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Once again I apologize for the huge blog fail. I am having some issues balancing work, blogging, the etsy store and the photography (phew!) but I will figure it out.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are having a great holiday season so far.

I had been in such a beading mood, I decided to do another peyote stitch Amulet Bag. If you’re not sure what an amulet bag is, it is basically a small bag that is worn around the neck, just about heart level.  Inside the amulet bag you can put small tokens or amulets or anything that means something special to you. It is found in much of the Native American culture. Personally I love them. They make wonderful gifts you can pass down.

Here is my newest amulet bag:

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Because I have been so awful at crafting lately I have compiled a short list of super awesome blog posts with fantastic Christmas crafting ideas.

Enjoy!

Amazing Christmas Craft Ideas (45 pics) DumpADay.com – http://www.dumpaday.com/genius-ideas-2/amazing-christmas-craft-ideas-45-pics/

40 Amazing Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas You can Make Yourself Diyncrafts.com – http://www.diyncrafts.com/9513/homemade/40-amazing-christmas-gift-wrapping-ideas-can-make

Top 38 Easy and Cheap DIY Christmas Crafts Kids Can Make – Woohome.com – http://www.woohome.com/diy-2/top-38-easy-and-cheap-diy-christmas-crafts-kids-can-make
Twenty Amazing Christmas Crafts – Tots100.co.uk – http://www.tots100.co.uk/2014/12/08/twenty-amazing-christmas-crafts/

Quick Christmas Crafts – Craftsbits.com – http://craftbits.com/project/quick-christmas-crafts/

Happy Holidays! I will try to keep up!

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Y’all come back now ya here! :D

Past Peyote Stitch Projects

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Hi Everyone!

Sorry it has been so long since my last post, I was job hunting and a bit distracted. Happily I was able to find a job! Unfortunately I have been too crazy to get to any projects.  But I have been in a beading mood and working on getting some beads together for some projects.

I was going through some of my older pictures and came across some of my old bead projects and thought it would be fun to share.

Amulet Bag 1 (2) Amulet Bag 1Amulet Bag 2 (3)Amulet Bag 2 (2) Amulet Bag 2 Crystal 2 crystal pouchFalling Vine Waterfall 2 Waterfall

I love beads!!!!

How are your holiday projects going?

Off to decorate for Christmas… have a great week!

Upcycled Jar Pumpkin Candle Holder

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Hello!!

I hope this Halloween week has been fantastically spooky! I keep watching scary movies and giving myself nightmares!

I have one more Jar Project for Halloween. The recycled Jar Pumpkin Candle Holder! This project is super simple!

What you need:

  • A Jar
  • Some Paint – Acrylic works really well
  • Mod Podge- optional
  • green string or ribbon
  • battery candle

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Add just a few drops of the paint and Mod Podge to the jar. I used a bit of ink spray but it just to brighten the color.

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Then put the cap on, and shake and swirl. You may have to do this a few times while it dries to get the right amount of paint around it.  I wanted it a little clear and streaky so i just let it dry as is. but you can keep coating until its nice and consistent.

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Once done with the paint, flip the jar upside down on a plate or stack of old newspapers so the excess paint has somewhere to go. Let dry.

I drew the face on with sharpie while the cap was on and I was swirling the paint around, but you can certainly wait until its dry. I did intend to Mod Podge the eyes nose and mouth with a fine brush then add black glitter, I was just too busy.

After everything is dry, add a bit of glue or Mod Podge to the very top of the jar and add either string or ribbon for a more finished look.

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Once that is dry, add your battery candle and enjoy!!

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Quick and Easy Jar Decoration

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Hello Everyone! I hope your Halloween season has been spooktacular so far!

Here is a super easy and quick way to add some pops of color and decoration around the house with stuff you probably already have.

These adorable fabric wrapped jars are great to add to any center piece, or table or just about anywhere. You can even add a candle and make them super awesome candle holders. Or shove some candy in them for a cool display

You just need:

  1. A jar (the one I used is super small they are about 2 inches. I think they are used for spices.
  2. Some fabric. (any will do, it just needs to be big enough to stuff into the jar.
  3. A bit of ribbon

Thats it!

Here is my little jar.

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Jar and Fabric, The fabric is super sheer shinny material.

