Jewelry-DIY.com Review: SCAM ALERT!

EDIT: Since posting this, Jewelry-DIY contacted me saying that they will provide a full refund in exchange for me taking down this blog post. I am still waiting for the PayPal refund.

 

Dear fellow crafters,

In the midst of putting together all the cute little wedding details I have been scammed by this website and I wanted you all to be warned to avoid getting yourself in a similar situation.

jewelry_diy scam jewelry rhinestone heart shape stud earrings

Here’s what happened:

As you know, I’ve put together my own boxed wedding invitations which feature a pretty heart shape rhinestone detail in the center of a black satin bow across the front of each invite (as shown below):

boxed wedding invitation diy formal wedding invitation silver black white heart

I ended up running out of these little rhinestone hearts and the prices at Joann’s craft store were outrageous. I couldn’t remember where I originally obtained the heart pins so I decided to hunt online. Naturally, as a cheap and frugal crafter, I look for the best deal that I possibly can. I started with a simple Google shopping search for “rhinestone heart stud earrings” because I figured that heart earrings would be the best way to secure the jewel to the ribbon (hot glue does not hold it!!!)

So, I came across this company, “Jewelry-diy.com” selling similar earrings for only $3.09 per pair. I thought this was perfect so I went ahead and ordered. It seemed legit, and I paid securely through my PayPal account thinking it was no big deal.

This is the photo of what I ordered from their website:

jewelry diy cheap rhinestone heart stud earrings wedding

2 weeks later, after ordering 38 pairs of earrings (to have enough for each invitation), I received 1 pair of really crappy earrings that were NOT as pictured in the mail.

My first thought was,”oh well, shit happens.”

Not everything you order online ends up arriving as pictured – this is a known fact and a common risk that we all take whenever we order something online. I thought it was odd that only 1 pair arrived. I had to check my email receipt multiple times and made sure that I wasn’t going crazy – it did in fact say that I had ordered and paid for 38 pairs…so where were the rest? And aside from that…I wanted to return these right away.

So I went to the website and tried to initiate the process since there was no invoice or return information in the package I received and the label was all in Chinese. I tried finding a phone number on the website but no luck. They have a “Live Chat” option, but when you click on it, it’s just an email form to submit a message. So, I explained my story and submitted it.

Nothing.

Two weeks later, I submitted a follow up email.

Still nothing.

I hunted down the name of the company that accepted the PayPal payment from the jewelry-diy.com website called Huge Best Ltd with a phone number in China and a person named “Nancy” who is supposedly a customer service representative. You call this number and get no one. Then I tried emailing the Huge Best Ltd email address and haven’t had a response. After about 6 different emails, I am beyond frustrated. Plus, jewelry-diy.com keeps sending me all of these promotional emails about deals and discounts on their website. Seriously??

I still have not received an answer and I purchased these earrings on June 1, 2012. All I have is 1 pair of crappy cheap earrings that I paid $140.00 for. I highly WARN any of you who might stumble upon this website to BEWARE. DO NOT USE JEWELRY-DIY.COM!!

I ended up finding David Tutera Hair Snaps which came out to more money per snap but it was worth not having this frustration and in the end, they are lot prettier than the heart earrings that I originally used. I just had to use a hole puncher to get the snaps to stay on and measured where the hole should be on each ribbon so that they were centered each time.

Here is a link on Joann.com to the hair snaps I ended up using:

http://www.joann.com/david-tutera-rhinestone-hair-snaps-4pk/zprd_10664928a/

Rhinestone DIY Wedding Invitations Black White Silver Bow Elegant Formal Invitations

DIY Rhinestone Wedding Invitation Formal Couture Boxed Invites Black White Silver

DIY Green Wedding: Recycled Glass & Beeswax Candles

I’m getting more ideas for our wedding decor for our reception at the Glen Manor House in Portsmouth, RI which is only 9 months away! (Coming up in November 2012)

DIY wedding beeswax candles green wedding

I love flowers very much, but I’m trying to keep things practical for the wedding. I love DIY wedding decorations and thought this idea might be nice. Instead of decking out the manor in large tall floral arrangements, I have decided to have the centerpieces be large recycled glass hurricane globes with beeswax pillar candles inside. Around the base of the hurricane globe, I want to put little tealights (also in recycled glass holders) and have some rose petals scattered lightly around the center of the table.

