I don’t know about you, but I get inspiration from all kinds of places. For example, watching HBO’s Boardwalk Empire which I binge watched recently. The show is set in the 1920s and while there’s a lot about the era I’m glad we’ve moved past, I do swoon over some of the fashions of the time. (Not the bathing suits!)
Lots of long necklaces with wonderful beads and filigrees to go with all those great flapper dresses. Hats! I really do wish hats were still more of a thing.
Brilliant me, I thought I’d uploaded the pics with the supplies and the steps for this necklace and so deleted them from my camera. Uh-oh.
I used a combination of bright and antique gold chains, champagne colored glass pearls, and gold and cream “beaded beads” for lack of a better descriptor. All supplies are from Blue Moon Beads ( I am a Design Team Member) .
I built this necklace around this antique gold feather pendant and chose gold chains with amber rhinestones for one side of the necklace, and made sections of pearl and gold chain for the other side.
I threw rules away and used bright gold, antique gold, all kinds of gold tones figuring that truly vintage items patina at their own pace.
What’s a necklace without a bracelet? For the bracelet, I used a combination of chains and then a made a center cluster of the same beads from the necklace.
Happy Friday Eve all. It's been another whirlwind and not so crafty week here at The Answer Is Chocolate so I've looked forward to the party all week to live vicariously through all of your creative projects!
Here are a few highlights from last week!
While this is Easter themed, the ladies over at Something Splendid have a fun and easy table runner project that could be adapted to any theme.
Rena over at Jewelry Making Journal has another spectacular tutorial to share. With Mother's Day coming up soon, this would make a great gift and no fancy tools required! Plus I love what she named this.
It's no secret that I love making cards, but I also love puns...one could say I'm punny that way ( everybody groan now). Julia at It's Always Ruetten as a fun all occasion card to share.
Who else remembers the Oreo cookie commercial jingle "Ice cold milk and an Oreo cookie..." ? If you do remember it, you can thank me for that ear worm that's now stuck in your head! Well Oreos could only be better stuffed in brownies am I right? You'll want to check out Kay's recipe over at Love Food , Will Share.
My creative process is usually to survey what supplies I have on hand and then kind of “feel” a project. Sometimes I look at things, take them out, put them back. Sometimes it's instant. Other times it takes a while.
Right now half of my craft room is packed up ( Mr. Chocolate says “How can you tell” ). I still used that process but could feel the absence of other stuff. ( I really can Mr. C.)
Still, I needed to make some cards so used what I had . All my dies and embossing folders are packed up. I have my neutral papers , a bin with miscellaneous embellishments and some stamps on hand.
For these cards, I used a combination of silver, gray and white papers. Stamped the floral medallion on white paper with grey chalk ink, and layered with torn silver paper circles. Embellished with rhinestones and self adhesive sticker borders.
For this card, I used a natural color scheme with fossilized leaves and a metal frame and tree as the focal.
For the last card, I used gray and white with a splash of color from fern and 3D Iris stickers and a metal butterfly I found in the $1.50 bin at Michaels.
Friday Eve...best day of the week! Hope none of you endured any awful April Fool's day pranks. Not a fan of that day.
Here are some inspiring ( inspire Spring?) ideas from last week's party:
My readers know I love making cards. This one from It's Always Ruetten is a must make idea. Perfect for so many occasions.
Spring and birds go together don't they? I really like this layered stencil bird project from Laura at Pet Scribbles.
Doreen over at Altered Artworks took her love of altering things to a bigger level. Ab fab makeover of this flea market found metal file cabinet to some new Industrial Chic storage for her workroom.
I couldn't believe that this gorgeous cake was Diane's first attempt at cake decorating. Visit An Extraordinary Day for the details. I can assure you , my first attempt looked nothing like this. I'm not even sure it looked like cake! Easter, Mother's Day, showers ...
Finally this week's chocolate feature. Simple, classic, delicious and never tire of this combination. Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars from The Pin Junkie.
Happy Friday Eve once again all. Can you believe this is the last party of March? Hope everyone's had a fun National Craft Month!
I didn't plan on this week's features being all jewelry (well not the chocolate one) but that's how it turned out. I love that each of these projects can use found or re-purposed objects.
Definitely going to try my hand at these Safari Leather Bracelets from Rena at Jewelry Making Journal. I recently cleaned out my jewelry box and took apart some prior creations but saved the beads to re-use and have some that are perfect for this idea.
Baseball season is just around the corner and whether your an MLB , softball, or little league fan, you need to check out this idea from Terri at A Creative Princess. Home run!
With ongoing discussion about the potential retirement of the penny, here's a way to preserve them for posterity. Artsy VaVa combined a penny ( she even has a poem) and a charm to make this cute necklace for St. Patrick's Day. It could be easily adapted to many occasions.
Making macarons ( different from macaroons) has been on my to do list. For this week's chocolate feature I am drooling over this recipe for Mocha Macarons from Aimee at Twigg Studios. Everything she makes is gorgeous!