Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Rolled Fabric Flowers

The rolled fabric flower wave isn't anything new and its been all over the crafty blog world for some time but I'm just now joining in and its been so fun and addictive! I started with the scraps from my skirt project earlier this week and used this tutorial to make these:

Once I saw how the sizes looked together I decided I wanted to make a necklace with the flowers and some leftover chain I had from recent jewelry projects. I started by arranging the flowers where I liked them, tracing the general shape, using the tracing as a pattern to cut a piece of felt for the backing:

...attaching the flowers to the felt with hot glue, trimming the felt, and then sewing the chain and clasps to both sides:

I made the chain long enough to wear just over a shirt neckline but obviously the chain & clasp makes it adjustable so I can wear it any length I need. This project was mindless work but enjoyable and easy to finish in a short time. Plus its cleaning out my scrap stash which is an awesome bonus!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Simple Jewelry.

I've had a tin full of different charms and "recyclable jewelry parts" in my beading box that have just needed to be hung simply on chain or cording and I finally got around to them this weekend. I bought a bunch of cheap chains at Michael's and hung the charms with jump rings.
These came out of my scrapbook supply stash but I think they work even better as jewelry:

I also found a waxed cord & clasp kit in brown which I loved because I want to make a few pieces like these and these that wont cost me an arm and a leg and I think I can fake it with this kit. Here are a few simple pieces I started out with:

I love the clasps on these because they are SOOOO easy and cheap. You just cut your cord, add a dab of glue(for extra strength), and fold! I think the kit came with 6 and 8 yard pieces of cording, 10 crimps, and 5 clasps for $3. Seriously, cant beat that.

I'm going to be experimenting with something similar to this today so hopefully I will be back tomorrow with a pretty piece to share

Monday, August 15, 2011

New Skirts & Dresses

Yesterday it was pouring rain outside so it felt like the perfect day to dive into some sewing projects. I had found this tutorial through Pinterest and happened to have some plain tanks and fabric that matched so I gave it a go:

The dress came out just fine and and the project was super quick! With a few accessories the outfit looked quite polished:

I originally wanted to make a second dress like the first using the following tank and knit fabric but I decided to just make it a high waisted skirt so that I could change it up as needed:

{plain skirt and tank}

{with belt}

{With long sleeves, belt, and boots for fall}

I also decided to make a simple A-line skirt from a 70s simplicity pattern I have had stashed a way for some time since I was already on a roll I figured I had better take advantage of the crafty momentum ;D

This skirt pattern was super easy and only uses 3 pattern pieces so I have a feeling it will be making several more appearances.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Completely OBSESSED!

With Pinterest that is! I finally jumped on the banwagon and set up an account and I have been getting lost there daily:

Im in love. Check it.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Even more pages:

{And note to self and any readers: I've made a promise to myself to use a real camera for the next batch of photos that make their way onto this blog... enough with the camera phone Kate!}

Friday, August 05, 2011

New Pages

Trying to get the rest of 2005 in an album before school starts. Its a big project but I figure I should set my project goals high and keep myself busy while I have this last little bit of free time. More pages to come soon!

Thursday, August 04, 2011

I moved on to paper arts

Snapfish had a sale (200 prints for $2) a few weeks ago and I have had a stack of photos sitting on my desk just waiting to be put into albums and yesterday I finally cracked into them:

Thursday, July 28, 2011

...and even more beading!

Somewhere along the lines I became completely obsessed with these wrapped loops:

... and then recycled 2 charms from old jewelry I never wear to add to the loop/bead chains:

So now that the jewelry box has been restocked with pretty things the beading supplies are being packed up and put back into the closet. I think the sewing machine is the next thing to make an appearance in the studio so I'm off to find some decent dress patterns in my overstocked stash.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Its been all beads

Ive been on a mission to craft with supplies I already have here and I've been on a bead kick for the last couple of days:

I've started simple and now I'm trying to perfect my wrapped loops (thanks to this tutorial) to replicate a few pieces out of my favorite online catalog

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Been beading...

Trying to switch it up a bit and the old bead box in the back of the closet seemed to jump out at me! Hope to be back with a few finished pieces to share soon

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Studio studio...

I have been traveling and playing hostess for almost a month now. I LOVE playing hostess and I have loved all our visitors, events, and busyness but I am now missing my studio. Im missing all the creativity, projects, and freedom that comes from this space. Im missing the release, the excitement, and the expression that comes from creating in general.

Hoping to reclaim my space again soon and in turn have post worthy creative things to share here. Until then I will just keep letting my project to-do list grow and grow from all the inspiration via the fabulous crafty blog world. Happy Sunday.

Saturday, June 11, 2011