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Interior Ideas- Bracelet Holder

13 Mar

I’ve recently become a fan of the arm party.

arm·par·ty [arm par tee] noun. Stacking and layering different bracelets and bangles on your wrist.

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So I have acquired many bracelets, and don’t have a way to store them. My jewelry box was overflowing. So I found a solution. A FREE solution!

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Clean out a wine bottle (the prettier the better) and stack your bracelets over the neck of the bottle. Ta-da! Yet another excuse to drink wine after work tomorrow. [You’re Welcome]

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Picture Shelf with Accessory Storage

10 Sep

Before I moved I realized that the tops of my furniture were loaded down with picture frames and tchotchkes. Having these things spread out and taking up so much space was really bogging me down mentally so I did a bit of research and decided to make a shelf dedicated just to displaying all of my photos of family and friends. While packing I also noticed that I had way more jewelry than I knew and figured I would wear it more often if I could see it all. Thus was born a picture shelf/jewelry display combo.

Supplies:

Lumber – I used a scrap piece of moulding and an 8′ board

Screw gun

Screw driver(yes, both)

Drill bits

Hooks – I used 80 total

Shelf brackets

Paint

Paint brush

Pencil

Level

To start I gave the piece of moulding a couple coats of gesso – basically as a primer. I wasn’t sure how was I was going to finish it at this point so I kept it simple.

While it was drying I went and picked up some hooks. Then I marked off where to pre-drill holes. The piece of moulding measured 7′-10″ which ended up being perfect for an 8′ shelf, allowing for brackets on either end that are an inch wide. After doing the math (80 hooks spread out over 94 inches) I decided to space the hooks out an inch apart, leaving 7 inches on either end.

Time for the drill! This part is obviously tedious but took surprisingly less time than I expected.

All the hooks are in and it looks a bit crazy. Everyone thought 80 hooks was overkill but those spaces fill up quicker than you may think!

Attaching the shelf to the piece of moulding took a bit of measuring and lining up. I marked off 4 spots along each to pre-drill where I wanted the screws to go to make sure they lined up evenly.

Once the shelf and moulding were attached I screwed in the wall brackets.

Using this little shelf and framed poster as inspiration, I decided to the paint the new shelf white underneath and black on the top.

Once the paint dried, I got to work on hanging this bad boy. I was home alone so I had to figure out how to do this by myself and make it even. To start, I centered the shelf on the wall and marked where one of the screws for the bracket would go. From there I was able to use my handy level app to figure out where the screws for the other brackets should be placed.

This shelf and accessory display filled up very quickly! I love having everything out and visible while still organized and neat. The project itself came together very easily – the hardest part was waiting for the paint to dry! It is also so easy to customize to fit any space and use any size scraps you may come across.

–Heather

Layered Beaded Necklace

10 May
A few years ago, while still in Savannah, I stopped by The Beadstro one day – our local bead shop – and picked up a few hand-painted ceramic beads that promptly got stashed away for later. I had completely forgotten about them until recently and decided that it was time to show them off. I wanted to just string the beads on a simple silver chain but didn’t have one available. Then I remembered that I had some silver seed beads that could work just as well!
Supplies:
Needle and thread
Beads
It doesn’t look like there are many seed beads there, but once you start stringing them up you realize how few you actually need. From that little section I probably used only a little over half of them for the entire necklace.
Once you’ve threaded the needle and made a knot at the end that is big enough to stop the beads from falling off, just start stringing! This is one of those great projects to do while watching Netflix(I’m watching Sons of Anarchy for the second time and it’s just as good as the first!).
Once you’ve filled up your string and made sure it is the length you wanted, add on your bigger beads and tie the two ends of thread together.
How cute are these beads? Just simple blue and pink flowers with gilded edges that will definitely add a little life to my spring wardrobe!
–Heather

Vegan-Friendly Cuffs

10 Mar

I am really excited to share this project with you. It was really fun, easy, and there are a million ways to customize these cuffs.

