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Playing with Clay, Etsy Successes, and a New Job!

Playing with Clay

Last Friday, I decided to finally get my feet wet and try my hand at working with clay. I used some of the clay Travis bought some time ago, although, he also bought me this really nice set of metallic bake clay but I wanted to try the easier/cheaper stuff he had that only needs to be air dried.

I made a few different heart-shaped pieces, a round disc-like piece with my thumbprint, and a round hoop with a chain print. The clay pieces came out pretty nicely, my favorite being this heart-shaped piece:

 I poked a small hole at the top intersection of the shape so I can connect a jump ring and use it as a pendant. I need to finish painting it. I think it will be completely red. I am really liking the bright red I am using here. :)

Travis’ Eyeglass Holders Taking Over & First Etsy Sale

Since Tuesday (December 6th) when Travis made his first Etsy sale, Travis has been on an eyeglass making kick! He was so excited. :) Travis has been putting together more eyeglass holders after work and on his days off and they are starting to take over one of our condo windows and the wall next to it.

The more eyeglass holders Travis makes the prettier they are. I think he already has a great eye for design and he is not afraid of colors, he LOVES them. The crazier the better. ;)

This Week’s Etsy Listings

Vintage Pink Knit Button

Vintage Pink Knit Button

 

Sage Green Velveteen Ribbon & Chain Bracelet

Sage Green Velveteen Ribbon & Chain Bracelet

Large Vintage Navy Blue Fabric Button Ring

Large Vintage Navy Blue Fabric Button Ring

Lime Green and Iridescent Purple River Shell Beads Ring

Lime Green and Iridescent Purple River Shell Beads Ring

White and Purple River Shell Beads Ring

White and Purple River Shell Beads Ring

White and Iridescent Purple/Pink River Shell Beads Earrings

White and Iridescent Purple/Pink River Shell Beads Earrings

New Job!

Earlier today I received a call from H&R Block, I had a job interview with them last week, and I got the job! I’m really excited and looking forward to having a job once again. I will, of course, continue creating things because I love doing it and since this job is only seasonal, I will need something to fall back on once it the tax season is over.

So happy!

~T

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Pretty Shell Pendant & Bead Necklaces

A few days ago I assembled a couple of necklaces that are now listed in my Etsy shop. Both necklaces feature a large shell disc with a pretty design in black. One necklace has a round black wood bead and hangs on a soft shiny black necklace (pictured below). I love the small hint of yellow on this pendant.

I have had these pendants for a few years now and I had even started the necklace with the wood bead a few years back but just had not finished it until now. Originally, I was going to use a string that looked like it could be made from straw. It looked nice but not as nice as with the black satiny cord.

Click the image to see the listing on Etsy in a new tab/window

Branches and Butterfly Graphic Shell Pendant and Wood Bead on a Black Satin Cord Necklace

Branches and Butterfly Graphic Shell Pendant and Wood Bead on a Black Satin Cord Necklace

The second necklace has a pearl bead and hangs on a multi-strand waxed cotton necklace (pictured below). Again, I already had the necklace for a few years and just did not think to put it with the shell pendant nor the faux pearl bead until I had finished the necklace with the wood bead. I knew I did not just want to create something that looked too similar to the first one. I looked through my stash of crafts and after playing around with different things I paired the pearl bead with the pendant and instantly knew that they belonged together.

Click the image to see the listing on Etsy in a new tab/window

Flowers and Branches Graphic Shell Pendant and Plastic Pearl Bead on a Multi-Strand Waxed Cotton Cord Necklace

Flowers and Branches Graphic Shell Pendant and Plastic Pearl Bead on a Multi-Strand Waxed Cotton Cord Necklace

I have a third shell disc that I will be keeping for myself though I am not sure how I will finish it yet. ;)

Lately, I have been inspired to create more jewelry. For the most part, I have created jewelry for women but I would love to come up with a few things for men. But what? I thought of bracelets and necklaces but I wonder how popular those would be… Other things I can think of are cuff links and watches. Maybe I should think of accessories rather than jewelry? Maybe a cool phone case? So many ideas and things to think about, so little time!

