Making jewelry with repurposed items

I have been collaborating with my mom making repurposed jewelry.  This has been a fun venture for a couple reasons.  I have been enjoying looking through detash and finding other unlikely items to make a piece.  I like spending time with my mom and this is a good way to do that plus bounce ideas off one another.

 

Lastly I am pleasantly surprised with the finished product.

These old wood buttons are stunning (left).  We put them with Chalcedony and green Swarovski Crystals.

 

I found these sequined balls in a detash pile and thought they would make a fun pair of earrings.

 

One of the funnest pieces we put together was this 9 crescent black and rhinestone cat necklace.  I took an broach and typewriter key to assemble.

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The metal rhinestone is from an old bracelet that was broken. It is linked with the chain and just goes over your head.

Taking a class in Needle Felting

Years ago I bought a ton of stuff to do Needle Felting.   Well, I tried, I stabbed myself, I ended up with a blob of wool that resembled a lint ball.   I stretched my instruction from the book I bought to you tube which was another big fail.   Recently though I found a place that taught classes, a cute little yarn shop called Twisted. They had classes on a variety of crafting as well as a class on needle felting.  I signed up and just finished the class.

The class was very insightful and I finally got more than a lint ball.   The instructor was helpful and answered any question we had.   It was a small group and very laid back.  For two hours I created my bunny.   The end results I have a bunny that looks a bit crazed and demonic but I am proud of it.  It is a beginning step to tackling the inspirations on my pinterest board.

Robot Takeover and Art Show

Mini Robots

Craft day with our family and friends is something we plan several times a year. Typically everyone brings their latest project, along with some tasty treats and lots of advice, humor and inspiration. Together we have explored knitting, decoupage, scrapbooking, assembled jewelry, robots and more.  This is a great way to bounce ideas off one another and find some help when we are stuck on a project.   Mom has been working on her robot and repurposed creations for a show so today we wanted to  highlight them today.

Robot

From time to time we will be sharing some of our latest creations.

Welcome to my whimsical land of bits and pieces, repurposed vintage and miscellaneous pieces of this and that. Robo’s, robits, and animal planters are just a few of the items on its way to the Buckman Art Show this weekend.

Review: Typhoon Hardwares Butter Churner

I recently saw this Typhoon Hardwares Butter Churner on Food 52, I purchased it right away.  Growing up one of my neighborhood friends taught us to make butter from scratch and it was always a memory of being the best thing I ever had.  Not sure if it was because I created it or it was just really good.   Seeing the butter churner I had to try it again.   About 2 weeks later it arrived to my home.

The process is really easy and takes about 15 minutes of churning.  There are a couple of steps to get it to the stage 

of ready to use but I would say 2 and a half hours altogether.  (Two of which is letting the cream sit out, so not a lot of labor.)   The butter was creamy and the butter churner came with a couple of ideas for flavored butters which I am anxious to try.  Definitely  worth the money and I think I would invest in the wood paddles which I had not purchased.

5 Star Review

Monday Musings….

We love to find new things or interesting takes on ideas,.  Here is our five favorite things of the week.

Perfect for traveling a Cold Brew Coffee Maker and Carafe

For a migraine cure, Healthy Holistic Living suggests green apple sliced with a sprinkle of salt alongside a glass of warm water. Will have to give this a try.

88 DIY stocking stuffers, love the walnut packaging.  I know this is for Christmas but some of the ideas would be cute in Easter baskets or personalized gifts.

I had a friend growing up that taught me how to make homemade butter, it was time consuming but it tasted so good.  Just found this butter churner and I am getting it.

20 Easter Centerpiece Ideas that are too cute and look pretty easy to do.