Tuesday, September 3, 2013

OMG school started!

Aloha!
I know most kids started school well over 2 weeks ago, like my son's children.  However, since my daughter home schools her kids, she decided to start her school after Labor Day.  You're wondering why I'm mentioning this?   Well you see, I'm the "sitter" for the babies that aren't school age yet, which means I'm back to work for my daughter.
So for today's school opening, I made some snack bag treats.

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Not sure where I saw these, so my apologies for not giving credit to the right person for a fun idea.  In  the original photo of this snack there were grapes on the side the candy is on, but sometimes I can be a bad grammie and give the grand kids some not too good treats.  And in case you're wondering, the snack bags are suppose to resemble butterflies.
Prior to school, I had a fantastic end of summer! My BF from Texas spent 2 weeks here in Hawaii; we did some serious crafting and shopping!   We shopped, we talked, finishing each other's sentences, we enjoyed every morsel we ate; we like the same foods and of course we always share what we know about crafting.  We also spent a day at the beach searching for shells and glass.  My back was so sunburned, I'm itchy and peeling now!

Here's some of the bracelets we torched together.

14k gold filled wire, cone shell and freshwater pearl

I wish I took photos of Cyn's bracelets too.  She made more that two, using SS and gold filled wire.


Sterling silver and freshwater pearls-earrings

This last piece below, is a "Sandra Lee Semi-homemade" , for those of you familiar with the Food Network.  You see the majority of the necklace is purchased already made. What I did was drill a whole in the main piece to add a freshwater pearl.  Hence, the semi-homemade.



Well, this is it for now.  Hope your summer ended as splendidly as mine.  
Thanks for the visit.  If you're interested in any jewelry pieces, just email me.

Aloha,




















Thursday, August 8, 2013

What!? It's August already?

Aloha!
Time sure flies when I'm busy being lazy and uninspired.  I have no idea what happened to July.
 I did however take a couple of jewelry soldering classes.  I wanted to step outside the box to get over my fear of the flame.  These classes were a great start for me because, in class we used the smaller butane torches and not the acetylene torches.  Those big mamas scare me big time!
Here's the first project:

I used fine silver (99.9), and this was a fusing technique, so no solder needed.


In another class, we were instructed to use sterling silver and/or 14k gold-filled square wire.  I did both gold and silver projects.  Here's some simple rings:



So, my final class, a bezel cup attachment class, a few weeks later, I almost melted one of the little cups! The torch was a little bigger, meaning a little more power!  But inspite of it all, here's that final project:


 
Well, that's it for now.  Hope you all have a wonderful August!
Aloha,
 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Off The Radar

Aloha to all!
Seems it's been forever since I posted.  I must say I do miss it.  My computer broke about six months ago and though I tried posting via my ipad, I did run into some quirks.  Like pics that didn't show up but for a tiny blue square,  finding an app to watermark my photos but didn't have the font I was looking for, and not having Photoshop to adjust the pixles. You know, just little things like that, but it was enough to bring me down to a level of not wanting to blog.  I also noticed that more people are Facebooking than blogging.   Is it because more people are reachable?
So, until I can make up my mind on what computer to get, I'll have to figure out a way to post and get those photos on the blog too.
For now, just a quick heads up on my family life.  We welcomed another grand daughter to the family a few months ago; absolutely wonderful!  My daughter inlaw became Mrs. Petite Hawaii 2013 this Spring and will represent Hawaii at the Nationals in Florida this August.
Well, that's it for now.  Keep on creating!
Aloha,
Creative Grammie

Monday, December 31, 2012

Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou

Aloha everyone!
This year has come to an end and so quickly!  Though I haven't been blogging, I've been online occasionally, sometimes posting on FB.
For most of us crafters and artists, the last quarter of the year is always a busy time.  So, when you don't hear from me, please know that I'm not ignoring any of you, or that I've ended my blog.  By the end of the night, as best I can do on the Ipad is play bingo!  No thought process needed there.  I am infact writing this blog using my Ipad because my laptop is dying.  My "m" and the left shift keys don't work and after being on for awhile it just freezes.  Do computers go on sale after the new year starts?
I have photos of just a few projects I created, but I'm happy to share them with you.


This is the tree topper I made using Stampin' Up stamp and diecuts.  I learned how to do this from dear Teri Suzuki.  Mahalo Teri!




This year's Christmas card I created using MemoryBox die and crystals.


These earrings were made for a friend's daughter. I used fresh water pearls, 14k gold filled wire and shells I found at the beach.


Well, that's it for now.  I wish each and everyone of you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!  Now go create!

Aloha,









Thursday, September 27, 2012

UFOs

Aloha everyone!

These past few weeks have been busy!  It's  been fun too!  Crafting of course was top on my list of fun things to do.
 How many of you have UFOs?  No, not the ones up in the sky, but the ones in the craft room.  You know, the UnFinishedObjects!  I certainly have my share but I lowered the stack these past few weeks.
I finished a sweater I started a year and a half ago.  I had the instructions,  lost the instructions, found the instructions and now my sweater is complete.  Check it out:


I also knitted some washclothes that was long over due, but I don't think you all want to see those.

I created more earvines, unfortunately those went before I had a chance to photograph them.

The next thing I did was stitch some muslin covers for my new cushions for my Koa furniture.  I needed to cover the raw cushions so that I could put my new outer covers on them.  My husband loves the new covers.
The old covers & old cushions

New cushions, new covers

I fixed my son's Hawaiian quilt (wall hanging size) and started working on a Hawaiian quilt cushion my daughter started who knows when.

 Kukui nut wall hanging

In between working on my UFOs I helped two of my grand-daughters celebrate their birthday.  It was  a quick and simple just family celebration, so dear daughter just asked for some cupcake toppers.  Gotta love these grand kids, they're so easy to please.
cupcake toppers
Malia loves owls
Sorry this turned out to be a long post, but I hope you enjoyed the photos.

Aloha for now,