beads

Quick Ornaments

12:27 PM

Today I had some free time (I know, right?) so I thought I would create a few quick ornaments to hang from the Christmas presents I'll be wrapping this week.

Since 90% of my gifts were homemade this year, I thought it would be nice to continue the theme.

As many of you know I make jewelry and have quite a lot of supplies. I've tried destashing them on Etsy, trading them up, and even giving some away.  I still have tons! Crafters know that supplies multiply the second you look away.   I like being able to use them cross purpose. It's so satisfying. lol

Here are a few things I had lying around that worked up very quickly into some really cute ornaments.

Freshwater Pearls



Swarovski Glass Pearls

Shrinky Dinks with Vintage Sewing label Graphics

Shrinky Dinks with Vintage Sewing Labels Graphics

Both of these sets took me about 1 episode  of Doc Martin on Netflix.  Which is to say about 50 minutes from design to photography.   Not bad at all, considering I was going to watch Doc Martin anyway. :)

The shrinky dinks were left over from this project . I didn't bother waterproofing them as they shouldn't be getting wet.  Watch them get wet now! lol

The hangers are made from nylon coated wire and a crimp to hold the circle. A tiny dab of crazy glue keeps the crimp hidden behind where the ribbon is tied. I embellished them with a bit of organza ribbon and in the case of the vintage style ones I used some baker's twine that was wrapped around a gift I received.  (You're probably realizing that's why my supplies multiply.. I save practically everything.)

I also made a couple of paper ornaments which I wound up not liking enough to photograph. Maybe next time?

Have you made any ornaments this year? Let's see them!

interior design

My Secret Rooms

7:03 AM

I have a love for eye candy that probably goes beyond normal into a little bit obsessive.  For that reason, I love Pinterest.  It's always a source for beautiful images and inspiration. It's also a super way to keep track of things I would love to have, places I would travel to, and spaces I would live in, if only.

Here are some spaces that speak to me. Maybe they'll speak to you too. :)


pink for my ultra feminine side


bookshelves for my love of reading and built-ins


black and white and pink for when I'm feeling NY French Chic
deep reds and browns for quiet moods

for posh sunday morning breakfast

cottage chic for every day

rustic for rainy days
stairway for finding magical places

It would be a frightful home that included every one of these rooms - but how does one choose which style to go with when you love so many of them? 

I would love to see some of your favorite spaces so please do share!


Taking it Home

4:12 AM




Hello!   

This blog is being reintegrated with the main blog.  Pease be sure to update your links and join the site so you don't miss any content!

Fasten your seatbelts.. here we go! 



sew jenaissance

Sew Jenaissance News

4:40 AM

Last week, Helen from Bustle & Sew contacted me.  I've been a follower of her blog for a while now and just love her style.   Helen is very talented and has beautiful original patterns in her Etsy shop

Bustle & Sew also publishes a monthly online magazine which includes three free patterns from Helen each month, vintage knitting and crochet pattens, and news from other designers.  If you're interested in subscribing, simply visit Bustle & Sew - a subscription is only $4.50 a month.

Now for the reason Helen contacted me.  She is going to do a feature on Sew Jenaissance in her January issue!  I can't tell you how excited I am! Well, ok, I can. I'm super excited!!  In addition to the feature, there will  be an exclusive free pattern from me, available only through the magazine. So please consider checking out the January issue, or even subscribing. The magazine does not disappoint.

A huge thanks to Helen for thinking of me and including me in her awesome magazine. I will be sure to post a reminder when it comes out!

More news to come soon! Until then.. xoxo

bustle and sew

Bustle & Sew Magazine

4:34 AM

Last week, Helen from Bustle & Sew contacted me.  I've been a follower of her blog for a while now and just love her style.   Helen is very talented and has beautiful original patterns in her Etsy shop

Bustle & Sew also publishes a monthly online magazine which includes three free patterns from Helen each month, vintage knitting and crochet pattens, and news from other designers.  If you're interested in subscribing, simply visit Bustle & Sew - a subscription is only $4.50 a month.

Now for the reason Helen contacted me.  She is going to do a feature on Sew Jenaissance in her January issue!  I can't tell you how excited I am! Well, ok, I can. I'm super excited!!  In addition to the feature, there will  be an exclusive free pattern from me, available only through the magazine. So please consider checking out the January issue, or even subscribing. The magazine does not disappoint.

