This past December I wanted to make some ornaments for my tree. While I love the look of typical Christmas ornaments and colors I found myself pulling out all sorts of colors to make my ornaments. I had just finished making some bracelets with wire and beads, you can see those in the previous blog post, so I kept with that line of thinking to make my ornaments. I made circles with wire leaving a tiny hooked area at the top of hanging, wrapped the wires with fabrics and fibers then wrapped the wire with more wire strung with beads. To finish off the ornaments I tied strips of ribbon all around the ornament and added ribbon at the top in the hook for hanging. I really love how these turned out. So much so that they never made it on to my tree. I hung them in a cluster in my art studio so I can see them every time I am creating. Maybe next Christmas I’ll be ready to use them on my tree. Until then, I get to enjoy them all year-long.
Thank you for stopping by. It’s always nice to see you. I hope you enjoy the photos below.
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.
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.
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!
A month or two ago a YouTube subscriber asked me if I had a video on making fabric beads. I did not have a video about it because I had never made any paper or fabric beads before. She asked if I would mind showing my take on making fabric beads and I said I would. When I had some time, I sat down and started making some fabric beads using scraps from my scrap bin. I found it relaxing and fun to do. Once I had a few beads made I then made some charms with them. They are so cute. So, there is now a video on how I make my fabric beads and next week I will share how I made my charms. A link to the beads video is below. Use up some of your scraps and make some pretty beads. It’s fun. 🙂
I have a couple of drawers full of flowers I use in my creations. I have gone through those drawers and using up the flowers pretty fast. I am close to being able to move all the flowers into one draw. I have learned over the years what I do and don’t like so in the future I will be more selective when I buy flowers. Then, you have to account for taste changes. What I once liked could be something I don’t like after having it in a drawer for 20 years. No more of that. That stuff has to go. So, I took some odd flowers I had and added my strips of fabric to them to make them flowers I like and will use. There is a video on you YouTube channel if you would like to see the process of how I made them. It was fun to use up old stuff and create something ‘new’ that won’t go to waste. 🙂