Friday, December 21, 2012

Dreams Printable

Here is a new printable!

Just right click on the picture above and select "open link in new tab" to open full size image so you can save it.  If you use this on the web please link back to me and let me know where you use it by comment or email so I can see it too.  Other than that, feel free to use this however you like!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Washer necklaces

First of all, I would like to apologize for my long absence in the blogging world recently!  I have been preoccupied with school, but no more of that because I have GRADUATED!! So I fully intend to get back into the swing of things around here!

Awhile back I found this project on Pinterest, it is really easy and very affordable.  It's only washers, scrapbook paper and a special type of glue that dries with dimension. I was so excited that it really turned out as good as it looked online!  I ended up making them for all my friends for Christmas.

You can find the full tutorial that I used here.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Jewelry Design: Silversmithing

The last couple weeks in my jewelry class I have been working on silversmithing.  Basically, we use a torch to solder the pieces of silver together to make the different pieces of jewelry.

This is the ring I made, we had a long piece of silver that we cut and shaped into the actual ring portion, then we attached the bezel cup and later put in the stone.

This bracelet is made out of the same type of silver, and assembled much the same way just on a much larger scale.

I shaped the loop of this pendent, again out of the same silver, and then soldered it to the back of the bezel cup.

These earrings are my favorite out this set.  I just drew out a pattern on a piece of paper and shaped the silver to match it and attached the bezel cups for the stones to the inside of the design.  All the other pieces we all had to pretty much do the same, but I loved getting to be more creative with these!

I hope you like these, and soon I will have more fun to share from my class!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Printable: Thoreau Quote

Well I have tried my hand at graphics again, and I want to share!

Just right click on the picture above and select "open link in new tab" to open full size image so you can save it.  If you use this on the web please like back to me and let me know by comment or email where so I can see it too.  Other than that, feel free to use this however you like!


Friday, September 28, 2012

Watercolor Pinterest Flop...

It happens to the best of us... Pinterest fails.  It's a fact of life for all Pinterest users.  A while back I came across this pin:

                                                                        Source: via Kristen on Pinterest

The caption was simply: "Watercolor over white crayon."  And I thought to myself, "That's brilliant!"  Don't you agree?  Well it didn't work out so well...

The root of my problem is that whoever originally pinned this pinned the blog homepage and not the blog post... big pet peeve of mine.  Well I searched for a while on the blog trying to find the tutorial, but I didn't have any luck.  The blog is AMAZING! But it has way too many posts for me to look through them all.

But I forged ahead anyway!  I thought it sounds simple and logical, I'll just give it a go anyway...

I taped down my watercolor paper so that it wouldn't wrinkle too badly, and then began drawing a cute twig/vine and leaf design.  I'm usually pretty bad at drawing these kinds of patterns, but I really liked how this one turned out.  I know you probably can't see it very well though... it's white crayon on white paper, there was only so much my camera could do, haha!

Then came the disappointment, I began doing a light wash on my paper and it was quickly obvious that this was not working the way the caption on Pinterest claimed it would.

This is not at all what I was expecting, you can hardly see the pattern at all!  The crayon did repel some of the paint, but not nearly enough.

I am not giving up on this one though.  I plan to try this again sometime because that original pin is just too cute, I want one too!  I think maybe part of my problem is I used watercolor paint from a tube, I think this might work better with the cheap kid's button watercolors.  I think I will try that next, and I will let you all know when I solve the mystery!  If you have any suggestions please share, I'd love to hear them!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Jewelry Design: Wire Wrapping (Part 2)

First of all, I want to apologize for my long absence from the blogging world.  It is very sad, but I have been incredibly busy with work, classes, and homework :(

Okay, on to the good stuff!

I have more fun jewelry to show you from my class!!  If you didn't see my first post about my jewelry class, check it out here!

These are both more examples of wire wrapping, this time they are pendants:

This pendent is a wrapped black cabochon, and it matches the rest of the set that I posted pictures of from my first class.

This is a wrapped marble pendant.  The picture does not do this one justice (mostly because I'm not that great of a photographer, but I'm learning slowly but surely).  I like how this one doesn't really have a front or back, it pretty much looks good from any angle.

Well, I promise not to stay away as long this time!  Keep checking back for more pictures from my Jewelry Design class adventures!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Free Printable- Micah 6:8

I have been working on my photoshop skills a lot lately, so I thought I would come up with something to share with you all!

This an 8.5 x 11 PDF printable that you can DOWNLOAD HERE!  Just click file, download (or save) in the upper left hand corner of the screen.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

New Layout Design!!

Check it out!!  Things are looking a lot different around here lately.  In the past few weeks I have been looking around at other blogs a lot for some ideas of what to do with my own.  I love working on my layout, and I really loved my old one, but I realized something.... it was way too busy and cutesy...

So I've working over the last couple of days to come up with something completely NEW!  And I am really loving how it is turning out so far!

