Last week, we (=my husband, sister, mother and I) were invited for a picnic by my best friend, and here mum would be cooking. She always makes such great food, she goes all out! I wanted to make a nice thank-you gift. I made this pea pod pendant to represent her two girls (on top) and one boy (on the bottom). Unfortunately, I didn't have beads that were the same size, but in reality, they're pretty close. The pendant is about 1,25" big. We had a delicious picnic and an amazing get together
I made this pendant for my best friend Anna (she was my maid of honour at my wedding). Like me, she loves things just a bit quirky. I decided to go off the beaten track and try out a triangular setting for this tree, and go with iridescent beads. Good call: she admitted to not generally being a fan of tree-jewellery, but really liking this one because it's different. And well, probably helps that it's hand made by a good friend
We celebrated my brother-in-law's 26th birthday today, and my husband and I were stumped for a gift. The guy always buys whatever it is he wants or needs... We still had to get my sister in law a belated birthday gift too, and we bought her this apron:
We thought it would be nice to get BIL a fancy apron too. Alas, only stupid boring aprons were available... What's a girl to do, but craft the appropriate item herself? I bought a plain one, as well as a white dish towel and I took scissors, buttons and needle and thread to hand for this custom apron. It scored high marks
Also: there are four white buttons on the "shirt", but the third one didn't quite capture the light.
A friend of mine pinned this wire wrapped pendant design on her wish list, and I decided to see if I could make something similar. I've been wrapping a bunch of trees of life lately, and I wanted a change. I hope my friend will like it!
I wrapped this tree of life for the daughter of one of my cousins (I guess that makes her my first cousin, once removed?). She's ~20 now, and she's currently going through a bit of a rough patch. I thought she could use a bit of a pick me up
My husband an I are leaving for a hiking holiday soon (hurray!) and I'm preparing a lightweight survival kit, just in case. I made each of us a quick release paracord bracelet using this tutorial, a blue one for me and a white one (not grey, sorry for crappy photo!) for my husband. Because having the rope around your arm is a whole lot more practical than toting around a few feet of loose rope! I hope we won't need to unravel and use them.
I was raiding my mother's craft stash when I discovered she had several colours of metal wire on hand, and after getting her permission to yank them away and do my thing with them, I decided I would make a rainbow tree of life for an LGBT friend. She's been trying to conceive for over a year now, running into several medical problems, so I wanted to make her a good luck charm. As the tree symbolises life, I hope that new life will soon be on its way for her! I also think she'll like the LGBT Pride symbolism of the colours. First time making a tree without beads, that's strangely harder than with beads! But I'm happy with the result
At the rate at which I've been making tree of life pendants, you might think I'm trying to make a forest of them All using the same set of beads, because I haven't had time to go raid my mum's stash some more, and I needed to have these finished by Friday, as they're thank you gifts for my teachers this term.
I added a birds nest with two eggs on the center one, as one of our teachers just returned from maternity leave at the beginning of the term. She gave birth to twins. We're giving thanks as a group, buying each teacher a box of chocolates (except for the teacher that doesn't eat added sugars, she's getting tea) and I thought something more permanent would be a nice addition
I recently made a wire-wrapped tree of life pendant, but I didn't have any earrings that looked good with it. When I noticed that nobody had submitted a project for this challenge yet, even though we're already three days in, I decided I would try to make miniature trees for earring. (Each is ~1cm in diameter) It's extremely fidgety, and I ended up unintentionally breaking the wire several times. The colours really don't want to show up properly...
I've been practising different styles of braiding and experimenting with hair styles. Today I devised this Game of Thrones mash-up hair style, which combines Danaerys's crown of braids with the over-the-shoulder rope braids that are so popular with updo's in Kings Landing (as seen on Cersei and Sansa)
Not as neat as it would be for those highborn ladies, which is to be expected as I don't have a maid to braid my hair for me. All in all, I'm happy with the look!
Side view. (I messed around with the colours quite a bit to boost the visibility of the braids. My hair is too dark for the camera to pick it up properly...)