So, rather than trying to go back to bed on my couch, which is very comfy (maybe even more so than my bed), I decided to be productive because Gemma wasn't having any of going back to bed.
I made myself a big, strong cup of Starbuck's Vanilla Bean coffee in my favorite mug...
One of my friends is having her bridal shower this afternoon, and after looking over her registry, there just wasn't anything that I could afford to buy for her. She and her other half have lived together for nearly a year now, so they don't have a lot of the "typical" shower/wedding gifts on their registry; instead, there's a lot of appliances, like a Keurig coffee maker (if only I'd put this on ours) and a microwave. So, rather than just get her a gift card or a rice maker that she'd just tuck away in a back closet and never use (I could totally re-gift my rice maker, if the friend in question hadn't attended the shower where I received mine. Just kidding, I don't re-gift, but seriously this thing is just collecting dust.), I decided to make her a yarn wreath for her door! She had commented on how much she loved mine yesterday when she dropped me off from the arts festival, so I know that she'll love it!
This time around, I decided to try the foam wreaths, the green ones made of floral foam, rather than the straw wreath. I liked it so much better! It's not so thick, and it's very uniform, whereas mine is a little chunky and uneven due to the straw. So I'll be using those foam wreath forms from now on when I make on of these suckers.
Here it is, the final product!
|Khaki and light blue are her wedding colors,|
so I thought she'd like this color combo.
|I love it! I'm totally making one with|
this color scheme for myself in the
|These would be cute on a wreath. I think a button in the|
middle would be super adorable!
|Fun! Love the colors!|
|I have a tutorial for these bookmarked. I promise that I'll|
try them next time.
|Please, please let me in to see Zeke!|
At the arts festival yesterday, I was seriously jonesing for some hippie jewelry. I'm talking about those leather, hemp, and suede bracelets that are really "in" right now.
However, only one stand had them and they were, in my opinion, overpriced at $15-$25. So when I made my Michael's run last night to get the wreath supplies, I used my handy little "20% off your entire purchase" coupon to pick up the supplies to make me some hippie jewelry! Total for my leather and bead bracelet: $10.36 Score!
I followed this tutorial, since this was the first bracelet I've made outside of those embroidery floss ones you make when you're in junior high. It was very easy to follow, so if you're a beginner, go ahead and try it! The only difference I made to the tutorial instructions is that it tells you to cut 10-12 feet of thread; that's a lot of thread. I did about four feet, and that was even too much. All that thread gets tangled up as you weave the beads onto the leather cord, so I'd stay on the minimal side with the thread.
And now, to reveal my first ever piece of real jewelry!
|I love the turquoise beads the most!|
The tutorial also tells you to use a button for the closure, but I thought that a big knot would work just fine. It does! I slept with the bracelet on and it stayed no problem.
I'm thinking of trying the triple-wrapped bracelet next, which follows the same idea but it's several lines of beads long. I think I've found a new hobby!
Damn! 10:14am and look at all the things I've accomplished already!