HandCrafted Memories and Decor

What a delightful surprise to see my necklaces on the cover of HandCrafted!  Seeing this made me smile all over because the shells that I used were collected during a family trip to Nantucket.  Whenever I look at (or wear) these necklaces I think of my Bill and Brook.


Here’s a closer look at the necklaces.  For obvious reasons I chose “joy” to express what family togetherness brings me.  And “be” serves as a reminder to self…to “be in the moment”, which happens to be the gateway to joy.


Within this issue of HandCrafted you’ll also see another project of mine which uses more of my Nantucket beach finds.  These pouches could be used as holiday ornaments (once again, to preserve the happy memories).


Also within this issue you’ll see some more necklaces that I created, this time using some old sewing supplies that I found (used to hang the necklace charms) during a family trip to Geneva.


If you don’t have access to bits like the above, you could use some wire (20 gauge) instead. Or maybe you have some wool scraps laying around.  I used some of my old sweaters (after felting them in the wash) to make the necklaces below, which are also in this same issue of HandCrafted.


And while you have the felted wool out, why not make some rustic stars and stockings?  Working with wool feels cozy and right this time of year, and I’ve been itching to make some colorful mini-stockings to snuggle some goodies into for holiday gift giving.


I’ve provided the specific how-to instructions for all five projects within this issue of HandCrafted (Volume 9).  However, if you need help or have any questions beyond what I’ve included, please feel free to contact me.

P.S. Sorry the photos for this post didn’t come out so well.  These past couple days have been dark and rainy  and the sun’s been hiding out.  I think this weekend’s supposed to be brighter though…I have a good feeling about this.










15 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Sonja Milojevic

    Everything is so beautiful Becky! I love it all!

    November 2nd, 2013

  2. Congrats! All the objects you made are so delicate and beautiful, very worthy of being published.

    November 2nd, 2013

  3. Congratulations Dear. Your sweet creations are perfect for this cover. I love everything you make with your simple yet elegant and thoughtful style. I am so happy for you to be honored. Creative Blissful Hugs…

    November 2nd, 2013

  4. Jani Howe

    While I am still enjoying your article in Somerset Studio, you bring out this brand-new thing! I can see you are beloved to Stampington people, Becky! Those shells are so lovely, and I’m sure evoke many good memories.

    November 2nd, 2013

  5. Mindy

    Congratulations on the cover!! love the necklaces too.

    November 2nd, 2013

  6. Wendy

    Again, your quiet simplicity overwhelms me with peace and inspiration! (:

    November 2nd, 2013

  7. laura huffman

    love your jewellry, and felted crafts. so homey and warm. and blingy too. great pieces. thanks for sharing them. and also congrats on the cover. you deserve to be showcased. enjoy your weekend.

    November 3rd, 2013

  8. Last Minute Lynn

    Congrats on being the cover girl. A well deserved honor! Your work is always perfection!

    November 3rd, 2013

  9. Becky Shander

    Thank you for the kind support ladies…I really appreciate it, thank you!

    November 3rd, 2013

  10. ann marie

    Oh my GOSH! I just got your issue with the cups — now I have to run back to the store to get this one because I am in LOVE with these necklaces! I still wear the one you made for me all the time. Love your work!!!!

    November 3rd, 2013

  11. Linda K

    congratulations dear Becky-that is really the most beautiful cover I have seen!! Of course as a beach lover I’m partial to the seashell necklaces but honestly they are all precious. I adore the fabric ones-the sweet little hearts and the sewing bits you used as a connector (for the life of me I cannot think of what these are called-lol) . I’ll be adding this issue to my stash of keepers!

    November 4th, 2013

  12. Jeanette in Illinois

    How wonderful???? I’ve got my copy reserved at the book store and will stop by on my way home tonight. Can’t wait to oogle over ALL your lovely creations with my very own copy!
    Your work is gracefully elegant and simply beautiful!
    Congratulations on another outstanding showing of your spectacular talents. I adore the necklaces!!!
    Have a lovely day.

    November 4th, 2013

  13. Becky Shander

    Linda, I think the sewing bits are the eyes from hook and eye sets. And the ones I used are vintage.

    November 5th, 2013

  14. Gorgeous and so symbolic of your heART!
    I adore your sea creations~

    November 6th, 2013

  15. Beautiful creations Becky! I haven’t been by in awhile, and it’s so nice to see your amazing creations again!

    November 21st, 2013

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