Reuse wine bottle for necklace

I made jewellery storage for all my stuff in a previous post, except for this one bulky necklace that doesn’t fold very well; it has to be hung. I slept on the problem for a while and came up with this.

necklace storage diy

necklace storage diy

upcycle wine bottle

upcycle wine bottle

I painted the bottle then hot glued a small picture hook on the back (it’s round so what’s the back exactly? where the paint might have smudged!) and hung the necklace on it. I also put in 2 branches from my great outdoors that I wrapped in gems-on-wire garland.

Childhood jewellery

My grandmother gave my sister and I some gorgeous pieces of jewellery to play dress up with. In my unpacking, I found them all. I wanted to have them out again since I had loved them so much, pretending to be a queen and such, but my kids are too young to be trusted with such things.

I reassembled any necklaces that had broken then bought two glass vases at the dollar store. I asked my daughter, who has taste in such matters, to help me divide the pieces between the 2 vases that we were going to display. This is the result and they’re in my kitchen window. I always look at them fondly.

reuse childhood jewellery

reuse childhood jewellery

Crochet flower free pattern

I thought that if I put a pretty pink flower on my daughter’s headband she might be persuaded to wear the headband more often and keep her hair out of her face. Luckily the internet has lots of free patterns for crochet flowers. It seems that the internet believes that everyone should know how to make one. This is the one I chose.
http://mylittlecitygirl.com/2012/02/dewdrop-crocheted-flower-pin-free-pattern-for-kids-and-adult/

You’ll have to download the pattern.

crochet flower on headband

crochet flower on headband

I only made the “flower motif” part of the pattern and at Row 2 I made 4 dc, not 5, because I could only fit 4 on the ring. So here’s what I did.

DEWDROP FLOWER PIN CROCHET

© 2012 Copyright Alla Koval Designs, Inc. http://mylittlecitygirl.com/

FLOWER MOTIF

begin in yellow

• Ch 5, sl st in 5thfrom hook to form ring.

Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 1, (sc, ch 3) 5 times in ring, join with sl st to beg ch = 5 ch-3 sps and 5 sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, (sc, hdc, 4 dc, hdc, sc) in each ch-3 sp around, join with sl st to beg ch = 5 petals.

switch to pink

Rnd 3: Ch 1, working behind petals of Rnd 2, (sc in next sc of Rnd 1, ch 5) around, join with sl st to beg ch.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, (sc, hdc, 9 dc, hdc, sc) in each ch-5 sp around, join with sl st to beg ch. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

DIY jewellery storage and display tree

diy jewellery tree with free stuff

diy jewellery tree with free stuff



You will use:

2 empty sewing spools

1 black Liberty yogourt lid (large)

1 black Van Houtte Vanilla Hazelnut coffee can lid (small)

1 Tremclad tempered gold spray paint can lid

acrylic paint in the colour of your choice, I used gold

Assembly

With a hot glue gun and an eye for centering things properly, put the spray paint lid on the bottom. Glue the larger black lid to the spray can lid. Glue a painted spool to the yogourt lid. Glue the coffee can lid to the painted spool. Glue the last painted spool on top.

I put a bracelet around the top spool and the earrings I don’t wear on a regular basis on the bottom “shelf”. As you recall, the rest of my earrings are in the crochet earring dish, check out the post, I give out the free pattern.

Secrets in the picture
Yes, I’m a Trekkie.
The green popsicle stick jewellery box was made by my son this year for Mothers’ Day and I LOVE it because he loves me. I keep my chocolate and bracelets inside. It has a lid but it’s currently open for chocolate access.

Declutter clothes and accessories-The Date rule

6 months. If you haven’t worn it in 6 consecutive months, throw it out. That applies to clothing, jewellery and outerwear like coats and scarves. Obviously the 6 months for outerwear have to span winter.

stock photo, but I can dream

stock photo, but I can dream

In my case it was 8 months for the last lot of it. We moved here in January of 2013. It’s August. That’s 8 months. I’ve thrown out or donated within that time frame, things I wondered why I bothered to pack and didn’t want to pack again but now I was down to the last of it.

The nice, comfortable, washable white shirt. The flattering, professional, pink, knit tank top. The 4 necklaces. A few pairs of earrings. Things like that. Things I could wear, things I like, things that look nice on me, things that are wearable.

But things that have not been worn in 8 months.

I donated the clothing this morning to the Value Village which supports the Diabetes Association. I am putting the jewellery on kijiji for a week then donating it too. They aren’t precious metals by any means, just costume jewellery, but still, my first venture into looking like an adult who knows what she’s doing.

Clearly I am achieving that deception with different jewellery and clothing.

So for you who is not moving, which is a rather large physical marker of time, I suggest labels. Print a sheet of paper with as many lines as possible that say “February 19, 2014” in Arial 16 bold. That’s 6 months from now and includes all the important clothing seasons: hot, warm, cool and cold.. Cut out your labels, punch a hole in the side of each and tie/twist tie it to the piece of jewellery or clothing hanger. Not just the things you “think” you might not wear, EVERYTHING. You’ll surprise yourself, trust me.

Go about your daily life. If you wear it, remove the tag. If not, somebody or a trash can is getting a donation in February.

