Teething Rosary

I made this for my first goddaughter.  It’s easy for a baby to hold, plus lots of tags/loops to hold.  

The white is a little longer to represent the Our Father.  The other loops go in rainbow colors to also aid in learning the different colors. 

The blue of the ring represents Mary, as rosaries do.  

My mother-in-law has a set of turners, which made making the rosary so much easier. 


Part of the cufflink/jewelry box included some of my grandma’s jewelry.  This was made from a necklace that was these beads with gold tubes.  I’m still trying to figure out what to do with the gold, but in the meantime, I made these brown earrings.  Currently my only pair of brown earrings.




Pink Flowers

I was bored at work, during a slow day, and started making paper flowers from napkins.  Eventually, I had enough that I had to do something with it. I started gluing onto a wreath form and realized this made a great wreath.  So good, my mom bought it off of me to give to a former neighbor at her new housewarming party.




Christmas puzzle

Another early wreath, I had this idea while in high school.  I bought a puzzle from the dollar store, and lucked out on a winter scene with a nice red barn.  I had separated the pieces, red and white, regular and edge, and kept them in baggies for years.  Then I got a wreath form, and suddenly my idea seemed to be doable.  I found a clip art of a bow and used it as a template.  I am quite pleased with the result.




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.)


This was a tie pin of my grandfather’s.  Once you take off the pin part, it turns into a nice option for a necklace.  Metal glue and a spacer bar and I made a fun necklace.





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.