Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

May 20, 2012

Crafties & Cake

My mom gave me a bunch of little jars she'd saved.  I wrapped one in this cool coloured thread/floss I found buried in my 'Needlework' box, and then decorated the lid.

I also tried my hand at homemade coloured sand.  Due to my hesitance to believe this would work well, I only experimented with making red and blue.  I'm not terribly crazy about it.

But it ended up looking cool with plain sand as patriotic sand-art.

My friend Marsha pinned what we are calling a 'toe sling' on Pinterest.  I told her I could easily make one for her and here it is.  The large loop goes around the ankle and the bottom one goes around the second toe.  It looks like a sandal without the sole.  The large blue bead sits at the front of the ankle.

I had all these cool sparkly rhinestone things and nothing to do with them.  So I grabbed a dark blue piece of cardstock, splattered it with white paint, then glued the jewels on, using the biggest ones to make a spiral galaxy. 

A few years ago, I bought 6' of this decorative beaded and sequined ribbon, but I forgot all about it till the other day, so I made a large amulet bag with some of it.  It's about 3" wide. This is the back.

And the front.  I added the beaded edging, bottom loops and strap.

Closeup of the beaded edge.

This was also in the same little box with the blue ribbon.  It's 2.5" wide.  

And my award from Abracadebra Designs arrived too!  I began reading it on the deck one gorgeous day and my brain is already thinking about how I can incorporate knotting into the crafts I do.  

Funfetti cake I made for Mother's Day over at Sharon's house.  It was nummy.  


  1. Loving your creativity! And you bake as well. Yum YUm

  2. wow, that little amulet purse is so cool!

    Thanks for all the comments on my blog, I can't reply to you as you're a no-reply blogger, but I appreciate every one.

  3. Lovely craft work. Knotting is cool too. Your attention to detail shows.

  4. It would take me the rest of my life just to add the beads to the edge of that ribbon!

    I remember as a kid getting a coloured sand ornament on the Isle of Wight (a little island off the south coast of England that has naturally coloured sands in a place called Alum Bay) but by the time I got it home, it had got so shaken up in my luggage the colours were all mixed together!

  5. Once again, that's gorgeous work, JoJo. Do you have anything up on Etsy???

    Some Dark Romantic

  6. Anonymous4:23 AM

    I had a test tube of that sand from the Isle of Wight too Val....I wonder what happened to it?!!

    Good job Jojo, you are tireless in your craft efforts :0)

  7. You have been busy. The jar with the fiber wrapped around it is cute, and I love the amulet bags. What a good idea with extra large ribbon.
    Everyday Inspired

  8. Love you little jar. It's fun to do little projects like that to use up bits of thread and beads.

  9. You make such beautiful things!! Amazing!