Friday, December 30, 2011

Necklace Re-do

Several months ago, I took a day trip to  Blackstone, VA to take some donations my Sunday School had collected to a local women's shelter.  My youngest (MK), my sister-in-law (M) and my husband's cousin (T) went along for the ride.  Afterwards we did a little shopping and had lunch in the small quaint town.  While antiquing, I came across a basket stacked with Ziploc bags that were filled with 10 or so vintage necklaces.  These were labeled as 'dress-up' necklaces and the thought was you could buy a bag for your children to play dress-up with.  The bags were a mere $5 each and they were stapled shut, so you couldn't examine every necklace.  I spotted a bag that had several necklaces in it that I liked and wanted for myself, so I decided to make the purchase.  If it didn't work out, at least my daughters would get some 'new' necklaces for dress-up.  When I got home and opened the bag, there were only 2 necklaces I didn't care for and the rest were GREAT!

One in particular was this long turquoise one.  I have worn it several ways since purchasing it.

Then I was inspired by this necklace I had purchased at the Gap a couple years ago.

Using the same idea, I cut two lengths of ribbon 32 inches long and laid my turquoise necklace out in two loops.

I then tied the two pieces of ribbon at either end.

Then just tie the ribbon around your neck and there is a totally new necklace.

I have also added other necklaces to this one.  I had two other turquoise necklaces I purchased from American Eagle a couple years ago as well, that I have tied on and made another 'new' necklace.

Looking at my beaded necklaces and my oldest daughters hair bow ribbons, I think the necklace possibilities are endless!

Happy re-doing!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Canning Jar Cups

A couple weeks ago I purchased a box of the half pint Ball canning jars to use to make beverage glasses.  If you make these, be sure to buy the plain canning jars (not the quilted pattern).

Here's what you need:
Half Pint jars
Painters tape
Chalkboard paint
punches to make stencils
sponge brush

Using a circle and flower punch, I made a few stencils out of construction paper and taped them on.  I also made a square on some jars using painters tape.  Then I just painted 3 coats of chalkboard paint.

Once dry, carefully peal the painters tape and stencils off.  That's it, all done!

I used these at a Christmas party to server wine and Sparketini.  Guests just wrote their initials on the chalkboard piece of the glass!  Super cute!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Ribbon Necklaces Anyone?

Here are two super easy ribbon necklaces.  For mine, I used wooden beads and painted them the colors I wanted, but these could easily be made with any bead.  The important thing is to make sure the hole in the bead is large enough to get a ribbon through.

Here's what you need to make the two I made:
Wooden beads (3/4 inch, round)
Acrylic paint
Paint brush
Ribbon (5/8 inch, grosgrain)

Start by painting the beads.  I used 8 beads for the red/blue necklace and 7 for the maroon/orange necklace.  You will need to do 2-3 coats.  I held the bead and painted half of it.  Then I set onto a toothpick stuck into an egg carton and painted the other half.  I left it on the toothpick to dry.

For the first necklace, cut a 60 inch length of ribbon.  Since my ribbon was wider than the whole in the bead, I folded one in half and sewed a length of thread to it.  Using the needle, I was able to thread the ribbon through the bead.

Thread the first bead 20 inches down one side of the ribbon and tie a knot on either side.

Repeat the above for the next 7 beads and tie around your neck in a bow!

For the second necklace, cut a 60 inch length of ribbon.  Measuring down 20 inches, wrap the ribbon around one bead and sew a piece of thread through the ribbon, then the bead and through the ribbon again.

Add a second bead, wrapping the ribbon around it and sewing through as well.  Continue this until you have 7 beads sewn together.

Tie in a bow around your neck and there you have another fabulous necklace!

I made the red and blue necklace for my sister-in-law, she works at University of Richmond and I know she will be sporting this thing on campus and at the football games.  The maroon and orange, I made for myself to of course wear to Virginia Tech games.  I made both of these necklaces in 1.5 hours (including time for the paint to dry), they are super easy and I get lots of complements on them.

Monday, December 19, 2011

A Glamorous Glove

Are you going to be outside for New Year's?  Or do you just love shiny sparkly things like me?  Well, he's a nifty way to jazz up a simple pair of gloves!

Here's what you need:
Sparkly button
Plain pair of gloves (any color)
Needle and thread

I put a marker inside the finger of the glove where I wanted to sew the button on.  I did the right ring finger.

Then I just whip stitched it on and ALL DONE!  Sorry, not many pictures for this project, it was just so simple.

A fabulous glove!

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Jar Cap Ornaments

I had these jar lids left over from the Pumpkin jars I made for Halloween.  I decided to use them to make initial ornaments for Christmas.  These would also make cute gift tags on Christmas presents!

Here's what you need....
Jar lids
Hammer and screwdriver
Spray paint
Scrap material
Scrap paper
Scrapbook letters
Thin ribbon

Start by hammering the screwdriver through the lid to make a hole.  This is where the ribbon will be threaded through.  Spray paint the lids a solid color.  I just used some left over brown spray paint, but I think silver would look great!

I made two of these with material and two with paper.  For the material ones, I embroidered the initial onto some scrap material.

Then using card stock, I traced around the lid I was going to use and cut out a circle.  I placed this circle on the back of the embroidered material and trimmed excess material.  Then I just hot glued the edges, don't worry if this looks messy, the back will not show.

For the paper ones, I picked some letters from my scrap booking supplies. Traced around the lid onto scrap card stock and cut out a circle. Then stuck the letter on top.  I could have used a circle cutter to cut out the paper ones, but it doesn't really matter if they are not perfect when the project is done.

Next, thread the ribbon through the hole and tie.  Hot glue the material or paper circles inside the lid.

Next hot glue rick-rack around the edge.  When my grandmother passed away last December, I was lucky enough to get all her sewing supplies, which included a box of rick-rack!  Rick-rack is not cheap, so I was thrilled to get hers for my crafts.

Ho-ho-ho...Merry Christmas!!