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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

DIY Fabric Wrapped Bracelets!


Good Tuesday morning,

First, "It is going to SNOW in South Georgia"...that is me slightly screaming...lol! I do not believe it has snowed here since 1989...my middle daughter was just a little over 1 and she is now 25! I have to admit, I'm little afraid if we do get any accumulation of snow that the folks that live down here who have never driven in this type of weather will try and get out and sight see!!

But, as to these fabulous bracelets...first, I have to give a huge shout out to Natalie at cremedelacrafts.com. I first saw these on a blog party and I'm sorry to say, I have forgotten which one, as there are so many wonderful blog parties out there.  But, these were so easy to make.

Basically, I didn't have to buy anything to do this project, as I already had everything that I needed. Here is what I did...I took floral wire I had bought at Dollar Tree...I cut a piece that would fit around my wrist with a little extra, as you take your needle nose pliers and twist around the end of wire. Then I took different strips of cloth I had on hand.....tie one end of the cloth and make a knot and leave about one inch sticking out....then wrap until the wire is covered. Tie the end off when done, and BAM, you have the cutest bracelet!






I just love these and I have so many different types of cloth, the combinations for me are almost endless....these are my first ones I did and they need tweaking but I think they are so cute!

Where ever you are stay warm and safe!

Blessings,

Deborah

Sunday, January 26, 2014

It Is What It Is Sunday! #1

Happy Sunday everyone,

Welcome to the 1st It Is What It is Sunday! I've been thinking for along time that I just wanted to write to everyone sometimes instead of trying to come up with a new craft to share. As, Ive stated before, being on disability and living on a fixed income, can be a strain at times on what I can procure to make into something crafty and unique. 

So, every Sunday I'm going to just let you know what is going on with my life. It may be something I'm working on, it might be one of the many funny and maybe poignant about my family...and there are many! It even just be me sharing with you my feelings on a certain subject. You might be asking why I chose the name It Is What It Is as the title of my little chat sessions? Well, that is a story all about my Mother, Katy. First, she is an amazing woman...she raised us 4 children, which wasn't easy, and worked and managed my Daddy's law offices....which could be rough at times.

You see, my Daddy was one of the most brilliant lawyers ever...he has even been wrote up in law books, and some of his victories are still in the Georgia law books. But, he could be very demanding at times, and being both wife and office manager...well, I don't see how my Mom handled it. I mean, he might get angry at her about something that might not have been done to his satisfaction, but, then on the way home together ask her, "honey, what is for supper"!!! LOL

After, almost 59 years of marriage...4 children through all our ups and downs....8 grandchildren and now 2 great children I don't think there is nothing that can and could surprise my Mother! Whether, it was one of her daughters going through a divorce, and oh my, that is a story for a different day....lol.....losses of dear family friends, car wrecks, helping children move time after time, wow, the list just keeps going!

So, a couple years ago, while my sisters and I were gathered with our Mother, I think it was during a troubling time, and we had just been talking for awhile, Mother, just looked at us and said..."It Is What It Is"!!! Now, when something is going on within the family and we don't really know how to act or what to say....It Is What It Is has become our stander bearer. With all that said, my Mother is the Rock, the Glue, the Love that holds our family together....she can be tough when need be...but, she can also be the most fun ever....I'm going to share with you my favorite pick of my Mother:


So, please join me next Sunday for It Is What It Is!

Blessings,

Deborah

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Jewelry in Candles! Don't Burn Yourself!

Happy Hump Day Everyone,

I hope where ever you are that you are bundled up and staying warm, because even down here in South Georgia, it is COLD this morning! When I took my dog out this morning...he didn't want to go....had to pull him out the door.....lol! But, we made it back inside and now with a cup of hot chocolate, I feel so much better.

Now, on the these fancy candles I've been hearing so much about. They go by many names...Diamond Candles, Jewel Scent....Clarity Candles....Marquee Candles....oh, my head aches from researching them all! I've read...I've gone to every website....read reviews....but, to me, asking help from you, my blogging friends...whom I depend on....well, I would rather hear what ya'll have to say.

Have you ever bought one of these candles that claim to have a fancy piece of jewelry in them..or, as most of these sites say...."you can find a piece a jewelry that COULD range from$10.00 to $7500.00!!!! Wow, that is alot! Now, I love candles and have them everywhere all over my apartment. Bathroom, bedroom, living room, and one even in the kitchen. 

Now, if I buy one of these candles, I can see myself now....I will be lighting it...and digging with a spoon to find my treasure! My fingers will be burned from trying to find m prize...lol! So, my question is, have you ever bought one? Did you get a piece of jewelry? Was it worth the price, which I see ranges from $29 to $39 dollars.

I would really like to hear from you before I buy one. So, thanks!


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Heart Pendants!


Greetings Everyone,

Well, I have been "up to my, well, you know what" in polymer clay! I have been working very hard learning how to best, for me, to work with this medium.  I've order and purchased a new supply of clay....read everything I can find on the net and looked at every pic of polymer clay jewelry trying to learn from others.

Let me tell you right now, there are a lot of talented folks out there working with clay....so, much more talented than me. But, I'm having fun....and I think for "my neck of the woods" since there is no one else out there that is doing anything like this, that I might have some good luck at the next big craft show coming up in March. I plan on the first of February ordering some great multi-colored turquoise nuggets and making necklaces for the pendants. I'm so excited! I love all the bright, bold and beautiful colors of turquoise out there.

