Tuesday, July 28, 2009

When nothing else will do...

I began making Scrabble Tile Necklaces not too long ago. I'm really enjoying them! I had a great idea for how to disply them using stick pins on a corkboard. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any pins that turned the right direction.

So, I got out my hubby's needle nose pliers and a box of stick pins and started working. I knew exactly what I wanted, so I didn't mind the effort involved.

I started with a beautiful framed corkboard from Hobby Lobby (half off, of course). Then I used crochet string (or whatever it's called) and I began a grid.

Almost done...

Finished! Now, that wasn't too bad, was it? Um, yes, yes, it was because I wanted to make sure everything was perfectly, evenly spaced. But, I got pretty close and I was pleased with the grid.

Then I used a Sharpie marker and put a dot at each intersection on the grid.

Then, at each dot, I put a twisted and warped... um, I mean, lovingly shaped and bent push pin.

You can see it took two bends to get the shape I wanted so that the bail of the pendant would sit flat and the pendant would hang just right.

After I shaped about half of the pins, I began removing them one row at a time, adding a dab of glue, and then putting the pins back in. About 1/3 of the way through, I realized that it would have been quicker to not put them in the corkboard until I was ready to glue them down. That would've saved me an unnecessary step. Oh, well.

Here is the finished display on a beautiful easel. The easel was a splurge--it wasn't on sale!--but it was love at first sight! I even bought a cheaper one somewhere else and decided I just really wanted this one. So, I returned the first one and bought the one I liked best and we lived happily ever after.

I really think this will be eye-catching at craft shows!

I think I have one of those personalities where I get addicted to things. My life was just fine and complete until I discovered I could make Scrabble Tile Pendants and now I just. can't. stop.

I suppose I'm not really *trying* to stop...

Here are a few pretty pendants. I was taking pictures to list them in my etsy shop and I decided I liked the one in the front with the color bursts. So, it's not going to be for sale. Sorry.

But, I have lots more. And, I do mean *lots*!

Here's another favorite that I haven't quite decided if I'm keeping or selling. If you're quick, you might beat me...

Someday, it will stop raining here and I'll have some decent lighting to take pictures of the necklaces available to hang the Scrabble tile pendants and my photo pendants from. But, not yet...

A little Japanese

A little modern

A little swirly

I would say check out my etsy shop for more Scrabble pendants, but I haven't listed any yet! So, don't go check out my etsy shop for Scrabble pendants. Although, you can go check it out for bottlecap necklaces! *grin*

Monday, July 20, 2009

Bottle Cap Choker Necklaces

I was so pleased with how my niece's bottle cap necklaces turned out, that I caught the bottle cap bug and began looking for great images to use, more bottlecaps to purchase and tips on how to keep the lacquer from bubbling. I just jumped in with both feet! I come by that tendency naturally, as my mom is the exact same way!

I discovered that there are crafty people out there that sell images that are the perfect size for bottle cap necklaces! Yay! So, I spent hours poring over different images searching for my favorites.

After I had made about 200 or more bottlecaps, I decided I ought to make the choker necklaces for the caps to attach to. So, I learned, through trial and error, what to use for the necklaces.

Then I went back and forth with a few ideas, trying to think of how to display the necklaces and bottlecaps at craft shows. I have come up with one favorite idea, although I'm open for any brainstorming anyone else can come up with, and I thought I'd share my idea for how to store and display the necklaces.

So far, I have black, white, bright pink and pale pink. I haven't been able to find other colors, but, really, those are the most common colors in my bottlecaps.

I'll probably have the jars sitting on the table with the lids off. And maybe have a few out of the jar?

The magnets on the back of the bottlecaps attach to the metal wahers.

You can mix and match chokers to bottlecaps.

Side view of the way the cap snaps onto the choker.

Back view.

A few samples of the necklaces I've been busy making. Tinkerbell galore!

"boy crazy" with some bling

You can wear more than one choker at a time for a layered look.

"Drama Queen"


Mix and match chokers

"You want thing-a-ma-bobs? I've got twenty!"

I have skateboarders, fun phrases, sports, cheerleading, you name it, I either have it or I can find it. I'm very excited to see how these sell!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Princess Party Gift

My niece had her 6th birthday recently and I was invited to her Princess Party. I was honored! I wanted to make something special and wanted something different than the items I have made before. I remembered that my crafty friend (and neighbor) had made some bottle cap necklaces for party favors for her daughter's birthday and I decided to give it a try!

I had leftover bottle caps from years ago when I decoupaged some for a scrapbook layout of my sons' birthday party, so I pulled them out. I wanted to make princess caps because it was a princess party. I remembered a set of mini playing cards that I had picked up probably years ago in the Wal-Mart check out line that had all the Disney princess on the back. Yay, I hadn't thrown them away!

So, I got to work. It was trial and error, but I was super pleased with how they turned out.

For the record, although I might not be well versed in all things girly, I do know that Tinkerbell isn't technically a Disney princess. But, she is super cute and she fit perfectly with the girls. *grin*

I included magnetic pink and white choker necklaces that are interchangeable.

I packaged the necklaces in a tiny little Chinese take-out box.

Then I made a quick card using a clear princess stamp and my copic markers.

I was very pleased with how everything turned out and the Birthday Princess seemed to like them, too.

And, here's my sweet niece, Julia, who invited me to her princess party (actually, my sister, Christy, really invited me) so I could leave my three boys at home and enjoy some girl time with pink, purple, sparkles, make up, dress up and giggling.

And they all lived happily ever after...

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Finally, a new pendant!

I have been wearing a photo pendant with a picture that is at least a year old! It's okay if the kids aren't with me, but if they're with me, you can tell they've changed a lot. Mainly, Russell has his glasses and that changes his whole look!

So, after a fun day at Sci-Port, the boys and I enjoyed some time at a beautiful waterfall across the street and I got the perfect picture!

I had already decided I wanted a tall pendant, so I just needed a tall picture. I am so, so pleased with the final result and I've been wearing it all the time!

I get lots of compliments on it. This shape is very eye-catching.

For a look at all the photo pendant sizes available, check out my etsy shop!