Jamillah's Jems


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

10 Gorgeous Geode Wedding Cakes That Will Rock Your World

One of the most exciting wedding trends gaining traction this year is...yes, you guessed it...GEODES! If you've been following the blog, you now I'm crazy about crystals, stones and all things lapidary...but eating them? Count me in! I'm dancing in my chair right now because my mind is literally buzzing with ideas for jewelry inspired food. Just look at these delicious druzy wedding cake toppers, marbleized fondant masterpieces, sugary crystal cake pops and OMG gold leaf that melts in your mouth. These cake designers are taking rock candy to a whole new level! They're almost too pretty to eat!

#1 - Artisan Cake Company
#2 - Intricate Icings

#4 - TigreLily Cakes

Elegant, not over the top, but can be! Just one sliced agate for a top, use height, layers, sparkle and dimensions by combining shapes and borders says PJ. It's your Wedding Cake, own it with special designs. Destination Weddings, great caterers, all-inclusive, plan your wedding today 503-630-5570. @purewow #specialeventsbyPJ #allgroupsallowed #allweddingsallowed:
#5 - PureWow.com
#6 - CakesDécor.com

Fun geometric pink and gold design, for this modern wedding cake.:
#7 - Amy & Jordan
Sugar geodes and quartz green and gold tiered wedding cake // Top 10 Wedding Cake Creators in Malaysia - Part 2:
#8 - TheWeddingScoop.com

The geode cake shot to fame last year when this three-tier, edible amethyst masterpiece by bakery-maestros Intricate Icings hit social media.:
#9 - Carrie'sCakes.com

#10 - @FrostyCakery on Instagram

And for the kids...something a little sweeter:
We took an average chocolate cake pop and turned it into a stunning crystal.:
Rock Candy Cake Pops ~ Recipe from TasteMade

xoxo jamillah

Saturday, October 15, 2016

How to Add a Hovering Pinterest Button in Blogger

For the non-computer whiz bloggers like me, figuring out how to add my pop-up Pinterest heart was no easy task. First, I have to give it up to the ladies over at Pish & Posh for offering tons of great FREE blogging add-ons. Even my site template is from P&P's amazing shop! Second, it only takes a few minutes to upload the button, so don't get discouraged. Believe me, if I can do it, you can do it too! And trust me, a friendly little icon hovering over your blog post covers adds a nice, finishing touch. Plus, it encourages visitors to click or repin your posts, which boots your visibility on Pinterest and increases traffic...something we all look forward too!

Ok, here we go:

Step #1 - Open your Blogger dashboard and go to Template >> Edit HTML. Backup your template just in case. I keep a folder on my desktop named "Blog Backup" and stash the files in there each time I make a change. A little organization goes a long way!

Step #2 - Find the </body> tag near the bottom of all that coding mess. I know it's a little hard to find, but keep scrolling, it's in there.

Step #3 - Copy & paste this paragraph of HTML code from Blogger Sentral exactly one line above the </body> tag. (It's okay to press enter to make a new line for this step.) If you need some visual hand-holding for this step, like I did, watch this video.

var bs_pinButtonURL = "http://thisistheurlforyourimage.png";
var bs_pinButtonPos = "center";
var bs_pinPrefix = "";
var bs_pinSuffix = "";
<script src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.8.2/jquery.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script id="bs_pinOnHover" src="http://greenlava-code.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/publicscripts/bs_pinOnHoverv1_min.js" type="text/javascript">
// This Pinterest Hover Button is brought to you by bloggersentral.com.
// Visit http://www.bloggersentral.com/2012/11/pinterest-pin-it-button-on-image-hover.html for details.
// Feel free to use and share, but please keep this notice intact.

Step #4 - See the words in red? Once you have downloaded an image for button you would like to use, you will need to create a url address. Upload your button to an online photo album service like Photobucket. In the sidebar window, select the DIRECT LINK and copy & paste that code in between the quotation marks back inside your blog template.

Step #5 - You can change the location of your button by replacing the word "center" with either "topleft", "topright", "bottomleft", or "bottomright".

Step #6 -  Save your changes. Now view your blog and watch the magic happen! Your button should appear on every picture you've posted...even old posts you've probably forgotten about. This method worked for me the very first time. How'd it work for you? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo jamillah

Friday, October 7, 2016

Sewing DIY: How to Hem Your Jeans Like a Pro

Short girl problem #1 - finding a pair of jeans that not only fit, but are just the right length.

