Handmade Leather Earrings

Do you love the look of big statement earrings but don't want the weight of them pulling on your ears?  That was totally me about a year ago.  I love wearing earrings to accessorize my outfits but hated that larger ones were heavy, hurt my ears or even made them red and irritated.  I saw some leather earrings online and heard they were so lightweight.  I entered a giveaway and won a pair.  I was instantly in love with them!  I ordered another pair and then decided I wanted to try and make my own.  I had made jewelry before and had most of the tools I needed already on hand.  All I really needed was some leather and patterns.

After I had made several pairs, some friends expressed interest in them as well.  So I began selling them locally, but do ship for a small fee. A friend of mine hadn't worn earrings in years because of how they hurt her ears.  But when she saw these, she tried them and LOVED how they made a statement without being heavy or hurting.  All the hooks I use on my earrings are nickel free.  I have sensitive ears and I hear that from many friends too.  So I always make sure they are labeled as such.

There are so many fun patterns and colors of leather available.  I try to get what I can locally as to keep costs low.  My main goal was to make them super affordable!  It has become quite the fun hobby!  I cut all the leather by hand and assemble the earrings myself.  I often work with friends to create patterns or sizes they are interested in.

I have several friends who are oil users.  Guess what?!  These can be used as oil diffuser earrings!  You just put a drop on the back of the leather earring and wear your oils while looking cute!    

They also make great gifts for your family members, teachers or other earring lovers in your life!  I have them available in several different shapes and sizes.  My daughter is 11 and wears earrings occasionally.  When she expressed interest in wearing some, I created the small size with her in mind.  It has quickly become one of my most popular sizes!  If you are interested in seeing what I have available, check out my Facebook page June&Jo Leather Earrings.  


Preschool registration...

Are you a parent of a preschool aged child?  Or toddler about to turn 3?  Have you registered them for preschool yet?  I know it seems early but most preschools have had open registration for the last month!  If your little one will be 3 or 4 by September 1st, then now is the time to look into preschool for the fall.

Here are a few ideas of what you can do to find the right Preschool for you and your child...  

Talk to your friends who have children of similar age or older and ask what they did or are doing for Preschool.  Nothing is better than hearing positive feedback from trusted friends about a potential school for your child.  Ask for preschool suggestions on Facebook or do a Google search of preschools in your area.  

Schedule a visit to check out the preschools you are considering.  Even if you have a wonderful recommendation from a friend, it's always best to check it out for yourself.  Our director shows the interested families what our classrooms look like, tells them about our program and what they can expect from our Preschool.  

Get registered once you have decided which Preschool is right for your child!  There are usually several forms that need to be filled out, physicals to be gotten and registration fees to pay.  

Prepare your child for preschool slowly so they can ease into this new adventure.  Set up some playdates or take them to library storytime for socialization with other kids their age.  Begin the potty training process, if you haven't already.  Read books about preschool...

Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney.  {This series is a favorite of mine!}
What to Expect at Preschool by Heidi Murkoff 
Maisy Goes to Preschool by Lucy Cousins
I Love You All Day Long by Francesca Rusackas

Hopefully your child will be excited about this new adventure!  By doing these things I mentioned, I feel like you will find the right preschool for your family and be prepared once September rolls around.  Most importantly, keep this process fun for you and your child!


Lockers {here we come}!

How in the world do I have a daughter starting 5th grade this year?!  Where did the time go?  It seems like just yesterday she was starting Preschool!  Well ready or not, 5th grade here she comes!  AND she has a locker!  

New school building, locker, lots more students....so many changes this year!  One thing the school lets you do is come in the week before school starts and check out your locker, try the combination and find your classroom.  So off we went!  

You know if you have a locker you have to decorate it, right?!  {I guess you really don't have too, but my girl sure couldn't wait to personalize her space.}  We started with a locker set that included a pencil holder, dry erase board and mirror.  The color was light pink, so we went from there with other decor.   

You are discouraged from using any tape in your locker, so we made sure everything was magnetic. We got a variety that were decorative, some food themed and a couple magnetic clips.  We also found some magnetic polaroid outlines that you could add pictures inside.  So G picked out what photos she wanted to display in them.  Then we added some cute cards with sayings and bible verses on them. 

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.  Ephesians 4:32

Hold onto instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.
Proverbs 4:13

One thing we created for the locker was a cute banner.  To do this we just tied some twine to each of the magnetic clips and then added some washi tape wrapped over and cut into banners.  This was so simple and adds such a cute touch to the top of her locker!

Last thing we added was a shelf in the bottom to utilize that space better.  This sure was a pain to get in!  Another mom was nice enough to help me, as I was getting frustrated!  LOL!  

Just about any place you buy your school supplies will have decorations and organization for your locker.  We shopped at Walmart, Meijer and Five Below.  Target and Dollar Tree had some fun items as well.  Don't feel like you have to spend lots of money on locker decor.  Use what you have and get creative!  Planning ahead is always a way to save money too.  Watch end of seasons when things start to get marked on clearance.  That's when we picked up her pink dry erase board and mirror set!

She has gotten lots of practice opening her locker and is ready to begin a new adventure!


Back to school organization...

We recently redid Little Bits room and made it more grown up!  She is going into 5th grade this year and I can't believe it!  Where does the time go?!  Well, remember the homework area from this post?  She's quite outgrown the little table, so we moved it out and moved the whiteboard into her room.  

She now has a place to keep track of her weekly schedule, homework, bus times, etc.  She really loves having her own space to display postcards and artwork.  The whiteboard is also great for working out math problems, practicing writing, etc.  

She has loved keeping track of her weekly schedule this summer on a dry erase calendar I made using an Erin Condren "Oh What a Week" tear off sheet.  She can write down what we've got going each day, so she knows what to plan for.  She also will be able to keep track of what she has each day once school starts. 

We also created a shelf in my office with all kinds of writing materials and a clipboard.  She loves to grab the clipboard and a pen or pencil to work on her homework.  She can sit on the couch, floor, dining room table or in her underbed fort in her room! 

I love that as Little Bit gets older we can adapt our homework and organization system to what works best for her.  What are you doing to get ready for back to school at your house?