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WOWW #337

Love What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday which is hosted by Stamping Ground. Stop on by and check out awesome work spaces every Wednesday. And since I’m endeavoring to do more things that I actually enjoy, I’m thrilled to contribute again. But, as with most of the plans I have with challenges and this blog there’s an asterisk…

It’s this:

Buried workspace for WOYWW 337

 This isn’t going to work.

There is not a lot of work going on on this desk. Clearly I wasn’t going to be able to burrow into this to clear any sort of workspace AND actually make anything in a timely fashion. So I decided to set up a Crafting Outpost. 🙂 I set up my folding TableMate next to my chair and started working there. I’ve been wanting to get back to beading more and specifically making more Freeform Peyote bracelets. Looking in my Big ‘Ol Box of Unfinished Projects, there’s actually several of these bracelets from when I used to teach my Freeform Peyote class (which was also way fun!).

Crafting Outpost for WOYWW 337 from Crafting{without}Kids

Crafting Outpost

Making these bracelets is probably the closest I actually get to Playing with my supplies. I know that I should, and most of me agrees, make stuff just for fun more often, but I have a hard time with that. And I like making things that serve a purpose so jewelry is perfect!

For those interested, the Brooklyn Community Craft Show went well and we’ll probably do it again next year. Maybe the current state of my desk will help me spend less money at the local stamp convention this weekend, but…probably not…so all the money I just made will be immediately funneled back into fun things. And did I mention today is the release day of Marvel Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider-ManShiny…Shiny…New…Dice…

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When I’ve read about what inspires artists and people who make things to be more creative and come up with new ideas, they often say,  “Just getting in my studio and playing with my materials.” Unfortunately, I am terrible at this. I always feel the need to end up with something “Usable”. “Art for Art’s sake” is something I can’t quite do. Just sitting down to play with my new things or try out a new technique on a piece of paper that will just get thrown away is difficult for me even though I know that in order to get better or “find my style”, this is something I really should do.

So I’m starting Messin’ Around Mondays. I don’t want to say I’ll do it every Monday (because, let’s face it, that probably won’t happen), but I want to try it most Mondays. I’ll just take a look at the stuff around me on my workspace, or some project/technique I’ve been meaning to try, and play with it. Maybe I’ll make something Usable, maybe not (but, probably will until I can break myself of that habit 😉 ). As part of my desire to want to make more jewelry, today I made a bracelet, earrings, and a necklace. Here’s the little pile of goodies that was sitting in front of me that became the bracelet.

Messin' Around Mondays with Crafting{without}kids


I just got the “O” Beads at a newer bead store in town. As usual, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them, but I love circles and rings (and these are tiny so that’s even more fun). I’ve also been wanting to see if it was possible to use one of the Tim Holtz trinket pins as a clasp.  Here’s what I ended up with:


Messin' Around Mondays with Crafting{without}Kids

Ta Da!

I used wax linen to string the beads and attach the trinket pin as a clasp. It lies a lot nicer than I thought it would which is nice, since I have a bunch of these pins! I’m also really interested to see how well it stays on and holds up. Always nice to try a new clasp out on a bracelet that isn’t very expensive. Who knows what I will play with next!


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Well…It’s about time!

I did it! I finally got around to making something besides a card! As you may know, when I started out a looooooong time ago Makin’ Stuff, it was all jewelry. I even had a bead store at one point. LOVE those crazy little things. But my mom made cards (and everything else) and I started going to stamping conventions and paper stores with her and for longer than I can now imagine was possible, I managed to hold off. No, I didn’t really need any of that pretty paper; what would I do with it?!?! Well…I suppose I could make a pendant with it…

Uh oh.

Yeah. It became a problem. Now I have to keep making cards just to try and make a dent in all the new stuff coming into my house.

But I was trying to clean up my craft table the other day, basically just shoving piles around, and I thought that the only way to get some of this stuff off my desk is to use it. I have quite a few small opal pendants that are all really beautiful and unique and I just haven’t gotten around to designing something. So I decided to go super simple and just Make Something Dangit!

Leather & Opal Necklace by Crafting{without}Kids

The layers of the opal are really amazing.

It’s hard to catch all the sparkle because I haven’t taken that online photography class I signed up for (blush, sigh), but you get the idea. They are marbled & faceted 4mm rondelles with a satin or iradized finish. I used 15° Platinum plated Charlottes to make the loops that connect the glass beads to the leather cord ends. The clasp is actually attached to one of the cord ends and I can slide the pendant off if I would like to wear a really simple necklace or if I want to change the pendant.

I need to start making more jewelry. Now…I just need to search out some blogs with jewelry challenges to stick a little pitchfork in my behind! Any ones you guys love?

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