Kids backpack

I made this for charity to donate for a young student in need.

Its a bit tight and smaller than I meant but it would be good for maybe a kindergarten student or just a day pack for camp. There are a few changes I need to make to it, Like I should have made a narrow strip at the bottom to make room for a couple of books. Also I have no idea why  I only have one strap on it. I would add a second one as well as a handle at the top.

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Drawstring bag and Craft’sist

I made this bag for my dad to protect one of his fishing reels.

How to Make a Bracelet

Holiday Earrings and Bracelet set

Elastic Magic

Every now and then I come up with a themed idea for a bracelet etc, something holiday like this bracelet, for someone who celebrates Christmas. Also because sometimes I end up with another idea or 2 after I make the original I just end up making a couple (but NEVER the same). Sometimes I like the way a design came out so much I end up making one for myself. When I make anything even if they look the same there is something always different so that EVERYONE has a one of a kind design by me. (Usually, it’s a bracelet, but no matter what kind of jewelry I never make the same thing twice). So here I will try my best show you as well as explain the one I started already as well as what else I am going to do to it.

I prefer to use the elastic string when I make my bracelets as they have a few different thicknesses (& I have at least 3 of them noted in here) more on this coming up.

Bracelet basics supplies

*1 roll of the Elastic chord or jewelry wire

* Bead Reamer

* Beads

*’Embellishment’ beads (like the Hard Candy ones)

Crystals (optional)

*Spacer beads

 

Elastic Cord

Elastic Chord comes in a variety of sizes  (& now come in a variety of colors not just clear, white or black

1mm

.5mm/.019in

.8mm  (I think this was the one I used for this bracelet because of the heavy ‘hard candy’ beads)

As I previously mentioned use the thickest cord for the heavy beads (if the holes are big enough otherwise you might want to double even triple the 1 mm cord.)

I don’t make jewelry from the ‘patterns’ that you can find in stores (on those pads) as well I prefer to make original ideas I don’t like any 2 of my designs to be the same. They may look it but usually are not, I may have done the reverse of the original, added a few extra elements and so on. In the video, you will see what I mean compared to the intro picture. Not to mention I do not always have enough of a color or one of the beads to make repeats. (I think most of the beads (on a string) I’ve come across I purchased at a discount store so I just use them as the accent, a fancy touch, but one way or another its very limited use.

but should you go for using

WIRE

I have a variety them. Silver, Gold, Copper and Brass and as mentioned I have a pack of colored (but not enough to make a fancy bracelet)

Wire is usually noted in size by gauge.

16 Gauge

20

24

32 (thinnest I have)

I do have one that says it’s 26 lb test strength  which I do remember I bought in Hobby Lobby 2 others I got there does not give me either but .38mm and .46 mm

 

Swarovski Crystals

I love to use Swarovski Crystals when I make jewelry; usually, on what I make for myself as they are a little expensive if you need more than what’s in a package.

I do love the cobalt blue color! (sadly I have not seen this color anywhere again)This and the blue mix is good for the Yule or Haunnakha themed jewelry. I also got a Red mix as well as a green for those who celebrated Christmas.

Honestly, I’ve seen some Swarovski crystals they are so nice and sparkly I’d rather have that as an engagement ring.

Don’t wait to make ‘holiday’ bracelets

make a variety for different holidays as well as for birthdays & other jewelry for gifts for family & friends. They don’t even have to be holiday themed. Make them something with their favorite color(s). A great idea for a Birthday gift would include their birthstone; or just a favorite type of stone they like the look of, like mine would be Lapis Lazuli. Even better make them their own matching set, earrings, Necklace & bracelet & if you can a ring)

The look on their face = p

see the Process & progress

When I get the inspiration to make something the idea just pops into mind, of certain beads I have, and which to use. The picture in my head may not be a perfect picture but enough that once I have everything gathered I I get going. Sometimes putting it together it doesn’t look right & then I have to pull what I just did off & retry another look.

