Beaded Dragonflies

DragonFlyPins (8)Several weeks ago I bought some vintage Japanese pearls that were purportedly from the 1970s. Someone was cleaning out their mother’s beading supplies after she had passed and had a bulk quantity of various types and styles of beads. Now, I love working with pearls and crystals so I decided to buy some and use them on a couple of projects. One in particular was introduced to me by my granddaughter who was staying the summer with us. She watched a You-Tube video on my computer that I had downloaded last year but never got around to viewing yet. After several viewings she made a very nice dragonfly that she wanted to attached to a pin back and give to her mom. So, we got to work experimenting with colors, shapes and sizes of beads and produced about 15 different ones. Some we made into broaches and others she made into key chain charms. When I posted the pictures online a cousin wanted one immediately so we mailed it off. Then I posted a couple online to sell and my granddaughter gave the rest away to her friends at a birthday party.

These inspired me to make earrings. But the beads we used for the broaches and key chain charms were too big. I dug out my box of seed beads and got to work. Below are just a few of the ones we have made over the last couple of weeks. I have given away a few pair and posted the rest for sale on our Handmade Amazon store this morning. Next I will try my hand at making some of my own beaded dragonfly key chain charms.

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CrochetedScrunchies (12)During the summer heat here in Florida our biggest occupation is swimming. People get out and go to the beach, one of our many cool springs or even someone’s swimming pool to cool off and relax. Crafters are no different. During our summer months we also need to get away for a little bit of relaxation to recharge our batteries and get our creative juices flowing. This is especially true during the month of July. Not only do our temps reach into the high 90s and sometimes 100s our heat index is almost always 10 degrees higher than that. Not to mention the humidity. Strangely, these past couple of months while we have been here at the Olustee Beach Day Use Area within the Osceola National Forest in North Florida our humidity readings have been way below what we are use to. That is kind of scary in that we might be in for some really strange weather in the weeks ahead.
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Missed Opportunities in Craft Business

AnkletsBraceletsFeb2014 (3)Missed opportunities in the craft business, for me, include this year’s Florida Folk Festival. Sadly, our RV decided it didn’t want to work and busted a radiator hose while we were traveling down I-10. We were stuck on the side of the road for about 9 hours in the heat of the day until my son-in-law was able to come by and help us replace the small 3 inch hose into it’s 1 inch space and refill the radiator. By the time we got it going again we decided to just head on back to our volunteer camping site at Olustee Beach. Even a greater tragedy is that I spent almost $400 on new supplies and materials for our booth to give it a fresh look. The organizers of the event has us place right around the main concert stage area so that we would have gotten some major traffic.
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Summer Best To Make Crafts

BottleCapBeadEarrings (6)Summer is absolutely the best time to make crafts. Not only is it too hot out there in our Florida sun to try and participate in outdoor craft vending opportunities there isn’t all that many out there to participate in. Granted, there is the Florida Folk Festival during Memorial Day Weekend, the Blueberry Festivals in June, Independence Day Celebration festivals all over the state in July but August is mostly a bust anyway. Our craft selling opportunities don’t really get going until about the end of September or the beginning of October. Then it is hot and heavy until just before Christmas.
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Recycled Material Crafting

BottkecapKeychains09282014 (11)During our stays at various Florida State Parks and National Forests as volunteers I have been collecting bottlecaps to recycle or as the new saying goes “Upcycle” items I find into jewelry and accessories. So far, I have made lots of earrings and keychain charms. You can get more ideas on how to use recycled materials with your future crafting projects by looking on Pinterest, YouTube and just your regular old internet search engine. Personally, I use Google search, type in my search terms and then click on the Images button. Then I can scroll through all the photos associated with the term I entered. Sometimes the photo will even link to a tutorial on how to create various different things using the recycled material.
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