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Of Snow and Shows and Other Things

Well hello there faithful readers.  I know it has been a while, but here in Ottawa we have been doing a bit of hibernating as temperatures have dipped below -30 more often than I think I am equipped to deal with!

I wasn’t able to get much crafting done in the first part of the month as I spent an entire week sick in bed, too sick to go to my craft room…that is SICK!  Not that the time was entirely wasted.  I did teach myself how to crochet a granny square and have since made quite a few as well as starting a blanket project.  I realized it was time to start using up some of my vast yarn stash so I took out all my worsted weight yarns in greens, blues as well as tan and grey and decided to start a blanket made to look like a simple topographical map of an island. I have made it out to sea, but ran out of navy yarn, so I need to buy some more yarn.

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It have another baby blanket on the needles in a aqua and white basket weave at the moment as well, so anyone I know who gets pregnant in the next year is in for a treat 🙂

I did finally kick the cold to to curb a week ago which was a very good thing.  Besides the obvious lack of coughing, I got an email from the Trend Arlington Community Association to let me know that Feb 2nd, they were having a garage sale/craft market at the Community Centre.  I happy applied for and got a table, so now I had something to get making jewelry for!

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I am still pretty hooked on my Rainbow Jump Rings, so I made a few really neat bracelets with those.

I also made a number of really pretty earrings in cut glass and glass pearl.

I didn’t bring my full set up from the Christmas Show, just my Eiffel Tower for Necklaces, my earring case and a tray for bracelets.

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At first the turn out was great!   Sadly it started to snow pretty heavily and it slowed down, but I still had a great show and made lots of sales!   I can’t wait to do another one!

I also have a number of new items now to put up on my Etsy site, which will be my plan for this weekend.

Till Next Time!

 

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Yesterday’s Show at the Trend-Arlington Community Centre

What an absolutely great day!   It was a really positive experience start to finish.

Friday night was a late night of course with all of the last-minute prep work that had to be done.   Throughout the week I had been making new earrings (all chain maille of course) and printing up my signs and anxiously awaiting my shipment of Swarovski to arrive from Fire Mountain Gems (which it did, on Thursday, thank you Fire Mountain Gems, excellent people).  So my earring case was packed up and all my items tagged and ready, and my excellent husband added all the hooks to the display cubes and packed up the car.  I chose a large hardcover copy of the Poetry of Robert Frost to help display my bookmark collection.  One little hitch, as I was cutting and framing my Family Pendants sign, I realized that I spelled crystals wrong in one place…crustals…oh good grief.  I wasn’t about to re-print the sign as it was getting late, or as Dick Van Patten said in Spaceballs “It’s too late, keep going”.  So I fixed it with a pen and carried on.  The idea for the family pendants is to create a little pendant of Swarovski rounds by birthstone colour on a head-pin with a bail, custom-made while you wait.

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While I didn’t sell any yesterday, People were certainly interested in them and thought them a good idea.  I will have to add them to Etsy!

My alarm went off at 6 (so early), and I hopped (ok, crawled) out of bed and got ready to go.  This included of course, the usual shower, and tooth brushing, standard stuff, but also trying on several outfits and trying to choose just the right jewellery for the day.  That was hard.  I settled on all black with silver shoes and my big sapphire crystal earrings that I made for the wedding I went to in Halifax back in September.

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These made it half-way through the day before my ear lobes began to protest.

So, we pile into the car for the 2 minute drive to the Trend Arlington Community Building, arriving at 6:58.  We were the first ones there.  The organizer arrived at 7 and opened the doors.  She and her daughter were a pleasure to work with and so helpful.  She even supplied the coffee.  My hubby helped me carry everything in (one trip) and then popped over to Tim’s to get breakfast.

So I began to set up, and it went really smoothly, I kept everything fairly simple.  So by 8 am, my table was ready to go.  The doors opened at 9, so I had some time to kick back, drink my coffee and make more chain maille.  I sent my hubby home to go back to bed and settled in.

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I am quite pleased with how the table looked and even though the room was well-lit including windows letting in the lovely bright sun, I thought the little battery tea lights were a fun addition.   My big silver Eiffel Tower was a bridal shower gift from my Dad and Step-mum who threw me an awesome Paris themed shower.  The “s” hooks fit in perfectly and hold lots of my beaded necklaces.

The doors opened at 9 and folks started to wander in.  It was fairly steady all day and I didn’t leave my table more than a few times.  My first sale was a silver bookmark with little crystal dangles, and things just got better from there on in.  Everyone I met was so nice from the volunteers who ran the show to the other vendors to the folks from the community who came in to shop.

My good friend Lian from ReeseSpeaks came in with her daughter around lunch time and hung out with me until 3, she kindly watched the booth while I did a little shopping for myself.

At 3 when the doors closed, my hubby arrived, we took down my table, and loaded up the car.

All in all a fantastic day.  I made lots of sales and met some wonderful people.  I think the show was very well-organized with a great variety of vendors, all of us offering something a little different.  There were other jewellery vendors, but they were all different.  I will certainly be at this show again next year!

Getting ready for my first craft show

On November 2nd I will be joining my friend Meghan at my very first craft show at All Saints High School in Kanata.  So I have been busy getting lots of fun things ready to bring.  The only other sales I have done have  been in my own house with varying success.  I am not really sure what sorts of things I should bring to the show so I have been making lots of different items.  Here are a few different examples.

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I Just Can’t Get Enough!

Of my new aluminum jump rings that is!  Since last we chatted, I have made another chain maille ball, some earrings and have experimented with a couple of new weaves.  Also incorporating some of my usual plated base metal rings and beads.

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You can’t go wrong with byzantine!

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I love this lace like weave I found in a magazine!Picture 568

The chain maille ball is a current favourite!