A huge thanks to Helen for thinking of me and including me in her awesome magazine. I will be sure to post a reminder when it comes out! 

More news to come soon! Until then.. xoxo



free pattern

Let It Snow Free Pattern

8:10 AM

 I'm wishing for snow but we're having temps in the mid-60's.  Not at all my idea of late November!


 Here's a little something to pass along my wish.  



Click the image for full size, right click and save.
Happy Stitching!




free pattern

Let It Snow Free Pattern

8:10 AM

 I'm wishing for snow but we're having temps in the mid-60's.  Not at all my idea of late November!


 Here's a little something to pass along my wish.  



Click the image for full size, right click and save.
Happy Stitching!




clothespins

Fridge Magnet Tutorial

2:40 PM



It's tutorial time! YAY!  I was finally able to get this tutorial done, despite the lousy weather making it nearly too dark for photos.

I actually discovered this idea on Pinterest, which is where all good ideas wind up eventually.  I wanted to share my own take on it with you.


So here we go, Fridge Magnets from super cheap clothes pins...


First you'll want your supplies:



1. Clothes pins - cheap ones from Walmart are fine. They were $1 for 50.
2. Paper - I'm using scrapbooking paper, which is akin to card stock as well as wrapping paper.
3. Peel & stick magnet sheets from Joann's. It was 2 sheets of 4"x 6" for $2.
4. Cutting tools - I used a scissor, a paper cutter, and an Exacto knife.
5. Mod Podge & a paint brush
6. Various embellishments
7. Hot glue gun and crazy glue to attach various embellishments

The only thing I had to shop for especially for this project was the clothespins; everything else I had around house from previous craft projects.   The wrapping paper came around a gift from my sister-in-law and I've been saving it. I really love it!


 Now that I've got the supplies out I'm ready to begin.  You'll want to check out my super exact measurement system for getting the paper to be the right size for the magnet.


Exacto?  Uh, nope-O!

For the wrapping paper I laid the clothes pin down and used the Exacto knife to trim around it. Not very scientific at all.  

Proceeding with the wrapping paper clothespin, I'm going to Mod Podge the surface of the clothes pin, and then put another coat of Mod Podge on top of the paper. 


This is not the best brush for Mod Podge

Notice the divot in the clothes pin? Since this is only paper thin (no pun intended) I can trim it after the Mod Podge dries.

It's a divot.

I used my finger and a bit of Mod Podge to smooth out those wrinkles you see above.


While that one is drying, I'll move on to the scrapbook paper, which gets treated differently because of it's thickness.


For the card stock scrapbook paper I used a much more precise method of measurement. As you can see here: 

Yep  there's a ruler on the guide bar, but I'm not using it.

In my typical "eye ball it" fashion, I've laid the clothespin on the paper so I know about how wide to trim.  If I were doing this as a gift, would I be more exact? Nope. I'm a pretty good "eye-baller".  ;)


Now that I have the paper cut, I'm going to lay the clothespin on top and trim the ends and/or edges if necessary.


Ends are trimmed!

Now. We have to deal with the gap.  The gap I'm referring to is the little concave area where the hardware nestles.  This can either be covered by the paper or the span can be clipped.  If you clip it, you can see that it's a clothespin and everyone will know how clever you are that you made a magnet from such a dreary doodad!

Mind the gap!

Since the scrapbook paper is already thick, I will not wait until the Mod Podge is dry to clip it.  I have tried doing this both ways and will tell you that it was a terrible pain in the neck to try to cut through after the the Mod Podge dried.  So, instead...


Keep minding that gap!
I made tiny marks to indicate the width of the gap and snipped the paper with my scissor. Now the paper fits beautifully on each part and you can tell it's a clothespin.  Right!


The next step is to Mod Podge this one too and then let it dry.  While they're all drying it's time to look over the embellishments I've collected.



Bits and pieces


I've chosen a few things that I have around the house to add onto the clothespins.  At this point I'm gung-ho and really excited about adding tiny bits to my magnets.  I have beads, bead caps, a couple of crocheted flowers and even a slice of a branch from the yard.  Cool, huh?!  Well.... maybe.



Through the magic of blogging, my pins are dry and it's time to break out the glue gun.  Here's a clothespin that hasn't been trimmed and is getting a flower! 

Hot glue is hot. Be careful!
In retrospect I would have used epoxy I think, the hot glue was super stringy and great wisps of it wound up everywhere, even on the camera.  Let's not tell the hubby that though! ;)

A crocheted flower with a bead center.


