The Clay Necklace That Could

the clay necklace that couldBefore you get too excited, this is not a tutorial. This is a tutorial flop. Or as I like to call it, The Clay Necklace That Could.

This project started with great potential & enthusiasm. Isn’t that how it goes with most new projects?

I was determined to make this necklace:

6a00d8358081ff69e201bb07951a22970d-800wiread the tutorial here via A Beautiful Mess

Cute, right? I wanted to make a few of them as gifts this year.

While Eden was at a birthday party a few weeks ago, I headed to a nearby Hobby Lobby and gathered all my supplies.

The next day I set aside some time to make the necklace. Everything was going great until I grabbed my carving tool & tried to carve the geometric shapes into the hardened clay. Um, I was expecting it to be a little softer. Silly Caroline. It was baked clay. But as I told you before, I was determined. My enthusiasm still in tact.

clay carving

I sat at our dining room table & carved those little suckers for over an hour. Maybe longer. I lost count. My butt was numb & I developed a blister on my right middle finger & almost threw it all in the trash when my x-acto knife slipped through my fingers & I cut through the chain! The enthusiasm was gone. But I had to finish. I wasn’t going to quit.

And my end result:

the clay necklace that could not

Yep. Almost looks like our carrot crop that we harvested last week.

carrot harvest

Maybe I should have just poked holes through our carrots, painted them with metallic paint & strung them through the necklace string? Hmm. What do you think?

Oh, and my necklaces were HEAVY. Probably a few pounds. I was somewhat defeated but still about 75% determined to make something work & I had all this extra clay…so…

Scratch that project & onto ROUND TWO!

After a few Pinterest searches, my enthusiasm returned & I just knew that I could make something like this:

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Roll the clay. Poke holes through them with a toothpick. Bake them. Put 2 coats of paint on them. Let them dry. String them. Gift them. Wear them. Toss them on the ground & let your cats play with them. Victory!

clay beads process

pink

blue & white

asterisk gold

The point of all of this was to try something new. Sometimes you need to learn something new, work hard at it, fail, do it again but better & then you will know whether or not you want to continue.

The Clay Necklace that Could.

31 Days of Our Lives :: Day 6 ~ Knit-a-long

A little history about me & knitting ~ My friend Karrie taught me a few years ago. I finally caught on and I have been knitting the…same…scarf for almost 2 years now. I guess I go through knitting stages. Plus, knitting really isn’t a mutli-tasking activity, at least for me. Being a mom you need to be able to mutli-task. When I knit, I need to concentrate! Perhaps one day, I’ll be good enough to sit and knit and chat and listen.

I compared my knitting style to Michael Jordan. You know, when he would dunk the ball, he would stick out his tongue. He was fully into the moment. Well, when I’m knitting, and I’m doing my best to get that stitch to pull through a tight little space without slipping it off the needle, my tongue involuntarily comes out. Can’t help it. Maybe MJ was secretly wondering how a basketball net is knit together, and that’s why he was sticking out his tongue?

I decided the scarf and I needed to take a break, so back in January, I was inspired by Gussy’s tutorial for hand knitting. I made a really long garland strand that is now hanging over our window in our bedroom, and I love it!. It could also be used for a very unique scarf.

Today, I had hoped to share with you more details of my latest knitting adventure. Unfortunately, because of a schedule conflict, I was unable to go to the first Knit-A-Long that Reeve was hosting in NoDa last night. Here’s what we’re learning how to make:

Adorable, right? They’re called hexipuffs. Attach a ton of them together and it looks like this:

Here’s my first finished hexipuff {I’m embarrassed to tell you how many times I started over}:

Those of you experienced knitters can immediately recognize a problem. Look closely at the second image? My hexipuff is inside out! After a few tips from Reeve, I’m ready to get started with the next hexipuff. Thanks for the inspiration Reeve! Looking forward to November’s First Wednesday Night Knitting Club.

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{click on an image to find the source ~ all images that do not have a link attached to them are mine}
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What 31 Dayers are you following? I just added another one to my reader list:
~ 31 Days to Releasing Your Inner Artist

Coming up tomorrow here on 31 Days of Our Lives? Date Night!

Magazine Wreath

I’m linking up to Nester’s You Made a Wreath Out of What?! Party! This is a first for me. I had higher aspirations for this wreath, but I had a minor health issue earlier this week, so I searched my house for a few things that I could use since I couldn’t make it to the store. Here’s what I came up with: a few Everyday with Rachel Ray magazines, a paper plate {i cut out the middle of it}, stapler & scotch tape. Resting in my recliner, I put this wreath together by tearing out colorful pages from the magazine, rolling it up, taping the edge so it wouldn’t unravel, folding in half & stapling it to the paper plate. If I decide to do this again, I would use a piece of cardboard or an actual foam circle. I’m not sure how long this one will last, but I like it. While I was making it, my kids were convinced I was making a festive hat.

Using simple materials found in your house – a magazine, a paper plate, stapler & scotch tape – you can make something beautiful.

{November 2013 update: this magazine wreath has been hanging on my wall for 2 years now & it survived a move from NC to IL and it still looks great! I believe the quality of the magazine pages make a difference so grab a magazine & feel the pages before making this – the thicker the pages the better!}

Also, my 6 year old saw what I was doing and wanted to make one too. He decided to use a paper plate, an entire Better Homes & Gardens magazine & a lot of scotch tape. Here’s his creation:

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