When I make something more decorative like the one above or the current one I started, I try working from both sides so it ends up being even & so that if one side doesn’t look right I can do it a different way on the other to see which would look best and then I go with what I think looks better.

Sometimes I may draw a picture but if you read my other lenses, I cannot draw well enough to include details etc. to see how it would look. (I am using this process to figure out how I want to make a pair of earrings.

As I mentioned in the introduction about there being a different size (thickness) of the elastic String (there is also different gauges .. for the wire to make jewelry as well) some beads have thin narrow holes to string on, some are bigger. If you can remember to use the THICKEST elastic for heavy beads (what peeves me off though is when they make the hole so small. I don’t have a bead drill, I do have a reamer which if a hole is not fully open, you can use to clear it up.

I do have some jewelry drill bits I can use to open it up a bit but I do it by hand.

Holiday themes Supplies & ideas

– Elastic cord or jewelry wire (I used .7mm Elastic chord)

– colored crystals (2 dif. sizes) Red & Green or blue hues

-colored beads Christmas = Red and green

Yule/Solstice = Light (baby blue or ice blue) a medium blue & white purple too)

Haunakah = light & dark Blue + star of David

-Spacer beads (just find ones you like, you think will go with the theme)

I have some beads not sure where they came from but they are clear with the color inside. These do not look right & look more like something for use by children.

You want to find beads that are solid in color or have a silver ‘inlay’ as it makes the color come out more.

My Holiday Bracelet

As usual I make one like it & get another idea SO this 1 I made for me.(I'm taking off the big 1/2 green 1/ bead on it, as it throws design off)
As usual I make one like it & get another idea SO this 1 I made for me. (I’m taking off the big 1/2 green 1/ bead on it, as it throws design off)

More supply and tools suggestions

* krimpers – you only need if you get the crimp beads & use wire.

*REAMER- you really might want to look into getting one or a set as

sometimes the hole in the beads are not fully open so you need to use a reamer to open it & file the edge a bit. Here I have included a set for a nice price for those of you starting out!

*Mandrel

*Jig (and/or) Spiral maker

**Jump rings needed for adding Charms making earrings etc.

*Needle files

*Hammer, I have the 2 sided Rubber & Plastic one. THere are also other types depending on what you are making and working with

Jewelry Plier set (Flat Head, Needle Nose, Round Nose…)

Supplies Suggestions

Sort of funny in an ironic way

The day after I made this lens, I went to the store I bought the ‘hard candy’ beads from and they had some spacers & a few others things CHEAP like a package of the color wire at a really good price which I sadly couldn’t even come close to finding it on other sites for that price. At walmart… They had 2 cards left of the spacers that big ‘Hardcandy’ bead is surrounded by. So now maybe I can make a few gifts! Let’s hope I can use the green ‘candy’ one.

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Sewing Projects #5 – Drawstring bags

I found this fabric in Walmart as a ‘fat quarter’ and thought: “Hey I DSCN6219could make a bag for Max (the boy across the street from me) He was a big Batman fan for years, now he’s ‘Graduated’ to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (wonder if his mama will let him watch the new movie… man they sound more stupid as thugs than they do with the surfer voices.

This project can be done by sewing or the no-sew way (you just need the heat-bond to do it.)

I did the more simple drawstring with one string so you just have to knot it at one end.

Supplies

leather cord (or Faux version), or shoelace (some strong ‘string’or chord that’s durable)

-1 fat quarter (or something bigger depending on the need for the size of the bag you will make.

-Either heat-bond + an Iron

*you can also better secure it by sewing it or at least a little sewing on each corner  with  Needle & Thread (or machine)

 

How To

  1. with the non-image side facing you, Fold a piece over at the top and set your pins. If you want, before that you can include the string as there have been times I didn’t at this point and couldn’t get it through to finish off.    You could cut a thin piece of heat-bond and set it but be sure the bond is only at the lower part of the fold because if you haven’t already folded the fabric over the string, it may be hard to get it through later. (This if anything at all should be the one spot you do sew to be sure the string stays secured)
  2.  sew or heat-bond the side while the image is still not showing (You can also do both, use the heat-bond to tack it down and then sew it after.
  3.  sew the bottom shut.
  4.  Turn right side out
  5. sew the chord or string into the top and don’ forget to knot it. (This is the easiest way for a drawstring bag.)