Crochet shallow basket for earrings free pattern

about 11 inches long, 5 inches wide

about 11 inches long, 5 inches wide

Due to the overabundance of blue yarn that was chosen to occupy the bags of yarn I pick up at the thrift store for $3, I am going with a blue theme for my dresser top jewellery crochet baskets. I am actually running out of blue for now, so I made the base of this basket orange (trying to use up that yarn) and the side blue.

Pattern copyright Anna Merlini 2013. You can use this pattern to make your own earring dish, but give me credit for the pattern. You cannot use this pattern to make earring dishes to sell.

Bottom
I used a 7 crochet hook
Chain 41

Round 1: Sc 39, starting in second ch from hook. 3 sc in last ch, wrapping around. Sc 39 and 3 sc in last ch. Join with sl st to first sc.

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in next 39 sc, 2 sc in next 3 sc, sc in next 39 sc, 2 sc in next 3 sc. Join.

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in next 39 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc)3 times, sc in next 39 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) 3 times. Join.

Round 4: Ch 1, sc in next 39 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc)3 times, sc in next 39 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc) 3 times. Join.

Round 5: Ch 1, sc in next 39 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc)3 times, sc in next 39 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc) 3 times. Join.

Round 6: Ch 1, sc in next 39 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc)3 times, sc in next 39 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc) 3 times. Join.

Round 7: Ch 1, sc in next 39 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc)3 times, sc in next 39 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sc) 3 times. Join.

Round 8: Ch 1, sc in next 39 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc)3 times, sc in next 39 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 6 sc) 3 times. Join.

Round 9: Ch 1, sc in next 39 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc)3 times, sc in next 39 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sc) 3 times. Join.

Round 10: Ch 1, sc in next 39 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc)3 times, sc in next 39 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc) 3 times. Join.

Round 11: Ch 1, sc in next 39 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 9 sc)3 times, sc in next 39 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc) 3 times. Join.

Round 12: Ch 1, sc in next 39 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 10 sc)3 times, sc in next 39 sc, (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 8 sc) 3 times. Join.

Sides
Here`s where I had to switch to a 4 crochet hook because my blue yarn is thinner than the orange. This is why I continued in hdc rather than sc. Also, I wanted to keep the nice side of the oval facing up since this will be a shallow dish and I`ll be looking at it as I select earrings so round 13 is done a little differently.

Round 13: Ch 2, hdc around in FRONT LOOP ONLY, join with sl st to ch 2.

Round 14: Ch 2, hdc around through whole loop, join with sl st to ch 2.

Repeat row 14 3-4 more times. Instead of “join w/ sl st to Ch 2”, sc in ch 2, then sl st in next 3 hdc. Bind off and weave in ends.

Crochet rings and bracelets free patterns

Did you know that you can crochet jewellery?  The idea of a necklace or headband probably crossed your mind but you can make rings too!  Here is my first attempt at a bracelet using a 5 mm hook.

I made it for my daughter while she was sleeping so it ended up being too big and now I’m wearing it.  I rolled up some of the end to make the bauble and sewed the ends together. 

Attempt #2, success!  Daughter was awake so I could measure her wrist and I used a button this time.  This is made with embroidery floss.  Someone gave me their whole floss collection when I was a girl and learning to sew.  I’ll cross-stitch but I don’t embroider.  Now I crochet bracelets from the floss, an excellent way to make pretty things and use up piles of space hogging floss.

The 20 minute bracelet pattern:

Ch 5, turn

Skip first ch, sc in each of next 4 ch, ch 1, turn

Skip ch 1, sc in each of next 4 ch, ch 1, turn.  Repeat this row until bracelet is desired length, plus 1/2 inch for the button.

To make button hole, ch 6, join to last ch of row with sl st.  Crochet a few more sc rows and fasten off.

Now for the really cool project: Crochet Rings!  Great for all the little yarn ends lying around, the kids can lose the ring or get bored with it and voila!  you can make another one to distract them.  I won’t lie, crocheting with such thin yarn and small hook is …irritating.  Also, don’t crochet immediately after drinking your morning coffee, twitchy hands are not helpful for little hooks.

The pattern:

Ch 5, join with sl st to form a ring.  This is NOT the finger band so don’t make it bigger to fit like I did the first three times.

(Ch 3, dc in ring, ch 3) 8 times, 8 ch 3 spaces made

Ch 3, sl st in top of next dc, ch 4, (sc, dc, sc) in next space; ch 9 (first half of ring band made, you’ll make the other half on the opposite side of the ring); (sc, dc, sc) in next space, [ch 4,( sc, dc, sc)] in next 3 spaces; make other half of ring band (have finger handy so you can measure it) and join with sl st in first half of band.  [(Sc, dc, sc in next space, ch 4)] twice, join to first ch 3 with sl st.  Fasten off.

Yes this is complicated and difficult as you figure out what this gobbletygook means but after that it’s ok.

How to knit a sturdy girl’s bead necklace for young girl

knit I cord with beads

knit I cord with beads

This is actually the third prototype of a homemade bead necklace for my daughter. #1 was beads on thread. That snapped in less than 20 minutes. #2 was beads on a string. It didn’t snap but it tangled irretrievably after 3 hours. #3 is a pink knitted I-cord with the beads sewn onto it.

This is the pink version and today I made a purple one. It was “ah-ma-zing”! Her whole body lifted and face beamed as she snatched it right out of my hands, “is beautiful, is perfect and is MINE”. So Mommy finally got it right for her fashionista daughter.