Summer Jewelry for Every Outing

I’m learning that the older I get the faster time flies. I remember when I could go to the pool, watch a movie, take my dog to the park, and read for my summer reading log, all before my dad was calling up the stairs that burgers and dogs were ready on the back deck. Now, it’s already June and I can barely remember May.

I’m determined to not let this summer pass me by, so I’m planning a list of events to attend over the next few months along with the perfect way to incorporate my favorite summer jewelry into each. Below is a sneak peak!

1. Attend a Colorado Rockies baseball game. I want to whip up some jewelry to wear in our team’s colors and the color palettes in Create Jewelry 2014 made it easy so find what I was looking for! These purple earrings by Erin Strother will do the trick!


2. I’m going on a mission trip to Ecuador this summer, and I want to make some little gifts to give to the kids I work with while I’m there, or maybe even teach them to make some friendship bracelets of their own. I’m inspired by a lot of the projects in Suzanne McNeill’s book, Friendship Bracelets All Grown Up.

3. Each summer I try to attend the Taste of Fort Collins, a weekend event filled with live music, cuisine, craft beer, artisan booths, etc. It’s usually a steamy day, so a simple dress, a funky pair of earrings, and my hair pulled back is the way to go! I’ll be consulting the 52 Earring Designs eBook to make the perfect pair of earrings to match my dress of choice!

4. My mom and sister are road-tripping to visit me at the end of July, and we’re staying up in a cabin in the mountains. While we love to hike during the day, our mornings are filled with coffee, good books, and artistic endeavors. I was thinking Erin Prais-Hintz’s Fabulous Facets would be the perfect project to take. We can watch the DVD on a laptop and each have our own kit to play with. This project doesn’t require many tools so that will leave plenty of room in our luggage for S’mores ingredients and other necessities!

Check out my summer fun page for the rest of my summer project and inspiration ideas. Make this your most creative summer yet!


Megan Lenhausen
Assistant Editor, Jewelry Stringing & Beadwork magazines


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