Friday, December 18, 2020
Monday, November 9, 2020
I'm happy to be celebrating with Fairfield on their 80th anniversary. Congratulations, Fairfield! Eighty years is quite an accomplishment. If you have been creating anything quilted or stuffed, no doubt you have used their wonderful products.
For the occasion, I created a Gnome for the Holidays with Fairfield™ Poly-fil®.
Fairfield™ generously sent me the Poly-fil® used in this project. Thank you!
Monday, October 26, 2020
Here are a couple of fun holiday designs for you!
Hope you enjoy them! I designed them for Herrschners. Look for them in the plastic canvas section!
Saturday, October 24, 2020
It's been awhile since I posted. Helping out with online kindergarten with my granddaughter keeps me very busy! I know there are lots of grandparents out there stepping up to help their families. It is a pleasure for me to help my little granddaughter learn her sight words and numbers. She is delightful. She also has more energy than anyone I know (except maybe her little sister!).
A few months ago, I managed to create a couple of designs that were accepted into Beadwork magazine in their Dec20/Jan21 issue. I got an advance copy, so I couldn't wait to show you.
I just love the pendant on the cover. It's a Vintaj piece with added beadwork stitched around it. That and many wonderful designs are inside the magazine and it's well worth getting a copy.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Do you like gnomes? They are so funny with their tall hats and long beards. Here are some I designed in plastic canvas for Herrschners.
Here are the coasters:
And, here is the tissue box with four different gnomes with fluffy yarn beards!Herrschners!
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
A couple of new designs of mine are up on the Herrschners site. These are my Dog Lover and Cat Lover Coasters.
Thursday, August 6, 2020
I splurged on some beads in July from the Pretty Palettes selection from Halcraft. I just needed some new beads... right!
And, a month before I bought some copper sheets that I have been cutting up and hammering. It's a good way to get out your frustrations!
Here's the copper piece before polishing and darkening:
Here's the necklace I created with the heart and the beautiful beads from Halcraft.
Now for a bracelet and earrings!
Love these aqua hematite beads! I made a tree of life pendant.
And, a pair of earrings:
Can't beat that color combo!
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Have you tried this craft - Kumihimo? Am I the last person to find it? That's surprising, since I really like French knitting and this is similar. I can tell this is going to be something that I will keep doing for awhile.
Here's my first try:
Here's the finished cord:
Then, I bought some satin cord and tried braiding with two colors:
Here's the other side:
I think this will make great fun for the grandkids. It's so easy, they will master it in no time!
What are you trying that's new to you? It's a great time to try something you've always wanted to try!
Sunday, June 21, 2020
Herrschners and look under the plastic canvas heading. Which is your favorite animal? I'm partial to the pig myself.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
I've always wanted to alter a tin and this decoupage blog hop with Designer Crafts Connection seemed the perfect time. I found some nice tins in my stash of stuff that were the perfect size.
Here's the inside:
Here are the edges:
Want more decoupage ideas? Of course you do! Head to the Designer Crafts Connection blog.
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
I collect recyclable materials. One of my favorites is the foil seals that you find on the top of coffee cans and nut cans. You can bend and shape and cut these foil seals. I have been saving these for some time and when FaveCrafts announced a Stay Home and Craft challenge using items you can find around the house, I was prepared!
I cut these foil seals on my Big Shot and cut out flowers and leaves, which I shaped with my fingers.
FaveCrafts selected my wreath as one of their top ten crafts in the challenge. You can see the others in the top ten here and vote for your favorite. The instructions for this craft are here.
What will you create with this fabulous recyclable foil? It's easy to cut with scissors or a die cutting machine and can be painted or sprayed with inks or metal paints. Add the cut-outs to banners, make a pin or a bracelet, decorate the top of a box or add them to place cards. There are so many possibilities! Have fun with this idea!
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are all enjoying the magnificent spring we are having. We are warming up in Sonoma County and the roses are blooming as fast as they can.
The last couple of days, I have been trying my hand at making a wirework Tree of Life. Here are a couple of the results.
