I have some new items to share with you today! I’ve actually been pretty busy making jewelry, but I’ve only gotten a few things listed. It’s been really cloudy lately, which makes it almost impossible to take good pictures. We’re finally seeing some sun today, so I should be able to get more items up in my Etsy shop soon!
One of my new items is just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. I’ve held onto this vintage shamrock pendant for a long time because I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do with it, but I finally decided to simply add a chain. It’s really cute for those who like daintier jewelry. You can click the link below the picture to see the listing on Etsy.
Vintage Shamrock Necklace
These bracelets might look familiar if you’ve been following this blog for a while…about a year ago I did a tutorial for Easy Zipper Bracelets, and even though I really like them, they’ve just kind of sat around in my box of stuff. So now I’m listing them in the shop! These are fun neon colors for spring and summer, and the best part is, you get the entire set of four bracelets!
Neon Zipper Bracelets
Stay tuned next week for lots more springtime jewelry!
Organizing my craft table continues…What I like about having such a big table is that I can keep tools and supplies more readily accessible (see my other craft organizers here). I hate it when I wanna do a quick repair or something and I have to dig them out of my jewelry supply box (that’s like wasting an extra 30 seconds!). So I got this cool little pink tin bucket thingy to keep my jewelry tools close. I personalized it with a little washi tape that matches my mason jar lamp, and now I have my tools front and center whenever I need them!
Did you notice that cool label on my green mason jar? That is one of a set of neato dry erase labels. I didn’t even know they made those! I used some of the others to update my tin craft supply organizers (you can see what they originally looked like here).
I’m really excited about how my crafting space is coming together. Eventually I’ll get around to taking pictures of the entire workspace so you can see the whole thing!
I’m sure I mentioned this last year, but I love St. Patrick’s Day. The color green, Guinness, and traditional Irish music just make me happy (you can read last year’s post here). I already have some St. Patrick’s Day jewelry, but on Saturday I decided to try my hand at making a crochet shamrock for a new necklace.
There are lots of crochet shamrock patterns out there, and they are all mostly the same with a few variations. I gleaned from two patterns, one from Paper, Batter, and Stitch, and the other from eHow. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be!
All I had to do after making the shamrock was place a jump ring through the top stitch of the shamrock. I used a larger jump ring (10 mm) so it would have enough room to accommodate the yarn and the necklace chain.
See that stitch right next to my thumb nail? That’s where the jump ring is gonna go.
Remember to twist open your jump ring!
I added a chain and clasp, and I was done! Super easy and fast St. Patrick’s Day necklace. If you’re more experienced at crochet, then you’ll have this done in no time at all!
Let me know if you make one!
Ok, maybe not the whole dress. Just the ties at the waist.
See? Those things.
I’ve always liked this dress, but I only wore it once while I was pregnant. I tried to turn it into a skirt, but that was a bust (I might try again another time). Since I already had it out and cut up, I started thinking of what else I could do with it. I thought of making a headband since I recently chopped off my hair and I needed something to do with it besides my usual messy bun. And those ties were perfect!
I found this super-easy video tutorial to make a cool knotted headband, so I cut the ties off the dress and went for it.
I got out my sewing machine and zig-zag stitched the ends together. Since there was one finished edge and one raw edge on each side, I sewed each finished edge on top of the opposite raw edge. This made two strands that crisscrossed each other.
One finished edge sewn over the raw edge
And that’s it! This is a great way to upcycle (a small part of) an old dress.
This project is so easy, I’ve already made two more headbands using old t-shirts! I made this one thicker by using more strands:
How do you upcycle your old clothes?
So I don’t know if I’m only noticing it because I love crochet now, but it seems like crochet bracelets (and crochet jewelry in general) are all over the place. Just check my Crochet and Knitting Ideas board on Pinterest for proof!
Crochet bracelets are fun to make because they don’t take very long or require very much yarn. When I saw this tutorial from One Dog Woof for a crochet wrap bracelet, I had to try it. I shook things up a little by using Lion Brand Amazing yarn and a size F hook. Here’s how mine turned out:
I think this bracelet is great for a casual outfit, which is pretty much all I wear, so it will probably get a lot of use. And this particular type of yarn is multicolored, so I can make a bunch in different colors!
What do you think of the crochet jewelry trend?
Ever since Pantone announced that Radiant Orchid is the Color of the Year, I’ve been trying to find ways to incorporate it into my jewelry. I wasn’t really sure what to do though, until I picked up some orchid nail polish at the store (my attempt at being trendy ). I still have some wood tiles hanging around, so I thought, why not paint one with my new nail polish? I paired it with my favorite mint nail polish and painted a fun design, then sealed it with Mod Podge and Dimensional Magic. I love this color combination for spring! You can click the link below the photo to see the listing on Etsy.
Orchid and Mint Wood Tile Necklace
What are your favorite colors for spring? Are you on the Radiant Orchid bandwagon?