Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Bead Crafts: Stone Necklace

While I was at JoAnn's the other day I picked up a few strands of beads. When I saw the tourquoise on the card I knew I wanted to make a necklace. Then when I saw the sand stone beads I saw this necklace in my mind.

The African Tourquoise and Brown Sand Stone came from Blue Moon Beads. I had the Smoky Quartz chips that I had picked up from Craft Warehouse a while back. The Solid Copper clasp came from the first purchase I made off Etsy, from a now defunct shop, several years ago. I strung it all on on 0.30mm beading wire. I had to go with silver crimp beads because I didn't have any copper colored.

I'm very happy with the way it turned out. I wish I had something more exciting than a CPR class to attend tonight.

When you craft do you picture something before you make it and search for the right pieces to complete the image you see in your mind or do you start crafting and figure out what you are making as you go?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Handmade Watercolor Journal

Last month I read a guest post on the Alisa Burke blog. Gina Lee Kim shared how she made a diy travel water color kit. I recently bought a palate and tubes of water colors to play with. After reading one of their blogs, I can't remember which or find the post that inspired me, I decided I needed a purse size watercolor journal.

A couple...few years ago my mama and I took a class from an awesomely unique local Portland craft store, Collage, on making and binding journals. I decided it was time to finally make another one and made myself a watercolor journal.

This is the journal I made in class. The inside signature sheets are standard 8.5" x 11" folded:

On my first one I did a poor job centering the book cloth (the outside binding along the spine). I paid careful attention this time to get it even:

I have a pad of 9" x 12" 140 pound watercolor paper. I cut the sheets in half and then folded them to make my signatures and get a smaller journal:

I think my watercolor journal came out pretty good. I still have a few spots in the process to smooth out but I'm very happy with my finshed product. Now I just need to use it!

All together now:

Have you ever taken a class to make something then waited years to make another one?

Linked up at Elizabeth & Co.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Yarn Crafts: Butterfly Silhouette Purse

One of our instructors at work liked my bee purse I made myself so much she asked if I would make her one.

She wanted a butterfly in brown and white and she liked the back pattern on my bee:



Here are the butterfly and bee purses together. I kinda have a thing for bugs/ long as they aren't real!



All together now:

Monday, July 29, 2013

Pinterest Project: Pearl and Bead Necklace

My Pinterest inspired project today came from this pin. The necklace was originally pinned from the Etsy shop Clairsparkles Bridal Jewelry.

I've had a stash of pearl beads I picked up from Pick Your Plum. I decided it was time to use some.

Looking at the pictures I figured out how to make a close replica of the necklace. I added a little length to suit my style as well as a pop of color.

I used antique white pearls and antique white and peach seed beads on beading wire.

I think pearls are pretty and I love them on other people. Whenever I wear them I feel like they look too old fashioned. I'll give these a shot and see if I can feel comfortable with the look.

How do you feel about pearls?

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Recipe: Carrot-Lime Quinoa Salad

The birthday girls-Ann and Jennifer

Yesterday was a birthday day. It was Joe's mom's 70th birthday and Jennifer's 48th birthday. There was party fun to be had!

They blew all the candles out!

My task for this party was simple a veggie tray and a quinoa salad.

Carrots, celery, bell peppers, cauliflower, & beets with ranch and hummus

For the quinoa I just threw together some ingredients that I thought would go together well. It turns out I hit it on the head. I got many compliments on it. My favorite being from Doug, "This is the second party in a row that you have had the best dish, in my opinion."

Party sized Carrot-Lime Quinoa Salad

2.5 C. Quinoa
2 C. Vegetable Stock
3 C. Water
1 Carrot, finely grated
1 C. Walnuts, chopped
1 Tbsp. Dried Oregano
1 Lime, juiced
1 Tbsp. Pepper
1 Tsp. Johnny's Seasoning Salt

Bring vegetable stock and water to a boil, add rinsed quinoa. Bring back up to a boil and cook for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit until liquid is absorbed (make sure the lid is on the pot). Let cool.

Stir in carrot, walnuts, oregano, salt, pepper, and lime juice.

Eat and enjoy!

I hope you are enjoying your summer!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Craft Fail: Popsicle Stick Bracelets

While cleaning my craft room I cam across a craft fail from a couple months ago.

I had pinned this pin for popsicle stick bracelets a while back. I've looked at a few other examples but this is the only one I pinned.

I decided rather than adhering paper to them I would play with my wood burning tool. I made designs on six sticks.

From my previous readings I recalled soaking them in water for several days or soaking them in boiling water for several minutes. I decided to go with a combination method. I boiled water then let them soak. I kept checking on them and ended up letting them sit for at least a week.

When they were finally pliable enough to bend something unexpected happened. They started peeling! As it turns out when you burn the wood before bending it splits along the burn lines.

I ended up throwing away my beautiful cracked popsicle sticks. At least I had burned some beads at the same time. They are ready and waiting for a future project.

What was your funniest craft fail?

Visit my Pinterest board 'Craft Projects to Try Someday' here.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Yarn Crafts: Smoky Quartz Bracelet

Yesterday while I was at the bank the girl waiting on me had on a cute bracelet. It was crochet connected with seed beads. Her bracelet was a dark brown yarn with a button connector and many strands of seed beads in varying browns and creams. I asked if she had made her bracelet. She hadn't. Just because she didn't make her doesn't mean I can't make one of my own.

For mine I used Araucania 100% pima cotton yarn from Chile (distributed through KnittingFever), a coconut button I scored from PickYourPlum, .30mm beading wire, and smoky quartz chips and assorted stone stars from Craft Warehouse. All of which I already had on hand!

I like the way my bracelet turned out and it is really comfy to wear.

Almost two years ago I used the same yarn to cover my earbuds cord and make another bracelet.

Do you have any special craft supplies that you have a hard time parting with?