Unless they make a store called "Short and Sassy" I will forever be doomed to roam the petites section of every clothing store hunting for that perfect pair of jeans. My inseam in 29 inches on a good day, but with shoes on, I prefer a nice round 30. It seems the pants that are supposed to be my size always run about 32" at the shortest. That's a cool length if I was still stomping around in platform heels, but I have to run after toddlers. I need my pants to work with my new 'get-up-and-go' lifestyle and frayed, dog-chewed hemlines are just not my thing.

Recently, I purchased a pair of jeans from a fancy-shmancy store that shall remain nameless. They fit like a dream! Nice high waist, cute flared style, moody dark wash ... but long as ever ... from the petites! And I had been waiting for flares to come back in style for a loooooong time. Having been mistaken for a boy on multiple occasions growing up, flares gave me real confidence through those angst-ridden, soul-searching teenage years...and now they're back! I love the way they cover most of my shoe, but are still fitted enough to give my body an actual shape. Imagine a five-foot, three inch graham cracker...then poof, I'm a lady! Magic, right?

Unfortunately, when I asked the shopkeeper, "Hey, do you guys offer hemming services?"
he answered my question with a raised eyebrow and an enthusiastic "No!" I left the shop disgruntled and disappointed. No hemming, no alterations, nothing. I was on my own. As soon as I came home, I frantically searched for a pair of pants that I remembered having taken to the dry cleaners. I flipped them inside out and decoded their secret method for hemming that keeps the original hem intact. Lucky you for finding this post! Now go grab all the pants that drag and let's take back our wardrobes! Who needs a tailor? We got this.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October Workshops

Hellooooo Fall!
It's been a long, long journey slogging through the summer heat, battling hordes of mosquitoes and uneven tan lines. FINALLY it's time for cozy cups of pumpkin spiced lattes and even cozier oversized neck scarves! Woo-hoo! I love everything about the fall ~ the aromas, the jewel-like colors, the finely-tuned fashion details that appear only in cold weather clothing...brass buttons, turtlenecks with ironic brooches, lace-trimmed boot socks, all boots in general, buckles. Not only that, but I finally have a great excuse to wear flannel and jeans on a daily basis and not feel like the only lumberjack on the beach who didn't get the memo.

again with the knitting projects...so many options. And who ever said knitting a scarf was "boring" or "basic"?:
knitting pattern ~ ravelry.com

Monday, September 19, 2016

COLOR CRUSH : Pastel Pink

Pastel pink, tea rose, blush, 13-1406TPX ... call it what you wish, Pantone's 2016 Color of the Year is not your grandmother's mauve. I have to admit, I was an avid Golden Girls fan long ago when the m-color was as rampant as Mr-T on roller skates, Captain Planet and guys with Richard Simmons afros. Back then, I hated yucky-mauve! You couldn't pay me to wear light pink, let alone grapefruit.
Killer pink leather boots from Just Fab

Monday, September 5, 2016

Name Necklace Workshop

Click to register!
Cute. Timeless. Feminine. A personalized name necklace is a seamless addition to any jewelry wardrobe. If you have an exotic name like me, good luck hunting through the racks at Claire's or Charming Charlie's searching for a match! I still cross my fingers sometimes, hoping just once that maybe...maybe, I will find a "Jamillah" among all the Jenny's, Jan's and Jamie's. 

Lovely layering from Zeba at www.ellaprettyblog.blospot.com

Those days are SO over! Working with metallic acrylics, in this workshop, participants will follow along with me using step-by-step instructions in Corel Draw X7. Then discover how to modify text and contour letter groupings before sending the proofs to the laser room. Not a computer whiz? Don't worry, I will be there with plenty of tips & coaching to help you make something beautiful!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

LASER 101: Learning the Basics of Laser Cut Jewelry Design

Making laser-cut jewelry, or rather laser-cut anything is a beautiful + careful + mysterious + intriguing process that I am so happy and grateful to be a part of. These past few weeks have been amazing journey, learning alongside my students at Catylator Makerspace what the VLS4.60 laser can do.

The VLS4.60 has three main functions - cutting, scoring and etching. The machine works by directing a high powered beam of light at an object and vaporizing the selected areas away, leaving a clean-cut finished edge or a detailed surface image.

Catylator founder Stephen Morris prepping the machine for the first batch of etched beauties during our Laser-Cut Jewelry Demonstration & Workshop (June 2016)

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Top 100 Lasercut Jewelry Designers

Necklace designs by Shkoof

Little Miso

Victoria Contreras Flores
Amazing things start happening when you combine artistic talent + technology. Ponoko.com has compiled a list of 100 Lasercut Jewelry Designers for 2016. They have everything from metal to wood, leather and acrylic. Get inspired!

Want to see how the process works? My 'Laser Cutting & Etching Jewelry Demonstration' is this Saturday at 1pm. Remember to register to reserve your space!

xoxo jamillah

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