Monday, April 27, 2015

Make A Bracelet With Soda Tabs

Ok, I got sidetracked last week, and forgot to share more cool ways to recylce or upcycle items into jewelry, or other crafts. Below, is a tutorial on how to make a beautiful bracelet using soda tabs. I actually am going to do this, not exactly the one shown, but I love this idea. If you wire wrap, like me, well am learning, and you love cuff bracelets, then you know making the cuff out of wire can be a challenge, and a pain. So, I was thinking soda tabs might be a clever way around that problem. I probably won't video tape myself doing it, but I will share when I get around to it. I did a lot of crocheting last week, and I so loved the diaper cake, that I have started another one, a red and black one. Plus, I still have to finish the bathroom set I started, only the toilet cover is done. I found some very nice traditional jewelry settings on Etsy, that are on my list to get, and I just finished painting a garden Angel. I think I need to add something to it, or change something, before I share her. I was very pleased with how it came out though. Be sure, and visit my Etsy store too. I offer free USA shipping everyday, all year, and layaway if you need it.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Crocheted Girl's Bathing Suit Cover Up

I finally finished the two crocheted bathing suit cover ups.  One is white with neon green trim, and the other has neon orange trim.  They are sizes 4-8 for girls.  You can see them in my Etsy store. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

My First Newborn Diaper Cake

I finally finished my first newborn baby diaper cake. I have wanted to make one of these forever. I think I will do more of these. Though challenging to figure out how to get it all together, so is stays together, it was a lot of fun! All the items, with the exception of the Huggies Pooh Bear diapers, and the baby toy, were hand crocheted by me. The set includes 35 size 1 Huggies diapers, one white and orange baby blanket, that makes up the outside of the cake, 2 bibs, two hats, and four wash cloths. Plus the toy rattle. The items are either white, orange, or white and orange together, so it is definitely a unisex item. To see more images, or to purchase, please visit my Etsy store.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Patriotic Red White and Blue Roses Abstract Art Limited Edition

I finally got to paint today! Next in my Americana series, are these beautiful Red, White and Blue roses, in the color of the US flag. I so love how these came out. I think I finally found the roses I love. Rather than trying One stroke method, and various other methods of painting roses. I drew the roses out lightly, with a pencil, then painted them in. This will be how I do roses from now on. My son was born on the 4th of July, so he especially loves this. This can be purchased in my Etsy store. 

I also got to start painting my next painting in my Home Sweet Home series, which is Arizona.  It has been drawn out for some time.  Hopefully I can finish it tomorrow.  The butterfly and flower, for Arkansas, which will be next after Arizona, is exceptionally beautiful.  I also have a few angels I am waiting to draw out.

My very special crochet item, for baby, should be done soon, also.  Maybe this weekend.  My husband has a class all day Saturday, so the kids and I will be home all day.  I can get a lot done on the weekends, when we actually stay home. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Earth Day Is April 21st Recyclable Jewelry Tutorial with Bottle Caps

All this next week, I will be posting ideas on how to recycle, reuse, and reduce jewelry and other items to make jewelry. If I find other cool ideas, I will share them too. First up, is this beautiful bottle cap necklace.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Home Sweet Home Butterfly and Flower Paintings

I didn't get to paint this week so Arizona is still drawn out, but not painted. Arkansas is ready to be drawn. Hopefully I will get to paint next week sometime, or at least draw. I also have roses drawn out, and need to do a US flag as part of my American History series. I also am working on a special diaper cake for a baby. This will be my first attempt at a diaper cake, and I am excited as to how it will come out. Then I want to do the shower curtain, and valance to go with my crochet toilet cover. I don't have much to do at all, lol. Below you will see Florida, Alabama, and Alaska. Alaska does not have a state butterfly so I did a bear silhouette instead. All of these can be seen in my Etsy store. Great gift for a college student to take to his dorm, newlyweds, or a house warming gift. I was also thinking it would be sweet for an elderly person who needs a reminder of home, should they have to go to a nursing home, or retirement home.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Handmade Mother's Day Gift Idea #7 Original Monarch Buttefly Painting

We are up to #7 in the handmade Mother's Day gift idea series of posts. This is one of my all time favorite paintings. It is signed and dated. It is a beautiful Monarch with a purple flower. If you have a Mom who loves butterflies, this is perfect. At only 24.99 it is definitely an affordable gift. I do not sell prints of my art, they are originals. To check it out more, visit my Etsy store. 

If you have an Etsy store, and would like to have an item of yours featured in this series, here is how it works. 1- Comment on this post, and leave me a link to your Etsy store. 2- These posts run each Tues and Thurs, until Mother's Day. If you comment on a post on Tues, then be sure and come back Sat to see your item featured. 3- Share the post, that you are featured in, on one of your social media sites. That is it, easy peasy.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Crochet Toilet Cover

I finished the crochet toilet seat cover. I only had to pull it out once, lol. I did not like how the shower curtain was coming at all, so that will be restarted as well. I will do a shower curtain, and toilet floor rug, and maybe window valance. Then I will decide if I want to list them as made to order items in my Etsy store. I am not sure I will ever get the money out of the amount of time I put into these. So, probably not.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Handmade Mother's Day Gift Ideas #6 Hot Pink Circle Earrings

All women love pink, right? These hot pink circle earrings are unique, light on the ear, feminine and affordable. They are made of resin and glitter, with gold tone fish hook earrings. See them in my Etsy store. 

Don't forget you can join my Etsy social network team.  To get your handmade items featured in my Mother's Day gift ideas, just leave a comment on this post with a link to your store.  Next post will be Saturday.  I will pick one item from your shop to feature.  Come back Saturday, just bookmark this blog, share the blog post you are featured in, on one of your social networks.  That is it, easy and free.  

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Handmade Mother's Day Gift Idea #5 Green Labradorite Color Shift Gemstone Ring Join The Fun

This is Mother's Day gift idea number 5. To get one of your items featured, leave a comment on this post, with a link to where your items are listed, and I will visit that place and pick an item to feature in the next post, which will be on Tuesday. Then, on Tuesday return to the post you are featured in, and share the post on one of your social networks. Then join in again, if you wish. Easy, and free!

 Below, is a Green Labradorite color shift gemstone ring, in sterling silver, size 7. Light weight and easy on the finger. Beautiful gift idea. See it in my Etsy store, and be sure to check out all my items. I offer free USA shipping, and a free layaway service.

 I have several drawings, all drawn out, and waiting to be painted, plus a new baby blanket started. I still am working on relisting, and listing all my inventory into my Etsy shop.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

How To Crochet the Star Stitch

The V stitch is one of my favorite stitches to crochet. But, I like to learn new stitches too. So, this star stitch will be one of my next projects, after I complete the one I am working on now. I was making curtains, but I have decided to change it, surprise surprise, lol.

 Don't forget, if you make handmade items, I am doing bi weekly blog posts featuring handmade items. See the post before this one for details.

 Also, you can join my Etsy team, that is all for sharing items on social networks. Join, and get seen.

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