Monday, January 30, 2012

Crochet Brooch - Two More - Irish Rose and Fluffy Frilly Flower

I made two more flower Brooches an Irish Rose that is the one that is teal, and the other I am not sure what flower to call it, perhaps a fluffy frilly flower is a good name, it's pink and violet. I am really in love with that one. I put a bead in the center of the Irish Rose along with a tiny flower I fit inside the center. 
The Irish Rose took me awhile because it's a bit strange how it goes together the other frilly flower did as well because the yarn I am using if you call it yarn or thread is Patons Grace Yarn it separates while stitching.  I love the weight and colors of Patons it's gorgeous and bright.




The day is beautiful...soon it will turn to rain according to the weather man.  I hope next weekend will be nice because we are going to the bay area, San Francisco. 

I had a woman ask me if I would allow my crystal angel suncatchers to be sold on Consignment in her shop but the shop is in Central California. I would have to send them there to her shop. I did think about it but I have to be in total control of my product.  I would sell them wholesale but I am not interested in consignment unless it was local.   

Have a great day!



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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Darling Cookie Cutters Cardinal, Hummingbird, Dragonfly and Owl

Recently I downloaded a few recipes from online and one of the recipes had an adorable cookie cutter.......I was in love it was a bird, perhaps a Dove. I went to Joann's, Michaels and Hobby Lobby but no luck finding any bird cookie cutters. So I did a search online and I found Make More Cookies and I found a hummingbird, Cardinal, Owl, then I could not resist the cute Dragonfly. Ann Clark is the owner and creator of these cute cookie cutters, you can find the cookie cutters here.  
She has a nice page where customers can upload photos of the cookies they make hereAlso a page of recipes
The cookie cutters are $3.99 and if you buy four she ships them free. I got a nice recipe card and three Hershey Kisses and four cookie cutters I chose. 
Did I tell you each cookie cutter has beautiful card with recipe and gorgeous art on the front for each cookie cutter you buy. 
These are great because I love birds and dragonflies, I have to go back and get the butterfly, love those as well.  

    



I will be back soon with some decorated cookies!



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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Rolled Rose and Ruffled Rose Crochet Flower Brooch

Ooh I have gotten off track and have not make the colorful heart I was suppose to make this week. Instead for some reason I ended up making two colorful flower brooches. One is a pretty Rolled Rose Brooch in Light Purple, Deep Violet, Rose and Blue. The other brooch is a Ruffled Rose Brooch in Deep Violet. I like the way they turned out. These are the first brooches I have made. It was a lot of fun.


Ruffled Rose Brooch and Rolled Rose Brooch

It looks so pretty on this jacket, will look great on a sweater as well or cute top

ruffle rose Brooch darling!



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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

5th Bead Soup Blog Party 2012 - My Partner and Ingredients

Today I received my ingredients for the 2012 bead soup put on by Lori Anderson at Pretty Things. She has created the 5th bead soup blog party and I was ecstatic to participate in it. Lori's website for the Bead Soup Blog Party is http://lorianderson-beadsoupblogparty.blogspot.com/ 


She made me a really pretty peach crochet medallion, red beads, cute antique brass filigrees, seed beads and finding. I am already kind of getting an idea of what I will make.    

Today is the day I reveal what Kashmira sent in the mail.


Now I reveal what I sent to Kashmira, I can't wait to see what she makes!


  In this bead soup to Kashmira is a Millefiori Donut Pendant, Czech Beads in various colors and sizes, Chinese Crystals, Swarovski Crystal Heart Beads, Seed beads, Silver Beads and Findings.  

What will she make??

The date we reveal what we made with the beads our partner has to sent to us is March 3, 2012.

Just a little end note I posted a tutorial on how to put a donut pendant on a ribbon, chain or beaded strand here

Happy Beading!



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Monday, January 23, 2012

Sweet Crochet Owl Ornment - Very Colorful

Recently I was over to visit my online friends Liz's blog and found the cutest little crochet ornaments she made. She left a link to the pattern online at ATERGcrochet, I must say Great has the most adorable little patterns-so colorful. I purchased a few and make up one this weekend. I had a hard time understanding parts of the directions, but eventually I got through it and made one cute owl. I am sure it will go faster next time. I messrd up on the head a bit, but it's okay.
Greta lives in the Netherlands and she makes great sales on her darling patterns and I can see why. I am going to make a colorful heart next. 
The key to her cute patterns is you change colors for each row, it's kind of a pain but the results are extremely adorable. I have to go get some size 3 cotton thread because size 10 is to small and I don't have to many colors in size 3.  

No matter how much yarn I buy, I always seem to need more! A lot of the crochet I love to do is with the smaller threads anyway. I will probably have to purchase the crochet thread online because Joann's does not carry to many colors here in size 3 crochet thread.
Michaels barley has any of this crochet thread, It's such a pain. I want it now and I didn't want to pay shipping for yarn. 
I have even looked at Hobby Lobby but they have the smallest selection of yarn out of all three stores. I am not a huge fan of Hobby Lobby because they carry to many knick knacks and I would rather see more content in the actual craft supply department.
The Hobby Lobby near me just happens to be a small one, so that might be why. 
The one I visited in Texas in 1998 was huge! when my dad was alive I flew out to visit him with my daughter and he took us to his huge Lobby Lobby in San Antonio . My daughter Kirsten and I spent over an hour maybe even two there. I found some adorable crochet patterns, a cute jar that is shaped like a bunny. I still have that jar, the crochet patterns were for cute angel ornaments, I still have those patterns.        


