This is what I gave my girlfriends!

Hi friends! Now that Christmas is past I can share the gifts I made for some of my best girlfriends:

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Glitter sparkle monogrammed necklaces! Watch the video to see how I made them!

You will need:
chain (the dollar packs at walmart have enough to make 4 necklaces)

  • Flower Toggle Clasp
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    beads (from stash)
    headpins
    tiny glitter bottles (Dollar Tree has them in the cosmetic aisle)
    chandelier earring findings

  • Pendants
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    This project can be put together with 2 pairs of 3-in-1 pliers (they have a wire cutter built-in) but you might also want flush cut pliers and a jump ring opener if you are making a lot. A bead board is handy too but you can also use a towel or piece of felt on your table as a work surface.

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    My friends loved their necklaces. I hope you give them a try! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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    DIY Stained Glass Scrap Necklace!

    Hi friends! I love making projects from scraps! A few years ago I bought a bunch of stained glass scraps for $1 a pound at a local stained glass shop to use in my kiln. I though it would be cool to make some soldered pendants with them too:

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    Today I will show you how to solder pieces of glass together to make a pretty pendent.

    If you like this project you might also enjoy the Stained Glass for Beginner course at curious.com and now (12/20/14) though 1/4/15 All courses are 50% off, be sure to check out all the classes they have to offer and sign up for curious.com for more specials and free classes.

    Tool and Supplies for this project:
    Scrap glass
    solder
    flux
    copper tape
    soldering iron
    helping hands tool
    pliers
    ribbon
    ribbon crimps, clasp, split/jump rings
    silicone mat

    Follow along with the video, please note this project will take 30 minutes to an hour depending on how much jewelry making experience you have. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

     

    Beaded Baubles!

    Happy Sunday Friends! Just a gentle reminder to those who live in the US that we have returned to standard time and you should have moved your clocks ahead last night. I like the longer days, I have been waking up early lately on my own so I hope it makes the transition easier. That said I was at a crop last night until 11:30 so I am feeling a bit groggy today. I was supposed to scrapbook but I didn’t feel like it so I grabbed some beads instead.

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    I had made the above necklace last weekend from a kit by The Beadery that I found at Mardens for $3. I was not in love with the colors but I had always wanted to learn how to bead around a stone and I have to say the instructions were fantastic! I did not follow the pattern to the letter because I did not want the necklace to have a clasp and I did not like some embellishing on it but that is why it is great to make your own, you can have it your way! The kit has a date of 2007 and the item # is 5768 if anyone wants to try and find it. I got the hang of it very quickly and decided to try the technique with some flat backed glass marbles and small beads from my stash:

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    Once I had the basic idea I found I could substitute beads and change the pattern and basically make it up as I went along.

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    On the green bead I started with fewer beads so I could cover more of the back. Since I had a pattern that repeated 5 times I got a star look to it.

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    This was just the type of project I needed last night. Fun, relaxing and easy. Plus I know if there were other beaders there I could ask advice since I have little experience with seed beads other than collecting them and occasionally sprinkling them in wet glue on an art project. 😀 Getting out to create with the gals was what I needed but ironically I almost didn’t go, I was looking for an excuse to veg out at home but I had told my friend Kathy I would go so I did and I even accomplished something, made some new friends ad ended the night feeling tired but inspired. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

    Cheerful Cherry Jewelry! {video}

    I had a few minutes the other day and I wanted to make something cheerful and fun:

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    I had some glass pearls that I got for 40 cents a strand at Micheal’s and I knew they were perfect!

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    I knew my daughters had leaf shaped beads because I helped them sort their beads last winter, found ‘um!

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    After experimenting with beads and making one big and one small cherry motif I turned on my camera so you can see how easy it is and sine I have no time to edit you can watch me drop stuff too!

    I decided that the big cherries were too big and heavy for earrings so I used them on a necklace instead. Happy Crafting!

    Happy Memorial Day!

    The sun is shining! The floor solvent fumes have dissipated, the kitchen floor is not done but I did manage to de-sticky the original floor that was exposed, I’ll wait til the kids are back in school to remove the remaining tiles and adhesive, no need for all of our lungs and brain cells to suffer LOL! P.U.! I plan to get outside and enjoy this sunny day! Before I do I want to share a simple necklace I made last month but never got around to posting:

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    I used 3 strands of tiger tail. I put the large glass beads on first then strung on e beads in red, clear and blue and loosely braided them before securing the ends with crimps and a toggle clasp. Very summery. Very Maine.

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    That all for me today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

    2 Million Hits {and counting!}

    Wow! Sometime yesterday my blog reached 2 million page views! I am really psyched because WordPress does not count my own visits (if that was the case I’d have hit 2 mil years ago LOL!) so that means that actual people are reading this. Thanks people! Well, I am still sewing up a storm to get ready for Saturday’s craft fair so I have little time to chit-chat. Here is a necklace/earring set I made a couple weeks ago. Enjoy!

    PS don’t forget to sign up to win the stamp featured in yesterday’s post! On to the pictures, thanks for visiting and til next time happy crafting!

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    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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