Work~in~Progress Wednesday ๐ŸŒบ Join your Granny Squares and Crochet some Lollipopsย 

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• Thanks for popping by to see the progress on the Granny Square Cardi ๐Ÿค—

Here’s the reason why I’m so late today….

  The Lollipops ๐Ÿ˜€

I’ll show you what I did with them in a minute.

But first…all the Squares and Triangles are finished. Time to join everything together. You might remember that I had joined some already  – just to see where I was going with this. ๐Ÿ˜Š There are different ways to sew/crochet them together. I didn’t want them to be attached to closely, so I chose this ….


It’s easy to do…take a look ๐Ÿ‘€ 

Start with 2 squares, and crochet one double-crochet into one corner. Yo, 3 dc into the corner of another square. 


Come back to the first square and place 3 dc into the second square. 


I found that this is the best way to hold the two pieces 


Keep going back and forth until the last square. Work 1dc into it. 


Alright…now that all the pieces are joined I noticed that there was a gap in the back! ๐Ÿ˜ณ The pieces didn’t fit as perfectly as I thought. 

I forgot to take a picture….here’s one from the first attempt to fill it in. That’s quite a gap, isn’t it?! ๐Ÿ˜


I didn’t just want to fill it in with the yarn color on either side. So I tried Granny Squares in the contrast color โฌ†๏ธ Meh….nah 

Then I tried bigger blocks to place in the middle and go from there 

  
Well, that looked waaaaay better in my head ๐Ÿคฃ 

Next….


Hmmm…. Getting closer – I love the yarn, love the mandala….just not on the cardi. 

Show of hands – who knew that, eventually, I’d add something oddly mismatched, wild and colorful? ๐Ÿ˜ You were right! Here we go 


And there are the Lollipops ๐Ÿ˜‚


Because just a square of outrageous yarn just wouldn’t do! ๐Ÿ˜‰

That’s where I am so far. I was really hoping I could show you the finished cardi today….but the Design-Goddess had other ideas. ๐Ÿ˜Š Hopefully next week. 

So…what do you think? Too much? Not enough? ๐Ÿ˜ See, I’m almost tempted to add some more of this yarn – I love this yarn…can you tell? ๐Ÿ˜œ – somewhere else. 

Have you ever made anything that went so completely ‘out of the box’? 

I’m looking forward to hearing from you! ๐Ÿ˜˜

Until then ๐Ÿ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Colorful Home Decor Fun with PomPoms, Yarn, Marbles, and a Cactus

Hello my lovely friends ย ๐Ÿ’• ย Thanks for peeking in! ๐Ÿค—

Today I wanna show you a few easy (no glue, no sewing) ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿป projects. They’re simple, inexpensive, made-to-match your decor focal points for any room.

~1. Calling all fiber artists out there – don’t you love this one?

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And – as promised- it’s super easy to make.
All you need is a glass vase, some yarn, and knitting needles.
Dig into your yarn stash, pick your favorite colors, and make little yarn balls.

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Layer them into the vase, addย  deco stones or marbles for some sparkle, stick the needles into one of the balls – Done! Easy-Peasy, right? ๐Ÿ˜€

~2. This one is similar to the first one, and – if you can believe it – even easier.

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PomPoms! ย Who doesn’t love PomPoms? ๐Ÿ˜
It’s so simple – I don’t even have to tell you what to do!
Just one thing ….if you like the little ‘Balloons’ – I will tell you how I made those.
All you need is craft wire, small pliers and a pompom. Thread the pompom onto a length of wire, make a little hook with the pliers, push it down…and voilร …a little balloon.

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~3. Rocks – plain or glassy sparkly – and a cactus


~4. Beautiful ‘Extras’ found in my storebought Potpourri

~5. And last but not least ….something for his ‘Mancave’!

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For the imitation Queues you can use Hairsticks, or painted craft sticks

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A little tip – wrap a little rubber band around the bottom of the ‘queues’ – or they’ll keep slipping down and drive you bonkers!ย  True story! ๐Ÿ˜

Alrighty – this is it from me ย  ๐Ÿ˜Š ย  ย  I’m sure you already have ideas what you wanna stack into your vase. Please share your ideas with me – I’d love to see your pictures.

