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Holidays from the Heart – Gifts Inspired by Mother Nature

October 24th, 2012 · 1 Comment

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has made many people lose sight of what’s special about this time of the year. This year, instead of a gift purchased on impulse, give a gift from the heart: one made by loving hands that embraces its recipient in thoughtfulness and creates a lasting memory. We want to take you back to a time when gifts were more meaningful, when holiday family traditions were as much a gift as the box with the shiny bow. Our Holidays from the Heart series will provide you with gift ideas, decoration tips and more to prepare you for the most wonderful time of the year—full of good cheer and heartfelt traditions you can pass on to future generations. Each week until the end of December we will bring you inspiration for heartfelt gifts, fun family projects and party hosting.

Let’s not forget the reason for our Holidays from the Heart series—to get back to the times of homemade gifts and passing along traditions. What better inspiration for homemade gifts than Mother Nature? This week we’ll focus on how you can turn to the beauty of natural elements for inspiration when making your holiday gifts.

Winter Whispers that Christmas is in the Air

Add your favorite natural elements to our Christmas Tableau bracelet for a festive design you’ll cherish all season long. Make this for the nature lover in your life by adding flower accents made from glass beads, too! This idea can also be adorned with thematic pieces like Christmas Charms for a thoughtful and heartwarming gift. Such a simple design can hold such beauty, much like the branch on a tree or blooming bud sprouting from the earth.

Pearls—Nature’s Gift to Classic Beauty

Turn any design into an elegant gift with the help of pearls! Use natural freshwater pearls in various shapes and colors or be inspired by Mother Nature and use brilliant Swarovski crystal pearls. Our Royal Suburbs Three-Strand Necklace fuses both types of pearls together in a design that is simply stunning and will make anyone feel like a star. If you’re looking to make a classy necklace with a modern twist, recreate our asymmetrical Copper Couture necklace idea. With elegant filigree flowers and a nod to 1940s style, this necklace would make a wonderful gift. Browse our collection of Swarovski crystal pearls to play with color and make it match your recipient’s style. If you desire a simpler layout, make our Amber Empress necklace. Its stylish pearls complement the cluster of sophisticated crystals in the center, and the overall richness of gold and amber elements finish off its royal look.

Let Nothing Go To Waste

Take this go-green attitude to your gift ideas this season! Both practical and unique, our Seed Bead Trinket Jar is perfect for your best beading buddy and is the perfect project to do with kids. You’ll be using loose beads and scrap designs to give them a new purpose and create an irreplaceable gift. Our Fiber Trinket jar follows this same logic but allows you to make a great gift for a crafter or teacher using leftover fibers and components from past projects. Recycling is one of the best things we can do to preserve the beauty of nature, and when we help the environment we help ourselves. Give gifts with a deeper meaning this year by renewing your favorite jewelry components.

Breathe in the Beauty of Nature

It’s easy to incorporate natural elements in your jewelry with the simplest touch, like a leaf pendant or earth-toned colors. Celebrate the holidays with nature by making our Harvest Splendor Necklace with festive colors, or swap out the maple leaves with more wintery components like pinecones and fir tree branches. Instead of using sterling silver try brass or pewter jewelry components for a fresh, organic feel! Try putting your own twist on our Branching Out Necklace with your friend’s favorite outdoor elements for a terrific gift. The multiple strands of fiber and chain work together to reflect a feel of how nature and industry can coexist in a beautiful way.

Replace the sterling silver JBB jewelry supplies in these ideas with brass and pewter components for an economical alternative! Choose to go for more of a natural feel and use ones with a brass or copper finish now during our sale! Get 30% off JBB brass and pewter components this week.

-Marissa

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1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Heather // Oct 24, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    This post is chocked full of ideas! I’m a huge fan of pearls, dress them up or down…all three of the pearl necklaces are lovely but I think the tri strand is my favorite!

    I usually make one or two Christmas charm bracelets…I do prefer to make my own pendants/charms but for this kind of thing there are just so many wonderful charms to choose from.
    I’ ve been making leaf earrings this season and found them hugely popular…I’ve made both copper and silver, and while the copper sold the silver always sells much better. I actually tried a patina this summer and while I enjoy the process I didn’t find it was a great hit with my customers. I think the issue is it is too color specific so people gravitate to something that can be worn with everything.

    Cheers

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