Archives for April 2011

Happy Mother’s Day Pendants

These and more available in SBLC’s Artfire Studio, here.   Don’t forget to enter my pendant giveaway, here.  It ends in just a few short days (5/1).  Winner’s choice, so you could grab a pendant for mom if you win!  There is also another SBLC pendant giveaway happening over at The Reynolds Mom.  Ashley just posted it yesterday, and she has  a ton more entires than the one I posted 10 days ago!  I must figure out how to promote my giveaways like she does.  I am open to suggestions!
I am hopping here:

Smart and Trendy Moms


A Mommy's Sweet Blog Design Friday Blog Hop

Thrifty Thursday Hop Week 22




Week 22 of Thrifty Thursday.  I am gonna be quick about this, cause I really just want to be beading ๐Ÿ™‚
Look around and join the fun.  The idea is to link to your frugal post, whether it be a DIY, recipe, tip, coupon… if you like it, link it.  If you don’t have a thrifty post to link to, feel welcome to join the hop anyway, and link to your main blog.
Other stuff:
* Please follow Saved By Love Creations, your host!
*Grab my “Thrifty Thursday” button above and throw it on your lovely site.  Let’s grow this!
*I am hosting a Saved By Love Creations Pendant GIVEAWAY, here.  Make sure to check it out!  It ends 5/1.
*I will choose 2 participants to feature the following Thursday and to receive a free week of advertising on SBLC (under “love worthy sponosors’ in sidebar).   To receive the free ad week, you must have a button for your blog!  Please drop by and follow the features!  They are numbers 2 and 3 in the thumbnail list.  REMEMBER that to be chosen as a featured site, you must follow SBLC via GFC.
*Follow the blogs that are must reads, and please return the gesture by following those who follow you.  Leave a comment when you follow so that the blogger will know you are a new follower
*Leave me a comment and let me know you were here.  I love hearing from you.
*Scatter joy, and frugal tips.
*Have fun ๐Ÿ™‚
*Stop by and say hello to Nikki and link up to Thrifty Thursdays…

Weekly Featured Blogs:

*Can’t Stop Making Things  Gail has some wonderful creative projects.  Go check her out and follow along.  Here are some of my favorites…

She made this Moroccan box from aluminum tape and PVC!!

I love this pottery barn egg knock off!  She also has some cool jewelry tutorials that I will be diving into eventually.

*Suzy’s Artsy Craftsy Sitcom One of my favorite places for inspiration.  Check out these popsicle stick bracelets…


Crochet Beaded Bracelet With Instructions

So, yesterday I posted three projects I wanted to tackle, and I finished one of the three!  I am ok with that.  It was harder than I thought to crochet this bracelet.  I kept having to start over because I just couldn’t keep track of the thread, or really see what was going on.  I finally switched from size 8 pearl cotton thread to size three cotton crochet thread.  MUCH easier to see what was going on from that point forward.  I used size 6/0  beads.

Instructions are here.  The bracelet is worked in a continuous spiral.  The instructions show 6 beads per row.  I did 5 instead since i was using thicker thread and didn’t want the end result to be too bulky.  To finish, I added metal rounded bead caps  and a toggle clasp.

Bead Addict After First Try; Some Polymer Clay Pendant Tips

Seriously.  It is absurd.  All I do is bead.  And today, I discovered some exciting patterns (FREE) that incorporate crochet (to which I am a long time addicted) and bead stringing.  Do you know how cool that is?!?!

Once I can stop beading long enough to take some photos, you will see what I have been working on.  Below are some things I plan to tackle ideally today, but I know things will end up taking longer than I anticipate.  Craft ADD.  It is real.

I found all of these here, under the free patterns link on Interweave’s Beading Daily  website.  I googled “How to finish peyote stitch bracelet” and stumble upon this gold mine of everything beading.  There are literally hundreds of free beading patterns.  Here a just a few I must try…

Beaded Crochet Rope Bracelets

Polymer Clay Pendant “Chirp”

I am particularly excited about the polymer clay pendant, since during my “100 Days of Polymer Clay”, I made a truckload of pendants.  Unfortunately I didn’t make a hole for passing string through (I usually just use Aanraku pendant bails to attach my pendants, or a jumpring).  However, a cool thing about clay is that you can re-bake it repeatedly.  So I can make a small rectangle from raw clay and glue it to the back of an already made pendant, leaving a “hump” in the center for the string to pass through.  Then I can bake the already baked pendant with the raw clay “bail” glued on back.  Don’t forget to use bake-able polymer clay adhesive when attaching raw to baked clay.  Raw to raw polymer clay requires no glue.

Beautiful peyote stitch bracelet

Peyote stitch Pearl Centered Circle Necklace

I am hopping here…

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Happy Easter

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter.  There is nothing more worthy of celebration than Christ’s magnificent victory over death!  What a glorious day.

Roundup of Beautiful Inspiring Artfire Jewelry

I thought it would be a nice Easter weekend treat to scour Artfire for inspirational jewelry!

