Christmas tree button card

This is the late Christmas post.

I made a simple card for someone by hot-gluing buttons and decorations to a red card, and cut out some green borders to go with it.

I bought a lot of buttons recently. They are so versatile! I’m quite fond of the big tubs of value buttons.

I’m finding it hard to make the time for crafting currently, but I hope to keep with my “at least once a month” update

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Mookaite Jasper – “Terra”

Mookaite is a nurturing stone that supports and sustains during times of stress. It brings peace and a feeling of wholeness. Mookaite helps us with decision making, especially when we are having a difficult time. It encourages versatility and helps us to accept change. Mookaite provides us with emotional growth. It helps us to discover all possibilities in a situation and to choose the right one. Mookaite provides a protective shield against negative or dangerous situations, eliminating and blocking unwanted outside influences and distractions, and revealing what is concealed. Mookaite promotes energy and new ideas, helping us gain enthusiasm and bringing the excellence of ourselves, bring kindness to ourselves and others. Mookaite helps with contacting those who have passed on. (From Charms of Light)

This piece is a rounded triangular shape with bands of brown in one corner of the stone. I initially wanted to make a simple wrap but I found that the stone was liable to fall out so I had to secure it by running the wires all the way around.

This was a very experimental piece so I’d rather not show you the back of the pendant!

There is a line of silver beads and some copper Swarovski crystals to accent the stone. The light brown can be seen in the bottom left of the stone.

Very quiet on the craft front which is totally my fault. I acquired a lot of new stones recently so I’m hoping to get more pendants done this year.

Side view of the pendant:

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Tennis bracelet kit

Hi all, getting stuff set up in my new home whilst dealing with uni is a bit difficult right now! My new room is fairly big and I’ve been able to sort materials and equipment more efficiently, but my desk isn’t very big…

I digress though. I’ve been able to finish my second kit from Queenbeads. This is the “tennis bracelet” kit.

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Vintage jewellery kit

Hi guys, quick update time: I’m currently in the middle of moving between places right now (I’m due to be in my new student home in two weeks’ time) so all of my craft stuff is currently boxed. To keep myself occupied though, I’ve purchased three jewellery kits from Queenbeads and will be posting about my progress with these.

Here’s the first set, a vintage necklace kit with extra findings if needed. It comes in a pretty box.

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Kusudama “Nejire Shikaku Mado”

Next from Tomoko Fuse’s Kusudama Origami book.

I did something different this time. Since my last one was so fiddly, I opted to use full-size (15cm) paper this time. I didn’t realise that I wouldn’t need it for this one.

This model is called “Nejire Shikaku Mado” (ねじれ四角窓 – Twisted Square Window). A square frame containing a pinwheel-style pattern. I used light green and yellow double sided paper for the pinwheel, and red paper as the frame. The book suggests that a red and white checkered pattern should be used for the triangular pieces, but I didn’t have any. So I chose the same shade of light green.P1020503

I used light green and yellow coloured twine to match. The model was so large that I didn’t add anything else to the end of the string. Seriously, it dwarfs all of my previous designs! I hang all of my designs on my door handle, as you can see below.

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Next time, I won’t use 15cm paper for such a large model, but I will do when the folding is complicated, just like my last one.

Simple one for now as I’m moving out of my current flat. I hope regular updates will resume soon, but it may take a few weeks to get everything moved.

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Materials: Six pieces of 15cm square light green and yellow dual-coloured paper, six pieces of 15cm square red coloured paper, eight pieces of 15cm light green coloured paper, green and yellow coloured twine