See you soon! ๐Ÿ’•

Until then
~Tina xoxo

 

 

Maker’s Monday ~ Lariat Design Inspirationย 

A lariat is a great addition to any outfit. Since it’s just a long strand of beads -no clasp- you can wear it any way you like. It can be worn and wrapped like a scarf …and that’s how it got it’s name ~ from Spanish la reata – la ‘the’ and reata ‘tie again’

Here are a few ideas…


If you would like to make your own…here are the simple instructions (some basic knowledge is helpful)

You’ll need
~ 65″ beading wire
~ a selection of beads – glass, metal and/or acrylic
~ charms
~ crimp beads, crimp covers (optional), wire guards (optional)
~ Jumprings

After you decide on your beads, it’s time to design! Yay! ๐Ÿ˜

Lay out the beads, push them around until you’re happy with the look (no worries – nothing is permanent until you crimp that 2nd crimp bead   ๐Ÿ˜‰  )
Now start stringing until you reach about 60″.
Then string a crimp bead, thread the wire through the guard, and back through the crimp bead.
*You don’t necessarily need the guard – I just like to use them, because it prevents the wire from rubbing against the jumprings which keeps it from breaking


Repeat this step on the other side.

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AND …you’re done ~ well, almost. You now get to attach your charms.

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Okay – now you’re done! ๐Ÿ˜„
Below I’m giving you a few more ideas for color combinations. Or you can make a fun multi-colored one, or just use one type/color of bead. You see, the possibilities are (almost) endless!

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If you don’t like the typical Lariat look, simply attach a pretty clasp on one side, and a 10mm Jumpring on the other. The charm (or a nifty tassel) will spruce up this design.

Have fun designing, making, and-most of all- wearing your unique lariat. 

I hope you’ll show me your finished pretties! ๐Ÿ˜Š Questions? Please don’t hesitate to ask!

Until next time ๐Ÿ’•    

~ Tina  xoxo 

 

DIY Necklace Tutorialย 

Currently I’m busy planning projects for the September classes. I like this one so much, and I know that not all of you live close enough to attend the classes, that I decided to share it with you right here, ahead of time! ๐Ÿ˜


Here’s what you need…

-a pendant/focal ~ Moonface, ‘Dream a little dream’ Plaque

– 4 ~ 35″ strands of silk cord (lime green, turquoise aqua)

– 21″ large link chain

– 1 medium link

– 7″ small, round link chain

– 6 ~ 2″ pieces of silver wire (24 gauge)

– 1 ~ 12″ piece of silver wire

– 3 Moss Agate beads

– 3 Limegreen beads

– 1 iridescent Rainbow bead (12mm)

– 2 freeform oval links (pewter)

– 1 Toggle clasp

Click here if you love (and wanna create with) thisย Pendantย ๐ŸŒ›

1. First you take the 4 strands of silk cord, fold them in half, and attach them, with a Lark’s head knot, to one of the freeform rings. Then you start braiding.

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2. Keep going to your desired length – mine is 12″)

3. Take the ends, and thread them through the 2nd freeform ring. Fold the ends over, and wrap everything with the 12″ piece of wire.
Attach the large link chain to the ring.

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Now, using 3 small chain links, attach the other end to the pendant

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There…one half is done!

4. Now the other side…
Thread the beads onto the short pieces of wire, and form loops on both ends.

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5. Take 3 small chain links, and connect the beads. Then, with 3 more links, connect the strand of beads to the top of the pendant.

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6. Now connect the last bead to one part of the toggle – using the medium (chain)link, and the other part to the large-link chain.

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You’re done! ย ๐Ÿค— ย  Look at it! You did this! ๐Ÿ’• Congratulations!

I hope you had lots of fun with this project!
…and remember – should you have any questions, need clarification….I’m just a message away. ๐Ÿ˜Š
Of course I’m – as always – looking forward to seeing your finished Necklace!

