Den Sweet Den

Ok, it’s a little behind schedule, but isn’t everything lately? Have you received all of your cards yet? I still have cards coming in. I’ve also been waiting on a package to be for nearly a month as well but that is another story.

I make my cards each year completely by hand. I have in the past used my Cricut, but honestly I don’t think I have used it in about 5 years. I prefer the manual die cutting process. It’s far more time consuming, but there is something about it that is just more enjoyable.

As soon as I saw this Lawn Fawn set I just had to have it!

Enjoyable as I may claim the process to be, I don’t send out many Christmas cards because I like to turn making them into a tedious all consuming challenge 😆

The coloring and cutting and pasting… 🤯

I only do about 20-25.

I only make cards for the holidays, but I’m working on doing it more often in 2021 and making snail mail a more regular thing. Everyone loves happy mail! 😁

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Holiday Kilt Pins

This year I started creating pins in a different style for the shop. I always refer to this time of year as sweater season and every sweater deserves a good pin. I created a tutorial on safety pin brooches a few years ago but expanded the idea using kilt pins and shank buttons. This is the first brooch I completed. The turkeys are so perfect–

Pick Him
Pick Him – Kilt Pin Brooch

As much as I wish I could make more turkey pins, I had the worst time trying to find more and gave up. I’ve skipped directly to Christmas pins! The holidays will be here soon. Can you believe it’s the last week of October already?

Holiday Pins

The gingerbread men are such a cute trio but I think the enamel button truck may be my favorite of the bunch.

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Wire Wrapping: Learning How To… Eventually

I’ve had an idea for a while now to try to make some more wire wrapped jewelry that feature buttons. I don’t have a lot of experience with wire wrapping other than simple rings and the lapel pins. I want to ultimately learn more intricate techniques.

Last night I over bought some seed beads.

They were half off and I wasn’t able to narrow down the colors I needed most so I just got them all (maybe not all, but it looks like it). I already had some beads from back in the 90s (don’t laugh) from when I used to do loom weaving. Only problem was that I never knew what to do with the finished product so I lost interest in it. My seed bead collection was pretty limited and it was all a big jumbled mess anyway from that time I dropped the storage container on the floor (don’t laugh again). This is my fresh start.

I saw the teardrop shape and thought it would be a perfect to give my idea a try for a pair of earrings.

It took a while to find the right button to use. I wanted something bright. You can never go wrong with yellow! These are 19mm La Mode buttons I also found last night on my unplanned craft supply shopping spree.

They turned out exactly like I wanted. Not bad for a first try!

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Buttony Fussbudget

Jewelry WIP

These buttons really make me miss AC Moore. I can’t believe they have gone out of business. It certainly wasn’t my fault! I am admittedly a persnickety shopper when it comes to buttons. I’ve been known to stalk a button aisle for an embarrassingly long amount of time before finalizing my purchase. I can’t help it. I need to feel them and see them up close — the color, the size, are they flat, matte, shiny, 2 holes, 4 holes? Details!!

I buy most of my buttons at JoAnns but they don’t carry the Buttons Galore and More brand. The only place I could find them was AC Moore. I don’t know where to go now except for their website. I already don’t like shopping online and now you want me to shop online for buttons? I can’t. Online all you get is a stock photo. Who knows what will show up at your door? It’s not for me. I need a plan, some resources. First, they took Dritz buttons away from me now this! Ohhhh it’s so bad… Ok, I’m a bit dramatic (and I kinda mean it LOL). But enough of my button bugaboo–

Today I decided to either make a necklace or bracelet. The lack of jump rings determined I would be making a bracelet.

Eddie Bauer Button

In addition to the buttons, I also found the purple glass beads on this bracelet from AC Moore. They used to have little bins in the jewelry dept with elastic bracelets. They were always great and priced just right to repurpose into other pieces.

Finished Button Bracelet

Taking a picture of your own wrist is hard, but isn’t this pretty?

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Retro Boom

Continuing my current dive back into digital illustration, I made some new art in illustrator (while listening to Sammy).

Still on furlough feeling like it will never end, I’m staying positive and spending time on get to some fun creative things. This past week I added new things to both my zazzle and society6 shops.

I’ve been looking at a lot of mid-century artwork on Pinterest. The colors, geometric shapes, and futuristic style has always appealed to me. I even have boomerang counter tops in my kitchen!

I love Pizza too!

Those counter tops were a true labor of love. I could write a novel about how difficult they were to get, but anyway– I really wanted to find a way to incorporate boomerangs in my newest design. I’m happy with how it turned out and made 4 different color options.

Boomerangs and color blocks! I hope to order something for myself as soon as this furlough is over and I can end my spending freeze.

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