Sunday, August 21, 2016

Mandala Madness Part 11

Week 11 of the Mandala Madness CAL is officially behind me.  I am completely behind, but I am still trudging along.  The blanket is too large to transport so I can only work on it at home now.  I am hoping to have part 12 finished in a few weeks. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Bird Tag Card

I recently organized some of my paper crafting supplies.  As I cleaned out several small drawers, I came across this little bird, the tag and the embossed paper pieces.  I rearranged several drawers and found that the tag was too wide for the new space.  I decided to combine all of these orphaned components into a card.  Ta da!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Mannequin Decoupage

This is a little project I have wanted to make for several months.  I found this little styro-foam mannequin at JoAnn's and wanted to cover it with tissue.  I tore the tissue into little pieces and used Mod Podge to adhere the pieces, overlapping as I went.  When it was all dry, I sprayed the tissue with several colors of Dylusions spray ink.  I don't really have any further plans for this mannequin, but it is nice and colorful.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Nre Leaf Headpins

We have just added brand new leaf lampwork headpins to our Etsy shop.  These would make beautiful necklaces or earrings.  The iridescent ones are stunning.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

New Skull Pendants

Check out our new skull pendants just in time for Halloween designs.  These have a voodoo vibe and are available in our Etsy shop.  My daughter, Gianna, likes to wear skulls all year long.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Mandala Madness Part 10

This was the hardest week yet!  The rows that make up the diamond stitches were very challenging.  I refer to this week as the dreaded diamond week.  One of my FB friends reminded me that diamonds are a girls best friend. 

I am happy to have this one behind me.  Next week should be a breeze!  If you want to learn more about this CAL, head over to Crystals and Crochet for more information.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Using Old Paper

I have been working on organization in the craft room this week.  I re-discovered quite a few materials and supplies that I rarely use.  I decided to make it a point to use some of these older materials.  I worked with handmade and embossed paper that mostly comes from India.  It is definitely not something you would want to get rid of - it is just too pretty.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Foiled Logo Garment Tags

These cute little garment tags are a custom order.  These are simple, yet elegant with foiled lettering.  The tag shaped is one I designed and cut with my Silhouette Cameo machine.  There is so much you can do with the cutting machine and the foil.  Oh, the possibilities!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

More Necklaces

The gals at Dry Gulch have all been super busy creating new necklaces.  Some are wire wrapped, some are knotted and some are crocheted.  We have used hand painted pendants and semi-precious stones for the focals.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Custom DecorativeTags

I have been busy working on an order for custom gift tags for Daisy Rose in Ft. Worth, TX.  These tags have many design elements and are a lot of fun to make.

I start with elements designed and cut with the Silhouette Cameo.

I also crochet each flower by hand for the embellishments.

This is how they look with all of the elements in place. 

I even create a little envelope for each tag.

Monday, July 25, 2016

New Necklaces

Here is another batch of new necklaces from Deborah.  They all feature vintage components layered onto filigrees.  Each necklace has been hand knotted between the crystals, pearls and stones.  These beauties are destined for Picadilly Frilly in Bentonville, AR.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Iron-on T-Shirt Designs

We had fun using the Cameo to create t-shirt designs for the girls.  The fireworks and triangle shirts are made with iron-on glitter and the Light Up the Sky shirt was made by cutting a stencil with the machine.  Alexandra painted the design using the stencil.  They had a great time designing their own shirts.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Decorative Gift Box

I had nice white box just sitting around, so I decided to decorate it with tissue paper.   I started with a layer of green tissue and then covered that with a decorative tissue that is ready to be colored.

Once the glue was dry, I started adding ink sprays in several colors.  I used a combination of distress spray stains, Dylusions spray ink and Heidi Swapp spray ink.  All of the colors blended into a pretty green shade, but you can still see lots of variations.  When the ink was dry, I coated the whole box with Distress Collage Medium.  The vintage color of the medium toned down the bright colors and sealed the tissue.  Now I can use this pretty box for a pretty gift.


Friday, July 22, 2016

Acorn Lampwork Headpins

This is the first batch of acorn headpins for the upcoming fall season.  These make great charm bracelets and earrings.  One of these acorns with an oak leaf pendant would make a great necklace.  These are in our Etsy store and I will be making lots more.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Crochet Baby Blanket

This is my latest crochet project for my granddaughter, Lillian.  I started with a super soft piece of pink fabric and edged it with seam binding (Grandma Gail gets all the credit for that step).  I tried adding the blanket stitch directly to the fabric, but it was just too fuzzy for consistent stitches.  Next, I added a blanket stitch all the way around and then started the crochet border.  I found the border in the book, The Finer Edge, by Kristin Omdahl.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Vintage Shoe Clip Necklace

Here is another beautiful necklace made by Deborah.  This vintage inspired piece features an old rhinestone shoe clip with a chandelier crystal.  The pearls and crystals have all been knotted by hand to form the necklace.  You an find this beauty at Daisy Rose in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Vintage Component Necklaces

We love incorporating vintage components into our jewelry.  I love searching for vintage treasures like brooches and clip earrings.  They combine beautifully with sparkly crystals.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Painted Pendant Necklaces

This collection of painted pendant necklaces is headed to Picadilly Frilly Boutique in Bentonville, Arkansas.  These necklaces feature the painted pendants that we offer on our website and in our Etsy store.  These unique pendants really make any piece stand out.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

New Leaf Headpins

This is the latest pile of new lampwork leaf headpins.  These beauties are destined to become earrings for our next show.  I usually make these leaves in sets of 5 pieces for our etsy shop, but sometimes you just have to have some to create with.

Where Bloggers Create 2016

Welcome to the Where Bloggers Create 2016 blog tour.  It is always exciting to be a part of this group.  I love seeing the workspaces of other crafters.  My crafting area houses materials and supplies for several different crafts.  I create jewelry, I make cards, I crochet and occasionally, I sew and make needlework projects.  This year, my space is a giant mess.  Not much has changed since last year's tour, but here are a few photos of my goodies and how they are organized.  

This a a photo of the way my beads and findings are organized.  Each drawer is organized and labeled by type and color.  There is a drawer for blue glass pearls, a drawer for antique copper filigrees and the most important drawer - the current projects drawer so I can remember what I am working on.

 This is a pic of some of our beautiful beads displayed by color.  We have lots of wall space covered with color coordinated beads of all types.  Our beads and findings can be found at Dry Gulch.  Check out the Dry Gulch Beads and Jewelry blog to see more about where our jewelry pieces are created.

This is one of my two acrylic organizers in the card crafting area.  This display holds all of my glitter and pearl paint bottles.  Another one just like it holds the distress paints, stains and sprays.  Under this holder you can see trays of Martha Stewart punches.

This is my newest addition to the craft room organization.  I am thrilled to have a spinner for the ink blending tools.  These used to live in the distress in drawer, but with all of the new colors from last year, I ran out of room for these blenders.  I only need one more distress ink pad to be all caught up.  Now, to work on the distress spray stains.

This a sad picture of how my yarn is organized for my crochet projects.  In theory, it is sorted by yarn weight, but honestly, it is just a giant mess.  I have a different container for older yarns and a giant bag for baby yarns.  There is still another bag of yarn for the Mandala Madness project I am working on.

Well, this is a little peak at all of my craft goodness.  I really enjoy my craft room with its large table and plenty of organization.  I always think I need more space, but in reality, things fit in pretty well.  I hope you enjoy the tour and a huge thanks to Karen at My Desert Cottage for hosting this event.