Happy Thursday Friends!
As you can tell from my blog that I post whatever my muse instructs me to create. It may be a short story; a recipe; something artsy or crafty; an entertaining or inspirational piece.
A few of you may know me well enough to know that I have been blessed with an artistic talent, which I have let go unpolished for quite some time… until recently. I am slowly getting my groove back and have some neat projects in progress. I am working on some fun, whimsical and useful creations that are the subject of my new website that is under construction: TerraCottageStudio.com
Today, I wanted to share a simple and cute little project that I made for my secret sister. It is her birthday today so she is getting a little something extra special from me.
This is a wooden bead necklace on a leather cord that I strategically strung. ( I saw something similar to this on another blog however, I started making jewelry – and sold some -years ago.) I bought the beads at an antique shop. They were already painted so, that saved me some time. However, I did paint a hint of glittery-gold to the grooved beads to give it a little shimmer and to compliment the flower pendant. You can use just about any type of cord: ribbon, hemp, leather. Be sure that you tie a knot at the top of the last beads strung. This ensures that the beads will stay put.
Next, I made a gift box to house the necklace in. I refurbished a peppermint stick box that I had saved from Christmas. I love small boxes and knew that this one would look cute painted with its peek-a-boo window.
I painted the box with folkart acrylic enamel in my secret sister’s favorite color: Lime Green. It took a couple of coats to cover up the colors and wording originally on the box. The gold outlining the window is original to the design. I lined it with a piece of green & white poke-a-dot felt that I already had. Then tied a lovely sheer, lime green ribbon around it. Simple, adorable and it didn’t cost me any extra money to make.
Have a Beatiful, Creative Day!