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Lay down your material, then lay your jar in the center on top. I used 2 layers of fabric because the material was so sheer.

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Tuck the fabric into the jar. Press it all the way in so it doesn’t come back out.

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Wrap some ribbon around the top, and tie a bow.

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And there you go!

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A super simple, very quick way to add a bit decor this holiday season!

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Happy Crafting!!!

What simple ways do you like to dress up you home for the holidays?

Adventures of Caterpillar Friend

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This is just a fun photo post for anyone that did not see the daily updates of Caterpillar Friend on Twitter or Facebook:

How I met Caterpillar Friend…

So let’s start at the beginning. It all started with the balcony…

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and my loved tomato plant that I grew from a rotten tomato.

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The tomato plant grew to almost 6 feet tall! It was full of tomatoes and lots of pretty green leaves. One morning I went out to water the tomato plant and noticed half the leaves were gone, and the other half were all chewed up. So I explored and explored.

Then I found them, little caterpillars all over the plant!

I refuse to use pesticides or anything like that, so I just sat there picking them off for relocation to the park across the street.

But…I kept one…for the love of science, in a very cozy jar :D

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(No caterpillars were harmed during the making of this post!)

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He didnt want to go at first but once he realized he could fly I let him go.

I love science! Do you?

Halloween Tutu Garland Tutorial!

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Hi Everyone!

It’s Halloween time!! One of my favorite times to decorate.

This year, to pretty-up our fireplace I decided to make it wear a tutu!! The fireplace can’t complain like the cat does when I dress it up.

All the supplies I had laying around the house to keep costs down and reuse things I would normally throw away. I had 4 panels of sheer purple curtains from my living alone days and a bunch of black tulle that I have been keeping all these years waiting to be something.

Put them together and you have…

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WooHooo Garland!

Halloween Fireplace Tutu Garland!

So here is what you need:

1. Twine, string, yarn or thin rope
2. Fabric (I used a sheer purple curtain and some black tulle)
3. Scissors

Step One: Prepare your fabric by cutting it into strips. To achieve the ripped effect, I cut a notch in the top of the fabric, then tore it the rest of the way. Just make sure you are tearing with the fabric, it should tear straight all the way down. If you go against the fabric it will not tear.

I made my strips different widths but stayed around one inch. The length depends on the look you are going for, I made mine approximately eight inches so they were about four inches long in the end.

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Step Two: Measure the length of your fireplace mantle, depending on what you use, you may want to double it. I used twine, so I decided to double it, then tied it off. It was now a big loop.

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Step Three: Lay out your twine.

Step Four: Start with one fabric strip. Fold it in half, and lay it under the rope with the loop above the rope line.

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Step Five: Grab the two end pieces of the fabric, fold it over the twine and back through the loop.

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Step Six: Pull the two end pieces tight.

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Step Seven: Pull down and adjust.

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Step Eight: Repeat, alternating strips if your using different colors.

It should start to look like this:

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keep going

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and going until you have the length you want and hang.

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I would tell you to resist the urge to wear it like a tutu and dance around to “This is Halloween” from the Nightmare Before Christmas…but that would be no fun and I would be a hypocrite! :D

I love the way it turned out. It does take a bit of patience depending on how long you’re making it.

This one wound up 48 inches long and it took me about 4 episodes of Game of Thrones but I kept getting up and taking breaks.

A great distraction for kids, just plop them down in front of the tv with a bunch of cut up strips and they will probably get one made up in no time.

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Have you started decorating yet?
What is your favorite decoration?

Downloadable Halloween Tags Available at Etsy

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HI Everybody!

Warning: shameless self promotion post :D

Just a quick FYI, I have created some fun downloadable tag sets for halloween, they are great for Tags, Cards, Flags or Bookmarks! Check them out on Etsy!

Check them out here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SugarBeetCrafts?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Halloween Tag Set 1 Preview Halloween Tag Set 2 preivew Halloween Tag Set 3 Preview

Also Available for Halloween the Bat Makeup and Pencil Bag:

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Have a wonderful week!!!

Thanks for putting up with my shameless self promotion! :D

UpCycling an Old Frame into a Kitchen Reminder Board

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Hi Everyone! Hope you are all having a great week so far.

