Braided Bead Necklace
I made this lovely beaded necklace for my mom thanks to ECAB. I’m not even going to give you directions, follow hers. They were perfect.
The one piece of advice I will give here is to get your materials from a bona fide bead store. I love JoAnn as much as the next girl, but sometimes it just doesn’t cut it. A necklace this beautiful deserves a little respect.
Hand Painted Mugs
I’ve also been drooling over Wit & Whistle lately, specifically her incredible hand painted mug.
I knew Emily and Kyle needed mugs, so I bought a few from Crate and Barrel (rather than finding them at a thrift store which was my original intent, again a little respect). The only other thing I needed was Porcelaine paint outliner. I found that at Blick. Here’s how they turned out:
My advice: take your time. I did a small section, let it dry, did another small section, let it dry, etc. Spreading out the process helped me not smudge the paint as I went. I also did some searching to find other patterns that I liked so they wouldn’t all be the same.
Over Christmas, we’d show my nephew Luke how to roll a ball and once he was bored with that, he would figure out how to throw it or kick it on his own. He just needed a starting point.
Such is learning a new craft. Get to know new materials and you might be surprised what you can come up with on your own. My first attempts at these projects look exactly like the originals. But I have lots of ideas about how to alter that necklace now that I know the basic braid concept. And I can’t wait to find some other dishes to paint on. (Hey! That sounds like a great idea for a blog post…)
The point is, try stuff. Even if it looks exactly like the pattern you’re following. Use it as a springboard, and be sure to give credit where credit is due.
Next up, you guessed it! Christmas Crafts Part 2, the slightly more original ones.