~Tina xoxo

DIY Wallhanging ~ fast and easy (and beautiful!)

This was a very spontaneous project! After rearranging a few things in my living-room (I got tired of looking at the same pictures  ๐Ÿ˜Š ) I needed something pretty and unique for an empty spot on one of the walls. Now, I’ve done a few weavings, created an oversized ‘Tree-0f-life’, and a dreamcatcher. All wonderful, and I enjoy them every day – but also very time consuming. And I wanted something NOW!
Lightbulb moment!   ๐Ÿค—   Needle felting on a handy, right there surface! An old sweater I had felted for a project (that never happened โ˜บ๏ธ ) came to mind.
I gathered everything  – it’s not that much …let me show you 


A felted sweater (the pretty border  is a bonus, but not necessary), a rotary cutter (fabric scissors work too), needle felting tool and -mat, and wool fluff.

Later on (after this picture was taken) I realized you’ll need a sewing needle and thread for the hanging sleeve.
But that really is it.

Let’s get started….
Cut the sweater into an even rectangle, or a square. Since the felting tangles the fiber there is no need to hem the edges  ๐Ÿค—    How cool is that?
Now lay out the wool fluff and start punching with your felting tool. It’s also a great stress release!

I love all the bright colors – but I’m already planning on making another one in green and red – Poppies!
If you’re new to needle felting, here’s a tip: Remember – nothing is permanent! Isn’t that a relief. If you punch each ‘cloud’ only 2, 3 times, and decide later on that you don’t like the arrangement, you can pull off the piece and start over.
Once you love your creation, punch every ‘cloud’ a few more times, and you’re set!

Alrighty – felting is done!
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Pretty nifty, huh? And it really only took a little over an hour!

All you need now to hang your beauty is a sleeve on the back. I cut a 2″ strip from one of the sweater leftover pieces, and pinned it to the back.
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You can (hand) sew it in place now, creating a sleeve for a curtain rod. Since the piece is not very heavy, a simple running stitch (1/4″) will do.
I used a purse handle I had laying around (also from a project that never happened  ๐Ÿ˜‹   )

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Now she’s ready to adorn your wall …

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…unless you’d like to embellish ~
Pearls or colorful beads would look great

Or you can use it to show off Grandma’s pins…
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I decided to combine this project with my love of jewelry making, and added a row of Amethysts and Crystals at the bottom

If you like this idea, and need help – let me know! I’ll be happy to walk you through!

And now you’re really done  ๐Ÿ˜   Didn’t take that long, did it?
Enjoy your creation – I’d be thrilled to see the pics!

~Tina xoxo

DIY – Design your own necklace

Last week I taught one of my jewelry making classes. Everyone had a blast and loved the end-result! One of the reasons, besides the pride and joy of finishing a piece of wearable art, was the fact that the girls could design their own, pick their favorite charms and beads and incorporate these ideas.
So I decided to spread the joy even further ย ๐Ÿค— ย  with this post and the kits I created that I will offer on my website.

Here you go ….
Necklace ~’Free Your Creative Spirit’ย 

Materials:
1 Earring Loop
1 larger charm (to fit inside the loop)
various charms and beads (for dangles)
Head- and Eyepins
oval jumprings (number depends on the number of dangles you create; I made 5)
1 – 10mm jumpring
40″ cord (I use faux suede)
small link chain
3 – 14mm wood beads
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1 }ย  Look over your bead and charm selection, and decide on the design.
Thread the beads onto the pins; take a chain link and attach it to the charms.
Move it around until you are happy with the layout ย ๐Ÿ˜€ ย  ย ~ and remember – nothing is permanent…you can always change it later (Now my mantra, by the way ย  ๐Ÿ˜Š ย Many a times I’ve stood in my own way, getting stuck at this stage, afraid to get startedย ย ย ย  )
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2} Now, using your round-nose pliers, form wrapped loops – either connect it to the loop of another pin, or use a chain-link to connect the two.

