Monday, December 30, 2013

Simple Things

Hello all,

A simple moment in nature.


This was last Friday evening. As I was coming home I saw the sunset and thought it was beautiful. When I got home I took a picture to capture the moment and remind me to take a deep breath and smile.
I hope it will do the same for you.
-B

Sunday, December 29, 2013

The menagerie grows

Hello all!
At work we had a fun little gift exchange and here are the beauties I went home with. They now live with my Moose planter, my terra cotta pig, and my little rock ant (pictures of the bunch will be coming!)





I love all these guys! Thanks for visiting and hope to see you again soon!
p.s. I tried the hot chocolate powder with coffee. It was delicious. A post on my concoction will follow (hopefully soon!)

Happy Crafting Everyone!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Care of Kathy

Hello all!
These earrings are so pretty (please take special note of the color combinations), but I did not make them. Kathy of Kabobbing Cards had that pleasure.
Although I will have had a hand in them in the end; she said they're too long. Too long, is there such a thing?




The color is provided by beautiful Swarovski crystals. I'll have to show you some earrings I've made with Swarovski crystals. They're just so shiny. I believe the charms are from our local bead shop.
Thanks for visiting and hope to see you again soon!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Belated but filled with Cheer!

Hello all!
Yes, I know it's the 27th not the 25th, but what are those? They're just numbers and I'm a cautious rebel.
So, a very very merry unchristmas tooooo-oooooo you! (Did anyone else hear the Mad Hatter singing in their head?)
Anyways, I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and that everyone was safe! I have learned a valuable lesson: don't work a full day after a holiday, if you work at all!
Ok well a little friend has something to say:

 
Picked this little guy up at Michael's a couple of years ago. He's so cute!
Well, I hope you all have a good weekend. Glad you stopped by and hope to see you soon!
 
Happy Crafting Everyone!

Monday, December 23, 2013

A little Bauble Cheer!

Hello all!
Sorry for the long wait, and I had been pretty good about posting, drat! This past week I took finals so now I am officially on winter break! No school for weeks! I've already got a pile of books from the library and I have more on hold, ahhhhhhhhh, that's the life.
So this past weekend I was amidst the mad shopping rush, well not the truly mad rush. I did not step foot in a mall! I now only need one present and then I am done. I also brought in the gifts for my co-workers today and I'm very happy to report that they were well received (it wasn't until just now that I realized I should have taken pictures of the gifts in their festive bags, oh well).

So, moving on to earrings. Here are the three Christmas earrings I made last year. I saw the designs in my local bead shop and tried my hand at duplicating them. I think it turned out successfully!
I'll be including close ups  of the tree later, probably tomorrow, because they came out blurry.
What do you think?




I used our Christmas tree as a backdrop. We went and picked our tree a couple weekends ago. It was actually very fun; there was almost a foot of snow! And who didn't bring her camera, yes that would be me. Do you cut down your tree? Go to a Christmas tree lot? Use a faux tree? I bought a glittery white tree last year after Christmas (it was like 85% off!) and when I've got all the final decorations completed I'll show you! (Wow this was a very chatty post, hope you don't mind!)
 Well, I hope you all are doing well! Thanks for visiting and hope to see you again soon!
Happy Crafting Everyone!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Oldies but Goodies!

Hello all!
Well hopefully you've had a chance to explore the new blogs, so now I thought I should reintroduce you to my old favorites.
*Disclaimer: All pictures and Text belong to their respective blogs!*


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Hello! Thank you so much for visiting me in the Attic, it's lovely to see you. My name is Lucy and I'm a happily married, stay at home Mum with three young children. We live in a 100year old Victorian house in the North of England which we are slowly renovating, and here I spend my days :: mothering, decorating, crocheting, baking, sewing, crafting and gardening. I hope you enjoy your peek into my colourful little world. xxxx
 
 
Floret is a little flower company with a big vision.
We are a family owned farm and floral design studio located in Washington’s fertile Skagit Valley, specializing in organically-grown, unique and old fashioned flower varieties. Our gardens are bursting with an abundance of unusual ingredients, along with many long-standing favorites such as sweet peas, peonies, garden roses, dahlias and herbs. Certified organic with the WSDA, our flowers are grown without harsh chemicals and with the utmost care and love. This thoughtful approach makes our flowers distinctly different – with deeper, more vibrant colors, long-lasting beauty and the forgotten fragrance of real flowers.
We are committed to providing a healthy and beautiful alternative to the floral industry and invite you to experience the difference.
Contact:
 
 

A blog all about design and style from beautiful Scandinavia.
 
