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Friday, April 17, 2009

Dream Catcher Necklace

The idea for this dream catcher came to me in a dream...literally. I had some metal hoops and I made them. The extras I am selling on my Etsy, but you can make your own here by following my tutorial.

You'll need:
  • Scissors
  • About 3 feet of hemp (Could be different color)
  • Super glue
  • A metal ring
  • Double sided tape (Optional)
How to:
  • Start out by putting a piece of double sided tape on the ring to hold t,he string down, then tie the string around the loop on top of the tape.
  • Wrap the string around the loop as shown in box two, do this the entire way around.
  • Tie off and use the Superglue to hold it in about four places.
  • Let dry.
  • Weaving the we is difficult to explain so here are a few tutorial on it, find what works for you: Talk-through, Step-by-Step, Step-by-Step 2.
  • You can add in beads like shown below to spice it up.
  • Add feathers or charms at the bottom that hang down.

If you make a dream catcher, show me!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Don't Forget to be Awesome!

One of my guilty pleasures is the VlogBrothers. They're Nerdfighting brothers who fight world suck and remind us everyday to be awesome. The Center bead symbolizes them, with the letters DFTBA. The dice on either side of them are supposed to symbolized the 5 awesome girls and 5 awesome guys because they use dice to roll for challenges.

If you follow the Five awesomes, of vlog brothers, let me know! It's always great meeting other nerdfighters!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sunglasses Case

I ust bought a new pair of sunglasses at Delias. I LOVE them, purple aviators. When I got home I made a promise to myself that I wasn't going to let them get scratched up in my purse like all of my other pairs. I had fabric left over from my room redecoration and So I made up this nifty case for my sunglasses. I just began sewing, and took a class on it about 4 years ago, but I don't think it turned out half bad. It's padded on the inside and latched with a button. I'll keep my fingers crossed that it will keep my sunglasses safe!

How do you keep the items in your purse safe/organized? Show me pictures of tell me in the comments!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Nikon Camera Necklace

To make this necklace you need:
  • Pottery clay
  • Paper clips & something to cut/bend them with.
  • Small glass of water, paper towels, an area to work in.
  • Chain cut at desired length.
  • Acrylic paint in desired colors and various sized paint brushes.
  • Clear spray paint.

How to part one:
  • Start by kneading the clay. Be sure the clay is flexible before continuing.
  • Next, you will need to make the clay into three shapes: a rectangle (Camera Body), a medium sized cylinder (lens) ,a small ball (The turn dial on top), and a medium sized ball (flash unit).
  • Use the broad size of a knife to push down about 3/4th of the from of the rectangle. This will give the camera a "hand grip" like most Nikons have.
  • Attach the lens. I used a small piece of a paperclip to make sure that the lens won't fall off later. Use your clay tool (or a spoon if you don't have tools) to smooth down the edges.
  • Next comes the flash unit. Put it on top, in the center. Again, press down the edges.
  • the turn dial goes to the left of the flash unit if the lens is facing you. You can take a knife and crimp down the edge to create ridges just like a Nikon would have.
  • Next, you will need to cut off parts of a paperclip that are about 3/4ths of an inch long. Bend them to create the place for the necklace to be latched on. Push them into each side of the camera.
  • Let dry for about 2 days.

How to part two:
  • After it dries paint it all black. I used acryllic paint. let dry.
  • Then use your white paint and paint on the glass of the lens, the camera name, back screen and buttons.
  • Use your red to paint on the signature red triangle on the Nikon camera grip.
  • You can then paint on a "picture" to the "screen" of the camera. As you can see, I chose a forest scene.
  • After all acrylic paint dries, use clear spray paint and cover it with several layers for protection.
  • To attach the necklace cord, use a pair of pliers. You can get necklace cord from a craft store or from any clothing store, just take off the pendant that comes with it.
Your done! If you make this necklace, please post pictures. I want to see!
Also, To buy one of the ones you see made here go to my Etsy

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Extra Beads

When I buy my glass beads I usually buy them assorted by the bag because most of them time there are matches in it that I can use for earrings. But, I am often left with really cool beads that have no match. So I have started making these assorted bead, glass bracelets. I get a lot of compliments on them. I like to do bracelets in rainbow but have done them in color tones (yellow, blue & red, black above).

So use your extra beads and make a sweet bracelet, even if the beads don't match. And if you do, I want to see it!

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Harry Potter Scarf

I started a Harry Potter Gryfindor scarf today. I am a very slow knitter so I figure by the time next winter rolls around I'll have all four houses. The Harry Potter series is my favorite, and so it is appropriate for the third scarf I will be making.

I plan on posting a tutorial on how to knit soon, maybe in video form?

I will show you how this is coming along in a week or two, for now I taking it a row at a time. Wish me luck!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Fire Mountain Gems

I recently bought a ton of beads from Fire Mountain Gems because I couldn't find them elsewhere. They have an amazing selection of beads, and got my beads to me within a week. I plan on doing business with them again soon, but my bead box is over flowing at the moment. I recommend using this company if you haven't already!

Here's some of what I got:

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Room Redecoration

Over spring break I redecorated my room because i was stuck in the cold. Though this design may look hard, here are a few tips to help you in your room redecoration projects:

  • I printed out a picture of a tree then attempted to recreate it with blue painters tape on my wall. This allowed me to move the tape if I messed up.
  • I then painted over the wall, tape and all.
  • When I peeled the tape off it revealed the white tree.
I also made the pillowcases you see on the bed. Here is some tips to make your own:
  • I don't use a top sheet, so I used that for the fabric.
  • I then printed out a picture of a bird, used my fabric pen, and cut it out of the darker fabric. I proceeded to sew it on to the un-closed pillowcases I had cut out.
  • After I sewed those on I closed up the pillowcases and put the pillows in them
  • taa-daahh!
If you plan on re decorating your room and use this blog, I want to see a picture. Please show me? Happy Crafting!

Thursday, April 2, 2009


Hey gang,

I plan on getting this blog up and running as soon as I set up my Etsy account. I have so much I want to show you! Please bear with me, it will be about a week. While you're waiting, please follow me on twitter and here on blogger. That way you will be one of the first to know when the blog gets up and running again.