Thursday, May 21, 2015

Geometric Bead Necklace Tutorial: Yea or Nay?

I've really been enjoying making these painted bead necklaces.  This is my latest, but also may be my favorite.  With this necklace, I used geometric wooden beads to add a bright impact to my necklace.

You can find my tutorial on how to paint these wooden beads on my Hubpages.  For the geometric beads, I painted each bead in a different color, with two sides painted in a darker shade and two sides painted in a lighter shade.  When I wear this necklace, these beads turn and show different shades of color as I move.

Though I love this necklace, my husband isn't a fan.  He seems "geometrically opposed" to it. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Crayon Covered Gift Jars: Great for Teacher Appreciation Gifts, Party Favors or Table Decor

Just posted a fun and easy tutorial for these colorful crayon covered gift jars on my Hubpages.  This recycled/repurposed jar project makes great gifts for:
  •  a teacher appreciation present
  • favors for a child's birthday or baby shower
  • art activity for a children's party or family celebration
  • table decorations for a family picnic, baby shower, or school funraiser
  • or a colorful gift for anyone you choose!
These jars can be filled with so many things: flowers, candy, plants, school or art supplies.  I made a few of these for a friend's "girls get-together/art party".  They were a big hit and I really loved how they came out.  For more photos and complete directions, visit my blog

Friday, May 8, 2015

New Obsession: Cupcake-Style Embroidered Pincushion Tutorial

Not sure what is happening to me, but I've developed a bit of an obsession with little vintage-styled handmade pincushions.  I have a Pinterest board just loaded with them.  After seeing all those charming pincushions, I couldn't help but create my own and post the tutorial.

My tutorial makes a cupcake-styled pincushion.  I'm not great at sewing, so I used buttons to decorate my needle holder, then just  added a little bit of embroidery to make it special.  I topped off my pincushion with a lace doily and vintage button, but you could also use a coordinating piece of fabric or more buttons, beads, or trim.

Find all the directions for this tutorial on my Hubpages