Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Earrings Organizer Tutorial

After the move my jewelry "organization" has consisted of this:
Which left me having to untangle earrings and necklaces in the last moments of trying to get ready to go somewhere.
So I gathered some frames I pick up thrifting over the years, window screen, gold spray paint and my trusty staple gun.
Unroll the screen and cut it about the size of the frame.
Fold the edges of the screen over once or twice. This gives a bit more of a stable material to staple through and keeps the raw edges enclosed.
Lay the screen on the back of the frame. Make sure that the edges fall in a part of the frame that will take staples well, in my case it was the widest part of the wooden frame.
The next few steps are totally optional. I really wanted the screen to be gold to match my frames so I put on the proper safety gear and gathered my screen.
I put the screen inside a box. We have a million right now because we just moved. I've been trying to paint other things in this box too.
Spray the entire screen, careful, it's super easy to miss spots.

After your screen is dried, put it painted side down on the back of the frame and staple that sucker down. I found stapling opposite sides of the frame helped keep it tight and kept the screen from shifting or warping. If you don't have a staple gun, buy one. They're cheap and you can use them for a ton of projects, they're just good to have around.
Put your earrings on the screen and voila! You have a place to hang your earrings. No more tangled mess! These would also work well for craft shows to display your handmade earrings. I'm just stoked I can find them when I need to!

Be blessed.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Massive Update

Hello to those that read this blog a full 6 months after I've stopped posting. You guys are the best, really, thank you thank you thank you.
Bye, thanks for the memories, house.
WE FINALLY SOLD OUR HOUSE! After almost a year on the market our first home sold, prompting a whirlwind move with lots of drama in the middle.
Terrible photo of Brad and I outside of the title office the day we signed papers to officially sell our house
Long story short, we decided to rent in Sacramento and found a house down the street from a family we've known forever.
The truck was so huge it literally hides the house.
Right about the time I was losing my damn mind.
It took three guys to get our fridge into the truck: my dad, Brad and a random neighbor.
My empty studio. Sad face.
We packed up our old house, which we've lived in for over 4 years, put it all in a huge moving truck and moved to the city.
Gabe turned 6. (!!!)
Forrest turned 3. (!!!)
And I got a haircut.

We're figuring out how to make this house home as renters while navigating the "adventure" that is living someplace new. Now that I am not in house selling mode I hope I'll have more time to sew, and blog what I sew. And of course I live entirely too close to IKEA now.

Be blessed.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Weekend Hiking at the Dam

 Happy 2nd of December! I am so excited to welcome the Christmas season!
This weekend we lived it up in our typical foothill town life way. We started the weekend with a hike along the lake near our house.
Our house is still on the market so as we are in this limbo of waiting for the house to sell before moving to the big city we are savoring what time we have left living walking distance from this:
We cut our tree from our yard and walked around downtown Nevada City and Grass Valley this weekend. We also got a special visitor, which I'll tell you a little more about tomorrow.

Be blessed.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Christmas Crafting Mythbusters Edition: Coat Hanger Tree Ball Wreath

 If you're on Pinterest, (Let's face it, every woman between the ages of 16 and 45 is), you've probably seen this pin, where it makes it look SO simple to make a Christmas wreath out of a coat hanger and about a million (85) tree balls. The original post for this craft can be found here. Basically you glue the caps down on the tree balls and then string them on a rounded coat hanger. It just seems to good to be true. This is one I just HAD to try out.
Last year I bought a bunch of tree ball ornaments on clearance at Kmart after Christmas specifically for this project. And I pulled a hanger out of my closet. I quickly realized that these four boxes would not be enough so I grabbed yet another box of ornaments that I bought on clearance last year to add to this.
So with my glue gun in hand, I glued the caps down and started stringing. It looked promising a few balls in.
Every time I strung and ornament on though the whole thing would shift so it was hard to determine what order I should string the ornaments in. I just winged it.
And a few more, still looking good...
Mostly complete. Near the end it felt like this project would never end, it felt like I added just as many balls to the last 6 inches of wire as I had already strung on the entire wreath.
And done! I still have to find a wreath hanger to hang this on my door... or in my window.. our front door gets slammed a lot so a window would probably be safer.
Just like all the other people who have tried this Pin, I knew I was done when balls started to pop off when I started to twist the coat hanger ends back together. I could probably fill this out by getting a few more smaller ornaments and gluing them in the spaces where you can still see the hanger but over all, I really like it.
So there you go, you really CAN make a wreath out of some Christmas Tree balls and a coat hanger. 
Have you tested a Pinterest Myth lately?

Be blessed.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Have a wonderful day of thankfulness, eat too much, rest in the glow of the full and drunken love of your family and may you have teenagers in your family that are forced to do the dishes.

Be blessed.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Leather Feather Crown

I've been loving making the leather crowns lately and I have to say, so far, this one is my absolute fave. It's trendy, it's delicate and it's so pretty and versatile.
I love the colors of the feathers in this one. There's some pearl, light pink, gold and a robin's egg blue.
Each feather was hand cut and arranged and then carefully sewn onto a cream satin ribbon.
The fringe on the feathers twists so beautifully and really makes this piece lay nicely.
I can't wait to try these in different color combinations, maybe even some simple combs or clips with just a few leather feathers.
Once I get a few more of these made they'll be at NEVA Co. in Nevada City as well as my Etsy shop. And of course, I always take custom orders.

Be blessed.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Festive Leather Star Crown Headband

This little crown came out of a bag of scrap leather, a need for a cute way to dress up my short hair and a general obsession with anything celestial at the moment.
The stars are hand cut from metallic gold leather and backed with white felt. A black satin ribbon ties the whole thing together. (Pun intended, of course!) It could even be worn as an accent belt if you've got an itty bitty waist, or a necklace.
This would be perfect for a Birthday, Christmas or New Year's party or any day you want to feel like the queen of awesome.
These will be available at NEVA Co. in downtown Nevada City, CA next month. If you would like to purchase one of your own, I hope to have them in my Etsy shop soon, you can email me if you'd like to order one before then.
What is on your winter wardrobe wishlist this year? (Me? I want more of those adorable floral print and sweater tights so that I can keep on wearing dresses through the winter!)

Be blessed.