Monday, September 29, 2014

Bead and Craft Blogger Inspiration!

























OMG, I am loving Carmi's cuff bracelet! Wow, not only do I love this, I truly admire her vision! Carmi, you're my idol!!

It's so great when you are struck with an awesome vision that's strong enough to set a goal of creating a dozen cuff bracelets! I just had to share!!

Read more about Carmi's cuffs below and join me as I check in with our other crafty blogger pals to see what they're up to TOO! :)

Carmi's Art/Life World
The summer goal of hand sewing twelve crazy cuffs was met with this salute to the fleur de lis!

Teddy's Scarf
The teddy bear scarf is done!

Artist Profile: Photographer Taerie Kelly
Taerie is a good example of how people can find their way from being crafters to accomplished artists. She has her first solo show starting this Friday!

Mini Canvas Making
Cherie's working on some mini canvases to decorate her office.

Beading Arts
The final chapter of "Bored by Back Stitch" is now ready and available for download! The topic is "Textured Surfaces", and features ways to include shibori silk ribbon, metal mesh ribbon, soutache braid, and candy bags in your bead embroidery work!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Chain People Love!


This is actually listed as "connectors" on PrimaBead.com, but to me, it looks like chain.

People LOVE this chain! It's very attention-getting!! There's something so cool about it, I am wondering if it's the different textures.

You don't even need to use beads inside or in between or dangling from it. It's got a coolness about it. Hmm, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Even though you don't need to use beads with it, I can't help wanting to.

I'm thinking some dangles on the links in between...How about you?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Yikes, It's Craft Night!


The "Yikes" means I don't have my craft ready!

If anyone has ideas for fun and easy jewelry projects, please leave a comment!!

I'm getting ready to start digging through bead containers to find inspiration to make a project prototype and put kits together. This is one of my favorite parts of preparing for craft night, but I'm usually a little more ahead of the game.

It's also my b-day weekend and I got distracted by my gift, a Pebble smartwatch (above). :) I'm so lucky!!

There's no app for making a project for craft night, however, it HAS inspired me to make a bracelet that brightens up my rather large new Pebble!!

Any ideas on what would bring the sparkle to either the wrist WITH the Pebble or the opposite wrist that would sort of balance things out? No rush on those ideas, anytime you have them, I'll gladly accept them! :)

I'm not usually a watch-wearer, so this is going to be a real flashback! I became sort of taken with the Pebble because when I was a kid in the 70's, I was privileged to have received a giant white wrist-radio from radio shack. AM radio only, but it didn't matter! I wore it to ride circles around the driveway turn-around on my bike and thought I was pretty cool! :)

Okay, back to the jewelry project! Using shamballas on the same wrist would be too much, but maybe some black and white crystals or maybe just some clear crystals. Turquoise or aqua crystals would be nice too!

On the opposite wrist, shamballas could work! Please don't hesitate to share ideas!!! I could really use them!! Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sparkle, Sparkle, Sparkle!



I have to admit when I wrote the title of this post after completing a mantra meditation, it seemed like a mantra in itself. I wonder what could happen if I use this as a mantra throughout the day.


Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle! I'm going to give it a try! Please join me if you like! :)

What I was actually referring to with the title was shamballa beads! Yay! I really love their sparkle and their character. I think it's that combination that attracts me to them. Not quite as elegant as swarovski, it's that over-the-top quality that makes them so fun!

As I was looking for something else, I came across these beads that I ordered a few months ago and had completely forgotten about!

Now that I'm supposed to be getting ready for work, they are all I can think about. LOVE the colorful wire too!

How can I take my last 15 minutes of "free" time this morning to make something to wear today??? It will certainly remind me of my mantra...sparkle, sparkle, sparkle.

Here I go...grabbing my pliers and cutters!! Wishing you all a happy, fun Friday!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Crafty Fall Necklace


Do you ever get a little lost hopping around online from one site to the next? I just realized I "lost" about 20 minutes this morning doing just that!

However, I'm feeling much more inspired than I was before. I think it's all the pretty beads and fun projects I stumbled upon!

I found this fun project on the PrimaBead.com site, it's called "On the Fringe" necklace. Too cute! When I see jewelry projects that incorporate crafty materials, I get so excited!

This would be perfect for fall, don't you think?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Learning something new!

Kumihimo! It's fun to say and if you like to craft, it's fun to create.

Well, I might be getting ahead of myself.

While on vacation in July, I cut all the cording and knotted it to the board, added the weights and then had to come home.

It's been wrapped up and put away for over a month. Now we're taking a mini-trip for the holiday weekend and it seems like the perfect thing to take along.

It's all wrapped up and ready to be packed!

I can't wait to see if I can master this cool weaving method.

The instructions seem pretty simple and I know LOTS of people do this, so I'm not going to be afraid!

If you're not familiar with kumihimo, here's a link to wikipedia.

If you've experienced kumihimo yourself, please share your stories. I could use the encouragement! :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Love Those Crafty Bloggers!

I could spend hours jumping around from blog to crafty blog to see what people are up to in their little piece of the world. 

Sunday is the best time to do that, but since I got caught up doing lots of other things yesterday, I'm grabbing a few extra minutes this early Monday morning before getting back in the groove. 

Here are a few links if you want to join me!

Art Bead Scene
Check out Brandi's art bead palette of the month!

The Writing and Art of Andrew Thornton
Andrew shares the Reveal for the latest design challenge, Dark Bloom.

Craft Organizing
Tips for organizing or not organizing depending on how things go!

Resin Crafts Blog
Super easy coasters with resin and glitter!

How to Repair Beaded Fringe
Here's how to DIY bead fringe repair or find a pro. BTW, craft repair is a very nice niche especially as a supplement to selling items you make from scratch.

Beading Arts
Cyndi has a review of Irina Miech's new book, Finding Style. You'll love all the new components that are available now!