Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bead Bazaar Buys...

I went to the The Bead Society of Greater Washington's latest Bead Bazaar last Sunday with my friend @aurenta, who makes really cool jewelry.  Got this stuff (and more).


In addition to some beads (obviously), I got lots and lots of findings at one booth because they had the nicer ear wires that I like, adorable little bead caps, and fancy head pins, all in just about every finish I like.  I only showed one color here, because I couldn't get them all nicely in one picture.

I also got some really cool "ribbon" made of recycled saris, which I'm hoping I can incorporate into some ribbon embroidery projects.  The vendor that had those also had some really neat enameled pieces (you might be able to see the tiny teal gear in the picture).  They also have all the supplies you need to enamel things yourself, which was very tempting, but I'm pretty sure I might get murdered* if I begin another type of craft.  

If you live in the Maryland/Metro DC area, I recommend checking out the next Bazaar.  You can usually get a coupon for discounted admission on their website.  

*given a disappointed look by my husband

Saturday, November 5, 2011

There. I made a cross-stitch.

First I free-handed a  branch...


Then I added some ribbon embroidery cherry blossoms with a lazy daisy stitch and some French knots.  Except I couldn't find silk ribbon in any store, so I used satin ribbon, which doesn't really work for ribbon embroidery, but OH WELL.

Finished cherry blossom embroidery.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Tootsie Rolls as Modeling Clay

Ah, the first week of November, when the only food you have in the house is leftover Halloween candy.  (Or is that just me?  Please don't say I'm the only one that has this problem!)  The best candy, as far as I'm concerned is the rare and wonderful "Tootsie Fruit Roll".  Not only are they more delicious than chocolate Tootsie Rolls, they also make excellent crafting materials.

These.  Buy them ALL.