Handmade Denim Jeans Bag

During one of our “Back to School Shopping” expeditions, rather than buy her a new school bag, I promised my daughter that I would make her one.  So, I took one of her brothers old jeans, and made a school bag.  She chose the lining, and I embellished it with things I thought she would like.  She’s very much into playing the guitar, and still believes in fairytale endings :-):

My Talented Daughter

I have a very talented daughter.  She does many artsy things, one of them being amigurumi.  She’s made many handmade gifts for friends and relatives, and most recently made this crocheted Charmander.  I was so impressed, I decided to share:

We have decided to combine our talents and open an Etsy shop featuring her creative creatures and some of mine.  Keep your eyes open for the announcement!

Coming soon!

The Global Genes Project 7,000 Bracelets For Hope

The Global Genes Project  volunteer team continues to collect blue jean/denim inspired bracelets for families living with rare disease, the campaign is called 7,000 Bracelets for Hope.”

To help raise awareness they are asking 7,000 jewelry designers, volunteers from the craft community and various artists to donate one bracelet to this campaign to show their support for kids living with rare disease, disorders or conditions. These bracelets will then be distributed to participating families.


As February 29, marks  the fifth international Rare Disease Day, I thought I would make a few more bracelets:

I found this nice painted ceramic focal at my local craft store. I added some vintage glass beads I found at an antique store a while back:

I also found these nice ceramic beads at my local craft store – I liked the feel of the chunky beads. The bracelet is finished off with seed bead/ceramic button clasp:

This bracelet is made of a lucite flower with CZ center, and cut glass beads:

Here is a charm bracelet, ready for some personal photos to be inserted into the small frames:

A delicate memory wire bracelet with vintage glass flower bead dangles:

Another memory wire bracelet.  This time with Asian ceramic beads that I got many years ago when we lived in Australia:

And finally, a lampwork focal with flowers that I made:

If you would like to participate and make a bracelet, go to 7,000 Bracelets For Hope.

Little Houses Project By Jojoebi Designs

I do my share of looking around the blog world, and recently came across Jojoebi Designs and her Little Houses Project.  My family came from Japan, so I found her blog, a western woman married and living in Japan blogging about life there very interesting.  You can go to Jojoebi Designs blog to get the details of the Little Houses Project.  In a nutshell, it is to make and send a small handmade house as a gift of encouragement to the survivors of the Tohoku Disaster:

Since I still have my sewing machine out from the time I started making my daughter her Homecoming dress, it was fun and easy to do.  The dress on the other hand may make it for Winter Formal, or perhaps the Prom… Anyway, here is the house I made:

I added a frog for luck, and gave him my handmade lampwork lily flower and pad.  If you would like to participate and make a house, go to Jojoebi Designs.

Beaded Amulet Bag

I was rummaging through my craft supplies when I came across a knitted beaded amulet bag/necklace project that I had started several years ago.  Well, with my “Artful Year” in mind, I decided to finish it:

I used the Swag Amulet Knit Kit from The Beaded Bag Co. located in Denver, CO.  Knitting with size 0000 knitting needles was not too bad, but transferring seed beads onto the perle cotton was a bit of a chore.  I had knitted at least four of these amulet bags as gifts, and this one was meant for myself – now I finally have one :-).  I finished it off with an amethyst nugget drop.  Here is a close up:

On Going Cross Stitch Project

Every year around this time, I think of my yet unfinished “Harvest” cross stitch project. When we first returned from Europe 20+ years ago, my sister was doing cross stitching. I’m always game for something new to me , so I dived right in. My husband was baffled and at a loss for words, since he couldn’t fathom how anyone could just sit there and make “x”s over and over again – I found it to be therapeutic. Anyway, the “Harvest” project is from designer Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum at Told In A Garden.  Here is my work in progress. I only have the area to the left to finish – one day…

This is how it should look when finished: