Meet My New Line of Jewelry: Glitterthorn

guinevere-necklaces-glitterthorn-jewelry-sunflareHello friends!

It’s been a long time in the making, but I’m finally ready to launch my new line of jewelry: Glitterthorn, an edgy, boho collection featuring rough, organic stones and crystals, accented by epoxy, metal leafing, vintage chains, and Swarovski rhinestones.

Here are the first 2 designs I’m rolling out:        guinevere-necklaces-glitterthorn-jewelry

{  Guinevere  Necklace  }

Clear quartz point pendant with black epoxy resin and gold leaf [sealed], on goldtone cable chain with pyramid charm at clasp. Can be worn at 17″ (between choker and princess length) or 28″ (rope length). Comes in Large or Small.

guinevere-necklace-large-glitterthorn-jewelryLarge = wider crystal point, around 1 and 3/16″ long and ¾” wide.


Guinevere Necklace { Large } – $36

[shown worn as the long length]

guinevere-necklace-small-glitterthorn-jewelrySmall = thinner crystal point, around 1¼” long and ½” wide.guinevere-small-necklace-glitterthorn-jewelry-on-model

Guinevere Necklace { Small } – $29

[shown worn as the short length]


{  Isolde Necklace  }

Crystal geode slice pendant, surrounded by black epoxy resin studded with Swarovski crystal chatons. Silvertone flat cable chain and silvertone pyramid charm at closure. Long length: vertical geode slice, 24″ (opera length) chain. Pendant = approximately 1½” long and 1″ wide at widest point.


Isolde Necklace { Long } – $42

The stones used in this jewelry are unique – please allow for natural variations on their organic beauty.

guinevere-necklace-large-glitterthorn-jewelry-on-model-wildflowersMore designs coming soon – I can’t wait to share them with you!!

This has been a labor of love of mine for such a long time, I’ve many times second-guessed myself and felt like it wasn’t ready to share just yet. But if I keep stalling I just may never do it! I’m still working on the logo, putting together an Instagram for Glitterthorn (to share behind-the-scenes and new designs, as well as offering pieces for purchase), refining my Etsy store, deciding on packaging…etc. etc. But they say to do something that scares you every day, and to jump in feet first before you feel completely sure. I’m not completely sure what I’m doing, but I love making jewelry, and I know I want to share it with the world. Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement!

Glitterthorn Jewelry is Now Available through my Etsy store here!

Questions? Comments? Let me know!




Announcement: New Edgy Boho Chic Jewelry Designs Coming Soon…

glitterthorn-jewelry-designs-preview-carly-j-caisHello friends!

I’ve had a ton of things going on, been revamping my life, and doing a lot of soul-searching lately, as well as diving into new, exciting (and a little scary) projects. I teased the above image out on my Instagram awhile ago, and I’m finally getting close to launching my new line of handmade, edgy boho chic jewelry.

Glitterthorn has launched!

Check out the full post here – and they’re available for purchase here.

What do you guys think?

Stay tuned for more…coming oh so soon! I can’t wait to share with all of you :-)



My Spoonflower Fabrics Maker-Submitted Project Showcase

As you may know, I designed some fabrics awhile ago and offer them for sale by the yard through my shop on Spoonflower.
mygalaxydesignsonspoonflowerAt first I created them because I couldn’t find any galaxy-print fabrics that I liked, and I wanted to play with the trending print. After I opened my shop though, people that I didn’t even know began purchasing my designs and using them in their own projects. I was so thrilled to see other creators designing with fabrics that I had spent so long laboring over their designs, their colors, their pattern repeat until my eyes were practically crossed!

Some people were kind enough to share with me some projects they had made:

Like Yannick who goes by @yansev on Instagram, who made this amazing wakeboard cover using my palm tree fabric. (He’s working on a line of wakeboard covers coming in Summer 2015 – follow him on Instagram for updates!!) Whoever thought of making a wakeboard cover with Spoonflower fabric…isn’t that cool??!

galaxytoteAnd Maria, who made this galaxy-print tote she offers for sale in her Etsy shop 162Pens.

galaxypencilcaseShe also made this cute little pencil case/makeup pouch too.

Her craftsmanship is just beautiful…you should definitely check out the other pretty designs in her shop to ogle!

Thank you everyone for sharing your amazing projects with me! I’m so happy that you found these fabrics useful and fun for you:-)
outfit9.02.13_bag2Just to share some more ideas, I made this DIY Flat Bottomed Zip Pouch with my Sideways Palm Tree Tropical Photo Print in organic cotton sateen…


…this DIY Galaxy-Print Mini Skirt with my Alternate Blue Galaxy Print in organic cotton sateen…


…and this scrunchie with my Red Star Field Galaxy Print in silk crepe de chine.

