Friday, October 28, 2011

Lotus Mandala Prayer Flag

This is definitely one of my favorite projects. I was poking around on a blog Crochet with Raymond and decided it was time to make one of these super cute flags. The process was a lot of fun, and I loved coming up with different color combos.

This was the first one I did, and I ended up giving it to my teenage niece for her birthday. She totally loved it!

I loved it so much in this little spot in my dining room, I made myself one in my favorite color combo ever.

It brings a little oomph, and color to this wall, and is exactly what it needed!

Doesn't it just totally make you happy?!?!?!?

DIY ring and ring base

The thought and motivation behind this little craft was nothing other than pure boredom. I wasn't working, and needed something to keep my hands and mind busy for a little while. I found some needle-nose pliers and wire cutters, and got to work making a ring.

This is where it started...

I actually used a kitchen (turkey) baster as a template, and wrapped the wire around in a spiral, then around the baster, and back again. It wasn't as sturdy as I wanted, so I found some thinner wire laying around and wrapped it up to make it more strong.

I was originally going to keep it as just the wire cause I really liked it, but then I needed more time to kill, so I came up with the idea to make a fabric flower, and slap it on there. I simply used a strip of fabric I had laying around, and twisted it and spiraled it, until I had a size I liked. I then added a cute little pearl in the center.

A little wire + a little fabric + boredom = a super cute ring!

So, once that one was done, I got another wild hair up my butt and decided to turn a charm I had into a ring as well.

This charm was once my sisters (who has since died) and I have always wanted to do something with it but never knew what. I couldn't put it on a necklace cause the holes were too small, so the wire was a nice match.

Its the perfect size! The band (wire) is just the right gauge and it really makes the charm stand out well. This is a ring that I love so much, I have been wearing almost every day.

This was a super easy project to do and I can't wait to go to the bead store (mental note for tomorrow!) and get some super cute beads to make more rings out of.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Shrinky Dink Necklace

I just recently picked up some sheets of shrink plastic (AKA Shrinky Dinks) and am totally in love! This stuff has put a new spin on my creativity, and caused me to think in new ways. I have been ferociously scribbling down ideas and designs, and find myself even thinking of things I can make just before I fall asleep. It might be on the verge of weird and obsessive, but I am having fun so, Oh well!

I recently made this fun necklace charm out of shrink plastic. It was super easy- simply draw on the plastic, cut it out, and stick it in the oven.

Though I would love to take credit for making the necklace too, it came from my sister. I simply attached a jump ring to the charm, and stuck it on the necklace I already had.

This was my first experience with this material, and since then I have really experimented and tweaked a lot. So, the next time I show you something with shrink plastic, it will look better than this!

Pink Crochet Necklace

Some members of my family are loving this type of necklace, and have been asking left and right for one of their own. Needless to say, I have been making them up a storm the past several months.

This one is done with pink yarn, and light pink beads in between the circles.

I've posted about a blue necklace I did like this one, and the thing that inspired the concept of these was the fact that key chain loops were on sale at Beverly's for like 99 cents for a huge bag. A little yarn around them, and nobody can tell what they are!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Felt Fun

Hey there! Wow, sorry its been so long since I posted! You know how life is sometimes though- so busy you just can't keep track of what comes next. I have been through a whirlwind of changes in the past couple months, and am just now settling down again.
But never fear, cause I have been super duper crafty and creative in that time, and I have a lot to catch you all up on and a lot to share with you.

So without further ado, here is something that was simple, fun, and colorful for my bedroom!

Not sure what would be an appropriate name for this, but its just layered felt circles attached to ribbon.

I recently found a ton of felt in my studio, and decided to keep my mind and hands busy with this quick project. It was fun picking out all the color combos!

Once I had all the colors cut out and shaped up, I got to work with my trusty friend- The hot glue gun! I dabbed glue on all the layers, then attached the last layer to the ribbon, and TA DA!!!

Its not much, but it does make me happy to look at when my bedroom door is closed