December AE Theme Challenge – Handmade Christmas

How is it the end of 2019 already? It’s time for another challenge reveal. I usually make a few handmade gifts for the holidays, as well as candy. This year we only made peanut brittle – which is addicting btw – as there was one less week in between the turkey holiday and this one. Here’s a quick photo I managed to take before we broke it up and ate it and gave it away!

I also made some ornaments from some pendant style charms I purchased from Amy Mealey of Xaz. I LOVE her raku – I used some of the other beads I had from her that I was hoarding!

The photos don’t really do the raku justice.

I also made two bracelets – bead weaving pattern by Beadesirejewelry on etsy. I love the bracelets and the weave is really supple and it feels so nice, however using all these different kinds of czech beads that are fairly difficult to find all in one shop was a little irritating…I spent lots of money on shipping.

The purple one is for my mom, the other one is for Hope (Jason’s daughter). I finished them with two different clasps. For my mom, a magnectic clasp for easy0n/off.

And for Hope, I used an adjustable application because I’m not sure of her wrist size.

I also made my friend Jill a pair of bead woven earrings using this pattern by Beth Clark. I really like her patterns.

And finally, I started making my ornament from Jean Power’s Secret Beadalong. I always have issues with making the rope so as of now, it’s not finished. But I’ll get it done!

Thanks for stopping by! This is a blog hop, so I hope you visit everyone else – I’m sure there are amazingly wonderful creations by each and every one.

AE team: 














Evie and Beth




Art Elements Theme Challenge October – Eye

Aaaaand another month has rolled around! Laney chose Eye as the theme for October’s challenge! I was on it  – the first thing I thought of was the evil eye (or nazar)! The nazar reflects a malevolent gaze back at the person who gave the evil glare. These are widely seen in many countries, you may have seen them in Turkish or Greek restaurants. They are very prevalent and available for purchase in Greece (in my experience!).

Lindsay requested evil eye cabochons, which was a lot of fun – I made small, medium and large round and oval ones as well.

Then I decided I should make evil eye headpins! These were fun to make too!

I wanted to make an ornament like I had seen in a Turkish restaurant, using bead weaving and one of the cabs. They seem to be highly ornamental, so I did it up! I even ordered the little evil eye charms from a shop on Etsy from Greece! I do wish I make the hanger strap a little bit longer, though. There are a few other things I wish I would have done differently, like using blue or smoke thread instead of white.

I had a couple ideas in my head for my new little micro-mosaic passion, and of course had to order a few supplies. The bezels come from a shop on Etsy from Turkey – how appropos! I also came upon these vintage glass eye beads and had to have them. My original idea didn’t work but I do like how they look as a simple design in the square bezel.

That’s it for my eye designs! I hope you enjoyed them! Since this is a blog hop, please check out what everyone else made – I know I’m excited to see!

AE Team












Beth & Evie