New in the Shop: One New and One on Sale

I only made one new item this week, well, one and a half because one is still in progress. So that item will have to wait till next week. And the only reason I made the one item I completed was because I was getting tired of the work-in-progress one. It’s pretty tedious work (you’ll see why when it’s done), but I’m excited to see how it turns out.

Anyway, back to this week’s new item. I bought some chunky curb link chain to play around with as I’ve had some jewelry ideas that required something a little thicker than the chain I usually keep on hand. Since I’ve been focusing on necklaces lately, I thought I’d make a bracelet. I found some dyed blue chalcedony in my stash, so I lined up all the different shades in order from lightest to darkest to give it an ombre effect. I paired the strand of chalcedony with the chunky chain to make it a double-strand bracelet. You can click on the photo to see the listing on Etsy.

Ombre Blue Chalcedony Bracelet

Ombre Blue Chalcedony Bracelet

I also put an item on sale this week. This is one of my favorite vintage/upcycled items, so it will definitely be going in my personal collection if it doesn’t sell. If you like it as much as I do, get it while you can!

Vintage Tiger Eye and Gold Key Necklace

Vintage Tiger Eye and Gold Key Necklace

Stay tuned for a fun statement necklace (the aforementioned work in progress) next week!

My Life Lately

My family and I haven’t been on any adventures in the past few weeks (that’ll change this weekend), but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy! Here are some pics from Instagram of what I’ve been up to lately:

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I finally got my own office chair! My husband and I have been fighting over sharing one folding chair for quite some time, and I really wanted something with wheels so I could scoot across the craft room when I needed something. This chair is just what I was looking for!

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I’m hoping we can get back to this pretty forest preserve near our apartment for either a picnic or a stroll. We only stopped here for a few minutes when Penny needed some fresh air (she gets carsick easily).

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My yarn collection has grown so much I had to get a new basket to keep it in! And of course, I’ve added more yarn to it since this picture was taken. I’ve got lots of projects to get to work on!

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This is the side of one of the apartment buildings in our complex. I just thought it looked so pretty.

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I got pretty excited when I saw all the fall decor at the craft store. :)

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I originally took this photo to show off a cool paper bead necklace from Sisters United, but it’s also shows off my first t-shirt refashion. My good friend in Phoenix sent me the tutorial, and we each spent a Saturday turning some old t-shirts into tank tops. Nothing like a cross-country sewing session!

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I read a book for the first time in forever! (Great, now I have that song from Frozen stuck in my head.) This is a terrific book that takes a realistic look at what life could be like in a dystopian not-so-distant future. I would highly recommend it, if you’re into that sort of thing.

What have you been up to lately?

New in the Shop: A Little Bit of Everything

My new items for this week really are a little bit of everything. I’ve done a couple of glass vials, a little wire wrapping, and some fun post earrings.

You may remember last week’s glass vial necklace tutorial; for those of you who aren’t into the whole DIY thing, I’ve listed a couple for you! One is the tourmaline vial that you saw in the tutorial, and the other has blue glass beads and a couple of tiny trinkets. You can click on any of the photos see the listings on Etsy.

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I’ve had this pretty piece of chrysocolla sitting around, waiting for me to make something with it. I thought of pairing it with another gemstone, but I thought it looked great on its own. I simply wrapped it in copper wire and put it on a long antiqued copper chain.

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I like these post earrings so much, I’ve already made three pairs for myself! I know everyone’s seen these resin dahlias all over the place, but I just couldn’t resist these cute neon flowers. The listing is for one pair of earrings, and you get to pick the color! You can choose from turquoise, hot pink, gray, chartreuse, and orange.

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I have no idea what I’ll have for next week, but stay tuned!

 

 

More Sale Items

I’ve added a few more items to the sale section of my shop. These probably will not be relisted, so get them while you can! You can click the links below the pictures to see the listings on Etsy.

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Upcycled Nautical Heart and Anchor Necklace

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Faux Turquoise Horizontal Necklace

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Navy Blue Vintage Button Wrap Bracelet

Tomorrow I’ll have some new items to share with you!

