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Christmas 2014

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As always, I’m behind in my blog!  This past Christmas, I decided to cut back in the handmade gifts I was making.  It becomes very time-consuming and stressful.  I also feel like I can’t dedicate as much time to making each gift awesome, since there are so many to do.  This year, I focused on a few awesome things and went with it, full strength.  I’m so happy with the results.

First off, for just about everyone, I made one of these glass globes with an air plant friend in it.  I got pretty lucky with these.  When they delivered the box, they hid it behind the trash can, in front of the garage door.  Let’s just say I didn’t see if for 3-4 days.  However, all the plants managed to survive no light and Pennsylvania Winter for 4 days!  I also bought these really cute spray bottles from TheContainerStore.com so everyone could mist their plants daily.  I just think they look wonderful and everyone seemed to really like them.

AirPlantGlobe4This one was for my brother and his family.  I figured I’d get one big glass ball so the family of air plants could live together.

Happy Little Air Plant Family!

Happy Little Air Plant Family!

The next project, also nature related, was making these really cool acorn ornaments.  It was a little tricky finding beads that were just the right size so I did a variety of colors and styles.  Just a simple little something to share my love.  I collected acorn tops every time I walked the dog.  He got slightly irritated with the constant stopping but I thought, “ha, now you know how it feels when you have to stop and smell an animal, from four hours ago, that you’re never gonna get”.  Once I had enough, I got beads that would fit in and some bead pins to make a cute point at the bottom.  I used my handy Dremel and drilled holes in the center of the caps.  Bead Pin -> Bead -> Acorn Top -> Scrolly Twist -> Fishing Line -> Finished!

So Sweet!

So Sweet!

AcornOrnaments5For my niece and nephew, I decided to do Freezer Paper tote bags.  I filled them with some different, smaller gifts.  My niece is getting older, the pre-teens…oh yea!  I feel the best thing we can teach our younger girls is to love themselves for who they are.  To have confidence in more than just their bodies but their minds, hearts and souls, who they are as people.  I went with this for her.  You can’t tell from the picture, but the one bird is detailed in some color to stand out from the others.

True Story!

True Story!

My nephew is a little younger and is a lot like my older brother,  a super creative nerd with great taste and an amazing imagination!  For him, I went with something a little different…

Muuuhhhmmm....

Muuuhhhmmm….

I was really happy with the tote bags and I think they were too!

While we are on the topic of Freezer Paper.  I also did this cute hoodie for one of the little sweeties in my life.  Her mom has a dance studio and I thought it would be the perfect thing for when she’s there!

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Front

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Back

Last, but not least, I made some cracked marble necklaces last Christmas.  Unfortunately, the glue wasn’t as awesome as it should-be, and some fell apart.  Two friends of mine really liked their necklaces but they had broken.  To be sure these new necklaces would enjoy a longer life, I found these beads that have a very similar look to the cracked marbles, just without the work on my end! It’s a win to me!  This time, instead of gluing bead caps, I was able to use a pin through the bead, through the bead cap and make a loop.

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That’s about it for the handmade gifts.  It was nice to have a manageable list and be completely satisfied with the results!

With Love,

Rhianna

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Handmade Christmas 2013

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As I said earlier, a lot of the Christmas presents I made were from posts and pins I had collected over the year. Here’s a quick run down on a few. There are already so many instructions out there to do the projects…so I won’t bore you with the details.

I did 2 types of scarves for Christmas 2013.

One was Arm Knitting…okay, I am in LOVE with this. It is so easy to get the hang of (once you find the right YouTube video to watch)! I could whip an infinity scarf out in 10-15 minutes, once I got in my groove, while watching TV. That’s the perfect craft to me.

Here are the finished products. I just loved the yarn I used. It’s Lion brand yarn.

Cozy!!!

Cozy!!!

I also made this Calla lily scarf. I was hoping to use bleach instead of paint but…surprise, the pashmina I bought, wouldn’t bleach. So I switched over to some lovely fabric paint. I feel like I would’ve been happier if the bleached worked. Oh the trial and errors of crafting! DSCN0068

Then I cracked some marbles…usually I’m losing them! It looked fun!  I had to go to a website to order myself some 1 inch marbles. I could only find really small marbles at the craft stores. I was so excited when they came. As you’ll begin to see, there is a theme with my Christmas 2013 projects, there is the illusive “idea” and then the reality part comes into play. I followed the instructions and some of my marbles cracked…others didn’t do a thing. My theory, throw ‘em back in the oven and try again! That cracked some that didn’t the first time and shattered some of the others. It seemed that some colors cracked better than others. The blue, red and purple were pretty good. All the green ones broke (sorry, AP).

Going Marbles!

Going Marbles!

All Cracked Up!

All Cracked Up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once I was done cracking and breaking marbles, I attached some cute bead end caps with pins inside to make a loop with. Very technical terms here!  I bought that E-6000 glue since it’s supposed to be SO AMAZING! I have yet to feel the power of its amazingness. Sadly, a lot of them didn’t stay glued. I even tried gluing where the cracks were to help it get a good grip. That’s why I always give a “free repair” policy with any gift! I added some long chains so you could wear them as a necklace or hang them in the window. They really did turn out beautifully, if only the glue was better.

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I saw some pins on recycling sweaters and thought this was a great idea. It’s funny how time can change things. Looking back, I’m not as crazy about them. Or I should say, some turned out better than others. It’s very important that your sweater isn’t too chunky.   Basically, you can use the arm holes, if the sweater is big enough, for some boot cuffs. You can use the bottom of the sweater and make a cute hat from it.

Then you can add some buttons, ribbon or beads to give it that extra detail.

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I don’t think these were a favorite amongst the handmade gifts.

 

My niece is into sports and the girls love to wear that sport wrap stuff for headbands. Lovely but instead…take these! Once again, found on Pinterest, it was super easy to create these braided scrap fabric headbands. They are even prettier than sports wrap but still nice and thin. Headbands are in right now!

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I love these bracelets and was seeing them everywhere! I read a few posts to get an idea and then went for it. I’m not sure that I followed the proper technique, but they turned out great. The black one was for my BF. I’ve made 2 more since then. The first one pictured here, the cord broke. I bought a thicker cord and this one lasted much longer. However, the upholstery thread I used eventually caved to its environment and fell apart. Also, even though it said “glass beads”, they were painted glass beads and the paint started chipping off to reveal white “glass” underneath. For the third one, I used the thicker cord, some sinew thread instead of upholstery thread and found beads that APPEAR to actually be black the whole way through. Fingers crossed!!

 

Kinda blurry...sorry!

Kinda blurry…sorry!

The other one I made for my mom. This one got a pretty clasp for a more feminine look.

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There are so many great meat rubs out on Pinterest and it’s the perfect DIY gift for the men in your life, or someone who loves to cook. Most of the ingredients I was able to get at my local Dollar Tree. There were only a few I had to spend $8 on for the nice glass bottle with pretty fonts and what-not. I would imagine there are really cool spice containers available online but I just went with the little containers they use for candy/mints at weddings.

Spicy!!!

Spicy!!!

If I remember, I couldn’t get my computer to work with the program to print the labels…so I had to hand write. That makes it more personal, right?

 

Since I forgot to say it last time!

Love,

Rhianna

The Adventures of Sea Glass

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While I was out visiting my musical soul mate and great friend in California, she gave me two pieces of sea glass she found.  The deal was I had to turn both of them into jewelry…one for her and one for me!

I really had fun staring at the shapes, trying to figure out what they looked like.  It was like when you find things in the clouds!  Once I had my ideas…away I went.

The green glass came to me right away.  I was hoping to do another Tree of Life but using the clear sea glass as a moon.  The shape wasn’t right but I was hoping I could form the metal in a way that would work.  I couldn’t.  It wasn’t working.  I knew it wasn’t what it was supposed to be.  Every time I looked at it, it only looked like one thing to me…an owl.  So here you have the finished pieces…

Sea Glass CollageNow, someone just needs to decide which one she is going to pick.  That she is not me.

