Confessions of a Craftaholic

Tag: repurposed jewelry

Just a Pretty Necklace

So here’s an item I just finished making. This is sample #1 of 2 that I have to make, for a workshop I’m teaching on April 17th, at the Brooklyn Bead Box.

I love the earthiness of the beads, in contrast with the pretty flower pendant. I made the pendant with a glass tile that I got on etsy, and used a bit of scrap scrapbook paper. Do you like it?

I’m teaching this as a workshop at the Brooklyn Bead Box, on April 17th.

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That’s all for now. Oh, and I created a fan page for my art group. Click here to become a fan.

And that’s it. I am happy that the spring is finally arriving. The sun is out. Yippee.


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Butterfly ATC

When I first dabbled in “traditional” crafts, I started with making ATCs since I’m a collage artist, first and foremost. I haven’t actually made one in such a long time, and really wanted to get back to that, so I made a fun ATC with some supplies by All Night Media (by Plaid Crafts).

You like it? It’s soft and pretty, which isn’t normally my style, but I do like butterflies a lot.

The butterfly stamp is H100 Proof Press, and the sentiment is by Stampin’ Up. The ribbon is from my stash. I created my own background by smudging pigment ink pads on the paper, and stamping with a stamp from the set, “Ornamental” by All Night Media (by Plaid Crafts). I love love love this set!  It does make a pretty background.

I also used pop up dots by All Night Media. They make pop up dots, yes! And in the two sheets that come in a pack, you get assorted sizes, which comes in handy for various projects.

This is a sort of soft and feminine project, which in general is not my thing, but it’s working here. I added the ribbon so it can be a bookmark as well.

Most of you know that I’m a big fan of recycling. So yes, I used baseball cards for this one. I have a whole bunch of baseball cards that I bought on ebay and etsy a while back, so i’ll be using them for ATCs. It’s cool, because I don’t need to buy the precut paper! Cool, right?

One funny thing is that since I am designing for Plaid Crafts, and am a guest designer for several others, I rarely run out of supplies! The only thing I do run out of is card stock and glue. It’s a blessing, for sure.

I say this because the other day, I was at the fine art supply store, and realized I really only needed watercolor paper and glue. But you know what? They have pre-cut ATC paper, and even sell little cases to keep them in! At the art supply store! Cool, eh? But for me, I’d rather just make my own case, once I have enough of them (ATCs, that is).

You know on a side note, when  I finished my 365 day creative journey, I thought for sure that I wouldn’t be posting as often as I am. But I am! I can’t help it. Sometimes I make something and get so excited about it, I just can’t wait to share it.

Sugar Skull Earrings

Here’s a pair of earrings I made for one of my swap partners.

The stamp is from BombShell Stamps.

It’s easy to make a pair like this.

All you do, is stamp the image on sturdy watercolor paper, and color in the image with watercolor pencils. Glue a piece of decorative and sturdy scrapbook paper to the back side, and cut out the image.

After that, cover it with two coats of Mod Podge, and let dry.

I have this hole poker thing by Fiskars, that punches a tiny hole, so you’ll want to use that to poke a hole for the earring hook thing.

Sorry I haven’t got all the fancy terminology. I’m actually on my way out for a walk with my little one, for some branches and things, that I’ll need for another project.

You like this?

Oh, and I had some rhinestones that I glued on the eyes.

Cute, right?

The Craftaholic

Hera, The Altoid Doll


“Try again, fail again. Fail better.”

-Samuel Beckett

You know, this reminds me of kid’s song on a show my daughter watches, called “Yo Gabba Gabba”. It goes, “keep trying, keep trying, don’t give up, never give up..”

It’s true. In the path to your creativity, or to your creative dreams, you must not give up. Keep on going, keep on pushing yourself, keep on trying.

One principle in sales, is the thought that you must come across a hundred “nos” before you reach one “yes”. It’s the same with your future, with your dreams. You might not hit the jackpot on the first try, but everything in life is meant to be. Make your destiny happen, and keep trying. Don’t ever give up on yourself. Giving up on your creativity is, in my opinion, like giving up a part of yourself. The things you make and create….they express a part of you. When I receive swaps in the mail, I can see what kind of person the artist is, just by looking at their work.

Don’t give up that part of yourself. Keep going. When it gets tough, that’s when you keep going. That’s when you DON’T give up. Keep going, past the tribulation, onto the path of your own brand of success.

I recently finished a doll that I had to make for a swap that I’m in. Her name is Hera. My daughter named her. Here she is:

She challenge for this, was that we had to use an Altoid Tin somehow.  It opens up, and there’s stuff inside. The altoid tin itself is decoupaged with pages from a book, and Mod Podge. Then I went over it with the Tim Holtz alcohol applicator thingie and some assorted colored inks.

On the left, there is the body of an earring that I made. And a domino piece, that was altered. Then on the right, I used Fantasy Fiber to make a “nest” for the fairies inside. Clip art was from Alphastamps.

I added a buddha because I couldn’t help myself. I hope my partner doesn’t mind.

