March 30, 2013

DIY Pendant Chain Necklace

DIY Necklace 
Are you like me? Then you love charms on a chain. A simple piece of jewelry is huge to make an outfit look awesome.
And your charm can be anything!
And, not only that, but it's super easy.
DIY Necklace
DIY Necklace
What you need:
Chain (I got mine at Joanns)
2 4mm jump rings (from a local craft store)
Charm (I bought mine here, and I bought this listing (same thing) later on) 
Needle-nose pliers (found at any craft/jewelry store)
Wire cutter (found at any craft/jewelry store)
DIY Necklace
Start out by measuring your chain. I used a bit more than 30 inches, but I like my necklaces really long.
DIY Necklace
Cut your chain with the wire cutter after you've decided on a length.
DIY Necklace
Using your pliers, take 1 jump ring and open it.
DIY Necklace
attach it to the charm (but make sure you don't close it!)
DIY Necklace
while it's still open, attach it to the middle of the chain. 
Close it using the pliers.
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open the other jump ring.
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attach it to both ends of the chain, and close it. as seen below.
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What I Wore DIY Necklace DIY Necklace
Below are a couple other necklaces I made using this DIY project.
Mockingjay Necklace

See? Super easy!
If you decide to make this, blog about it, and comment or email with the link! I'd love to see it. (plus, I'm going to be doing a show and tell of the items my followers make using my DIY projects.)
Have any questions about this tutorial?

Which necklace is your favorite?

xo, RN
ps- This is my first DIY tutorial, I know it's super awkward. 

March 23, 2013

Hey, guys, something big...

If you haven't heard (which I'm sure you have), google reader is leaving (and I also heard GFC might be leaving. NO!), so if you follow me via google reader, you should switch to bloglovin. Everyone has one nowadays.
Follow me here. :)
Oh, and since GFC isn't gone yet (and I don't know for sure if it is), go ahead and follow me via GFC if you wish. :)
oh, and ps, an interesting post is coming. i promise.
xo, RN

March 22, 2013

I am a designer.

I know many of you knew I designed blogs.
I mean, I just finished designing mine.

But something I haven't talked about, is my new site.
I have many links to it on this site, but I haven't posted about it, and I feel I should.

Most of you have heard of Rainy Day {blog} Designs; my old design site.
I was redesigning it, changing prices (I was getting quite a few more orders, and needed to up the price a
 bit), just making it look better a few months ago. I was getting really frustrated with it, because it wouldn't
 design right.

This may sound weird, but sometimes sites that belong to you won't design correctly.
And the reason is because that site/blog no longer fits with your needs, your taste, and you can't ever get it
 right. And you won't ever.

I had this problem.

So, I did a little thinking.

I knew I loved designing, and that I wanted to do a lot of it, make peoples sites beautiful, and not cost an
 arm and a leg. But at the same time not look or seem cheap.

And this is hard.

But, after some thinking, lots of playing around, much frustration with domain names, much more google
 searching, and a million and a half minutes of designing later...

Rachel Nicole Designs was born.

This is me, this is my site, and I'm proud of it.

I get inquiries pretty much daily, and usually at least one order a week.

I love this new outlet of mine. Designing is fun, and I get to do it for other people.

I'm growing my own little business, and it makes me happy.

Go ahead, click here, and find your way around my site.

xo, RN

March 18, 2013

My Manifesto

(Hey, if these posts aren't showing up in your main feed/blogger, try re-following.)
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First of all, I'm back, and I want to welcome you back.
There have been a lot of changes, and just about nothing is the same.
go ahead and check out everything, because there's a lot of new content, and a LOT of fun stuff.
Thanks for coming back!
This is my manifesto. It's about what has changed, what is changing, and what will be changing.
This is now the reason why I blog.
why i do it:
because something about it gives me a sense of giddy-ness.
because i love the community. so. much.
because i've learned so much from it. (see below)
because i can't see my life without it.
what i've learned from it (and I definitely am still learning!):
writing. i know i'm not the best writer, but i am better than i used to be.
photography. probably my biggest passion. i always liked it, but after i started blogging, i seriously love it.
graphic/web design. without a blog, i can't envision this one happening (whereas the above two, i could). it all started with me wanting to make my blog look like. mine. and now? this.
how to be real. how to be comfortable being me, and learning all these new things about me.
that God is always there. now, this isn't just from blogging, but more from this point of life i am in. but the blogging community has really helped me grow. and I thought i should include it.
and I hope i continue to learn and grow in all these things.

what Rachel Nicole (my new blog) will be:
i've grown, and i've changed. with me, though, my blog has. and that's why i needed a new start.
my interests have much changed since when i first started (it's okay, you can take my word for it. no need to go visit all those past posts.) and i've branched out, and tried new things.
so, i think i should include some things that you'll see regularly around here.
DIY projects. I definitely love seeing DIY projects on blogs, and i've found many, many DIY projects on Pinterest, and ive been inspired to try them myself. and i love it. so this will become a much-seen term on my blog.
photography. this one was probably a give-in because you know me! but with this, i want to have a kind of Q + A type thing. I know i'm not the best at photography, i know i'm learning and that i definitely don't 'know it all'. but i'd like to share what i do know, and maybe help you in your photography journey. so don't ever, ever, ever hesitate to ask me a question regarding photography.
graphic design. you also know my love for graphic design. and though i'm not sure about many Q + A, you can still email me with questions, and i would love to help you out. but i will be posting many things regarding graphic/web design projects i'm working on, or finished. (if you want to learn more about my graphic/web design, click here.)
life. most of you don't really know much about me, my life, my family, my everyday. I want you to know more about me. Q + A really are my favorite way to do this, so keep an eye out for a post on that, and ask me anything and everything.
and everything else. these above things are going to be emphasized greatly, they're what my blog will be about. but i won't just post along those guidelines. because i love many things. for instance, sewing/re-purposing/fashion. this was one of the few topics i struggled with during my break/refreshing restart. i already had a fashion blog, but i wasn't sure if i wanted to have a whole blog, or just combine it into this one. obviously, in the end, i decided to keep that one there, and this one here. i'm extremely happy with this decision, but it was a long, hard, much thought-out process. the point of this topic, though, is i'm sure i will still be sharing many other things on here. i don't want to have to strictly follow this manifesto. because i don't roll that way. i will eventually write myself into a corner (like i did before this) and i'll have to do the same thing to get out again. so be expecting random tidbits here and there.
welcome to Rachel Nicole.
I sincerely wish you will stay, and that you will have fun with me on my journey.
thus, my manifesto is now complete.