The best parts about this concept is that we can keep the costs down and keep it a little more green, all while making the Gilded Age style mansion even more beautiful with twinkling candlelit tables and fireplace mantles. This historic manor is so richly decorated that it doesn’t need much added to it, and thus we can get away with a bit less.

Checkout some of these links for where you can purchase recycled glass hurricane globes, votive & tea light holders. I have also provided links for you to purchase your own 100% beeswax candles with cotton wicks – much healthier for the air than those paraffin wax candles made in China.

1. Recycled glass holders at affordable price (Large one is $14.99).

Visit World Market to see the other recycled glass products and candle holders.

Recycled glass hurricane candle holder globe

2. Beeswax pillars, tapers, tealights, votives, and more – range in price based on the size of the candle. They are a little more expensive than regular paraffin wax candles but, think of how much you would spend if you had a floral arrangement for your centerpiece? I found that Beelite Candles had reasonable prices of around $11-15 per large pillar.

beeswax candles DIY green wedding

Happy DIY wedding-planning to all the new crafty brides out there! 🙂

Mardi Gras Mask Centerpieces – The Finished Products

My fiance and I spent last night at the mardi gras themed banquet – the event that I was asked to make centerpieces for on a tight budget and put together in my post, DIY Mardi Gras Party Decor – Under $50. I decided to take a couple pics to show you what the tables looked like as finished products on the table. One thing I changed from my last post about Mardi Gras masks was the rod. I originally was using thick plastic drinking straws from the dollar store. They were great and perfect for a hand held mask, but since these masks were going to be used as centerpieces, the stems needed to be more sturdy (I realized this when one of the vases toppled over on it’s own the night before the event!). For a last minute quick fix, I went to Lowe’s to purchase some 1/4″ wooden dowels (6 for only 98 cents each!). My fiance helped by cutting the dowels in half so I had enough for my 12 masks. I painted them black and the next morning I attached the dried black wooden rods to the back of the masks using black duct tape (so it all blended in, since the back of the masks were black). And voila! The masks stayed upright in their vases all night and guests took their centerpieces home.

Don’t forget to use Mardi Gras Outlet for your cheap mardi gras crafting supplies and decorations. With a creative eye and some patience you can put together masks like these for your event for a nominal amount of money.

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mardi gras centerpiece masks handmade diy

The camera phone picture of us is a little fuzzy but this is us at the event last night 🙂

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This is another photo below taken by a friend at the event, not on the camera phone so it came out a little better!

DIY: Mardi Gras Feather Mask – Cheap and Quick

In my previous post DIY Mardi Gras Party Decor – Under $50, I showed you an overview on how you can make your own masks and assemble your own centerpieces and decorations for your mardi gras party without spending a lot of money.

Mardi Gras Mask DIY Feather Cheap Handmade

I decided to give you a step by step guide on how to make a feather mask. This one took me less than 15 minutes and cost about $2. If you have more time, patience, and want to make a really fancy mask, you can simply follow these basic steps and add on to it as you wish.

For this tutorial, this what you will need:

1. Cardstock (pick a mardi gras color like purple or green)

2. Project board (black)

3. Feathers

4. X-acto knife

5. Glue

6. Pencil

How to Make Your Own Mardi Gras Mask:

1. Choose 1 sheet of card stock and line it up with your black piece of project board.

Mardi Gras Mask DIY Feather Cheap

2. Sketch free hand with pencil the shape of the mask you want, including the eyes. Go over it with marker to define exactly where you want to cut.

