Brooklyn Charm / Gifts for any Occasion

To say I am obsessed with Brooklyn Charm would be an understatement. Since I discovered them a few years ago, I have purchased many gifts for both my loved ones and for myself (obvs). 

The amount of charms they have and combinations is absolutely endless. Not only can you stop in and get a custom piece, you can take home supplies and craft up something on your own or shop online at their Etsy Shop!

If you're in the NY area, you can find them on Williamsburg and spend an entire day choosing charms and having them custom engraved. They pop up at many markets, especially during the holiday season, including the Union Square Market and Columbus Circle Shops. 


Want to make a necklace for your bestie who just moved out of town, you've got it. A bracelet for a friend that happens to love cats, guns AND The New Kids on the Block - you're in luck!

Although they are fun for gifts of all kinds, my favorite project I worked on with them was this pin for my mom.

As I mentioned, my Mom got married in October of this year. What do you get for your mom, who is a bride, who has been with my step dad for over 13 years, and has EVERYTHING you could possibly think of? Its a tough one, I know! 

So I got to thinking, something custom was what was needed. Then I remembered the Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue tradition for weddings. Perfect.


So here is what I came up with, with some clever thinking and help from the great staff at Brooklyn Charm.

Something Old - Vintage Pin, New York (They moved a while back)

Something New - Georgia, the green crystal and their wedding date

Something Borrowed - The diamond heart is a charm from a piece I inherited from my Aunt and she HAS to give it back eventually

Something Blue - The blue charm

She was so happy when I gave this to her. She wore it pinned to her shoulder the entire wedding. I can't believe I came up with something this perfect, but you can too! Stop by Brooklyn Charm and get someone you love (or you, I won't tell anyone) something special for the holidays. 

DIY / Ampersand Bracelet

I love ampersands. Every time I see anything with an ampersand on it, I want it. Prints. YUP. Pillows- I have it. Jewelry- let me at it. 


I had some wire left over from the Knot Ring we made a while back, so when I saw the ampersand bracelet below my mind started working.


Looks easy enough. Some wire, a chain. BOOM. We can do this! 

So gather up your supplies and get making. This is super easy and super quick. You can do it!



Grab  that Copper 12 gauge wire  you have left over from the Knot Ring (I can't believe we got 3 yards for $5, can't beat it!) / Jewelry Pliers / Large Pliers / Chain of your choice (about enough to go around your wrist) / a Clasp / 4 jump rings


Bend your write into the ampersand shape. As you remember when you made the Knot Ring, this gauge wire is SUPER easy to bend and mold, so this will be easier than you may think! Shape it to the right shape and size and cut any excess wire off the end with your wire cutter.

Now, let me point out, the ampersand above is HUGE. Like, WAY too big, unless you want to look like Mr. T, don't do this. Did I realize this before I finished? No. Should you make sure to make your amp the correct size? YES. About 1 inch tall is the size I used at the end, which required about 2.5-3 inches of wire. 


Attached one jump ring to the end of the chain you selected.


Attach the jump ring to the ampersand and wrap the chain around your wrist to determine the length you will need.


With your wire cutter, trim the chain to the proper length. Attached another jump ring to the other end. 


Determine the center point of the chain...


... and cut the chain at that point.


Using the remainder of your jump rings, attached the other end of the chain to your ampersand and the clasps to the ends of the chain. 

(The ampersand above is the size I used in the end, much better, right?)


So there you have it, a cute Ampersand bracelet, and it was super easy! The holidays are coming up, I was thinking about giving this a try with another shape or maybe even a letter? This is a great gift for so many people, but I'm keeping this one for myself.

What letter are you going to try? What else can we do with the copper wire we have?!

DIY / Washi Cupcake Flag

Hello all! It has been a while since we talked DIY, but I've got a super simple one for your this week. 

This post is part of a MUCH larger project I am working on, I will be sharing all the parts along the way and then the completed project (keep your fingers crossed I get them all done in time and that it works like I am imagining it! ).  



Any-whoozer, cupcake Washi Tape Flags. Soooo simple and sooooo perfect in so many ways! 

Washi tape is so versatile, I'm excited to start working with it, the possibilites are ENDLESS! 

Sometimes you want to add a little pazazz to your baked goods, but don't want to invest in a whole decor kit, or want it to be more personal. Maybe you want pink polka dots, and you can't find pink polka dot decor anywhere. Enter washi tape. You can get soooo many different patterns and colors online it is incredible!

So here we go. Grab some washi tape in  your fave color or pattern, some small wood dowels (or toothpicks even) and scissors and you're ready to go. The ones I made are for an upcoming recipe, Blueberry and Lemon Cupcakes so i went with blue and yellow, duh!


1 / "Measure" out the amount of tape you want. A simple way to do this is using the tools you are equip with already, YOUR FINGERS! Stretch the tape across two fingers, and cut.


2 / Place the dowel or toothpick in the center of your cut tape. 


3 / Wrap around and press closed. It's tape, so it self-seals! Washi tape is transparant, so you will see some of the other side, which looks great with this pattern! That's it!


I have to make a ton of these, but it is so simple that I don't mind!  


I had some striped yellow and blue liners in the house, which was a perfect fit! These are so freakin' adorable, I am going to have to buy up some more tape for future projects!