Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Just a quick peek at my latest project. A wee baby sweater in the most gorgeous yarn. It is Country by Caron in "Coral Lipstick." A lovely yarn blend of acrylic and merino. Just enough merino to make it super soft and give it the perfect drape. I have about 10 skeins found for a screaming deal last year.

Friday, February 22, 2013

The Infamous Glass Tile Pendants

Tile pendants are all over Pinterest these days. My sister made some a while back and was gracious enough to show me her source for supplies and give me quick instructions. Mandi has been making a lot of gorgeous jewelry lately. Check out her blog Handi Dandi and shop her creations at The Goodness Shop. Next I'll share the funky turquoise and gold beaded necklace she made me from new supplies and some fun vintage finds.

I knew I wanted to make some necklaces for Sarah's Heart to Heart Swap this year. I always want to join this swap but never seem to get it together in time to craft after Christmas. There are always some unique interpretations of the "Valentine" for this swap and I wanted to make sure to measure up and thought these pendants would be fun. To check out all of the swap Valentines click HERE to visit Shara for a roundup.

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I used some paper from a Martha Stewart Valentine's Day paper pad I purchased last year because I couldn't resist the cuteness. The page I used had several 1 inch designs that looked like stamps. I think the Love pattern was my favorite but I used other images as well:

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The bails I used were silver and shaped like hearts and I alternated between silver and hot pink ball chain depending on the design.

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I packaged them up on some pretty Simply Shabby Chic tags I found in the two dollar section at Michaels and tucked them into plastic goody bags. I also had some Valentine stamp stickers from that same Martha line and I used those to seal up the back.

These pendants were fun to make and very affordable to make in bulk. All of the supplies (except for the paper and tools) are from Sun and Moon Craft Kits. Please check out my latest article on the Examiner for details on how to make your own pendants by clicking HERE.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Classy & Fabulous

"A girl shoud be two things, classy and fabulous." - Coco Chanel

I agree with Heidi that my new dolly should be named Coco if not only for her pearls but for being both classy and fabulous. So here again, is Coco:

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Coco is made from scrap fabric I had in the stash and the same pattern as Charlotte Anne which I just drew up on graph paper and called it good.

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One difference are the buttons are her knees. When I started the project I didn't expect Miss Coco to come out so prim and proper but to be a bit more funky and mysterious. Hence the polka dot legs. I am planning to rework my pattern to make thinner legs for a more demure doll type. To show you that Coco does have a fun side:

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Check out her Rumba Panties. (thanks for that delightful term, Mom!)

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Not the best of photos but you can see Coco's curls a little better here. I had fun making the hair though it is a little heavy for head. She looked like she was constantly nodding off so I gave her those sleepy eyes.

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So meet Coco. I plan to make her a "mink" stole and a reticule bag. Because what classy fabulous girl wouldn't want those things?


Friday, February 15, 2013


Wow, where does the time go? That is the clue that I need to slowdown and look around. :) I've been a little crafty! I love making toys with dolls being my favorite. Maybe. It's hard to choose. Elephants are cute, too. My Current project is indeed an elephant.

Here's a sneak peek at my latest creation. I'll post more tomorrow once I unearth the camera.

What should we name her?


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