Todays project is up-cycling an old picture frame into a Kitchen Reminder Board.

I was totally going to throw the frame away because I am borderline craft hoarder and finally talked myself into throwing something away (which is really hard for me lol), but then my boyfriend said “You’re not going to turn that into something?” ….Yes, Yes I am.. and boy am I glad I did!

I wanted something in the kitchen to just quickly jot down stuff as we ran out. I tried pen and paper but then I would lose the list then find it 3 months later behind the refrigerator. You know how it goes. :)

I think the frame is much happier in its new frock…and out of the landfill.

So here we go:

Materials Needed:

 Old Frame
 Acrylic Gesso
 Mod Podge
 Paper or Fabric
 Blank Background page
 White Erase Pen

Instructions:

1. Clean off your old Frame.

Old frame in need of some TLC.

Old frame in need of some TLC.

2. Cover your frame with gesso. Let Dry.

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3. While waiting for the gesso to completely dry, cut out your pieces of fabric or whatever you choose to cover the frame with.

Originally, I was going to use cut out flowers from magazines, and just add small pieces of scrap fabric. But as you can see, I fell in love with the fabric and decided to use that instead. It goes more with the vintage vibe of our kitchen.

Cut out your pieces

Cut out your pieces

4. After the frame is completely dry. Add each piece of fabric or paper by applying Gesso to frame, adding fabric then apply Gesso to the top.

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4. Repeat until it’s covered. Make sure each piece is covered with the Gesso as a sealer.

Coat and Let completely dry

Coat and Let completely dry

5. Let it dry.

6. Add blank paper to the frame as a back ground.

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7. Add a Dry Erase pen.

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8. Ready to use!

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Recycling! Re-Using Paperboard as Art Canvas

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Hello Everybody!

It’s time to talk trash!

Did you know 40.4% of our garbage is paper.  40% is a whole lot… let’s talk about that in terms of pounds, well its is 71.6 million tons! And according to the EPA only about 40 million tons of paper and paperboard were are recovered for recycling.

We can all do our part

We can all do our part

Some of the recovered paper is used to make things like paperboard. Paperboard is not quite cardboard but much stronger than paper. It is what everything is packaged in.

The EPA states that “Approximately 70 percent of paperboard is used to package food and other consumer goods.”  Paperboard is everywhere and if you  really think about it, it is mostly unnecessary.  Cereal boxes yet the cereal is in a bag..inside the box? Individual sized everything? unnecessary! Too much over-packaging!

I personally, was very tired of adding to the garbage or even the recycling with all this paperboard, that in my crafting mind I could do something with.

So I decided to kill two birds with one stone, pardon the expression…I love and respect birds. :D

I decided instead of throwing the cereal boxes and well most packaging into the recycle bin I was going to reuse it. I discovered they make wonderful art canvases, journal pages and bookmarks.  Art supplies are expensive!! I do not necessarily need the super expensive nice canvases for my art. Part of what makes my art my art is recycling and reusing what’s around me in a different way.

Recycled Beauty Art Page on Cereal Box by Brandie Bell

Recycled Beauty Art Page on Cereal Box
by Brandie Bell

Once cut down, the possibilities are endless!

They are thick enough to make stencils & stencil masks, the ink sprays and acrylic paints I used did not seep through. Create your own works of art with decoupage, paint, fabric, embellishments, it is even strong enough for those steam punk projects. Cut out Tag shapes and make your own tags.

The skinny sides make great bookmarks!

Here is how to do it the way I do:

1. Cut down the boxes right away. Easier to store and easier to start projects if the cutting is already done.

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Cut up the boxes. I cut off the tops and bottoms but keep every side.

I have a nifty storage box (box my cat door came in..I liked the way it opened. I keep them in. One day I will decorate it and use it as a cover for all my projects. You can make one with a cereal box just cut down the center.

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2. It’s best to prep your box, art work just comes out better.  But this step is really up to you. I cover the image side of the box with Gesso.

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Once dry you are all set to craft away!

Recycled Beauty Art Page on Cereal Box by Brandie Bell

Recycled Beauty Art Page on Cereal Box
by Brandie Bell

I hope this post gets those creative juices flowing!

How do you use recycled products in your art? I would love to know and maybe even blog about you! :D

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