Seashell Rose Pendants

I bought a roundtrip ticket to Achorage, AK on Saturday and promptly texted/tweeted all of my friends and family to inform them that they would all be receiving homemade Christmas presents this year.

And then I got started making them.

I should probably have people in mind when making Christmas presents, but to be honest I’m just winging it and hoping the perfect recipient emerges.

I’ve already made a huge batch of homemade cranberry-orange marmalade from oranges in my backyard, so that will be nice for some people. And then I got started on these little guys.

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I think they’re pretty sweet little optical illusions. For now they are just miniature sculptures but I’m going to make them into necklace pendants and brooches.

And I’m going to tell you how to make them too!

I saw a tutorial on pinterest a while back that showed how to make cabochons using silicon molds and hot glue, of all things. The original blogger, Lilblueboo found all sorts of things,: bows, hearts, butterflies. However, when I went to Michaels, I only found an assortment of leaves?

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Ah well, I thought, I’ll find something that needs leaves someday. Months later, while looking through pinterest boards and my craft supplies I hit upon the something that needed leaves.

My parents recently bought 9 acres of land and are building a house (a straw bale house, because they are that crazy and awesome). It’s a pretty long and narrow piece of land that slopes down through mesquite trees and cacti (and bluebonnets in the spring) to a line of oak trees along a creek. They’re keeping it uncultivated for the most part which means we wild animals use it as their habitat. We keep an eye out for snakes, and keep our animal tracking skills up to date by identifying various paw/hoofprints and droppings left along the trail. My very favorite thing to do on our walks is to collect things. The best things I’ve found are bones. It might sound creepy but I really like animal bones. But that is a story for another post. This one is about snail shells. And flowers.

I started noticing these little white shells all over (well not all over) the place. I pocketed a few, once I realized they were vacated snail shells. I have seriously never seen so many empty shells so far inland. And most of them were a very pretty ivory color.

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So, to make this craft, I first cleaned the shells thoroughly with dish soap and boiling water. While they were soaking I warmed up my trusty hot glue gun and made my leaves. Like the original blog post said, it takes a little while to get the right method for filling the molds with hot glue, but the nice thing is that they cool quickly and you can trim the messy edges with scissors. I made a bunch and painted them green, I had to do several layers so the green was a really nice, bright shade.

When the shells were cleaned and dried. I painted them with just a thin layer of acrylic paint. I didn’t want the color to be too thick or bright, so you could still tell that the roses were shells. I went with several different colors so there was a variety in the bouquet.

Then I cast around to find something to put my little flowers on! A quick search of my craft supplies produced a bag of Rummikub tiles! After that is was as easy as finding some crazy glue (I wasn’t sure hot glueing something that was already made of hot glue would be the way to go) and arranging my little rosebuds! I’m going to add some teardrop bails to the back so they can be put on a chain. But I might put a pin on some so they can be a brooch too.

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And I made a special one for my friend Jenn that was a little more macabre…

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All in all, this was a pretty easy and fun craft to do for a library program or while watching tv. Especially if you already have some of the supplies on hand!

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Back In Craft

I’m back again to post some pics of crafts I’ve done recently.

Book Hedgehogs!

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Book art!

Book Art (4)

Radioactive Fairy Lights

Radioactive Fairy Jars (3) Radioactive Fairy Jars (19) Radioactive Fairy Jars YA (2) Radioactive Fairy Jars YA (11)Radioactive Fairy Jars YA (12)

Star Wars Crafts!

Star Wars Day (13) Star Wars Day (27)

Franken-Animals (based on Michelle’s craft!)

YA Party (16)

Glow Cloud (from leftover Frankenpets)

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Neck-tie phone case

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Galentine’s Day!

So, for the past 3 years my roommate and I have hosted a Galentine’s Day Party. It’s a day (usually a Sunday afternoon) in February where we celebrate our best girlfriends. Everyone is invited to squeeze into our little apartment and eat and talk and best of all: craft! I encourage people to bring things they’ve been working on but I also provide easy crafts for those less craftily inclined. This year I thought I’d add a little something extra, as well as beef up my Valentine’s decorations.

I was inspired by this craft blog post http://misskristurner.com/2014/02/04/kiss-kiss-diy-lipstick-artwork/ But I wanted to include all my guests so I sent out a note to everyone telling them to bring their favorite lipstick/gloss with them for a special craft(reassuring them it would come to no harm). I found a perfect frame at Goodwill for $5.99 and decorated a piece of watercolor paper with the title, date, and appropriate quote. Then the kissing commenced!

"Ovaries before brovaries"

“Ovaries before brovaries”

My favorite lip color, L'Oreal Paris Infallible Lipcolour in Beyonce red

My favorite lip color, L’Oreal Paris Infallible Lipcolour in Beyonce red

Smooch!

