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Monday, November 23, 2009

crafty girl "green" earrings

So there I was today with this piece of beautiful worn leather that I just couldn't throw away. It was only about the size of a slice of bread so what did I do? Of course, I made something, earrings to be exact. I've attached a pic so you can see but here's how I did this in case you fellow craft-heads want to try this.

1. Once you have the piece of leather, decide what shape you want to go with. In my case I freehand cut the shape and then I used that shape as a template to cut the other from. If you are scared you might mess up, just get a piece of paper, draw your shape of choice, cut it out and viola! you have a template to use.

2. Once I got my leather shapes, I did the same shape again but this time out of jeans material. I left the edges raw and unstitched and trimmed the shape a quarter of an inch or smaller so it fits on top of the other shape with a little leather border showing under.

3. I glued the jeans shape to the leather with regular Aleene's craft glue but Elmers or any white craft glue should work too.

4. Next I got a piece of felt from my craft kit and cut it up into pieces. Its up to you how you do this, just make sure you repeat the same pattern on the other earring for continuity.

5. Now glue the felt to the jeans piece that you had previously glued to the leather.

6. Get a thick needled or ice pick and make a hole where you want to put your earring wire. (See pic for suggested placement)
Now add your earring findings and a bead of your choice and you have just made yourself a pair of snazzy earrings and helped the planet too!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Float Like A Butterfly

This week has been a blur for me, I cannot believe its Thursday already. I had an idea to do some butterflies using natural and recycled materials and so I spent most of the day making these little beauties from beach glass and stones from the beach. By the way, these are the new pieces I had mentioned in my previous post yesterday. I think they turned out alright and would make great paper weights.......I welcome any feedback/thoughts you have. I would love to hear from you!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Flower Power

So today I got to experimenting with seeds and pods and off course beach glass, my favorite mediums/materials to create with. It was so much fun. By the end of the day I was quite satisfied with my efforts. Not enough to show you just yet, but with a few tweaks I think I may be on to something. The jewelry shown here are pieces I had made a while back from seeds as well, I liked them so much I decided to explore this a bit more. I will unveil in my next post....fingers crossed.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Hello World!!

Hello everyone, I am so excited!! This is my very first blog post and I couldn't be happier to meet new friends, learn and explore.

I am an Art addict/creative spirit and I have been this way since I could remember, lol, no complaints here. There is so much beauty in the world and in this blog we will discover some of them together. As an Artist I love to challenge myself to do things that are "out of the box". Here are a few pieces of some new beach glass mosaics I have been working on.... I love beach glass, who knew discarded glass overtime could be so beautiful.