While I was at it, I thought I would try gluing some embellishments to a tagua nut I had lying around.


Hot glue on metal is hotter than you think! Be extra careful!

I didn't quite burn my fingers, but it was hotter than I anticipated. Next I used my large crochet flower and some seed beads.

Surprisingly neat looking in the end.

Now that everything's dried, it's time to apply the magnets.  You can cut and measure using a ruler and your Exacto knife. Or, you can use my method and cut haphazardly with scissors. :)


Peel and stick rocks!

A note on the magnets:  The heavier your clothespin gets (with embellishments etc) the sturdier you are going to need your magnet to be. For my purposes these magnets, covering the whole back of the clothespin, keeps them securely on the fridge.


The magnet covers the entire back

And here we are, all done!

Wrapping Paper Clip in Action!

The Scrapbook paper clips:

Scrapbook Paper Clips

 The wrapping paper clips:

Wrapping paper!




 And now for the good, the bad, and the ugly of my project.


The Good:
1. These work up quickly - you can absolutely assembly line these and make dozens at a time.
2. There is a lot of versatility with materials - any kind of paper will work.
3. It's an inexpensive project - most of us have these materials hanging around. You can even make your own Mod Podge if you don't want to buy the brand name stuff. See recipe at the end!
4. These make great stocking stuffers for the holidays and can even be adapted to ornaments.
5. There are wicked huge clothespins at the craft store, they would be RAD to use! 

The Bad:
1. The heavier embellishments require a stronger magnet. Stronger magnets may not be as "invisible" from the front.
2. Hot glue is messy.  I would use epoxy next time if I decide to embellish them.
3. A sponge brush is better for Mod Podge/decoupaging than a bristle brush. I used what I had at hand. Next time I won't.

The Ugly:
1.  The embellishments I had were perhaps not the best.  I dared to be a little too funky with these.   I actually prefer the plain paper clothespins, with the hardware showing. I think the charm of these is that they are clothespins and I don't want to hide that fact, even with really pretty paper.
2. Mod Podge smells FUNK-AY. Kind of like an old hotel room. Maybe mine is just old.  Be sure you have good ventilation!


Mod Podge Recipe: (Oo, a tutorial in a tutorial!  )
Water
Elmer's Glue
Empty jar

Simply fill the jar about halfway with equal parts of Elmer's glue and water. Close it  up. Shake it up to mix and you're ready to go.


I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Feel free to comment if you have questions or suggestions for future tutes. :D




xoxo

clothespins

Fridge Magnet Tutorial

2:40 PM



It's tutorial time! YAY!  I was finally able to get this tutorial done, despite the lousy weather making it nearly too dark for photos.

I actually discovered this idea on Pinterest, which is where all good ideas wind up eventually.  I wanted to share my own take on it with you.





So here we go, Fridge Magnets from super cheap clothes pins...


First you'll want your supplies:



1. Clothes pins - cheap ones from Walmart are fine. They were $1 for 50.
2. Paper - I'm using scrapbooking paper, which is akin to card stock as well as wrapping paper.
3. Peel & stick magnet sheets from Joann's. It was 2 sheets of 4"x 6" for $2.
4. Cutting tools - I used a scissor, a paper cutter, and an Exacto knife.
5. Mod Podge & a paint brush
6. Various embellishments
7. Hot glue gun and crazy glue to attach various embellishments

The only thing I had to shop for especially for this project was the clothespins; everything else I had around house from previous craft projects.   The wrapping paper came around a gift from my sister-in-law and I've been saving it. I really love it!


 Now that I've got the supplies out I'm ready to begin.  You'll want to check out my super exact measurement system for getting the paper to be the right size for the magnet.


Exacto?  Uh, nope-O!

For the wrapping paper I laid the clothes pin down and used the Exacto knife to trim around it. Not very scientific at all.  

Proceeding with the wrapping paper clothespin, I'm going to Mod Podge the surface of the clothes pin, and then put another coat of Mod Podge on top of the paper. 


This is not the best brush for Mod Podge

Notice the divot in the clothes pin? Since this is only paper thin (no pun intended) I can trim it after the Mod Podge dries.

It's a divot.

I used my finger and a bit of Mod Podge to smooth out those wrinkles you see above.


While that one is drying, I'll move on to the scrapbook paper, which gets treated differently because of it's thickness.