What do you guys think of the necklaces? How would you style them? What suggestions can you lend me for male-oriented items?

Thanks for visiting!

~T

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More bracelets…

It seems I have been on a bracelet-making binge. I have made at least three bracelets from leather suede cord and chain.

These first two were inspired by this bracelet mentioned on …love Maegan‘s fashion blog.

I really like how the brown one turned out. I would have loved the aqua corded one if it would stop twisting while I’m wearing it. The color is one of my favorites but, unfortunately, the cord is too thick and I think that is what makes the bracelet twist up. It may go up in my Etsy shop (I just recently signed up as a seller!).

The next bracelet is made from a braided grey leather cord which double-wraps around my wrist. It is very simple, just how I like things. The grey color is pretty and neutral so I can possibly wear it with almost anything. Click here for a link to the tutorial.

Oh, I also tried to recreate this vintage wood necklace (also from …love Maegan) but I think my version is too chunky for my chubby self. I do not have a picture of my version yet but I will try to get one up soon.

How did I do? What was your favorite piece? What could I have done to make a piece better?

~T

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Ribbon & Chain Bracelets

Red ribbon and chain bracelet

Red ribbon and chain bracelet

I love how these ribbon and chain bracelets look! I’m not sure how I came up with them. I was working on something else and then just looked through my materials and tried to figure out how to pair things. I saw the ribbon and remembered the chain and through trial and error came up with these bracelets.

My boyfriend, Travis, really liked them, too and said I could sell them. :)

I might take him up on that. They are pretty easy to recreate and I got the hang of making a better looking bow. My favorite has to be the white ribboned bracelet.

White ribbon chain bracelet

White ribbon chain bracelet

I used the black ribbon on my first try and although I really liked it, the bow didn’t quite turn out as well. I was having trouble figuring out how to close the bracelet. Originally, I wasn’t thinking of the bow, I was planning on using a clasp of some kind.

Black ribbon chain bracelet

Black ribbon chain bracelet

Another bracelet I made was inspired by Donatella from the Inspiration & Realisation DIY blog. She recreated a Missoni rope necklace. I followed her tutorial but decided to make mine a bracelet since I didn’t have enough rope to make it a four-string necklace. My rope came from either an old tote bag or an old shopping bag and I had been saving the it for years.

Here is my version:

Painted rope bracelet with button

Painted rope bracelet with button

As you can see, I added a button with what looks to me like a nautical design which I think works great with this bracelet. I love the blues in the bracelet and makes me think of the beach.

What do you think?

~T

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New Projects

Black and grey striped cardigan.

Black and grey striped cardigan

This week has been a tad busy but rest assured, I do have some crafty ideas in the works! I am planning at least two projects just from the cardigan/sweater pictured above. It has been a while since I wore it and it will not stay buttoned unless I put a couple of safety pins. So I decided to re-purpose it and change it. I have already cut off the black “wrist” part of this sweater which I will be making into one or two cuff bracelets. For the rest of the sweater I am thinking of making it into a vest by cutting off the rest of the sleeves and making the “arm hole” a little wider. I do not own ANY vests and hope that this little project of mine turns out as desired. :)

Lately I have been keeping almost any clothing scraps, trinkets, and recyclables that I may be able to use for future projects. Now, I am really not a pack-rat and hope that I never turn into one! I like to keep things organized and keep what I need and toss out or give away what I do not need.

For anyone reading this, if you need to get rid of anything I can give it a good home: yarn, fabric, paints, clothes, shoes. I currently am not really employed (just a little side job) so at the very least I can pay for shipping of your item(s) if you do not live near me.

What can I do with the rest of the stripy sleeves? :)

~T

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