went directly to my sister's for a full body massage (after a long shower of course) without passing go or collecting $200!

I woke up a little sore this morning but with a lot of energy. So earring #306 is called "Energy for your ears" :)

Our materials

Carnelian tear drop bead
turquoise bead chips
fresh water pearls
czech glass beads

Carnelian gemstones are said to give one energy, protect from bad vibrations, guard against poverty, help give a sense of humor, and calms the temper.

Design time for these is about 15 minutes. I love using this color combination because its so versatile. Plus the color contrast is so eye-catching. This works great with neutral and earth tone color outfits. You can also dress these up or down.

Here's our new earrings

earrings now available click here

If you find yourself in need of a quick energy boost try one of these 3 fun and easy ways to do it, without reaching for those energy drinks

1) Walk around your building, neighborhood, or at a nearby park on your next break. You'll be amazed at what a quick 10-15 minute walk will do! Grab a friend for a nice chat if you don't want to walk alone.

2) Put on your favorite up-beat song and dance like no one is watching. You can escape to your car if you can't get to a room by yourself. Turn it up loud and move your limbs!

3) Eat a light protein snack. Nuts, meats, fruits, and veggies are a great source of protein. Ditching high sugar, high carb drinks/snacks will help keep your energy high. Also having a well balanced breakfast helps keep your energy level steady throughout the day.

Until tomorrow, have a fabulous day!


The Earjeans 365 Collection: #307

Thursday's jewelry inspiration came from a fashion magazine that caught my eye. On the cover of Real Simple [Life Made Easy] magazine, There is a collage of pictures of various clothing pieces and accessories and the color scheme is red, tan, grey, turquoise, black, gold, and white. (See picture above)

The color combination immediately grabbed my attention so I had to put them in earring form :)

Earrings #307 are called "Mix it Up" shredded leather earrings

our materials
black seed beads
hematite bead

I did make 1 slight variation by using silver findings instead of gold. This design took about 45 minutes to create and they are definitely eye-catching!

Side note: I just got a new order of leathers in and the colors are *sings* awesome! More leather creations to come....

And here's our new earrings

Earrings are available online click here

Have an amazing day!


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Earjeans 365 Collection: #308

Today's jewelry inspiration comes from my fellow group-mates Arrested Development and the release of our new song "Living"! click here to listen and download today

2012 marks the 20 year anniversary of Arrested Development's entrance into mainstream hip hop music with the release of "Tennessee" and shortly after "Mr. Wendal" & "People Everyday". Since then, we've released several records including Zingalamaduni, Unplugged, Heroes Of The Harvest, Raw & Live, Amung the Trees, Since The Last Time, & Strong. We are currently in the studio recording our new project called "20" to be released sometime next year.

One of the many things Arrested Development stands for is the importance of younger generations learning from older generations and vice versa. It's important to know where we've been but also embrace where we're headed. Combining the knowledge of the past and the present gives us a better chance for a well balanced future.

So jewelry piece #308 is called "Come Together" unakite bracelet

Our materials
unakite beads
hematite beads
stretch bead cord

Unakite stone is a combination of red jasper and green epidote solidly bound together. From this we get the meaning that what comes together belongs together.

After about 10 minutes this is our new bracelet

Bracelet now available at

Enjoy this beautiful Wednesday and do all you can to improve your "Living"!

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Peace, love, and life!


The Earjeans 365 Collection: #309

Now that fall has officially begun, for many it's out with the tank tops and in with the button down shirts, dresses, etc. So earring #309 is called "Button Up" fabric earrings.

Our materials

button covers
earrings posts

These cute earrings are so quick and easy to make. They take less than 10 minutes but will need 24 hours to dry (if using e6000 to attach the posts). Simply cut out desired fabric and follow the instructions on button cover kit package. Once complete, glue post to the back and let sit over night.

Our new earrings

Don't be afraid to try something new with your wardrobe and jewelry collection this fall season! Let this changing weather bring in a change of style for you. Some may ask, "Why". I say, "why not"?

Some great places online to find stylish, trendy looks for the fall are:
Ashley Stewart
Newport News

Today's earrings are now available at

Have fun!


Monday, September 26, 2011

The Earjeans 365 Collection: #310

Today's earring inspiration is a spin off of yesterday's relax!
With all that we do and all that we're responsible for, it's really easy to get stressed out. It's hard to keep things balanced and we often need to be reminded that we need to relax, take a break, and release stress.

