Around the time of BlogHer I received an email from Christy Nelson asking if I'd like to participate in her craft challenge. How could I say no. One should never challenge me when it comes to crafting, it's like double dog daring me. So she said I would return from New York to a little box waiting and it would be full of goodies.
This is what I came home to.
I kid you not, I freaked out just a little. What on earth was I going to do with black polyester fabric, paper from Italy, blue glass beads, hardware from Ikea and adhesive squares. I decided to pop it into the too hard basket and contemplate what I would do. Then time seemed to escape me and on Monday I noticed Christy had posted a note saying that photographs needed to be submitted by the next evening. As in last night. I think the color drained from my face at that moment, but I also work much better under pressure. After staring at the box of goodies for 2 hours yesterday morning I decided to drive to the craft store for some inspiration. On the way there though it came to me.
The rules of the challenge were that I had to use some of every item provided, but I could use other items too. I could only make 1 item, but could make packaging too (hence the bag).
So here is how the items provided came to be a piece of jewelery.
Step 1: Use hot glue to attach the washer to the black tube (I have no idea what that thing is actually used for)
Step 2: Attach the paper squares to the tube/washer using the adhesive squares. Use a black paint pen to fix up the seam between the 2 pieces of paper. Then coat with 2 layers of mod podge.
Step 3: Thread hemp cord through a fancy jewelery ring and then up through the center of the black tube.
Step 4: I found quite a few black beads in my bead organizer that were the perfect size for slotting inside the black tube. Using a little hot glue I secured them, thus also keeping the cord in place, added a couple of more decorative beads to the top and then tied a knot above the beads and at the end of the cord.
The bag was very quick and easy to make.
Cut out a rectangle of fabric and sew 3 sides. Turn over the top and stitch, leaving enough room to thread hemp cord through, then stitch the gap. Tie a couple of knots into the hemp cord, thread on some beads and tie knots at the end of the beads to secure them.