Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Back on the chain gang

Hello!  Happy Spring.  As you can see I have been very busy creating bead chain for my jewelry designs.  I find I like chaining while watching TV at night.  I get all of the eye pins together, with the beads and my pliers on a tray and crank away.  I have also been litsening to audio books while working.  It makes the time go faster, and I'm able to read my favorite books while working.  A more efficient use of time.  I still love reading, but this way is more productive, and I am multi-tasking!

  Here is the new issue of Bead Style magazine.  My necklace is featured on pages 68 and 69.  I really love this necklace.  Just got it back with my copies of the magazine.  It looks great in the photo, and the step by step instructions are great.  

I will be posting new pieces in the shop abet the next few weeks.  Things are very busy in the upcoming months with trunk shows, street faires.  Watch Facebook and  Instagram for updates.  

Saturday, December 28, 2013

And the winner is......

I had my hubby draw a name from all the entries, and the winner is:

Carol Banks!

Congratulations!  You win these 12 ornaments that were featured here over the last few weeks.  Please email me with your address so I can get them out to you right away!  

Thanks everyone for participating and helping me spread the word. 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013


I love snowmen. We were doing some Christmas crafting with my niece Julia yesterday and came up with these.  We used some clear bulbs and filled them with glitter.  We only had 2 clear bulbs and decided to look at what other bulbs we had that we could use. I found these silver bulbs and one with chunky glitter that I thought would look cute made into snowmen. 

We glittered some styrofoam balls and got glued them to the tops of the ornaments.  Straight pins were used for the eyes and smile.  The end of a kebab skewer was painted orange for the nose.  I made hats, headpieces and scarves with fabric scraps and jewelry.

I love how their personality seems to come out as you decorate them.  The last one was made by my daughter Kayleigh. 

Enter to win 12 of these ornaments by sharing on any social media website and leaving a comment on one of the ornament posts.  I am extending the date to Friday December 27th.  I will announce the winner on the 28th. 

I would like to take this time to thank you for visiting my blog and for the feedback you have given me on my crafts.  I enjoy creating things for people, and sharing ideas on how to make cool handcrafted gifts. 

During this holiday time, I have had some challenges and difficulties with the use of one functional arm.  I am thankful for my family and their support.  My daughter Kayleigh, who has been my left and spare arm for the last month.  I could not have done half of the things I needed to without her willingness to help.  

We had a lovely Christmas filled with laughter.  My daughters grandparents survived a fall and heart attack, my dad is recovering from a torn hamstring, my moms dog was hit by a car 2 days ago at our family holiday dinner. In spite of all the difficulties and potentially tragic events, we are all still here to celebrate the miracle of Christmas together.  Thankfully we are all ok, we have our health, and survived it all to tell the tales and laugh about it in the end. 

I hope your Christmas was memorable, and that you are home now enjoying the evening together with those you love.  Merry Christmas everyone.

Many blessings to you all.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Tinsel wrapped heart

I had a bunch of this spring tinsel that looks like a mini slinky.  I stretched it out and wrapped it randomly all over this heart and glued on my standard glitter tulle and vintage earring focal. 

They are simple to do and look so pretty. If you don't have a heart ornament, You could create a heart or star out of heavy wire like a coat hanger.  You can use a sparkly thread instead of tinsel if you aren't able to find it.

Remember to enter the drawing for 12 of these ornaments by sharing the page on any social networking site and leaving a comment on this or any if the ornament posts,  all people who post a comment will be entered to win. 

Thanks for looking, and have a beautiful Christmas filled with the love of family and friends.

Many blessings

glitter stars

These glitter stars are still among the top favorites of all ornaments I have made for the holidays.  A simple plastic star coated with german glass glitter and some kind of focal glued into the center.  I  have used vintage earrings, Buttons, rhinestones and flowers.  Jazz them up with a tulle circle under the focal first.  We all love how much they shine on the tree. I featured them last year on my blog and they still get a lot of pins on Pinterest. 

They have tarnished over the past year and look even more vintage now. 

I am a freak for glass glitter.  I buy tons of ornaments on clearance after Christmas and cover them with glitter. They look so gorgeous once you glitter them up.  Take a look at all those scraggly ornaments in the clearance bin and think about how you could rework them for a fresh new holiday style next year. 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Snowflake options

I have always loved snowflakes. I think the ornament snowflakes tend to be plain in the middle and beg for some type of ornamentation. I am planning a blue tree next year, so I made this blue snowflake by using the selvedge edge of the fabric because it has such a cool metallic fringe look to it.  I made a circle by taking a strip, making a running stitch and gathering it in the middle.  Then make another circle with silver tulle or lace, glue  them together and top with a vintage earring. 

This little cutie is a fan folded sheet music circle with a gathered crepe paper ribbon topped with a velvet ribbon over the stitches.  Glue the image down on the streamer, add a mini banner with a holiday message.  This snowflake was made by Cindy Wood. 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Mini portraits

I found these metal portraits at an estate sale.  They are from Italy, and came glued to a velvet backing inside an ornate gilt frame.  They are reproductions of Italian masters work. 

I wanted something gold and pretty to surround it with.  I had this gold tulle I removed from the ballerina doll, and thought it would be perfect to accentuate the portrait. 

I glued it to the back and love the look of it.  You could get a similar look by downloading some portraits from the internet and putting them in those cute ornate little mini frames. 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Yo-yo cockorde

Cockordes were very popular around the turn of the century up to the 1930s.  Usually used on a hat or dress, they were made from ribbon and lace and jewelry.  

I made this one with a pleated trim, gathered it up on a running stitch into a circle.  Then I made a tulle circle with an iridescent tulle and glued it on top of the pleated circle.  Next I made a yo-yo out of an iridescent brocade and glued that down.  I cut a picture out, trimmed it out with a gold lace doily, then glittered the edge of the picture.  I finished it off with a blue silk scrap bow.

This would make a great tree topper attached to a spire, a package topper or regular ornament. The look really changes depending on what kind of ribbon or lace you use.