Supplies:
Vegan Leather (vinyl or pleather)
Snap fasteners
Masking Tape
Scissors
Hammer
Paint brush
Acrylic Paint
Spool of thread (not for sewing, don’t worry)
I found an old bracelet that I liked the width of, so I did this the easy way and traced it on the back of my vinyl. The dimensions I came up with were 2″ x 6.5″…but this is all based on my wrist. A tape measure would be handy (just wrap it around your wrist and give it about .5″ extra at one end) if you don’t have a flexible bracelet like I did.
Once I cut out my cuff, I started playing around with different designs. 
Using masking tape, I sectioned off my cuff with triangles.
I used 2 coats of everyday acrylic paint for this cuff and it turned out to be my favorite.  For my others, I tried combinations of spray paint, black ink and spray fixative. The paint was the easiest to work with and had the best results.
I purchased these Snap Fasteners from JoAnn Fabrics. They were about $5.00 for 7 snaps.
Here comes the fun part that I’m going to do my best to try to explain. Try on your cuff, marking where you want your snap to be with a pencil on each side. Take your fastener circle (the one with the little sharp teeth on it) and place it on the wrong side of your cuff, teeth side down. Gently hammer the teeth into the fabric so they begin to poke through. Do this on a lightly padded surface. I did it on top of my extra vinyl.
Flip over and place your female end to your snap on top of the teeth you just poked through the right side. Give it a good hammer and it should grasp onto the teeth and now be secure in place.
Now for the other end, repeat the process but place your fastener on the right side of your fabric. Hammer down so the teeth pop through the other side.
Flip over and place your male snap on top of the teeth. This time, grab a sewing spool and place directly over the snap. Hammer on top of the spool.
This way you don’t smush the head of your snap with the hammer.
Here’s a cuff, ready to go!
I sprayed some spray glue on the back of some of my cuffs and attached some scrap fabric I had to give it more of a finished look. This is optional and not really necessary, just thought I’d share incase you wanted to customize these even more, or make them reversible. Just make sure to do this step before adding your snaps.
This was a really addicting project, I can’t wait to make more!
–Emily Jo

Clay Bracelets

11 Jan
While I was organizing my craft supplies for the last project, I came across some things I didn’t even realize I had, one of those being a large supply of polymer(Sculpey) clays. Eager to do some sculpting, I decided to make myself some custom bracelets.
Supplies:
Polymer clay
Bracelet for sizing
Utility knife
Baking sheet
Here is the color scheme I decided to go with – I actually ended up mixing the green with some white and brown to tone it down.

First I worked the clay in my hands to warm it up and then rolled it out into long strands. This could be a good stress relief project for those of you with a lot going on.

For this first bracelet I used four strands of clay and braided them together. Then I used a bracelet that fits me well and based the length off of that. Using the utility knife, I cut the ends and then just smushed them together gently to join them.

Here are the four, ready for the oven. From left to right; two strands twisted together, four strands braided, three strands braided and one solid strand.

There are endless ways to design these bracelets, they could be rectangular strips with patterns embossed on the edges, or the bracelet could zig-zag around. These are also great because you get to fit them to your own wrists, which if you have tiny wrists like me, is nice to not have them falling off accidentally.

So the cooking temperature and times vary wildly between brands and thickness, so follow the instructions on the package. Mine were in for at least an hour and a half, but I wasn’t quite sure how to tell their doneness. They won’t firm up very much in the oven, but once they cool they do, so I would suggest just going by the directions for this step. 

All done! These could also be painted if you don’t have any colors you’re loving, or if you had a particular design in mind. So many options for such a simple project!
–Heather

A new twist on the classic "Friendship Bracelet"

20 Nov
Friendship Bracelets for adults, how fun! 
Supplies:
Thread
2 bobby pins
Scissors
A bracelet with large chain links
This bracelet was in need of an update. I got inspired by a tutorial I saw, and decided to give it a try.
Cut each piece of thread to be 4 times the size of your bracelet. Do this twice for each color you chose. I chose 10 colors total, so I had 20 pieces of thread when I was done cutting.
Group the thread into 2 different piles. I chose to keep like colors together and separated mine between Pinks/Purples and Blue/Greens.
Tie the two groups together with a knot, leaving about 2 inches slack.
The bobby pins were a big help with this project. Slip them onto each section like shown, this is how you will weave your thread through each link.
Alright time to start! Lay your bracelet to the right of your thread. Start by weaving Group 1 (pinks/purples) through your first link from under the bracelet. Then place your Group 2 (Blues/Greens) on top of Group 1, then weave Group 2 through your link from underneath. 
This is all you do for the whole bracelet. Repeat, Repeat, Repeat.
Under, pull through, next Group over top, Under, pull through.
When I got to the end, I had a decent amount of thread left and I wanted it to look chunkier. I decided to go back down the bracelet in the same pattern.
Once you have the thickness you desire, Tie a knot in the remaining thread and trim the ends.
Now you can either wear your friendship bracelet…

Or give it to your best friend to wear!
–Emily Jo

Skeleton Key Necklace

12 Nov

I’ve been making a lot of jewelry lately, and this old skeleton key was begging to be worn.

Supplies:
Key
2.3 mm chain
Acrylic Paint
Toggle Clasp (closure)
2 Jump rings
charms/beads
wire
wire cutter
First I decided to paint my key using acrylic paint.
I wanted my necklace to not just be a single key on a chain (even though you could do that as well.) So I decided to bling it out by adding some beads and loose charms I had. So first I took some armature and strung up some beads…
Then I wrapped it around the top of my key to create a loop for my chain to fit into.
I then found all the random charms I could find and strung them through my chain, putting the key in the middle.
I attached my jump rings to my chain and the toggle clasps to the jump rings.
(I think this heavy of a necklace would look best on a longer chain, resting mid chest or longer. So make sure to cut a long enough chain!)
And here are some “myspace” type photos to show you the outcome:
This necklace would look cute on ribbon as well!
–Emily Jo
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