Shower Hostess/Coordinator Gifts

I am a spoiled mother-to-be and actually had three showers. When some people don’t even get one, I had three. Actually, that’s a lie. We had four total. The last one was actually a surprise shower for Hubby thrown by his co-workers (sweet, huh?), and I was “in” on the surprise. We were so touched by not just all the friends that came out to support and bless us, but we also know it was a lot of work for my friends to coordinate these events, so as a token of my appreciation, I gifted each of them something different. Some of them were not handmade, but some of them were. Here are a couple of them that I did myself.

My first time working with stones and settings (all the parts laid out):
Beginnings of a pair of earrings

The finished products:
Pink pair for Tracy

Blue pair for Anne

The beginnings of a tennis bracelet – not much to see eh? This is the “backbone” of the bracelet.
Beginnings of Lacy's tennis bracelet

I haven’t quite finished the tennis bracelet – it’s currently stalled at the moment because the wirework is a lot more difficult than I anticipated. We’ll see if I’m successful at it one of these days.

And a fun pair of dangly earrings:

Leslie's Earrings

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One knit, one freebie

This one is a long time coming – I cast off almost two months ago, but never got around to taking pictures of it.

The yarn is Malabrigo Lace in the Snow Bird colorway, gifted to me from a friend. It was SUCH a dream to work with! Knitting with it alone was gift enough in itself. I decided to make the Flutter Scarf, and surprise my friend with the completed project. This yarn is so soft, even wool-allergies can’t compete (as I’ve been told)! I loved the little ruffles at the end too. The pattern was a fun lace project.

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On another note, I’ve made a couple more things for the shop. I have way too many ideas for my hands to keep up! And I figured I’ll give out another freebie just for fun.

Materials used: Czech crystals, sterling silver chain, sterling silver toggle clasp.
Necklace size: 40″ in length (rope/lariat size). Great as a long single chain, or doubled as a multi-layered necklace.

And like the previous freebie giveaway, to get this particular piece, you must be the first to do the following:

1. Purchase something in my shop

AND

2. Make a mention in the notes section (as you’re purchasing your item) about this blog post!

Shop Update

Just uploaded a new batch of stuff in the shop this morning. Here are a few snippets of my favorite pieces:

         

Materials for this new batch: 
Swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls, gold-filled beads, brilliant white topaz, turquoise, blue & green quartz, hematite beads, sterling silver.

I’m making a few more pieces this week, so this is just the start. More to come, will update when necessary. =)

Gifts

I have a couple handmade gifts to show!

A strawberry hat for a soon-to-be newborn:

For most knitters, this is a familiar pattern. Ann Norling! It went by really fast. :)

 

Several simple necklace pieces custom made for a friend (to match previously purchased earrings):

Materials: Swarovski flat back briolette, Swarovski crystals, sterling silver chain, sterling silver magnet clasp. Both necklaces 16″ length.

I have a lace scarf waiting to be photographed, and then a handful of jewelry to upload. I’ve got a new batch of stuff for the shop, it’ll be up and ready on Monday. Can’t wait! =)

P.S. I’ve set up a contact form on this website, you can find a link on my about page, and also on the upper right hand corner of this page.

Bummer

Frogging a project is somewhat disappointing and can be frustrating. But at least when it’s with yarn, you can pick back up again and transform your frogged materials into something else. Unfortunately, the beauty of reincarnation is not so sweet with beading. I’ve made three attempts at this bracelet, and none meet up to my expectations. I was so tempetd to throw the whole thing in the trash – but what prevented me from doing so was remembering the $$ I spent on the beads! But the wasted silver wire! Argh!!!

Here’s me cutting the beads out:

When I frog a knitting/crochet project, there is usually a sense of relief that comes with it. Unfortunately, no relief here with this wretched bracelet. Instead, there is discouragement, frustration, and sore finger tips. I’m desperately looking for a quicky beading project that yields high satisfaction to keep my hopes up.

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(P.S. Spent an hour last night making a necklace/earring set with the salvaged beads, while watching the latest episode of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta. The jewelry set was somewhat satisfying, but the trashy drama on the show definitely made up for it! Love it! Haha!)