 

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While on this topic, I also agreed to fix this incredible necklace she had lying around.  The cord broke and I just put it on a chain…easy fix.  I just think everyone should know…if you give me something so awesome to fix, and especially if you live on the West Coast…know I will be rockin’ it a few times before you see it again!  Incriminating photo…

 

 

 

 

 

Now, onto the adventure part.  All this working with sea glass got me thinking…”we’ve been dumping trash on this coast longer than they have on that coast”…so onto Google I went.  I found some places in Maryland to do some sea glass hunting.  I went off on an adventure with another great friend to find sea glass.

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The first place we went, lots of broken glass, but not very smooth.  The second place was great though.  The public area was very small but I accidentally ended up in the water and on the other side of a fence…whoops!  Tell you what…we had great finds there…and didn’t get arrested, yelled at or our vehicle towed.  Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

Check it out!

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What to do with all this lovely sea glass?

With Love,

Rhianna

Necklaces for Christmas

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Where have I been? I’m such a lazy blogger!

Lots of Christmas projects were in the works and I had to wait till Santa came to show the goods!

Washer NecklacesOne of the projects I did for Christmas was The Washer Necklace. You see these tutorials pinned all over Pinterest. I read a few different ones and then combined them into my own action plan. They were pretty easy. The washers are all around $0.10-$0.25. I got a few sheets of card stock scrapbooking paper. I bought the Glossy Accents, there are a lot of options out there but this was the one I could find in my craft store. Mod Podge, already on hand, although, I didn’t find this to be the best glue. The paper started to pull away. Once I put the Glossy Accents on, we were fine.

The first ones I did were just single sided. Then, my Mom said, “you could do it so they are reversible”…good idea Mom! Anyone else noticing a theme? My Mom always seems to find some way to improve the product, it usually adds more work, but that’s not the point. That’s how I did the 2nd round. Everyone who received one of these necklaces seemed to love them! My one friend even commented that the metal washer wasn’t as heavy as she thought it would feel. Patience is a must in this project. There is some dry time involved but if you’re anything like me, you get excited and start touching it too soon…don’t do that! Keeping air bubbles out of the Glossy Accents isn’t easy either. Just try not to get them in there in the first place. You can get them out with a needle, but it’s not easy.

 

The next necklace project for Christmas was for my Sister-in-law. She had a necklace that had fallen apart. She wanted me to create a new necklace for her with the beads. Honestly, I’m surprised these beads were put together in the first place. It was made of Lava stones and a red/brown stone for the focal point. I knew I would be separating these and making 2 necklaces. I got a bunch of natural stone beads for each project and tada!

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I love the new necklaces…especially the red/brown one! I made a little bracelet to match the Lava Stone and green/black stone necklace. I think she was pretty happy with the finished products! I know I would wear them!

 

The final necklace project for Christmas was for my Mom. I had seen this pendant on Pinterest and my first thought was, “Mom would LOVE this!”, my second thought, “I can totally make that”.

Tree Necklace 1The first one, which is actually the one I gave her Christmas day was…okay. It didn’t meet my expectations but I didn’t know how to achieve that (it’s a hard thing to do). After Christmas, we talked about the necklace. She had some thoughts, I had some thoughts and we agreed that I would give it a second attempt. I love the second attempt (as Tree Necklace 2did she)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, that’s the necklaces I made for Christmas. More Christmas gifts to come and lots of other goodies. On another note…

Unfortunately, we had a death at my workplace a few months back. Sadly, children were left behind. Some co-workers are planning a benefit for the children. I am donating the necklace below for a raffle. If you like it, get yourself to that benefit and give…even if you don’t like it…get yourself to that benefit and give! I’ll post more details as they come.

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With Love,

Rhianna

On A Side Note…

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Project 4 (Dress) is finished but you’ll have to wait for that write-up! 

