This is all it took to change my craft idea for the week.
I REALLY was looking for wool when I walked in the fabric and craft department at our nearest Wal Mart. I saw this adorable craft the other day, and wanted to try it in the worst way. Only thing is, I do not have anything but striped wool in my fabric stash. And I needed to make a stock up trip to Wal Mart anyway for deodorant, shampoo, shower gel, etc.
No wool to buy, but guess what - they have quite the eye catching aisle of all things beads and jewelry findings. Great, just what I need - a new hobby. I have always been intimidated by jewelry making unless it is simply stringing pony beads on ribbon and tying them around a neck or wrist of one of my girls. I have bought beads before with great ideas of things that never got made. The last time I did this, my friend Laura made me a gorgeous necklace/bracelet/earring set using my beads and her great talent! So I made the mistake of walking down the bead aisle. I was almost completely to the end without putting anything in my cart when the above kit caught my eye. All the beads and findings to make 6 pairs of earrings for $4.00 plus a set of 3 tools for $9.00. Yep - in my cart they went.
I would love to say I came right home and made those 6 pairs of earrings that afternoon. I talked myself out of it that first day, but not the next. Thursday was a quiet stay at home day. The kind of day that screams for me to do something crafty and creative instead of laundry and cleaning. And, I was successful! I made 2 pairs of earrings before I had to clean up and get to that laundry and cleaning. I will probably not make the other 4 pair of earrings like the package suggests. Two of the pairs are a little too cheap looking (think plastic rings), so I will save the findings for another project - after I make another trip to the bead aisle.
Here is what the kit looks like:
Beads and findings
And the finished product:
I would definitely suggest the kit if you are looking for a simple way to get into jewelry making. I am really happy with the results. As a matter of fact, I plan on giving one of these pairs to my sister in law for her birthday on Sunday.
Oh and those cute hair clips - I will get to those eventually. As soon as I get that wool!