Feels Like Spring

The sun has finally showed up in The Netherlands and I am finally writing here again. It’s been (hopefully ‘was’) a long and cold winter around here. With ups and downs, many jewelry pieces made and luckily also many sales.

It is finally feeling like spring here again and I can’t wait for all the long days, barbecues and relaxing in the sun I hope we are going to get this year.

These pictures were made during a very nice walk we made last Sunday at the Genneperparken in Eindhoven.

Me and my lief

I hope the good weather is here to stay (and that we get a bit of a colour soon :P)

And how is the weather over were you are?


Turquoise Chips Necklace Tutorial


It’s been a little while since I’ve posted my last tutorial. But when I got my hands on these supplies from Auntie’s Beads I couldn’t wait to work with them. It is very obvious that I love Turquoise beads. And I am completely in love with this necklace made with turquoise chips, a lampwork diamond bead and antique brass findings .

So last weekend I had a lot of fun playing with these beautiful Turquoise chips and today I want to share with you the making of this necklace.

Want to learn how to make your own? Here is what I’ve used to make this necklace:


Blue Turquoise Chip Strand

Brass Trigger Clasp

Antique Brass Rolo Chain

Lampwork Diamond Bead

Jump Rings

Eye Pins


– Step 1: Slide some chips on the eye pin (I’ve used 4 chips per pin).


Step 2:  Using your round nose plier, make a loop on the end of the pin.


Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 and now attach the loop to the first set.


Step 4: Repeat the steps above until you have a strand of approximately 22 cm.


Step 5: Now you will make another strand of 24 cm.


Step 6: Slide the lamp work bead on an eye pin making a loop on the end.


Step 7: With the help of a jump ring connect the bead to one end of the two strands.


Step 8: Take two pieces of chain of two sizes (mine are 18 and 21 cm approximately).


Step 9: Attach the smallest chain to the loop on the diamond bead.


Step 10: Now using another jump ring connect the longer chain to the end of the two beaded strand.


Step 11: Attach the clasp and jump ring to the end of the chain on either side to finish off the necklace.


And here is the completed piece.


This piece was very easy and fun to make. I just love how it turned on  and now I’ve got myself a beautiful statement necklace.

Make sure you check  Auntie’s Beads out for a great selection of supplies. I’d love to see pictures if you make your own version of this necklace. Just leave your link in the comments.

Thank you for stopping by.

Take care,


Pão de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Breads)

As the Brazilian girl I am, I am very addicted to cheese breads or as we call it in Portuguese: pão de queijo.


So today, like almost every Sunday I’ve made these yummy Brazilian cheese breads for breakfast. It also uses tapioca starch instead of wheat flour for its main ingredient and that makes it gluten free. Here in The Netherlands I buy the tapioca starch at an Asian store and it cost less than one euro for 400gr. The cheese breads are easy to make and today I’d like to share the recipe with you.


1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
250gr tapioca flour
3 eggs
200gr of a tasty grated cheese (I always use old Gouda cheese, but parmesan cheese is also good)


1. Preheat the oven to about 200° C. Boil the milk, oil, water and salt in the saucepan, and whisking occasionally, bring it to a gentle boil over medium heat.
2. In a bowl, add the tapioca flour and pour the mix from the sauce pan on top of it. Let it cool down.
3. Add the cheese and the eggs to the dough and mix them very well using your hands.
4. Oil your hands and form balls with the dough and place them on a greased baking plate.
5. Bake for about 25 minutes or until they just start to brown.


They are delicious crispy outside but amazingly soft and chewy inside.



Metal Stamping


The past days I have been experimenting metal stamping. Stamping metal jewelry always seemed so complicated to me. I was wrong. It’s a really simple process and really fun. The result of this experiment was 3 necklaces for now, but I already have a lot of new jewelry ideas.

I’ve made the necklace below as a birthday gift for a friend. I’m so excited to be able to make metal charms for one of a kind special gifts.

What do you think? Have you ever tried metal stamping?

Banana Oatmeal Pancakes


Today I have another recipe to share with you. The banana oatmeal pancakes are very easy to make and very tasty. They are perfect for a lazy Sunday breakfast, for an afternoon snack or whenever you want to spoil yourself.

The ingredients list is not big at all and will make about 6 pancakes.

You will need:

– 100ml milk

– 60gr oatmeal

– 1 egg

– 2 ripe bananas

– Vanilla extract (optional)


– Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend them until you have smooth mixture.
– Pour some of the pancake batter to a hot greased skillet and cook on each side until lightly brown on each side.

You can serve them pure or with jam, syrup, fruit, with honey and fresh blueberries (my favourite) or with chocolate paste (like Ties likes them).



My Precious!!

It’s new jewelry day today at Giselle Designs! And I’m here shamelessly proud showing the new pieces added to my Etsy store.
These earrings are made with semi-precious cabochons, woven chain, rhinestone chain, ball chain and leather.
Available with Jade cabochon, Red Agate and Amethyst.
These are very graceful earrings, elegant and versatile. They hung on silver plated leverback earring hooks.

Stop by my Etsy shop for more info.

Take care,


DIY – Bronze Necklace Tutorial


It’s been a while but I finally have a new jewelry tutorial to share. This pretty necklace is very easy to make.Handmade-Turquoise-Bronze-Necklace


– Chain (I’ve used a woven chain)

– Beads (I’ve used 6mm turquoises)

– Jump rings

– Lobster claw clasp

– Eye pins


– Step 1: Take one bead and slide on the eye pin.


– Step 2: Cut the excess of the pin and make a loop using your round nose plier.


– Step 3: Take another bead and eye pin and repeat the steps above attaching the loop to the previous set.


– Step 4: Repeating the steps above till you have a 12cm strand.


– Step 5:  Take two pieces of chain measuring approximately 17cm each.


– Step 6: Now you will attach the one chain to each end to the beaded strand.



– Step 7: Attach the jump ring and lobster clasp to one end of your necklace.


– Step 8: Now you just have to attach a jump ring to other end of your necklace.


And then the necklace is done!


Here is a another version of this necklace.



Like the necklace but you are not into jewelry making? You can find these necklaces in my Etsy Store.

Take care,



Earrings Tutorial

This is a step by step tutorial that I’ve made a while back and it was on my older blog. They are very simple to make and beautiful earrings. I am also currently holding a sale in my shop. By using coupon code “SUMMER14” you can get 10% discount on all items. So if you had you’re eye on one of my products visit my store and take advantage of this sale. This sale will be going on till the 13th of August.


Wanna learn how to diy these earrings? You can do this, it is a very amusing work! Customize pairs of diy dangle earrings with whatever beads and chains you prefer! If you are not into jewelry making you purchase these earrings here.

Lets take a look at the materials list.

You will need:

– Beads (I’ve used 8mm faceted Emerald beads but you can use any type or size of beads)
– Chain
– daisy spacers
– Eye pins
– Earrings hooks

Step 1 – Start with the chains. You will need two strands of chain with 5 cm and two strands of chain with 6 cm.
Earrings-Step-by -step

Step 2 – Take your eye pin and slide the smaller chain, daisy spacer and beads in the order shown in the picture.


Step 3 – Using your round nose plier make a loop on the eye pin end.


Step 4 – Attach the 6cm chain ends to the eye pin loops.


Step 5 – Now you just have to connect your earring hook.


And your earrings are ready.

Handmade-Emerald -Earrings

Here is the pink version.


I hope you enjoyed this project.

Take care,