I made this for a recent swap, based on something I saw in my partner's Pinterest board.
The flowers are made from circles of organza, with burnt edges to curl them a bit. They have beaded centres. The background fabric is unbleached cotton, that was tea dyed to represent the ground, and the leaves and stems embroidered on.
I like how dimensional the flowers are.
I wrapped the hoop in black ribbon to give it a finished look, and backed it with a floral fabric. I die cut and stamped a fabric tag to go with it.
I have been using a manky ID band on my stethoscope for the last couple of years - out of sheer laziness when the wireworked and beaded ID tag I had on it fell off. I noticed last week or so that the lettering on it ("touch and die" essentially) was getting worn and it was all getting torn, so I should start thinking of replacing it. Also, I had another student in her final semester and was going to be finishing up soon, and writing her exams, so I wanted to give her a little gift as she finished up.
I made these two tags using Magic Glos UV cure resin, since it was not that long until her last shift with me (it was Wednesday and I made these the weekend before). The bases are store bought metal bezels from my LBS.
For mine, we were also given a little tribute at work, little blue enamelled heart pins, as a token to represent a donation made in appreciation of the care provided on our unit. It was a bit of a special token for me when I found out who made the donation, because I was with that family for their last few nights with us, and they said some things that I may never forget. I wanted to do something different with that little pin so I added it to the tag.
I had also made some coloured shrink plastic hearts and flowers to add too, and the background is embossed metal tape cut to size, with a bit of gilder's paste to add colour.
For my student, I used the same embossed metal tape, and just the heart/flower confetti. Our names are stamped on cardstock, trimmed to size, and the edges inked. Both were covered in clear tape to protect it from absorbing the wet resin.
Also, for my student, I made a breakaway ID lanyard with glass and metal beads.
I also added a book that I felt was relevant for a new nurse beginning her career, which I had quite enjoyed when I read it as well. I gave it to her at the end of her evaluation on Wednesday, and there was some hugs and tears. I hope that she looks back on them and remembers how much she learned, and is inspired.
Not jewelry, not quite a trinket (to wear at least), but very definitely beaded!
I made these recently for the 100 things about me swap, Round 3. My partner listed sushi as one of her 100 things and this project has been on my backburner for awhile, and the swap was a perfect opportunity to make this.
It was a rather finicky project but I love how they look all plated up.
My fish roe maki - either ikura or tobiko, your choice. It has some bigger beads, so I am thinking ikura.
showing you their rice-y bottome (hah! my maki is mooning you!)
My pickled ginger rosette and wasabi ball
My nigiri sushi - tomago on the left and ebi on the right
I plated it all on a pretty blue platter, with a traditional piece of plastic grass (what is with that?) that I had saved, and a pair of chopsticks, and vacuum packed it for safety - and freshness - for shipping.
I made this up in September for the MAF holiday swap for a partner who indicated she liked sugar skulls - I found a sugar skull pattern I liked online and drew it onto a piece of unbleached cotton. Then I stitched up the skull and hand stretched it as best I could, over the back of a wood photo box I had. Then I decorated the frame around it with some freehand woodburning, and hand colouring before varnishing several times. I backed it with some felt. It is supposed to be an organizer for gift lists and receipts, but could be used for pictures or trinkets.
It was a bit frustrating to work with because I bought floss from the local dollar store - they were nearby and I did not want to make a run to Michaels or a needlwork shop because they were out of my way. Lesson learned - cheap floss = more knots, breaking threads, etc than is worth the trouble. Go with the name brand next time.
It was a dreary brown Christmas here, a bit of a disappointment. But that's OK, I did not mind the warmer temperatures that came with it, and I made snowflakes for everyone so we could appreciate their beauty without all the shoveling and salting that goes with it.
Actually, I had started making woodburned ornaments earlier this year, but the problem was that when we packed away the stuff for renovations, the ornaments got packed away too so I could not finish them.
But I made these from some long bugle beads I had, with firepolished crystals and various sizes of seedbeads, and wire; after taking a brief workshop with the designer, Maria Rypan, earlier this year.
I made them in a variety of silvers, blues, and iridescent/clear bead, and added them to cards, and as add-ons to presents. But I did not have enough to give away to everyone at our family Christmas party, so I may make more for next year. Instead, I made bath bombs and handmade cards for the family party.
they ended up being about 3-4 inches in diameter - roughly palm sized.
I admit to laziness and apathy this year for the holidays (exacerbated by the unholy mess the house is in right now from renovations). But we had a family gathering on the 23rd and I was feeling some last minute guilt from not baking this year, and not having made enough ornaments to hand out to everyone. I had the supplies to make bath bombs sitting around for the past couple of months, so I finally sat down and made a few dozen to hand out to the ladies at the party. As in I literally woke up at 5 am on the 22nd and said to myself - OMG - I should make bath bombs so I have something at least for the party! Then, with the sudden burst of energy I had, I made cards to go with the packages too.
I packaged 3 bombs per cello bag and tied them off each with a card - making about 15 packages or so.
Here they are drying on the trays - in my empty craft room which DH had three fans blowing in, because he just finished with the drywall compound, and needed everything dry so they could start painting after Christmas (squeal!!!!). My dogs were very curious about those strange smelly things on the cookie trays.
I made heart shaped lavender ones which smelled like <guess what?>. I decorated with a smidgeon of lavender flowers when pressing into the molds.
These were a citrus herbal scent which were particularly yummy.
They were so easy to make, and I will definitely be making them again in the future. With better planning, I will be making some for our non-family annual gathering next year. I had a lot of fun making them too - except for the large cut I had on my one hand - OW!
not sure where to put these, as they did not seem to fit in the knit or crochet boards, or the jewelry board.
I made these for the recent MAF holiday swap as my partner indicated she crocheted and liked sugar skulls/Day of the Dead. I made it as part of a kit for her stash/hobby, so there were stitchmarkers, a skull themed covered craft journal with pockets for patterns, and a hook roll with yarn needles, measuring tape, and scissors.
Made with shrink plastic, drawn on with marker, and coloured with pencil crayon, and veeeeeeeeeeeeeeery slooooooooooowly and patiently varnished with several layers of acrylic sealer. Slowly to allow for proper drying so that they can be a bit more durable and thin layers, so they would not pit or show fingerprints so easily
I made two different ones that were made from skull beads I had, so that there was something a bit different to show the ends/beginnings of rows/patterns, on leverback earring hooks in case they need to be shifted around or removed in the middle of a row.
I made these up as one of the stars for my Jar of Stars swap partners. They are small little jewel toned, dimensional, brickstitched stars, with little crystals. I kind of had an idea for how to make these, and came up with the prototype while watching TV one day. There is some spacing between the front and the back, at the star arms, so they can have a jump ring, chain, cord, wire, etc threaded through to make them into a pendent/charm/earrings, or make a larger one for an ornament. I can try to work out a pattern if anyone is interested. I thought they were cute - what do you think?
This may show a bit better the placement of the crystals - they helped the stars to hold their shape better and gave the stars more stability.
The little black one on the right side was my smaller prototype, to see if my idea would work. They were made with delicas and nymo thread. They were a bit fussy to make because of the tiny beads and the repeated passing of the needle and through some of the beads, but once you got going, they worked up rather quick.