As I’ve mentioned before, I am a magazine junkie. Especially bead and papercrafts magazines. Well, right now I have a subscription to Bead Style Magazine, and usually I just leaf through it. This month, though, I saw the “Razzle Dazzle Bracelet” designed by Caroline Conley, and I knew I had to test it out! I love to make my polymer clay beads, and I’ve been working in sets. I’ve wanted to use them in bracelets, but wanted to make a […]
Since last week was so hectic with the Sewing Expo, I didn’t get to share some of my birthday goodies.Â One of my favorites was from my dear friend Jenna, who for 11 years was my co-worker and cohort in creative arts therapies escapades! She is the art therapist who loves music and plays guitar; I was the music therapist who made art and loved making musical instruments. We were yin and yang, and people have asked it we were […]
When I first got on my “yo-yo” kick, my mom commented to me that when she was a young teenager, she made a clown doll out of yo-yo’s for her first nephew. (She says all she can remember is cutting out zillions of circles!) Anyway, I did a little research and found the pattern at Sunshine’s Creations. There are great step-by-step instructions. It’s a great “retro” craft, and a fabulous way to use up some fabric scraps. Since I’m also […]
I was doing my regular surfing, and ran across this GORGEOUS paper bead necklace from Mazel Tov Jewelry. Really transcends paper beads into high art. Tell me it’s not fabulous and I’ll call you a liar!
Well, I’ve been working on a new set of classes, this time covering old Altoid-style tins with polymer clay.Â I also was playing with a new cane, and came up with these. I think they look like orange poppies! Â Â Â
Well, here we are, Easter is over, and now we have copious amounts of those annoying plastic Easter eggs. (Well, actually we’re down a few because Ginger the cock-a-poo has discovered their charms!) But anyway, even if you don’t have scads on hand, they’re on sale everywhere for cheap, cheap, cheap! So here’s a coupla good reasons to get crafty with ’em…. Make your own Egg Rattle Snake complete with rattler! If you’ve got a dremel or drill handy, this […]
I’m in a swap at my CPS group, and our theme was Faberge Eggs. I played around with several ideas, but since I’m on a polymer clay kick, well, I thought I could make it work. I also used some lovely German Scrap from ArtChix and some rhinestones to finish them off. Whaddaya think? To create them,Â I marbled a sheet of clay,Â cut it onto the egg-shape andÂ then added the coils with liquid clay. After curing, I applied […]
You can file this one under “sewing Easter baskets for Dummies”- it’s that easy. These are made from placemats, a little webbing, and a whole lotta crafty! Click on over to J Caroline Creative! and get the tutorial. These would be so cute customized for each child with their favorite color, initial, or character. (My Sweet Boy would love a Spider-man Easter basket.) Thinking of it that way, these could then be reused as tote bags. What fun!
We had a challenge in my Ohio Beaders Yahoo Group to make something that was inspired by a photo. Our group’s moderator provided us with 20 or so pictures, and I was moved by this one: And these were the pieces I made: The top piece is horizontally pierced for a pendant, the pod on the left is a cabochon, and the one on the right is also a pendant. I’m really feeling some copper wire work… but we’ll see […]
It’s just not fair- Easter is so freaking early this year! I barely had time to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day yesterday, my birthday is the day after tomorrow, and Easter is this weekend. Ick. Hardly enough time to pull it together to make any crafts and cards. Good thing I just ran across Tipnut‘s site. There is a wealth of good links to projects for decorating eggs, stuff for the house, recipes, and lots of other goodies. Even though it’s […]
I’m home with baby girl today, making green applesauce and hoping that the parade is going to be televised.Â I do have some crafty goodness to share, though. I received two St. Patrick’s Day cards this season. One was from Katherine on my CPS group. She send out this lovely card that has an Irish Blessing inside.Â (PS: that link has multiple Irish blessings, if you ever need one!) The other is from my dear Mom, who found great uses […]
We had a blizzard here the past coupla days, so we hunkered down and stayed cozy and safe. I decided to play a bit more with my new extruder, and my brain is buzzing with possibilities. Unfortunately, I was so over-stimulated that I forgot to mind the clay oven, and I scorched a number of pieces. However, with some of them I don’t mind, and I’m going to “make it work” as Tim Gunn would say! Actually, the top left […]
Here in northeast Ohio, we are having a lovely blizzard today. However, it is already spring in my heart, and I’ve found a cute little beaded dragonfly earring project to keep me in denial. I think I’ll sit here and dream of hot, lazy Augusts, with a swarm of them buzzing around…..have fun!
I’m gearing up for my favorite green holiday, St. Patrick’s Day. Since my birthday is only 3 days later, it’s been something of an extended holiday for me. (BTW, Earth Day comes in second as my favorite green holiday. Sorry.) Anyhoo, I always celebrate with cards for the family, dressing up the kids, sometimes even hitting the parade if the weather isn’t too crappy. I decided to try that new metal-leafing technique and make a batch o’ goodies. I ended […]
Ok, this little suckers are addictive. I whipped up 2 more the other day.Â And now my son wants one, too. Just had to show-and-tell! (See my original post about the Craft Apple pattern here.)
Ahh, here I was, Stumbling again… and I ran into this wicked cool video. Looks like a great spring break project with the kids! Cool $10 Cloud Lamp! – video powered by MetacafeÂ I’m not sure who to credit for this, but it’s Craftastic! (And recycled, too!)
I had my first wire wrapping class today with Melissa M. at Grand River Beads. As you may know, I’ve gone off of the deep end with polymer clay cabochons using metal leaf and inks. So I figure I have to learn what to do with them! I’m so glad I took the class. I’d seen some tutorials online, but there’s no way I’d have gotten the bale to turn out if I hadn’t seen someone else do it first. […]
I was “stumbling” today – newest obsession/timekiller – and I ran across 27 things, a site with a tutorial for making your own bubble mailers. Just brilliant! And easy, too. All you need is cardstock, decorative paper, bubble wrap, and some rubber cement. These may come in handy with my RAKs (Random Acts of Kindness) that I’m sending out to my CPS sisters. I’m considering sending out beads next month…and the cost of mailers was holding me back. Quite the […]
So I took 2 cabs that I formed over the lightbulb, sanded them, then baked them together using TLS and my embossing gun. The result? My first hollow bead! I’m disappointed that I can still see the seam. Maybe a little alcohol ink over it to cover it a bit? Hmmm. More to experiment with…. Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.
Well, I sent off my Necktie Bags today to my CPS Group swap hostess today, and wouldn’t cha know, I ran across another necktie craft!! These are super cute, and kind of fall in with my yo-yo obsession, too. The tutorial was found on Craftster, and the idea is simple: take the small points from the small end of the tie, snip ’em to about 2 inches, gather the cut ends together by stitching them by hand, and then making […]