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.