Garden Chick - Notes from the Garden

Monday, August 29, 2011

Feeling A Little Crafty

I was feeling a little crafty today, since the sweltering heat hasn't allowed me in the garden.  I have taken my Gardenchick products to craft shows before but for the last year have become interested in making jewelry.  My friends Becky and Dena introduced me to jewelry making at a girls weekend getaway.  I haven't even begun to master the basics, but I seem to be drawn to the jewelry using repurposed materials, old photos, and unlike my usual taste "bling" from old rhinestone jewelry.  My husband even purchased me a set of dremmel tools, and a table top vise last Christmas.  They have been residing in their place of honor on the work table in my office, just waiting to be picked up and used.  As fate would have it, several opportunities for craft shows have come my way, and I believe are a sign for me to pick up those tools and get started.

birds nest on old sheet music
My taste tends to be simple and natural, so I decided to try a few "birds nest" pendants that Becky showed me how to do.  These are the results, and I don't think they look too amateurish.  I ordered some little birds in cages from etsy, and I am waiting on some single bird charms to arrive.  I want to dress some of the necklaces up a little.  I plan on placing these on simple chains.

I love the website/blog just something I made
You can get directions for making the nests on the just something I made site  along with a picture of a bottle she made.  This is my version on an old Listerine bottle.  I have also seen the nests made into rings or sewn onto sachets. So, if you have some unfinished plans just waiting for you to start, pick up your supplies now and get started, because it is definitely too hot to garden!

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