Thursday, May 30, 2013

Crochet Chunky Bib Necklace

So I've finally figured out what to do with more of that cool remnant jersey knit yarn I bought on Etsy. I  crocheted it into a chunky bib necklace.  Check it out! I'm in LOVE with it!

It took me an evening to figure out just the right pattern to make it curve gracefully and lie flat.  After I finally crocheted the necklace I realized it needed something......more.  Something with pizazz. So I raided my tools and supplies. Eventually I made it into my husband's accessory drawer (which mostly consists of belt buckles, knives, and cuff links. I found this chain that he bought from the Inch of Gold table on our cruise several years ago. He had never worn it--not even once! So I snatched it and had some fun weaving and stitching it into my necklace. 

When I had finished I showed it to my husband, who had no idea that I had stolen his chain. When he finally figured it out, he wasn't upset (thankfully). I think he realized it looked cooler on the necklace than around his own neck!

So now I've got a little bit of chain left--I MUST attempt a bracelet with it! 

Hmmm. Now I want to make more of these.  Guess I'm off to shop for supplies!!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Glitter Wine Glasses

          Aren't these fabulous?

Last fall I decided to turn a pair boring wine glasses into a spectacular pair for special occasions. So, of course, I started out with looking for ideas on Pinterest. After looking a number of ideas and tutorials I finally decided to experiment on my own.

The hardest part was finding a set of glitter paints that were non-toxic, bake-able, and would not change color after being baked onto the glassware. I found after some experimentation that no matter what, the glitter would change color and tone during the baking process. But I lucked out with some gold paint that happened to change to a prettier color than the original color! (That's the trick of this project!) And even though I could find non-toxic glitter paints, they were still recommended not to be "food safe," which meant that I needed to keep the paint low enough to not  cross over the area of the glass people would touch with their mouths.

It took me a couple of days to apply the paint. It took nearly 10 coatings. And it was important to let each coat of paint dry completely before beginning the next coat.

The baking process was fairly easy. I put the glasses on a parchment lined sheet pan and baked them at 200 degrees, checking and rotating them them every 10-20 minutes until the paint was uniform in color and appeared to be adhered to the glass.  It is a smelly process and be prepared to air out your kitchen and oven after the process is over. You will not want that smell baked into what you are making for dinner!

I was very surprised that my glasses became super-popular on Etsy. I only sold one pair, but while it was listed it was featured in many, many treasuries and had thousands of views! I'm debating on making some more for the fall and re-listing them in my shop. However, with the pregnancy right now I'm not sure if I want to  be inhaling the paint fumes until after the baby arrives (and she is spending the afternoon with Grandmother and Granddaddy!). So perhaps I will wait until October....

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Cabbage Patch Crochet Hats for the Children's Hospital

Here is the photo from one of my customers on Etsy. She purchased my Cabbage Patch Kid Inspired Crochet Hat pattern and shared this photo with me and told me that she is making and sending more hats to her local children's hospital as gifts for the kids suffering from cancer. What an amazing story! I'm sure those kids are getting a kick out of her hats! What a wonderful demonstration of love. Thank you, Monacaom, for being such a blessing to those dear children! God bless!

(Copyright 2013)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Fun Summer Scarves

Scarves are now fashionable for any time of year! Even the summer!

Recently I found a shop that was selling remnant jersey-knit fabric from a clothing manufacturer. The remnant fabric was sold in long, thin strips and was perfect to be considered like a bulky yarn. I was intrigued and started imagining all of creative possibilities!

When the yarn arrived I was so excited and got right to work. My first creations with these yarns are some light-weigh t-shirt scarves.

Of course, I made one of each of these for myself. I've worn each of them several times this past week, and I get the most compliments on them! "What a cool scarf!" "You MADE that?" "Those would make really cool gifts for my friends!"

Hmm. But now I need some more ideas on what to make with them. I can crochet or knit with them, too. Maybe a beach bag? Maybe chunky bracelets?  I think I'll turn some of them into chunky knit cowls this fall, too! Any other ideas?

Monday, May 20, 2013

For My Baby Girl

I'm pregnant!  I know that may not be so exciting to everyone. But this is my first pregnancy, and my husband and I had a really tough time trying to start a family. After months of trials and heartbreak, God answered our prayers in January 2013. A few months later we found out we are having a girl!

I'm so excited! And she's already wrapped around my husband's, dad's, mom's, and my brother's finger.  So what was the first thing I did when I found out it was a girl? Decorate the nursery? Go by an adorable outfit? Pick out a name?  Nope.

I raided all of my cute baby girl things from my Etsy shop that I had posted for sale and put them in the nursery closet.  So I thought I'd kickstart my newest blog by showing off all of the items I've "stolen" from my Etsy shop for my baby girl.

in Naturally Caron Spa "Black" and "Clay Pot" Yarns

in Naturally Caron Spa "Stormy Blue" Yarn

in Lion Brand Vanna's Glamour "Platinum" Yarn

in Naturally Caron Spa "Greensleeves" and "Misty Taupe" Yarns

A Baby Girl bracelet I made using Swarovksi Crystals, seed beads, 
satin ribbons, and Sterling Silver settings.