Last weekend I was just going to throw out my empty coffee jar, when I remembered I’d seen a tutorial somewhere whereby you wrapped wool around an empty bottle or jar – securing the wool to the jar with glue, to make a vase (pen or makeup brush holder). A quick search on google brings up a plethora of blog and YouTube tutorials – if you want to have a go yourself.
I have quite a few balls of yarn amongst my crafty supplies and started off using the fancy green yarn shown above, but it didn’t look right so I used plain wool. I added a little scrap of lace, 3 small vintage buttons and some pink fancy yarn as embellishments. The ridged neck part of the jar was a little tricky to wrap and doesn’t look as neat as I would have liked – but hey ho……add a few flowers and I think it looks quite cute as a little vase with it’s rustic, shabby style!
Yesterday on the way back from food shopping I popped into my local T.J Maxx store, to have a look around their stationary section. I came cross some studs with pearls -dimensional stickers (Jolee’s). I purchased one packet and by the time I got home, I felt in creative mode and spent most of the afternoon and evening making earrings as planned, and gift art tags, some of which I’ve converted to earring cards.
Since I’m in tag making mode…..need to pop back to the store today and see if they have any more of the stickers left!
There is something meditative about rifling through my beads, buttons and charms, being enthralled by the different shapes, textures, colours and sizes – I relax and feel inspired to create something…………what inspires you to be creative?
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I have been using my smartphone to take photos of my creations and for my blog, for the past 6 months or so, as the images seem clearer and sharper than those taken with my old digital camera. Note – I am not a professional photographer, neither am I anywhere up there with the growing league of those people producing fantastic works of art with their iPhones. I’m an amateur in the truest sense of the word in that all I literally do is try and take my photos in natural light with a creative background, and point and shoot!
I’ve recently discovered Instagram which is a social photo networking app you can download for free. It has inbuilt filters which enable you to edit your images and apply borders or effects that give your photos a nice 1970’s nostalgic, retro style look, a grungy look, or old black and white movie style look. I must have an addictive personality…..because, well…I’ve become addicted to it and am looking at everything with ‘new eyes’ and wanting to take photos all the time or am spending far too much time admiring other Instagramer’s photos! I’ve also discovered loads of other filter apps are available. I’ve only downloaded one (so far).
Here are some photos I’ve taken and then experimented with filters and applied effects’.
Made myself another pair of earrings…..using some left over Swarovski Elements crystal bicone shaped beads from a previous project, and rondelles with sterling silver teardrop beads, headpins and earwires.
I’ve made them to go with this sky blue ombre silk dress (another recent sales purchase from Mint Velvet).
I’m in earring making mood! I’ve just rooted through my bead selection and found these 2 faceted candy jade briolette beads which I’m going to wire wrap with sterling silver wire and cluster with small white swarovski crystal pearl beads and artisan sterling silver earwires. I might also make a stretch bracelet with some larger crystal pearl beads and silver charm.
These little dinkies are going to accessorise the stone coloured lace top dress I recently purchased in the sales from Mink Velvet. The dress and earrings will also go well with either of the 2 pairs of shoes I also recently purchased in the sales – stone suede court shoes and coral wedge heeled sling backs.