Summer Flip-Flop Earrings!

Ahhh, summer, the lazy days…I wish! I have been running non stop all summer. Last night I told my kids “that’s it, we are not going anywhere tomorrow, we are going to chill out at home!” then I remembered that I have a kids knitting class to teach that the library this afternoon, well, at least we can ride our bikes, mostly I’m sick of being a taxi service ūüėČ I couldn’t wait to make some jewelry with the new lampwork beads I got ¬†from Oriental Trading Company¬†this week. They have given me some products to try so if you check them out please tell ‘um Lindsay sent ya! I made a couple pairs of earrings and an adjustable anklet:

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The earrings are super easy, all you need are round nose pliers, a wire cutter, 20 gauge wire, 2 beads and ear-hooks. All of these supplies can be found cheaply at Oriental Trading if you do not have them already. This is a really basic project and if you are new to beading and wire work this video will show you how to properly manipulate the wire for strong, attractive and durable jewelry:

Pretty easy huh? The anklet is done much the same. When you put the flip-flop bead on the wire you can add larger beads of your choosing and when you make the top wrapped loop make it large enough for rat-tail cord to pass through and to attach 2 more dangles. To make the dangles take a lampworked headpin and slide on 2 beads. Make a right angle bend and the first part of your loop but don’t wrap it yet. Slide the wire through the loop on the first dangle then complete the loop and wrapping on the lampwork headpin. This will make strong connection because the loop is wrapped, not just closed. Repeat for the other headpin. Slide the completed bead cluster (use the large loop on the flip-flop dangle) on a piece of cord and make adjustable sliding knots on each end. ¬†If you prefer a necklace use a longer cord!

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So back top my busy week, my daughters carpooled to horse camp with another mom each day saving me a lot of additional driving so as a thank you I gave her the earrings I made in the video;)

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That wraps it up for me today. I am going to enjoy this quiet morning before class and maybe help my kids with the Lincoln Log village they have set up in the living room. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Podcast Episode 4: Soapmaking!

Howdy friends! In today’s podcast I will talk about melt and pour soap making. It is a lot of fun and very easy. You can listen to the episode here.

Here¬†is a photo¬†of the soap I made that I am selling at¬† a craft fair tomorrow (wish me luck, it is my first craft fair!) I’ll try to¬†get better photos of the soap laid out on my craft fair booth tomorrow;) In case you are wondering I bought my supplies at The Chemistry¬†Store. They have great prices and customer service and I got my order in 3 days (and I’m not being paid to say that!)

As always thanks for listening and til next time happy crafting!

PS if you have any questions or comments I’d love to hear them, just leave a comment below!

Frugalcrafter Podcast #2: Homemade Gifts

Howdy! Are you looking to make some nifty handcrafted gifts this Christmas? Maybe you are doing a craft fair and you need some quick products to sell. In today’s podcast we will talk about a few of my favorite gifts to craft and hopefully give you a few ideas.

If the player above is not working you can also listen to the show here.

Next week we will talk about organizing your craft supplies and craft space! If you want to share your best organizing ideas or¬†ask¬†a question¬†just leave a comment on this post or email me at craftypodcast@yahoo.com. As always I will answer any questions you email me {or I will do my best!) so don’t be shy, drop me a line!

Here are some of the resources I mentioned in the podcast:

I answered¬†a question for a listener, Karen, who wanted to know how I printed my scrapbook photos in various sizes. I use Picture Collage Maker Pro software for making photo collages and printing photos at different sizes, you can download a free trial by clicking here. Here is a scrapbook page I made using the software to print my photos, then I cut around the photo collage and adhered them to my 12×12 paper and scrapped the page traditionally:

Here are some of the craft supplies I mentioned:

Soap making supplies and Lip balm bases at The Chemistry Store

Glass paint: Folk Art Enamels by Plaid

Free PDF calendar maker at pdfcalender.com

Polymer clay info and ideas from Polyform Products

If you have any questions about anything I mentioned on the podcast just leave me a comment and I will get right back to you;) Til next time happy crafting!

You can make this gift quick!

Howdy folks! Need a fun gift for a little girl this Christmas? This is a perfect gift to make for your daughter and her schoolmates.

Click here to read my instructions, it is a 1 page PDF file that you can print and file away or save it on your computer for later. Easy-peasy!

Just a reminder that the 25% off sale is going on through midnight at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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