Saturday, September 29, 2012

It's Electrifying: Upcycled Brass Necklace Tutorial.

Howdy, friends!  Today I have for you a tutorial.  Here's my latest upcycled necklace design:

The metal focal piece is actually from the electrical section of the hardware store.  Check it out!

It's a grounding bar.  Um, it grounds stuff.  I sort of know what that means, but, dang it, I'm an artiste.  So don't ask for details.  Here's another gratuitous beauty shot.

Want to make it?  Read on for the full DIY!

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Mystery Thing Revealed: It's Not A Hinge.

Welcome!  You're just in time for the big reveal.  For the past few days, my readers have been trying to identify the interesting metal centerpiece used in these upcycled necklaces:

Think you know?  Did anyone get it right?  Read on for the solution and some of the funniest guesses ever!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Guess The Mystery Thing: Brass Bar Teardrop Necklace

Hey, you guys!  It is high time for another round of Guess The Mystery Thing! (New around here?  It's my guessing game giveaway, and everyone is invited to play.)  Shall we begin?

Take a look at my newest upcycled necklace design:

Can you identify the mysterious secret ingredient?  What is that odd metal centerpiece?

I just love the pretty patina, and the cool cutouts.  I'm not sure how difficult a challenge this is...we shall see.

First person to guess correctly will receive a fabulous prize!  (Namely, this nifty necklace.)

How it works: leave your guess in the comments.  There'll be two winners: first correct guess and a random winner.  That's right, I said random winner - so even if you don't know (or think someone else already got it), enter anyway, you could still win.  If your guess is funny, it might make my Most Creative Honor Roll.

This giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere.  C'mon, join in!



Ready?  Set!  Guess the Mystery Thing!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Draconian Digression...

A little bit ago, I was the crazy-lucky winner of a digital portrait, by graphic artist Jess Smart Smiley.  (Still can't believe I won.  It was a giveaway on the always cool blog bugaboo, mini, mr and me.  A zillion thanks, Kimberly!)  Today I thought I'd show you the fun before and after.

I sent Jess this picture of my sweet nephew Eli...

 ...along with a few words about Eli's personality and the fact that he loves dragons.

Here is what Jess sent me.

Eeeee!  Can you believe he did all those dragons?  Each one with so much personality.  So excited when I saw it!  Using an online photo site, I turned it into a large mounted art piece (for the parents), and an adorable T shirt (for Eli).

The gifts were given last weekend, and holy WOW, a hit!  In case anyone is wondering, there were happy tears.   I think the portrait is the perfect thing to mark this moment in my little dragonboy's life.   I love that it's a digital file; you know I'm gonna make holiday gifts for some grandparents, too.

BTW, Jess has a book and a website and does custom portraits.  Just sayin'.

Next time: a return to my regularly scheduled craftiness.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Elegant Lampshade Ornaments...From Scrapbooking Brads.

Hiya!  Did you see my previous post on making links and jewelry drops from scrapbooking brads?  Today, a very pretty way to use them for decorating.

Do it simple, with one ornament:

Or add more, for a little extra shmancy:

Yep, I made the links and drops with some fancy little brads from the craft store:

Want to try this yourself?  Here comes the decorative DIY.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Unique Jewelry Links - Make Your Own!

Hey, pop quiz!

Who knows what all three of these upcycled jewels have in common?

Not sure?  Well, I'll tell ya.  All those fun little links (the tiny buttons, silver-rimmed dots and sparkly black spirals) are actually scrapbooking brads!  See?

You will love how these are made, and how fun they are to incorporate into jewelry!  Read on for the cool DIY.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Dryad Bracelet Tutorial

Halloween approaches.  I bet you're already trying to come up with costume ideas.  Don't forget to accessorize!  If you're pondering anything Faerie-adjacent, Hobbit-related, Elfin, Ewok or Fantasy-Medieval, you might consider this leafy creation.

Bonus: it's simple to make.  Read on for the very fun DIY.