Thursday, July 26, 2012

101 Bracelets, Necklaces and Earrings

Hi Crafters!
Looking for oodles of delicious jewelry designs?  Here's one of the latest magazines from Interweave:  101 Bracelets, Necklaces and Earrings.  It's chock full of all new designs arranged according to color families like patina greens, lipstick reds and earthy browns.  I had a small part in the magazine with these Grape Bunch Earrings in the fruity purple (how appropriate!) section of the magazine.
So, if you are looking for loads of design inspiration, pick up a copy at your favorite store or order it from Interweave.

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

One stitch at a time!

Hi Crafters!

What are you crafting this summer?  I am spending a lot of time stitching on my computer.  That's right - on my computer!  I create designs for needlepoint on plastic canvas and a lot of that designing is done with a computer program.  Here's one of my designs that is out in the new Herrschner's catalog right now.
I think plastic canvas is enjoying a resurgence in popularity if the design calls are an indication.  I hope so!
Hope you are enjoying your summer!
Happy crafting!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Denim Wreath

Hi Everyone!
Welcome to another round of the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop.  This month we're designing vacation crafts.  Since the Fourth of July is only a couple of days away, I went for red, white and blue.

Around our house, ranching and farming generate a lot of worn out blue jeans.  They're great for recycling into interesting crafts.  This month I recycled a couple of pairs of jeans into a wreath.  It's quick, simple to make, and adds just the right touch of country to the inside or outside of your home.

First, take a couple of old pairs of jeans, well-worn, with holes, stains and a little tractor grease.
Cut strips from the worst parts of the jeans (save the rest for another project).  I cut them about two inches wide, but they are definitely not straight.  They don't need to be.

Use a straw wreath for your base or, if you prefer, use a foam wreath.

Wrap and scrunch your strips of denim around the wreath, adding pins as you go or tacking it down with a glue gun. 
Continue wrapping and twisting the strips until you have the wreath covered.
Designed by Terry Ricioli
Add a bow if you like.  I tied on a bandana.  A rope or twine bow would also work well with the denim or, perhaps, a rusty cow bell or two.
Happy summer crafting! Hop around the DCC blogs and see what the other designers have in store!  Just click on the big blue button on the left hand side of my post.

PS  For all you plastic canvas lovers, check out my previous post.  I'm giving away my new leaflet and a box of supplies!