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Gorgeous latte art, a lotta vintage charm and loads of DIY sparkles – the perfect combination for a sleepy, snowy day.

I’ve been hooked on making upcycled tees and tanks – hence this sparkly The Doors version. You can grab some really great graphic tees at Goodwill or Salvation Army stores for just a few bucks. Add some bleach, then distress them with Xacto knives, sandpaper or a file. And finally – the best part – affix some heat-set rhinestones to the tee, giving your piece that glam/grunge goodness. Be careful when washing though, hand washing is best, to preserve all your crystals or embellishments.

Mix your new statement tee with layering pieces (as I’ve done here with chunky cocktail rings, stacking bracelets, a hand chain and pendant necklaces) for that always-coveted “indie” look. You can find my tutorial for a similar hand chain here, and tutorial for a similar crystal layering necklace here. And I mean, what better place to be at in this getup than a local coffee cafe? Higher Grounds in Lemont is all about that chill vibe – stop by for a steamy cuppa Joe or  creamy coconut milk cappuccino if you’re in the area!

And lastly, throw on a fur (faux of course) to chase away the winter chill.

Special thanks to my model Karlee Dewan for braving the snow, and Higher Grounds Coffee for letting us takeover the window seats while we shot!

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Quiet Lion Creations, quietlioncreations.com Model: Karlee Dewan
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Quiet Lion Creations, quietlioncreations.com

Quiet Lion Creations, quietlioncreations.com
Quiet Lion Creations, quietlioncreations.com
Quiet Lion Creations, quietlioncreations.com
Quiet Lion Creations, quietlioncreations.com Model: Karlee Dewan
Quiet Lion Creations, quietlioncreations.com Model: Karlee Dewan


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Dark drama in the form of dripping crystals, plenty of chain fringe, rows of ruffles and an abundance of amazing architecture – the scene is set. With the chartreuse greens, onyx blacks and golden ocre tones of the Palmer House’s Empire Room, the somewhat melancholy mood sings songs in D minor…. It’s one of my favorite spots in the whole city, the aesthetic here is literally #goals. Trying to teleport this decor straight to my apartment…..

As for the jewels, my #DIY necklace was created out of necessity – I desperately needed a new statement piece (I wear my Manhattan necklace much too often) so chose something bit more holiday-esque with jewel-tone emerald and chrome crystals. Simply layer up chain tassels with crystal beaded links, creating a waterfall effect. Use different color crystals and chain for creative combinations! Chunky cable chain acts as an anchor for these dangles, so I’d suggest using a thicker chain at top for a sturdier piece.

Staying true to my grunge roots, any bright, sparkly piece must be paired with something equally dark (and I’m not talking about my soul)…. This ruffle dress from Generation Bliss is so much yessssss. Great for any season or event, if you ask me.

Now, don’t mind me as I chill out under these chandeliers and candelabras for a while……











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Arctic chill, for real, with my newest slightly edgy, slightly snow-bunny statement set. Monochromatic crystals mix and match with matte curb chain, glacial grey pearls and icicle spikes. Rhinestones and sleek chain finish the piece, acting as a frosty fringe, creating a blizzard of texture, color tone, movement and sparkle!

I’m all about that winter life, but definitely not a Christmas person….plus, most jewelry is better when it’s got a bit of a goth vibe, no? Hence the color scheme and material choice – if you are all about the Holidays, feel free to create this piece in a red/green color palette. This would also look amazing with a metallic inspired-mix; I’m thinking champagnes, rose golds, even silvers….mixed metals are the shit!

I basically started this piece by connecting three 16″ lengths of flattened curb chain together with 5mm jump rings (you can use oval rings as well, mine were a bit bigger at 6mm), connecting every link. Make SURE you close every jump ring perfectly – any small gap will allow the beading wire to thread itself out of the rings….not good! Use monofilament or beading wire to string on beads through each jumpring, forcing the beads to lay flat on top of your chain panel (the small black 4mm faceted rounds and oval faceted crystals, about 7mm)…..Tie each end when you reach the end of the chain panels.

To add the dripping fringe, cut 2″ lengths of cup chain and small cable chain – attach to every other bottom link (on the flat curb chain). Use pearls, 2″ spike pendants and octagon crystals to create beaded drops, then attach those to the links without decoration. Don’t do this all the way up the necklace – leave a few inches on either side so that it lays nice on the neck. Add a clasp and extender to the ends of the beaded chain panel to finish.

It takes a bit longer to make this specific necklace – lots of cutting and weaving involved! I’d suggest making a nice big mug of vegan hot cocoa to sip while working 😂… Wear this piece to any party, or dress it down with a knit sweater, skinny jeans and combat boots!

Quiet Lion Creations Handmade Jewelry - quietlioncreations.com

Quiet Lion Creations Handmade Jewelry - quietlioncreations.com

Quiet Lion Creations Handmade Jewelry - quietlioncreations.com

Quiet Lion Creations Handmade Jewelry - quietlioncreations.com


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