Craft Haul – All the Beads

Over the weekend, my Grandma and I visited my favorite jewelry supply shop, North Star Gems in Bridgewater, NH.  We had a fun time browsing the shop together, and she helped me choose the beads to make jewelry for my bridesmaids.

Here’s the fun stuff:

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All I want to do is CRAFT ALL DAY.

I just love the color of these beads, and the way they compliment each other. The golden beads will be the main accent color. The dark blue, somewhat translucent beads are the base. And the opaque dark blue beads were the surprise purchase. They’re also forming the base, but the finish of these beads is more metallic and reflective, and these beads contain tints of both blue and gold depending on lighting. I love how these beads compliment each other.

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I love the cut of these glass beads, they look so elegant.

Part of my plan for the bridesmaids’ jewelry is to make earrings. I found these cute chandelier bases in gold that are so delicate and pretty.

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These are so pretty! I can’t wait to start them, but I’ve disciplined myself to save the earrings for last. 

I also stocked up on some of the essentials.

I picked two different types of earrings to accommodate those who don’t have their ears pierced. The hairpins are used to string beads and then wrap them around either the earring or the chandelier loop.

And of course, a necklace needs to be strung on something…

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My all time favorite beading wire.

Whenever I craft beaded necklaces or bracelets, I use this nylon-coated beading wire. It’s strong, beads slide on easily, and (best part) it’s affordable.

The wires come in different weights, so you can adjust based on requirements of a project. Typically, I use 0.18″/0.45mm weight, because it’s versatile and fitting for most projects.

Word to the wise: Only use wire cutters, using scissors would damage the blades.

Hope you enjoyed this sharing session. I love craft supplies and am always on the hunt for new inspiration for a project.

Happy Crafting!

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The Weekend Craft Bag

With a three-day weekend ahead, it’s the perfect time for crafting!

Waiting for Rain Shawl

Current Status:  Garter Stitching for Days…

I’ve finished three lace-work short row sections in the shawl so far. I had just enough yarn in my skein to make it into the garter stitch before I had to switch to the next one – was a little nervous that I wouldn’t make it!

I love this pattern, the lacework is so beautiful and intricate. This is one of those patterns that makes me feel accomplished each time I complete a row. I’m now  a little more than half-way through what I think is the final garter stitch section. Being so close to the end of the pattern gives me motivation to push through and finish.

Here’s a close up of the short row section.

Check out this pattern by Sylvia of Softsweater Knits on Ravelry (where I purchased mine) or visit her website.

Bead Quest

Current Status:  On the Prowl

This afternoon I’m super excited to go to my favorite jewelry store, North Star Gems in Bridgewater, NH. It’s a tiny shop with an incredible selection. I’m headed there with a list: beads to make the Bridesmaids’ jewelry.

Wedding Crafts

Current Status: If I’m Feeling Ambitious

I’ve got a super long to-do list of fun wedding crafts ahead, but sometimes it can feel overwhelming to try and get it all done. Especially when I’m striving for perfection. Right now, I’ve been breaking up the wedding craft projects into smaller pieces, so it’s more manageable. I love to DIY, and I’m so happy we’re including that in our wedding.

My latest up-cycle jewelry design

There’s nothing I love more than taking something broken and fixing it back up. These bracelets are a great example of that. They’re fun, standalone pieces that compliment a wider range of outfits than the original necklace.

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Here I’m wearing all five bracelets at once so you can see the all color variations. They’re great for layering, but they look equally amazing on their own.

The beads are gorgeous earth tones with veins of color. Paired with delicate silver spacers and a spring clasp, they’re ready for any sort of trip be it the mall, office, or event.

As someone always on the go, streamlined pieces like these really work for me.

I love jewelry that tells a story, and pieces like these accomplish that.

Happy crafting!