Brooch is a Funny Word

So I must say that so far in my life my 30s are way better than my 20s were; which were way better than my teen years; which were horribly awful.   Now as a 30 -something year old “adult” (I use that term loosely) I finally feel comfortable being me; I can act goofy and wear whatever I want (silly, whimsical, or stupid) and I rarely feel self-conscious.  Which brings me oddly to the term “brooch.”  I love them.  I never used to, I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing one, but now bring ’em on.  I put them on my hats, my wrap-around sweaters, my coats, my purses.   They come in so many shapes and styles that they are the perfect fashion embellishment for any occasion.  And if you make your own, it’s like wearing a little piece of your artwork.

Here are a few from my homemade collection.  For the one at the top left, I crocheted a wool flower, felted it, added a button and bead to the center, and sewed it to a pin-back.  It’s got that “vintage grandmother” look.  Perfect for a brown wool coat.

The brooch at the bottom right is good for using up leftover beads.  I have poetically named it “The Helmsman” since it looks the wheel of a sailing vessel.  This one starts life as a metal bottle cap.  I first punch small holes around the rim, spaced a bit less than a centimeter apart.  I then use Beadalon wire to thread three or four beads per hole in the cap using a simple weaving technique.  I crimp the end tight just under the rim.  I repeat this step for each hole around the rim.  (pictured at bottom left)  I then sew a Yo-Yo using a Clover Yo-Yo maker (sized to fit into the cap).  Then, I roll a bit of fabric paint onto the yo-yo to dirty it up, or give it an aged look.  (pictured at center and top right)  A button sewed to the middle of the yo-yo adds a nice finishing touch.  I use E-6000 industrial strength glue to adhere a pin-back to the cap.  I insert the yo-yo into the cap adhering it with a dab of the same glue. Voila, a one-of-a-kind brooch.  Not your grandmother’s and funky enough to brave the fashion police laws.

 

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Forever Enclosed (until you drop it)

I got this idea from a very talented artist- someone whose work I admired at a craft fair a few years back.  She had cut around people from old photos and added some other embellishments inside the glass.  I tried to copy her idea using cutouts from vintage sewing patterns.  I really love they way they turned out BUT the process was torturous.  I have not perfected it yet, to say the least.  These two, out of six total, are the only ones who didn’t flop.  Literally the other people flopped inside the ball after sticking them in the puddle of glue.  These guys were from a vintage costume pattern (like Butterick or Simplicity or Vogue).  I do LOVE the illustrations on those vintage sewing patterns!

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My Etsy Shop

So my Etsy shop, Peasporridge, is up and running again!  Well it was always running, it just didn’t have any items in it for say, oh a year or more.  I’m very excited to put some of my things in there.  I love the idea of how I can link all this together; the blog, the etsy shop (just click on Peasporridge in the sidebar), facebook, etc.  This internet thing is so neat-o!

I was so inspired the other day to make a Sculpey, wire, paper, and beaded concoction that I came up with this:

Then I thought, wow, these little things might do well, or at least look cute, in my etsy shop…So today I posted 5 things.

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i need a name

So I think I will propose teaching this one night class at Merrymeeting Adult Ed sometime during their winter/spring semester.  This has mixed metals (gold-tone and silver plated) along with glass beads, a little charm, two chains, etc.  I just can’t think of a name.  It’s fancy, but it’s “costume jewelry”.  It’s carnival-ish.  The actual length of the drop pendant is 2 1/4 inches from the chain.  Something like Mixed Metals and Glass Waterfall Drop Pendant…  That’s a bit wordy though…

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My Punkins Carved Punkins

Jason helped Sophie but Max did his all on his own!

 

 

 

 

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