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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sweet Tea Serendipity is HERE today!

Today, a Bulldog after my own heart is visiting Fairly Fabulous.
Thanks to the magic of blogland- a fellow Georgia Bulldog is here straight from the 'motherland', Athens, GA- quite possibly the greatest place on earth.
Delaney is sharing a fun, summer craft with us today, but you don't have to take my word for it...
(quick- name that show!)
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Hi Everyone!  I hope you all had ah-mazing weekends filled with fun and relaxation!  My name is Delaney  & I run a little blog I like to call Sweet Tea Serendipity (which has also a brand-spankin' new design thanks to Jessica at So Stylized).

Today I'm going to show y'all a great, eco-friendly summer craft project for adults and kids: paper beads.



Supplies:
Patterned paper, plain paper, magazine paper, newspaper...any kind of paper!
Scissors
A pencil or pen
Glue
Ruler
A needle/toothpick
Hemp, string, yarn, fishing wire, etc. to string the beads on


1. Gather all the paper you want to use and cut it down to whatever size you want (size doesn't really matter, just make sure it's not too short!).  I'm using a fun, printed paper and a bright solid colored paper for this necklace, although I do love using magazines as well!


2. Using your ruler, measure out a distance of 1.5-2 cm at the bottom and then .75-1 cm at the top along the back of your paper.  Connect the two dots & viola you have a triangle!  Keep doing this until the paper is filled (to be more efficient, alternate the distances).


3. Cut out the triangles you just made, and flip the paper over.  Don't worry if your cutting isn't perfect!


4.  Now you need to find your needle/toothpick and grab one of your triangles.  Starting with the widest end, wrap the paper around itself and the needle/toothpick until you form a bead.  Once all of the paper is wrapped, add a dob of glue at the end to keep it in place.


5. Continue this until you run out of paper or you feel like you have made enough beads.


6.  Find whatever material you will be stringing your beads on, and cut it to the length you want.  You can use these beads on necklaces, anklets, bracelets, keychains, etc.


7.  If making a piece of jewelry, I suggest adding a small bead to one end so that the necklace is removable.  If you have fancy jewelry clasps, those work even better!


8. Next, lay out the beads in the order you want them, and then string them into place.


9. If you used my bead method, add a loop that can slide over the bead to the other end of the necklace for easy on and off access.







10. You now have a pretty piece of jewelry with inexpensive, unique, homemade beads!  Optional: To make the beads shiny you can add a layer of varnish or spray; I personally use clear nail polish to add a bit of sheen.







Thanks to Meagan for letting me guest post on her fabulous blog!  I hope you all enjoyed this little tutorial & that you'll enjoy completing this craft either by yourself or with your kids! Feel free to stop by my blog or contact me if you have questions! Be sure to check out the Summer Blog Tour Giveaway!


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Thanks, Delaney! A little Mod Podge would be great on those beads. ;) Don't forget to cruise over to Sweet Tea Serendipity and thank this little Southern Gal for her fun, summer project tutorial!





Wednesday, June 29, 2011

September Sugar

July-Sew Funky Market

August -Queen Bee Market

September, sweet September- BLOGSUGAR11
Will you be there?
I will.
First blog conference and a blogger slumber party.
Eeek!
Who else is going?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

30 days- Days 10-16

30 days, 30 pieces of clothing, 30 outfits
All in an effort to fall more in love with the closet I have. 
Always linking up with Lindsey- the blogger who started my quest to be a cuter mama and make more effort on myself
And Nina with Real Momma, Real Style.
Day 10-Wednesday-Home sewing for Sew Funky Market and Queen Bee Market 
 Bad, bad pics today- closed eyes, weird poses, lots of shadows. Like the second look I gave Breadwinner? 'Well how do you think I should stand?'
Tunic top- NY & Co, Belt-Forever 21, Khaki short- American Eagle
I'm really starting to like wearing heels with shorts. It makes me feel fancy.
 I haven't shown you an apron in a while. This is the one I wore to make dinner tonight.
My amazing Aunt made it for me a couple years ago. Isn't it adorable?!
Retro, Cherries, Ruffles- does it get any better?
Necklace, earrings, cream bracelet-NY & CO, Brown wooden bracelet-Eclectic Elegance
Day 11-Thursday-Michael's summer crafts, out to lunch, and sonic cones with my girls
 wait- Meagan, did you wear a skirt as a shirt again?!
Yep- sure did. Pretty much my new favorite thing to do! This time went with a shorter one.
White skirt worn as a top- Old Navy, same stretchy belt- Forever21, denim bermuda cutoffs-American Eagle, gold shrug-NY and Co
 Jewelry-NY and Co
Day 12-Friday-home doing laundry and prepping for markets with the girls
 Brown tank-JC Penny- thank you$10 free coupon, maxi skirt-Forever 21, Silver sandals-NY &Co
Did you notice no belt? Am I feeling ok?
Peach bracelet and tortoise shell earrings-NY & Co, long beaded necklace-American Eagle, Same brown bracelet as above
Day 13-Saturday-Another day at home- happy it's the weekend!

Woke up and realized it was hot- REALLY hot and all my 30 for 30 shorts never made it to the washer. So, I substituted. My cream ruffled shirt (not yet worn in this challenge) is no longer here- now I have another pair of shorts mixed in. Whoop, whoop!
Black flower embellished tank-Old Navy, Denim shorts-American Eagle
Cutie scarf worn as a belt-Old Navy, Red Sandals-NY &Co
Headband- Gussy
Day 14-Sunday-exhausted day at home after being up all night when a not nice person decided to throttle their motorcycle through our back fence then ditch it. Thank you mean person who tried to make their friend who is in jail's Harley disappear. You succeeded in ruining my nights sleep and getting the bike impounded by CHP. Boo to you.
 Kelly green dress-Aeropostale, Boyfriend fit denim crops-American Eagle, Brown belt-Forever21
By the end of the day I had a new 'accessory'. Little Sister was super whiny and wanted Mommy to hold her. I needed to make dinner and clean the kitchen so we busted out ye ole trusty Peanut Shell. We couldn't stop laughing at the silliness of an almost 3 year old in a sling.
Day 15-Monday- Girls to school, Mommy home sewing
 This outfit felt much cuter in my head. The shorts 'grew' during the day and well, it just looks like a big FAIL in these pics.
mint, gingham button down-Target, Forever21 belt, same khakis from American Eagle
All jewelry (including the earrings I took off before we did pics at the end of the day)-Eclectic Elegance, Sunglasses-Ann Taylor Loft
Day 16-Tuesday-Girls to school, Mommy home sewing (noticing a trend?)
 Teal strapless 80's style tunic-(you likey my description?)-American Eagle- pretty old
Camel colored belt-Target, same replacement American Eagle cut offs
 Super fun headwrap-Little Penelope Lane (I get to see her again at Sew Funky AND Queen Bee!)
My swoon worthy absolutely fabulous rosie necklace-Allorahandmade
Did you hear Jess's new promo? If YOU love her rosies as much as I do- change your blogger, facebook, or twitter profile pic to you in your favorite rosies and she's send you a coupon code for 25% off! EEK! Time to stock up!

Monday, June 27, 2011

J&M's Eye Candy is here today!

Welcome, Kristine!
So excited to have such a cute new blogger visiting for the day. You have to check out her fabulous shop- maybe I can convince her to send me one of her ruffle necklaces.*swoon*
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Hello! Kristine here from J&M's Eye Candy Blog and Shoppe!

Thanks to the always hip and stylin' Meagan for having me over today! This is my first time attempting a "fashion" post, so bear with me and hopefully you enjoy the ride as much as I do!

A little about {us}
My SIL Britney and I created our blog as a place where we can collectively archive our projects and share it with others like you. We hope that you are taking the time and enjoying crafting, whether it's during nap time, after work, and/or late at night like we do.

We opened up our Etsy store, JandMsEyeCandyShoppe
where we offer an eclectic mix of handmade sweetness for ladies, sprouts, and decor for your home. We continue to add new items to the shoppe weekly. Custom Orders are our specialty, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions. We look forward to working with you!


When I'm not creating Eye Candy for our shop, I'm refashioning clothes for myself and my 11 month old baby girl Maggie. A huge drawback tho is I am not a seamstress. I'm pretty sure I could sew a button onto a shirt if I "had" to, but don't bet on it (wink wink). I came across the graphic tee below and fell in love....
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With a price tag of $34.90, I couldn't justify buying it, so I thought I'd try to make a similar one. With the help of my BFF a.k.a. Aleene's Fabric Fusion, I did just that! Let's get this party started!
Gather your Supplies: Article of Clothing (in my case a tank top), Fabric Fusion (Aleene's), A roll of sequins (I used single strand for this shirt), and cardboard
Start off by placing the cardboard inside your article of clothing. This will keep the glue from leaking onto the other side while you work.
Next freehand a design onto your clothing. In this case I started with the letter L.
Press the sequins into the glue, following the pattern to shape out the design.
I did one letter at a time, and it worked great. If you mess up, or don't like it, just remove and start over. Dab the area that had the glue on it with a dry washcloth to remove the glue and start again. The glue is forgiving and dries on clear, and all the white flakes left from the glue will wash off.
Keep going till you're completely finished! Tada! The finished product. Allow to dry per package instructions.
Here are a few items I started for Maggie. As you can see stencils are the shiz!
 For even more options, I used extra trim I had in my ribbon stash. Circle trim, and even a flower trim. Using the steps above, I added extra flair to a basic one-sie and dress. Both I got from Walmart for a whooping $2 each! Woot woot! Possibilities are endless!
I hope this has been helpful for you! 
Thanks again Meagan for having me! You are awesome!

If you try this tutorial please share your creations, I would love to see it!! Feel free to send your project to me at jandmseyecandy@hotmail.com. If you blog about it, please send me a link. I would love to feature you! Thanks in advance. Happy Creating!


We are offering Fairly Fabulous readers a 10% off discount from our shoppe, just mention promo code, FFB10 to receive your discount. Happy Shopping! 

P.S. I wanted to give a shout out to Megan from Brassy Apple! She posted an awesome tutorial with this same concept. Love her abstract flowers!
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Thanks, Kristine! Next stop- trim aisle...I have so many tanks that could use a little flair.