Zinnia and Sunset Deck

Zinnia and Sunset Deck | Texas | Balcones  Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
I took this photo a few years ago, back in October 2011.
The Sunset Deck at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge is overlooking the Colorado River in the distance.

Crafting and My First Giveaway!!!

I have been super super busy the last few weeks. Dana has been working 70 hour weeks, so I’ve had little time to get back into blogging.

If you read my last post, you know that I’m in a mint and coral phase. I just love that color combo!!!! I ordered some beads so I could make my own mint and coral jewelry and along the way I found these really fun rings.

Chevron Rings

Are they not the cutest?!?! It is actually two rings that I stacked together to get the chevron look. Czech glass rhinestones and chevron pattern in one, I couldn’t pass them up!

I haven’t quite found the perfect “coral” bead. All the beads I’ve come across is a little too peachy for my taste. I would prefer my coral to be a little more pink than peach. But so far my favorite out of all the peachy coral beads is the Swarovski “pink coral” pearl beads. My favorite mint is definitely the Swarovski faceted “alabaster mint” beads. Here are a few things I’ve been working on in the last few weeks:

Pink & Mint NecklaceNecklace for Monk

The necklace on the left I made for myself, it’s made with vintage Japanese acrylic “mint” beads paired up with a pink ruffled flower cabochon. The necklace on the right I made for my little Monk, she chose the green ruffled flower cabochon, so I paired it with two vintage Czech alabaster milk glass beads.

Swarovski Pink Coral BraceletVintage Acrylic Mint Bracelet

These two bracelets are in my Etsy shop. The bracelet on the left is made up of Swarovski “pink coral” pearl beads with a white ruffled flower cabochon as the centerpiece. The bracelet on the right is made up of vintage Japanese acrylic pearl beads with an ivory ruffled flower cabochon as the centerpiece. If you want to pick these up you can find them here.

Turquoise and Lavender

You can also find this necklace in my shop. It’s made up of vintage Czech alabaster milk glass graduating beads. The largest of the beads starts underneath the lavender flower cabochon and gets smaller as it makes its way up the chain. Two lavender and one turquoise flower cabochon commands the attention on this piece.

Turquoise and LavenderTurquoise Ring

This necklace comes with a matching turquoise ring set on an adjustable filigree base.

I mentioned I’m in a mint and coral phase, so of course I had to make some mint and coral stuff for myself!

Mint & Coral Necklace

Mint & Coral Simplicity BraceletsSimplicity Bracelets

I love my little necklace and these bracelets. I just adore these bracelets! I love them so much that I want to share my love of them with one lucky winner! So on to my giveaway!

The winner will receive these two bracelets. You can stack them and wear them as shown, or give one to a friend or someone you love. These bracelets are about 7.75 inches from end to end. The beads are Swarovski “pink coral” pearl beads and Swarovski “mint alabaster” beads with small silver-plated brass beads. The eyepin holding the beads and the lobster clasp are also made of silver-plated brass. The chain is silver finished steel. I will contact the winner and adjust the length of the bracelets if necessary.

To enter, come and “like” us on Facebook and “share” our photo. That’s it! Once shared, your name will be entered into a drawing and on Saturday May 25th at 6:00pm, Monk will randomly choose the name of our winner out of a hat.

So come on over and share this photo. Good luck everyone!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tutorial: Cabochon & Felt Flower Brooch

Finished Cabachon & Felt Flower Brooch

Today I’m going to show you how I make this super cute little cabochon and felt flower.

Resin Rose Cabochon

I first ordered these little rose cabochons to use in making my ribbon bookmarks. You can pick up these pretty little cabochons at Dime Store Emporium. If there is a specific color you want make sure you mention it to Terri in the “note to seller” part, otherwise her company will randomly choose the colors you receive.

Pink & BlueSeafoam Bookmark

I had a bunch left over so I decided to use them to craft flower brooches/re-usable bows.

Ready for Gifting001

First I grab a cabochon and decide what color felt I want to work with. In this case I’m using black and hot pink felt for this pastel pink rose cabochon.

Cut a Circle

Using the cabochon as a guide, I cut the felt into a circle leaving about 1/4 to 1/2 inch of space between each layer. I have one small circle and one larger circle for each flower.

Ready for Petals

 Next, I cut little “V” slits around the circle to make petals. I usually cut out five little v’s per circle.

Stacked Felt PetalsFelt Petals

Once all my petals are cut, I head on over to my nifty sewing machine to attach the felt layers together. I use my sewing machine because I HATE sewing by hand.

Sewn Together

I just stitch them together going over back and forth several times to make sure they’re secure. I stick to center of the flower so that the stitches will be hidden once I glue the cabochon onto it. Once I have secured the petals, it’s time to finish the backing of the brooch.

Rectangle for the BackSafety Pin Opened

I cut out a rectangle that is big enough to hold the safety-pin in place. Short enough to fit inside the safety-pin, but long enough to have sufficient space to glue the felt onto the back of the flower.

Hot Glue the Safety PinFinished Backs

Using a hot glue gun, I attach the safety-pin and rectangle to the flower. I apply hot glue on one side of the safety-pin and attach that to the flower, then apply more hot glue to the other side of the safety-pin and press to secure. The backing is now finished.

Sand the Backs

Using sand paper, sand the backs of the cabochons. I do this so that the glue will adhere to the cabochons and secure it to the flower.

Bring in the E6000Add Glue

Next, I use my trusty tube of E6000 to secure my cabochon to the felt flower. Just a dab on the back of the cabochon and then attach onto the felt flower. Let it sit undisturbed overnight so that the glue has time to dry.

Glue Overflow

This is what happens when I used too much glue. It seeps out the sides.

Glued, Let Dry Overnight

Once dried, I attach them to the boxes that I send out to my customers. Whenever a customer orders an item from my shop, I always wrap it up. I think these little pretties adds a sweet touch.

Finished Cabachon & Felt Flower BroochReady for Gifting

You’re probably asking yourself, “Why so many methods of attaching the flowers?” Well, I used to just sew the felt together, then secured everything else with hot glue. One time, the hot glue didn’t hold the cabochon onto the felt, so that’s when I started using the E6000 glue. You probably could just use the E6000 glue for all the steps to secure, but it takes time for the glue to dry. “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” So thus the many different methods of securing the flower together.

You can re-use the flower for gifts, or wear it as a brooch to add a pop of color to your wardrobe.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. It’s my first tutorial, I apologize if something doesn’t make sense. If you have any questions, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer your questions.

Happy crafting and thanks for stopping by.