Thursday, December 23, 2010

More Santa ornaments.

My intentions to make beaded ornaments did not become a reality, so instead I am admiring a few on Etsy.

Christmas Creation

Santa Shop

I will, however, be fulfilling a little boy's wish to make gingerbread cookies for Santa!

Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas.

Saturday, December 18, 2010


My mom made a lot of crafts with us. I always enjoyed working with anything with sparkle, like sequins and beads. Maybe that's why I find these Santa ornaments to be so charming.

From My Favorite Finds

Monday, December 6, 2010

Gingerbread House.

N was very busy yesterday.

The snow we received here over the weekend has put us in a holiday spirit!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Book Review: Chain and Bead Jewelry: Geometric Connections

Chain and Bead Jewelry: Geometric Connections by Scott David Plumlee has made me want to try some new techniques. Usually I focus bead stitching and wirework, but the chaine maille configurations in his book have me intrigued. The book is laid out well and the instructions cover each project thoroughly. I like that there a lot of photos, which will be helpful when I decide which project to make.

Here's more info from the back cover:

By adapting and building on the traditional Byzantine chain configuration, Scott creates unique collections of earrings, bracelets and necklaces, from three-sided Tripoli to the four-sided Quatrefoil to the five-sided Pentagon, plus innovative Organic designs, including fish, five- and six- pointed snowflakes, and a butterfly.
The beginning of the book contains a strong focus on technique and basic skills. It also covers how to make your own jump rings!

Since it's snowing here today, I'm leaning toward the six-pointed snowflake earrings.