Thrifty Thursday Hop Week 21




Week 21 of Thrifty Thursday.  There are miles of beads on the floor of my home, just one side effect of my new creative adventure in bead stringing (see this post).  I have migrated from the craft room to the living room for this (fun to string beads while watching documentaries on Netflix), leaving my husband to wonder if there is anywhere I won’t craft.  Good thing he is laid back, cause my supplies migrate and multiply often.  
Look around and join the fun.  The idea is to link to your frugal post, whether it be a DIY, recipe, tip, coupon… if you like it, link it.  If you don’t have a thrifty post to link to, feel welcome to join the hop anyway, and link to your main blog.
Other stuff:
* Please follow Saved By Love Creations, your host!
*Grab my “Thrifty Thursday” button above and throw it on your lovely site.  Let’s grow this!
*I am hosting a Saved By Love Creations Pendant GIVEAWAY, here.  Make sure to check it out!
*I will choose 2 participants to feature the following Thursday and to receive a free week of advertising on SBLC (under “love worthy sponosors’ in sidebar).   Please drop by and follow them!  They are numbers 2 and 3 in the thumbnail list.  REMEMBER that to be chosen as a featured site, you must follow SBLC via GFC.
*Follow the blogs that are must reads, and please return the gesture by following those who follow you.  Leave a comment when you follow so that the blogger will know you are a new follower
*Leave me a comment and let me know you were here.  I love hearing from you.
*Scatter joy, and frugal tips.
*Have fun ๐Ÿ™‚
*Stop by and say hello to Nikki and link up to Thrifty Thursdays…

Weekly Featured Blogs:

*Carolyn’s Homework:

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Carolyn has some wonderful projects with step by step tutorials that have  made my “must try” list.  Some examples:
Adorable Paper Bird Centerpiece

Sweet Easter Embroidered Cards
Burlap Gift Card Holder

*Dirt Cheap Decor;

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This alarm clock revamp by Dirt Cheap Decor is nothing short of fantastic.   I am a huge proponent of spray painting the most unlikely things to make them wonderful, and this is a prime example;


Thanks for joining the fun. Be inspired!

Beginner Bead Stringing Resources and Free Projects

I am finding that there are many forms of beadwork.  When I look at my pile of supplies, I kinda go blank and am not sure where to start.  I am using my bottle cap pendants and scrabble tiles as focal points, which helps me decide on a color scheme, but from there, the techniques and design options are endless.  I have been scouring the web for tips and tutorials.  Here are some things that have grabbed my attention:

*  Witty Living; There are tons of free beading patterns for everything from bracelets to rings to prom jewelry.  I book marked this cute little rainbow necklace and earring set.  It is perfect to showcase one of my pendants as the focal point.
Find the link, here

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Here is another simple piece, good for showcasing a pendant:
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I love this wire wrap project, a technique that I have am excited to dive into:
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*Jewelry Making Resource  Tons of free patterns/tutorials divided into Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced.  Some of the patterns are available only to subscribers, but subscription is free.
Here is a gorgeous and simple crystal bracelet, great for a Mother’s Day gift!
How to Make Bracelets
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I am thrilled to combine what I learned during 100 Days of Polymer Clay (here) with bead stringing and wire wrapping!!!  I can’t believe I haven’t done this sooner.  Ok, yeah I can.  There are soooo many things I want to try!  That is what I love about this blog world.  Countless inspiring women and ideas.  Makes this ADD crafter’s brain go wild.  

*Beading Gem has a great Steampunk Tutorial Roundup, here.  I wouldn’t be being true to self if I didn’t mention steampunk!  Check out this beautiful gear necklace…

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I hope this inspires you to go grab some wire and beads.  It is a super inexpensive way to get your creative fix!

Fun With Stringing Beads

I finally quit talking about it, and busted out supplies to string beads.  Not too shocking that I am addicted.  Sooooo fun and far less intimidating than I had imagined.  I love how the timeless pearls showcase the repurposed bottle cap pendant.

Here are a few other pieces that emerged from today’s play…

Studio Updates and Pendant Giveaway

It is a good thing when I neglect posting because of the fact that my hands are busy creating.  Here are some new pendants now available at Saved By Love Creations on Artfire.  I am hosting a giveaway cause my readers rock.  Here are the details:
  • Winner must be a follower of Saved By Love Creations through GFC
  • Leave a comment after this post with your favorite bottle cap or scrabble tile pendant design to enter
  • Extra entries:  1 each for the following – Link to this giveaway on your facebook page; tweet this giveaway.  Leave me a comment letting me know you did these things for extra entries.  You can gain an entry per day for facebooking and tweeting this link each day.  2 extra entries for writing a blog post about this giveaway and linking to it.  Again, comment with a link to your blog post so I know.
  • Winner will get to choose scrabble tile pendant or bottle cap pendant of their choice and will receive a 24 inch snake chain as well.
  • Randomly chosen winner will be drawn in 2 weeks (May 1st)

Thanks for entering, and good luck!