Saturday, June 22, 2013

Weird Things Around Here

I've way over scheduled myself ...AGAIN! 

So while I try to rebalance my life I thought I share some odd things in my little world.
These are cicada wings made from Chinese take out lids & Sharpie.
macro setting sees more flaws than the naked eye
This is a lotus style flower made from the left over material from the wings.
I wish I could remember where on pinterest I saw this design so I could give credit.
Then earrings with take out packaging and Sharpie. This time I added some pearls, headpins and ear wires.
Finally a copper colored beetle I found when bringing my plants inside for a typhoon. 
No worries  the storm was too far off island to harm a thing here.  Just practice to see if I needed to get rid of more plants or if what I had left would fit in the spare room.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Ankle Blog Hop

The always lovely Kashmira Patel is hosting her first blog hop today, and I was fortunate enough to be included. As best I can remember the instructions were very simple.  Create a colorful anklet.  Well if you knew my natural sense of style you'd understand that it's the colorful part that kept me playing with ideas instead of creating till the very last minute. I did create a few things though that I'd like to share.  So let's get on with it 'eh.
Wood and metallic beads strung on softflex with brass lobster clasp
Oh and here's a few tips on sizing if you want to make an anklet yourself.   TIPS
And here's a quick tip from me.
If like me you tuck one foot under you when you sit...don't put anklets on that leg. 
It hurts (thank you solid wood chair), and it may damage your design as well.
No worries though I wanted to make this design a pair so restringing one wont be a problem. 
I like where this one falls on the foot.
The faux sea glass is by Carolyn Chenault. The blue dangle by the clasp is like a counter balance.
Yep some times I can be brilliant.
Did you know you can't be too fussy about photos when your taking them of your own feet?  If you hang upside down like that too long you can get a butt cramp.  No fun, and why there is no picture of the other side of this design. But I can still place my whole hand on the floor without bending my knees.  So I'm not that old and stiff yet by golly! get a little crazy.  So don't blog with all that extra blood in your head.
Foot on a box shows you the other side of this one. Thanks for the tip ladies. 

Okay, I'm furiously working on one more, but with volunteer projects and two extremely unhelpful guys constantly cluttering my house this is as far as I've gotten on it.

I want to mention the email that Kashmira had going where some of the girls chatted during the process. I really thought it brought the participants to life for me. I don't have the time to read each participant's entire blog like some do. The email really added a little spirit to this process though.
UPDATE:  I finished it!  Yeah!!!
This one is adapted from the pattern I found HERE.
Fireline always grows with wear for me so this one will be perfect in a while.

Another fun extra Kashmira added to this hop was a pinterest board of inspiration created just for us.
(I'm sure she wont mind if you take a peek.)       ;)

Here are all the participants.  Take time to check out their blogs.  You may find an anklet or idea that makes your summer just a little bit brighter.
Kashmira Patel
Kaushambi Shah Will post on Kashmira's blog
Jean Wells
Mischelle Fanucchi
Shellie Grindie
Ginger Bishop
Monique U
Cynthia Machata
Kay Thomerson
Mimi Gardner
Anindita Basu
Rita (Toltec Jewels)
Gina Hockett
Tammie Everly

Dyanne Cantrell
Ema Kilroy
Emma Todd
K Morgan
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson
Cheri Reed
Rochelle Brisson
Michelle Buettner
Sandra McGriff
Stephanie Weiss
Shelley Graham Turner

Lynda Carson
Roxanne Mendoza

Thanks for stopping by. 
I love it when you share your thoughts.