Mardi Gras Mask DIY Feather Cheap

Mardi Gras Mask DIY Feather Cheap Handmade

3. Cut out the eye holes with an x-acto knife. Press firmly so you go through the card stock and cut through the project board. Don’t worry if you have a frayed edges! It will all be covered with feathers in the end.

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4. Now you should have 2 separate cutouts of your mask shape – 1 on colored card stock and the other on the black project board. Add glue along the perimeter of the project board mask and outline the eyes with glue as well. Adhere the purple mask onto the black one.

Mardi Gras Mask DIY Feather Cheap Handmade

Mardi Gras Mask DIY Feather Cheap Handmade

Mardi Gras Mask DIY Feather Cheap Handmade

5. Add glue and start adding your feathers. Start by making a layer of feathers encircling the eye-holes of the mask. Then layer the feathers in any design you want, using glue to secure them.

Mardi Gras Mask DIY Feather Cheap Handmade

Mardi Gras Mask DIY Feather Cheap Handmade

And then before you know it…in only a few minutes, you will have finished your own handmade Mardi Gras feather mask!

Mardi Gras Mask DIY Feather Cheap Handmade

Mardi Gras Mask DIY Feather Cheap Handmade

This is what the back of your mask will look like. You can add elastic string (sacrifice a hair elastic) to make the mask wearable or glue a rod (plastic straw covered with black paper or a pipe cleaner) to make it handheld.

Mardi Gras Mask DIY Feather Cheap Handmade

If you really have patience, and have the time to purchase some really nice looking feathers, you can add sequins around the rims of the eye holes – giving them more definition and making it look more pulled together. You can add extra pieces of card stock to the top of the mask to add height and allow for more feathers. With some extra time, you can put together a mask like the one I made below. I used feathers that I actually already had and pulled out the mardi gras colors. I also found a nice peacock one to go right in the middle. Feel free to get creative and make the mask your own! Happy Crafting! 🙂

Mardi Gras Mask DIY Feather Cheap Handmade

Mardi Gras Mask DIY Feather Cheap Handmade

Mardi Gras Mask DIY Feather Cheap Handmade

Calling All Knitters & Crocheters! – Get Creative & Win $100,000

I stumbled across this crafting contest and felt I would share it with you. I personally am not too skilled with knitting or crochet, but I felt some of you readers are probably talented enough to win!
Here are is an overview of the contest:
Submit a photograph of your knitted, crocheted, or crafted item made with Vanna’s Choice wool and you could win a trip to meet Vanna White in New York City plus the additional opportunity to win $100,000, or other prizes in Michaels Vanna’s Choice Contest 2012
Enter by going here.
View the official rules here.
Good luck crafters!

DIY Mardi Gras Party Decor – Under $50

I know Mardi Gras is not for a while but I was asked to make Mardi Gras centerpieces for my fiance’s business party being held at the end of January. The tricky part? There’s a really tight budget. So I had to think creatively, roll up my sleeves, and hunt for a good bargain.

Mardi Gras Party Decor

I scoped out a couple party stores and took photos of their over priced masks so that I could use them as inspiration. Why pay $5.00 or more per mask when you could make 6 masks for less than $9.00? I also did some important strategizing on Mardi Gras Outlet.com – they have the most fantastic prices and you can buy a lot of great party gear, in bulk, for a fraction of the price at iParty or at the craft store.

My fellow crafters, you know how pricey a project can get when you go out to buy supplies. I checked out my usual go-to store Joann’s to see what it would cost for me to buy my own sequins, feathers, project board for the mask base, rods, etc. I did the math and realized I would be paying about $10-12 per mask if I did it myself purchasing the supplies from the craft store. So what did I do? I bought supplies at the Mardi Gras Outlet and the rest at the Dollar Store in my town. I was able to spend a grand total of $49.79 on all of the supplies – enough to make 10 table centerpieces, extra masks for guests, and have some feathers & garland left over for extra decor. The only part I made myself by hand were the masks. The rest of the super cheap supplies were all ready to go upon purchase.

