Monday, February 23, 2015

Beaded Leather Wrap Bracelet ~ala~ Sundance

Long winter days seem to inspire me to make things. 
I have half a dozen projects started 
but not much finished yet.
I did make this Beaded Leather Wrap Bracelet ala The Sundance Catalog.
You can see those bracelets here.  

They come in lots of variations and are absolutely gorgeous.
And expensive...

And I have a lifetime supply of beads that need to be used. 
So I thought I'd try my hand at one.

This one below always called to me.  

I love the multi-colors and the simple style.

Here's my version.

I love how it turned out.

It's soft and comfortable and goes with everything!

I made it a bit shorter that the one in the catalog, so it only wraps three times.
Seems like enough on my wrist.

Here are the supplies I used:

Leather Cord (1/2 off at Hobby Lobby and enough for three bracelets!), 
Mixed glass beads in size E (1/2 off again), 
and two cards of this Silk Griffin thread in size 10.

You can see that the Griffin thread comes with a needle already threaded 
onto a length of about 6.5 feet.
That little silver curvy thing is the needle, and this is what's left of the second card.

Oh, and one button.  From my stash.

Total cost of the supplies - Maybe ten bucks.
Did you notice the price in the catalog???

If you want to make one of these bracelets for yourself, 
there are endless YouTube tutorials about them.  
This one is helpful:

It might be fun to make another one, maybe in various shades of the same color, 
like this one, that you can buy on Etsy:

The possibilities are endless!

What are you doing on these long winter days?
I'd love some more ideas!!!

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Cottage Update

Good things have been happening at the little cottages in Michigan...
Slowly but surely, our friends' cottage next door is being transformed.

I've been helping them plan the renovations and it's going to be wonderful.

Here's the cottage in September, before any renovations had begun.

And here's what it looked like in November!

The deck and siding and roof had all been removed.

And the inside had been gutted too, 
to allow for upgraded electric and plumbing and changes in the layout.

It's been a long, cold, snowy winter and progress has been hard. 
But it is happening and here's the proof!

New roof, skylights, siding, columns, some new windows 
and a beautiful new cedar deck 
that has been raised to the same level as all of the other cottages.

You can see the corner of our deck on the right. 
Imagine how wonderful this will look this summer 
when it's been landscaped!

There was never anything planted by the old deck, on the left in the photo, above.  
You can see the rocks placed around the edges to discourage critters.
That was it. 
It's going to be gorgeous when the new owners get it planted.
I think they like flowers (almost) as much as I do!

And look at the back of the cottage now!  

A charming new deck has replaced the old plastic shed that greeted us before.

And see that side door above?  
The stairs to it were 18" apart from ours!
Eighteen inches!!!!
You can see how it was set up before in the photo below.

Now the door has been relocated to the new back deck 

and the old stairs are gone.
(that's a temporary door above, until the new doors are installed)

The pathway is a little wider and safer, too.

You can see that three new windows were added on the side where the old door was.
Now there is trim, too, around all of the windows and doors.  
It's a subtle change, but it adds dimension and charm.

And you can catch a peek at the new outside shower in the photo above, too!
(We love our outside shower.  You can read about it here.)

The new shower is nestled into the side of the cottage

in a place where, sadly, we used to store our extra green chairs.

Not sure where they will be going, but I'll think of something!

It just fits. 

Smaller, higher windows were added for privacy.
And a built in gas grill will fill this corner of the new deck.

Here's a photo of our shower, to give you the general idea.

They are going to love it! 

Again, here's the before picture of the front of the cottage, in November...

And now, still in progress, but so much nicer!

I foresee many lovely evenings together on this deck!

The back of the cottage, before...

And now...

Can't you just see a little bench on the deck 
and pots of flowers spilling down the stairs?

And a flower box on the window on the right?

And hydrangeas below?
Just Grand.

The inside of the cottage is in progress, too.
New kitchen cabinets arrive in March 
and the bathrooms are also being redone.
Then, on to the decorating and landscaping.

I found this canvas sign recently at Hobby Lobby 
and hung it in our cottage...

We had plans to go this weekend to check on the progress 
and to get a little beach fix, 
but the Mother Nature had other ideas.
A fierce lake effect snowstorm closed the roads and kept us home.

For now, we can only dream about days like this...

I can't wait!
Hurry spring!

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Seeing Stars!

Cabin fever has set in 
and so I needed to do a project today.

I seem to have a thing for stars.
Do you remember my new star lamps?

I saw this idea in a magazine and loved it- 
Shiny, shimmering stars on the ceiling.

I'm sorry, I tore the picture out but I can't tell you from which magazine...

I also found this photo online 
when I searched for "star wallpaper on the ceiling"

and this one.  

Gorgeous colors!

So enchanting...

Anyway, I love the idea of star wallpaper on the ceiling 
but when I checked into it, it was only sold "to the trade" 
or it was so expensive, it didn't seem worth it.  

Then I thought, what about decals?  
I knew you could buy just about any decals you can think of these days. 
I found these on and I ordered one package.  
It contained 36 gold stars like this one.

They arrived last week and I knew just where to put them.

The front hallway ceiling needed them.
You can see that here.

Just a Plain Jane ceiling.
Just begging for some Romance.

Burly was there to help me every step of the way.

I got out the ladder and a yardstick and started applying the decals.
Here are the first ones up.  I liked it enough to continue.

Many stars up here.

Don't they look nice with this vintage chandelier?
Who doesn't love a little drama...

I have a few other vintage chandeliers in our house, 
all found at the Kane County Flea Market over the years 
and all rewired, because as my friend Kim from County Line Road says, 
I don't want to burn the house down 
just because I got a bargain at the flea market!. 

This one is in my new kitchen.
You can read more about it in this post.

Funny, this chandelier was in my old kitchen for 25 years 
and no one ever noticed it.  
Now it's the "star" of the show...
Well, that and the "Star Mullions" below!

and I alternated the patterns on the shades.  
Just because.

It was a bit of a challenge getting them spaced out nicely, 
but once I got going, it got easier.

So pretty up close.

And with the lights on...

Here's another view.

I love how they turned out!

Here's the before again-

And after.

Before -

And After.

Can't wait for visitors!

So, what have you been up to?

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