Monday, August 27, 2012

Red Coral and Black Agate Jewelry

I seem to be on a jewelry making kick lately - so enjoy another new necklace/bracelet set.
This one is made with red coral rounds and rondels and gray/black agate oval beads.  Love the color combination!

 For the bracelet, I went with three strands - one gray/black agate, one red coral linked with chain, and the third just a simple silver chain. 
I'm loving the agate trend - I have a couple of new types of agate beads on order so you'll be seeing more in the next few weeks.  In the meantime - I have been working on a brand new sewing project - it's been cut out and sitting on my sewing table waiting for attention for a few months.  I've been dreading it for some reason, but it is actually turning out to be more fun that I anticipated.  Hopefully next weekend I'll have pictures.
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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Making Necklaces

I got on a jewelry making kick the other day - some came out the way the picture in my brain looked.  A couple didn't quite turn out the way I imagined.  But that's the great thing about jewelry - you can recycle it and try again.  Here are the ones that made the cut.
This one is long and you can't really tell from the picture, but the beads are a beautiful coral color.
Then I made a slightly shorter one with turquoise beads.  I love it - made a matching bracelet for it too.
Then I found another really cute crystal pendant.  I've made a couple of necklaces like this before, but this one will be sent off as a gift.  Again, bad picture but imagine a clear crystal - the flash makes it look yellow but it really is pretty.

And here is a close up with the charms I added.  
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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Catching Up - Bags and Car Carriers

Ah - summer is flying by.  I've been having too much fun playing with the family.  Oh that and maybe a little work thrown in here and there.  But I have been doing a little crafting over the last few weeks.  So here's some catching up.

A foldable reusable bag.  Easy to make - thought I'd like it better than I do.  The straps are not nearly long enough for my liking.  But it is cute. 

And we were in need of another little boy present.  So I went back to a favorite - the car carrier.  Only problem is that the tutorial I've relied on for these has been taken down.  Thank goodness I have a couple of samples lying around to take measurements from.  Love this fabric!

So for future car carrier making - here is my own (picture-less) tutorial.

Outside and inside pieces 14 x 14 inches
Car pocket 14 x 9 inches (fold in half)
Ribbon tie 36 inches

Sew folded pocket to lower part of inside fabric.  Sew in center at 7 inches and then on each side of that 3 1/4 inches from center seam.
Sew on road (oval or figure 8).  Add in lane line with floss. 
Place ribbon in seam and then sew inside and outside pieces right sides together leaving a 2-3 inch opening in side for turning. 
Turn and top stitch. 
Burn ends of ribbon to seal.

I do have some more very cute projects lined up - time, now I just need to make some time!
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