Feathers Everywhere

Feathers, Feathers Everywhere! Seems like the fashion trend of feathers will be in styles again in 2013. Being that I love feather jewelry, when I saw these feather pendants from Blue Moom Bead I knew they would be in my jewelry wardrobe.

The first necklace uses the Black & Silver Blue Moon Bead feather pendant. My newest technique that I learned in a class last September is Kumihimo (for those of you not familiar, this is the ancient art of Japanese board braiding). It is so much fun and very easy and once you incorporate beads it takes on a life of its own.

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When I found the black tinsel/bead cord and white silk rattail I knew it was waiting for me to braid it. Once braided I added the end caps, jump rings and the black cable chain, clasp and attached the black/silver feather pendant. Quick simple project that took about 90 minutes to make.

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For this necklace the Blue Moon Bead Feather Pendant became the focal point for this asymeterical necklace. With jumprings I attached a small silver and a black chain to the top of the feather pendant and added a decorative chain to the other side with a jump ring. Using more Blue Moon Beads in a clear and Smoky color and gunmetal spacers strung and attached to the feather pendant and then attached more of the silver and black small chain, added a loster claw clasp. But that was just not enough for me, I had to add a few dangles of chain with the clear and smoky beads. Ta dah that was just the finishing touch the necklace needed.

Fun, new feathery designs for 2013.

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Last Minute Gift Giving

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Now that you have picked up all those gifts on Black Friday, gotten most of them wrapped and you can sit down and relax. Now to plan for those holiday parties. But what about those last minute gifts? You know when that unexpected guest shows up or your brother drops by with a date. There you are scrambling to find a gift. So this year I’ve planned ahead and made up a batch of earrings for that last minute gift giving.

In my last blog I mentioned the Blue Moon Bead Tin Mixes. One look through each tin and I came up with several cute earrings and using DCWV papers I made up little holiday earring cards for them for gift giving. You can add a little personal message on each card and the gift will be so much more special because you made it with love.
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For the earring cards I cut the frames from DCWV The Evergreen Stack holiday papers and using the Spellbinders Positively Me by Julianna Hudgins Framed Sentiments dies. I attached the frames using doubled sided tape and attached them to green and red card stock. Decorated the cards with ribbons, stickers.

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The earrings were made using beads from the Blue Moon Beads Tin Mixes, Rum Raisin, Red Velvet, PB&J, Melon Ball, and Sour Grapes. Used head pins and eye pins and jump rings attached ear wires and hung them on each card.

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Then added the earrings to each card for a ready made, last minute gift for the kids school teacher, that unexpected date that your brother brings over on Christmas Day, or thank you gift for your stylist.
A handmade gift made with love that is sure to touch the heart.

Pb&J and Jewelry?

So I know your asking yourself, what do PB&J and jewelry have in common? If you have seen the Blue Moon Bead/Blue Sky Tin dessert then you may have an idea.

The Blue Moon Bead tin mixes are so cool. Names like Sour Grapes, Toffee Crunch, Rum Raisin, PB&J and Mud Pie will make some delicious pieces of jewelry.

For this necklace and earrings I chose the PB&J and Mud Pie mixes. Love the cool blue and grape colors and mixing in the look of metal with the Mud Pie mix turned out to be the perfect combination.

Using three large Mud Pie Beads, add eye pins, attach three pieces of chain to each bead to connect them. Using beading wire, string the beads in desired pattern, crimping both ends and make sure to add a jump rings, attach to the chain pieces on one end. Then add a clasp to each end. I also took an eye pin, two tube beads and a large crystal, draped chain and added a focal pendant.

For the earrings, use eye pins for each bead., connect them together, add your ear wire. I love movement in my earrings so I added three lengths of chain to each earring for playfulness.

Enjoy making this set, maybe mix it up using any one or two of the Blue Moon Bead Tin Mixes.

Welcome to my first blog!

Welcome to my first blog post! This is going to be fun, connecting with everyone who shares the same interests as I do. I love to craft, take something that is just maybe a piece of paper, a leaf, a gemstone, a tired piece of furniture and make it come to life, give it a second chance at being something more wonderful.
As this is my first blog post I’m going to depend on you my new crafty friends to give me input. My family and friends will have nothing but good things to say. Pssst: they always say nice things to me, they love me and would never tell me if my blog posts sucked big time. So I will be listening to all my new crafty friends for advise and topics. Tell me what you do and don’t like.
In the months ahead I plan on sharing a lot of really great info. Craft projects, such as papercrafting, jewelry design and advice (which are my obsession and passion). I’m new to art journaling so you can come along with me as I learn. DIY is also something I love to do and I’ll include lots of tips and tricks I have learned (thanks to my Dad the carpenter, handy man). There will be guest bloggers interviews and I will be including their advice on what, where and how to create projects and find items you can use in your projects. Head over and like my FB page DebbieRogersJewelry/facebook.com, where I will be having giveaways for fun crafting items.
So stay tuned for lots of fun, zany and side-splitting excitement.