Back from hiatus!

Has it really been over two months since I last updated my blog?? Well, all I can say is the past couple of months have been ridiculously crazy. First, there were the holidays to get ready for. My very pregnant friend/coworker was just miserable in her last month of pregnancy, so I tried to help out by wrapping her gifts for her. My craft room was turned into wrapping central! Her baby made a surprise entrance on Christmas night, a week early, so we’ve been muddling along without her at work while she’s been on maternity leave. And work has been so busy, all I want to do when I get home is eat dinner and go to bed!

Hopefully things will begin to get back to normal a bit when she gets back in a couple of weeks!

I do have a couple of things to share. My parents’ 50th anniversary was Dec. 13, 2019. I made them a special card to commemorate the occasion.

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I used the Spellbinders Grand Cabinet die set with the Happily Ever After add-on to celebrate their golden anniversary.

Then I was able to make a couple of shaker tags for my friend’s Christmas presents.

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Of course, since the girls are crazy about unicorns, I used two unicorn stamps from Lawn Fawn. I heard later they loved them!

Finally, in an effort to get my crafty mojo flowing, I watched some videos on YouTube. A video by Nuneka sparked the creative juices and I was able to create this mixed media altered embroidery hoop:

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No tutorial this time, but I used a lot of the same techniques as in the video.

Of course, I wasn’t completely idle over the holidays. Even though I couldn’t use my craft room because of the Christmas chaos, I was able to make some jewelry, as my jewelry-making supplies aren’t kept in that room. I have several new pieces in my Etsy shop, CarolineByDesignTN. Stop by if you have a chance and have a look!

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I’ll have a Valentine’s pocket letter for my next post! Thanks for stopping by!

My Etsy adventure begins

The past month or so has been extremely chaotic for my family. We had a death in the extended family, I had some health concerns that, thankfully, turned out to be minor, and work has been crazy busy with churning out content for several specials, including a month-long breast cancer awareness campaign. (Ladies, make sure to schedule your yearly mammograms!) And in between everything, I have started something rather scary… opening my own Etsy shop.

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Right now, I’ve just listed some of the jewelry I’ve made. I do enjoy making jewelry, but I don’t wear much of it myself, so otherwise, it would just sit in a box. I hope to soon add some crafting supplies such as resin pieces made from the various moulds I’ve collected, destash supplies, fairy artwork and handmade cards. But for now, it’s just jewelry.

I had an Etsy shop several years ago, selling cross stitch patterns. It was a bit successful, but I had to close it when Etsy changed their policies. I’ve revamped and renamed my shop to sell physical items now.

If you’d like to stop by, please visit my shop, CarolineByDesignTN. Thank you for your support and encouragement. I should be back to crafting in the next few weeks! 🙂

Sparkling Swarovski

Since beginning my foray into jewelry making, I have discovered that I just love working with Swarovski crystals. Which isn’t really surprising. My mother collected Swarovski figurines when I was a child and we still have them lovingly displayed in their little cabinet. There’s just something breathtaking about seeing Swarovski crystals glitter in the light. But then, I’ve always been attracted to shiny things. Must have been a magpie in a former life.

I recently made some more jewelry to add to my “craft show” stash. Mostly earrings, but I did manage a bright blue necklace as well.

More jewelry making attempts

I’ve made a few more necklaces and other pieces since my last jewelry post. I’m hoping to open an Etsy shop soon, as well as gather enough stock to try my hand at a craft show closer to Christmas. Not sure if any of these will sell, but I’ve had fun making them, regardless. I don’t wear a lot of jewelry myself, but a couple of these pieces are keepers, I think.

 

Jewelry set using Swarovski flame gems

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Mixed media swap: Believe in Magic

I had such fun with my last mixed media swap, I joined another a few weeks ago. This time I decided to do an altered book box using Prima/Finnabair waxes.

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I found a papier-mâché book box at Hobby Lobby and began by adhering crumpled tissue paper to the front, back and spine for a kind of leathery texture. I then used texture paste through the Prima Manuscript stencil after the glue had dried. Afterwards, I painted the whole book, inside and out, with black gesso.

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I gathered my elements for the front — some chipboard, metal flowers by Prima, a resin frame and resin mask I had made from one of my moulds — and painted them all with black gesso before gluing them in place with 3D Matte Gel Medium. I let everything dry overnight, so everything was nice and secure.

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I used the Finnabair waxes in Peacock, Electric Violet and Firebird to add color to the book and the embellishments. I finished everything off with some Melange pebbles painted with Iris Potion on the flat side, and a few Swarovski crystals.

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And since I’ve been making a lot of jewelry lately, I also included one of my pieces as an extra little gift for inside the box.

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I’ve already signed up for my next fun swap — a summer themed mixed media tag. I hope to start it next week, during my staycation vacation!

Trying my hand at jewelry-making

I’ve been trying my hand at making jewelry lately. To teach myself, I’ve been following the free patterns over at Artbeads.com and I’m quite pleased with how everything has been turning out. These are some of my “learning” makes:

And now I’ve started making my own “patterns” for jewelry. Just a couple of memory wire bracelets and a necklace or two. But I have designs in my mind that I’m eager to try in the future.

I’m hoping to take most of these to a local craft fair soon!