Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wednesday's Worktable

My worktable is pretty messy this week. It feels like I have a zillion projects rattling around in my head, and that definitely can be seen in my work area.

...But I'm not going to show you a picture of that. Hah. 

Instead, I'm going to show you project number zillion-and-one that I decided to tackle today, just on a whim:

That is some discontinued Lion Brand trellis yarn in a beautiful Autumn colorway, paired with some size 6 seed beads. 

My plan is to make a fringe-y tassel-y yarn necklace, with some of the seed beads added to the ends to give them some weight...

I'm about halfway done. I have another 12 strands to do for the other side. Believe it or not, it actually takes some time to string those beads on the yarn...  A large eye beading needle doesn't seem to help, and my fingers are a little grumpy from the fiddly maneuvering.

When it's done, we'll see if it actually turns out the way that I want it to, or if it will just be another experiment gone "meh." Still, that's part of the creative process, isn't it? 

Thanks so much for stopping by today and seeing what I'm up to! Hopefully here soon, I'll be able to share some of my other zillion projects. :)

Happy Wednesday, everyone!



Well, I finished it! 

...Not entirely sure what I think, though. I'm leaning towards "meh," but perhaps it's too soon to say. Either way, here are some pictures. It can be worn two ways... long, either looped together in the front or held together with a vintage pin I found:

...or doubled up and drawn through itself, much like a scarf:

Right now, I think I prefer it the second way. Hmmm.

I'm not sure I'll make any more of these (I do have a lot of this kind of yarn in my stash), but it was rather fun to give it a try. Like I said, it's all part of the creative process. :)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wednesday's Worktable

On my worktable this week: making jewelry out of leftover crab paper.

Okay, I realize that not everyone will know what crab paper is. Essentially, it's Kraft paper with pictures of crabs printed on it--ideal for a quick table spread for especially messy meals.

You know, like at a Maryland crab feast:

Let me back up a bit. While in Maryland last month, I had the amazing good fortune to stay with my best friend's family for a week... and at the end of the week, they bought two bushels of crabs and invited their entire family over. Lots of people, lots of crabs, lots of fun.

Now, considering this was on the Eastern Shore, they take their crab feasts very seriously. Thankfully, I didn't seem like too much of an outsider... there is a definite right way to pick crab meat, after all, and I didn't want to embarrass my friend too much. :)

After all was said and done (soooo many tasty crustaceans), we realized that we hadn't used up the entire roll of crab paper. My friend encouraged me to bring some home.

And that's why, on my worktable today, I'm making crab paper jewelry.

The big crab claw pendant is for my best friend (to say thank you for such a lovely time), and the little one is for me (to commemorate a lovely visit).

I'm not stopping at pendants, though. I'm also cutting the paper into strips and making paper beads:

I've tried a few different necklace ideas, but this is the current winner:

We'll have to see what I end up going with!

So, there you go... That's what I'm working on this week: commemorative happy jewelry. Thank you so much for stopping by today, and letting me share my creative endeavors with you. :)

Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Wonder and Whimsy Monthly Challenge - October Edition

This month's challenge is all about rocks.

Well, specifically, it's about gems and minerals.

...But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let me start at the beginning, at what inspired this month's challenge. As I'm sure you gathered, last month was quite busy for me... Yet, in the midst of the busy-ness, I was able to do some really awesome things. 

Like go to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, for instance:

It was really an epic trip. I went with my best friend, who has the same tolerance for giant museums as I do... which means we spent hours there. 

...It was awesome.

There were many different types of exhibits. There was one about narwhals. There was one about ocean life. There was one about dinosaurs. There was one about the natural history of mankind. 

And there was one about gems and minerals.

While there, I saw such beautiful things as these:

...And that was just the gift shop.

Ha! I'm not ashamed to say we spent quite some time in there, too. :)

Now, while I could go on and on about all of the different exhibits, the one of most interest for this blog entry is the one about gems and minerals.

As I'm sure you guessed, the actual exhibit was absolutely gorgeous. It included the Hope Diamond, which was lovely...

...but it also included so much more. 

When I do picture-heavy blog posts, I usually try to make at least some of the pictures smaller--for ease of reading. But, for this one, I'm going to leave them all big (and you can make them bigger if you click on them). Everything was absolutely lovely, and honestly I think I'm going to let the photographs do the talking.


So! For this month's challenge, I'm going to make pieces using only gems and minerals. (Well, and metal--which was also included in the exhibit. *grin*)

And, although that may sound like not much of a challenge, let me assure you: it is. I love mixing media, so to make something using only one type of material is going to be different for me. (What do you mean I can't add pearls and paper beads and...? *smirk*)

Well, there you go! That is my challenge for this month--and my excuse to inundate you with happy pictures. Thank you for letting me share my photographs with you, and be sure to come by on Friday, October 27th to see what I end up making for this challenge.

Until then, have a wonderful day everyone!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Hello, October!

Hurray for October!

On my worktable this week is a project that I actually started last November, as part of my Monthly Challenge. As you may recall, that was the month where I made jewelry inspired by art that I saw at the Baltimore Museum of Art. 

Now, while I made many beautiful things for that challenge, I actually had more projects than I had time for. In particular, one of those projects involved making something using this postcard of a Roman mosaic:

This photo is dated to last November.

At the time, all I had time for was to make this pendant:

A cool Roman mosaic sea dragon!
Yep, this picture is also dated to last November.

Over the last year, I've slowly been accumulating beads to match this pendant. Some bronze pearls here, some champagne crystals there. It was only this week where I was finally satisfied with the pieces that I had gathered:

...And I was finally ready to start creating.

Oh, and I'm sure you're surprised... there's a tassel:

Now, I realize that the colors of these photos is a bit off... that pinky-mauve-cream color was very hard to capture in this week's light. Still, I'm very happy with how it turned out... It always feels nice finishing a project, even if it took almost a year!

Thanks so much for stopping by today... I hope that your October is lovely, and full of happy creative things.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Wonder and Whimsy Monthly Challenge - September Reveal

Ten days ago, I announced what I would do for this September's Wonder and Whimsy Monthly Challenge... and I'm excited to say that I have something to show for it! Hurray!

As a refresher, my challenge was to make something with this lovely mix of orphaned beads (a veritable bead soup, if you will):

Not my picture!
This was from the Etsy listing, found here.

I do love a good bead soup, after all... and it's even in my favorite color! :)

For this challenge, I started by sorting out the beads, trying to get an idea of what I wanted to make...

...And very quickly I realized that I was smitten with the combination of the reddish purple pearls and the beads with the metallic rainbow sheen. That led to me searching through my stash to see if I had anything else that matched that particular color scheme.

One thing led to another, and very soon I had a necklace.

This necklace, to be precise:


Hand-knotted on waxed linen, it is a combination of materials both from the bead soup and my stash. The materials include pearl and glass and brass and gold-plated metal--all put together in a unabashedly purple necklace.

Oh, and another fun fact: the golden circle that serves as part of the pendant is actually a re-purposed ring.

Also, I've made a matching pair of earrings--but I have yet to get any good pictures of them. Ah well. Hopefully soon!

Thank you so much for stopping by today to see what I made... Although rather last minute, I'm very happy with how this necklace turned out. And, since I have many more pieces of the bead mix left, I'm excited to make some other pieces, too!

Have a wonderful Friday, everyone!