Saturday, August 29, 2015

HOW TO ADD A SPARKLE OF BEAUTY AND ELEGANCE TO YOUR OFFICE AREA

Picture this, you're looking at your desk area and your have it all organized and layed out with a beautiful vase of flowers. You may have a pretty desk lamp with a stylish lampshade that coordinates with the colors your have carefully picked out for your room. You may also have some polished silver or gold desk accessories and color coordinating file folders and planners. And then you pick up your pen to do some very important work and ____________
____SCREECH!!!! It's a boring old plastic uninteresting ball point pen. This will not do. You can make some of these beautiful beaded pens yourself. They can be customized to match your decor, holiday, personality, occasion, anything. All you need are some beadable pens and wide holed beads of your choice. I ordered my beadable pens online from Karen Thomas Designs. There are so mane colors to choose from as well as other beadable products. She also sell beads. I chose to find some beads in my local craft stores. Here's what I came up with. I took this picture at night so the lighting is terrible.  There are better pics below of each one.





Now here are the brighter close ups of the pens I made. What do you think? Pretty right?



Pink/Lavender bead combo with silver metal pen base.

Light green bead combo with silver metal pen base.

Blue/white bead combo with silver metal pen base.

Brown/gold bead combo with gold metal pen base.

Tan/gold bead combo with gold metal pen base.

Last but not least, Red bead combo with red metal pen base.

So what did you think? I think they're lovely. The beads I found at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store. If you decide to make a few for yourself, I know you'll enjoy it. They also make great gifts. I hope you enjoyed this craft idea. I'll see you soon. 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

SURPRISE PACKAGE FROM MY YARN BUDDIE!!!!!

What do you do when you can't sleep at 12:02 am? Write a blog post. Today just got away from me as most days do. The new school year is for my kiddo is around the corner and today was the start of tax free holiday for school shopping. Usually, I go do any shopping first thing in the morning before the crowds come. The anxiety of it all is not a good look on me at all. Well, today I waited until the afternoon to do a little shopping and boy was it a mistake. I turned right back around and went home. I will give this another go on another day. Only this time I will make sure it's at the start of the day.

On a lighter note, I got a wonderful package from my yarn buddie Carmen. She was so sweet to think of me and I couldn't wait to share it with my yarnie community on Youtube. Here is the little video I took that day.



Wasn't that a sweet gift. I couldn't wait to play with all those goodies. She's so talented too. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

CROCHET HEART COASTERS AND SOME PAPER CRAFTING!

1So one productive morning I was in my happy place, crocheting, watching my favorite youtube podcasters and sipping my very large mug of coffee. Every time I set my mug down on my table I would hear a loud knock. This was beginning to irritate me. I stopped what I was doing and thought, "I need to grab a coaster." I came to the shocking realization that I don't have a single coaster in my home. I am a crocheter! Why do I NOT have any coasters. Pretty, colorful, soft, precious, fun array of coasters. This will not do. It was time for some Pinterest inspiration. 


I found these little cuties while browsing thru Pinterest. This happens quite often, I must say. I found these on Camilla's blog crochetmillan. She has some very cute patterns to play with. Her heart coasters caught my eye. So I grabbed my cotton yarn and hook and started hookin'. I couldn't stop. I kept on making these little cuties in different colors. I now have stacks of coasters to choose from or gift. I even dug out some cardstock and patterned paper from the darkest, deepest corner of my closet, (shamefully neglected for a long time, but now I am showing my paper stacks some love) to make matching gift boxes.


The first one I made was the perfect size for a trivet for your teapot, but I wanted them a little smaller for my cups to sit on. Here are the changes I made. I used "I Love This Cotton" from Hobby Lobby and hook size F / 3.75mm.  I omitted the last increase round and made round 4 my final round with changes to the shell stitch amounts. In round 4, I made 5 dc for the shell stitch instead of the 8 called for in the pattern and I only made 2 sc in the ch 2 space.  Now you can finish off and voila! My coasters measure 4 1/2" wide.


Here are a few picks of my handmade boxes. Not too shabby for a newby like myself.