This was my first attempt:
The next time I researched Pinterest (Search "wire tree of life"). There are some amazing wireworkers creating so many variations. I found a tutorial on Instructables to use as a guide. On this pendant, I left some roots before twisting for the trunk.
Friday, April 17, 2020
I'm thrilled once again have a necklace design included in Beadwork Magazine. This is my Unique Batik Necklace. It's included in the Fast and Fabulous section of the June/July issue. Our inspiration for that month was to use mainly black and white in our compositions.
|Beadwork Magazine June/July 2020|
For more on this ancient process, check out this link. And, try your own version with these fascinating beads. Look for more Fast and Fabulous black and white necklace designs in Beadwork's June/July 2020 issue.
|Photo by Terry Ricioli|
PS Love black and white? Now all the Fast and Fabulous Black and White designs are all in one pattern pack.
|Black and White Pattern Pack|
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Here's my latest plastic canvas designs from Herrschners.
|Wintry Snow Globe Tissue Cover|
|Wintry Snow Globe Ornaments|
Friday, April 10, 2020
Looking for kids' crafts to occupy the little ones? Bella Crafts to the rescue! This is a digital download book filled with 75 different ideas. There are games and activities as well as crafts of all sorts. And, it's free!
|Bella's Crafty Kids|
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Friday, March 27, 2020
Here's an easy tutorial for the earrings that I made last month. Thanks for your encouragement Crafty Hope! Stop by her blog for more crafty goodness!
I made these with rope from Hemptique:
I used the natural but it comes in a lot of different colors and combinations.
For the wire hoops, I used TierraCast Charm Keepers in the 32mm size. You could also make your own hoops with some heavy wire.
The other materials are 24 gauge wire in Vintage Bronze and a pair of brass ear wires.
For this tutorial, I'm using hoops that I made myself from 16 gauge copper wire. I hammered them after I made the hoop to give it some texture and harden the wire.
Cut 2 1/2" lengths of the rope. Cut about 4" of the 24 gauge wire. Fold the rope over the hoop and wrap the 24 gauge wire close to the fold.
Trim the wire and press the ends into the rope. Unravel the rope completely.
Keep adding fringe until it is as full as you like.
Pretty easy, right? This also makes a fun pendant as well as earrings. Have fun with it!
Thursday, March 19, 2020
This Designer Crafts Connection blog hop we are sharing our favorite products, techniques and crafts. Which one to choose? I love so many crafty things.
I just got a new box of craft goodies from Plaid as a result of a fortuitous meeting in their booth at AFCI in January (Thank you, Julie and Shauna!). So, I thought I'd show you their quite generous shipment.
But, the item that I was most excited about was a product from their Bucilla line. I love yarn and thread, fiber and fabric. It's where I started crafting - stamped embroidery, sewing and needlepoint. Now, I can add weaving to the mix with the Weaving Loom.
I have strung the loom with the warp threads (vertical threads) with some Hemptique twine. Then I took a length of yarn and started weaving. I found a lot of blue shades in my stash. I started with a yarn that has a lot of tails to give it some texture. I did have to go back and pull the tails to the front.
I continued with a few different kinds of yarn ends - sari yarn, t-shirt yarn and novelty yarn. Then, I finished it with some rya knots on the bottom. I tied all the warp threads on the bottom and the top, and then overcast the top edge.
I decided to add a hanging bar. I used a piece of grapevine for a rustic look.
I really enjoyed this project and learned so much (like leave more length to tie off the warp threads!). I can't wait to try another weaving with different stitches besides the plain weave and some thick bulky yarns or strips of fabric. And, there must be a way to add beads! The only problem I had was reading the instructions - the print and the background were too close in color to be easily read. And, although I used the wooden needle in the set to weave, I used a tapestry needle to weave in the ends because it was smaller and easier to use for that.
I found a nice weaving site to help a beginner like me: The Weaving Loom She has a lot of good tips.
Ready to see more fun projects? See the Designer Crafts Connection blog. We've got lots of ideas!