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Texturized bangles

Leftover yarn is quite a plague for me, as I have tons of small balls of wool that cannot be used for big projects. I like making headbands with them, but there’s only so many you can make and really use. This is why I loved this idea from Martha Stewart’s daily email: wool wrapped bangles. All you have to do is wrap your leftover yarn in a plastic bangle, say, and that’s it, you’ll have a different and texturized bracelet. I specially like the idea of using different colours to make striped bangles.

One advantage of these wool-covered bangles over metal/wood/plastic ones is the noise (lack of it, actually). I love noisy earrings and bracelets, but I can’t deal with clatter like this when I’m working on a computer, for example.

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Simple beaded and crocheted necklace

After seeing this cute necklace on The Pretty Penny, I just knew: I had to make a similar one. So, Tuesday night I took embroidery thread, colourful beads and started the work. For some reason, doing only chains and putting a bead after the other wasn’t really working for me. I went to bed thinking about it and woke up with the answer to my problem! Maybe I should try using two threads of floss and make a chain with no bead in between the ones with beads. This is how the necklace below was born. The best part: it took, I don’t know, 20 minutes to make it, probably. The threads would curl a bit and undoing that took some time.

Plastic beads + embroidery floss = cute necklace (detail)

In the close up below, you can better see that there are two threads and their colours – one was pearly and the other light pink. I also decided to use a different knot to finish the whole thing. Actually, it is not really a knot, but a way to make the ends “tangle” in one another and be a little safe. This way, I can use it as a very long necklace or like the photo.

Plastic beads + embroidery floss = cute necklace (detail)

Another alteration I did make was getting rid of the tassel and placing there a big clear plastic bead. I used it like that all day today and still am not convinced this was the best idea. The colourful beads just cannot go unnoticed, so I think there are too many items “screaming” in this piece.

Anyway, this was something I loved doing and, therefore, many more of them will come. Eventually, I’ll find the perfect way to finish it.

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On summer and making stuff

I kinda like the idea of having summer just ’round the corner, but when it does arrive, I remember why I hate this season so much. Don’t really know about everybody else, but for me, summers are all about being very tired and sweaty and having to use tons of sunscreen to avoid getting overburnt. And even though I can thinks of plenty more reasons to add to this list, I find almost none to put under the ‘reasons to love summertime’ column. Daytime savings is one and the most important. I mean, it is really nice to walk on the streets at 8 pm and have the sun still shining a little bit, which wouldn’t really happen otherwise. Apart from that, I only want summer to end as soon as possible, bringing back my will to move again.

Anyway, these days haven’t been a total waste. Activities like reading like crazy, house searching and jewelry making have occupied my freetime. Remember when I posted about a very cool pair of earrings made of colourful buttons? So, I made some of those in two different sizes. (Actually, I think I may have already said something about it here, but I just can’t really recall.)

button earrings - blues and pinks version button earrings - blue version

I also started to get excited about Valentine’s Day and made a few lovely bracelets, with hearts and pink beads and all that stuff. I only have a picture of this one, though:

Valentine bracelet

I’ll get picture of the other items as soon as I start feeling a little bit better with all this heat.

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So many projects…

… so little time.

I have so much stuff to do, it ain’t even funny. But I’ve taken up a few freelance works, so my life will be all work and no play ’til tomorrow, when I hand in the last one of it. Of course, as I am working on the computer, I’m also downloading some Criminal Minds episodes, because I’ve became quite an eager fan of it over the last months.

Anyway, as I could not engage in my favourite activities (knitting, reading and sorting out craft materials), I gave myself a little break last Sunday and made a batch of necklaces. Finally, mys store’s first collection seems to be taking flight. There are only a few of them, after all, I had a small break, but, hopefully, I’ll be able to make more soon. See some of ’em below and tell me what you guys think!

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Mais México

Pra complementar o post de ontem, todo sobre coisinhas mexicanas que fazem SUUUU-CES-SO por aí, achei esse tutorial pra fazer uma bela pulseira de crochê usando anéis de plástico. O produto final é esse que você vê ao lado, com uma cara 70s incrível que tem tudo pra fazer sucesso junto com aqueles vestidinhos soltos de que eu falei ontem.

O how-to tá no CraftStylish e foi encontrado via One Pretty Thing. Enjoy!