Stars and Stripes. Well, Mostly Stars.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you who to vote for in this post.  I just wanted to share a little experiment I tried over the last couple of days with jewelry and paint.

I started out with some plain base metal earrings (shown disassembled) that I found were turning dark and dull.

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And with a little acrylic paint (which I know was kind of unsuitable for metal) I transformed them into this.

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This is just a starting point for some other ideas I hope to work on soon.   

-Nizzy

Stars and Stripes. Well, Mostly Stars.

“Double-Shot Tuesday”

You’re getting a double-shot from me because I was kinda crafty this weekend.

First up on the program:  Jewelry

A friend came to me with a necklace that she had been given as a gift.  Although she loved the person who gave it to her, she didn’t love the necklace.  Too chunky.  Not an animal print gal.

So, with her input I changed her necklace into this…

As you can see, she was quite happy with it 🙂  (I should have taken a “before” picture, but I’m a dunder-head and didn’t think of it then).

Last on the list:  Paper Crafting

I was inspired by a challenge for a Facebook Group.  We were supposed to make a fall CARD using the colors burnt orange, sky blue and sunshine yellow.  I emphasize the word “card” because I didn’t catch that part when I did mine.  I made a cute wall-hanging.

I love it!  I just printed a cute pumpkin that I found online, colored it (with colored pencils) and then glittered the swirlies.  I mounted it on some brown cardstock, layerd with a sunshine yellow patterned paper and “live, laugh, love” in light blue.  I love that phrase, “Live, Laugh, Love”…you may see MANY more projects with that in it.  As well as “dream”, “imagine”, etc.

But there you have it.  Slow increases in DW’s crafty mojo. 🙂

~DW

“Double-Shot Tuesday”

Crafty Mojo: Necklace

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I’ve had all these components (beads, chain, etc.) FOREVER.  I had an idea in my head, but couldn’t get it out onto the table.

Come Saturday, I just *knew* how to do it and banged it out. 

I’m sorry I can’t give you a list of all the components (like I said, have had them forever), but I can give you a general idea…

  • Silver-plated chain
  • Silver-plated chain (large circles)
  • Silver-plated jumprings
  • Silver-plated bead caps
  • Silver-plated head pins
  • Glass beads
  • Swarovski crystals
  • Glass bead “chips”
  • Crystal/Metal links
  • LOTS AND LOTS OF PATIENCE!!!  I kept dropping stuff and had to rig a necklace rack, with two hemostats and two boxes of beads, weighed down with pliers that I wasn’t using LOL

This picture doesn’t do it justice (but, I didn’t look *too* bad in it, so I’ll use it LOL) and I have to shorten it a bit, but, I finished something.

And it’s about d@mn time!

Crafty Mojo: Necklace

Geek Craft Inspiration: Triangles

Sierpinski Triangle (Photo credit: http://www.zeuscat.com)

I’m inspired by various concepts in Math and Science and I’m always looking for ways incorporate these two subjects into my crafting.  This time the focus was on Triangles.

Geometry was one of my favorite subjects in high school.  I faintly remember the lesson on determining triangle congruence with rules such as Side-Angle-Side (SAS) and Angle-Side-Angle (ASA).   In taking a peek on pinterest, I found that the triangle is not quite as popular as the Circle, with its splendid evenness, but it’s shown quite often as a tattoo, there is a yoga pose named after it, it makes an appearance as some really cool art, and it’s there in its simplicity as the focus for jewelry.

I love these earrings!
Source: ishineaccessores.com
Here I crafted a simple necklace to show a little admiration for the triangle.
 

-Nizzy

Geek Craft Inspiration: Triangles

Seeing Double

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Two was the magic number for this project of eyeglass lanyards for my mother-in-law. 

I created a double loop secured with two strands of fishing line for extra strength.   I used seeds and 3mm crystals because I wanted something classy and small enough so there weren’t any huge beads swinging at the side of her head all day.  Hopefully they are a good color match for her red and blue pairs of glasses.

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I always have a blast creating beaded projects or anything crafty for that matter.  What’s even more exciting for me is this fairly decent (non-Instagram) photo I created with my crappy cell phone camera.  My flash wouldn’t work for some reason so I couldn’t get the light that I needed, but with a few adjustments I got a photo that’s clear and bright enough to see the beads and I was even able to add my blog’s copyright text.    AND it doesn’t look like its straight out of the 1970’s with that muted-color, grainy filter that’s so popular.   

Nizzy 1, Instagram 0. 

Hey, I’m easily amused at the simple things.

-Nizzy

Seeing Double

Integrity

“A life lived with integrity – even if it lacks the trappings of fame and fortune is a shinning star in whose light others may follow in the years to come.” -Denis Waitley

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.”  – Cecil Beaton

“He who closes his ears to the views of others shows little confidence in the integrity of his own views.” -William Congreve

“If you have integrity—nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity—nothing else matters.” -Evelle J. Younger

Quotes are always great for inspiration and motivation for you to get where you want to be and become the person you want to be, but do you ever wonder about the people who say these great words of wisdom?  You might be surprised at what you find out, but should those findings sway you to think differently about the message?  If the words move you, then simply meditate on that.

– Nizzy

 
Integrity

30 Days of Crafting – First FO/Last FO

For those of you that don’t know…FO=Finished Object

My very first knit

My interest in sewing came out of nowhere back in the 90’s.  The first pattern that I ever purchased was a simple wrap skirt.  I never did finish it because my grandmother’s sewing machine kept eating up the thread and I didn’t have a clue on how to fix it.   Instead, a local fabric store offered sewing classes and I chose to make a long wool skirt with a slit up to the knee.  Fancy, huh?  One thing I clearly remember about it was that I accidentally sewed the lining in backwards.  I was too happy to complete a project to bother with fixing it so, needless to say, the skirt was never worn.

My first Socks

Sock knitting: You either hate it or you love it.  And after knitting these socks I found that sock knitting is definitely for me.

My first finished necklace has since been disassembled, so I’ll share a different necklace as my Last FO.

-Nizzy

30 Days of Crafting – First FO/Last FO

Strength

Strength Bracelet by Creatively Motivated
Strength Bracelet, a photo by Creatively Motivated on Flickr.

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” -Mahatma Gandhi

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”― Friedrich Nietzsche

“Strength is the capacity to break a Hershey bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of the pieces.” ― Judith Viorst, Love & Guilt & The Meaning Of Life, Etc

-Nizzy

Strength

Imagine

“In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Imagination is the beginning of creation.  You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last you create what you will.” – George Bernard Shaw

“To bring anything into your life, imagine that it’s already there.” – Richard Bach

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it.  If you can dream it, you can become it.” – William Arthur Ward

Imagine