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Wood ‘n’ Bling

On the weekend, disgusted with the majority of my card-making efforts, I decided to give it all away and make some jewellery instead.  Because it is easy.  And requires no brain power or ability to match paper with ribbons and buttons and whatnot. Sure, you have to match beads, but somehow that seems less taxing on my small and somewhat stressed-at-the-moment grey matter.

I had some nice beads made from what I can only assume are polished seeds.  Or, they are wood, at the very least.  I rescued them from some necklaces I bought in the op-shop.  LOVE a good upcycling/recycling.  And these beads are quite unique.

I paired them with some scrapbooking supplies (wooden butterflies and flowers) and some other bits and bobs.  The final pair feature a lovely,blue, glass bead and some vintagey-looking metal flowers.  I don’t love making jewellery, the way I enjoy card-making or other papercraft, but crafting is crafting, and finishing a few pairs of earrings is as good a way to spend an afternoon as any.   They made me feel like I had accomplished something for the day, other than just bad cards.

Hope you are having a productive day, whatever you’re doing 🙂

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Weird Sister

To all my “Sisters from other Misters”……..

I quickly made this card on the weekend from some leftover scraps of lace, paper and an old vintage image of an elegant lady.  She’s a little less elegant now…looks like she’s been op-shopping or playing dress-ups.

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She has bling on her hat and a label in case she gets lost or forgets who she is 🙂

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A little bit of vintage lace is always classy…

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I decided she need some earrings too, so she got some dainty pearls at the last minute (not shown in top picture) with a dot of Liquid Pearls.  She’s ready to roll now.  Off to a tea party or crazy hat convention.  I foresee cupcakes and crochet in her future for some reason.  Maybe a little white magic and fairy dust too (I stopped short of giving her wings).

Thanks for stopping in – Hope your day is wonderful 🙂

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Earring Bling

Just a quickie post on some earrings I have made in the last couple of days.  I’m not into jewellery-making so much these days (I never really was – I just sort of fell into it as it was popular and easy to sell and then I got a bit obsessed…) but I had an order this weekend so I thought I would make a few pieces while I was at it…

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This little pair is a simple amber and green number for a friend who doesn’t like anything too flashy. Hope she likes these…

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These jade-looking ones found a home a few minutes after I made them… Funny, I was thinking about getting rid of these beads because I never use them, then changed my mind and made these earrings.  My ex-boss commented on them on my Instagram account and said she loved them.  I decided to let her have them as she has had a rough trot lately.  A little free bling can sometimes brighten things up…

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These red, orange and blue beads were tricky to use – difficult colour combination plus the length of the actual bead made them hard to match with things.  Even the head pin was a little bit too short for them…

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These amber and diamante earrings also gave me grief.  I liked the sapphire blue bead at the bottom, but I couldn’t get anything to go on the top that looked right.  So I had a couple of tiny boho-gold spacers that finished it off.  But I’m not entirely convinced…

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Sold these little owl earrings shortly after making them – ah, the power of Facebook and Instagram!  You might remember these owl charms from a previous post

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The lighting in my house is terrible and I was trying to find other places to do my photography.  Here, an echeveria succulent comes to the rescue.  Again, I have used beads salvaged from other jewellery pieces, as seen in a previous post...

So, that’s it for today, folks. Gotta make some more over the next few days so I will post those as they are finished.  Or, more likely, I will procrastinate and do something else entirely whilst ignoring the mess in my lounge-room (ie beads all over the floor).

Hope your day is bright and happy 🙂

Colour Shop

Colour Shop

My house is a crazy mess right now.  I mean, normally it is a mess but, right now, it is a CRAZY mess.  There are beads everywhere – on the table, under the table, in the nooks and crannies of the couch, rolling around in the kitchen and hiding under furniture.  There is card and paper and glue and paint and tape and scissors and STUFF everywhere.  I am still busily making things for my mini-market on the weekend.  I am trying to make lots of different things in different styles and colours so there is something for everyone.  I always say that, but then I end up worrying that I don’t have enough variation or a big enough mix of items.  But I only have a couple of days left and then I have to go into mega-crazy cleaning mode.  I have to find all those pesky beads and scraps of paper and tidy up so that my house looks the very model of neatness and togetherness.  It will all come together in the end, it always does, but I still worry.  I don’t want anyone to come and be disappointed or not like what I have or not find anything that is suitable for them.

Here’s a few of the latest things I have made this week.  A few more colours this time and maybe some more dangly, bigger styles.  The first pair (the pink and green ones) have already gone (the dangers of putting their pictures on Instagram before the sale day itself) which I am pleased about because I wasn’t sure if anyone would like them.  You just never know what people are going to go for (another reason I try and make lots of different things, not just stuff I myself would like to wear).

