Saturday, February 23, 2013

DIY Collar Necklace

I have to confess.  I love watching reality tv shows.  Not all of them, but quite a few. Something about seeing the personal side of people's lives and how they interact is quite entertaining to me.  I love looking at their homes, how they look and what they're wearing.  I know that's silly and I could be reading a book but it's a relaxing outlet for me.  My girlfriend told me she enjoys the Shahs of Sunset.  I hadn't seen the show, and by the time I got around to looking at it, the "reunion" segment was on.  I was intrigued by what "MJ" was wearing around her neck. It was a fancy collar necklace that might have included diamonds.  I only know that it was very trendy and fashionable.  Collar necklaces are "IN!"  You see them in all the fashion magazines and on the runways.  These collars compliment almost any look, wear it with a dress in the evening or a crew-neck sweater for an easy daytime look.

"MJ" - Shahs of Sunset

The crafty side of me thought this collar necklace would be an awesome piece to re-create. 

It would be rather easy to do.  I knew I had a stash of assorted beads, felt, ribbon or chain, and mod podge.  I needed a pattern with a pointed collar, and that was almost too hard to find. The peter pan look is more common.  I did find a pattern here but I made it may way using a bowl instead of a head band.  I first tried to draw what was in my mind and I came up with a pattern that ended up looking smaller than the actual one pictured.  In the end, I made two.  One, somewhat on the order of MJ's and the second one, what I had envisioned first - a smaller version which I will show you later in this post.

First, I cut out my pattern and taped it on a blend of wool felt which is much thicker and sturdier than the usual craft felt.

 After cutting the felt pattern, I punched holes into the ends where I would place ribbons for tying, or to add a chain.

Next, I mixed mod podge and assorted beads together and spread them on the felt. In hindsight, I should have painted mod podge on the felt first and then added the bead mixture for better adhesion. I was too excited and wanted to "hurry up" making this.

For an added sparkle. I sprinkled white iridescent glitter over the mixture while it was still wet.

 It's really hard to see the effects of the glitter in these pics.

After drying, I coated the bead mix with clear nail polish to prevent the glitter from shedding. I let that dry and then threaded ribbon through the holes.

                                  And, VOILA!  A beautiful statement collar necklace!

Of course, this is 
not as pretty . . .

But, I'm really liking it!

My next collar is something that I envisioned in my head.  My son says it looks like a bow tie .  .  . but that's not what I was aiming for.

After drawing out the pattern and cutting it on felt .  .  .

I painted mod podge on first, this time  .   .   .

And then sprinkled glitter all over .  .  .

And added the mixture of beads and mod podge .  .  .

After drying, and sealing the glitter and beads, I punched holes in the top and added jump rings and chains.

The chains should have been a bit longer because I wanted it to look more like a little collar hanging down instead of being that close to my neck.  

                  Anyway, I have fallen in love with collar necklaces.

Since the Oscars are on this weekend, I might dress-up, put my collar necklace on, fix some hors d'oeuvres, pop some champagne and see what the "beautiful people" are up to.  

But then again  .  .  . that's just not me. I need to get back to crafting!

Take a little time to enjoy!



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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Jute Leaf Tree

You've seen those Inspirational Project Brochures hanging around Hobby Lobby haven't you?  They are loaded with wonderful ideas that will get your creative juices flowing. I believe there's one on every craft subject you can imagine.  There is even one titled, "Playing with Purple" that caught my attention!  You know how I love purple!

 But I was really intrigued with, "Just Jute," in which anyone can create sophisticated home accents using jute and bleach twine.

"Tree Glee
Leaf the artwork to jute! This whimsical yet contemporary display shows the artsy side of Hobby Lobby earthy jute twines. They painted a trio of canvases to coordinate with the wall before penciling in their branched-out designs. Then, they carefully filled in the design with twine, securing with hot glue as they worked."

This description was so inspiring!

 I saw the most unique looking jute leaves/tree and thought this would be a great craft project to try.

It wouldn't take much to make and I had everything I needed on hand.  Some jute twine,  canvas board and hot glue. The original project featured a tree and small canvas boards painted the same color as the wall.  My walls are white for now, so I made my jute leaf tree on plain white canvas. No color - maybe later.

I am not artistic and am not very good at drawing.  I used a pencil and lightly drew a tree onto the canvas.  After several attempts drawing a tree, I was finally satisfied with the look.  Using jute twine and hot glue, I followed the lines very carefully.

I thought it would be easier for me to make the leaves separately instead of drawing them on the tree and filling in with jute.  I made several leaf patterns, nearly thirty,  to fill with twine and place on the tree.

Making the leaves was quite easy.  First, make a little oval shape with the twine and put a dollop of hot glue in the center of the leaf pattern. Follow the shape around, pinching the twine at the points until your leaf is formed.

After making all the leaves, I started placing them on the "twine branches."
                    I loved how the tree turned out with the jute leaves.

I'm trying out different areas where I might hang the Jute Tree.
                                  In the hallway or .  .   .

                 Breakfast area?

Where there's lots of morning light.

Either way, displaying this whimsical creation is sure to start a cheerful conversation!  Thanks Hobby Lobby for the inspiration!

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