The Best Way Ever to Use Up Scrap Yarn, or Jellyfish Craft for Kids

Penny has really been into pretending to be a scuba diver lately. My husband even made her some makeshift scuba gear with a two-liter bottle for the tank. She has spent most of the last three days “swimming” around the apartment, so we thought we’d make things a little more realistic by making some sea creatures to hang up. We had just finished watching Finding Nemo, and Penny really likes the scene where Marlin and Dory are bouncing across the jellyfish, so we decided to make our own!

Jellyfish Kids Craft with Scrap Yarn

You don’t need many supplies, and if you have kids, you probably already have everything. Just construction paper, scissors, a hole punch, and some yarn. If you are a fellow knitter/crocheter, this is an exciting project because you can finally use up some of that scrap yarn you’ve had laying around for months and months!

The first step is to cut out some jellyfish bodies from the construction paper.

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Then, punch holes across the bottom.

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Penny preferred to draw while I did the cutting and hole punching, so she worked on some pictures of Nemo, Dory and a scuba diver.

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Once all the holes were punched, we cut long sections of yarn for the tentacles. Once we had all our tentacles, we strung them through the holes and I tied a knot on each one to prevent them from coming out.

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Since we couldn’t exactly bounce on the tops of these jellyfish, we decided to hang them up so we could swim through their tentacles.

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Penny loves her jellyfish!

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New in the Shop: Sari Silk Ribbon and More

Since I didn’t make any jewelry last week, I’ve been extra busy this week making new items! I’ve been kind of all over the place with materials and styles (as usual), but I have started working with a new material. I recently discovered recycled sari silk ribbon, which is ribbon made from leftover silk used to make saris in India. It is a really unique material that can be used for a lot of different things, but to start off easy, I used it to make a couple of necklaces.

Both necklaces feature upcycled pendants, and I think the sari ribbon complements them very well. The first necklace has a mother of pearl feather-shaped pendant. You can click the links below the pictures to see the listings on Etsy.

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Mother of Pearl Sari Silk Necklace

The second one has a silvertone fleur de lis pendant. It also has an adjustable chain so it can be worn long or short.

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Fleur de Lis Sari Silk Necklace

Next is another wood spool (see my other ones here), this time on a necklace. I wound it with multicolored jewel-toned yarn and accented it with coordinating glass beads. I really like the colors in this one!

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Jewel Tone Wood Spool Necklace

Now onto the more boho end of the spectrum…I’ve made another necklace with a ceramic Celtic knot pendant! I’m really happy with how this one turned out; the design is pretty simple but everything comes together really well. I’ve paired the Celtic knot with an Indian agate and hung them on a somewhat chunky antiqued brass chain.

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Forest Green Celtic Knot Necklace with Indian Agate

That leaves only one more Celtic knot pendant…I’m not sure if I’ll have that done by next week or not, but I will have some glass vial necklaces!

DIY Glass Vial Necklace

I’ve always wanted to try making glass vial necklaces; I always liked the idea that you could put in anything you want to make a keepsake or a whimsical charm. It turns out it’s not too difficult; the key is to use strong glue to make sure everything is secure. If you’d like to make your own glass vial necklace, here’s my method.

DIY Glass Vial Necklace

You will need:

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  • A glass vial, filled with whatever goodies you can think of, with a cork stopper.
  • Wire, I used 22-gauge.
  • E6000 glue or any strong glue you have on hand.
  • Jewelry chain
  • Jump rings and clasp
  • Not pictured: jewelry tools, namely chain-nose and round-nose pliers, and wire cutters.

After you’ve filled your vial (I used tiny tourmaline beads), take the end of your wire and poke it through the cork from top to bottom. Then make a wrapped loop at the top of the cork. If you don’t know how to make a wrapped loop, you can click here for a video tutorial.

If your wrapped loop doesn’t perfectly meet with the cork, push the wire further down until it does. Then bend the wire at the bottom of the cork at a 90-degree angle so it’s right up against the bottom of the cork. Snip the wire so it’s flush with the cork’s edge.

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Add a dab of glue to the bottom of the cork. This will help the wire stay in place. Let it dry overnight before you place it in the vial; you don’t want wet glue in there!

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Once that is dry, put a ring of glue around the cork, towards the bottom where it will fit into the vial. Insert the cork into the vial, then use a toothpick to scrape the excess glue off the top. Let it dry.

All that’s left is the chain! String your chain through the wrapped loop, add the jump rings and clasp, and you have your very own glass vial necklace!

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What would you put in your vial?