Hope your day has been colourful and happy 🙂

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Earring Bling

Earring Bling

Today I made earrings.  Lots of them.  There is nothing else to say, really.  I stayed in my daggy, around-the-house clothes, drank tea and listened to music.  And made earrings.  The market stall I was going to a part of was suddenly cancelled, so I am planning on having another mini-market at my house.  Which means I need lots of stock.  Hence the earring marathon today.  I made ethnic-inspired ones and bright ones and sparkly ones and ones-I-don’t-like-but-maybe-someone-else-will.  Many of these were made with recycled beads, rescued from old jewellery found in op-shops, or given to me by lovely friends.  Waste not, want not!

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I didn’t think these colours would work together but now I kinda like them in this pair…

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I went boho on these ones…

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Copper and green is always peachy keen…or something (I like this colour combination in other words)…

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Pretty in Pink – shells and birdies…

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These elephant, wooden, chunky earrings are, well, chunky, but some people like their bling big, right?

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Cheerful little number, this pair…

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Another bright set (pink not red in this one although it is hard to see in the photo)…

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Always gotta make lots of owls…I already have an order for some of these…

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Pastel pink…one of the butterflies is upside down, I just noticed.  Shhh, don’t tell anyone!

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Another bright and cheery pair – love the yellow in these!

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Feeling fruity…

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Shell and glass and ceramic beads make this pair…

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More shell, and freshwater pearls…

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An oriental pair…

My dining room table is now a state and I haven’t done any ironing or sorted out my lunch for work tomorrow.  My back is aching (ugh – so old!) and I am slightly squinty from having worked in bad light for most of the day.  But I am happy.  A day spent crafting is a good day indeed.

Hope the start of your week has been fulfilling and and a sign of good things to come.  If nothing else, you are one step closer to Friday!  Smile! 🙂

Quick Bling & Kidney Beans

Quick Bling & Kidney Beans

A quick post before I head off to work today.  I am going in late as I had my 6 month renal appointment this morning.  All went well.  I had a different doctor today (he was very nice and answered all my questions) but I was sorry I didn’t get to see my usual specialist.  How dare he have time off!  I hope he hasn’t retired…that’s not allowed!  Anyway, my kidney is hanging in there (with kidney number 2 just having a permanent nap, as far as anyone can tell) and I am doing fine.  Always glad to get the all-clear.  Stupidly, I am more worried about the fact I have put on a couple of kilos since my last visit 6 months ago.  I know it’s dumb and I know it’s my own fault.  Piggy McPiggerton hasn’t been watching her diet at all…gotta step up and try harder to be healthy and not comfort eat.  It’s so hard though…

Did a tiny bit of crafting last night as I couldn’t relax and needed to keep my hands busy (as opposed to picking up food with them).  Made some rings (please excuse my old lady hands in the photos) and a few pairs of earrings.  The rings were made from a broken bracelet I found in an op-shop yesterday.  A good buy as it will make about 8 rings or maybe a couple of pendants.  The earrings are also made from some recycled beads – I’m into those little cube beads at the moment, they’re cute.  Plus I love anything with wings, as you know, so they’ve got the added bling of silver wing findings.

Hope your Monday is Happy! 🙂

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Last Ditch Effort…

Last Ditch Effort…

Horribly busy day today.  Had to re-do a newsletter I am responsible for, for the FIFTH TIME because the powers that be kept changing their minds about what format they wanted it in and what info was to be in it etc.  If they just told me what they wanted in the first place, I wouldn’t have had to waste time changing it every five minutes.  Gahhh!!  Lots happening and my desk looks like a bomb went off…oh well, will get round to my other work tomorrow I guess!

So I kinda lied yesterday when I said I would pack up my stuff and stop making things for the night…I couldn’t resist just trying a few more things before it was truly time to put everything away and make room on the table for pesky dinner time (so inconvenient!).  I quickly made a few pairs of earrings and some more book markers – that way I at least felt like I had made a proper crafty effort for the weekend…

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Like these little earrings…they look like tiny wee peaches!

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Pretty petite blossoms…

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These ones remind me of flying saucers…made out of boiled sweets maybe!

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These are quite elegant…black and white never goes out of style I figure!

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Blingy Bookmark # 3000!

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And another!

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A less fussy style for this one…

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When you start seeing stars, it really IS time to pack up!

So, I did pack up eventually…and by pack up I mean pile it all in a corner so I can possibly get it out again quickly the next day…

Hope you had a great start to the week – have a wonderful Tuesday and enjoy whatever you’re doing (if you can!)  🙂