Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Technical Difficulties...

Vacation was wonderful!

…returning home and facing computer problems, not so wonderful.

As of right now, my desktop computer is out of commission, so my posts and store listings may be a bit scarce while we figure it out. 

Still--hurray that it's a desktop! That means that my husband can take it apart and tinker inside it and replace parts (hoping it's not a fried motherboard, but even that is manageable). It's not a lost cause! Just need to take time to figure out what's wrong.

So, hold tight everyone… I'll be sure to update when everything is up and running again.

In the meantime, thanks for your patience, and I hope everyone is having a lovely day!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Jenny Monthly Challenge - August Edition (Sort Of)

For anyone following this blog, you're probably wondering why I haven't posted about August's Monthly Challenge yet.

Truth be told, I've been having a hard time deciding what it should be. 

And why's that, you might ask?

...Because, in a few days, I'm going on vacation.

...And every time I think about that, I immediately think about sitting still and listening to the wind singing through the trees, and not having to do anything.

So after much debate, I have decided that for August, this is my "challenge"...

To go on vacation, and have a wonderful time! :)

I hope everyone else has a wonderful couple weeks... I'll be back later this month!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Haberdashery Blog Hop - Reveal!


It's the reveal for the Haberdashery Blog Hop!

Hosted by the lovely Melissa Trudinger of BeadRecipes, the challenge behind this blog hop was to take items usually found in a haberdasher's shop (buttons, lace, etc.) and incorporate them in jewelry designs.

And that's just what I did!

Now, my original plan was actually to create one or two pieces incorporating everything, but I was just having so much fun playing around with the different materials that I kept hopping from one medium to the next. 

All in all, I made eight different pieces and tackled four different mediums: ribbon, button, trim, and lace. Granted, none of these designs are really that complicated, but hopefully they still count--because I had a blast!

And now, to show what I made! 


Technically, this is ribbon yarn--but hopefully it still counts.

After I signed up for this blog hop, I foraged through my craft area to see what I could use. Immediately, this ribbon/yarn jumped out at me. I made the earrings first--lengths of ribbon that I wire-wrapped and then accented with faceted black/silver beads. Once those were done, the necklace quickly followed.


After I plundered my ribbon and yarn stash, I turned my attention to my jar of buttons. I had purchased these black and white buttons over two years ago, in hopes of making something awesome with them… And, well, this seemed just as good a time as any!

I made two button sets, and this is the first… It pairs wire-wrapped buttons with beads, and has an adjustable ribbon tie. I even used some leftover buttons to make a pair of matching post earrings!

…And this is the second of the button necklaces. I used more of the same black and white buttons, except this time I knotted them on cotton crochet thread. Simple, fun, light-weight... Once I get my hands on more buttons, I can definitely see myself making more of these!

Oh, and again, I made matching earrings.


At this point, I had exhausted my stash, but still really wanted to make more haberdashery items… So, I went hunting online. (Oh no, an excuse to shop! Heehee.)

While online, I found this trim.

…And this trim is absolutely gorgeous.

Now, before people get too impressed, I should say that I did none of the beading on this trim... Originally a special occasion adornment, it literally came to me as is--I just cut it to length and added the closure. 

I originally had planned to elaborate on it, but frankly everything I did made it look worse. So, I decided to leave it as is--a beautiful and elegant choker.


While online, I also purchased this trim--and I love love love the exotic look of it. Recently, I have been looking at a lot of ethnic designs from all over the world (South America, the Middle East, India), and I wanted to incorporate a little of that feeling in this design.

First, I cut the trim to length and added the closure. Then I created the filigree drape, which I subsequently sewed onto the choker. 

...And, yes, there are matching earrings. :)

The only thing I would change about this design is adding a lining to the trim--the threads on the inside are surprisingly scratchy. Still, I am very pleased with this piece, and think the trim turned out quite nicely.



And, lastly, while online I bought some lace appliqués to play around with. (I have been wanting to for quite some time--this just gave me a reason!)

Ultimately, I made three lace necklaces... This is the first, simplest design: a lace appliqué attached to chain. I had actually debated about not including this one in this post, but I think it serves as a nice spring-board for the next design.


The second lace necklace! 

As you can tell, it's the same general concept as the first, but a little jazzed up. 

...And, last by certainly not least, this is the third lace necklace.

This piece was made using five lace appliqués, linked together using jumprings and accented with glass pearls. Of all the pieces I made, this one certainly took the longest--and I truly love how it looks.

So, there you go... Those are all of the items that I made for this Haberdashery Blog Hop!

I really did enjoy myself. I have a lot of ideas to keep going, so we'll see what else I end up making. Thanks so much to our lovely hostess, for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this blog hop.

…And thank you for stopping by!


Want to see what everyone else made? Here is the list of participants:

Melissa Trudinger (host)                     

Ann Schroeder                                       

Tammy Adams                                      

Amanda Wacasey                                 

Dolores Raml                                          

Divya N                                                   

Michelle McCarthy                               

DiYana Brooks                                       

Robin Kae Reed                                     

Andrea Glick                                          

Karin Grosset Grange                           

Mitzie Crider                                          

Janine Lucas                                          

Rosantia Petkova                                 

Susan Kennedy                                      

Leithleach Alainn Seodra                    

Kathleen Breeding                                

Shiraz Biggie                                          

Chris Eisenberg                                     

Heather Richter                                    

Lennis Carrier                                        

Rebecca Anderson                               

Jenny Kyrlach (you are here!)          

Rita Toltec Jewels                                

Mischelle Fanucci                                 

Karen Mitchell                                       

Carol Briody                                           

Karla Morgan                                        

Carolyn Lawson                                    

Lori Anderson                                        

Jami Shipp                                              

Lili Krist                                                    

Evelyn Shelby                                         

Raissa de Guzman                                

Niky Sayers                                            

Keren Panthaki                                      

Friday, August 1, 2014

Hello, August!

Woo-hoo! We've made it to August!

Ahh, August. This particular one is looking quite exciting--mostly because there is a family vacation planned in a few weeks, and I've been looking forward to it all year.

Of course, there are other things, too… 

…not the least of which is the Haberdashery Blog Hop! The reveal is tomorrow, and I'm excited to show off what I made. Maybe stop by to see? :)

So, here's to August… May it be full of friends and memories, family and laughter. May everyone have a wonderful weekend--and of course a wonderful August!