Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A-to-Z April Challenge

I tripped over a blog on the internet devoted to an annual blog-hop called the A-to-Z April Challenge.  For the month of April you write one blog post each day, except Sundays, using the letters of the alphabet to choose your topics.  So April 1st would be A and April 30th would be Z.

I don't usually blog on a regular schedule, but I want to do this.  It sounds interesting, do-able (posts don't have to be long), and I might find some good blogs to read from the other participants.  I may not be able to think of a beady topic for every letter, but I'm going to try.  If I stray off-topic once in awhile, that might be fun too!

Wish me luck!  Now, I just need to think of something that starts with "A"...  ;)

Does anyone else want to do this with me?  You can head on over to the official A-to-Z blog and add yourself to their linky list.


Friday, February 08, 2013

Crystal Cross

My friend's birthday was the other day, so I wanted to make her something special.  I've made a few dragonfly necklaces for my kids and other friends of mine, so I was going to make that for her.  She just isn't a dragonfly kind of person, though.

I decided to make her a cross.  I started as I usually do, searching the internet for a pattern, but I couldn't find anything that looked like the idea I had in my head.  That led to a novel idea...Why not make my own design?  LOL

It turned out to very easy and quite cute, if I do say so myself.    I picked out some beautiful Preciosa crystals and used cubic right angle weave. I embellished each end with more crystals so that they would be a little wider than the body of the cross, and then embellished between each crystal with a seed bead.  It only took a little over an hour to make it.

Here's how it turned out.

My friend loves it!  I also gave her a silver chain so that she can switch from the leather necklace to suit her mood.  (That's why the jump ring is so large)

I think I might make a few more in different colors for my ArtFire store.  If I stay with using the Preciosa crystals I can keep the price at a reasonable point.

I also made some hair dangles for myself, but I'm having a hard time getting a good picture of them.  I'll keep working on that and try to post them up in a few days.