2/27/15

Dreaming of Designing: Chairish.com Style

I am so excited about this new site I found that completely feeds my interior design fantasy: Chairish.com.  If you haven't checked it out, you absolutely have to.  It has everything vintage, cool, industrial, funky, artsy and chic (shabby or otherwise). I decided to put together my dream loft apartment living space, and here's what I came up with:

Follow Miss Molly's Designs's board My Ultimate Charish Room on Pinterest.

If you have some time, check out their site at https://www.chairish.com/ and put together your own Chairish design!

2/19/15

30 Word Thursday: She Is Loved

she is loved: mixed-media canvas

she is

kind and sweet

strong and gentle

courageous and bold

quietly confident

transparent and real

in unique, incredible ways

but most importantly

and above all else

she is loved
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The premise of 30 Word Thursday is simple... take a photo, write 30 words (no more, no less) and post it each Thursday.  This is a blog hop hosted by Erin Prais-Hintz over on her blog Treasures Found, pop on over there to see her post for this week as well as links to the 30 Words from everyone else.

2/16/15

Perfectly Loopy - Wrapped Wire Loop Tutorial

I get asked a lot about how I make my wrapped wire loops so circular and consistent.  My OCD not withstanding, I put a tutorial together to show how I do it:

Materials:

Tools:
Flush cutter
Needle-nosed pliers (large & small)
Round-nosed pliers
Nylon jaw pliers
Steel bench block
Chasing hammer


Step 1:

Take your wire and wrap it around your smaller-sized round-nosed pliers.  Make a 90 degree bend in the wire at the base of the pliers.  Begin wrapping the end without the bend around the straight wire end.

Step 2:

Finish your wrapped loop, trying to keep the wire as tight as possible.

Step 3:

Turn your loop upside down and add a bead to your wire.  Hold the link by the finished loop and make a 90 degree bend in the other end of the wire, leaving room for the wraps.

Step 4:

Wrap the wire around the pliers, making sure the bend stays at the bottom of the pliers.

Step 5:

Finish wrapping the loop and trim the excess wire.

Step 6:

Here's what your loops will look like now:  in need of flattening.

Step 7:

Using your old nylon-jawed pliers, gently squeeze each loop until they flatten out evenly with your wraps.


Loops after flattening with the nylon-jawed pliers.

Step 8:

To shape the loops, place the loop on the larger round-nosed pliers.  Using your thumbs, push down on both sides of the wire, stretching the loop into a perfect circle.


Step 9:

Place the loop on a steel bench block and gently flatten the top of the loop with the chasing hammer, then turn it around and flatten the other side.



And there you have it - perfectly loopy loops!

2/12/15

30 Words Thursday: She


She seeks
beauty
in the smallest of things; finds
joy
in simple
truths.
Essential ideals that bring
wonder
to her
heart
and a kind of
peace
to her sweet
soul. 
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The premise of 30 Word Thursday is simple... take a photo, write 30 words (no more, no less) and post it each Thursday.  This is a blog hop hosted by Erin Prais-Hintz over on her blog Treasures Found, pop on over there to see her post for this week as well as links to the 30 Words from everyone else.

2/9/15

"Be Free" 10-Minute Necklace Tutorial For Jewelry In A Pinch


There are times when I want to wear a simple, straightforward piece of jewelry, and can't always find the right one.  This super-easy project is a perfect solution to "I don't have anything to wear"-itis.

Materials:
Silver Bird Accent
12 pc Heart Swirl Charm Set
Large Deco Lobster Clasp
Small Oval Silver Chain
Silver Jump Rings

Tools:
Needle-Nosed Pliers
Flush cutter

Directions:
1. Use an 8mm jump ring and add it to the bird charm. Open the clasp and attach it to the same jump ring you added to the bird.

2. Add 4mm Jump rings to a swirl charm and a round charm.

3. Cut approximately 32" of silver chain.

4. Add the clasp, both charms and both ends of the chain to a 6mm jump ring and close it.


All you need to do is to slip the necklace over your head and you are ready to go!

2/7/15

Bella Crafts Creative Team First Blog Post: Copper Wire Butterfly Bracelet Tutorial


Today is my first blog post for the Bella Crafts Creative Team - woo-hoo!  I wrote a tutorial for this copper wire butterfly bracelet, and you can check out the whole story on their blog here.

2/6/15

Your Story is Valuable



In case you forgot:

your story is valuable

You are WHO you ARE 

because of WHERE you WERE 

and the (sometimes painful) journey that has brought you this far.

Never be ashamed of your past, because those lessons you learned through the process of overcoming the obstacles that were in your path may be exactly what someone may need to hear today to give them

hope

 in their own journey.
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