Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Trimmings

As I'm trying to fanatically get everything ready for Christmas next week, I thought I'd take a break and get out the camera. Most of my decorations haven't changed in the last couple years, but I still love all my cheesy vintage hand-me-downs from my grandparents/parents.

Carolers painted by my aunt years ago...

Vintage Postcard

Some cute mice I got from my mom

'Nuther cute critter from mom

Fake Flowers...

Awwww....

Inspired by my friend Alysa

The crocheted bells are ones my mom made :)

Christmas Card

I love the scented pine cones!


Courtesy of my grandparents

Instead of buying wrapping paper, I'm wrapping our gifts in flipped Trader Joe's paper bags & wrapping nice ribbon around them or stamping the outside. The outsides of the bags are even holiday themed, so I can use those for tags!

Wonderful vintage birdcage my boss gave to me

Picture Corner

Majestic Tree

Hope your holidays are merry & bright!

Monday, December 6, 2010

'Tis the Season...

Gosh, I can't really figure out how I've missed this many weeks in a row... But here I am!

There are so many things to do this time of year that all somehow cram themselves together, which is one reason I've been "too" busy to post. The main consumer of said busy-ness was the task of organizing & overseeing the making of 100 pairs of earrings in one night for our church's Cord of Hope ministry. If you don't know about it & you'd like to know, please ask. I wish I'd had the forethought to take pictures to document it, but I failed in that area. Nonetheless, it was a great success & I am glad to have done it.

Anyhow, here's some festiveness that I've been messing with at work/home recently...

When I was at a bead shop in CO, I saw this wire construction idea and decided to try it out:



Love the fan shape & design of these:


White glass beads with some recycled vintage findings:


Fashioned from pieces of a christmas ornament:


This ornament casing was a project my boss had us work on, as she wants to host a class on how to do it:


Thursday, October 28, 2010

More Repurpose

These are all slightly different in style, but do have something in common (as do most things I make, I just couldn't think of anything else to tie them together with this week!)-
They include repurposed items- some simply vintage/recycled beads- and others elements not really intending for the role they now play:

These have plastic beads taken from a bracelet:




These include plastic vintage beads:




These used to be target earrings that I look the seed beads off and filled in with some nail polish & hung maroon beads from:




The metal charms here used to be the latch backs to clip on earrings:




The large metal pieces in these are actually old metal washers that I shaped, hammered & drilled to make into charms:



Monday, October 18, 2010

The Perfect Pair

I made all of these a couple months ago but hadn't put earwires on a couple as silver is expensive. I work with brass & bronze primarily because they are so much cheaper. The beads & stones are all glass and base-metal (not real silver) but hung on sterling silver wire and still have the appearance of pricier pieces. I thought they would work well as wedding jewelry:













Please let me know if you're interested in any of my pieces. Most of what I put on here are made for sale and even some of my personal stash I'd be willing to part with.