I rarely make jewelry but when I was making my beaded charms last year I thought I would make a few bracelets just for fun. I made two bracelets using wire to make my bracelet shape. I took some wire, any gauge you like is fine as long as you can bend it easily, and formed a circle the size I would need to slip over my wrist. Then I made it a tiny bit bigger to account for wrapping various items around the wire. Once I got the size I wanted I looped the wire ends together and wrapped them around each other. Then I wrapped the wire with fabric and glued it at the end to finish it off. Then I wrapped fibers, trims and twine around the bracelet adding a bee charm to one of them. I tied the ends off to secure the trims. Then, I made a third bracelet simply by stringing some wood beads on a piece of monofilament I cut to the size I needed for my bracelet. I finished that one off with a jewelry clasp. Lastly, I made a fourth bracelet using garment pins. I just added some tiny beads to each garment pin and then hooked them together. I left one garment pin empty of beads to use for the closure. I love that they are so basic and simple. I probably broke a lot of “jewelry making” rules since I was just “winging it” but I’m ok with that. 🙂
Happy Valentines Day! It seemed like the perfect day to share this heart I made. I took some wire and formed a heart shape then wrapped it with fabric, and fibers. I also strung some tiny beads on some thin wire and wrapped that around the heart too. I added a large red wood bead at the inner tip of the heart and added a strip of fabric at the top to hang the heart by. Super easy and fun. I hope you all have a wonderful day today.
Happy February. 🙂 Here is another one of those projects I worked on a few months ago where I used a lot of my paper scraps and fibers from other projects. First, I covered a 5 1/4 x 10 1/2 inch tag by Ranger with scrapbook paper. Then, I gathered up some fabric, fiber and paper scraps and a few odd die cuts I had on my desk and started layering. When I was happy with how the tag looked I cut the word “Bird’s-Eye” from my dictionary and added it where the eye of the bird would go. I also cut out the definition of the word “Birds-Eye” and glued it above the bird. At the bottom I used two metal embellishments I had on my desk too. It was simple and fast to make and it helped me use up some more of my scraps. Creating can be fun, fast and easy. I encourage you to use simple pieces at your fingertips and create a cute, funky tag or journal page with them.
About a week ago I introduced Oscar to you in a video. I wanted to create a post for him here for those that prefer to follow the blog. Oscar is a Miniature Australian Shepherd. He was born into a “Toy” liter but based on his size we believe he will be a Miniature. We’ll see as he grows up. It doesn’t matter to me. All that matters to me is he is happy, safe, healthy and loved. Oscar is learning a lot of new things very quickly. At the time of this post he is almost 12 weeks old. I am learning too. Like today, I learned he does not like the sound of the VitaMix as I make peanut butter. He’s so cute. He fills my heart with joy and my hands and arms with punctures from his playfulness. I know this stage won’t last forever but for now, I’m the best toy in the house as far as he is concerned.
Can you believe January is almost over!!! All I did was blink and poof, it was gone. lol
I have a little project I worked on last year that I never shared with you guys. I have some rolls of burlap that I really love and I thought I would use some of it to create a little journal. Inside the journal I used up some 12 x 12 scrapbook paper I have had for a while. I just cut the 12 x 12 paper in half making them 12 x 6 pieces. On the outside I used a lot of left over fibers I had in my stash as well as fabric, trim and lace scraps. I used an old button and a piece of twine for the closure and the twine wraps around the journal giving it room to grow a little bit. The tag on the front of the journal is a tag I used to wipe off excess paint from another project. I left it in that ‘unfinished’ state and just glued it to the front of the journal. I really like how that looks. I also added a smaller bit of lace scrap and a button to the tag. I think it’s really cute and I love all of the texture and color it has. It’s amazing what you can do with your scraps and leftover papers. Give it a try.
A few months ago I was sitting in my art room making little pins using up some of my beads from various materials while I listened to classical piano playing on my cd player in combination with my sweet beagle snoring as she slept in her bed near me. I wanted to use up some of the beads I had kept in my bead box for a long time as well as use up some of the fabric beads I made earlier last year. I also wanted to use up some of the hat and floral pins I had on hand. I have two types. One type has a white top on the pin and the other has a green top on the pin. I wasn’t crazy about the green top ones for all the pins I was making so I took some of my Ranger Alcohol Inks and painted the tops different color combinations. I really like how they came out. You can use them on tags, ATC’s, in your journals and any way you can think of. Or, you can do what I do and just display them on a pretty pin cushion just to enjoy looking at until you have a need for them.
Happy New Year everyone. While I have not been able to create a video for a while I did do a few things off camera when I could. One of the things I made was Rudolph Bows. I saw a video by Maymay Made It where she showed how to make them and I thought they were so cute I wanted to make them for the grandchildren’s packages. I wrapped their gifts in brown craft paper because the dark brown bows looked really cute on the lighter brown paper. These are super cute, really easy to make and you can make bows for any occasion using this technique. If you would like to see the video by Maymay Made It, so you can save this idea for next year or make some bows for your next gift, just click on her channel name and the link will take you there.
I hope you all have a wonderful 2018 and I look forward to another year of creating and sharing with you.
I am so excited to announce that I am part of the 2018 Design Team for Roben-Marie Smith. I have had to keep this quiet and bite my tongue for almost 3 months and boy was that hard to do. lol I am so inspired by Roben-Marie and very excited to be a part of her team next year. And, I am really looking forward to working with the other wonderful and very talented ladies on the team. Pop over to Roben-Marie’s blog to meet the other team members and share in our excitement. I hope you will join me in this awesome adventure.
Again with the paper bags? Yep…again. lol And trust me there will be more paper bags to come. This little guy is so cute. It’s a smaller bag and it was the perfect size for ATC’s. So, this bag turned into a little ATC book. If you aren’t familiar with what an ATC is it stands for Artist Trading Cards. They are little 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 cards you make to trade with other artist or to just make for fun of it. If you would like to see how to make this book you can go to the link below and watch the process video. I didn’t take more photos of the inside pages but you can see them in the video. Start saving those paper bags. They make such cute projects.
Last week I made my first fabric beads. You can see those in the previous blog post. Of course I had to use them in some projects. I made some charms and a key chain. I just love them. They can hang anywhere. I plan to hang one on my purse. I also used one of my beads on a long hat pin. I forgot to take a photo of it but you can see it in the video and the link for the video is below. I really enjoyed making these and I just love the way the beads I made and the other beads I used look together. I especially love the fibers on the beads I made. I have a few other projects I am working on where I used my beads and at some point I will show them in a video and/or on my blog post. Until next time have fun creating!