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These bracelets are so much fun to make! I spent two quiet evenings making this one while watching the latest season of Downton Abbey. Ahhh... the recipe for making a girl happy.
A Pinterest photo led me to the Ruby Mines photo tutorial for making Chan Luu Wrap bracelets. I chose this gorgeous filigree button from As Cute As A Button for the clasp. And I wrapped Amazonite beads and green satin Czech druk beads around brown leather cord.
For the first wrap bracelet I made, I tied my beads around Irish Waxed Linen Thread - and I now prefer to use the leather cord. The Linen Thread knots more easily than leather cord, but it is not as firm and has lumpy profile. The leather is nice and sturdy.
This project was a great Pinterest find. If you're thinking about making one of these wrap bracelets for yourself - go for it. It's easy and gives instant gratification.
I've finally caught onto the Pinterest craze. I feel like everyone else has known about the site for a while, and I'm a bit behind the crowd. Maybe that's a good thing -- it's mesmerizing. All the craft projects and tutorials make my heart race! I've printed out so many of the How-to's that they fill a huge three-ring binder.
I've been dreaming about creative projects -- and while the Little One has been nappin I have actually made a few Pinterest-inspired projects. This Chan Luu-inspired bracelet is one of them. It was easy to make and so relaxing - and it was VERY satisfying to know that I'd be wearing a bracelet that celebreties--like Lady Gaga & Julia Roberts--paid around $300 to aquire.
On Pinterest, I found the inspiring photo of the Beaded Wrap Bracelet which linked to the tutorial by Tracy Statler on the Make Bracelets! blog. Then I invited a few friends over to join in the fun and gathered the materials. My time is very limited these days, so I took advantage of the Internet to order supplies -- beads from Rockin Beads, buttons from As Cute As a Button, and Irish Waxed Linen Thread from Royalwood.
The video tutorial was very well done and I took notes to share with my friends. There's also a photo tutorial for a similar bracelet on the Ruby Mines blog--and I printed that one as a handout for my friends. With the two tutorials as a guide, we were able to make some really pretty bracelets. It was fun to see the different variations we came up with using different beads and buttons.
I have more projects pinned on Pinterest, and can't wait to try some and share them with you. I hope you have a great week pinning (if you go that way) and hope you have a great week!
Hey there! Long time no see. I've been away for a while and working on the most incredible project ever... She's tiny and sweet and fun and makes me want to sing! I hope to begin posting on this blog regularly again - now that the Little One is no longer a newborn. Thanks for waiting for me to return!
Summer has begun, and I'm planted in a chair at the seaside with my hubby.
Even here--er, ESPECIALLY here--I'm inspired to grab paint and brushes. The sun, sand, waves, and peace & quiet make me long to do something creative. I've broken the "no Internet while we're on vacation" rule to post these pictures, but wanted to share the good vibes with you!
This is the view of the beach from the cottage we've rented--yeah, now you can see why I'm so inspired!
I dragged my poor hubby off of the beach to go buy paints and a sketch book and then I got to work... I hope you enjoy the pictures.
It has been a very snowy week here in Northern Virginia! In the past, I've lived in NY & Michigan, so I know that in other parts of the country life goes on as usual when it snows, but here measurable accumulations of the white stuff are not common. So we make a big deal of it!
Before the storms arrived, my husband & I headed over to our Wegmans grocery store and stocked up on all kinds of good foods. And when the snow finally started falling, we were ready to cook as if it was a holiday. Hearty German dinners with spatzle and red cabbage came out of our kitchen--as did pots of tomato sauce with cheese ravioli and homemade meatballs. And there was chocolate...
I baked outrageously good Double-Chocolate Espresso Brownies. (Download My secret recipe)
While I was waiting for the plow to come, I also dove in and made a few snow angels! And I kept busy in my studio. I'll share some photos of what's on my workbench in my next post.
That's the scoop for now. I hope you're staying warm!
It was a lazy and snowy weekend here in Virginia. My husband built a rip-roaring fire for us and we spent Saturday afternoon watching movies and snowflakes falling. (Did anyone else cry when they watched "Up"? What a sweet movie, but I needed to keep the tissues close!)
It was a perfect way to rest up for the new week and when I returned to my studio yesterday, my mind was clear and my hands were ready to work. I ended up with two projects going at once.
The first was a silver and brass pendant I've been working on for a few days now. It has a hinge and ball latch that have been soldered and then melted apart more than once. I've been working on positioning the parts correctly--and am afraid that my Little Torch is too hot for doing this work. We'll see...
It's a learning piece for me--now that it's been melted so many times. I'm keeping track of what goes right so I can recreate a piece just like this one--with less re-do's and re-soldering. Although it is taking longer to finish this pendant than I'd expected, I'm actually enjoying the process and am really happy with how it's turning out.
The second project was an experiment with polymer clay and button making. Have you noticed any of the pieces of button jewelry that people like Grainne Morton are making? Well, I was thinking that if you could make your own buttons or cabochons from polymer clay, then you could have a lot more control over your design and color scheme. So I grabbed a few vintage buttons and pressed them into Sculpey Mold Maker clay. In about 40 minutes, I had a handful of cute little buttons cooling. I love polymer clay for just that reason--it's so versatile and easy to work with. You can make just about anything you dream up!
Before I go, here's one more affirmation for you. It's not always easy to face days when nothing gets finished in the studio, but we need to trust and keep showing up to create. When we log in hours dreaming, experimenting, constructing, and learning, we are actually using the special gifts that God has given us, and few things feel as satisfying and right as that.
Today it's all about taking a bow when we complete a work of art. When performing artists finish their acts, we expect them to take a bow--without hesitation and with a big smile on their face. But for me--standing in front of an audience and wearing my pride on my sleeve is not something I'm comfortable doing. Remember--I'm a woman who decided to spend most of her time working alone in a basement studio.
But while I was composing these affirmations, I came across a quote that changed my perspective on taking a bow and showing off my work (I wish I could remember who said it)... The gist of it was that when we create something that comes from our heart, we serve others by sharing it. By doing so we can make people laugh, make them remember, make them empathize... Christine Kane used Jerry Seinfeld to illustrate this concept--he makes most of us laugh 'til we cry and we need that laughter and are grateful for it.
So today let's give three loud cheers for the Internet!! It is possible for all of us to share our creations from the security of our own studios and without the aid of a gallery or store. We can serve others--with one click of camera and a few more clicks on a mouse. Hurrah! Let's take our bows!
That's it for now. I hope you have a great weekend!