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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Cinderella Charm Bracelet on: July 24, 2014 06:10:34 PM
Another new bracelet tonight.  I have always been in love with fairy tales, and this bracelet was inspired by by one of the most beloved, Cinderella.  The charms include a mouse, pumpkin coach, horse, story book, magic wand, clock, fairy godmother, pumpkin, glass slipper, castle, princess, crowns, palace guard, ball gown, entwined hearts, & a wedding ring.  Thea beads are a mix of light sapphire blue, sparkling crystal clear, and velvet black.








2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Gnome Charm Bracelet on: July 24, 2014 05:58:10 PM
Does anyone else miss the World of David the Gnome?  I do.  David, his wife Lisa, and his friend Swift the fox.  While thinking about that beloved childhood favorite last week, I designed this bracelet.  It's filled with gnomes, mushroom houses, oak leaves, acorns, squirrel, fox, owl, doe, stag, rabbit and a tree.  The beads are a mix of clear, dark teal and bright red, and include some stunning lampwork glass mushrooms.








3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Teacup Birdfeeder on: July 11, 2014 08:11:19 AM
One of the hanging Morrocan style lanterns on my porch recently took a nasty tumble.  The result was a lot of shattered glass, and an empty hook just begging to be filled.  As our apartment overlooks a wooded area, there are also a lot of birds who frequent our porch and I had been meaning to get them a bird feeder.  But then I asked myself, why go buy one, when I can make one?



The inspiration came from this tutorial on My So Called Crafty Life: DIY Teacup Bird Feeder.  I picked up the teacup and saucer from Goodwill for $1, and all the other supplies came out of my stash, including the chain, oversized clasp, decorative clasps that I used in place of bails, charms and beads. 



The cup itself was cute, and had a raised leaf pattern on it, but it couldn't be seen well as it was unpainted, so I highlighted the leaves with enamel ceramics paint, and fired it in the oven.  A little E6000, some chain, and voila!  New bird feeder for my feathered friends.

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Doctor Who Dreamcatcher on: July 11, 2014 07:59:41 AM
As mentioned preciously, I recently organized a Dreamcatcher Swap, and was fortunate enough to swap with the lovely FiberAlchemist.  I had a very hard time deciding exactly what to make for her, as she had some many wonderful ideas pinned.  I was torn between a crafty themed dreamcatcher for her craft room, or a subtly geeky Doctor Who dreamcatcher, so I decided to try working on both, and see which one "clicked" for me during the crafting process.  This is the second one I started, a subtly geeky Doctor Who themed dreamcatcher.



The hoop is wrapped in black deerskin leather, with a web woven of royal blue embroidery floss.  The tiny TARDIS charm is on a blue clasp, that can be moved around on the web, or removed entirely for a less geeky look if desired.  The web also contains 5 swarovski crystal stars.  The fringe is made of strands of black and silver Schmaltz yarn, which is silky and contains tiny sequins dotted throughout it.


The first dreamcatcher I made for her can be seen here:
Crafty Style Silk Sari Dreamcatcher
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Crafty Style Silk Sari Dreamcatcher on: July 11, 2014 07:55:41 AM
I recently organized a Dreamcatcher Swap, and was fortunate enough to swap with the lovely FiberAlchemist.  I had a very hard time deciding exactly what to make for her, as she had some many wonderful ideas pinned.  I was torn between a crafty themed dreamcatcher for her craft room, or a subtly geeky Doctor Who dreamcatcher, so I decided to try working on both, and see which one "clicked" for me during the crafting process.  This is the first one I started, a crafty themed piece in shades of red and turquoise to match her craft room.

Here it is in its new home, FiberAlchemist's craft room.  (Aka, her "Lady Lair", which made me laugh out lout.)


The hoop is wrapped with a yarn that is made from recycled silk saris.  The webbing is pearled cotton embroidery thread, decorated with red crystal and turquoise star shaped shell beads.  The fringe is a mix of more silk sari yarn, and teal ribbon, accented with pearlized glass crow beads in red and turquoise.

