swarovski bead

Remember this collar from a few weeks ago? This is the original pattern, done in full instead of skipping straight to the last row the way I did upon realizing just how short I was on the necessary SuperDuos. That being said, I should note that the rice-like beads in this are actually Preciosa Twin Pressed beads rather than SuperDuos, and frankly, they fit together so much better when I was doing this that it wasn’t even funny. The gold-and-green collar would probably lie properly flat if I made enough rows to fan out the way this is arranged, but I really think switching to beads that fit more snugly together the way these do made a lot of difference, too.

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A fine Mila Schön couture silver beaded and white tulle evening dress, circa 1966

Labelled, of white tulle over ivory silk, covered with shimmering Swarovski crystal and bugle beaded snowflake-like roundels

Mila Schön gained international recognition when two of her white and silver dresses were worn at Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball in November, 1966, by Marella Agnelli and Lee Radziwell, who were voted first and third best-dressed women respectively.

DIY Safety Pin Bracelets that Don’t Look Cheap! 

Watch a short video on how to make a Safety Pin Bracelet from start to finish by Hannah for truebluemeandyou.

My best friend Hannah (who made the Rubik’s Cube video), also makes the best safety pin bracelets and sells them on Etsy and at boutiques (she’s made and sold over a thousand bracelets so far). Her beautiful bracelets have been pinned thousands of times on Pinterest, the Silver Warrior Safety Pin Bracelet Cuff being the most popular. 

So, I asked Hannah to make a video tutorial on how to make these DIY Safety Pin Bracelets bracelets she sells for my readers. So now you can make Hannah’s Safety Pin Bracelets that don’t look cheap too. 

If you don’t want to make your own safety pin bracelet, consider buying one from Hannah. Her bracelets have high quality beads - Czech vintage glass and crystal beads, Swarovski beads, and lots of beads from the NYC Bead District.

Bead doll: Zelda (Legend of Zelda)

Another Monday, another bead doll. To go with Link from last week, I’ve made Princess Zelda as a child from Ocarina of Time.

Materials: 11° and 15° TOHO and MIYUKI seed beads, round beads, Swarovski bicone, felting wool as stuffing

Size: approx. 2.5 inches/6 centimeters


My bead dolls sorted by fandom

Xigbar’s Arrowguns Earrings

Silver-lined 11/0 seed beads, purple 11/0 seed beads, white-lined 11/0 seed beads, white 6/0 seed beads, silver-lined rectangular beads, purple swarovski briolette crystal beads, silver beading wire.

These are not currently listed on my Etsy shop, but if you would like to buy them, please let me know!

EDIT: I’ve redesigned these and made them better!! Click here to see.

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BAD SANTA - P.O.T.W. - Revlon - cool beige

Him is one of my favorite Powerpuff Girls characters, and his outfit is kind of perfect for the upcoming holiday!

  • Revlon - cool beige
  • L’Oreal - tangerine crush
  • Love & Beauty - red
  • Spoiled - i’m so jaded
  • Color Club - wicker park
  • Sally Hansen - white on + black out
  • N.Y.C. - red velvet rope
  • black caviar beads
  • black Swarovski Crystals

This is the third look using Revlon - cool beige. Visit the P.O.T.W. page for more nail art and swatches!

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Xigbar’s Arrowguns Earrings (REDESIGNED - MAY 2015)

Silver-lined 11/0 seed beads, purple 11/0 seed beads, white 11/0 seed beads, white 6/0 seed beads, silver-lined 6/0 seed beads, silver-lined rectangular beads, purple swarovski briolette crystal beads, 20ga and 26ga silver beading wire, earring hooks.

These are not currently listed on my Etsy shop, but if you would like to buy them, please let me know!

Redesign notes: The old design had an issue with easily bending out of shape, which I have fixed by using much thicker wire as well as adding a glaze gloss finish.