Thursday, May 31, 2012

Some more Jewelry...

I had some down time while I was out at the store the other day and made these pretties!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Yes, I took a picture of the inside of my door in my store. Why? Because I LOVE the texture on it! While I was at it I took a picture of one of the old cars next to my building too.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Found Identity

I had made this jump ring bracelet a while ago just could never envision it finished, well I think I found out it's identity...

Monday, May 28, 2012

Golden Wire and a Rock....

This is what happens when the two combine! I kinda love it!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Simple Dangley Earring Tutorial

Ok, so this is my first earring tutorial, so please bear with me :)

  1. anvil (or hard metal surface)
  2. hammer
  3. a marker or a thicker thing to wrap your wire around
  4. a pencil or a smaller sized object to wrap wire around
  5. pliers
  6. needle nosed pliers
  7. side cutting pliers
  8. wire jig
  9. 20 gauge wire
  10. beads
  11. saftey glasses!
  12. optional not pictured (store bought fish eye hooks)
why did I choose 20 gauge? well i've noticed that anything smaller is too flimsy when making the fish eye hooks and anything bigger is just too thick. If you are using store bought fish eye hooks you can skip to the part where you make your jump rings. REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR SAFTEY GLASSES!!!

take your needle nose pliers and your wire and make a loop

so it looks like this

then take your wire jig and make a fish eye hook shape (this will take some playing around with I used one of my existing earrings as a template for the hook, OR you can use the store bought hooks you can find at any craft store)

now that you have your shape use your side cutters to cut the wire

now that you have your fish eye hook use your hammer and anvil to lightly hammer the hook to stiffen it's shape

now that you have one hook, repeat to make a second one!

now to make a jump ring, use your pencil to wrap your wire around to make two rings, use your wire cutters to cut them, now open them up enough so you can stick beads onto the wire

after you have your beads on the wire close up the gap using your needle nosed pliers

now thread a bead onto your wire like this

now make a loop at the end of the wire with your needle nosed pliers

now cut like 3/4 or 1/2 an inch and make another loop with your needle nosed pliers

now using your needle nosed pliers open up both of the loops you just made and attach the bead onto the hook you made and on the other attach it to the wire cirlcle with beads

now using your marker wrap your wire around it to make two rings and again lightly hammer them to strengthen their shape. Now open the circles up a little, enough to put it through the eye at the bottom of the bead. Close the circles up. And you're done!  

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


I've been in the mood to make some earrings....

the ones above are my favorite so far! I was feeling the color blue and feeling the dangley kind of earring today!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Liebster Award!


I found that my blog has gotten a Liebster Award. Thanks to Rayna Lynn from the Curious Country Cook . The purpose of the Liebster Award is to give new blogs (less than 200 followers) more exposure by picking 5 blogs to receive the award, and they will each pass it along to blogs they like. It's a way to get more followers, encourage you to keep on blogging about what you love, and to help people discover blogs that they may would have found any other way.
Rules for receiving your award:1. Post about your win on your blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who presented you with the award.
3. Copy and past the award button to your blog by right clicking the image.
4. Present the Liebster Award to 5 blogs that have fewer than 200 followers that you think deserve to be recognized.
5. Let them know by leaving a comment on their blog
So who do I choose?
I chose....
  1. Sip-n-Wear - this stay at home mom shares fashion, easy DIY's, recipes, and more on her blog this one here is one I need to do for our car soon!
  2. Silo-Hill Farm - crafts and recipes, I need to make me this wreath, I love it!
  3. Party Like Paula - party planner/designer, I loved these flower arrangements she had here
  4. Ashleys Dandelion Wishes - card making and home decor, I love this mason jar project here 
  5. The Homes I Have Made - DIY crafts and more! I love this I Spy kids game here I would play with it myself :)

Friday, May 18, 2012


YAY! You guys should head on over to 2 crafty 4 my skirt!! My frame ring display was featured on her great blog! check it out!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wire Wrapped Bangle Tutorial!

I've gotten a couple people asking me "how did you make that?!" so today I wanted to show you and try to explain to you how I do it! so here we go!

  1. Hammer (doesn't have to be a pink one)
  2. side cutting pliers
  3. needle nose pliers
  4. anvil (or any hard metal surface)
  5. heavy gauge wire (I just grabbed the heaviest the craft store had, I think it's 16 or 18 gauge not sure)
  6. thin gauge wire (I used 28 gauge wire)
  7. measuring tape
  8. binder clip
  9. glass beads
  10. some more beads!

first measure your wrist

now take that measurement and cut two pieces of the heavy gauge wire 

now bend them into a "U" shape making sure they are both similar in shape

now take the needle nose pliers and curl the ends in to make a loop, do that for both ends on both pieces of wire

now lightly hammer the ends

they are slightly flat, not pancake flat

now put both of the pieces together with the loops facing away from each other

this is where I used the binder clip to hold the two wires together in the position I wanted while I wrapped

now while you have the binder clip giving you a hand, start wrapping the thinner gauge wire on the side that you have the binder clip on. I personally used about 10 inches of the thing wire to wrap the two heavier gauge wires together.

now I lightly hammered the place where I wrapped the wire around just to give it a more flat look and feel. Do this for the other side.

now you can take as long or as short of wire (thin gauge) and string your bead and just start wrapping it onto your bangle form that you have already made

it should look something like this

you can have fun with it and string two beads at once or use different sized beads, just have fun with it!
and you're done! after you put all the bigger beads on there you can decide to "fill in the gaps" with smaller beads or just leave it how it is!

the colors remind me of the sea and the ends how they curl outward remind me of a mermaids tail :)

I hope this was somewhat easy to follow! 

Monday, May 14, 2012

My Weekend in Pictures

This weekend was crazy! Although I think they are going to be for the next several months. But that is a good thing, i'm one of those people that can't stand to sit in one spot for too long. It drives me absolutely NUTS!! I really don't know how people can sit around and do nothing all day (i.e watch TV or play video games 24/7) I literally feel like ripping my hair out if I am sitting down on the couch on the computer or watching TV for too long, I think my max is 3 hours before I have to get up and do something else. It might explain why we don't go out to the movies much. Anyways, I got off topic. Here are a few pictures of what I did this weekend.
Warning: I took a TON of pictures! So prepare yourself!  :)

On Friday the kids had a performance for Honor Senior Day and they danced Los Viejitos

they also had some of  the little kids dressed up in full Native American attire and danced it was so cute!

on Saturday I went hiking with a few friends to Smith Rock and it was amazing! The day couldn't have been more perfect!

after I touched him he ran I took a picture of him before he completely disappeared

On Sunday the kids were asked to dance at the local church to help celebrate mother's day