Drawstring bag and Craft’sist

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

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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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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.

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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.

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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?

Inspiration station ~Pop-up recipe (?) book

I’m posting this early as I’m sure it takes a while to plan and prepare. Here’s an idea for a Mothers’ day gift or a shower gift for a mom to be (especially if she will make her own baby food).

You can make it for one recipe throughout the book, or make each page a recipe. Either way this would make a great gift full of love for your mom of her, Yours or everyone in the family’s favorite recipe(s).

Even better, is your daughter getting married? Why not make this for her with the family recipes (especially ones passed down) This makes a lovely gift full of love, for anyone. I love the way they include the ingredients with little mini versions of what you need.

Image result for bread; a pop up instructional

Bread: An Instructional Pop-Up Book

Bread: an instructional pop-up book

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Image result for bread; a pop up instructional

Search scrapbook Pop up books for inspiration  or for a simpler, not as pretty version (good for school projects)

part ways with your Favorite denim Easier with these clever projects

Have I got some projects for you this year! I cam across this and started to drool.

Instead of getting rid of those old jeans put them away to use for these darling if not daring projects!

What are they, one is a bib, a basket bucket and even a place mat with pocket for napkin and utensils. Let’s not forget the Denim Whale, I wasn’t aware blue whales came from denim! I also like the jeans with the British flag on it

Up the ottoman project to be storage! Use a pail of your liking to store your kids toys or anything that you may need to quick clean when pressed for time when company is coming.

I ‘sew’ want to make those place mats for cookouts!

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Fabric tags

Good idea and at the same time I saw this it made me think, why ‘dress up’ the gift pouch when I could just make one with the fabric itself?

Or at least cover it to make a reusable little pouch.  Not to mention that last part in the instructions having the card stock tag Wrapping: (I forget the name of them) over the fabric to me is a waste of time. If you are going to do that, the tag should not fully cover the fabric it should be 1/4 – 1/2  the size

Instead of making a separate paper tag, I’d just use the fabric I used to make a tag and include the person’s name so they can use it as a bookmark or something else. Or use a different pattern/color of fabric.

My idea for fabric tags is highly different than what is here. Why not make a tag you can maybe even put a few candies in (like how some hang a candy cane from a gift) You can even include a couple of dollars in it or instant lotto tickets. Also why not include the person’s name on the tag which in turn if they have a christmas tree they can hang it on as an ornament, or use as a bookmark, and if you include a magnet in it can be used to find messages on the fridge or on a hook and be used on a daily or weekly calendar they are only limited by their imagination.

Most of my ‘scraps’ are used for my Patchwork, but I have used it to make other things for family or friends like the gift bag I made last year for my friend Alisa… she likes horses  and it had some on there with other western accent designs (she lives in Arizona). She just loved it I told her I made the bag for her gift but so she can reuse it for whatever she would need it for.

I got a whole heap of fabric items from my aunt Mary (I think I might be able to open my own store!!)  it was like I think 4 big shopping bags FULL!!!  but one of them was a Horse with Horseshoe design, maybe I’ll use some of it for a ‘tag’ or envelope or make something else with it when I get an idea.

Another great idea for this is why not make your own Halloween treat bags? (or for the kids you know best in the neighborhood or just use them as prizes for a party etc.)

The trick or treat bags are usually 3×6 inches in size and usually have 2 or more pieces of candy or other items in them, unless they are the birthday party LOOT bag size and therefore

The Party bag size should be bigger, prizes should be larger and have some sort of candy, and other item in them (small toys etc)  Besides, they can reuse them for whatever they want and this way its part of the treat!

Make them with holiday designs or if there’s a birthday use a balloon or happy birthday design. Or find the kid’s favorite cartoon or game design on some fabric. and so on. These work for Host gifts for wine bottles (but you may have to pad it a bit)  It’s like 2 gifts in one! They not only get the gift but can use the gift bag you make for them to throw things in for road trips to keep the kids entertained or can be used for a way to organize a purse, back pack, suit case etc. (Depending on the size you make it)  or reuse for another gift.

Make it as a back back, handled or drawstring  design 

 

I make the ‘Utility’ tags for $5 for one   (that’s with their name, and are the sort that can be used as a bookmark, magnet, ornament etc)

Standard without Names  is $10 for 20

Bags are $5 per bag.  you can contact me here