Well, that was quite a blog break! After being away for so long I felt like I should come back with something big – and the longer I was away, the bigger I thought it needed to be… and therefore the longer I was away…. do other bloggers go through this, I wonder?
Lately, though, I’ve been inspired by talking to some creative people I know, and I’m hoping to feature some of them here soon… I’m looking forward to introducing them to you!
In the meantime, I have no large projects on the go so I’m back… with nothing big or exciting, just a little thing I made the other day. This necklace was a simple, next-to-no-thought-required, fun little project… just what I was in the mood for the other night. Actually, it seems like a stretch to say I “made” it, when it’s just a matter of choosing beads and stringing them together… I can’t even take full credit for choosing the beads… Mike picked out the big, slightly retro-looking medallion. He has a good eye! I went with an asymetrical arrangement, and I’m pretty happy with how it came out. Using elastic thread means this project takes no time at all – just tie the ends in a knot, touch it with a dab of hot glue, and trim the ends. Couldn’t be more simple… and sometimes that’s enough.
I mentioned recently that I really wanted to make jewelry. Specifically, bib necklaces. (I know, I’m a little slow to pick up on this trend… what can I say.) I’ve seen a few that I nearly bought, but then I thought it would be more fun to make my own. Also, I wanted to make slightly less blingy ones, that would be wearable for daytime.
I gathered a little assortment of supplies…
… and laid out some beads on a piece of felt until I liked the arrangement, then glued them in place. ( I was going to sew them as well, but didn’t have a small enough needle for the tiny holes in the beads…. but with strong glue, I don’t think sewing is necessary.)
Next I trimmed the felt so it wouldn’t be seen from the front (tiny scissors are helpful here), sewed on ribbons (fold the edge under first, so you get a clean edge), and then glued on the last small beads to cover the stitches… and I had a couple of bib necklaces.
Easy, fun, and I made them both in one evening!