 
How About Orange
Welcome. I'm Jessica Jones, a graphic and textile designer. When I'm not blogging, I'm designing. Visit my portfolio site or check out some other work: Fabric collections Ribbon designs A bit of everything

 
My Photo
 
 
I've been stamping for many moons.
Bob serves as my creative consultant - together, we have fun creating card designs.
We hope some of our cards will inspire you!
 
 
 
 
It's about living life in colour. From the bright pink and purple flowers in my garden, the blue of the sea and the sky, to the soft pastel shades of my vintage china.
 
 
This blog is about French country living; about keeping it simple; it is about family life; it is about popping into Paris for the day; it is  about keeping my dogs under control; about my love of brocante and most of all it is about seeing everyday beauty.

 
my scandinavian home
I love Scandinavian interiors and as a London girl in Sweden you could say luck's on my side! I hope you'll feel as inspired by these spaces as I do.

 
My Photo
Alicia Paulson loves to make things. She loves making dresses, garden parties, crocheted dog sweaters, embroidered pillowcases, invitations, and model horse tack. She loves making twig fences, rock borders, tags for her products, photo albums, and cozy guest rooms. She loves cooking dinner for friends, painting chandeliers, and making pretty baby presents. She lives with her irrepressible husband, Andy, a sweet Cardigan corgi puppers named Clover Meadow, a crazy calico kitters named The Bee, and the most awesome baby girl in the universe, Amelia Jolene Beatrix. They play house in a little chocolate-brown cottage in Portland, Oregon, with a neglected rose garden in front and a featherbed-topped hammock out back. She writes about herself in third person whenever she has to write autobiographical information because she is really quite shy.
 
 
tangled happy
I started Tangled Happy in 2010 as a way to keep track of all the amazing patterns and inspiring people I came across online. Thanks to all of you who have been so kind to spread the message Tangled Happy has become a source of hooky inspiration all over the world. How amazing is that!
My mission...
To create, inspire others to create and continue a journey creating a life I love.

 
 
The Happiness Project
Gretchen Rubin is one of the most thought-provoking and influential writers on happiness. Her books Happier at Home and The Happiness Project were both instant New York Times bestsellers, and The Happiness Project has spent more than two years on the bestseller list. Here, she writes about her adventures as she test-drives the studies and theories about how to be happier.

 
the purl bee
The Purl Bee is our online journal devoted to beautiful materials and tools for knitting, sewing, quilting, and other crafts.
 
Whatever blog you choose you're in for a big treat!
Thanks for visiting and hope to see you again soon!
 
Happy Crafting Everyone!








Monday, December 16, 2013

Simple Things

Hello all.
I want to try something new around here. I read this article a little while back and it got me thinking that I would like a regular feature. On the Floret Flower Blog every Friday they just post a picture. I'm going to copy that idea, but I'm going to post it on Monday. Hopefully it will make the week look better. So here it goes.

This was the sky on the morning of my finals. It's very beautiful to me and it made me take a deep breath and smile. I hope it will do the same for you.
-B

I've found new blogs!

Hello all!
Well, no earrings today, but some definite goodies!
While avoiding homework and responsibilities in general, I found some new blogs that I'm loving and I rediscovered a blog favorite.
 *Disclaimer: all pictures and text belong to their respective blogs.*


 
Every day I see so many pretty things in the Internet – interiors, art, fashion, styling, decoration … so I’ve decided to create “79 ideas” as a place where to collect all these lovely things which I discover. And that’s why one day after many many years my blog will be the most beautiful blog in the world :)  For sure. So please don’t hesitate to contact me if you find something really beautiful that deserves attention.
 
 
A Beautiful Mess is all about creating a beautiful life. We share daily inspirations, DIY projects and recipes. We believe that the best things in life are homemade.
A Beautiful Mess is all about creating a beautiful life. We share daily inspirations, DIY projects and recipes. We believe that the best things in life are homemade.
 
 
annie
 
"Here I´ll show you things I like and things that inspire me.
A lot of DIY`s and occasionally I´ll show you my own illustrations and drawings too.
Hope you´ll be inspired!" – Emma. Sweden
 
 
about fork & flower
this site is called 'fork & flower', because (as i explained above) i'm passionate about food. so much for the fork, then (hey, i like to eat with my hands, too! but for a real proper dinner, let's stick to the fork, shall we? manners rule the world, it's a fact we can't get around...). for me, it doesn't have to be gault millaut... in fact, i'd always prefer a plate of simple spaghetti al pomodoro to anything fancy-schmancy. but i believe it's the love and care that we add and, last but not least, the attention to detail. if you bring out your favorite silver cutlery for the occasion, light the extra candle and have a bunch of fresh flowers on the dining table - that makes all the difference. so the 'fork' and the 'flower' both are essential ingredients, if you like, for successful entertaining. it's what i live by. 
 
