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DIY Vintage Fabric Patchy Personalized Hoop Art

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of shooting a beautiful wedding with my mom. The bride and groom were completely adorable and the wedding was so sweet! I knew the theme of the wedding was designed as a soft vintage style. I thought it would be fun to make a little prop hoop for the couple to hold. I love hoop art, and have been wanting to try a patchy hoop for a while. At the time I did not have a machine that could drop the feed dogs, so I did not use a free motion embroidery technique, which is probably the preferred method. Here is how I made my hoop:

Here’s What You Need:

*Embroidery Hoop

*Linen Fabric (large enough to fit over your hoop plus a couple of inches)

*Vintage Fabric Scraps

*Steam a Seam Double Sided Fusible Interfacing

*Sewing Machine

*Thread

*Fabric Glue

*Scissors

*Ribbon or trim

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is decide how large you want your letters and what font you want to use. Adjust the font on your screen until the letters are the size you want. Use a ruler to measure the letter on the screen to help.

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Take a sheet of your steam a seam and hold it up to your screen. Trace the letters lightly with a pencil.

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Once you have the letters traced, you need to cut the letters apart so that they can be applied to the fabric to cut out further.

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Remove the backing sheet of your letter and press the sticky side down onto the right side of your fabric. Keep the top sheet on as a guide to cut out each letter.

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Now cut out each of your fabric letters. Discard the top sheet. The underside will be tacky.

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Lay out your letters on your fabric. You can lay the hoop over the fabric to help eye where everything will fit.

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Once you have your layout right, press the letters down. Iron each letter down to the fabric per the instructions on the steam a seam package.

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Now you need to topstitch the letters on your sewing machine. Stitch around each letter. You will have to lift up the presser foot, keeping the needle down in the fabric, and turn the fabric as you reach corners and tight curves. Clip excess threads. If you do not want to machine stitch, you can hand stitch around each letter with embroidery floss.

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Once your letters are sewn you are ready to make your hoop. Run a bead of fabric glue around the outside of the inner hoop.

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Lay your fabric over the hoop centering your text, then lay the outer hoop over the top of the fabric. Press and pull and tighten the fabric around the inner hoop, tightening the outer hoop as you go. Once the fabric is nice and smooth over the hoop, tighten the screw as much as you can on the outer hoop. Cut the excess fabric off the back of the hoop cutting close to the frame as possible.

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To finish off your hoop, tie a little ribbon or trim around the top screw of the embroidery hoop. Now you are ready to hang.

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I love how my little hoop turned out! It made a sweet prop for the wedding, and now it is hanging in my home for me and the hubby to admire. I had such fun making this sweet hoop, that I know I will be making more. Next time I think I may try my hand at free motion embroidery since my new machine has the capability. Have you guys ever made any patchy hoop art for your home? Any tips you’d like to share? Embroidery hoops make the cutest art when grouped together! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Mason Jar Reclaimed Wood Wall Hanging

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diy mason jar wall sconce DIY Mason Jar Reclaimed Wood Wall HangingHey guys! I know mason jar crafts have become such a popular craft item these days! I believe there are several pins on my diy pinterest board that are all about decking out those fantastic little jars. I have been wanting to make a piece for the kitchen for a while now. I had some left over pallet wood from some backdrops I have been working on, so I thought I’d go ahead and give it a go. I was inspired by these tutorials here, here, and here. This project was entirely repurposed as everything I used I had on hand. I really had such a blast, I ended up making two. Here’s how I made mine:

Here’s What You Need:

*Wide Pallet Wood Scraps or Reclaimed Wood

*Paint (optional)

*Mason Jars

*Hose Clamps

*Drawer Knob

*Drill and Drill Bits

*Screw for your Clamp

*Ruler and Pencil

*Table Saw or Circular Saw or even a hand saw

*Dremmel with a cutting wheel attachment

*Brad Nailer and brads or a hammer and nails

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is gather your supplies. If you want to paint your jars first, you can easily paint them with craft paint and a sealer. Once they are good and dry, you are ready to use them. I bought a flower frog from the craft store to use one of my hangings as a vase.

