Monday, January 28, 2008

Paperless crafting...

Yesterday I had a few free moments without Ellie to run into Garden of Beadin' (thank you, Leif!!) and pick up a few things for a project I've had in my head for a bit. I picked up a few beads and chain to make this necklace, inspired by Anilu.

It's been SO long since I've made any jewelry, and so much of my crafting lately has been scrapping or card related. So last night I took a break and made the above necklace and this set:

I've had the idea to make this necklace and earring set (and a bracelet that goes with it, but I'm only half done with that) since we went to Alaska with friends a few years ago. In fact, I got the shells while we were in Alaska, and I'm pretty sure I got the chain and hardware to make the set the last time I was in Garden of Beadin'. And... I'm pretty sure that was when I was pregnant with Ellie. Like I said, it's been a while. Here I am wearing the shell set - and of course I'm not smiling because I was tired of trying to get the picture to take well (I'm in front of a mirror), but it at least gives an idea of what they look like on.

Since I was on a roll with the jewelry last night, I also repurposed the beads from a necklace I didn't really like to make a bracelet that I really do like! It's simple, but it didn't cost me anything new since I already had the beads. Plus it will go with another set of jewelry that I wear a lot! Sort of win-win there....

So there you have it. My paperless crafting from last night.

I have been doing some other papercrafting, too, but I think I'm going to save it with a couple other things I'm planning to submit to a magazine this week. So you'll just have to wait on that! But in the event that it doesn't get picked up, I took pictures of the process and plan to share a little tutorial on it with you guys. So that will be coming sooner or later. (Later, I hope, because that means I'd actually achieve my goal of getting published this year!)

Stay tuned for the 5th week challenge tomorrow! There's a prize involved!


lauren said...

wow, what pretty, PRETTY jewelry! you are a renaissance crafting woman...seriously!!! :)

Tamara said...

i LOVE that first necklace and that last bracelet - absolutely beautiful! i think you're "in the zone" with all your crafting these days!