 
 
Welcome! My name is Katie. This is my personal blog where you will find plenty of handmade, fashion, and rambly goodness. I'm so glad you are here!
 
Whichever blog you explore, you're in for a treat!
Thanks for visiting and hope to see you again soon!
 
Happy Crafting Everyone!
 
 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Incandescent Cranberries

Hello all!
Ok, the title might be a little lofty for the earrings, but it sounded so good I couldn't help myself.
These beads are another trusty bead. They are so easy to design with and they look good with pretty much anything you do.

The gold cup spacers are one of my favorites; they help to add a little bit to the earring without adding length, which can be a problem.
Thanks for visiting and hope to see you again soon!

Happy Crafting Everyone!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Copper to mix things up

Hello all!
A while back I decided to play around with metals other than silver and gold. I found these beads in my local shop and I loved them so much, but when I got them home it took me a REALLY long time to figure out what to do with them. I finally came up with this design. Oh, and I also decided to use posts instead of fish hooks. The posts are from the same shop and I loved those too.
I guess I just really love these earrings.


Well, what do you think? Thanks for visiting and hope to see you again soon!

Happy Crafting Everyone!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Hello all!
It's that time of year again. I must admit, once you're no longer a kid waiting to rip the wrapping paper of the mountain of gifts, you start to stress more about buying gifts; but I'm also able to appreciate the feeling of the season. I know that sounds cheesy, but this holiday makes me feel so happy and cheerful! Anyways,  I don't know what your weather is looking like, but ours is quite interesting. I thought I'd share a few photos of how the garden is faring.

This is our mint with a wee bit o' frost.

I'm pretty sure this is sage.

The baby broccoli starting to thaw in the sun.

I'm really hoping the petunias pull through.

I think this is vintage lilac, but I can't quite remember.



I especially like the air bubble in the last picture. Can you see it? Well, whatever your weather is like I hope you're all staying warm and cozy. Today I plan on experimenting with coffee and hot chocolate powder to make a mocha. I'll let you know how it goes!
Thanks for visiting and hope to see you again soon.

Happy Crafting Everyone!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Happy Monday!

Hello all!
Sorry, no clever title for these earrings. I'll just let them speak for themselves.
I got these earrings as a gift from one of my mom's friends. She gave me a huge bag of beads and some really cool wire pieces. I'll try to take a picture sometime. Anyways, here they are.
 
I love these earrings so much! I hope you enjoyed your visit and see you again soon!
Happy Crafting Everyone!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello all!
I just wanted to take an earring break to wish you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving!


Hope to see you again soon!
 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Off Netting Butterflies...

Hello all!
Ok, before we get into earrings, did anyone get the quote in the post title? If not, you need to go and search for the play The Scarlet Pimpernel. It's my favorite play ever! The post title comes from Elton who would rather be "off netting butterflies"...ah Pimpernel. Anyways, now on to earrings. I bought these gorgeous earrings and it took a little bit of time to figure out which spacers would work. I think it came together very well. What do you think?

 
Now, I'm not really partial to gold findings, but the glitter on the butterflies just called for gold and I really like the result. Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoyed your visit.
Happy Crafting Everyone!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Darkly Sophisticated

Hello all!
The post title is kind of weird, but it sounded cool in my head. This is one of the few pairs of earrings I own that is kind of sophisticated; and this color combination is one of my absolute favorites. Red, Black and Silver or white. I don't know why I'm so partial to this combination, but I love it so. What do you think of this style. I like it, but I wonder if it's a little too big.

 
So, what do you think? Hope you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon!
Happy Crafting Everyone!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Cherry Red

Hello all!
Here is another pair of charm earrings. I found these charms in the bead shop and bought them without any clue as to how I would use them. Well, one day I was looking at my beads and I found the perfect color red. It took a little bit of tweaking to get them to look right, but here are my cherry earrings.



 
I don't know if you can see the spacer, but under the green seed bead I used a really thin spacer; these are great because they add a little extra touch without overpowering smaller beads. They might be a little bit long, but they're cherries!
Hope you enjoyed visiting and hope to see you again soon.
Happy Crafting Everyone!