A Love Letter She Wrote

This unique mixed media necklace is simply amazing in its style, the paper beads are made from love letters (which I hand stamped onto white typing paper,which I aged) and wrapped with wire and seed beads. I have used mixed metal chain components in various sizes and styles. I have added wire wrapped glass beads and some satin fabric accents to give an over all romantic look. I am sure this is going to be a necklace you can’t live without!! 20″ long, also the pendant measures 3″.

A mixed media necklace
A mixed media necklace

Upcycled Jewelry Display Cabinet

DIY UpCycled Small Display Cabinet

Here’s a look at a cabinet I picked up at a garage sale. I decided I wanted to paint it…So I sanded it down and cleaned the dust away with a damp cloth.DIY UpCycled Small Display Cabinet11-28-2013 019

I picked out a few colors of paint I had on hand and some craft paper. 11-28-2013 060 11-28-2013 022
I really like DecoArt Americana acrylic paints…I have been using them for years!!!

I got my brush damp and double loaded paint to give the cabinet an interesting distressed aged look. I followed the grain of the wood as I painted on the colors.

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I also painted the inside, the handle and the hinges.
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I then removed some of the paint around the edges, with sandpaper, to give it a worn look.

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I then picked up a bit of the bittersweet chocolate paint on a damp cloth and worked it into the wood..leaving some areas darker.
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I used a sharp razor blade to remove the excess paint from the glass.
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I then buffed the cabinet with car polish. This left a very smooth protective coat.
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Here are a few close up pictures.

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I then cut some pieces of craft paper and modge podged them into the sections of the cabinet…I am so sorry I didn’t take pictures of the end result! I will make sure I do for the next time!

I’d love to hear your comments!


I simply want to invite everyone to my Pinterest board…so you can see all of the wonderful pins from other artists…If you are looking for Jewelry Inspiration…well there’s a board for that…curb appeal..interior decorating..to name a few…go on check it out…and follow me there so you can stay in touch with what I am pinning! You will be glad you did!!!7c32b4ddf38684ea69e2c5cfeca1b9d5

Mixed Media: Upcycled 8-Track storage box

I made this little picnic wine box from an upcycled 8-track storage box. This is what it looked like before I began. I did remove the divider section from the inside.
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I picked out lots of craft paper…Kindly donated to me from my sister at “Matties Attic” https://www.etsy.com/shop/mattiesattic
She has way more craft supplies than I do…we trade back and forth. I love that she is into making crafts and things also!

So anyway back to the box. I cut a slit in the paper to go over the handle. I can trim away the excess with a SHARP ulility knife, after I get it in place. 11-28-2013 049

I used Modge Podge to attach the paper to the box.. I also have to trim around the hinges.
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I used lots of coordinating paper to cover the box.

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I folded the edges of the paper to the inside of the box.11-28-2013 052

Okay….you can see it’s almost completely covered.
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I sealed the outside of the box with Modge Podge. I also proped the box open until it dried.
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I also used Modge Podge on the inside to adhere my paper.
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I found this awesome garden scene page from a magazine…..
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And this saying—How perfect! As you can see here I tore pieces of paper to cover the inside of the box.11-28-2013 059

I used a large wall stencil ( that’s what I had on hand) to add some color and texture to the box. I simply dabbed on three shades, randomly.12-09-2013 030

I then added three dimensional butterflies and rub on ones. A few flat back beads in a circular pattern, a french letter stamp and stenciled on the word Paris.12-09-2013 032

I then made this adorable tag…Ha…the blank tag is also from my sisters craft supply stash! 12-09-2013 04012-09-2013 039

On to the inside….I added some paper flowers…I simply love these! Butterflies, ribbon, flat back beads and paint to finish off the inside.
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AND the finishing touch! WINE and glasses of course!12-09-2013 041

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My Etching Experiment

So I wanted to try my Skills at ETCHING. I ordered a bottle of “Pro-Etch” from Micro Mark, and followed the instructions on the bottle.398148_523663504340642_82172696_n
I wasn’t really sure what I was going to make, but I went right to it.
I chose a french letter stamp design…because…well that’s what I had on hand. I really need to get more stamps! I cleaned the metal and stamped on the design.

I cut the metal with Vintja metal shears. Vintaj.com I attached my metal blanks (stamped side up) to packaging tape. I used 24 Gauge brass and copper. You may have to overlap the packing tape to make the strips wider. I also made sure the tape was long enough to attach to the side of the bowl, and that the pieces would rest in the solution with out touching the bottom of the bowl.
Waiting…checking…waiting..it seemed to take forever…I like instant results…ha…that’s how I roll. Anyway…here they are…not bad for my first time! 398031_523663521007307_1180665604_n

I am going off of memory here…I think I rinsed them in a water and baking soda solution…and then pulled them off of the tape.


I think …I colored them with a black Sharpie…and used a polishing cloth to remove some of the marker…on one set but not the other.
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The set on the left is polished…I don’t really like the look of them….they’re to shiny…But I fixed that later.

I them marked placement for the holes with a sharpie… and punched them out with a tool from Crafted Findings. The Long Reach Riveting System for 1/6″ semi-tublar rivets.

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You can see the holes are NOT lined up perfectly, I need more practice. But you get the idea.

I then used the same AWESOME tool from Crafted Findings to add rivets.

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SO…onto the next exciting step….MAKING BRACELETS!


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You can see here I did something a bit different to each blank. I even soldered a little hand stamped piece to the blank. Using all of my new skills on these bracelets!
I even tried stitching with wire! Added a few cold connection, using Tim Holz gears.

So Here are the FINISHED products!

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You can purchase this bracelet in my ETSY SHOP..

The bracelet on the yellow background is another one of these steam punk bracelets I made soon after the completion of the other two…just checking out my skills.

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Soldering made easy..You can get the supplies you need here also!

Vintage Oval Pin Necklace

Vintage Oval Pin Necklace

This is an awesome necklace I make from one of my grandmothers vintage pins from her jewelry box. I have been trying some new designs using vintage pieces of jewelry or parts of vintage pieces. i really love the way this one turned out. And by the way i did drink this whole bottle of wine while making it..Bhhhaaa…not really but this necklace did photograph nicely on the bottle don’t ya think. The bottle I purchased at a second hand store! I would love to hear your thoughts on this necklace…Thanks XXO

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I found this great great like on etching!

Acid Etching Metal Jewelry, Part 1

Just follow this link


Hey everyone, as mentioned I want this Blog to be full of information on being creative..well I have found this link to etching via Pinterest and I have posted  the link here. Lets post pictures of pieces you have etched for everyone to see! This helps everyone get creative!  XXO share what you know!!