 

Now you have a nice gift or Party loot bag, or whatever you want it to be a bag.

I’ll have to find a piece to make another to do a How-to video for the no-sew version. Just need to get the iron and board out and no one around to be in the way.

 

Bookthongs

My apologies for a lack of posts, my computer died and it took awhile to get a new one.

Have a late secret Santa gift or just don’t have a clue what to give to a family member or a friend?

Give something truly from the heart,  for anyone who likes to read (print) book, writes in a journal or just needs to keep their place in something! Also if they don’t do any of that, you could always make one to be a necklace (justs be sure its long enough to be wrapped round the neck, to look like a choker, or just drape around one’s neck.

 

I’ve started making  book thongs this year. I had purchased a couple in the past in Waldenbooks

and a friend gave me one as well (sadly it broke I used it so much! I still have yet to repair it)

In my opinion, they are better than those boring ribbons that are bound in journals (and likely not the color(s) you want), and these are much nicer looking than actual bookmarks. They are like jewelry for your book! They also stay in place better than a book mark (which always sseems to fall out) as they are weighted by the beads and charms.

Here’s a few of the ones I’ve made on your left…

The first one is a holiday gift for a friend who Likes penguins

The one in the middle was part of mom’s mother’s day gift, one year.  Mom said its so pretty it should be earrings (I think she was referring to the bottom part)

The Chinese themed one on the right is mine. I need to get a better picture of it as well as, I should take a picture of the journal(s) it should be with, (see the bottom of post.

 

To make these you need some beads, some charms, as well as chord/string.

See the source image

I have leather like cord as well as some hemp twine.  Just be sure if you are buying the beads specifically for this project, that you make sure all the beads have the same size hole and the chord fits in the beads!

I’ve seen some book thongs (like the one on right)  where people have made them fully beaded (with small seed beads for the spot where it goes in the book, but that will mess up the spine of the book, as well as the book thong won’t stick in the book as it should.)

I have also thought of making my book thongs long enough to be a wrap around necklace/Choker.

One of My favorite things about book thongs is I don’t think I saw any 2 alike in the store. And when you make them for you they have your personality and likes (color, maybe interest like a Harry Potter themed one) Even when you make a gift for someone, likely it’s not just made for their interests and personality nor does it show yours, with these it does both!

 

 

If you are giving it as a gift, I came upon this cute little card one could make

I’m going to have to see if I can make some business cards with that on it (or my own version) to stick with mine.

See the source image

I sell the book thongs by request, you tell me a color and a theme you want and I’ll see what I have in stock to make it and give you a price on how much it will be. I can also make matching earrings and other things if I have enough of supplies. You can make your requests in the contact form below.

 

Here are those Journals The Chinese themed bookthong goes with.

 

Want to order a bookthong?

Patchwork

My patchwork as of July 2017

I’ve been working on my patchwork sheet or utility blanket for years. It seems spring/summer is the time I get in a sewing mood so some years its just too hot to work on and others  I don’t add as much to, or like this year my fabric bin just explodes~!

This was originally made as a patchwork BODY pillowcase. Then I decided to just make it into a blanket. Which was a good idea as it saved my hide this summer during a ‘cold’ spell! It went from 90s to the 70s within a night. So I used that around the house in lieu of a jacket (which I didn’t have one with me! Which means No matter what ALWAYS pack a jacket!)

So I am featuring my patchwork (as of the end of July 2017 – Beginning of September)  this time to show off what I’ve done so far this summer, but because I thought it was a great idea for any of you that want to start sewing! It’s a great way to learn and perfect your sewing and stitches! Even come up with your own tricks.