3} If you’re happy with the individual length of the dangles skip this step…if not, read on
3.1) decide on your desired length and attach lengths of chain to your bead/charm

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4} Design your focal with the earring hoop and a charm
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…and attach the charm to the hoop.

5} Use one chain-link to connect the hoop to the 10mm Jumpring, fold the cord in half, thread the cord through the jumpring, and form a lark’s head knot.
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6}
Use the oval jumprings to attach the dangles to the loop

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7} Now it’s time to finish up your necklace – the closure doo-hickey ๐Ÿ˜
Get 1 wood bead and thread the ends of the cord through the hole – one from the right, one from the left
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Thread a wood bead on either end, form an overhand knot – and you’re done. The length is now adjustable
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…and you’re done!
Mine looks like this…
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I’d love to see pictures of your finished piece!
I hope you had fun…Keep on beading!


Love & Light โ˜ฎ
~Tina xoxo

March ~ Hodgepodge

Hello my lovely friends!
I just had a ‘meh’ – moment – I hope you don’t mind me telling you about it real quick!
Last week I heard that Garth Brooks is coming to Des Moines! ๐Ÿ˜ EEEEK – that’s only 3 hours away! Now there is someone I’ve been waiting to see for…well, let’s say a looooong time, and leave it at that!  ๐Ÿ˜‰ Tickets went on sale at 10 am. At 8:45 I go to the website, click on ‘get tickets’ – just to check out the seating chart, prices etc. …so I thought. I landed in a ‘virtual waiting room’! So I waited…I set my alarm for 9:55, not that I went back to sleep, but I didn’t wanna sit there for over an hour, staring at the same page (they warned me not to leave the page, I’d go to the back of the line) uh-oh – can’t have that. 10 o’clock came and went, still waiting. At 10:10 they added another show  – still waiting – at 10:25 they added yet another show – you guessed it, I’m still waiting. Now it’s 1:30, another show was added, and all that’s left are tickets on the 3rd level, way in the back. In the rafters? About a mile away from the stage? Eh – no! Long story short – there was my ‘meh’ moment – I didn’t get the tickets. MEH ๐Ÿ˜•   Next stop is in Fargo, ND…about 10 hours away! Tickets go on sale next Friday. I’ll let you know! ๐Ÿค˜

Sitting there I had some time to think about my next project! It’s going to be a
1.
Double Dreamcatcher   ๐Ÿ’–  I’ve made a sketch so we know what it’s supposed to look like…

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    When I gave up on Garth I gathered the supplies…

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    Now in theory I know how this works (should work!) But somehow I see a lot of doing and undoing in my nearest future ๐Ÿ˜‚      I’ll let you know!

    2.  I’m planning a longer blog-post (hopefully with an interview) about my visit to the National Silk Art Museum in Weston, MO. I visited Mr. John and his museum last Saturday (it’s just a skip and a hop up the street from my shop) What an amazing place! I didn’t know what to expect – for some reason I pictured silk panels, and -paintings. Boy, was I wrong. There you can find the most amazing collection of antique silk weavings. Until then I didn’t even though these pieces (and artform) exist(s).
    Mr. John is the founder and curator, he finds, cleans, and frames these beautiful pieces. He doesn’t charge admission, but accepts donations.
    I decided to help out a little. I designed a necklace – with silk fringe, of course – and a large portion of the sale of each necklace I will donate to the museum.

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    3.   What’s new in the shop? you ask…Bracelets! I’ve really neglected that part of my jewelry line for a while. Here are some new designs Inspirational Quotes and Leather Bracelets with interchangeable focals
    Please take a look…

    Speaking of Bracelets…do you play ‘Ring-around-the-Rosie’ when you try to put yours on? I know I do – so I was very happy to find this little tip…
    *you can use a safety pin or a paper clip

    How nifty is that?

    Alrighty then – time to plan dinner! Or maybe we’ll go out! Even better! ๐Ÿ˜‹

    Have a lovely weekend! ๐Ÿ˜˜ I hope to see you next timeโฃ
    ’til then
    ~Tina xoxo

 

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