Happy Crocheting! 


     
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Saturday, January 21, 2012

How to Make a Seed Bead Loop for Donut Pendant

Here is a way I have discovered to make a loop for a Donut Pendant so you can hang it on a chain, seed beads or even ribbon or other fiber such as crochet thread. In this tutorial I will be using ribbon and seed beads.



Firstly I will show how to create a seed bead loop to put into the donut pendant, in this case I am going to use a Millefiori Donut Pendant. Here is a description on wikepedia about Millefiori




Supplies you will need for this tutorial

Tiny seed beads
Donut style pendant
Fireline
Ribbon
Seed Bead Needle
nippers

Here is the donut style pendant

Create a circle with seed beads, make it about the size I made it here and later you can shorten it. 
Pull the circle of seed beads through the pendant

Once pulled through this is what it will look like.

Now pull the seed bead circle through the seed beads themselves.
Pull up tight, but not to tight but enough so that it looks pretty.

Like this, so it drapes nicely over the donut pendant. 

At this point you can begin removing any unwanted beads very carefully and then tie off the fireline and perhaps add a dab of glue. 

This is my finished look using hand dyed ribbon that I ran through the seed beads, but you can also do it even simpler if you don't want to mess with the seed beads, however the seed bead Idea is great if you're wanting to make a beaded necklace.    

Here is the alternate method with the ribbon

Follow the directions above but instead we use a ribbon that will be used for the necklace and loop.
Of course there are lots of ways to finish this off this is just two, but like I said you can make a seed bead necklace, beaded  necklace or even use silver chain.

So now you know what to with a beautiful donut pendant.

Happy Beading! ~Kat

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Shiny Moon Beams @ Etsy Close Out Sale Everything Must Go Floral Hair Accessories, Post Floral Earrings


Would make cute Easter Egg Stuffers and Great for Little and Big Girls! Floral Hair Accessories , Earrings and one Wedding Pearl Floral Wirework Necklace all made by me! 
Check it out and tell your friends very cheap bottom line prices I am practically giving them away.
Here is a small sample of what I have left

ShinyMoonBeams @ Etsy Click Here.

Set of Two Rounded Rose Hair Clips Matte Orange and Matte Aqua.

Purple Rose Dangle Earrings with Gold Filagree Settings




Set of 2 Large Rose Flower Hair Pins or Hair Clips Choose Your Colors Silver and Gold



Colorful Dahlia Stud Earrings Choose Your Color




White and Cream Pearl Wire Work Twisted Vine Necklace with Pearl Flowers Free Shipping




Check out my Crystal Suncatchers @ Krystal Kat's lots of new things added!
Also check out my jewelry at http://krystalkats.com/jewels/

See you there!

~kat


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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

At the Blue Note Necklace


Recently I was visiting the website ArtBeads.com and I found a cute necklace design by one of their artist called "At the Blue Note", I bought all the findings and beads to make it, I didn't want to change a thing about it, I love it just the way it is in the photo. The necklace went together in about 20 minutes only because I had a hard time getting my silver beads over the hand dyed silk, if that would have been easier I could have made it in half the time or less. The directions said to use two silver 7mm beads and I already had in my stash lots of 6mm sterling silver beads so I didn't purchase those, instead I used my 6mm sterling silver beads. I had to use a needle with thread to get them to go over the silk. I really like the silk ribbon the ends are all finished so you can have a nice sleek professional look at the end of your necklace. The hand dyed silk is pricey I wish I could get wholesale I am so in love with it.  I know I am going to enjoy wearing this cute necklace a lot because I don't have many blue tone necklaces that I have made for myself. 
I am really in love with the new bead caps that are popping up they are flatish with rounded ends, very pretty.  The necklace is made with sterling silver bead caps, silk dyed ribbon and lampwork beads.
This necklace anyone can make it's that easy and the results gorgeous.  



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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Shoot for the Moon! Full Moon - Taking Photos of the Moon with my Nikon D3100 Camera

I am always trying to expand my usage of my Nikon D3100 Camera. Today I wanted to photograph the full moon. After I photographed the moon,  I checked out my photos I took and I realized I had no idea what to expect of the photo my camera should take using my regular lenses. 

Well what I got is the exact thing I saw with my own eyes, the moon lit up bright like a big flash bulb in the sky. But when I went online to see what other photos were being taken by  people of the moon, well these people actually had great photos of close ups of the moon. I was very disbelieving that that can be done with a camera, or at least my camera anyway. 

I was super curious so I ran to get my 200x zoom lenses and put that on right quick and ran out onto the patio to take the shot of the moon. The moon had moved to strait over my head. I didn't want to fuss with the tripod so I just took several shots of the moon and they all turned out okay, but while I was taking them I was sure they weren't turning out at all. 

The first photo, just a flash of light in the sky

When I came back into the house I uploaded the shots I took to my computer into my iphoto and I cropped them and that is when I knew I had a some great shots of the moon! yay! 

Second photo with zoom lenses 200x

I had went to these two websites to get some ideas on how to shoot photos of the moon. One is on a Flickr Group called appropriately "The Moon" and the other is on Ken Rockwell's website, although I was not able to find any information quick enough to figure out how to shoot photos of the moon on his website, I do want to go back again and cheek out his website, looks pretty interesting.  I was able to get some quick tips from the flickr group and that was a great help for me to get a shot of the full moon! I think it's pretty amazing that a 200x zoom lenses can give me a shot like this! Love it!!!



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