Here’s a close up of the head:

Well, what do you think?

Oh, she has wings. Her wings were glittered, using Art Institute “Dazzlers” glitter, and glue. Art Institute Glitter was used because a glue gun is just too frustrating for me, and their glue is awesome! It glues anything, and is quite strong.

So that’s that. I have to make some paper mache beads, because I ran out of beads, and want to make my own. It’s eco friendly, and you have more control over the color and size. I have to make a tutorial for you though, because the one I used made me fail miserably. So after consulting with my dear husband, I found a way to make it happen for me.

The Craftaholic

Day 360: Vintage Inspired Collaged Notebook


“Compassion, tolerance, and altruism bring us happiness and calmness.”

-The Dalai Lama

Compassion, tolerance and altruism.

What does Altruism mean? In the dictionary it’s defined as:

he principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotionto the welfare of others ( opposed to egoism).

Oppposed to egoism. Egoism is when you think only and solely of yourself. But being altruistic is the opposite. In these modern times, we have become accustomed to thinking solely of ourselves, of our family and no one else. We think, “times are tough, and I must look out for myself”. But the opposite is true. If we were to come together more as a community, we could all evenly survive the economic and emotional hardships that present themselves.

Think of someone else for a change. Look out for other people. Do you know someone who just lost their job? Go to the store, and buy them some groceries. Offer to pay a utility bill. Having a hard time yourself? Bake something for someone. Nothing says love like home baked goodies.

Offer what you can. If you can sew, then offer that. If you can bake, then offer that. Look out for the people around you, not just yourself. I am a strong believer in Karma. Most of you know that I hold craft workshops throughout New York. Although I do (obviously) charge a fee for materials, time and instruction, I do let my students take a generous helping of papers and things. I’m pretty generous with my supplies, most of my students will tell you.

I think that it is because of this that I have been blessed to work with so many wonderful companies, such as DMC Threads, and Plaid Crafts. It’s wonderful to know that you won’t be running out of something. You know?

Today I am still lacking my camera. But I have a crappy photo of an altered composition notebook that I created for a swap.

The background is just pages from a trashy novel that my friend was getting rid of. Then the pretty paper is from a collage pack from Dick Blick. Finally, the images are from Alphastamps.

It’s easy to make something like this. With your glue stick, glue on the background and the decorative pics. Then, just go over it with Paper Mod Podge. That’s it! You can of course, do more to it. But I like a nice simple notebook, don’t you?

What else? Oh! I am going to see Fishbone tonite! I am SO excited! I’ve wanted to see them since before I met my husband and never have had the chance. They are playing at Webster Hall tonite.

Anything else? Not really. I just placed an order for some jewelry making supplies, because I’ve been on such a roll with this jewelry making thing, that I figured I should stock up on earring backs and such.

Once I’m all caught up with my swaps, I really do want to make some handmade soap. I’d like to make some Patchouli soap, that’d be nice.

The Craftaholic

Day 346: Wool Felt, with friends


“We should reexamine our own attitude toward others. Before pointing our finger at others we should point it toward ourselves.”

-The Dalai Lama

I can look within myself

instead of pointing

and looking

and accusing

I can just change



within myself

within me

instead of seeing what others do

and accusing others

of the mistakes you’ve made

Should we not just

seek the answers within?

So that’s that. Yesterday I held a workshop at the Brooklyn Bead box. We made the wool felt beads that I’ve been making. It was fun! We chatted, and worked with the wool roving. So much fun! Although no one wished to be photographed, I still got some good shots.

Here’s what I made.

Nice, right? I realized in that one of the swaps that I’m in on swap-bot, my partner is my personal friend! Cool, right? This necklace happens to be her favorite colors, so as much as I love this necklace, I’ll be sending it to my friend. Here’s some pics of the action yesterday.

I only wish that my workspace were as big as this, and that I had that many tools and supplies. That’d be nice.

So that’s that! What is on the spectrum today? Not sure. I normally have to catch up on emails and such on sundays, but luckily, I did that already! Yipee! So I’m unsure. Should I visit my parents in NJ or should I just stay home and make art with my little one? Hmmm. Well I am still not sure. I do have a couple things to catch up on. But it’s supposed to rain Tuesday and Wednesday too, so maybe I’ll visit my parents. We’ll see.

The Craftaholic

Day 334: Millifiore Hoop Earrings


“That will help change your family. From there it just gets bigger and bigger. Everything we do has some effect, some impact.”

-The Dalai Lama

During my war protesting days, we had a saying, “the revolution starts at home”. It’s true. The revolution you seek, the change you want…it must start within you.

Ever since I was a little kid I, being the typical Sagittarius, wanted to change the world. I still want to. But the change begins within me. When we change our life, we’ll see a change in our family life. And then the change leaks into the world around us. Everything, everywhere changes when we revolutionize ourself.

