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11  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.
12  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.
13  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!
14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Dreamcatcher Swap on: July 06, 2014 02:06:02 PM
Dreamcatcher Swap

Original Thread: Dreamcatcher Swap

Mistress Jennie <---> FiberAlchemist
amnesia <---> mouseatethekitty
whenindoubtsew <---> mama24boyz (Resent package 9/9/14)[/b]
Abbeeroad <---> dharma_rebel
charlieandwillow <---> adrienne_bowers
GoldenSunshine <---> aunty.hela

Status Colors

Green = Sent
Orange = Sending Late with Communication

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

Strikethrough = Feedback Given
15  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.

16  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.

17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Spooky Spool on: June 26, 2014 11:32:35 AM
I was lucky enough to be partnered with jillybeans in the recent Altered Spool Swap.  One of her themes was "Spooky", and while it wasn't what I initially planned on going with, the spool seemed to take me in that direction on it's own.  Cheesy

It was stained black with wood stain markers, highlighted with silver Sharpie, covered in striped scrapbook paper and a beautiful jeweled spider that I received from pinkleo.  The back has a lucky/unlucky 13.  I added a metal clock face and a stone skull bead wearing a crown on top, and a tassel of crazy yarn, ric-rac, embroidery floss and ribbon hanging from the bottom.  In the tassel I hid a skeleton key and several heart shaped black Hamsa beads.

The pictures are courtesy of jillybeans.   Kiss

18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Dragonfly Dreams Charm Bracelet on: May 30, 2014 12:54:19 PM
Now that I've finally settled into my new home, I've been on a bracelet making kick.  This is one I had been dreaming of for a little while, and finally had time to put it together.  It's filled with 17 Tibetan silver dragonfly charms in four different designs. The beads are a plethora of Czech glass in shades of iridescent teal, turquoise, sap green, gold, magenta, violet and rose.

Detail of the dragonfly charms.

Detail of the bright colors of the iridescent glass beads.
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Retirement Charm Bracelet on: May 29, 2014 11:18:17 AM
Final bracelet post of the day!  Smiley  This was created at the request of my mother-in-law to give to a friend who is retiring from her job as the school librarian.  The charms include books, heart, cat, "Well behaved women rarely make history", cross, school house, P for Patricia, angel, pen nib, newspaper, giraffe, and Lincoln, since she took the children to the Lincoln Library in Springfield IL every year.

I think this one has inspired me to make a general Librarian themed charm bracelet too!  Cheesy
20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / We're Off to See the Wizard Charm Bracelet on: May 29, 2014 11:12:52 AM
This charm bracelet has been in the works for ages.  I gathered the charms over a period of months, before putting it on hold to move to a new state.  Now that I'm settled in, I was finally able to finish it.  It contains 17 Tibetan silver and pewter charms from the Wonderful Wizard of Oz book by L. Frank Baum, and the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film.  The charms include: Toto, the Witch's hourglass, Glinda's wand, the Wicked Witch of the West on her broom, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Woodsman, a rainbow, Glinda the Witch of the North, the ruby slippers, Dorothy Gale, hot air balloon, Scarecrow, apple from the orchard, the Wizard, the Emerald City, courage, heart. The charms are surrounded by a mix of Czech glass beads in Technicolor sky blue, brick road yellow and emerald green.

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