In the meantime, check out this tutorial I tried on Shrinky Dink Rings.  I won’t lie…it’s not easy by any means.  You have very little time to mold the plastic and it’s HOT!!!  I made a few but I think I’m going to just use the remaining Shrinky Dink plastic for flat pieces that I can put together with some jump rings for bracelets or necklaces.

 

With Love,

Rhianna

Project 1 – Fabric Flower Bead Necklace

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This came to me right away!  I was a little nervous about that material I choose to use because originally it was for a dress.  I didn’t use very much.  I just hope when I go to make the dress, I won’t be short on material.  It will be pretty cool to have a necklace ready to match it.

 

 

 

Below is what you will need to create this necklace.

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  • Material
  • Glue (I chose to use my hot glue gun)
  • Pinking Shears (scissors with the zig-zag cut)
  • Variety of sizes of wood beads
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I started with the flowers, the biggest one first. I cut the material to the thickness I wanted (after being folded in half, note, not equal halves). You want some length with the piece of material since you will be bunching it all together. As you can see below, I folded the material over so the lighter back of the fabric would be slightly exposed. I just thought it gave it a little more dimension.

 

 

ImageTo begin making the flower, just take your needle and thread and start going in and out along the bottom. Once you have as much as you can get on your needle, slide it back onto the thread.

 

 

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You just keep going, bunching the material until you have the flower size and circumference you need.  Once you get that, just cut the material after your last stitch.  Here’s what mine looked like.

Once the large flower was finished, I cut the remaining strip of material I had so it wasn’t as thick.  I began to do the same steps to create 2 smaller flowers.

 

 

 

 

ImageNext, I got the wood beads I was using.  I went with 3 sizes of wood beads.  The first one is about the size of a quarter, the smaller 2 are about the size of a dime and the ones that will make up the “chain” of the necklace are maybe the size of an eraser on a pencil.  I drew on the quarter size and dime sized beads a circle for me to follow when gluing on the fabric “petals”.  I made sure to put it in front of, but as close to the hole as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So here’s what we are working with so far.  3 fabric “petals” and 3 wooden beads.

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I got my glue gun all heated up and started with the largest flower first.  I applied a thin line of hot glue along the a part of the edge of the fabric.  I recommend gluing a little portion at a time since hot glue hardens so fast.

Just keep gluing in small sections to the line you drew on the wood beads.

Make sure to pay attention that your “petals” will end where they started.  The nice thing about a glue gun is you can pick the glue off of just about everything.  I had to redo the one flower.  To get it off the material, I just kept sliding the bunching so the glue would unattach from the fabric.  I was also able to clean up the front of the bead flower, anywhere that the glue squeezed out, I brought my fingernail down to the edge of the seam and picked it off.

For the large flower, where the fabric started and ended was very noticable, as you can see in the image.  On the smaller flowers, this wasn’t an issue.  They overlapped eachother perfectly.

I just took the needle and thread that was used earlier to create the flowers and sewed up the beginning and end to close the flower.

That’s all for the bead creating…now onto stinging the necklace together and making sure the flowers have the support they need.

I put the string through a small bead and brought it all the way to the center of my piece of nylon thread.  Then, I took both stings through a medium sized bead.  The medium sized bead will give some support to the flower (I’ll be gluing later).

 

 

 

 

 

Then you can add on your big flower bead, putting both stings though the bead.

Then sting, one on each strand, 2 more medium size beads.  Again, these will be glued to the flower later to give it some extra support and to help insure the bead doesn’t turn to the back side.

You can then begin stringing your small beads on each strand.  I put on about 15 small beads before adding my 2 smaller flowers.  Then I just continue with the smaller beads until it reached the desired length.

Here it is from the back.

I have to say, I like it from the back too!

 

 

 

 

Now, I will just apply a small amount of hot glue to the medium beads and secure them to the fabric of the flower.  Ta-Da!  All finished!

With Love,

Rhianna