Smooch!

 

Overall the party was a great success, I was a little worried we wouldn’t all fit and I always worry that different groups of people won’t get along, but it all worked out for the best! Can’t wait for next year’s party!

After the party, I drove an hour and a half to Bryan College Station because a beloved friend was attending a work conference there. Since Jessica lives in Florida and works ALL THE TIME, this was an excellent excuse to spend some time together. Leah, Britt, and Pete drove down from Fort Worth and almost the whole gang was back together. It was great, we laughed and caught up on all the frankly life changing things that have happened in the year+ since we’d seen each other (Peace Corps volunteering, house buying, going back to school, job promotions etc.) and talked about how old we’re getting. Though frankly, I can’t see it.

Jess, Pete, Britt, Sti!

Jess, Pete, Britt, Sti!

 

Okay, it’s dinner time so let me leave you with some kittens (er- they’re a year old now so I guess that makes them cats?)

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A few things

We’re going to pretend I haven’t abandoned this blog since April, shall we? Here’s are some of the craft/art projects I’ve worked on since then…I apologize if there are some repeats.

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Nothing would be enough.

This morning I happily followed my good friend Ruthie’s tweets and instagram posts as she and her 1 year old son Benjy hung out in Boston while her husband ran the Boston Marathon. I’d just ‘liked’ her photo with Adam in the Family Meeting Area on facebook when I switched back to my Twitter tab and saw the first reports of the explosions. I skimmed over several before they sunk in and I immediately texted her to make sure they were safe. Almost immediately I got a response of ‘Yes, why?’ and then she too checked twitter…They’re back in their hotel room and safe and I’ve spent the afternoon watching live footage and trying to process all of this.

There’s nothing I can say, nothing new for me to offer beyond my profound sadness for everyone affected, my pride in all of the selfless responders, and my prayers for the prevention of further damage and for healing of all those in pain.

After several hours of watching these events unfold my heart hurts and my brain feels broken, I can’t even fathom how people in Boston may be feeling.

 

Edit to add: Ruthie was just interviewed about today’s events. So so glad they’re safe.

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Well that didn’t go as planned…

Ah April, when one has so many hopes and aspirations….and so many other things that get in they way of them.

I slack. Already! So early in. And yet, I am not ashamed. I spent time with old friends, I made new friends, I read books, and watched tv, took glorious walks with my dog, visited historic places and did a little work somewhere in there too. So, I’m sad I wasn’t able to blog as faithfully as I promised, but not enough to harsh my mellow as it were.

Later I might post a few pictures from the beautiful wedding I attended in Savannah last weekend. My dear Katie got married and it seems like just the other day she was banging on the walls between our closets to tell me and Holly we were laughing too loudly…

Tonight is karaoke! Leigh Anne is having a birthday and we’re celebrating with song! It’s like we live in a musical! Only I have no idea what I want to sing besides Patsy Cline’s version of Crazy (did you know Willie Nelson wrote Crazy? And if you did, did you also know that he wrote it while he was living in the Houston area?). And I can’t leave my audience on such a downer, can I? My karaoke standby, Hook by Blues Traveler is not available. I mean seriously, what is up with this place if they don’t have Hook! *shakes fist* All the songs I wanna sing are terribly sad or by dudes and not in my range or really indie (suuuch a hipster, I know), and I want everyone to like me! So many conundrums.

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Day 6- Yeah yeah, I missed yesterday

I’m still in Savannah on a wedding weekend and I totally did not have time to write yesterday as I was busy recovering from the bachelorette party (we ended up at a honky tonk, felt like I was back at home). We had a lot of fun doing all the usual bachelorette stuff you’d expect. Yes there were, uh, suggestive straws and candy. We met a guy who’d (supposedly) won the lottery the week before who bought us some shots. And there was lots of dancing, including line dancing! Which meant we slept late the morning. Had a late brunch and shopped despite the cold and rain. But today is beautiful and Holly and Alex are here now! Savannah is (surprise, surprise) a really cool town. I totally didn’t realize they had an open container law and that’s both strange and cool. And I always forget that it’s the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts. They’re doing construction at her house so I didn’t get to investigate, which just means I’ll have to come back someday.

 

Tomorrow is the wedding. At a plantation. A PLANTATION. This is going to be insanely lovely, if only because Katie is very particular and a photographer/stylist besides having the best taste ever. Pictures will be posted. And probably some Vines. 

Attempting to find a place to have dinner tonight. It is not going to be easy. There are some dietary and budgetary restrictions. We shall persevere though. This is all terribly interesting, I know. You’ll be more excited when I show you pictures later.

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