Thursday, July 18, 2024

BFF Open House


Happy Friday Eve All! July is chugging along and is it me or is Halloween stuff hitting stores even earlier this year? JoAnn and Michaels have tons of stuff in store and online and I just read something about Target getting theirs so I have to pop in and peek! Michaels has a great deal going on right now with 40% off all regular online prices. Ask me how I know? 😂

This week I shared some gifts I sent along with Mr. Chocolate for his dad and a friend. They live at the ocean which was the inspiration for them. Ocean Inspired Jewelry Gifts

Speaking of the ocean, Coastal Bohemian shared a great post with Ten Things to Do With Driftwood. It's Summer Beach season in so many places so take advantage of free craft supplies! 

Two loves in one. A great Printable and Coffee! From Hunny I'm Home DIY

Simple Everyday Mom shared a fun thing to do with littles and grands with this Panda Handprint Craft!

It's a S'More. It's a Cookie. It's a S'Mookie! From Recipes Simple , Peanut Butter S'Mores Cookies

Great ideas as always and I can't wait to see what you've got in store this week. 

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Monday, July 15, 2024

Jewelry Making: Ocean Inspired Jewelry Gifts


Mr. Chocolate is going to visit his dad for a couple of weeks and FIL Chocolate has a lovely woman companion for whom I wanted to send something along. They're both widowed and neither are interested in getting remarried but it's been so great for us to know that he has someone to do things with. 

They live on the Washington Coast so when I looked in my bead stash, I went with colors inspired by that. 

  • Bead Landing Blue Green Swirl Glass Beads (Michaels)
  • Bead Landing White Glass Beads (Michaels)
  • Bead Landing Silver Spacer Beads (Michaels)
  • Silver Bead Caps, Head Pins (
  • Stretch Magic Cord (Michaels)
  • Jump Rings
  • Ear Wires
  • Jewelry Pliers 
I'm one of those Makers who buys things on sale without necessarily having a project in mind but let's come back to that point later! I didn't do a lot of in process pictures but these are very straightforward basic jewelry making projects. 

For the earrings, I strung a white bead, then a swirl bead, and bead cap onto a decorative head pin then made a closed loop and attached to a fish hook ear wire. For the bracelet, I always cut the stretch cord longer than I need because for me it makes knotting easier and I've had to re-do one too many a bracelet when I don't. So if you track costs to the penny this may be wasteful to you but my frustration level is worth it! 

I love these clamps I got at Dollar Tree (automotive supplies) that I use on one end of the cord to keep the beads from falling off. Then used another bead cap, white bead, bead cap, swirl bead, spacer bead until sized to approx 7 inches, my standard women's bracelet size.

The colors and swirls remind me of ocean waves so I think they'll be perfect "at the ocean". After I showed these to Mr. Chocolate, he asked if I would make something for his dad too. Twist my arm!

The best thing about being a hoarder, I mean Maker, is having choices in my stash. Living where I do and having now been through two bead show seasons (Tucson is a world leader in bead and gemstone shows) I'd picked up some Fancy Mixed Jasper that I thought worked colorwise. I used the same silver spacer beads and chose a silver bead as the focal bead. 

But why are there two bracelets shown? Because that's how things go in Casa Chocolate. I'll nake something as a gift. Mr. Chocolate sees it and says "I want one". And that's exactly what happened here so twist my arm! I made him one too! 

This really reminds me of all the colors you can see on the Washington coast. Heathers, and evergreens and the ocean that sometimes looks green, the overcast skies etc. 

I love that gemstones all have a story. 

Thursday, July 11, 2024

BFF Open House


Happy Friday Eve, all! Hope you all had a safe and uneventful Fourth. We live in what's called a dark sky town so we didn't have any fireworks and considering how dry and fire-prone we are, that was just fine by me. Hopefully your four-legged friends weren't too affected. 

JoAnn is having some great sales right now and I couldn't resist more beads. I re-purposed a pair of earrings I decided I no longer liked and made a new pair with some of the beads I picked up! 