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So you’ll want to start by making your base. Take a strip of wide pallet wood or other wood that you like and lay the jar and your knob on it to see your spacing and how long you want to make it. Mark where you want to cut and then cut the wood to size using a table saw or circular saw, or even a handsaw. You will also need to cut two back cleats for support on the back if you want it to stand off the wall a little bit. If you want it to have a slimmer profile, you can add an ample sawtooth hanger to the back.

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Now you need to prepare your hose clamp that will hold your jar. Wrap the metal around the middle of your jar test fitting the jar inside the clamp. Mark the center back with a pen, and then mark where you want to cut the excess off at the screw area. Remove the jar and set aside. Grab your screw and find a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the screw. Drill a hole in the metal at the center back line you marked. Clip off the excess length with wire shears.

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Now, mark where you want to hang your jar on your wood. Make a mark in the center. Drill a pilot hole with your drill bit. Now, insert your screw through the hole in the clamp and screw it into the pilot hole you made in the wood.

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Insert your jar into the wire hose clamp and tighten the wire around the jar by tightening the screw on the clamp with a flat head screw driver or a bit.

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Now you need to mark and drill the hole for your knob. First, decide where you want your knob and mark it making sure to center it up. Find a drill bit that is the same size as your knobs bolt. Drill a hole where you marked on your wood for the knob.

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Next, insert your knob. Tighten the knob on the wood with the nut from the knob. Now you need to cut off the excess. Grab your dremmel fitted with a cutting wheel and cut off the excess bolt off of the back. Now your piece is ready to hang.

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mason jar wall holder DIY Mason Jar Reclaimed Wood Wall HangingAren’t they so cute! I absolutely love them! I think they would make wonderful gifts! The best thing is that they are really pretty fast and easy to whip up! You can make them as fancy or plain as you like. Change up the look by using plain or painted jars, awesome knobs, or even paint the pallet wood. You can really make it your own and have fun with it! I hope you all will give it a try sometime! I think you’ll have a blast! I will be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Five Second Hat Revamp

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Hey guys! I thought I’d pop in and share one of my favorite summer style revamp with you. I love hats! I love to wear them all year, but my favorite hat to wear lately is a straw boater hat I picked up from Target this spring. I loved it from the moment I saw it, but after wearing it a few times, I did feel that it was kind of plain for my taste. So, I ditched the plain black ribbon that was trimming the hat, and tied a scarf around it instead. Then I fell in love with it all over again! This little style trick is so easy, and if you are a gal like me with many many scarves, you have an instant retro look to go with any outfit. So, add a little fun to your favorite summer hat and tie a scarf around it. You’ll love it! Have a wonderful day everyone!

The Wonderful World of Pinterest- July 2014

I swear this month has just flown by! It’s going to be fall before you know. I have not been pinning a whole lot over the past month since it has been a little crazy and my sister is home for the summer, so I have been trying to squeeze in as much time with her as I can before she goes back to school. I have added some pins to a few of my favorite boards and added a fun new vintage summery board dedicated to swimsuits. Check out what I’ve been pinning this month:

From my board Words to Live By:

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From my board Pets and Animals:

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From my board My Style:

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From my board For the Home:

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From my board Gluten Free Goodies:

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From my board DIY Ideas I Love:

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From my board Vintage Paint by Number Love:

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And from my new board Bathing Beauties:

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33 The Wonderful World of Pinterest  July 2014I just adore Pinterest! Don’t you! It’s an endless supply of beauty and inspiration! What have you all been pinning lately? You can see the sources of all these pins and see many many more by following along with my boards on PinterestHere. I’ll be back next month with more pinspiration. Until then…

Happy Pinning!

DIY Reclaimed Wood Star

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02 DSC 0021 3 DIY Reclaimed Wood StarUpcycling pallets has become very popular over the last year or so. Pallets have become one of my favorite materials to work with, so I can totally see the charm. They are free and the wood is nice and old looking. They are also fun to work with! I had a bunch of scrap pieces from the pallet art I have been making for the Flea Market. I thought it would be fun to use the scraps to make large shape that I can use for an art piece for the back porch. We decided to make a large star shape. This DIY was really pretty easy! I had a blast making it with the hubby this past weekend!

Here’s What You Need:

*Reclaimed Wood (Scrap wood, Pallet wood, etc…)

*Pencil and/ a marker

*Band saw or circular saw

*Brad Nailer and Nails

*Sawtooth Hanger

Instructions:

08 photo 1 DIY Reclaimed Wood StarThe first thing you need to do is arrange your scrap pieces on a flat surface face down forming a canvas. Free hand your shape on the back side of your scrap wood carefully. Draw over the final shape with a marker.

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10 photo 3 DIY Reclaimed Wood StarStarting with the bottom pieces, cut the wood where it was marked with your saw. After you cut each piece, lay it back where it was so you can keep your pieces straight and together. Cut all of the marked areas and lay the pieces out so they make up your shape, in my case, a star.

11 photo 4 DIY Reclaimed Wood StarTake a few of the scraps from the wood you cut and lay them out on the back side of your shape so that you will have a surface for all the pieces to be nailed to so nothing comes apart. Once you have plenty of backing wood, you are ready to nail it.

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14 photo 3 2 DIY Reclaimed Wood StarNail the backing wood to the back of your wood shape. Put several nails in each piece. To finish off the pallet art, attach a saw tooth hanger to the back of the star support pieces. Now it is ready to hang.

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01 DSC 0024 3 DIY Reclaimed Wood StarI absolutely LOVE my star! It is going to look fabulous on the back porch wall! I think I may try a few more sometime soon. Maybe a peace sign next time though. If any of you guys decide to make one of your own, let me know. I love it when you all try my projects, and I love seeing how you put your spin on it! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Mid Century Modern Inspired Cocktail Stirrer Clock

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Mid century modern is one of my favorite styles ever! I am too much of a hoarder to be able to pull it off myself, but I do like to add mcm touches to the decor in my home! My hubby recently fixed up an old mid century Danish credenza for me. It is super cute, and even has a cabinet fit for a bar inside. I have been collecting vintage drink stirrers for a while for crafting, and I thought it would be fun to make a retro clock with them to go with my new cabinet. Check out the how to:

Here’s What You Need:

*Scrap piece of 1/4 or 1/2″ plywood

*Hole Saw for a Drill(I used a 4″ Hole Saw)

*Drill

*Drill bit the same size as the clock piece bolt

*Sand Paper or Sander

*Angle Finder and Pencil

*12 Vintage Cocktail Stirrers

*Dremmel fit with a cutting disk

*Glue- Hot Glue or E6000

*Craft Paint

*Clock Movement Kit

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is cut your plywood circle. Attach your hole saw to your drill and drill out your circle. You can also use a jigsaw or a scroll saw if you do not have a hole saw. Always be careful when using power tools!

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Once you have your wooden circle cut, you need to mark the spaces for the stirrers. Find the center, then draw a line straight from one side to the other. Then draw a line perpendicular to that line so you have four equal quarters. Using your angle finder draw a line through at 30 degrees and then at 60 degrees from each quarter line. You should have twelve equal wedges marked when you are done.

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Drill a hole in the center of the circle large enough for the clock movement bolt to fit through. Attach your clock movement to the circle back. Mark a dot on the side of the wood where each line on the back is so you know where to paint your numbers and tick marks. Paint your clock face how you like using the pencil dots as your guide. Set aside to dry. Also paint the clock hands if you like. Lightly sand off the pencil marks on the side of the clock.

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While your clock face is drying, you can cut down your stirrers. Trim the bottoms off of each drink stirrer using your dremmel fit with the cutting disk. Cut all your stirrers to be roughly the same length.

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Now, place a dab of glue onto each line on the back of your clock. Glue down a stirrer face down. Then glue down another stirrer next to that one at the next line making sure that the length the stirrer shows is roughly the same as the previous. Continue gluing stirrers all the way around at each of your twelve marks. To finish off your clock assemble the rest of your clock according to the directions on the clock movement package. Add a battery and set your clock.

