I cannot believe how fast this Autumn has seemed to zoom by! It feels like I was only just crafting for Halloween...and now Thanksgiving week is here & I have so many new handcrafted wintery delights to share with you!
I'll be working on adding items to my 'seasonal/holiday' section of the shop when I'm not hanging out with family or helping out in the kitchen with holiday meal preperations this week. You know what I'm thankful for? Glitter!
I've crafted some new unicorn items for the 'unicorns & horses' section of the shop as well. My new giant unicorn rainbow glitter heart necklace is a showstopper...it is so big & incredibly stuffed with oodles & oodles of twinkly glitters!
My new winter unicorn necklace is representative of the beauty & magic of the season. I handcast several blue glitters with my sweet little unicorn silhouette & added in real sugar nonperils sprinkles for the 'snow'... it's enchanting!
One of my lovely customers did a giveaway recently on their facebook page & my cheeks hurt from smiling at all the sweet things that folks had to say about it. It's also one of my personal favorites currently! If you live in the Staunton, Virginia area... please stop by Pufferbellies Toys to see some of my unicorn & custom initial jewelry available there!
I'll be introducing some fabulous new snowflake statement cocktail party rings & several new snowmen pendant necklaces & pins! Who doesn't love a cute holiday pin in cheery red or silvery blue?
There will be galaxy post style earrings & neon rainbow dome earrings to match my galaxy line & many other bright glittery pieces already listed in the shop.
If you would like a personalized initial necklace, ring, or a necklace with your sweetie's name... please get your orders in early! Right now I'm at a 1 week out turnaround time to create & ship new personalized items. They take a little longer to ship due to making them at the time the order is placed, but I'll do my best to accommodate your needs! Custom creations are my favorite to craft & I'm open for custom orders through the first week or two of December, then I'm going to pull those listings so that I may spend more time with my children & recharge my creative batteries.
New pieces will be listed as I can get them photographed, so check back often so you don't miss out!
This is my harvest love glitter ring. I handcast each heart from resin & a mix of various orange glitters & then mount them to an adjustable silver plated ring, so it fits most. It's avalable all through the fall season from 'back to school' to Halloween & right on through Thanksgiving. It's a great way to add a little sparkle to your Fall wardrobe fashion style. It also makes a great gift for someone with a fall birthday or anniversary!
I'm so tickled to share that this piece has also been featured on 'Glitter and Nails'... a fun place to check out the latest nail art beauty trends in France!
I'm starting to craft for the long winter months ahead, so if you'd like to peek at what I'm up to, please become a fan on facebook!
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Here are a couple more photos of the harvest orange ring to show how much this piece sparkles! I love it!
The other day I made buckeyes with my boy. Buckeyes are essentially peanut butter balls dipped in a chocolate coating & they're so fun & easy to make, I thought I'd share this recipe with you. This confection gets its name from its resemblance to the nut from the buckeye tree. See here.
Peanut Butter Balls:
1 1/2 C. Peanut Butter - smooth
1/2 C. butter
1 lb. confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
1 Tbsp. Vanilla
Soften the butter & add peanut butter. Mix in vanilla & then add the sugar. If dough does not easily roll into balls, then add a bit more peanut butter. Roll into balls 1 - 1.5" in size.
1/2 bar of parrafin wax
1 12 oz. package of chocolate chips...either milk chocolate or semi sweet chips...your preference.
Melt together in double boiler.
Use a toothpick to dip the peanut butter balls into the chocolate coating & leave the top uncovered to resemble a buckeye.
I'm so excited to share with y'all what a splendiferous mail day I had today! Yesterday I was in such an unexplainable blue mood & today is the polar opposite! I woke up cheerful after one of the best night's sleep in a month of Sundays & then when I called the postal office about a package I had been anticipating from a swap on craftster, the sweet voice on the phone replied, "it's here!" ...so on to the good stuff!
The swap was a make a friend swap...so in this type of swap you have the opportunity to get to know a fellow crafter. The items to be swapped were something you do well (crafted item), something you love (non-crafted item), and a surprise...up to you if it is crafted or not.
I learned mid-way through the swap process that beading is not something I do well. I thought how hard can this be if I follow a pattern? Well, I guess I had problems following the pattern because I messed up my rows & the image I was going for ended up skewed. I scrapped that idea & sought inspiration elsewhere...& went with something I knew I wouldn't mess up.
I made a cute batik blue & green pieced clutch purse with a kiss lock frame based on my partner's likes. The purse was time consuming certainly due to piecing & selecting the fabric squares to make an attractive pattern. The construction of the purse itself was fairly easy because of the fabulous pattern & instructions I got at While Baby Naps on etsy. I also bought the fabric glue, frame, & chain from them. It was a great etsy experience with super fast shipping & great communication. I highly recommend their shop to other crafters out there looking to make something similar.
The work in progress...making sure I had bits of fabric that looked good next to each other...then cutting them into rows of squares...
Lining up the different rows so that no two of the same pattern were next to each other. I wanted a nice contrast where the squares complimented each other. Once this was done & my pieced fabric panels were done, I could cut out my pattern.
After adding fuseable interfacing, pressing, sewing & turning, this is what it looked like... all ready for the frame.
