Saturday, January 18, 2014

DIY: Fringe Necklace

This weekend's DIY is not as difficult as it looks, I promise! I went in intending to make a heart fringe necklace, but the heart shape didn't really come through in my finished piece. I still like it, though!

You'll need beads in two different colors (the more contrast, the better!), wire cutters, a couple of jewelry pliers, beading wire, and head pins. Also needed but not pictured, a chain in whatever length you would prefer your necklace to be.

Usually I dive into projects head first and just wing it as I go, but I decided to be a bit more meticulous this time and used graph paper to plan where my beads would go.

For this pattern, I did two blue beads per box on the graph paper, and one pink bead per box. String the beads on the head pins, then bend each pin at the same distance from the top bead (I did 1 centimeter with this piece, I'll probably do less distance next time). Use your pliers to twist the end of the head pin to create a loop. You'll probably need to use one plier to hold the loop while you're twisting, and the other plier to hold the end of the pin and twist it. Then use your cutters to trim off the rest of the head pin that hasn't been twisted.

Once your pins are done, cut a couple of 10 inch pieces of beading wire. If you're using a thicker wire that is less flexible, you can probably use just one piece. Create a loop at one end of the pair of wires, then string the pins onto it, placing one or two beads between each pin, depending on how thick the beaded pins are. Once everything is on the wire, create another loop at the other end, then cut the excess wire.

Now all that's left to do is add a chain, and you're done!

Happy Winnie the Pooh Day!

Happy birthday to Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne! Check out my pin board for some of my favorite Milne and Winnie the Pooh quotes.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Five Etsy Faves Friday: Southwest Style

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Perhaps it's my OCD, Type-A ways, but I just love all of the symmetry and repeat patterns that can be found in Southwest style anything!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

How I Wore It: All Gray Everything

Buddha charm necklace - By Love Designs (buy)
Mossimo scarf - Target | earrings - Brighton (buy)
Olivia Moon sweatshirt - Marshalls (buy) | Zenana Outfitters cami - Marshalls (buy)
Madden Girl boots - Amazon (buy) | Indigo Rein jeggings - Marshalls (buy similar)

Not too long ago I felt that I needed to incorporate more color into my wardrobe. Not that I wanted to, but needed to, which really is kind of a silly notion. If I'm happier in darker colors, why not just buy and wear darker colors?

Anyway, I think I've mastered the art of dark or colorless outfits. A couple of shades of gray paired with black and dark denim actually make for an outfit that comes together well, nothing dark or depressing here!

Oh, and when cold weather strikes and scarves become a wardrobe staple, long necklaces or statement earrings are a great way incorporate accessories into your outfit.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

DIY: Cork Heart Ornament

Valentine's Day is coming up, my shop name has the word "love" in it, and I've amassed quite a stash of wine corks. I think those are three very good reasons for doing this DIY!

You'll need wine corks (obviously), a hot glue gun, a cutting board, a sharp knife (serrated works well for me), and embroidery thread.

Start by making sure all of your corks are roughly the same length. They don't need to be exactly the same length, but get them as close as you can. I only needed to trim a few of my corks, the rest were all pretty uniform.

Arrange your corks in the shape that you want them, then start gluing. The number of corks that you use may change as you go, I actually started with less corks set out, and then as I started gluing them together, I added a few more to get a better shape. The glued pieces will be flexible, so you can bend the ornament a bit as needed. 

I started with the point at the bottom of the heart and worked my way up. When I got to the point at the top of the heart, I glued the three pieces that make up the point together separately, then added them to the rest of the heart.

While the glue on the corks were drying, I braided 12 inches of embroidery thread together for hanging the ornament. Then I tied the thread onto the ornament, and done!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Just Listed: Colorful Southwest Necklace

This is now the third version of this necklace that I have made. The original came to be on an absolute whim one weekend; I had just bought a big mixed batch of glass beads, and I loved the bright, opaque beads in the mix that made me think of southwest-style jewelry.

Here's the other two versions: