Gratituesday – Creativity

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I look at the amazingly creative world that God made and know that He made us in His image. He made us capable of amazing things as well.

I love creating things. I love the feeling when a new idea is forming and I begin to see the project in my head. I love finding old things and making something new out of them. And I tend to have many projects going at one time. Right now, I am making necklaces out of vintage rhinestone earrings, learning to stamp metal to make jewelry, creating Bible verse art for my home, waiting for it to be warm enough out to paint a wardrobe for my daughter’s dress up clothes and hoping to make fun chalkboards. Some of these will go on etsy for sale and some are just for us. It’s the creating that I crave.

For the first 15 years of my adult working life, I was stuck behind a desk all day. Drove me crazy. Then God provided for me to have my own business. I still do plenty of design work, which involves sitting at a desk. But it’s my desk, in my home. I can have a show on the tv in the background to keep me entertained. I can take breaks to write, work on something fun or surprise my daughter at lunch. My projects happen bit by bit as I move from one thing to the next. It keeps my creative brain going to be able to do that.

DSC_0002_lowresThis is one of the necklaces I made. I can’t wait to get them all photographed and in my etsy store. Yes, I hope that someone loves the necklaces and enjoys wearing them. But the creating is what keeps me going.

 


31 – Jewelry Organizer

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On Oct. 9, I told you about a new project I had in mind. I have been wanting to make myself a jewelry organizer and I found tons of drawer knobs at a fabulous rummage sale. If it turned out as well as I hoped, my plan was to make more and add them to my etsy shop.

The last 19 days have been an adventure of finding the right pieces and learning to do some things I have never tried before. Here’s the journey.

First, I spent several hours removing half of the knobs I bought from their wooden displays. Yes, half. The other half are attached with rivets and are very difficult to get off. I will tackle them as I need them, but I got enough off to get started.

 

I found the board that matched the vision in my head.

 

 

I measured and marked where the holes would go.

 

 

I drilled the holes, all by myself!

 

 

I tried out several paints and settled on a beautiful color with a slight sheen to it, Satin Beetle Black, and painted the board, front and back.

 

 

I went to Home Depot and found the right diameter and length of screws, again, all by myself! Then I attached those beautiful knobs.

 

 

I finished the whole project, photographed it and listed it in my etsy store.

 

I am so excited. It actually turned out just like I wanted it to! I have plans for lots more similar projects. I love it when a plan comes together!


Vintage Necklace

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The 31 day challenge has got me working on my etsy shop again! I am totally inspired by vintage. I am drawn to vintage clothes, jewelry, housewares. I would probably fill my whole house with it if I could!

I found this stunning necklace at an estate sale a few weeks ago. I saw it in the case and instantly knew it needed to be a necklace. Thank goodness there were two, because I don’t think I could part with it otherwise! I am making the second one into a necklace to keep. I just love it.