Art and Jewelry

Minty Fresh Necklace

Minty Fresh Necklace

About a year ago, I saw a gorgeous Amazonite necklace in Architectural Digest, and was inspired to do something similar on my own. Unfortunately, I cannot find the photograph that was my inspiration. I did find similar colored beads at Michael’s months ago, and bought them when they were on sale. I held on to them, not entirely sure what I wanted to do, until I found this pinterest board. BrittanyMakes is a blog I sometimes look at, but I found so many pretty (and similar colored) necklaces on her pinterest board, that it inspired me to make my own.

Minty Fresh Necklace

Minty Fresh Necklace

Disclaimer: it is not made out of mints, nor can it freshen your breath.

But I am hoping it will freshen up my style a little bit. :) I’m seeing this color all over the internet, althought tt’s not a color I am usually drawn to. But I love the look at the feel of these gemstones. They feel heavy and drape nicely.

Fresh Gems

Fresh Gems

It was fairly straight forward to put together- I just strung the beads on a waxed linen thread, and then added a gold chain with a lobster clasp. I wanted to do make something easy and fun because I’ve really been struggling to make another necklace with small glass beads, and I really wanted to finish something.

And here’s a silly shot of me wearing it all made up (just for you!)

Silly Shot

Silly Shot

I think I’m going to tweak the necklace a bit though, and change it so that one strand hangs completely lower than the other. But other than that…I’m digging it. :)

 

Linking up to these parties:  Thrifty Decor ChickThe Silly Pearl

2013 DIY Recap

Head Table

Hmm…well considering I took nearly half the year off, and my most popular posts are still some of my older posts (like Spray Painting a Bookshelf and DIY King Headboard) it’s still fun to take a look back through the year and see what I made (and posted about).

Looking back, I see I really didn’t post much this year.  Oh well, even though it wasn’t a DIY project, my master bath renovation took up quite a bit of my time and energy.  I did manage to post about making a ceramic heart necklace.

Detail Ceramic Heart Pendant

Detail Ceramic Heart Pendant

For my sister’s wedding in May, I made burlap table runners with grosgrain ribbon on the edges.

Finished table runner

Finished table runner

Here is the best picture I have of it in use, taken by my Dad (or one of his friends):

Head Table

Head Table

Pretty much the blog was then silent for a while because I was busy buying and selling a house!

I came back with a corn husk wreath from a Martha Stewart tutorial for the fall.

Corn husk wreath on red door

Corn husk wreath on red door

I made a faux alligator skin gold paper covered box, which is so pretty and shiny!

And I ended the year with a Christmas gift I made for a family member- a cloth pencil case with ribbon tie.

Fill with pencils

Fill with pencils

Overall, it was a great year!  I am looking forward to 2014 because I think it’s going to be even better!

 

I’m linking up to Rhoda’s Best DIY Projects of 2013 party at Southern Hospitality!

Himmeli Earrings

Himmeli Earrings
Himmeli Earrings

Himmeli Earrings

This was a fairly quick and easy project!  I was inspired by Mandi’s DIY simple Himmeli ornaments on Vintage Revivals and one of the latest Chic Maker jewelry kits I got in the mail.  Included in this particular jewelry kit were long skinny brass/gold colored beads that are perfect for making mini-Himmeli inspired jewelry.  I used Mandi’s tutorial for making the earrings, and then just added a loop and a clip on earring to the top.  There are soooo many tutorials out there however, so use which ever one makes most sense to you.  I will say it took me a few tries to get the whole thing together- and I used string instead of wire BUT I think I should have used wire.

Himmeli Earrings

Himmeli Earrings

One of the earrings has already sort of deconstructed itself, which means that I need to use something a little more heavy duty than the string I got in the kit.  I will probably use wire, but I also have some tigereye string left (which may not bend as nicely).  I also thought you could construct this with a gem or special bead in the center, being held in place by the other beads.

I like the simple, geometric quality of it.  I have the same beads in silver too, I think I’ll go make some more.  I don’t have pierced ears, and rarely wear any kind of earring, but these are fun to wear.  :)

 

Linking up to these parties:  Vintage Revivals

 

 

Ceramic Heart Pendant Necklace

Detail Ceramic Heart Pendant

Months ago I purchased a number of small ceramic pendants and buttons from my favorite local ceramic artist, Scarlett Pons.  She and her husband operate the Pon Shop which is full of wonderful, fun, and quirky art.  We have purchased several things from them over the years, for ourselves and to give as gifts. I was feeling crafty a few weeks ago, as I am wont to do, and whipped up this fun necklace.

Ceramic Heart Pendant Necklace

Ceramic Heart Pendant Necklace

I had strung the four strands of pearly white/clear seed beads onto wax string many years ago for another project that I never finished.  I thought they looked really cute with the heart, so I delicately affixed the ends to a clamping bead.  Since they weren’t long enough of their own, I added a chunky chain for the back, with a clasp on the side.

Detail Chain and Clasp

Detail Chain and Clasp

For the heart pendant, I strung a silver wire through the hole several times, created a little bit of a loop to secure another jump ring to.

Detail Ceramic Heart Pendant

Detail Ceramic Heart Pendant

I think it’s pretty and casual.  Great to wear with a t-shirt and jeans when just going out and about.