So earring number #310 are called "Stress free yarn earrings"

Our materials
jewelry wire

I kept these really simple and fun and I love wearing them (had to make a pair for myself :) And they're only $5!! (plus shipping)

Our new earrings

Earrings are available here

Have a great and stress free Monday!


The Earjeans 365 Collection: #311

This is past Sunday, I took the day off for some much needed rest. I've been so focused on accomplishing several things that my body was starting to talk back to me, lol. So I made the earrings of the day on Sunday but waited til today to post them. (hope that's ok with you :)

I call earring #311 "Relax" wood beaded earrings

our materials

various shape and size wood beads
(i decided not to use the big circle bead because it didn't look right)

Design time for these is fairly short-about 10 minutes. I'm lovin' how cute they turned out :)

Earrings available here

Hope you had a great weekend :)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Earjeans 365 Collection: #312

Today's an exciting day in Georgia as we welcome Florida A&M and Southern University for the 2011 Atlanta Classic! Both teams will battle it out on the football field today at the Georgia Dome in front of a sold out crowd. Some of my closest friends either currently attend or are alumni of FAMU so I dedicate earring #312 to you!

Best wishes to both teams and may the best team win!

Our materials
wood beads (with teams respective colors)
silver beads

The design for these is simple because the colors speak for themselves. FAMU colors are orange and green. SU colors are yellow and blue. Design time for each pair is about 10 minutes.

Our new earrings

Earrings are available here:


Happy Saturday everyone!

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Earjeans 365 Collection: #313

Today is officially the first day of fall. I'll admit I'm a bit excited for the change in weather although I'm going to miss the long, hot, summer days. A new season always marks a moment for change- whether minor or major. Today's jewelry piece is dedicated to mother nature and this season of change.

#313 "Loving the Earth" necklace

Our materials

hematite beads
nut beads (dyed green)
jewelry wire

I made this necklace long so it would be easy to put over your head instead of fumbling with a clasp. I'm hoping to find more of these beads to make a few more :)

Design time for this is about 20 minutes.

Our new necklace

Necklace is available for purchase here

Have an amazing first day of fall!


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Earjeans 365 Collection: #314

Today's jewelry inspiration comes from my observations of how many people felt about the recent execution of Troy Davis. Click here for more information on this story.

I, like many other folks, found myself full of questions, opinions, and even more questions that left me with mixed emotions. I thought it would be fitting to create today's jewelry piece to reflect this. Making these earrings didn't answer any of the questions I had but it did help me shake the "weird" feeling I had this morning.

So piece #314 are called "Mixed Emotions" beaded earrings

Our materials

bamboo stick beads
jet/amber shell stick beads
hematite beads
dark brown wood ball beads
6mm sun bicone beads
jewelry wire

Putting these cuties together took about 20 minutes. Each style of bead is different in it's own way yet they all mix together beautifully to make a fabulous, fashionable jewelry piece for your fall collection.

our new earrings

Earrings are available here

I hope you had a very productive Thursday! See you bright and early in the morning :)

Peace and love,


The Earjeans 365 collection: #315

Today's jewelry creation actually started as a project that my 11-yr old jewelry student and I worked on for her lesson. I had a copy of Bead Style Magazine and I asked her to pick out something she wanted to learn. She picked a very beautiful necklace and we went for it.

Our lessons usually last for about an hour and a half. But this necklace took us almost 4 hours to make! We had no idea. (We even took a break so she could do her school work, lol) I continued to work on my piece while she worked on math.

When our necklaces were complete we were both excited about our new creations. She said she is going to wear her's to school sometime soon. After working almost 4 hours on one piece, I was gonna blog about it, :)

So piece #315 is called "Fancy Fall" beaded necklace

Our materials
fishing wire
carnelian bead chips
midnight blue rectangle & oval wood beads
gold pearl beads
silver ball beads
silver cone beads
jewelry wire

I carefully followed the directions this design called for (links to mag, design, etc are at the bottom of this post) but I used different beads and a different color combination. Almost 4 hours later (we started at 5pm and I was finished at 8:51pm), this is what I created...

I am so proud of my student, Adah! Here's a picture of what she made. At 11yrs old, she definitely full of a lot of creativity and positive energy and I'm so blessed to be around her. She is truly destined for greatness.

Great work, Adah!

I'm glad we did this design as I'd like to make a few more with different colors and styles.

Today's jewelry piece will be available soon. Thanks for following along with me and have a fabulous day!


*Necklace design was featured on the front cover of Bead Style magazine Jan 2011. The project is called "Go for baroque" by Naomi Fujimoto and can be found here Bead Style magazine Jan 2011