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The great thing about the aluminum is that you can make a dense weave like full Persian and it is still super light to wear.

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This weave makes great earrings as well as bracelets, but it can be frustrating to assemble at times.
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I do love the rosette look and you can’t go wrong with adding crystal to pretty much anything as in the case of the barrel weave with 6mm sapphire bicones below which makes for a rather glamorous necklace.

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As you can see, I have been very productive in the last couple of weeks.  Thursday, my friend Meghan came over for an evening of pizza and beading.  We both decided that it was a chain maille kind of event.  I still have a fair amount of the colourful anodized aluminum jump rings that I got from the Ring Lord and so I made another chain maille ball, this time in black and red.

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Now that I have a comfortable grasp  of the pattern itself, I can now play with the colour schemes some more.

I also made a few other items that night and last night as well. There was a new chain maille weave I was itching to try out called Inverted Round, I got the pattern from CGMaille.com.

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The first one is a mix of bright aluminum and a regular aluminum with a section of black worked in.

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I also had a lot of red, green and gold, so I thought, hey, something for the festive season.

The next pattern from CGMaille.com that I want to try is the Dragon Scale and the inverted Round with Captive Rings.

I also have taken a liking to making rosettes from rings, some with just three, like this cutey cute bracelet in pink, purple and lavender.

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And some with with many rings to make a dense almost ball like rosette.

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I also used one of my favourite patterns, the size 2 seed bead and 9mm jump ring, to make this fun rainbow bracelet!

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Yesterday I put another order in to the Ring Lord for more aluminum jump rings in rainbow colours which I cannot wait to get working with!

Till next time 🙂

You think I would have learned by now…

Remember the post I did some time ago about how important gauge is when dealing with wire or jump rings?  Well, as Alice once said when she was lost in Wonderland, “I give myself some very good advice, but I seldom ever follow it”.

I really wanted to do this Romanov design chain maille and I also wanted to try this pattern for a chain maille ball that I saw Pinterest.  I have jump rings of various sizes in my stash and started with my usual go-to rings for most chain maille designs. 6 and 7mm outside diameter, I believe they are 19 or 20 gauge.  Well…

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The 7mm rings gave me the blob you see on the right which is supposed to be the first half of the Japanese Ball pattern (just google Japanese Chain maille Ball Pattern), there is obviously too much space between the rings so there is no firmness in the structure.

On the left is what I ended up with from my attempt at the Romaov pattern (also googleable), which didn’t work with either the 6 or the 7mm rings, or any beads that I had…dang it.

So, I gave up on the Romanov, but with the 6mm rings in the heavier gauge, the ball pattern actually worked out.

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I also made another chain maille piece with some shell disks (I made a similar style before) and a shell pendant my friend Meghan had given me.  Sections of Byzantine in 7mm Silver plate separated by Shell disks and 6mm clear cut-glass beads.

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And another pair of Belly Dance inspired chandelier earrings.

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You know…wine glasses make good earrings props for taking photos.

 

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So, I had an order to fill for a bracelet the other night, just a simple strand of white glass pearls.   When I finished it, I still felt like working so I picked up a chain maille bracelet I had started the earlier in the week.

The first kind of chain maille I ever learned was the Celtic Wedding knot and one of the first pieces I did was a triple strand of if in black nickel and silver.

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After more than a year of wear and tear, a few rings have fallen out and it has tarnished quite a bit.  So I wanted to make a bigger better version.  Please note, I still love and wear this piece.

I found a black nickel slider clasp with 7 holes on it and I figured I would make a 4 or 5 strand of the same.  Sadly, the sizing didn’t quite add up right and I really would need an 8 or 9 hole clasp.  But I had already finished 1.5 lengths of silver on black wedding-knot.  So I finished the second strand and hummed and hawed over what else to put with it.  Chain?  No.  Strung beads? Nah.  Copper full Persian? Nope.  Hmm…9mm black nickel in Byzantine?….YES!

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Like so many of these things, trial and error is a major factor.  I knew if I didn’t attach the three strands together they would crumple up, but how to do it when the large central strand is something like byzantine?   Well, what I ended up doing is adding 3 6mm silver plate accent rings on each side of the connecting Byzantine rings that lay flat (every other set) to the black nickel ring that encompasses the silver rings in the wedding-knot.  hmmm…I think this is going to need a chart…

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Admittedly not a very good chart, but hopefully you get the idea.  The red rings represent the 6mm silver rings in the bracelet.

I am itching to get home and down to my craft room tonight because I have at least two more chain maille pieces I really want to make!

YES I CAN!

Crochet that is, and cross stitch apparently.  As I mentioned before, on my shopping spree at Michaels, I had picked up a book on how to crochet as well as a beginners cross stitch kit.

The results…

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This is my Bernat Temperature Scarf knit/crochet along.  The pattern is created by assigning a colour to a range of temperatures (here in Ottawa that goes from bloody freezing, to hot, back to bloody freezing), then each day you take the average daily temperature and knit or crochet 1-2 rows of the appropriate colour.   So I had originally done 2 rows, but quickly realized my scarf would be about 12 feet long, so I started over with just one row per day.  What you are looking at above is January.  The grey stripe is the border, this appears between each month.  This is the colour scheme I am using,

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We are in June now and so far the scarf will be mostly blue.

I was quite pleased to discover that I can actually crochet, I have also made a couple of cotton wash cloths as well and have plans for a baby blanket, (because they are smaller and therefore easier).

So I also finished my first cross stitch and I have to say I really enjoyed it, it came out well and was an enjoyable past time, so I have definite plans to do more!

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Cute eh?

So that is what I have been up to lately.  My friend Meagan popped by today for cookies, gossip and beading.  I did chain maille for the first time in ages!