I am still in the process of making some finishing touches... but let's face it, I always will be!  So I would love to hear what you all think!  Do you think it is a good change, or do you like the old layout better?  I'd love to hear your tips and suggestions :)

Friday, August 31, 2012

Flash Diffuser

I am by no means a photography expert, but I discovered a cool trick the other day.  I was taking final pictures of this project and it was a bit too dark to take the pictures without the flash, but the flash was way too bright.  It was quite a dilemma, let me tell you! Ha!

Well, I was standing next to my printer and I suddenly had an idea.  What if I tried to diffuse the light by putting a piece of paper over the flash?? Well after folding the paper in half a couple times, it did the trick!  Check it out:

I normally edit my pictures a bit before posting them on here (again, no expert), but these are just as the came straight off my camera except for the words that I added.  I am not a fan of the look of pictures taken with a flash, so I think this is a going to be a handy trick for me in the future!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Jewelry Design: Wire Wrapping

So in my final semester of college, I pretty much was only lacking elective credits... so what class did I choose?? Metal and Jewelry Design of course!  So be prepared to see a lot of pictures of my projects in the next few months!

Today was our first class and we made a matching set including:

A bracelet . . .

A pair of earrings (with hand made earring hangers) . . .

And a ring!

I was surprised at how much we did in just one class!  They taught us a technique called wire wrapping where we took a thick gauge wire and literally wrapped it around the beads.  It was a lot easier than I expected, and a lot of fun!

I can't wait to see what's in store for us next week!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Glass Marble Cross

On Wednesday, my best friend and I took a trip to Hobby Lobby in honor of the end of Summer and the new school year.  We were looking around in the aisle with all the wooden frames and such that you can paint. Well I found this wooden cross and had the idea to put some of those flat clear marbles around the center.

I stained the cross portion and then decided it would be better to paint the base.  Next I attached the
marbles with tacky glue.  I had to let them dry for a while with the cross laying down because when I stood it up the marbles started to slid off.  But once it was dry the marbles stayed on just fine.

I used this cool stain marker on this project.  I found it a while ago at Michael's I believe.  Anyway, it has lasted a long time and worked on so many projects, I love it!!  I need to find more of them in other colors, they are soooo much easier than regular stain!

Finally I decided it still looked to plain so I added some paint details.  And Ta-Da!  What do you think?

P.S.  I apologize in advance if my posting is kind of hit and miss for a while... the semester is starting to get into full swing and I will unfortunately be busy with homework a lot in the near future.  It is my last semester so things will be busy, however I will still do my best to keep up with you all in the blogging world!

Monday, August 20, 2012

"Love Cakes"

My main squeeze and I celebrated the first anniversary of our first date on Sunday! Eeek! Exciting, right??  Neither of us are in much of a positon to give extravagant gifts or anything, so my man got creative. . . and super sweet!

He kind of made up his own cupcake recipe for me, what a genius!  He used a white cake mix, strawberries... and the best part. . . strawberry soda, that's right, soda.  I admit, I was a bit skeptical at first but they turned out great!  And I ate far too many. . . too quickly. . . but that's totally what special occasions are for, duh!

He decided to call them our "Love Cakes," sort of on the cheesy side, I know, but how incredibly sweet!  Gotta love him!  I think we just might have to make these strawberry love cakes a yearly tradition... :)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Coat Rack Re-vamp

A long while ago, my mom gave me this old accordion style coat rack.  It is quite rickety, so I used to use it to keep my necklaces on.  I just recently took it from my room at home in my parents house to my dorm room. But it didn't quite fit in here, because this is what it used to look like:

Cute, but kind of boring, right?  Well it is amazing what a coat of paint can do!! I had some leftover turquoise paint from a bookshelf I painted awhile back, and it was perfect for this project!

Here is the finished product, minus the scarfs from above:

Much better!  I love giving old items a new life, and it was super easy!

Friday, August 17, 2012

No-Sew Ribbon Headband

A few months ago I saw some where that you can make your own stretchy headbands with a hair tie, so I thought I would experiment with it and this is what I came up with!

What you will need:

  • Wide ribbon (I used a silky, flexible one, but I'm sure pretty much any ribbon with work)
  • Elastic hair tie
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Small decorative ribbon (optional)

First cut a piece of your ribbon that will go across your head from just below the back of your ears.  I think mine was about 8 inches long.

Then, cut your hair tie (at the seam if it has one) so that it is a straight piece of elastic. Next, attach one end of your hair tie to one end of your ribbon with a bead of hot glue.

Glue and fold over one side of the ribbon, then the same with the other.  This will help the ribbon to fold neatly, and not curl, when you wear it.

Then repeat these steps on the other side of your ribbon and hair tie. If you don't have any decorative ribbon to wrap around the seams then you are finished!

If you do have small riboon, measure how much you will need by wrapping it around the seam between the ribbon and the hair tie and cut it to size leaving a little extra on the end.  Then put a bead of hot glue down the underside of the ribbon and attach it, folding the raw ends under before you glue them down.

Viola! I really love it, and the elastic hair tie helps it not to slip! I think this has to be my favorite blog project yet, what do you think?