In addition to fabrics, you can also get any of these prints available for sale as wallpaper or gift wrap too!

I’m so happy that something like Spoonflower exists, where fabric designers can made beautiful fabrics come to life, and people like me, who just like playing with pattern and color, can even aspire to be a fabric designer.

If any of you have used my Spoonflower fabrics for anything, please share your projects with me! I’d love to showcase them on Chic Steals :-)


DIY Galaxy Print Mini-Skirt

0.diygalaxyskirt_introphotoA couple years ago I was desperately wanting some galaxy-print fabric since clothing featuring photorealistic prints of stars was just about everywhere. But I couldn’t find any fabric sellers that sold this particular print!! So I just Did It Myself, and designed a number of fun galaxy-print fabrics on, utilizing licensed Hubble Telescope images of star fields, quasars, Red Giants, planets, and galaxies. I worked on them in Photoshop to adjust the colorization and created seamless repeating patterns so they would be perfect for fabric (or even wallpaper!). sparklestarwallpapercarlyjcais_galaxyprintfabricfromSpoonflower1In order to offer them for sale in my shop, I had to order test swatches to check the color and printing. For one of the designs I ordered a fat quarter of Organic Cotton Sateen (upper right in the photo above), not quite sure what I wanted to make with it but certain that I wanted a good enough amount to make something neat. And I finally hit upon a little mini-skirt (though had I ordered 1 yd, I would have had enough for front AND back!).

diygalaxyskirt1 diygalaxyskirt2As it was I had to use some black cotton sateen for the back, but it turned out pretty well regardless and I’m just as pleased with it as if it had been galaxy-print all the way around.

diygalaxyskirt3I used Butterick Pattern 6834, chopping the length at View E (since that’s all the galaxy-print fabric I had). (I believe the pattern is no longer available.)
diygalaxyskirt6Here are some similar patterns you could use:

diygalaxyskirt5It sewed up quickly and was pressed and hemmed in no time, and now I have a fun mini-skirt for Summer!

If you’re looking for this same galaxy fabric, it is here:

Alternate Blue Galaxy Print by CarlyJCais

Or other galaxy print fabrics: (click through to access my shop on Spoonflower)
They look great as blouses, T-shirts, even leggings (on stretch cotton jersey!!)

diygalaxyskirt4Stay tuned for my outfit featuring this skirt, coming soon to the blog.

Happy DIY’ing!

New Galaxy Fabric Swatches from Spoonflower Arrived!

I had designed some galaxy photo-print fabric last year on Spoonflower, ordered some swatches, and then sort of forgot about them.  I made a silk tank top from one of the swatches, but didn’t do much beyond that.

Made with 1 fat quarter of my Red Star Field Galaxy design fabric, on Cotton Silk.  It’s so lightweight and drapey!

A reader recently messaged me on Facebook about that galaxy-print fabric…which sent me into design overdrive!  I then put together 8 more galaxy photo print fabric designs, and ordered test swatches on a variety of different fabrics to see how they printed.

I just got them in the mail today (obvs, judging by the fold lines still in them I haven’t ironed out…), and I’m thrilled with how they turned out!

The organic cotton sateen Alternate Blue Galaxy Print (above) I’m using as the backing to the skirt I had planned when I made my first round of galaxy-print fabric.

This is my Sparkle Star Field, printed on Cotton Poplin.  Gorgeous as a tablecloth…but even better as a swingy skater skirt or pieced blouse!  (I haven’t decided which just yet…)

Clockwise, from top left: Rainbow Star Field on basic combed cotton, Orange and Red Galaxy basic combed cotton, Purple Swirl Star Field Nebula on cotton silk, Pink and Green Burst Galaxy on organic cotton knit.

Of course the test swatches are too small to do much with; maybe I’ll make little purses or scrunchies with them.  They were more to just see colors and make sure the repeat was correct.

And also my Purple Galaxy Nebula Burst fabric, which I got done on cotton silk.

I had a blast designing them all, which are originally from hi-res photos of galaxies, stars, and nebulae, completely repeating and seamless.  Maybe you’d be interested in using something for your next DIY project?

See My Galaxy Print Fabric on Spoonflower

And if not, why not design your own fabric?  Spoonflower offers a number of tools and how-tos to designing your own fabrics, including vector designs and making difficult repeating patterns.

Happy DIY’ing!


Sneak Preview: Launching Tomorrow

I’ve been hard at work on a little personal project that I can’t wait to share with all of you.  If everything goes well and I can finish wrapping this up…I’ll be done and launching it tomorrow.

Hope you guys like it!


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