Party Craft: Pom-Pom Earrings & Tassel Necklaces!

Good evening crafty friends. Phew! What a day! I swear I spent all day baking and I have only 2 cakes and a dozen cupcakes to show for my trouble. I made such a mess I had to clean the kitchen 2 whole times! How do people do this on a regular basis? It’s awful! I made each of my girls (they are twins you see) their own cake for their birthday this year. They had let me get away with cupcakes the last few years but Maizy was looking through an old scrapbook (this is the downside of scrapbooking folks) and saw a picture of the horse cake I made for their second birthday and wanted a horse cake this year. Oh boy, I had borrowed the pan last time and there was no time to get it so I started with a sheet cake and some creative cutting and you can even tell it is a horse. I’m good with that!. Lila wanted one of those “Big Top Cupcake” cakes and when it was done it looked like a beehive so ta-da, it’s a beehive and I totally planned it that way LOL! I’ll share photos of the cake tomorrow but tonight I wanted to show you the party favor/craft I have planned for the guests of the all-girl birthday party:

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I wanted to make something simple, that anyone could make with no crafting experience. Also it had to be quick because the kids will want to run around and play and I’m all for unstructured activities at a birthday party. This is a 10 minute craft that is easy for everyone! Grown-ups are needed for the hot gluing or give the kids tacky glue. I got my huge spools of bakers twine at Papermart, you get 240 yards per spool so you can afford to make a lot of these! Watch the video to see how:

The key to making this (or any) craft with kids to ABP: Always be prepared. Here are the kits I have prepared in advance so the kids can grab the color they like and go. Some have clip-on earrings and some have pierced earrings so I might have to swap finding but that is quick and easy. 

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And the finished project it adorable. I will even wear mine with pride!  (pardon the cheesy “Senior Picture” pose hahahaha!)

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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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 😉 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!

Easy Triangle Earrings!

Howdy folks! This has been such a busy week, the kids are on school break and I have been a taxi service!  I told the kids we are staying home today and chilling out! My girls finished up a 3 day horseback riding camp (and yes, they now want a horse, just what I need to add to the chickens eh? No, not really.) and my son has had little league practice, a trip to grammies and friends over. Yup, staying home today sounds good to me. I really need to get packaging up some craft fair items so I can have room to make more stuff but before attempting that I decided to make a quick, fun pair of earrings trying a new technique:

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You need 6 eye-pins, 2 ear-wires and assorted beads. I used glass pearls, crystals and “E” beads. Simply load the beads onto an eye pin leaving 3/8″ wire on the end and form that into a loop with round nose pliers (repeat for all eye-pins) then use the pliers to open the loops and attach the sides to the bottom then open the loop on the ear-wire and slide the two side pieces on. Easy! I think next time I’d use smaller beads because they are a bit heavy I think. I used 2″ eye pins so they are fairly large earrings, nice and flashy! I will experiment more with this technique I am sure!

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Well, I really need to get packaging so I can have room to do more creating! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

DIY {no-hassle} Tassels & 40% off!

Tassels are trendy! They are cropping up everywhere and they are so easy to make! You can use them to decorate cards, jewelry, home decor and gift packaging like I did below on my Grad Hat Gift box. That template along with everything in my shop Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff  is 40% off now through Sunday so shop happy (and keep an artist employed LOL!)

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I was asked by a few people how I made my tassel earrings so I made a video to show you how, it is very quick and easy!

See, told ya! If you ave any questions you can leave a comment. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Raid Your Husband’s Tool box!

Or do some crafty-stash shopping at the hardware store! Last month I was helping some of my friends’ older daughters achieve their Junior Girl Scout jewelry badge and one of the tasks they had to complete was working with wire and another was to use a “found object” to make jewelry with. I had a few big washers in my stash and lots of wire so two-birds, one-stone I thought. I showed the girls how to make the pendants and they were happy as larks!

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After I got home I asked hubby if he had any washers he didn’t need and he said that he only has some small ones but I was welcome to them! Score! Earrings!

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I used a heavy gauge wire to do my first wrapping on the pendent and to make the hanging loop (I was afraid a thinner wire might break) then I used colored Artistic Wire to add color and string on beads. It was fun, easy and cute. Perfect to instill the love of jewelry making in a child. I feel like a role model!

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Have a great Sunday everyone. We will be putting up the Christmas tree (OK moving the Christmas tree that I assemble a month ago in the kitchen after I got it to make sure the lights worked) and decorating. We are even getting ambitious this year and putting decorations outside. I know, fancy right! Maybe I’ll share a picture tomorrow, I must warn you that I have no knack whatsoever for holiday decorating but luckily my kids do…maybe I can find an idea on Pinterest…no wait, if I go on Pintrest now I won’t get anything done today LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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