Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Couple of Necklaces

I have never been much of a jewelry type girl. That's why for Christmas my husband buys me things like an air compressor, food processors and a Dremel (this year's awesome gift!). All of those things made me so much happier on Christmas morning than a box of jewelry would have. I had no idea that I was getting the Dremel for Christmas this year so I kind of squealed when I saw it. Samantha ran over to look at what was making me so happy and saw what it was and just said "ookkkaayyy". Then I told her we could use it in the craft room and she was as happy as I was. 

Anyway, so I am not much of a jewelry girl, but I do enjoy wearing something different and unique when I have to opportunity to dress up. A couple of years ago my friend Julie called and asked if I wanted to take a beginning jewelry making class with her and a couple of her friends. I had never really had the desire to make jewelry, but I knew I would have fun with them so I said yes. I ended up having a blast and have made several pieces since then, both for me and as gifts.

I am in a purple mood right now and have a couple of new shirts/outfits that have purple in them. I had found this cameo pendant a while ago and really loved it. Cameos remind me of my Grandmother. She had a couple that I remember when I was little. When I see them it always brings a happy smile of remembrance for me. I made this necklace to go with a new purple shirt that I had just bought. I was pretty happy with the way it turned out. 

Samantha has also decided to try and make some jewelry. She used to enjoy stringing the big plastic pony beads on elastic to make bracelets and necklaces but now she wants to make "real" jewelry. We went to Hobby Lobby the other day and they had their charms on sale so I told her she could pick out a couple. The first set she picked up was this "best friends" set.  She also picked out a pack of glass beads that had colors that they both liked. And here is her final result:

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Kathy and Lucky said...

These are great, I love making and designing new pieces allows for that custom piece. great job.

Cindy said...

Oh, Gina!! This is just beautiful!! You did an awesome job!!I'm always in a purple mood!!! ha ha. I used to make simple beaded jewelry years ago, but gave it up for the rubber/paper world!! There are too many crafts out there!! Now I'm making scarf's too!
Your daughter's turned out wonderful too!!
Thanks for visiting my blog!! I hope to get my mojo back son, and I resolve to visit more blogs on a regular basis!!

Karin said...

Wow, just amazing! So you can pretty much do anything now, is that it? LOL! Seriously beautiful!

Dell said...

These are beautiful! Great gift and can't wait to see more.

jimlynn said...

These are just lovely! So pretty and creative.
I actually tried this before but my fingers just don't seem to want to do what they're suppose to! LOL!
That's so neat you got a Dremel for Christmas! I LOVE things like that too and that's usually the type of things I ask for.

Lorraine said...

Wow, Gina, your necklace is gorgeous! You're crafty all over the place, lol! And love Samantha's best friends necklaces! You are inspiring the next generation of crafters!

Scrapping Julie said...

oh wow Gina! this is so pretty! we did have fun that night teeheee.. i made a bracelet a couple of weeks ago. with the stretchy cord, no clasp so dont know if you can really qualify that as a real piece!? anyway excellent job

Maria@Crafty Cre8tions said...

Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!! How fun to make your own jewelry!!! I made an ankle bracelet once!!! LOL

Have fun wearing it!!!