I attached the frame one side at a time...allowing the first side to dry completely before attaching the other side. This part made me nervous that I would somehow screw it up, but it went together fairly well. Doing a dry run to see if the pattern fit the frame before adding the glue is definitely a must. It would be tragic to have done all that hard work, only to mess it up in the final stage of the process.
I love how this project turned out! The colors are so yummy & bright... super cute for summer! It makes me think of the Earth & Sea!
Here are a couple more glamour shots of the final piece:
I'd love to make a few more of these in different fabrics... vintage linens, kawaii cute Japanese prints, & more colorful rainbow batiks! I'm officially hooked!
Here is the whole package I sent to my partner:
There is the purse, one of my resin glitter bubble rings, some tea by teaman on etsy, a tube of glitter, and an Ohio magnet. My partner is also from Ohio...so it seemed a good match! The glitter & the tea are my loves... I can't not walk into a craft store without buying at least one tube of the twinkly stuff... and teaman's tea is the best! If you love tea, try the Christmas blend or black raspberry. They're my personal favorite!
The ring is the item I do well. I've gained a lot of experience working with resin & wanted to send something sparkly to my partner that she could wear out to the pool or the beach...it's waterproof & so twinkly in the sunshine!
Here is the super amazing package I received from my partner, Loves2experiment, on craftster!
When I opened the box, Hello Kitty was looking back at me! I knew this was going to be really good!
What an unexpected delight! A book about a craft I have not yet tried & was looking into just this week! Seriously, I googled how to make yarn & spinning with a drop spindle! ...you can even ask my BFF Kelly...she'd vouch for me! ;)
The cutest craft bag... with one of my favorite quotes inspired by Hyperbole and a Half! "Craft All the Things!" LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!
...and there's more inside!
...super squishy fiber & a drop spindle...no, a 'glittery' drop spindle!!!
Just look at the eye candy colors!
I need to learn how to use this asap! I'm so excited!
A closeup of the gorgeous lining fabric in the pouch... so beautiful!
The surprise goodie my partner sent was a crafted unicorn zipper pouch. The unicorn is embroidered! My daughter would claim it if I let her see!
How cute is that?!!
And finally, the goodie my partner can't live without...or something she loves... candy! You can't go wrong with candy!
This has been a super-fun craftster swap & I had as much fun crafting for it as I had fun opening all the goodies! I can't wait to try spinning & hopefully will have updates on my adventures with that soon! Thank you so much Loves2experiment! I'm over-the-moon thrilled with my goodies & you made such a beautifully crafted & thoughtful package! I'm going to treasure it!!!
This morning before school, my daughter approached me about giving her teacher a gift on the last day of school... which is today. I thought quick to have my girl do some mini artworks & insert them into one of those photo totes (which thankfully I had on hand in my craft room) ...along with a couple of photos of my daughter's class & her with the teacher.
This was so easy, quick, & fun... and it was budget friendly too!
If you try this, please let us know! We'd love to hear you were inspired!
I'm long over due for a how to post, so when I painted my nails a fun kawaii, ombre rainbow, I knew I had to share with y'all! This was so easy guys!
The colors I used:
Sally Hansen Extreme Wear 360 'mellow yellow'
Sally Hansen Extreme Wear 90 'sun kissed'
Sally Hansen Extreme Wear 23 'fuchsia power'
Sally Hansen insta-dri 420 'lively lilac'
Sally Hansen insta-dri 28 'mint sprint'
Sally Hansen Extreme Wear 02 'green with envy'
Sally Hansen Extreme Wear 130 'blew me away'
I'm sure it can be improved upon, but for a first go at it, I'm well pleased with the results!
Also I used a clear fast drying top coat.
Simply brush one color on one half of your nail such as yellow...and then on the other half, brush on a complimentary color such as red...so that when they come together they make the 3rd color you'll brush on in the center...(orange).
Quickly, before it dries, brush on the clear coat & kind of wiggle the brush as you apply it to soften the edges between your colors & give the whole thing a nice smooth shine.
I'm loving this even more than when I did the glitter tips french manicure...and it takes a lot to make me like something more than glitter!
Enjoy & feel free to share your results if you try it! I'd love to see!
Oh happy day!
My galaxy rings were mentioned in a blog post over at Mom's Basement! If you'd like to see all my currently available galaxy inspired jewelry, you may find it here. I have a few necklaces, many rings, & plan on adding keyrings & earrings this spring.
I'm very excited about my new line of cosmic galaxy space jewelry for this year! <
Thank you to Michelle from Fun With Needles for the heads up about it!
If you have a minute, check out Michelle's shop! She makes great geekery cross stitched gifts such as jewelry & decor for the home!
I'm a crafty gal who lives in Ohio...raising 2 young children with my husband. We have the cutest bunny, Yuki, in the whole wide world!
I heart craftster dot org...if you haven't visited the site, for the love of everything creative...go, man go!
I make stuff...lots of stuff!
Toys, Dolls, Jewelry, Drawing, Knitting & now Crocheting, Sewing, Sculpting, Painting, & Wood Carving. I'm a toydesigner, illustrator, aspiring author, & excellent cupcake baker!
We had the most amazing kitty until this past December. Perhaps we'll get another kitty one day when the time is right, but as of now (September 2011) we have a dwarf bunny!
Now enough about me... what about you?