Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Crazy Cuff Eight-Hot Pink Hearts

 This cuff is a surprise, even to me.
 My lap table began with a few key items.
Vintage (and very expensive) ribbons and new buttons from Paris and an assortment of beads and threads.
 I think it beaded itself.  I have no idea how I got here.
The random and truly relaxing beading just gets better and better.
 Thrilled with the final cuff.
The buttons now have a permanent home!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Crazy Cuff Seven - The Lavender Cuff

 Making this cuff brought me so much joy!
 My lap tray started with this simple gorgeous ribbon and a purple glazed button from my favorite fabric store in Paris.
 I added some gorgeous sewing notions as my closure.
My beading was simple and I kept the original theme.

My Crafty Links This Week

Check out Kylie Parry’s beautiful post on summer inspiration!
Note every project can be a smashing success…come see why!
Are you interested in wearable art? Cyndi has gathered a number of her tutorials that will move you beyond just jewelry!
Creative collaboration helps raise awareness and funds for a worthy cause.
Andrew participated in the Beads of Courage Design Challenge. Check out pictures from the Bead&Button Show and see images of his finished piece.
Page maps, layouts, or sketches - whatever you call them - are a great way to: 1. Learn basic design principles; 2. Come up with a quick design on the spur of the moment; and 3. Observe how other artists interpret the sketch - honestly, no two are ever alike.
Wonder how to contain resin in an open back pendant? The how-to on the Resin Crafts blog should help!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Bastille Day Crazy Cuff Six

 My special Bastille Day cuff is ready to wear today!
 I purchased these ribbon in a very special store in Paris.  The square ribbon in antique and I don't mind admitting I paid a fair amount for a meter.  I am happy to have something special to add it to.
 Like my other cuff projects, by bracelet began without a plan.  
Just a collection of colours on my lap tray.
 I was going to use a lot of sequins, but did not like this look, 
so I removed this grouping and started over.
The blue agate stone has some natural glitter in it.  It is a gorgeous focal point.
 I beaded and beaded.
Lined with felt, it will be a pleasure to wear today.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Crazy Cuff Five and My Links This Week

 Crazy cuff six is now wrapped up!
 It was a pleasure to sew this colour palette.  
It was completely inspired by these wooden buttons I bought in Paris several years ago.  
I am so happy to have finally used them!
 I am starting to run low on seed beads.  I need more colours!
 Happily I had enough to finish this project.
This cuff is going to be so fun to wear!

My Crafty and Bead Links this week!

I have now sewn my fourth crazy cuff and even I am stunned at how great this one turned out! So happy I gave up reading patterns and just started sewing!
I love to turn packaging into wearable art. This year’s tea box artwork made it even easier to design a necklace.

Has your mojo decided to go on holiday without you? Check out Rebecca’s post on how to get stuck back in to your jewellery making when you’ve lost your mojo!
“The Drunken Botanist” by Amy Stewart is an intoxicating exploration of the botanical histories of some of our favorite beverages. See how this book inspired a group of artists and jewelry-makers!
I ask because it’s really starting to feel like one. And I remodeled it on less than $15!
Cyndi managed to finish her June piece for the Bead Journal Project with a little time to spare…but only a little!

Friday, July 04, 2014

Crazy Cuff Four

Pretty addicted to hand sewing these cuffs now.
 I really don't know why I waited to do this.
 Working without a pattern is the best decision I ever made.
Turns out I have been collecting beads for a reason.
These are starting to make themselves!
The fifth cuff is already started.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Beading and Crafty Links This Week

Take a peek inside the studio of Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati Jewelry as she prepares for her exhibition at Gallery Q - and be in with the chance of winning one of her beautiful and unique Q Marks the Spot necklaces.

The old time feel of this card evokes Eileen’s childhood memories of 4th of July festivities, hot summer days and cool lemonade. Directions for this stamped card included.

Who knew that fabulous paint could be swirled to create stunning designs under resin.

My Pastel Statement Necklace is featured in the summer issue of Perles et Cetera magazine. What is unique is the addition of an applique for the pendant.

Are you interested in making art quilts? Cyndi has collected all of her tutorials into one post!

Cyndi has finished a second bead embroidery cuff featuring pleated shibori silk ribbon, and she’s provided a tutorial too!

Jean reviews the book Punk Chic Jewelry by Erin Siegal.. You are going to love this wonderful book by the amazing Erin!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Glitz Knitz Crazy Cuff Three

This is crazy cuff number three.
 It features this fabulous Glitz Knitz Los Angeles yarn they actual call "ribbon fabric" that I picked up in Michaels.  I decided to hand sew it to my base cuff so I would have a unique surface to bead on.

 The colours are just perfect for summer!
 I added beads randomly throughout the cuff sampler.
 My wood buttons are lightweight and add some extra interest to the cuff.
 Snaps make this one easy to open and close.
These cuffs are hours of night time beading relaxation!