So here is how I did it!

Supplies Needed to Make the Masks:

1. Recycled Cardboard

2. Solid Colored Scrapbook paper (dark green, purple, gold)

3. Sequins – $10 (dollar store)

4. Feathers – 5 packs x $1.25 =

5. Glue

6. X-acto knife

7. Plastic rods or Drinking Straws – $10 (dollar store)

How to Do It:

1. Recycled cardboard works just as well as project board. The difference? Project board costs about $20 for a pack of 20 at the craft store. True, the project board comes in perfectly cut 12″ x 12″ slabs, but who needs that if you’re cutting out masks? I used cereal boxes as my base for the masks (easier to cut out than a cardboard box). Trace the shape of the mask and use the x-acto knife to cut it out.

2. Use your Mardi Gras colored scrapbook paper as a solid base to cover the card board you cut out. You can trace the cut out shape of the mask on the scrapbook card stock. Then cut out your second shape of the mask using your x-acto knife.

3. Adhere the scrapbook paper mask to the cardboard mask. They should line up neatly so one is right on top of the other.

4. Add sequins and feathers however you want. Use scrapbooking glue to secure everything.

5. Glue on your rod for the mask to serve as a stem. I found black plastic drinking straws from the dollar store (10 for $1). They are thick drinking straws sturdy enough to support the mask and serves as the perfect stem.

Mardi Gras Handmade Feather Mask

DIY Mardi Gras Mask

Other Materials Needed for the Centerpieces:

1. Glittery  mardi gras colored foam balls – 2 packs x $5.95

2. 10 Plastic vases – dollar store each $1 (total $10)

3. Mardi gras beads – 24 strands for $4.00

4. Mardi gras garland – $2.99 (dollar store)

5. Extra feathers – 2 packs for $2.50

6. Elastics for additional masks – $2.99 (dollar store)

How to Assemble the Centerpiece:

1. Use the glittery foam balls as vase filler

2. Add some throw beads pouring out of the top of the vase or leave them out and around the vase

3. Stick in one or more masks into the vase, like adding stemmed roses to a vase, and arrange however you want.

That’s it!

Mardi Gras Centerpieces DIY

Mardi Gras Handmade Masks DIY

Mardi Gras Garland Party

So there you have it – another easy way to make something from the party store for a lot less. AND you get to use recycled materials too! So you are staying green while you’re at it! Hope these tips help you to decorate and make your own masks for Mardi Gras this year! 🙂

DIY: January 2012 Calendar

A new year calls for a new calendar. They are easy to make and cute to give as a Happy New Year gift. So far, I’ve only created one for January 2012, but I intend to make one for each month. I made a mini one using two 6 x 6″ card stock squares, but if you need one to write-in all those appointments and events to hang in your kitchen, you can do the same thing using 12 x 12″ card stock. To make the calendar extra sturdy, I used the cardboard from a recycled Fiber One bar box (this saved me from having to go and buy new 12 x 12 sheets of poster board).

The “January 2012″ words were free-hand drawn with pencil then cut out using an x-acto knife and the snowflakes were created using a paper punch (size x-small). The calendar grid was created simply using a ruler and dividing the space into a grid of 5 squares by 7 squares. I left about 1 cm on all sides to create a border and hand-wrote the numbers and days of the week.

You can create this simply by using 3 pieces of card stock 6″ x 6” each using any combination of a pattern and complementing solid color, as well as one neutral color. Then you just need a good x-acto knife (highly recommended) or scissors, adhesive, and a paper punch or other little decorative doodads if desired. And that’s it! It’s great to try and use up your left over scraps from other projects, if you can. Even though we’re all addicted to fun paper crafts, we have to try and be as green as possible whenever we can.

Happy January 2012! And Happy New Year!

DIY January 2012 calendar

DIY January 2012 calendar

January 2012 DIY Calendar

January 2012 Calendar DIY Scrapbooking