Several months ago my grand-daughter was watching some movies on my computer and came across a beaded dragonfly tutorial I had downloaded from You-Tube. She created a couple and insisted that I do it with her. Well, ever since I have been making them into earrings, put them inside bottlecaps, broach/pins, barrettes and I even may make them into key chain charms. Once, you get the basics down you can experiment with different size and types of beads. I think the basic thing to remember is that the top wings are longer than the bottom wings so keep count as you go. In real life dragonflies do not have curling antenna but it looks pretty cool when you have them.
I prefer 26-gauge wire and seed beads for those that I am making into earrings and larger beads and 24-gauge wire for things like broaches and barrettes. I also like to mix up the colors for the top and bottom wings. Sometimes the same colors for everything but the middle tips. The lighter colors on the bottom and darker colors on the top makes for a dramatic effect and using bicone crystals for the bottom of the tail and head beads are nice as well.
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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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If you have been following us on our Facebook page or Twitter account you will have heard that we have received our “official” welcome email from the coordinator of the Florida Folk Festival this year. Since, “The festival has recently been recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as a “Top 20 Event” in the southeastern United States for 2015” we are very excited to be included. We keep checking their website to see if we have been added under the “highlights” section but it may take a week or so for us to be added.
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Fall is here, what are you making? With the new season the weather is cooler, the colors in nature are brilliant and you can get a jump on Christmas. My mom has gotten into a crocheting mood and is making some hooded scarves. They fit nicely on the head, covers the ears and wrap around the neck. When you make things for yourself or family and friends you get to make them as long, as wide and in whatever color combinations you or they like the most. Last year, we handmade all of our presents for our friends and family members. We hope they enjoyed them and got plenty of use out of them.
Making your gifts by hand, we believe, shows them that you cared enough to take the time and energy to be creative in your gift giving. Granted, younger children may want things they have seen on TV or that their friends have but if you start making gifts now and involve the kids in the making they will appreciate their own gifts more and feel great about themselves as they made their items all on their own (with a little help from their parents). They learn new skills, get quality time with their parents and have a great time doing it. Hand-made gifts are more treasured than store bought. Whether you make them something that is funny, ridiculous or warm and fuzzy we all appreciate the time they took and their creativity.
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How Do You Keep Your Creative Juices Flowing? When and Where do you get your inspiration for crafting projects? Will varying smaller craft projects with larger and longer ones help your creative flow? These questions are more we ask ourselves all the time. Getting your creative juices flowing has a lot to do with what types of crafts you like to do. Since, I like to make bead and wire jewelry most of my projects are considered to be smaller ones that don’t take a lot of time. My mom does crochet so her’s can take anywhere from a few hours to a month or two depending on what she is working on. Of course, I also like to keep a specific person in mind when I am creating my pieces.
Sometimes I just get going making the same type of item but in different colors and using different kinds of beads. I like to make earrings and beaded key chains because they are easy to make and I can make a lot of them in a short amount of time. My mom has likes to create many different items using the same color(s) of yarn like a set such as a couple of scrunchies, a couple of wrist-warmers and a crocheted tie. She can get this set done in about 8 hours but has to take frequent breaks to give her hands and back a rest.
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