Labor (Day) of Love + Free Jewelry!

Happy Monday, and Happy Labor Day!

I’m thrilled to have a 3 day weekend right now, getting all the things ready for the shop launch tomorrow!

It feels a little crazy – as it’s getting closer, I’m realizing that there are lots of small details (that add up to big details) to figure out. But I’m having a blast figuring them out. (I was telling someone this week, launching a shop is a little like a 3rd child – it’s something I’ve thought about doing this for a long time (the shop, not more children), and then jumping in has been a little scary but very exciting. As I get closer to launch day, I have that mix of being ready and being entirely NOT ready – much like I felt when my children were due. And I’m getting less sleep – though definitely more than with a newborn, thank goodness!) This is such a fun time, and I’m excited that you’re going along the journey with me. I appreciate your support!

So, onto some business:

The Giveaway!

Thank you so much for the wonderful response to the giveaway! There were a total of 38 entries. I used to select a number, and here is the result:

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Congratulations, Erika! I will be emailing you shortly to get your address so I can send jewelry your way!

So, if you’re feeling a little bummed that you didn’t win, here’s an offer for you to still feel like a winner!

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If you order something in the shop this week – a necklace or an item of vintage clothing – you will receive a free pair of earrings! Now these aren’t just cheap freebies – every pair is made from vintage and/or new beads and is finished with sterling silver or 14K gold filled wire. This style of earrings will eventually be sold in my shop, but for this week only, you can get them FREE with your order.  (Order must be placed by Sunday, September 7th, 11:59 Pacific Time, to receive free earrings. Styles of free earrings will vary, but I promise to pick out a pretty pair just for you!)

Lastly, if you still haven’t subscribed to the newsletter and want to, click here to get signed up. I will be sending out an email via newsletter when the shop is up and running on Tuesday, maybe with a little something extra for you!

PS – My sewing machine is home! Hallelujah! So while this week is probably going to be a little crazy, I’m hoping to squeeze some sewing time in and have a new project for you by next Monday.

Five Things

Happy Friday!

Wow! Thanks so much for the response to the giveaway that started yesterday and for your kind words – they were so encouraging and meant to much!

It’s been a full and fun week around here – we’re still in a sweet spot of structure and freedom that makes me smile at the end of the day. Here are a few things on my mind:

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1. School (again). BB had his first day this week. The first words out of his mouth at pickup were “Kindergarten is EXHAUSTING!” He loved it! He has a buddy from preschool that sits next to him on the rug and whose cubby is right by his. I don’t think we could have asked for a better start to the year. (And you’ve probably seen this – Back to School: The 70s vs. Today – cracked me up.)

2. The Americans. Since we finished Season One of Orphan Black and can’t watch Season Two on Amazon Prime yet, we had to find something else. This show is fascinating – married Russian spies living in the suburbs of DC, across the street from an FBI agent, living their daily lives, carrying out their missions. The events of the Cold War and the Reagan Administration are interesting, but the story line of their marriage is the most captivating. (I’m not going to lie –  it’s also pretty fun to see what Elizabeth wears – bodysuits, high-waisted Guess jeans, sweater vests, hair pulled over one shoulder like Brooke Shields. Totally awesome.)


3. Spiralizing. I KNOW! It all started with this recipe from The Londoner that looked so delicious I had to try it. Made it tonight for dinner. AMAZING. As I was reading reviews to find the best (small) spiralizer, I came across these recipes. Oh. My. Goodness. I want to eat them all, preferably right this very minute. Have you ever used one? Any tips you can share? I’d love to hear.

once she stopped rushing4. This quote. I’ve been thinking about it so much this week – there’s a lot going on, lots of good stuff, but I’ve really been trying to go SLOW, to shun perfectionism, and to “unitask” – and there seems to be enough time to get things done. Some things have fallen behind – checking Instagram, reading ALL of my Facebook feed, staying up-to-date on blogs. They are fun, they are inspiring, they can be connecting, but they aren’t LIFE, so should I really feel “behind” when I’m making time for other things – for my priorities? I’m shifting my mindset to see them with a better perspective – something fun to check in on every once in a while, nothing mandatory, and definitely not something to get stressed about. Not that I’ve ever felt stressed because I was “behind” on Facebook. (Ahem.)

5. Labor Day. Three Day Weekend. YES PLEASE!

What are you up to this weekend? Ours will be busy as I get ready to open the shop next Tuesday! Thanks for reading!

PS – There are still a few more days to enter the giveaway for the Fancy Red necklace and Marquise Gold earrings. Head over to this post to comment (up to 4 times) for your chance to win!

It’s Giveaway Day!

O Happy Day!

First of all, thank you so much for all the sweet comments and messages yesterday about my shop opening! Each one meant so much! I’ve been wanting to do this for a LONG time, and I decided to just set a date and go for it. I’m really looking forward to sharing some more of my work and running my own little shop. Exciting!

I’m also excited because, today, I’m starting a giveaway for not just one, but TWO (well, technically 3, if you count each earring) pieces of jewelry. These are little sneak peaks of similar pieces I’ll be selling in my Etsy shop that opens Tuesday, September 2nd.


First is my Fancy Red necklace. I found two vintage red necklaces that were almost identical within a week of each other in totally different places.


I used one necklace to make my Rouge is Fancy necklace (also seen here), and I used the second one to make this.


In addition to the vintage beads, I used 14K gold filled wire, clasp, and chain. I reused the vintage “gold” spacer beads from the original necklace for detail.



The necklace is approximately 18″ long and sits just below the collar bone.


I might like this one even better than my Rouge is Fancy necklace – but I won’t keep it, I promise.


The winner of this giveaway will also receive a pair of Gold Marquise earrings. These were inspired by my Go For the Gold Earrings that I made from a thrifted necklace. I wear the originals of these all the time, so I searched around until I found some new 14K gold filled marquise hoops to recreate them.


The hoops hang from 14K gold filled handmade ear wires.

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These simple earrings pair well with a bold necklace – and pretty much anything else, really.

How to enter the Fancy Red Necklace and Gold Marquise Earrings Giveaway:

Please leave a comment below for each of the following:

1. Leave a comment answering this question: If I were to make a necklace just for you, what color would it be?

2. “Like” the Beautiful Objects Facebook page (click here) and leave a comment below saying you “Liked” it

3. Subscribe to the Beautiful Objects newsletter (click here to subscribe) and leave a comment below saying you subscribe

4. Share this giveaway on Facebook (copy and paste this link to your wall: and leave a comment below saying you shared

You may choose to do any or all of these options. Each option gives you an extra entry. Make sure you leave a comment for each of the options – (for example, you would leave 4 comments if you do all 4 options).

Giveaway closes Sunday, August 31, at 11:59 PM. Winner will be chosen at random and will be announced Monday, September 1st!

Good luck!!


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