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I LOVE how my retro clock turned out! My favorite stirrer is the lime green Poodle Room! This clock was really fun to make, and it is a perfect mid-century inspired addition to my living room! You can change up the look just by the drink stirrers you use, or the paint job. Although I am keeping this one for myself I think I might just have to make another one for my dad for Father’s Day. I think it would be a fabulous daddy’s day gift! I hope some of you will give it a try sometime too. You’ll have a blast! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Easy DIY Painted Mason Jar Vase

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roses Easy DIY Painted Mason Jar VaseA little while ago, I picked up a vintage style blue mason jar at wally world. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it at the time. I only like drinking out of the wide mouth jars, but I do love to put flowers in my regular mason jars. We had bought some white mini roses for Mother’s Day, and I thought they would look sweet in the blue jar. I wanted to spruce it up a little, so I decided to paint it. Now it totally fits my style!

Here’s What You Need:

*Mason Jar

*Washi Tape or Painters Tape

*Paint

*Paint Brush and Foam Dabber

Instructions:

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First, run a strip of tape around the middle of your jar. Press it on firmly so no paint will seep through.

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Paint the bottom half of your jar. Let it dry and then put another coat on. Paint the metal jar lid ring too.

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Once your base coat is dry, you can dot it. Put a little of your dot color paint onto a plate or a piece of foil and spread it out into a thin layer. Dip your paint dabber into the paint and then dot the dabber onto your jar. If the dot looks think you can dab a second coat on.

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Remove the tape and let the jar dry. Once dry, you are ready to fill your vase with pretty flowers.

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mini roses Easy DIY Painted Mason Jar VaseThis little vase looks so sweet on my table! I made one for my grand mother in law too. This is such an easy way to update a plain mason jar! You can really change up the look with the colors you choose and the patterns. Adding a little ribbon around the lid would be a sweet touch as well. There are so many ways to decorate mason jars, including painting them. This has just been the way I did mine. I hope you all will give it a try some time, you’ll love it too! I’ll be back next week with another DIY for summer. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

I Heart Etsy Fridays- Melanie’s Menagerie

Happy Friday Everyone! We are busy little bees getting ready for the flea market this weekend, but I did want to pop in and share one of my new favorite Etsy artists with you all, Melanie’s Menagerie. Melanie Nord Monsees, the artist behind this adorable shop, not only curates a collection of kitschy vintage finds, but creates the most fantastic needle felted animals. All of her creatures are one of a kind. I love the sweetness and personality they all possess! They are so stinkin’ cute! I totally adore that Melanie pulls her inspiration from vintage figurines. As many of you know by now, vintage ceramic animals are my weakness. I am head over heels for all of Melanie’s hand-made goodies! Here are just a few of my favorite items from her shop:

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04 il 570xN.367532704 7nv9 I Heart Etsy Fridays  Melanies MenagerieAren’t they all just wonderful! I love them all, but I do think the vintage lefton inspired blue birds are my absolute favorite! I love the little whale too! It reminds me of a children’s book I have that is about a whale named bubbles. To see more of Melanie’s work visit her shop, Melanie’s Menagerie on Etsy Here. Also be sure to check out her blog Here. And you can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr. I’ll be back next week with another lovely artist. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

DIY Embroidered Pallet Wood Art

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2 DSC 0047 2 DIY Embroidered Pallet Wood ArtPallets are one of my favorite items to repurpose! The wood has a cool rustic look, and you can usually find them for free. I have been wanting to try to embroider some wood for a while now. My hubby scored some pallets from work the other day, and I knew exactly what to do with them. This DIY is fun and simple. As with anything that is embroidered, it takes a little time, but it’s fun work. 

Here’s What You Need:

*Piece of Wood from a Pallet

*Wording you like printed out to size

*Punch Awl

*Painters Tape

*Drill or Drill Press and a 1/8″ drill bit

*Yarn

*Large Yarn Needle

*Sawtooth hanger hardware and ruler

*Circular saw or handsaw

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is print out your wording. Find a font you like and resize it until the height and width of the font are to fit your board. My pallet piece was a little over three and a half inches tall so I made sure my font was a little smaller than three inches. Once you have your print out, tape the paper down to the pallet wood board making sure your wording is centered.

