Yellow

This was one of the first original pieces I made.  I bought the string of the yellow orbs because I hoped the biggest one could be used to replace a knob for a pot lid.  The hole was too small, so I decided to make a necklace.  It seems a little too much with all the orbs, so I made the earrings to match–the first time I made earrings.  This is my only yellow jewelry.

 

 

 

First wreath

This was the first wreath I ever made.  The learning curve was pretty good; I later found out how tinsel can help fill the holes, where I just kept adding more ornaments. 

It is a 16″ wreath, which made it very heavy.  Tragically, it fell down from the wall where I was storing it and broke into several pieces.  I was able to salvage many of the ornaments and reuse them for base layers on other ornament wreaths.  Also discovered that the glitter ornaments get everywhere, so I am phasing out glitter crafts in my home.  (The arm belongs to my husband who I roped into holding the wreath.  I have since devised a system for hanging my wreath for pictures.)

ND wreath

This was the first monster wreath I made.  I had seen the project online (link below) and was itching to do it myself.  I made this for my cousin, as a wedding shower present.  Blue and gold for the colors of Notre Dame, where they met.  I learned to trim the sides a little, and put the eyes closer together. Also, glitter tulle, like everything glitter, gets everywhere.  I will not use tulle with glitter anymore.

http://www.babyrabies.com/2012/09/boo-its-a-monster-of-a-wreath-tutorial/

 

Blue cufflinks

My grandfather died and I received a nice cufflink/jewelry box filled with cufflinks and tie pins.  None of the men in my family wanted them (we are not really a cufflink kind of family) so I debated a lot about what to do with all of it.  This pair was really pretty, blue glass stone with a metal back.  Both sides are nice to look at so I had to decide what to do, how to do it, and which side to show.  

I cut the links off the back–a fairly difficult task–and managed to get jump rings onto the remainder without mangling the metal back.  Add some hooks and I have a really nice, very pretty pair of earrings.

Baby Boy Monster

This wreath was made as a friend’s baby shower present.  It could be used as a sort of announcement when the baby arrived.  After that, remove the ribbon for a Halloween wreath.  The baby (now a toddler) refers to it as “Cookie Monster”.

 

Tie Angel

  My aunt was entering a convent, so I made a little something for her to take with her as a reminder.  I made this angel using a necktie and a bowtie of my grandfather’s and jewelry and some bits and bobs of my grandmother’s.

  This was made using a foam cone.  It is solid so it can stand up on it’s own.  Lily Sugar ‘n Cream makes yarn cones which are hollow on the inside and make great tree-toppers.  So I would love to make more tie angels, but I have no cones, and yarn is not really a medium I use, so buying the yarn for the cones would be a waste.

 

Earrings and necklaces

My job involves a lot of talking on the phone.  Posted earrings tend to dig into my head so I almost exclusively wear drop earrings.  As such, the earring I make are on hooks.   

There is also a lost and find, where many single earrings end up.  So I turn those earrings into necklaces.