Friday, October 25, 2013

Halloween is coming!

Halloween is right around the corner and I was hit with a streak of inspiration. I decided that the colors alone made for an awesome combination.
Basic Halloween colors: Orange (of course), purple, black and green!

Staying true to my sudden obsession with all things lanyards, I decided to make a Halloween LANYARD! Complete with eyeballs and skulls. It is so cute, if I do say so myself.

Are any of you guys dressing up this year? Well, I am like a little kid at heart and I absolutely love to dress up, even when it's not Halloween. 
This year, I decided to pull off the cute witch look, complete with mini witch hat!

My friend and I stayed up to the wee hours of the morning making the coolest mini witch hats from scratch. Taking a slab of thin cardboard, we shaped and struggled with hot glue guns to make these, but they were totally worth it. 
I love the peacock feather! What am I saying, I love the whole thing!
What do you think? 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Styling for Work

At my job, I have to wear a lanyard and photo ID. The lanyard that was provided was...lets just say, leaving much to be desired.
This week, as I was cleaning, I came upon the treasure trove of seed beads. I had so many that I was beginning to feel overwhelmed, then I put two and two together. 
Why don't I make some cute lanyards for work?

I have posted how to make lanyards before, but these two projects are even more simple than that one. Single strand of seed beads, make a pattern that will catch the eye and be sure to make it long. Slap on a lobster claw or some kind of clasp to hold your ID and there you have it, completely unique and personalized lanyard.

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I can't wait to go to work to show these off.

Take a minute to debulk your seed beads and make something practical for your everyday life.

Let your creativity soar!

What to do?

So, I had this problem...I pulled out a lot of beads, and they all match color-scheme-wise; however, I had no idea what to make with them!
The great thing about beading and crafting is that you never have to make just ONE piece.

Therefore, I concluded to create numerous pieces, all the same color scheme. One can never have to much jewelry, right?

I didn't use all the beads, but this is what I came up with.

I love these flowers. Reminds me of Hawaii (though I've never been there. A girl can imagine)

All these lovely beads were brought to you by the lovely Blue Moon Beads. They offer a wide variety of beads and colors. 
I added rose stained jade, ceramic beads and small black beads, which all came on only a few strands of beads.

Who doesn't love a good pair of dangle earrings? I know I do! All three of these are perfect for any occasion and the cool thing is they are completely unique. 
Take three or four strands of different beads and let your creativity soar!
What kind of earrings can you come up with?

Swimming in Pearls

I was cleaning/looking through my beads and noticed that I really had a lot of pretty pearls just hanging around that I haven't used. And just like that, BAM, Inspiration hit me!
And of course, I couldn't just make one project...

I know that stack-able jewelry is in, and so I wanted to try to make something similar. I think it turned out rather well.

 I only used three strands, though I think this would look very beautiful with more layers.
It is easy to chain the pearls together and it gives them a nice flexible feel to them.
I added a beautiful Blue Moon Beads clasp, and Viola!

For my second project, I went for the not so flexible look. This one has many layers and I added a champagne colored strand to give it depth. A simple braid and you have an amazingly striking bracelet.

I encourage you to try your hand at some pearl projects. Don't like white pearls? Try some fun colored pearls!

Let your creativity fly!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Lend Me a Hand

So the other day, I had my friend over and we were going through the chaos that is my craft supplies. I convinced her to help me use up some of my stock.
We made a HUGE mess, but we had a BLAST!

 Using some awesome Blue Moon Beads and metal connectors, we came up with two very fun necklaces. I absolutely love the color scheme too. This is definitely a favorite on my pallet.

We experimented with layers and texture. Connecting things was easy. Add a few layers of seed beads and you got yourself a gorgeous piece!

For the next necklace, we used just a single strand of mixed seed beads of a few sizes and then stuck on a fun pendant. The single strand of beads doesn't take away from the pendant, the trick is to compliment both.

Here's my challenge to you. Find a crafty friend and then have a fun night where you raid your stash, because you know you have one, and see what you come up with!