Shell Crafts

Shell CraftsShell Crafts
Check out LoveToKnow for my tutorial article on crafts to make with shells.

Read on for the story behind this article.

DSCF8579A lot of times when I have a new assignment I don’t have all the items I need. I have to decide on whether it is more economical to purchase things I need or pass on the assignment. Usually I send out requests to local Facebook friends, but most of those things are borrowed for photos and measurements and can be returned in the same condition. The shells for these projects were a different story. You know what they say, as soon as you get rid of something you will need it. That was the issue here so…off I went to Walmart to see if a bag of shells would cause me to pass on the article.

DSCF8519There was a lady in the same aisle as I was looking at the shells and trying to make my decision. Out of the blue she said she had a bag of shells at home I could have if I wanted them. She didn’t know me and had no idea what I was going to do with them, but she made my day with her random act of kindness. We exchanged phone numbers and she gave me her address. I know, right? She gave me (a stranger) her address without knowing a thing about me. We arranged a time later that day for me to pick them up. Meanwhile, when she got home she took pics of the shells and sent them to me to make sure they were what I wanted. This lady was so sweet on so many levels. They were fabulous! Of course I picked them up and used them. Since that day I have been on the look out for a pay-it-forward of my own. I haven’t come across the perfect opportunity yet, but I will.

DSCF8573After all the horrible stories I am constantly seeing on the news, the complete randomness of this kind act has renewed my faith in humanity. Thank you again, Dawn!

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Enjoy!

Metal Stamping Projects-Tutorials

metal stampingMetal Stamping Projects-Tutorials

Whew! It’s been a bit since I last posted. I’m still here, I’ve just been working on articles for Love To Know and projects I sell locally. Sometimes I get into the flow of things and forget to take pics…

…and sometimes I forget I have the pics after I have written tutorial for others sites…

…and then I wake up and share!

I had a lot of fun coming up with these projects for metal stamping. Years ago my dad had given me a basic metal stamping kit. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what I would ever do with it. Turns out it was a blast to play with. These projects would be great for craft shows.

DSCF6636Stamped Belt Cuff

These cuffs were made using old belts for the base.

DSCF6657Votive Candle Sleeve

Believe it or not, the metal I used for this candle sleeve was actually an aluminum oven liner.

DSCF6623Lucky Penny Key Ring

Stamping coins was “harder” than I thought it would be, but practicing only cost me pennies. 😉

Do you want to give it a try? You can find the free tutorials here.

Enjoy!

Scrappy Quilt Bracelets

21-DSCF2694Scrappy Quilt Bracelets

16-DSCN4483You may remember my scrappy fabric tags I made a couple of years ago. I loved that idea.

02-DSCF2577I have been working on expanding on that idea by turning scrap cutter quilts into wearable art…more specifically I wanted to see if I couldn’t turn these scraps into bracelets.

I’m a little embarrassed to say that each step took a little bit of refining until I was able to get a consistent result with each one that I tried. I almost threw in the towel a few times, but the time wasted and each failed attempt just made me even more determined to make it work.

My first fail was cutting the strip for the bracelet. I didn’t take into account the quilting stitches on the quilt. Quilting stitches hold a top, middle and bottom layer together. When I cut a small strip, it basically peeled apart in large areas. Stitching on vintage quilts is also unreliable. There were areas where the seams came apart. AARGH!

01-DSCF2580My fix for those problems was to top stitch over the surface of a scrap of quilt. I emptied a spool of thread while meandering in a scribble design.

03-DSCF2586I was then able to cut my bracelet strips without them falling apart.

04-DSCF2601The next step was getting the words onto the strip. I decided to use my character stitches on my sewing machine. That worked the first couple of times and then…AARGH! Old quilts can be kinda lumpy and my machine didn’t want to stitch the tiny letters over the lumps. I finally tried stitching the words on muslin. Eureka!06-DSCF2608

I then stitched the the muslin to the strip in my favorite shabby way.

15-DSCF2673If you want to try this and you don’t have character stitches on your machine I also tried it with stamps as an alternative.

07-DSCF2616I embellished around the words with little pearl beads.

The next failure was the buttonhole. Yep, for the same reason the character stitches didn’t want to stitch…those !@#$% lumps. AARGH!

Deep breath. I was not going to let this project beat me!

17-DSCF2682Light bulb! I finally had good luck with a button/loop closure. Elastic cord formed the loop.

09-DSCF2625With the bracelet strip placed on canvas fabric and the knot of the loop inserted under one end, I stitched around the edges of the bracelet a couple of times. Just like the shabby tags, I didn’t stitch perfect lines.

13-DSCF2637After stitching the canvas backing to the bracelet I trimmed the excess away and added a button to complete the closure function.

14-DSCF2686And then like eating potato chips, I couldn’t stop at just one.

Enjoy!

Junkcycled Charm Bracelets

New in my Etsy shop, junkcycled charm bracelets.

02-DSCF2482Junkcycled Pink and White Charm Bracelet

05-DSCF2468Junkcycled Blue and Ivory Charm Bracelet  

08-DSCF2474Junkcycled Green and Ivory Charm Bracelet

11-DSCF2469Junkcycled Purple and Silver Charm Bracelet

15-DSCF2478Junkcycled Cream and Silver Charm Bracelet

Enjoy!