Necklace Inspired by Sweet & Sassy

Back on the Middle Sister design track, today’s post features Sweet & Sassy Moscato.  The story below will explain how this design had some mix ups and twists to get to the finished product.  One of the things I’m most excited about this design is the black and white color scheme.  My designs tend to be a variety of colors, but never black and white.  When I look at my own closet, a black design is really practical for a lot of outfits.  This design has me thinking what else I can do with black & white.

The Background

I imagine Sweet & Sassy as a smart, busy businesswoman with a career that pulls her in many different directions (which she loves).  However, the hectic nature of her day job makes her look forward to the evenings relaxing with a wonderful glass of wine.   From the label on the bottle, here’s the message about this sister:

After a long hard day of being fabulous, I like to relax with a glass of wine. But I don’t want it to bite me back. Isn’t there enough drama in this world? That’s why this wine is my new best wine friend. With a touch of natural sweetness, it’s smooth and refreshing and so easy to love. Moscato, always stay as sweet as you are. I’ll handle the sassy part.

I feel some connections to Sweet & Sassy….I think the design will be fun to create.

The Design Process

As with all the other sisters, the process began with Sweet & Sassy’s Inspiration Board filled with descriptions and images from her Pinterest page.  What you can see in her board below is a thread of technology and a more dressed up, somewhat “sassy” look.

After taking a look at her board again, I pulled the photo with the beads I had selected for this sister….this is when I realized I had made a mistake.  I had already used those beads in the design for another sister – Smarty Pants.  I’m not sure exactly how that happened, but it did.  And, I’ll have to say, I was really pleased with how the design for Smarty Pants had turned out.

The two sisters to have some things in common, like their love for technology and science.  So, I thought maybe I could use the original beads planned for Smart Pants in this design.  As I looked at those beads (below), I just couldn’t get inspired for something that felt “right” for Sweet & Sassy….so, I moved on…..

I went back to the inspiration board and really connected with the image of the nails with the newsprint.  I decided I wanted to springboard off that image as the inspiration for the design.

The Final Product

The final necklace carries the black and white style of the typeface inspiration and incorporates many unique design details.

Selecting the outfit that felt right for Sweet & Sassy was surprisingly easy.  I headed to the black and white options in my closet and was drawn immediately to this sweater set.  The simple black paired with the “sassy” animal print trim just felt right.  I think the necklace is the perfect compliment to the overall outfit.

The Design Elements

The pendant design is a typewriter key.  I attended the Plymouth Art Fair and found Joy Sparks Design.  Joy creates wonderful jewelry from old typewriter keys.  I spent a bit of time searching for the “perfect” key for the Sweet & Sassy necklace and landed on the pound key shown below.

After my “find” at the art fair, I decided that I wanted to try the nail technique on a couple pieces of clear glass to bring a piece of the bottle into the design.  I will admit, this technique is simple, but not as easy as it looks.  It took me several tries to get it to look good.

Essentially, you paint your nails, or in this case a piece of glass, with white nail polish.  Then, after the paint is dry, you rub on a bit of alcohol and place a piece of newspaper on the polish.  When you peel back the paper, the image has transferred onto the polish.  Apply a top coat of clear polish and you are good to go.  For me, the tough part was peeling off the newspaper.  A couple times it got stuck or blurred the typeface.

However, after a few tries, I was really satisfied with the final product.  I wrapped the glass sections in a black wire and I think they make a great element of the overall look.

To tie those key design pieces together, I used bits of silver chain, white recycled glass beads, and snowflake obsidian gemstones.

After completing the design, I looked up some information on the Snowflake Obsidian online and found this background.

Snowflake Obsidian is a stone of purity. It balances mind body and spirit.  Placed on the sacral hara chakra, snowflake obsidian will calm and soothe and allow you to view unhealthy patterns in your own behaviour, thus opening the door to change.

Since I picture Sweet & Sassy with such a busy lifestyle, wearing this necklace to calm and soothe could be just perfect for her!!  If this design is also perfect for you, you can purchase it in my Etsy shop.


The design for Sweet & Sassy is far removed from my original thoughts many weeks ago.  However, I think it turned out in a really cool place.  And, as I mentioned before, I’m excited to have a black and white design in the mix.  What do you think about how the necklace turned out?

In other, related news…..Since my last Middle Sister post, the brand has made some exciting announcements.  They have added two new “sisters” to the mix – “Wild One” Malbec and “Glamour Girl” bubbly – and launched a line of ready to drink cocktails.  Currently the cocktails are Rebel Red Cranberry Cosmo and Mischief Maker Margarita.  I really like that they carried the wine sisters over to the cocktails.  They have them dressed up for a night on the town and the designs are really cool.  I’ve decided not to tackle designs for Wild One and Glamour Girl just yet, but later this year you may just see a post inspired by these new sisters.


2 Responses to “ Necklace Inspired by Sweet & Sassy ”

  1. Teresa Nord says:

    I (as you know) am a sucker for black and white… and LOVE this! Nice job Lori!

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My name is Lori Sullivan. By day I'm a Marketing Strategist and by night I'm a Jewelry Designer. I also enjoy relaxing with family and friends with a great wine or beer. This blog is the place where my passions for drinks, design, memories and marketing mix.