Today, I made another pair of earrings. These where made with millifiore beads. As I mentioned before, I am in a swap where I’ve got to make 10 pairs of earrings. I just finished a swap with 6 pairs, and another one with 2 pairs, so now I’ve got the 10 pairs. Holy Moly. I love jewelry, and I signed up for the said swaps because I do need new jewelry. It’d be nice if my swap partners actually go according to my profile this time. But I’m not putting my hopes up.

I love these! The only thing is that I think I ran out of those hoops. So perhaps I should buy more, so I can make myself a pair. Cute, right? I also made a pair of simple beaded hoops.

Cute, right? I like them! So, what’s on the homefront for today? Not much. I’m actually going out to the Met today, to see their Picasso exhibit. That should be fun. I’m going to be a frugal New Yorker, and pack my lunch.

Not much else to report. I hope you like the earrings! I’m going to be making a few more scrapbooks, also. I want to have bunch, so I can sell them in shops around New York.

The Craftaholic

Day 329: Two Pairs of Earrings


“The very purpose of our doctrine is to serve others. In order to do that you must remain in society and not isolate yourself from the rest.”

-The Dalai Lama

I can’t be a rock

or an island

no matter how hard I do try

no man

or woman

can truly islolate themselves

Anyway, today I made two pairs of earrings. I’m in a swap coming up that is an “earring explosion” or something. Basically, I have to make ten pairs of earrings. So I thought I would get started.

This is the first pair. I don’t know….I’m not sure how I feel about them.

Then the second pair, is a simple pair of hoops.

What do you think? I will be making more pairs. I need more seed beads.

Today, I have to drop off a sample for a forthcoming workshop. I wish I could just stay home. But I can’t. What happened to the days when I could walk around the city all day and not get home tired and achy? Man.

One thing I do want, is some more jewelry making supplies. I am in a lot of jewelry making swaps because I realized that jewelry is so much cheaper to ship! Even internationally! And, I love jewelry and cannot get enough, so who knows? Maybe I will get lucky and get some pairs of earrings that I love.

I was in a swap on craftster some time ago, where my partner sent me like 5 pairs of earrings! I loved them all so much! I love jewelry. My mother does too, but she prefers gold jewelry, and not plated, but real. I actually just love my jewelry to be handmade, although I have fallen victim to the earrings at Target.

Well, that’s all for now. Wow, do you realize that there is about 36 more days for my 1 year challenge? Holy moly! So exciting. Maybe I’ll have a giveaway. Maybe.

Don’t worry, after that I’ll still be blogging, though I don’t think I will be blogging EVER SINGLE DAY. And I’ll still do  the quotes thing, because it’s nice, don’t you think?

Day 316: Leaf Earrings


“Both bondage and true freedom depend on the varying states of the clear light mind.”

-The Dalai Lama

I can be free and not think that I am

i can run around in circles and convince myself that I am indeed

in peril

tho i am not

tho all chains were removed long ago, I

attach them to me


make them mine


I can create  or release

the chains that bind in life

Today, I made a pair of earrings. I can’t afford to buy the kinds of earrings I like, so I’ve opted for making my own.

I’m pale, I know. When I was in high school, I was made fun of, for being the only latina in my small private school to have such pale white skin. Even the gringos had darker skin than I! It’s true.

I’ve come to terms with it, of course. At least I’ll age well, not having sun burnt skin.

Today I have a friend coming over, to make cards with me. On monday I have to go to the hospital due to my lady parts. It’s no big deal, just a normal every day procedure. After this tho, I’m sure my lady parts will be fine.

The Craftaholic

Day 315: Thrift Shop Pendant Rings


“We are not well equipped to be aggressive beings. Even the size of our mouth is very small.”

-The Dalai Lama

I think this one is recycled. Inspired by my husband’s poem today, I decided I too, would write some poetry.

I have a

small mouth

but I can open it wide and


with my mouth open and my arms raised, I doth protetst much.

But then I wonder….

I think about my actions…

I think I

acomplish more with my mouth held shut and my hands quick to work


shows who I am louder than any word can say

anyone can boast about being one way or another

but only the hands at work

show who you truly are.

Today, I made some rings. These days, I don’t really wear short necklaces. I mostly wear long beaded necklaces. So I had a bunch of pendants in my jewelry supply box that had no chain, that I had saved for a long time. Today, I decided to make some funky rings out of them. I really need some new jewelry, and especially rings.

It’s so fun! You can go venture out to the thrift store and find some cool jewelry that you love, and make the pendants into rings! Then maybe use the chain for another project.

You don’t really need a tutorial for this. All you need is some ring blanks, and some E-6000 glue, along with some pliers to cut of the loopy thing off of the top of the pendant. Just gently go back and forth with it, and it will come off.

Here’s what I came up with:

The one on the left was from a necklace I wore ALL the TIME. The one on the right used to be my mom’s. It’s real silver and turquoise, because those kinds of things are important to my mom. It’s also vintage from a yard sale.

What else? Not much. I have to run out and find some supplies for a few workshops that I’m teaching this weekend. And then, my daughter has a playdate. UUfff! I am so busy today.

The Craftaholic