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35 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Here is an awesome list of DIY Mother’s Day gift that both the kiddos and us can make!!! :)

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Kid crafted….

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Personalized Mother’s Day Candle.

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Mother’s Day Flowers Kid Craft

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Handprint Bouquet

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Handprint Butterfly and Card

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Mother’s Day Coupon Book

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Watercolor Mother’s Day Card

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Mother’s Day Treat Box

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Handprint Flower Pot 

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Recipe Dish Towel Craft

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Paper Handprint Bouquet

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Creative Handmade Frame

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Handprint Mugs

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Mother’s Day Tea Wreath

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Tissue Paper Flower Card

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Heart Petal Flowers

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Handprint Flower 

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Personalized Mother’s Day Necklace

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Button Bracelet

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Mother’s Day Gift Jar

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Thumbprint Flower Vase

Gifts from us….

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Mother’s Day Bird’s Nest Tutorial

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Mod Podge Charm Bracelet

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Spa Scrubbie with Tropical Bath Tea Soak

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DIY Lavender Heating Pads

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Teacup Lights

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DIY Fashion Bobby Pins

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DIY Pandora Inspired Bracelet

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Put Your Precious Photos on Wood 

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Paperclips and Sting Earrings

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Bread in a Bottle Gift

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DIY Tile Coasters

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DIY Lavender Wreath

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DIY Button Rings

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Glass Tile Pendants

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DIY Stenciled Flower Pot

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Decorative Tray

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Beaded Dangle Earring Tutorials and Some Romantic Vampires

With the last movie of the Twilight Saga opening in just a few weeks I really wanted to dig into my blog and re-make this Twilight earring tutorial I did a few years back. Through the blogger to WordPress migration the post and pics got all askew. I didn’t want it to get lost somewhere in cyberspace never to be seen again! So, here it’s, all fixed up and ready for love! :)

When Hurricane Ike slammed Houston and left us without power for fifteen days, my beautiful and incredibly sweet niece, Maranda, handed me her copy of Twilight. I think I have read the Twilight Saga in it’s entirety about 10 times since. Fast forward a few years. My friend Kayla recommended that I read The Black Dagger Brotherhood. I am in LOVE with the series. It’s Twilight for grown women! It’s that secret book series you never told anyone you read. Well, until now, with all the 50 Shades of Grey popularity. I can come out of the closet, now?! HA!

For the tutorial I used my Twilight earrings. I was inspired by the beautiful covers of each of the books in the Twilight Saga, and chose a deep red and black. I received a lot of great feedback for my previous tutorial on a pair of earrings I made.  I decided I wanted to do a more in depth tutorial for y’all.  So, here we go…

This is how it all begins.  A pile of beads, some chain, pins, findings and jewelry tools.  Yes, the earring findings really did end up in the shape of a heart.  No, I didn’t place them that way…isn’t that quite sweet.

Place your beads on the pin, then twist the remaining metal over a pair of rosary pliers like this.

Cut the metal with end-cutters at the bottom of the loop, flush with the top of the first bead.
These are all my beads put together along with the end pieces, chain and findings.
I like to line all my pieces.  It helps me to see what works and what does not, along with how I would like the design to look.  It also helps with how much chain you need for each strand.
If have learned that if you cut the individual link in the middle your pieces does not come apart as often.  When you cut from the ends, I think the two links rubbing together eventually causes them to open back up. 
 
It helps too, if you don’t have to cut the chain at all.  Sometimes you can get away with opening up the loop on your beads and adding the chain that way.  The closure of the headpin loops is a lot tighter than a closure of a chain link.  
I’ve placed the earring finding as well as a jump ring to show you, that in my opinion it is easier to add all your chains to the jump ring, then add the jump ring to the finding.  The finding loop is small and it is a little tricky to add multiple chains when you have them.
With jump rings, links and even the pin, loops if you pull the ends up away from each other as opposed to pulling them apart.  When you close them back they tend to be more flush with each other.
These are all my strands placed on the jump ring.  Now, see how it’s bowing out a bit at the top.  Too many beads together. 
So I take off two strands to add some links to them bringing the beads down a little further. 
I reattach them in their appropriate spot and…..see, now it dangles much better!
These are the finished earrings!!  Have fun with colors and lengths!!  
 
The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a paranormal romance series by J. R. Ward.  This series is about six vampire warriors who defend their race against Lessers, de-souled humans who threaten their kind. All the while they find romance and what not.  I love the series because each vampire is so relatable to men period!  It’s got a lot of humor, suspense, mystery, action and then OF COURSE…..it’s got romance!
 
In The Black Dagger Brotherhood, each of the brothers have a significant eye color.  This piece I created here is inspired by my personal favorite brother, Z. His eyes are yellow but turn black when he is angered.
 
“I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless,
though I could see. And when you came…..I was awakened.”
~Z, Lover Awakened, p. 424
  
 
At first I made the one on the left.  It just didn’t look right to me.  Too much clutter, I think.  So, I took it all apart and played around with it for a while and came up with the one on the right.  What do you think?
 

So….these are my romantic vampire earrings.  Who doesn’t love a vampire!?! At least one that’s romantic, right? 

 

You can find more great Handmade Jewelry Tutorials at our never ending Handmade Jewelry Tutorial Link Party!

 

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DIY Handmade Jewelry Round Up and Link Party

It’s time for another Create & Share round up and link party with your awesome hosts, Kate from Cheap Crafty Mama , Kara from Happy Go Lucky  and myself!

Each week we share some fabulous projects we’ve found based on a specific topic and then ask you to share your own creations that correspond to the topic.

This week, Handmade Jewelry!

This week we are sharing handmade jewelry tutorials.
Here are a few that have inspired us:

1. Eggshell Pendants by Happy Hour Projects  2. Bubble Necklace Tutorial by Dani Makes
3. Anthropologie Knock-Off Earring Tutorial by My Girlish Whims  4. Anthro Inspired Necklace by Of Pinks and Fairy Tales  5. Painted Wooden Bead Necklace by A Girl Who Makes  6. DIY Bunting Necklace by The Gilded Hare  7. Flower Cabochon Ring by Is This Really My Life  8. DIY Rhinestone Threaded Earrings by Just B  9. DIY Beaded Bracelets by Honestly WTF
Now for the best part!
We can’t have a party with inviting all of you!!
Add all the handmade jewelry you’ve made so we can create a great resource for others.  And if you create a piece of jewelry in a few weeks or months, come back and add it to the party.  Our Create & Share link parties never end.

 

Don’t forget you can still link up at all our other GREAT themed Round Ups & Link Parties!

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Are you going to SNAP?!?

Are you heading to the Snap Conference ? If so, I am INSANELY JEALOUS!! No really….I am. I really wanted to go. My sister-in-law, Emily isn’t just going, she is a speaker!

BUT…being that I just can’t make it THIS YEAR (did you hear that silent yet in there?) and I LOVE Snap and all the Snap team, I just HAD to contribute some how. So……

I made this…..

It’s for a giveaway being held during the conference. I can’t wait to find out who wins it.

It consists of a “evening” set




“day” set



did you notice???  The day set is made in the Snap colors!!  Alie helped me find the colors at the bead store too!!


and a “beach” or “lake” set.

After I made these beauties I needed something nice to package them in. So, I made these cute boxes.


What do y’all think?? I sure hope the winner loves them!! I would LOVE to hear all about your trip if you’re going!!

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