And a few more shots taken at my home.






The second dreamcatcher I made for her can be seen here:  Geeky Doctor Who Dreamcatcher.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hot Air Ballooning Charm Bracelet on: July 11, 2014 07:44:16 AM
I've always been enchanted by the sight of the sky filled with colorful balloons. A rainbow of colored silks floating gracefully against a backdrop of azure blue and fluffy white clouds.  And actually riding in a balloon has been on my ultimate to-do list for years.  It seems each time the opportunity arises however, I'm thwarted in my efforts for some reason or another. (Seriously, I've been offered a ride several times, only to have things fall through at the last moment.)  And lately as I take my early morning walks, I've been seeing them out and about in the sky, teasing me evermore.  Since I haven't yet been able to take to the skies myself, I decided to do the next best thing.  Craft.   Wink

The bracelet features 17 Tibetan silver and pewter charms, and a mix of glass, Czech glass, crystal and stone beads in shades of sky, cerulean, cloudy white and clear. The charms include a multitude of balloons, clouds, rainbows, and the sun.








Soft winds and gentle landings to you all.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Monarch Butterfly Charm Bracelet on: July 11, 2014 07:36:31 AM
Summer is officially here in TN, and tempertures are rising.  Pair that with a pale Irish girl, who nearly immolates in the sunlight, and it's a recipe for lots of time spent in my nice cool craft room.  The results have been crafting lots of new charm bracelets.  Cheesy  This is my newest, an ode to butterflies on a summer breeze.  It features 17 Tibetan silver butterfly charms, and a mix of glass, Czech glass, crystal, and semi-precious stone beads in shades of golden yellow, rich orange, and jet black. Stone beadss include striated agate, yellow jade, quartzite, carnelian and man-made amber.









Hope you're all having a lovely summer day!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Dreamcatcher Swap on: July 06, 2014 02:06:02 PM
Dreamcatcher Swap


Original Thread: Dreamcatcher Swap

Partners
Mistress Jennie <---> FiberAlchemist
amnesia <---> mouseatethekitty
whenindoubtsew <---> mama24boyz
Abbeeroad <---> dharma_rebel
charlieandwillow <---> adrienne_bowers (Rcvd 7/9 per USPS.com)
GoldenSunshine <---> aunty.hela


Status Colors
SENDING:

Green = Sent
Orange = Sending Late with Communication
Red = LATE, NO COMMUNICATION, CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY!

RECEIVING:
Blue = Received (but haven't POSTED pictures yet)
Purple = Received & Posted Pictures

Strikethrough = Feedback Given
GLOWING RED=NEGATIVE FEEDBACK  
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Love the Library Charm Bracelet on: July 06, 2014 05:47:13 AM
One more new bracelet this morning. Cheesy My husband and I are both avid readers.  If I'm not reading, then I'm listening to audio books while crafting, or searching for new books at the library.  This bracelet is my ode to libraries and the lovely librarians who work so hard every day to help us learn, explore and grow.  It features 17 Tibetan silver charms, and a mix of glass, Czech glass, stone, crystal and freshwater pearl beads in shades of plum, parchment, and copper.  The charms include tiny books, reading glasses, pen nibs, open books, computer, large books, chapter book with glasses, library, fountain pen & pencil, newspaper, and a stack of books.
 








10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Sushi Charm Bracelet on: July 06, 2014 05:34:29 AM
I love sushi.  I mean, really love it.  I crave it throughout the week.  Sometimes I dream about it.  So it was inevitable that I'd make a sushi charm bracelet.  It contains 9 silver charms, including tiny fish, sushi plates, chop sticks and rolls, a saki bottle and large fish.  6 beautiful handmade lampwork glass pieces of sushi, and a fresh mix of Czech glass beads and stone beads in shades of bright red, golden yellow, wasabi green, jet black and clear.









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