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Take your punch awl and punch holes into the wood through the paper every half an inch(a little less on curves), all around your wording.  Punch every letter until you have the whole thing punched.

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Remove the paper from the wood. Fit your drill or drill press with an eighth inch drill bit.

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Next, carefully drill through your wood where each punch is marking the letters. Be careful. If you are having a hard time seeing the punch marks, you can mark them with a marker to help you see them better. Drill through every punch mark on every letter until you get to the end. Once all the holes are drilled, clean off the wood so there isn’t any dust that will dirty your yarn.

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Cut a long piece of yarn and thread one end through the needle. Double knot the end of the yarn. Now bring the needle up through the bottom of the wood through the first hole in the first letter.

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DSC 0018 2 800x599 DIY Embroidered Pallet Wood ArtEmbroider the letter using a back stitch. Stitch all the wording. Knot the yarn at the end when you have finished stitching close to the wood. Snip excess threads. If you’d like to hang your pallet art, you will need to attach a sawtooth hanger to the center top on the back of the wood. 

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3 DSC 0036 2 DIY Embroidered Pallet Wood ArtI LOVE my little embroidered pallet wood sign! It is cute and rustic and looks great in my kitchen! Embroidering on wood is a blast! This one was a test for me. I am wanting to make a larger one soon to hang in the living room, and will definitely share when I make it. I hope some of you will give this one a try, you’ll have so much fun! I’ll be back next week with another fun and easy DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

I Heart Etsy Fridays- Wedding and Anniversary Rings

Happy Friday everyone! Tomorrow is my seventh wedding anniversary! Daryl and I are going to take a day trip down to the beach with little Beau. I am so excited! Still going strong after twelve years of being together, we are, well, fat and happy! We are so fat and happy in fact,  that neither one of us can wear our wedding rings anymore. So, this year we decided to get a couple of new inexpensive bands until we can get back down to our healthier weights. I have been looking around on Etsy and I was surprised to see so many beautiful engagement and wedding rings. I thought I would share a few of my absolute favorites with you all. Check em’ out:

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Engagement Ring with Moissanite and 14k Yellow Gold, Matte Gold and MIlgrain Textured Bezel by One Garnet Girl

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14k yellow, white, rose gold ring set – three skinny twig stacking rings by Red Sofa

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Diamond Solitare Ball Cluster Engagement Ring 14K White Gold by Adam Foster Jewelry

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rustic bark wedding ring with carved initials in hearts . simple personalized womens recycled silver wedding band . secret message by Peace’s Of Indigo

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Leaves Engagement Ring No. 4 – 14K Rose Gold and Diamond engagement ring, engagement ring, leaf ring, filigree, antique, art nouveau,vintage by Doron Merav

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Engagement Ring Square Cushion Rose Champagne Pink Spinel Sapphire and Morganite Alternative in 14k Rose Gold Diamond Halo Weddings by Pristine Jewelry

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Moissanite and Diamond Art Deco Petal Engagement Ring – 14k Palladium White Gold by Swank Metalsmithing

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Clear Uncut Diamond Engagement Ring by Point No Point Studio

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Petite Engagement Ring by Rock Your Rocks

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1.5 carat Round Cut lab made Diamond (Not CZ) Deco Halo Bead-set Heart sign Engagement Wedding Rings by Fairy Paradise

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moissanite 3 stone sterling silver ring, engagement ring, eco friendly, sustainable, handmade by Andrea Bonelli Jewelry

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 Wedding Band with a single Diamond – Unisex – Recycled Sterling Silver – Wedding or Engagement Ring – Custom and Personalized by The Bead Girl

Aren’t they all just so fantastic! There are so many beautiful rings on etsy that would be perfect for your engagement, wedding, or even anniversary rings! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these beautiful shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more Etsy inspiration. Until then…

Happy Shopping!