Saturday, June 09, 2012

A New Obsession...

I've been having fun here with a new (to me anyway) type of bracelet --A Wrap Bracelet.  A friend, Leslie Wayment, that I did a bead swap with a month or so ago posted a photo of some Wrap Bracelets on facebook.  (check out her bead store AA Beads & More)  I commented that I wanted to learn how to make them and she offered to do a Skype class with me--she's in Florida...I'm on Maui.  What fun! Made my first one in about an hour with Leslie's great instructions.  Here it is....

Isn't it cool?!  Thanks again Leslie!  I love the look of the long wraps that go around a few times like this one I saw on the back of the Sundance Catalog...

Did you get a load of the price on that thing?  $198 - Whoa! That's why I wanted to learn how to make them.  I do like the look of that one but I thought I'd try something a bit different.  I was making some little bird's nest charms for a swap and saw a bracelet on Pinterest that used something like it.  Here's the design I came up with....

This one is about 24 inches to make the three wraps around my wrist.  I like the look of the different sizes of beads.  There are some silver and copper flower beads mixed in there too.  Thinking there will be an ocean themed one coming shortly!  

I sent Leslie some of my bottle cap beads in our Cup of Beads trade that she wants to learn how to make them.  We will be doing a Skype class for those very soon.  Wondering how it would work with a few people on Skype....  We'll have to experiment!  By the way--Leslie is a great teacher and she has other great teachers at her bead store from what I hear.  If you're in her part of Florida, you might want to stop in for yummy beads or to take a class! 

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Too Funny!

Have to share this great book I found with my art buddies who love to needle felt....and love cats too!  Although the technique would most likely work with soft doggy hair or bunnies or hamsters or gerbils or mice, etc. but we all know CATS RULE!

Is that just the funniest book you've ever seen?!  It has lots of very cool projects for you and your kitty
in addition to very clear instructions for needle felting.

Years ago, my sister had a large loom she wove blankets and other things on.  For awhile she collected her dogs' hair after she brushed them to weave it into the blankets she made for them.  I always thought that was weird. Thinking maybe she might view this as a bit odd, but we know different, right?!  I'd love to see pics of your treasures you make :)