I so very rarely create with absolutely no idea what I'm going to make or where it is going.
Even less often - do I make anything for myself.
This post is all about both of those things.
It's also about this little issue I have with hoarding
I mean keeping good stuff.
I have this storage box - and even though I posted that it was an organizing tool - the damned organization just magically undid itself.
I got into the habit of stuffing floss leftovers in the top compartment.
Resulting in this.
This is all good quality floss - but not numbered. Most of it is left from kits. Or came in a sewing box I gathered up while thrifting. Just a jumble of threads.
I'll be 49 in July. (I know that seems random, but it isn't)
I was stuffing yet another bit of floss into the compartment and I decided that I MAYBE could make an "inchie" sampler for myself out of this box.
So off to the studio for a bit of 14 count cream AIDA cloth.
I put inchie in quotes because I'm doing 10x10 stitch squares instead of 14x14.
But I started a square with the first color I grabbed from the box.
It will be 7x7 squares - each a different color.
Then I'll embellish it to MY liking.
Well - I had lots of that floss color left - so I gathered me some scraps of other cross stitch fabrics.
Because I keep all kinds of good stuff.
Then I randomly started stitching. In repeat type patterns using that color.
When I get one finished (or to a stopping point) , I tuck it in my cheese dome.
Then I wind the remaining floss and put it into a compartment in the bottom of the storage box.
Not tangled and easy to use.
Yes - the button was in that danged mess from the first picture.
This is one of my favorites. Three stitch stair steps.
I keep the whole shebang in a plastic bag by my chair. Grab it and stitch a bit most nights.
The repetitive stitching and easy patterning are relaxing and since there is no "deadline" or even a "planned use" for the these I feel no pressure working on them.
In the picture above, see that bit to the far left. Well often I have just enough floss for a few stitches left in the needle. For those bits, I grab this strip of the fabric and add stitches until that bit is gone. TOTALLY random numbers of stitches. It's a fun little piece.
Held a single serving of their syrup. I kept it with the idea I could use it. (Remember - I keep all kinds of good stuff.)
I have stuffed thread bits in it for years.
I started stuffing when I made the stitching for the pillow from this post.
Mostly because so much of that stitching was done in the car and or at various ball games and I needed a way to corral them.
I keep stuffing - and its funny, I can remember where a lot of the visible threads were used. I'll keep saving them and then someday it will be full. Then I can sit it on a shelf and one day, my kids can say
"see my mama had issues, she even kept this REALLY GOOD stuff."
As I wrote this - I actually giggled out loud.
It's really just a fun little bottle that has no purpose at all other than to corral the trimmed bits. But it makes me smile to look at it.
So there -
I'm organizing stuff.
I'm kind of using the stuff.
I'm creating and I NEED to create for my sanity.
This creating is NOT costing me any extra money.
But - aside from the "inchie" sampler I'm making to commemorate my 49th year - now I need to find a use for these little stitched bits.
Or maybe I can just keep them.
Because - well - you know - I KEEP SOME REALLY GOOD STUFF.
You will also need
- assorted beads for the charm in the center
- jump rings
- 2 short pieces of fine silver chain
- assorted jewelry assembly tools
Now then let's get started.
I took two of the Flourish Piccolos and decided quickly that I did not want those extensions on them. These are laser cut from book board and are easily trimmed with scissors. The top flourish has the extended parts and the bottom one has been trimmed.
After trimming the Flourishes, I embossed both sides of each with the Deep Blue Sky Powder. (every time I try a new powder it becomes my favorite)
I put three layers of powder on these. The process of embossing takes just minutes, so layering is easy to accomplish.
Just look at those gorgeous blue tones.
To strengthen and gloss up the finish, I cover the shapes with gloss Glastique Glaze. For the fine detail on these, I squeezed a bit of the Glastique onto a tiny paint brush and simply brushed it on.
Then I patiently waited for it to dry.
I gathered up my other bits while those were drying. You see two different charms there. I had a difficult time deciding which to use.
Just look at that blue.
After the shapes were dry, I added the chains to the tops of the curls with jump rings.
Added the charms (I finally decided the blue grey and silver looked best) and hooked through the earring loops.
Ready to wear.
The book board is light weight so these are VERY comfortable to wear. They can easily be customized for your wardrobe. Just pick your favorite color of the embossing powders.
There are some wonderful items in the NEW RELEASE section of the web site.
I keep clippings of all kinds. I have a serious Pinterest Account, but my favorite way to keep ideas is plain old notebooks. I've had this stone bezel taped in for a long time and when I saw the Mossy Glen Powder, I realized how the colors were similar to the green veins in this. (The stone is called a Tree Agate)
I decided to try to mimic the stone
I decided to use the earring size circle from the Vintage Flourish set.
I first embossed the back with Vintage Silver Powder.
Three layers gives this smooth finish.
Then I turned the piece over and used three layers of Micro White on this side.
Then I used a tiny Screwdriver blade from my toolkit as a scoop, and sprinkled the Mossy Glen Powder on the next bit of adhesive.
More random is better.
I heated everything again and left the bubbly holes in the finish - add a layer of Glastique gloss and it really does resemble a polished stone.
Then I spied a button in my "favorites" jar.
I flipped the charm over to that silver side and glued that button down using the Glastique.
The picture above shows how I keep myself (and the cat) from touching the wet finish before it dries.
Add a jump ring and a chain and you have a Stone Inspired pendant.
That reverses to a a Vintage Button Side if you like.
I do hope you are enjoying the posts every day.
Just a few notes that I have learned about the company and the items.
Then stamp your paper hearts. I used assorted colors of the enamel powders.
On the heart above, I stamped the two Mardi Gras embossed hearts and heat set them. Then came back and stamped the Vintage Bronze heart and embossed it.
TIP ---- These are NOT fine detail powders. There are assorted particle sizes in each jar. I poured out some of the powder on the hearts and dumped the excess off for this part. That leaves mostly smaller bits on the paper to emboss.
Cover all three heart shapes as desired. Also notice that I have pre-scored a fold line down the center of the heart.
Now onto the Piccolos -
I covered both sides of the Delicate Heart Charm with the Cranberry Wine powder. Go ahead - click on that picture and just look at the sparkly bits in there.
After embossing the Heart,
I used the Gloss Glastique to protect and strengthen the shape. Cover one side and let it completely dry. then cover the other side as well.
Simply stunning. (I keep all the little punch out bits too. You will see that pretty heart shape from the center of this in a later project.)
Emboss the key charm with the vintage black powder and cover with the Glastique as well.
Now for assembly. Add a jump ring to the key. And tie on a very fine gauge wire.
Add beads to the wire.
Fold the three heart shapes in half and glue halves of one pair together. leave the other side unglued.
Add the third heart in the same way. But glue the two pieces together.
This will leave one flap open. Lay your beaded wire and key in that flap groove and glue with the gel glue. Then glue that flap closed. (let that dry)
Now add a few more beads and jump ring to the bottom of the heart charm. Tie off your wire to that jump ring.
Hang and enjoy.
Now for the giveaway, each day this week we will chose one person from that day's comments to receive a $10 credit to the Globecraft Piccolo store. Here are the rules:
Leave a comment on daily posts Sunday, February 2nd through Saturday, February 8th (comments here at MaggieGrace Creates do not count. You must go to the Globecraft Piccolo blog to comment. )