Let's take a look at some of the fun ideas shared at last week's party! 

A Life Unfolding shared a wonderful DIY project in this Craft Cocktail Garden. Works as an herb garden for cooking if you're not a cocktail person!

Sonata Home Design shared an incredible DIY Coffee Table Ottoman. Great space saver and you'll never guess one of the "secret ingredient" supplies! 

Simple Joys shared a pretty and green project with this Recycled Magazine Page Wreath. In this tech driven world, I love seeing projects that don't require anything more than imagination, a few supplies, and easily accessible materials!

Finally, Cindy's Online Recipe Box shared these  Decadent Devils-Food Mini Cakes. Betcha can't eat just one!

Thank you all for sharing and can't wait to see what you've been up to this week! 

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Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Jewelry Making: Silver and Grey Owl Earrings


I had a "hoot" making these. Couldn't resist. But I did have fun and what's great about being able to make your own jewelry is when you get tired of something you can switch out parts and make something new! I had a different pair I didn't love so I took them apart and can repurpose the parts. I used the tops for these. 

  • Charms to use as earring posts* 
  • Jump Rings
  • Head Pins
  • Silver Ball Beads
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Owl Ceramic Beads (JoAnn)

I don't have pierced ears, so I'm always on the hunt for charms or small pendants to which I can glue clip-backs. You could do the same with post-backs or skip this part and use fish hook earring wires. 

JoAnn is having a LOT of great sales lately. For your fabric crafters, I just got an email that they have a whole selection of fabrics priced as low as $2 per yard! I picked these beads up when they had all Hildie and Jo beads 3 for $10 and now they have them 4 for $10! Yes, I'm going back.

I love owls and couldn't resist these cute little guys. I grabbed some silver ball beads from my stash along with head pins and jump rings and strung a silver bead, an owl bead, and another silver bead onto a head pin. 

If you're using ear wires, you can make a wrapped loop and attach to the ear wire. Since the clip backs were already attached to these, I just attached the two parts together with a jump ring. 

I think I saw these owls came in blue too so now that beads are on an even better sale...

Thursday, July 4, 2024

BFF Open House


Happy Fourth and Friday Eve, all. Putting this party up early today. I wish everyone a safe and happy celebration and thinking of pets and vets who are affected by fireworks. 

I actually sat down and made something this week! Birthday Card in Two Colors

Our Grand Lives shared a fun and just as mesmerizing alternative to fireworks made with things you very likely already have on hand! Fireworks In a Jar

Definitely PIN this for next year! Fresh Vintage by Lisa S shared this idea using Vintage Sparkler Boxes and Wood Firecrackers

Steph Creates shared this brilliant Faux Succulent Rock Garden.

How cute are these Campfire Cupcakes from 24 Hour Family Perfect all Summer long! 

Thanks to all who linked up and again, stay safe and have fun! 

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Monday, July 1, 2024

Papercrafting: Birthday Card in Two Colors


I finally got back to making! Have a couple of early July birthdays and didn't plan on making matching cards but while looking through the paper stack I realized that the same paper came in two different colors and...

  • Recollections Background Paper (Watercolor Stack)
  • Recollections 110lb Cardstock
  • Recollections Foiled Papers
  • Birthday SVG File 
  • Birthday Balloon Stickers
  • Tape Runner
  • Double Sided Foam Tape

I decided on the patterned papers then pulled coordinating solid papers and cardstock from my stash. 

I wanted to accent the gold foil in the background papers and chose gold for the top layer and silver for the layer that would show the present. 

I cut out the SVG file layers, ending with the gold layer, and attached with my ATG Tape Runner, foam tape, and spray adhesive and did the same for the pink card. 

I saved the present cutouts and added some washi tape and rhinestones to accent the cards, then chose some balloon stickers (Dollar Tree) from my stash to embellish te middle balloon. Et, voila!

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