Sunday, November 29, 2015

Recycled Wool Sweater Cozies

I am always grabbing cans and jars from the recycling bin.

I love utilitarian pieces from what some consider trash.

I love all the ways you can fancy them up.

This time I wanted something super easy.

I took 2 sweaters that had been felted.

I now do this at the laundromat when I take my giant comforter.

I washed them on the heaviest cycle on hot.

Then I threw them in the dryer.

One year I did them at home and the sweater pilled and balled so much I had to call a repairman to come unplug the wool balls from deep in the machine's workings.

I have been banned from felting at home now...

For this project, I am going to use the sleeves.  

Before I cut anything, I slid the can and jar inside to make sure they fit.

I measured and cut them to fit how I wanted them to.

Don't they look cozy?

Then I cut 2 hearts from another red felted sweater and blanket stitched them in place.

No they hold my art supplies stylishly.

These would make a great little gift.

It could be even more special if you used a sweater from the recipient.

Maybe I will whip a few more of these up for gifts.

Thanks for stopping by...

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Art Jewelry Adventure-Special Incentive Weekend!

I am so delighted to be a part of the Art Jewelry Adventure.

What is it? you may ask....

Great question!

When you sign up, you are becoming part of an art adventure that spans a year.

It begins in late January 2016 and runs all year long.

Every couple weeks, a new class is released.

When it is released, you have access to forums to discuss ideas with fellow artists enrolled in the classes as well as the teacher herself.

You can ask her questions and receive personal answers to any questions you may have.

The classes are videotaped so you can watch them at your leisure.

You can rewind a million times or fast forward through the stuff you already know how to do.

There are 24 classes over the course of the year and you get them all.

My class is on making a stamped tin charm necklace.

Here are some of the stamped tin pieces in the rough stage.

And this is the necklace I am teaching you how to make.

I tell you very little detail from the hand wrought links to the sources of my materials.

Some of the sources have offered special discounts for my students for this retreat.

 The cost for the event is $99 for the entire year....

all 24 classes. 

 That is less than $5 a class.

You can't even take one at a small local event for that anymore.

No travel. 

 No lugging supplies.

You can create in your jammies anytime it is convenient for YOU.

And for a limited time, they are also offering a payment plan.

So my added incentive for this crazy shopping weekend, is that if you buy a retreat before December 1st  through this link, I will send you a simple necklace or bracelet with one of my stamped tin charms.

It will take a little bit of time to get it to you. 

 It takes some time for me to get your information and I will email you to find out if you prefer a necklace or a bracelet before sending it.

But I want to thank you for signing up.

There are so many great projects.

Whether you are a beginning jewelry maker or and advanced jewelry artist, you will find so many things to learn.

And there are two other online retreats as well:quilting and polymer clay.

I can't think of a better gift for a creative person.

Or you can tell someone you love that you want one yourself.

If your are interested in seeing the other great artists teaching such as Cat Kerr,  Jen Cushman or many, many more, hop over here to check it out.

I hope I see your name on the list of attendees...

And don't forget I will be sending a bracelet or necklace to those signing up before December 1st.

Thanks for stopping by....

Polymer Clay Magic- Jewelry from Polymer Clay

Today is just an eye candy post.

Lots of polymer clay goodness and that is all.



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                 Linking up with these great blogs.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Shades of Rose

I know I have not been posting as often.

Sometimes life throws a few curves into our carefully planned lives.

I always believe each difficulty I experience is a chance for learning and growth.

I have some serious learning to do....

So let's just share something pretty for the moment..

I think you know I love to knot linen cord.

It is SO much fun.

Here is a sweet little pink triple strand bracelet I made.

I used my little hand wrought links...

And that sweet little dangle makes me smile.

I am not usually a pink (or purple) person.

But they are growing on me...

                    What have you made lately?

                       Thanks for stopping by....

                  Linking up with these great blogs.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Felt Snowflake Ornaments

I wanted to share another quick and easy ornament for the tree.

It can also be used as a package topper.

I love to cut all the felt circles and then lay them next to my spot on the couch.  

I find the stitching relaxing while I am watching tv.

This little guy just uses some felt, stuffing, cotton crochet thread, and an old button.

Stitch the snowflake design on one circle.

Sew on the button.

Blanket stitch the two circles together.

Before completely closing the opening, add a little stuffing.

Then finish closing and tie off.

Add another loop of string to hang it.

You can do a bunch of the same design or do all different snowflakes.

Thanks for stopping by....

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Whoops! I am late...

Sorry folks.

I have had a couple curve balls thrown in my direction lately.

I was thinking today was announcing day for the Jewelry Affaire Giveaway...


Yesterday was supposed to be it.


Without further ado....

Drum roll please....

The winner is Linda Nelson!


 I am so glad.

Linda is one special lady.

You can check out her blog, The Createaerie.

She is kind, generous and oh so talented!

Congrats Linda!

You deserve it!

Thanks for stopping by....

Friday, November 13, 2015

My Superstition Blog Hop Reveal...

Earlier today I told you I was participating with Tammy Adams from Paisley Lizard for her blog hop today.

I already hopped around to see what everyone else has done.  

There are some really cool designs.

I love the variety.

I got mine finished yesterday but not before I lost the light for photos.

So I had to wait today for sufficient light.

Here is my piece.

Lately I have been playing around with Jax Pewter Black.

I love the stuff and decided using it for some pieces would be perfect for this challenge.

I am not superstitious.

And I often look for luck when others look for the opposite.

So I wanted a fun piece that showed opposites: Lucky paired with unlucky 13.

I love how fun it is.

For other great pieces inspired by Friday the 13th, check out the blogs below...

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