Soy kitchen candles, or what I did with my Saturday.

Yesterday my house smelled wonderful.  Why? Because I was making soy kitchen candles all day long.

I call them kitchen candles because they are foody scents.  I thought it would be cute to put them in mason jars.  I am also making candles in other types of containers ; now all I need to do is make labels and decorate them.

These are 8 oz  soy candles in Iced cappuccino  and White chocolate creme brulee.  These are my favorites of the ones I made yesterday.  I think I’ll decorate them simply with a raffia bow and a niece label.

The jar candles are Apple crisp delight and Harvest scents and I think I’ll decorate them like the other jars. The tall glass and the goblet are Apple crisp delight and I’m going to decorate them with a Holiday theme.  The square ones are wax melts for tart warmer.

Soy wax is nice to work with and produces a slow clean burn and cleans up easily.  I also like to make candles with palm wax.  Both a vegetable based waxes and I like that.

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DIY Bead embroidered cuff bracelet part 2

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Here you can see the progress I have made on the bracelet.

1. I stitched down my Mom’s vintage bugle beads and topped the with some of the purple beads used in some of the bezels.

2. I bezeled one of the tanzanite crystals and have glued down the other.

Next I’ll bezel the other crystal and then pick some beads to fill in the rest of the design.   I am considering letting some of the plum backing become part of the design; it is such a pretty color and the backing has a nice texture.

I also need to think about the finished shape of the bracelet; do I want it to have straight sides or maybe wavy sides? I have never made a wavy finished one but I am kind of leaning that way I think it would compliment the oval and round shapes that are emerging in the beading.  I’ll know for sure as the beading gets further along.

Now it’s time to go back to beading so I can share more next post. TTFN.

DIY….. How I make a Bead embroidered cuff bracelet

 

I have loved working with a needle and thread since I was a very young girl.  My Grandmother helped my Mom to raise us and she was a big influence on me.  She and my Mom were very crafty Ladies and they passed it on to me.

When I was about 6 or 7 Grandma started to teach me to embroider.  She would take me to the dime store and buy me little handkerchiefs and pillow cases with pretty color book like patterns printed on them; and skeins of beautiful colored floss. She could make beautiful things happen with those simple things and I was thrilled every time she taught me a new stitch. Then she taught me needlepoint and cross stitch and I was over the moon…..

Over the years I have learned and loved many different art forms and crafts and often came back to my old friends a needle and some thread.

Grandma and Mom are now gone and I am a Grandma.  I have a new passion involving a needle and thread and that is Bead Embroidery.  I wouldn’t have the skills it takes to do it if it wasn’t for the seeds planted many many years ago by those 2 strong women.

So I thought I would show kind of a DIY for how I am making my latest beaded cuff bracelet…..It’s not meant to be a step by step but more of a DYI overview.  Maybe it will spark a passion for needle and thread in someone like my Grandma did in me…..

So I’ll start by saying I have a relaxed design style I am not a big planner I like to let my designs develop organically. I think that’s why I am bored following patterns so I rarely do it.  I get really excited by the surprise of what happens .

Color is my main inspiration; then shape and texture.  For this project I was inspired buy a beautiful glass button I bought some time back so it is the focal piece for the bracelet.  I also choose some Swarovski crystal in complimentary colors. So the next step was to pick a background to stitch on.IMG_0462

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next I measured and cut a strip of the plum colored backing material and glued down the button……………………………………

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Now it’s time to choose some beads for the bezel..This part is fun…………………………………………………………………………………….

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Next I made a peyote stitched bezel around the button.  Doing this helps hold the focal button in place and embellishes the button.{it looks pretty so I am happy}……………………………….IMG_0480

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now it’s time to start placing the crystals.  I kind of play with the placement until it looks pleasing to me then I stitch a  peyote bezel around it too.IMG_0482

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now there are 1 focal and 2 crystals bezeled now it’s time to start playing with some other beads to see what I want to do next.  I have some vintage bugle beads that my Mom had in her stash and I think I my stich some of these down next..What do you think so far?  Once I decide I will glue down the tanzanite colored crystals, bezel them and start adding the bugle beads and who knows where I’ll go from there.

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If you want to see how this bracelet progresses check out my next post.  I’ll keep taking photos and posting as I go along….I hope reading this was interesting…..

Now I’m going to go back to beading my cuff……TTFN.

Learning new things is fun

I have always found that the best way out of a creative slump is to teach myself something new. 

As of late I have been dealing with some health issues and that has put a strain on my energy and creativity.   I don’t have much control over the health stuff it is in my Dr’s hands but I do have control over my creative mind.  I have decided to pull up my big girl panties and take control of what I can and get on with it……..

My friend Moe can tell you I am not much of a wire worker.  For some reason I find it a little intimidating so I force myself to incorporate wire wrapping into some of my projects.  My skills are very basic but every time I master a new wire skill I feel happy and it sparks my creativity.

Yesterday I was determined to make a basic wire wrapped ring; and guess what it wasn’t as hard as it looked….

Here is my first one………..

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not bad for a first try and it is surprisingly comfortable and fits perfectly.  So I tried another……

100_6944100_6945100_6942 There it is on my hobbit hand; the wrap is much neater and it fits great too.  Now that I have the basics down it is tine to start adding some creative flair to the basics.

I do a 10 day craft show every fall and I think it would be great fun for the people to pick their own bead and watch while I make their ring for them on the spot.  I have until October to perfect my skill set for it and come up with some pretty designs.  I have ordered some more wire and will get to practicing when it arrives.

I felt much better after playing around with the wire and felt a little of my spark come back……….yeeehaaaa!