I usually pick up books like this, thumb through them for inspiration, add post-its, and file them away. This one, I’m reading cover-to-cover! In addition to being inspirational, it has tips and ideas for being creative that you can actually use! Thank you, Rice (rhymes with Lisa) Freeman-Zachery! I am going to follow your blog and send you a friend request on facebook!
I knew I’d found exactly what I needed to encase this turquoise and chalcopyrite nugget! I bought the stone several years ago at JBH Imports in Boone, NC. The spiral cage is from Beadlush, Charlotte, NC.
I also spent a little time yesterday packing up summer clothes. Here’s a jewelry set I made to take to the beach. The components are from Michael’s Shoreline collection.I can’t take credit for the necklace design, I found it on their website. I changed it by using the longer chain and doubling a section and securing it with a jump ring. I have scrawny wrists so all I had to do for the bracelet was add a jump ring and lobster clasp. The earrings were another matter, and you can see I’ve misplaced one (I hope it’s in a suitcase!) I wanted small, dangly ones, so I took apart a huge toggle clasp that was part of the collection. The beads were wired around the toggle, and I just clipped the wire. (Happily, I think the toggle looks better without the beads and I can still use it. I’ll see if I can find it and photograph it. ) Three beads on a headpin, a little twisting and attaching , and I was done!
It’s the closet in my daughter’s room! What’s it got to do with crafting? My daughter’s room doubles as my sewing room. I cleaned out the closet today (well, the bottom anyway) so someone can come and give me an estimate for hardwood floors! The carpet is an almost white, beige Berber, and after about 14 years, it is grungy. The stuff is tough, but because it’s so thick and carved, my carpet steamer just moves the grunge around instead of sucking it up. I even tried using my husband’s high powered tire steamer on it. No luck.
It’s not soft underfoot, either, and pins and needles disappear when they’re dropped. I can’t have that with my grandson coming for visits every now and then. So, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can afford to have this room refloored.