As I’ve mentioned before, in addition to my jewelry, I’m also a crafty person in general. I enjoy a wide variety of crafts, craft projects and crafty hobbies. I also participate in a lot of craft swaps on Craftster as a result.

Recently, I needed to make bookmarks for someone. At first, I wasn’t sure how to go about it. I tried a few different types and didn’t like any of them. Then I wound up hitting on a great style; simple but with a wonderful result. I used my Cuttlebug, an assortment of embossing folders, a brayer (rolled brush for stamping), an assortment of rubber stamp inks and some assorted ribbon.

Here’s the result:

First, I ran the pre-cut bookmarks through various embossing folders to create a pattern and design. Next, I inked up my brayer with ink and rolled over the embossed image. Because it’s raised texture, you get interesting levels of color intensity. I repeated this process with different colors on the same bookmark until I liked the layered look of the colors. Finally, I punched a hole in the top and looped an coordinating ribbon to finish it off.

I found it was best to do them assembly-line style; all the embossing, then all the inking, etc. It took probably a couple hours all told but doing it a second time would probably be quicker. It’s an easy, afternoon project!

Butterfly Art

In addition to my Jewelry, I’m also crafty in general. I enjoy a wide variety of crafts and craft projects and I also engage in swaps on Craftster as a way to keep my creative skills sharp.

So I recently made some wall art for a swap which featured butterflies in a rainbow of color inside a shadowbox. I love how it came out.

I used a combination of card stock and scrapbook paper. The card stock butterflies I folded to bring their wings up, as if in flight. Some of the scrapbook ones I doubled, putting one directly on top of another to give it a 3D effect. Because of the depth of the shadowbox frame, there’s plenty of room for them to “flutter” their wings.

It’s a fun take on a traditional specimen or botanical print. No butterflies are harmed in the making of this one! 😉 I think I’ll be making some more to offer for sale in the future, so feel free to contact me if you’re interested!

Miniature Spell Book Necklace

Someone I did a craft swap with wanted a miniature book necklace. I looked around for some tutorials and inspiration and found this so I decided to give it a try.

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I think it turned out pretty cute!

Peacock Feather Inspiration Wire Wrapped Pendant

I normally do wire wrapping (especially my tree of life pendants) but I had a customer ask if I could make a pendant that was like a peacock feather but in the same style as my trees. I really wasn’t sure how that was going to work but I gave it a go and here’s what I came up with.

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I used 26 gauge non-tarnish sterling silver plated wire and tiny, Japanese seed beads in several colors. I tried to get the general color pattern of a peacock feather but of course, it’s a little abstract. I know if it were actual seed bead work, it could be almost photo-realistic, but this is supposed to be more wire style.

I think it came out pretty good. It was a lot of work and lots of little fiddly bits due to managing all the seed beads at the same time. But I’d love some thoughts on it too since it’s something different for me. Feedback, suggestions, etc. appreciated!!

Halloween Spooky Hutch Treasury Feature

My spooktastic (and adorable) Miniature Halloween Spooky Hutch has been featured in a witchy treasury of goodies.

‘Almost time to start brewing. ; }’ by KGrahamStudios

Handmade Miniature Hall…


Pentacle Wise Witch SAP…


Moroccan vintage potion…


potions, 5×7 photograph


Love Potion… Gothic V…


Healing Elixir Potion -…


Cauldron Above Campfire…


Glass Flask Purple Poti…


Medicine and Potion Bot…


Meanie Stitch Head Poti…


spell. potion bottle an…


Wicked Witch POPPY poti…


Magical Miniature Potio…


LILY and HERMAN potion …


Wooden custom Potion ca…




Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Spooky Hutch available HERE for purchase!

Chunky Red Hand Crocheted Scarf

Today we’re featuring another item in the PhoenixFunds Medical Fundraiser shop. A fun, chunky, red scarf!

This bright red scarf is hand crocheted. It’s approximately 66″ long not including 4″ of fringe on either end. Handmade scarf is also about 6″ wide.

The scarf is a fire engine or candy apple red. Rich, vibrant color. It’s hand crocheted and will make a nice, warm Autumn or Winter accessory. It’s pretty unisex and good for an adult, teen or even a child. Comes from a smoke-free home. Long enough to wrap it around your neck several times or double it up. (As shown in second photo.) Gives a neat, chunky look that’s very trendy.

