Silver Heart Earrings

I love making jewelry, and I decided to share some of my stuff. So, these are earrings I made out of silver earring wire, purple Swarovski crystals and purple beads I had.

The first thing I did was get a silver earring stick (one with an eye at the end) and twist it into a heart shape. This takes some practice. You’ll need a pair of pliers. Then I put the two Swarovski beads onto the loose end and then closed the heart. Next I opened the eye of the purple bead and hooked it onto the eye of the heart and then closed it. Lastly, I opened the eye of the earring hook and placed it onto the top of the heart and closed it. They’re super easy and fun.

What you need:

-A pair of fine tip pliers

-4 small beads (matching)-I used Swarovski crystal, but you can use any you want.

-2 larger beads with eyes to hook onto the heart (an alternative would be to place the bead on an earring hook and create an eye with pliers).

-Two earring hooks

-Two earring sticks (for hearts)

Have fun and feel free to ask any questions…..:)

Merry Christmas!!!

merry christmas 2Just want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Hope you enjoy the holiday season and friends and family! πŸ™‚

β€œI heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!” –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Neuschwanstein Castle

The Neuschwanstein castle, situated on a mountain side on the border of the German state of Bavaria, was built for King Ludwig II of Bavaria. It inspired the fantasy Disney castles of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. (When I first read this I immediately saw the resemblance, as I am sure you will.)

It was built in the late nineteenth century in Romanesque style. King Ludwig was an ardent admirer of Richard Wagner, the great 20th century composer, and so the castle became a tribute to the composer. He had all the rooms decorated with paintings from Wagner’s operas, including the theatre, which permanently had an opera painted on it’s stage.

The castle, which consists of 65,000 sq ft, has about 15 rooms. These include the throne room, Ludwig’s suite, singer’s hall and a grotto. However, the castle was left unfinished, due to the king’s death and a loss of funds. Had it been completed, the Neuschwanstein castle would have had more than 200 rooms. Continue reading