Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sarah's Bead Party

My sweet friend Sarah just hosted a bead swap. It was exactly what I needed to get back into jewelry-making. I was on a big jewelry kick earlier this Spring, but haven't done much since, even though it is something that I really enjoy. I seem to get in crafty modes and then change gears (see post below). Anyway... my partner was Erica. She sent me an assortment of beads, and then I had to create something for myself with them. She sent me a beautiful mix of creamy whites and earthy browns, with a touch of sparkle.

I created this long necklace that I think will be fun to wear this summer. I made it long with the thought that it would be cute to make some more necklaces to layer with it. BUT, in case I don't follow through with that plan (see post below), it is perfectly cute all by itself.

Thanks so much, Sarah for a fun swap! And a big thank you to Erica for all the yummy beads!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Unfinished Business

Please tell me that I'm not the only one who does this...
I get on a crafty kick and start a bunch of projects.
Unfortunately, some don't quite get finished.

I bought a wool felting kit last winter and it was a blast.
I made the quirky little bear in just a few hours.
The felting was SO much fun.
I thought that I would do this every single day.
But, as you can see, that didn't happen.

Look at this poor guy!
He's been without an ear and face for months!

Then there is the 40 Squares embroidery project.
Things got a little busy here, so I fell behind.
(Plus, I got a little irritated with the four-leaf clover that didn't quite work out.
See that green blob on the left? Still trying to take that off...)
Well, one week turned into another, and next thing I knew, everyone was done the project!

I am determined to get these projects done this summer.These will help along the way.
Yes, Trader Joe's has yummy French Macarons in the freezer case!
(Making my own is also on my to-do list...)

What's on your "unfinished business" list?

Friday, June 11, 2010


I just wanted to thank all of you loved the new goodies in the shop.
You just about cleared me out!
You girls are always so good to me.
I really, truly appreciate each and every one of you.

Thank you!

Here are some peeks of the ornaments that I made with the rolled flowers.
I added a bar pin to the backs, so they could be used as brooches as well.
Cute, cute!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Shop Update!

Tons of colorful new artsy goodies and restocks!

Right here.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Patiently Waiting

These babies have been taunting me for weeks.
The giant buds just wouldn't budge open.

Then, this past weekend they exploded! Definitely worth the wait!

While I was "patiently" waiting for my peonies, I made up a bunch of these ...

These fabric flowers are popping up everywhere.
I see why. They are so much fun to make!
Addictive, actually!
I love how each blossom is unique.
I made a pile of them for a swap that I'm working on.
I think I'll have to make a batch for myself too!

There are several methods for making these. Some links to tutorials for you to try... here and here and here. A big thanks to these wonderful bloggers and designers for sharing such fun projects!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Petite Inspiration Box Swap ~ Paris Edition

***Edit: This swap is now full! Groups have been sent! Have fun!!! :)***

As promised, here are the details of my next Petite Inspiration Box Swap!!!
I am soooo excited about this one!!!!
Here are all the details.

1. You will be placed in groups of 3 players. You will need to make a "Petite Inspiration Box" for each of the other players in your group (2), and you will receive one back from each of the players in your group (2).

2. The base of the box should be a sliding match box. I found mine at my grocery store in a package of 3 for about $2. These are the larger boxes that measure about 5x2x1, not the teeny-tiny ones. Decorate the outside of each box, and fill them with artsy goodies for your swap partners.

3. The items in your boxes should be vintage or vintage-inspired and have a PARIS/FRENCH THEME. Some ideas of what to include: Old buttons, millinery, lace, ribbon, trims, jewelry findings, ephemera, images, charms, cupcake toppers, etc. These boxes are fairly small, so they should be easy to fill up... just be sure to send quality, usable items that you would love to receive yourself. You can see some photos of the boxes from previous swaps here.

4. You will need to mail your boxes directly to your partners by June 25th. PLEASE only sign-up for this swap if you are able to have your swap items created and mailed by this date. As with any swap, it is reallllly important to follow-up with your promise to make quality items and send them on time.

5. To sign up for this swap, please email me at info{at}speckled-egg.com , be sure to send the following:
*Email address
*Blog address
*The country that you live in
*If you are willing to ship internationally

6. I will close sign-ups on Thursday evening or at 40 players, whichever comes first. You will receive your group info by Monday morning. Feel free to grab the button above to add to your own blog.

Hope you can play!!!