Friday, October 19, 2007

Chic Clemson Jewelry

There are many great sports rivalries in the world, but where I grew up, we didn't have Red Sox vs Yankees or Duke vs Carolina...we had Clemson vs. Carolina (USC that is). I've done some USC colored jewelry before, but here is some jewelry in a Clemson University theme - with lots of orange and purple - that I made recently:

Please email me at diana dot ferry at dcelestine dot com for pricing, as I don't believe I have any Clemson jewelry on my web site ( The jewelry is pretty affordable, though, ranging from $15 to $36.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Office Joke - Penguin Felt Mask

It's silly, I know, but sometimes you see something that you just know will be funny and you just have to run with it. My co-worker has a Far Side desk calendar that we check daily....on my desk, I have Dilbert and a Spanish Phrase a Day. So anywho, Tuesday (we had Monday off...yippee!) we check the Far Side for the weekend and see the most hilarious cartoon:

Being crafty, you know what I had to do...

It's not the best craftsmanship, but for all I knew, the guys at work would throw it around or simply toss it. The mask is made with felt and embroidery floss and I even added fusible interfacing to the inside of the beak to keep it firm and prevent it from flopping over too much. I actually looked at the cartoon when I was putting the mask together so I could come as close to the drawing as's not exact, but I think it's kinda cute!

I left the mask on my co-worker's desk with the original Far Side cartoon I used to design my penguin mask. My co-workers thought it was hilarious, and the mask is still hanging out in the office...don't worry...some of the guys did actually put it on...too funny!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Fabric Hint

Hmmmm....what could all this pretty fabric be for?

Hmmm...I wonder...

Thursday, January 04, 2007

My Weekend Project - Shabby Chic Style

I've been looking for a printer stand for awhile...not necessarily a true printer stand, but anything furniture-wise that I could put a printer on. Right now, it's propped on some plastic drawers, but the top of one is caving under the weight of the printer, get the point.

So, as soon as I saw this dresser at the Salvation Army, I saw the potential in it to become my printer stand...with some nice paint, scrapbook paper, and decoupage.

Here's, basically, what it looked like before:

I had already taken off the knob (see below) and 3 little colored domes that are fit just above the drawer (you can kinda see where they used to be by the indentations)

Not so cute's ok, just not my thing

Same thing w/ the feet

All sanded and primed now! Ready for some pretty paint!

All painted up...still not thaaaat cute we're getting somewhere! I used some pretty, floral scrapbook paper to do a decoupaged finish to the top of the nightstand and the front of the's far from perfect, but I love it! Now, all I need is a new knob...hmm...

That's when I run into this...argh! Who knew a store could have so many!? I went with a cheap acrylic's just for me and for a $10 difference, it doesn't matter too much...I still found the look I was going for.

All done! Yay!, do I really want to stick a stinky ole' computer on top of my super cute handiwork? Decisions, decisions...any ideas?

Monday, January 01, 2007

Kick Off the New Year With Jewelry!

You've toiled away for the last couple months, picking out the perfect presents for your friends, family, and loved ones, so you should treat yourself to a little somethin, somethin to congratulate yourself. And, just in time, I'm having a sale on your favorite DCL jewelry designs so you can save up to 40% on those designs you've been drooling over

Check out the Pacific Dream collection - now on sale at up to 40% off - these designs will look so hot this spring with all the white fashion that is sure to be hitting it big again this year!

Shop today so you can get first pick at the sale items AND if you shop before January 31st (11PM), you can save an additional 10% off your entire order by using discount voucher "NewYear10" at checkout!

Click here to start shopping the sale!

Friday, December 29, 2006

EDM Challenge - Draw A Present You Received

Ok, so I just joined EDM, and one of the reasons I really wanted to join was to participate in the weekly drawing challenges. I'm still a newbie to the group, so I'm not quite sure how exactly the challenge works...I don't think there are any prizes or anything, which is completely fine. The main reason I want to do the challenges is simply to challenge myself and give me reason to sketch. I haven't sketched in years. I guess it's sorta like writing out your're more likely to actually do them that way.

I used to draw all the time...from doodles in the sides of my notebooks in school to sketch book drawings for my art classes...I've taken a couple drawing classes as a kid, not to mention all the other artsy things I've done, but it's been a long time since I just sat down and sketched something. Tonight, I sat down with my SO and while he watched Superman (the original), I sketched this drawing of a cashmere Brooks Brothers sweater he gave me for Christmas. I placed the sweater on the edge of my coffee table (was considering putting it on my SO's legs, but what if he moved?! The table was more stable. Anywho, the drawing was that a word? Ok, just checked and says it is a word and I spelled it right...yes! Anywho, I'm glad that I had the time tonight to work on this...even though it didn't turn out exactly how I wanted it to.

