Addicted to Crafting

Hello, my name is Sarah and I am addicted to crafting. Pretty much any kind of crafting but  lately I’ve been doing more jewelry making, specifically bead embroidery.

When I was a kid my aunt took me to some bead shows and showed me how to do some basics and since then I’ve always made random bits of jewelry for myself and occasionally others. I am still learning the ropes and it is very time consuming, this is not a quick bead stringing or wire wrapping, but I really like it and love all the little details. I would love to be able to just make unique jewelry pieces, maybe even source some of the materials myself (we started doing some rock hounding this summer and I am looking into how to cut and polish my own rocks) and sell them for lots of money and live happily ever after….

Ha!

Maybe one day when I have an actual creative space to call my own and not a dresser crammed high with all my craft stuff in a corner of my bedroom.

My plan is to learn and practice as much as possible and find a little niche to focus on, then when our garage conversion is done and we move into the new master and the kids move into the larger room I will then take over the small bedroom and set up shop! It will be a while but I can’t wait!

In other news I think I am going to join the Mt. Hood Rock Club. I went to one of their meetings and once I am a member I will have access to their lapidary equipment studio so I can learn how to make cabochons (cabs – rock or other material that has a flat side and usually a polished and domed finished side) out of the rocks I find! They also go on “field trips” to do rock hounding which would be really helpful since I really have no idea what I’m doing when we have gone out, lol!

I’ll keep you updated and post more pictures of what I’m making on Instagram and I have a Pinterest board with inspirations and tutorials: pdxchic beeeeeads board

The last necklace I made:black-and-green-necklace

one I made inspired by a commercial I saw for American Horror Story:eye-lips-necklace

This one I used a piece of felt that had a paisley pattern and I beaded part of the pattern:blue-necklace1

Friendship Bracelets are kind of Addictive…

It has started again… I think its when I start to see all the pictures from Coachella on instagram and the spring/summer weather. I get out the embroidery thread and start making friendship bracelets, I just can’t help it! I didn’t even do this when I was younger but now I find myself being sucked in! Continue reading

First Time Quilting

I have had a sewing machine for about 5 years now but have stuck to pretty simple (in my opinion) stuff. Lots of basic skirts for the girls and I was on a bunting kick for a while, had to have a different bunting for every occasion and even made some for friends. Continue reading

Halloween Pumpkin Carving

This year so far has not been as eventful as last year in the Halloween department. I went a bit crazy last year and went to probably 5 pumpkin patches and had made part of the girls costumes (they were princesses, which I bought the dresses but made them fancy cloaks and tiara’s). Continue reading

It started with the table…

Picture of table before (didn't take one so found one from when I made jam)

Picture of table before (didn’t take one so found one from when I made jam)

Our kitchen table was a hand me down from my parents, like a lot of things in our house which are hand me downs, bought on Craigslist or DIY. It was basically a natural stain with no real finish on it, so after years of having the girls eat at the table and me rub it down it was looking pretty tired. With the end of summer and our gorgeous weather I realized I had better get on the project of refinishing it or I’d have to wait another year.

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