Hand sewn items hold up better than machine sewn. Think about it.. there may be 2 bobbers but the thread is not doubled like when you hand sew. I have never had a problem or complaint when I’ve sewn a gift for someone nor sold something I made or when I’ve fixed clothing for someone!

Dn’t currently have any fabric and there’s no craft store close to you? Well what about some of those old shirts that do not fit you, or that are almost threadbare? The Novelty shirts, bands, or even your child’s baby clothes.  Include Onsie’s, toddler tops, and just add rows for each year.

You can do 2 even do one general and one themed. I was thinking of doing a separate beach theme one but not sure if I have enough of tops that no longer fit etc to use. You can d a family quilt with something of everyone’s favorites and use it as a throw for the couch.

 

You can also see the video I did. Apologies for the quality, I filmed it with my kindle so no tripod for stability.

Creative inspiration

One of the blogs I follow asked the question How do we find our creative inspiration when you are stuck
it sort of depends on what I want to do as I have a variety of creative outlets (too many and YES there can be too many.. Mama’s make sure your kids only have 1-2 hobby/interests!)
I write poems but the last few I wrote are not finished, so I re-read through them to see if I my muse will help me out and get it finished. Also I have a list of ideas be it possible titles for poems, a line etc. So I check through those as well to see if any would work or if it will flip that  ‘write new poem’ switch wherever it is on me.
Also I make jewelry the craft kind you buy the bits for at Joann’s Michael’s and Hobby Lobby but sometimes some things come out where I have to look again and can’t believe I made it!  I can’t draw well so I try to trace/draw out what I made in a journal and I look at that. Also when I get an idea for something I try to put a few of the beads etc I have in the color I’ll be doing it, in one of those mini ziplock bags   Like a set of earrings or  as I recently have been trying to do some book thongs. (I am trying to find the right red colored beads to make vampire themed ones; however, likely won’t be all the same design. I make ‘custom /one of a kinds’ for less.
Then I also have been working on a patchwork (not a quilt or anything in particular but started out as a body pillow cover and I decided I wanted to make a ‘never ending’ one. Summer seems to be my sewing season so I’ve been trying to work on that as well as recently been making some change purses for friends and family as their or part of their holiday gifts.. also earrings, yes fabric earrings.  So everytime I go to walmart I always check to see if there are any interesting ‘fat quarters’ as they are called, I just call them ‘swatches’  as I can usually get a piece out of it for my patchwork as well as one or 2 other projects (if not more) out of it.
I have a large bin of fabric and I think i have 2 underbed boxes with more fabric (eeek!) or old t-shirts to cut out for my patchwork so I really would like to get a lot of stuff (at least project set-ups if not sew right away. Might have to make note of that in my bujo I started setting up for next year.
That’s another thing.. Journal I write any ideas in a journal or in a note on my evernote account… Check it out here
as you can see I try to keep a ‘file’ of friends’ and family as to what size or if have pierced ears etc. as well as a listing of  some ideas for lines/series.
For writers I will tell you an idea or 2… READ!!! I’ve been inspired by a few books (like a line or a paragraph may have inspired a poem out of me)
Check out other journals, sewing, and other creative ideas fixes on Pinterest! You can follow @kymoDragon and check out my boards for stuff there! That’s where I get a lot of my Bullet Journaling ideas as I’m just starting on that.
also you can follow my Blogs
Crafter Crums  which I not only include posts of my own projects when they are finished, but also curate ideas I hope to do or just liked and thought you might enjoy as well.
My personal posts are usually either a photo or video of the project and sometimes a step by step (and if I think of it, a way to improve on how I made the original item.)
but also curate others
and my writing  blog  Miss Musings Writing Essentials which has Help in the menu on a variety of things (you can also hoover to see if there are more pages for that section) as well as search the blog posts
 How do YOU spark creativity?  Please tell us your ideas… Oh one other one I do for writing
I list a bunch of song titles or book titles or words something of that sort (or have someone tell me some) and I write a story or poem from it. Its more like a writing exercise but it does help.