I'm almost embarassed to show this. I actually think that it...basically...that is sucks. I'm not very proud of this drawing, but you gotta start somewhere, right? I suppose it's not too terrible considering how long I've been away from drawing, more delaying

Ok...I know what you're thinking...I should just stick to designing jewelry, right? Oh drawing talent from my youth...please come back soon

Please Support the Kim Family Benefit Auction

Most of you have heard the tragic story of the Kim family. An auction has been put together to raise money for the family, so please show your support on January 3rd when bidding opens - click here for details

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Obsessed With Opalite

Anyone heard of it? Opalite is actually an opalized glass that is considered by many a gemstone, isn't a "true" gemstone. Sometimes, though, you have to ignore what everyone is saying about something and go with your gut, and my gut tells me that this stone is absolutely fab! From the first time I saw the pretty pearlescent beads called "opalite," I knew I had to have some to incorporate in my jewelry designs, like these:

Midnight Melody

I hand-wire-wrapped these earrings with opalite, top-drilled marquis shaped beads, Swarovski crystal in crystal AB (love that AB finish!)

Late-Night Lullaby

I strung super faceted opalite round beads with Swarovski crystal bicones in crystal AB and sterling silver beads. This bracelet features a 1" extension chain.

Wear these beautiful beads against a solid color and these babies simply pop! It's really one of those beads you have to see in person to believe how stunning it is. Opalite has a very similar look to Opal (the real gemstone), but is not quite as opaque. Gemstone or not, I love to work with it, wear it, and now share it with you guys!

Oh, and I Do Paper Stuff Too!

It's been a couple years since I made a card for someone, but with this whole craft-reinvention, I've been checking out all kinds of mediums, including paper craft. I've done scrapbooks before, I've made cards - even pop up cards! - but I haven't ever really gotten into making cards with stamps. I actually used to make embossed cards when I was a kid, and I've even worked with water color pencils as a child, too! But, lately, I've been trying to combine all my past experiences to make new designs. For Christmas, I basically only asked for craft supplies, b/c that is what I'm craving right now, like a chocoholic craves a snickers bar. I've been to Michael's for the last 3 days straight, b/c every time I start up working on something new, it seems I've forgotten something else. Craftoholics out there can sympathize.

Here's my first card (with my new supplies, that is):

It's a bit on the simple side, but if you've ever seen my jewelry designs, then you'd know that that's just my style - simple elegance, or as I like to say "sass!" I made this card with colored card stock, a flower and "thank you" stamp, some water color pencils, and some cool-edged scissors. So much fun!

On my list of things to create still, I have: more cards, embossed cards, more scrapbook pages, book marks, and gift tags. This doesn't even include all the jewelry designs I have going on in my head or all the fab ideas I have for my fabric supplies. Phew, this is going to be a busy year!

I'm Not Just a Jewelry Designer

I'm crafty too! I like to make all kinds of artsy creations - from paper crafts to paintings to decoupaged miscellany...whatever. My latest guilty pleasure has been the DIY network, especially on the weekends or if you're lucky enough to be at home on a vacation day, the weekday/midday hours. This is when the Carol Duvall show, Creative Juice, and other cool crafty shows are aired. Normally, I like to make only my own, original ideas, but since I'm sorta regaining my true inner artist, I figure it wouldn't hurt to try out a few activities that looked interesting.

I saw this fab project on Creative Juice a couple weeks ago, and thought it would be a perfect present for a certain little girl who cannot be named right now as I haven't given it to her.

Here's another shot in the sunlight, so you can see all the pretty little rhinestones which add some bling to the design:

The slowly setting sun offered up just enough light to showcase the flowered letter's bling-a-ling. :)

As I'm completely obsessed with all things floral, this project totally caught my eye! It took a lot longer than they made it look like it did on the show, but it was well worth the effort!

Has anyone else made any crafts from DIY or HGTV?

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Casual Chic - a la Cameron Diaz

Anyone else notice how Cameron Diaz likes to pair plain outfits with brightly colored shoes? Well, I did on Shopaholics Anonymous, and decided to play off the look with my outfit today

Guess jeans, Forever 21 Star tank, Gap sparkly henley, Kenneth Cole Reaction shoes
D Celestine Limited earrings

Jenny Earrings (click for details)

DCL Press Page

Well kids, now that I've started to collect press features, I figured it's about time to put a press page together. It's a work-in-progress, but I want to keep the look simple for now.

I've tried to get the best screenprint I can from the article itself, along with the logo of the featuring web site/source. I've also tried to link back to the original article, though some articles are not maintained long after they are published. Now, if I could just get a magazine to feature my designs, the page will feel more complete...or is that just me? :)

Click here to check out the press page!

DCL Jewelry on SheFinds!

Check it out!

D Celestine Limited jewelry is featured on today! One of my best sellers, the Sasha bracelet, is the featured design. Sasha features three different sterling chains for a yummy medley of size and texture that create an eye-catching "everyday beauty" bracelet, you'll want to wear all the time.

Click here to read the full article

Friday, December 15, 2006

Dream a Little - Casual Chic

The "Dream a Little" necklace is one of my's one of the few that I've actually made for myself, and I wear it all the time, probably b/c it has one of my fave colors in it - turquoise. It's a great dress up or down necklace, but I've been wearing it a lot lately with neutrals, especially cozy cardigans.

Fun outfit...I like to wear funky things here and there

Up close

Dream a Little - Asymmetrical design featuring gold-plated butterfly charm, hand-painted picasso czech glass beads, and Swarovski crystals - charming!
Click here for details on necklace

Learn more about the outfit on Shopaholics Anonymous