So, with that said, Valentines is coming up, and what better way of showing your Love is wearing one of these fun and funky pendants:







Are these not fun? Each one has a leather piece at the top where they can be attached to any neat necklace you might own. I can't wait to get those turquoise nuggets in and make some really funky pieces to wear these on! 

I hope you enjoy and I hope you all have a wonderful day, and no matter where you are...Be Safe and Stay Warm as another Polar Vortex is coming!

Blessings,

Deborah

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I Just Love Working With Clay!

Well, it is a rainy morning here in South Georgia! Which, for me is a good thing....I have recently started working with polymer clay making jewelry, and guess what? I love it! I was worried a little when I first began as to I have horrible Fibromyalgia and my hands are affected, but, amazingly to me, the "kneading" of the clay or "working it" has actually helped me!

I'm still sketching out designs I want to try....as I said before I just love the bright colorful pieces you see with what is called "Cowgirl jewelry".....and I love turquoise! So, I hope to post more pieces soon!

I have to say my favorite is my "Junkin Queen" truck, and I will be making it also in red and turquoise colors....it is so much fun and I do love a good day of "Going Junkin":



Let's hit the road!!!

Blessings,
Deborah

Sunday, January 12, 2014

NEW! Polymer Clay Pendants!


Greetings Everyone,

As, I have posted on my Facebook and on Google+, I have fallen in love with polymer clay jewelry. To be specific, I love all the bright, bold, chunky, "cowgirl jewelry".....chunks of bright turquoise mixed with handmade pendants.......and, when I was younger, at one time our family had 28 registered quarter horses! One of my sisters, still has a beautiful Arabian gelding....and I love to watch her ride. I can still ride at a very slow walk...lol...with herniated disc it isn't recommended to take off in a fast gallop!

I also love turquoise....I have so many pieces I can't count....so, after seeing all these other talented artisans crafting polymer clay pendants, I researched....got the clay....and well, started!
The first couple pieces got thrown in the trash....but, I tried again....many times! I now have to find a good places to order some turquoise beads from and make some great necklaces to wear these pendants on....but, I'm pretty happy with this first batch:














So, did I do good? I still have a lot to learn.....but, I'm really enjoying this!

Blessings, 
Deborah

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Crone...."she embraced the Twilight"

The Crone.....most folks think of a crone as an old, ugly, woman with gnarled hands, and long gray hair....which has nothing better to do than scare little children! But, to me, She is way more than that. She is a woman who has LIVED....her life to the fullest....she is knowledgeable in the ways of Life, as She, has learned from her mistakes.... lived with all of her Heart and Soul!

She, still, loves to sneak out at night when the Moon is full and dance under the moon.....she still loves her big, shiny, earrings and necklaces and bangles galore.....She still likes to smile and flirt with the cute bag boy at the grocery store, just to see him blush! Plastic surgery for Her, Never, as the wrinkles upon her face and neck...well, She earned them all!

I've had several crones in my life that have influenced me and loved me, just the way I was. Granny Minchew....Duffie.....and even,my beautiful Mom....they all aged and are aging to be the wisest women I've ever known. And, as I enter my 58th year of Life....I hope that I can be a good influence and guide to some young woman as they have been to me.

So, let me share my newest folk art painting with you:




Blessings to each of you today,

Deborah

Saturday, January 4, 2014

A New Year....What to do, What to do?

Wow, the new year has come in with a blustery wind and low temps down here in rural South Georgia! I finally overcame the awful "crud" what ever it was that grabbed a hold of me on Christmas Eve and wouldn't let go....but, it gave me "one heck of a ride"!

So, I got around to cleaning off my craft space/desk, and just sat and "pondered" as we say down south, of what I really wanted to work on this year. Whew, all that "pondering" gave me a headache....but, I decided I needed to get back to doing what started me down this whole blogging thing, and that is my whimsical folk art....my jewelry making....my purse making...see, what a dilemma I'm in? I love doing these things, but, then I read or see something that one of you have shared and I leave a project and run to do that!

But, it dawned on me while scrolling through Bloglovin yesterday, that I will NEVER be as talented as some of you, and truthfully, I don't have the budget to buy and have on hand a lot of what some of you have! I just had to face the facts....and the main fact is that I need to stick to what I can do....what I enjoy doing....and what I have the means to do.

With that said, I decided to highlight some of my best pieces and most favorite pieces down by sidebar.....and will be adding more as the year goes along. I do want to get an Etsy store set up, so it will be easier to sell some of my work to a bigger audience when the time comes. 

One of the first things I did when I started down this "crafting/diy" experience two years ago was to paint on old wooden windows....and I created what I like to call "my alter-ego, Ms. Lucy"....she is like me in that she is short....got some "junk in her trunk" like me, but, she can be a little more "sassier" than me and I don't have to get in trouble....so, I thought I would start this year off by sharing her with you:





As you can see, Ms. Lucy is a force to be reckoned with....lol.....I'm looking forward to see what I create and work on this year, and again, I thank all my followers for coming on this ride with me and supporting me and featuring me! 

So, Bring It On 2014!

Blessings,

Deborah