Sunday, February 16, 2014

A NEW and OLD Adventure

Like many of you I am a craft addict.  I admit it!  If there were a program out there for people like us I am sure my hubby would make sure I was in it.  In my defense I have no other major addictions, except maybe reading, and even that one doesn't compare to my need for crafting.  Many years ago I had several "crafty" genre's that I enjoyed and I chose to focus in on Paper Crafts as it was my favorite and I wanted to focus my effort at getting good at one area.  Don't get me wrong, I didn't give up my other crafty favorites entirely, but they were certainly put on the back burner.  At the end of last year I decided I needed to add my favorites back in to keep my creative juices flowing.  Paper Crafts is still my favorite and I am in my craft space coloring or putting a project together every day, but I am also playing around with beads and a little sewing as well.

During our holiday break I made a little sewing area for my machine and other sewing tools.  Not as easy to get into as the others, but it is there when I need it.  I really want to try and make a quilt again, I love making those.  I'm not super skilled at it but I do enjoy putting them together.

Where I have really fallen hard again is jewelry making.  Not just stringing beads and stones together but stitching jewelry, which also falls  into my love of sewing by hand category.  Now in the evenings I get comfortable and play around with as many beads as I can.  It's slow going, I am such a beginner, but I am in love.  I've already gone to a super fun bead sale with my sister-in-law, who is the expert.  You can find her amazing jewelry at her store, Pure Bliss Jewelry.  If you have never stopped by I highly recommend you check it out.  I've made a few gifts and now I am working on a big project for myself.  There are others as well but this is all ready a long post, so I won't get into it.  Today I am sharing with you a few projects I made for family.  One uses Delica seed beads, a recommendation from my sister-in-law, and if you are in the market for seed beads I highly recommend them to you.  The second uses double whole Super Duo beads.  That one took FOREVER and was taken apart several times before being finished.  This is what I gave my daughter for Valentine's Day.

This necklace I made using Delica seed beads and decreasing/increasing brick stitch.  A lot of little glitches here and there but not bad for my first try at this stitch.  If you saw the green box with matching card a few posts ago, this is the necklace that went inside the box.

My daughter's Valentine's Day gift.  Not sure she really liked it but it was fun trying to put it together.  The earring were supposed to be hearts as well but I just couldn't get that to work.

Well, I just thought you might like to see what else I have been up to lately.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.
Stay dry and warm

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