Ready to ship finished product. You will receive the exact item shown!

All items in the PhoenixFunds shop are made by members of the Team. Proceeds go to paying medical bills for a hysterectomy surgery. Scarf available for purchase HERE in the shop!

Medical Fundraiser – Rockabilly Cherry Fabric Coasters

Another of our handmade, donated items for the PhoenixFunds Medical Fundraiser Shop!

Adorable vintage and 50’s inspired rockabilly fabric cherry coasters. Hand sewn! Black base fabric with bright red cherries and green embroidered stems and leaves. Super cute and fun. Finished edges with blanket stitch.

The coasters are about 4.25″ in diameter. Just slightly padded. Very high quality felt. Unique item – one of a kind! Great item for your unique home! Will give a retro touch to your coffee table or counter.

Available for purchase HERE. All items in this shop are donated by members of the PhoenixFunds Team. Proceeds go to paying medical bills for an upcoming hysterectomy surgery for Miss M. Turner.

Harry Potter Trinket Box

And now for something completely different! Besides my jewelry, I’m also very crafty in general. I do a lot of craft swaps on Mainly, I tend to make jewelry there too since it’s my specialty, but sometimes, I also go for projects that are different. It’s nice to do something outside your normal wheelhouse and comfort zone sometimes.

One recent example is the Harry Potter Trinket box I made:

The lady I was crafting it for had an example one she liked on her wishlist. So I used that as in the inspiration and wanted to come as close to the inspiration piece as possible. The first problem was that I needed to find the Harry Potter scrapbook paper for it. Struck out locally but found it on ebay. Next, I needed a box. I picked up an unfinished one from Michael’s but when the paper arrived, I found out it was too small. The only one big enough had a stupid handle on it that I didn’t need. Similar to this:

So I bought it anyway along with an sharp craft knife and got to work. I carefully sliced through the glue holding the handle on and eventually was able to break it off. That left some rough spots so I had to then sand it down. I also filled some of the deeper gouges left to keep it as flat and even as possible. Next came a few coats of Gryffindor yellow paint on the entire box – all the outside and inside. Even though it was going to be covered in paper, I wanted a nice, base coat for any places you could see in the seems.

After that, I covered it in the paper itself. That was a project! I used Mod Podge to both glue it down and to seal it with several coats. After it dried, I glued on a brass key and I also glued on the little “feet” I bought separately for the box and painted those. Next came an overall aging and paint touch-up job where I added some brown and reds in dry brush and wipe-off techniques to the feet, seems and edges of the box. Just to tone down the yellow and make it look a little more used and worn-in.

The final step was a couple coats of a spray-on gloss coat just to help protect it and give it a little more gloss shine.

All told, it was a much bigger project then I had planned going in. Spent about three evenings on the piece all together. But I think it was a lot of fun and it was neat having something different to do for a change. I hope she really gets a kick out of it and now maybe next time I make one I’ll have a little more knowledge going in and I’ll be able to better prepare for the inevitable problems that come up when you craft something! 🙂

Handpainted Mario Denim Overalls For A Little Girl

And now for something completely different! Most everyone knows me for my jewelry because well, it’s kinda mostly what I do. 😉 But I really wanted to do something different so I tried my hands at this. These were made for a swap on Craftster.

Handpainted Super Mario Brothers Denim Overalls for Little Girl

Handpainted Super Mario Brothers Denim Overalls for Little Girl

The Details
Bought a pair of jean overalls. I pre-washed them (Tide Free & Clear and no fabric softener) just to be sure I had a good starting surface.

I printed up some pictures of Mario and Mario Characters to use as a reference. I free-handed the images on the denim with a fabric pencil.

When I had it as I liked, I outlined each drawing in black Sharpee.

Then I got to painting. I used acrylic paint in many, thick coats to get a good, solid color. Took a lot of touch-up and a lot of patience. Probably spent about 4-5 hours on the project but I did it on the couch in the evening watching TV so it wasn’t hard – just exacting.

Let it dry overnight and then I finished it with a few layers of spray-on ScotchGuard just over the images themselves. The acrylic paint is pretty permanent on most fabrics but this should help it stand up to being worn by a little girl a little more.

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