Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Other creative endeavors - Halloween Yarn Wreath

I am a knitter.  I was a knitter.  I am a knitter.  And before I started hoarding beads, I hoarded yarn - and still have the stash.  While there is a very small, remote possibility that I may actually use all of the yarn, (kind of like last year, when I finally bought and made very easy felt applique stockings instead of believing that someday I would crossstitch stockings for the whole family)..... sometimes I get realistic - so I made a Yarn wreath and invited a friend to "shop Denise's Yarn Hoard" to make a wreath of her own.  I may have to make more - very quick.  Great bang for your buck (and time!).  There is plenty of inspiration on Pinterest and Etsy for these too.

In the meantime, I also started a blanket that I bought the yarn form 3 years ago.  An easy knit - with little thinking involved.  I'm hoping to get it done while watching some of my favorite tv shows (like Hoarders - Ha!).  Which mean it may take until next year before it gets done.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

More earrings

In just a few days, I will be posting an earring blog hop - and that definitely motivated me to design earrings - all sorts, well, all sorts in the small amount of time I have for beading.  So I've been able to post a few more to Etsy.  And come back on November 3rd to see the Blog Hop reveal.
These are so sophisticated (?!) - is that the right word?  Don't know, but can't wait to make them in a few other colors.
And some delicate flower earrings - I've been pondering these lucite flower beads for a long time - may try these in a few other colors too.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Another new bracelet

The idea from this bracelet is from Interweave's 10 leather bracelet emag.  It turned out well but I couldn't get both pieces of leather cording through the lampworked bead - which was pretty frustrating. 

Swavorski crystal lavender chain from Word of Beads - local shop
White leather cording from Potomac Beading Company
Acorn lampworked bead:  Loriola lampworked beads from Ornamentea

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

New bracelet

Hey!  After looking through just about every person's blog from the Lori Anderson Bead Soup Blog Party, I stumbled across a tutorial for a cool- looking bracelet and had to make one for myself. 
The original tutorial is from The Gossiping Goddess:  http://thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com/p/tutorials.html
Simple, casual with a little bit of - how'd you do that?    I like it.

The red ceramic bead is from:   JeraLunaDesigns
The teal glass Indo-Pacific glass seed beads are from Yuki Designs.
Vintaj brass jumprings. 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Going to the Farm...

We went to a local farm for some fun Fall activities.  A corn maze, hay ride, picking out pumpkins and lots of cool pumpkin people for the kids to imagine with.   The corn maze was hard!!! - we were supposed to look for 6 shapes in the maze and ended up only finding two before the kids got tired.  The hayride was cool and only had one small "scary tunnel" as Joey pointed out.  Good times right now - the kids are at a cool age.  They all really enjoy these kinds of excursions.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Just having some fun

I have been lurking on other people's blogs and saw some awesome, beautiful jewelry with embossed metal.  So lo and behold, I was up at Hobby Lobby and finally found out how it's done.  The Vintaj embossing kit and patina paint - turns out jewelry that is so cool.  Really like it.  Unfortunately, they only had ink in the color of red, rust and orange - which doesn't make too huge of an impact on copper plates as other colors probably will.   Can't wait to experiment.

For sale on my etsy store....