For the card stock scrapbook paper I used a much more precise method of measurement. As you can see here: 

Yep  there's a ruler on the guide bar, but I'm not using it.

In my typical "eye ball it" fashion, I've laid the clothespin on the paper so I know about how wide to trim.  If I were doing this as a gift, would I be more exact? Nope. I'm a pretty good "eye-baller".  ;)


Now that I have the paper cut, I'm going to lay the clothespin on top and trim the ends and/or edges if necessary.


Ends are trimmed!

Now. We have to deal with the gap.  The gap I'm referring to is the little concave area where the hardware nestles.  This can either be covered by the paper or the span can be clipped.  If you clip it, you can see that it's a clothespin and everyone will know how clever you are that you made a magnet from such a dreary doodad!

Mind the gap!

Since the scrapbook paper is already thick, I will not wait until the Mod Podge is dry to clip it.  I have tried doing this both ways and will tell you that it was a terrible pain in the neck to try to cut through after the the Mod Podge dried.  So, instead...


Keep minding that gap!
I made tiny marks to indicate the width of the gap and snipped the paper with my scissor. Now the paper fits beautifully on each part and you can tell it's a clothespin.  Right!


The next step is to Mod Podge this one too and then let it dry.  While they're all drying it's time to look over the embellishments I've collected.



Bits and pieces


I've chosen a few things that I have around the house to add onto the clothespins.  At this point I'm gung-ho and really excited about adding tiny bits to my magnets.  I have beads, bead caps, a couple of crocheted flowers and even a slice of a branch from the yard.  Cool, huh?!  Well.... maybe.



Through the magic of blogging, my pins are dry and it's time to break out the glue gun.  Here's a clothespin that hasn't been trimmed and is getting a flower! 

Hot glue is hot. Be careful!
In retrospect I would have used epoxy I think, the hot glue was super stringy and great wisps of it wound up everywhere, even on the camera.  Let's not tell the hubby that though! ;)

A crocheted flower with a bead center.


While I was at it, I thought I would try gluing some embellishments to a tagua nut I had lying around.


Hot glue on metal is hotter than you think! Be extra careful!

I didn't quite burn my fingers, but it was hotter than I anticipated. Next I used my large crochet flower and some seed beads.

Surprisingly neat looking in the end.

Now that everything's dried, it's time to apply the magnets.  You can cut and measure using a ruler and your Exacto knife. Or, you can use my method and cut haphazardly with scissors. :)


Peel and stick rocks!

A note on the magnets:  The heavier your clothespin gets (with embellishments etc) the sturdier you are going to need your magnet to be. For my purposes these magnets, covering the whole back of the clothespin, keeps them securely on the fridge.


The magnet covers the entire back

And here we are, all done!

Wrapping Paper Clip in Action!

The Scrapbook paper clips:

Scrapbook Paper Clips

 The wrapping paper clips:

Wrapping paper!




 And now for the good, the bad, and the ugly of my project.


The Good:
1. These work up quickly - you can absolutely assembly line these and make dozens at a time.
2. There is a lot of versatility with materials - any kind of paper will work.
3. It's an inexpensive project - most of us have these materials hanging around. You can even make your own Mod Podge if you don't want to buy the brand name stuff. See recipe at the end!
4. These make great stocking stuffers for the holidays and can even be adapted to ornaments.
5. There are wicked huge clothespins at the craft store, they would be RAD to use! 

The Bad:
1. The heavier embellishments require a stronger magnet. Stronger magnets may not be as "invisible" from the front.
2. Hot glue is messy.  I would use epoxy next time if I decide to embellish them.
3. A sponge brush is better for Mod Podge/decoupaging than a bristle brush. I used what I had at hand. Next time I won't.

The Ugly:
1.  The embellishments I had were perhaps not the best.  I dared to be a little too funky with these.   I actually prefer the plain paper clothespins, with the hardware showing. I think the charm of these is that they are clothespins and I don't want to hide that fact, even with really pretty paper.
2. Mod Podge smells FUNK-AY. Kind of like an old hotel room. Maybe mine is just old.  Be sure you have good ventilation!


Mod Podge Recipe: (Oo, a tutorial in a tutorial!  )
Water
Elmer's Glue
Empty jar

Simply fill the jar about halfway with equal parts of Elmer's glue and water. Close it  up. Shake it up to mix and you're ready to go.


I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Feel free to comment if you have questions or suggestions for future tutes. :D




xoxo

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