Friday, September 12, 2014

Paris Postcards

 Some days I wish I was in Paris so much that I have to stop and just make something with a memento I already brought back from a trip.
These two postcards now are finally framed and in my line of vision to enjoy.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bead and Crafting Links

I have a sweet resin project on’s blog this week. Paper Embellishments with Jewelry Resin featuring vintage postcards.

Cherie makes some mini canvases for her office.

Ready for a crafty weekend? Lisa just discovered a crafty necklace project that inspires creativity!

A good experiment in resin layering results in some one-of-a-kind “cubes of resin.”

I bet you have your own sources for inexpensive craft supplies. Here are some of my faves. Do you have any others?

Cyndi has a review of a fabulous new book by Lark Crafts, called “Beading All-Stars”. All your favorite designers in one gorgeous package!

Video podcast episode 4 including some “rockin” jewelry and a little fiber too.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Crazy Cuff Eleven - The Pink Elephant

 This latest cuff experiment took me longer than the others.
 It was inspired by the elephant ribbon I already had in my stash.
 So many pink beads were added.
 There is not much room left!
I used ultra suede to back the bracelet...which was much more difficult to work with than felt.
I am not sure I will want to work with it again.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Crafty Links

There’s always room for learning a new beading technique! Lisa’s getting ready to learn kumihimo! Stop by to lend some encouragement

Take a peek inside the studio of Mary Harding, and be in with the chance to win some of her unique handmade beads!

Jewelry grab bag to jewelry box top. Isn’t upcycling fabulous? Easily achieved with EasyCast and any items you have…not just for jewelry!

How to create large scale decaled wood objects with no decal edges.

Jean reviews the new book by Tammy Powley, The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making, 2nd Edition, and it is great!

How to use copper plumbing supplies to create pendants with resin.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Liberty London Frou-Frou Necklace

 I have been wanting to make this necklace for over a year.  I finally had the opportunity to start it earlier in August and I finished it yesterday.
 I am using the most beautiful bias tape on the planet.  This is Liberty London.
 In 2013, I spotted this display in my favorite fabric store in Paris.  I had never seen this Frou-Frou label before, and on closer inspection realized it was Liberty London.  I really wanted EVERYTHING but settled for a few yards of bias tape.
 Isn't it gorgeous?  I inserted a liner and sewed my bias tape into these strips.
 This stunning endcap is from the John Bead kumihimo end cap collection.
Ready to wear with so many colours!

Monday, August 18, 2014

How to Can One Hundred and Eleven (111) Jars of Tomato Sauce in Seven Hours

My parents, like so many others in Canada, continue the tradition of canning their year long supply of tomato sauce for Italian cooking.   My Mom is Austrian, but she has been part of this tradition since she married my father (over 50 years ago.)
 To begin, it is really nice if you can work outside on a nice day in a beautiful garden.  My Dad has a major green thumb.  He can plant a stick and grow a tree.  So the work environment is very nice.
 Over the years they have collected numerous pieces of equipment for tomato canning.  Here is our makeshift outdoor washing station.  We washed six bushels of tomatoes in about an hour and a half here.
 Once they are washed, they get boiled.  This is the outdoor sheltered stove my Dad built.  We can boil/steam about 3/4 of a bushel at at a time in this big pot.
 Once the tomatoes are cooked, they need to be drained.  This is the next station.
 While tomatoes are draining we pick (from the garden) and wash fresh basil for each jar.  The smell is just wonderful.
 Then the work begins.  Happily we have a machine that separates the tomato pulp from the skin and seeds.
 My Dad loves to operate this machine.  My Mom and I are in charge of loading stewed tomatoes and then pouring the fresh sauce into jars.
 When they first started making their own sauce, they used to do this by hand.  
I can't imagine how!
 We made 111 jars!
 The last step is to then add the jars to this metal drum with water.  This final boiling seals the jars.  I went home after this was set up with about 60 jars and my dad patiently sat and babysat this until 11pm.  Today, they'll be boiling the second half of the jars we made.  

So that was Day One of Tomato Sauce Making 2014.
We have six more bushels to make next weekend....
come on by if you want to see this in action!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Embroidered Handkerchief to Pendant

This gorgeous embroidery will now find a permanent home in my jewelry collection.
Ordinarily, I am a bit on the squeamish side about buying old handkerchiefs.
This one was used to showcase this pin which I did want.
Once I was home, I could see that the handkerchief had probably never been used.
Who could use it?  There is so much work here.
It was however stained with age marks, so I cut away the best part and turned it into my pendant.

I am making buttons this week, so many more examples to come.

This weeks crafty and beading links.

Check out Brandi's art bead palette of the month!

Are you wearing sparkle today? Would you give up your exercise time to make something sparkly?

Andrew shares the Reveal for the latest design challenge, Dark Bloom.

Tips for organizing or not organizing depending on how things go!

Super easy coasters with resin and glitter!

Here's how to DIY bead fringe repair or find a pro. BTW, craft repair is a very nice niche especially as a supplement to selling items you make from scratch.

Cyndi has a review of Irina Miech's new book, Finding Style. You'll love all t he new components that are available now!