Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter Everyone!!

Today is Easter!!! I wanted to tell everyone Happy Easter!!! We had a great day with the kids today. We got Easter baskets full of goodies and we did an Easter egg hunt. It was great quality family fun. I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter today and got to spend time with family. Thank you God for a great day!!!

I am going to share with you a few Easter pictures. :)



In my web site I have a wonderful pair of Bunny Earrings that I want to share with you.


Super Cute Kawaii Pearl Bunny Rabbit Earrings Polymer Clay



Looking for a great gift for Spring or Easter? These are the super cutest Kawaii bunny rabbit earrings you ever did see! The bunny is hand sculpted from a pearl polymer clay and has the cutest pink bow on the bunny's head. They measure a little over 1 inch wide and are 1 1/2 inches from the bottom of the bunny head to the top of the silver colored ear wires.

The ear wires pictured are not Hypo Allergenic and do contain nickel. If you require hypo allergenic ear wires I will be more than happy to switch them out for you. All you have to do during checkout is in the box that states "Note to Seller" add "please add hypoallergenic wires" to your order. I will replace the ear wires for you at NO additional cost to you. The ear wires will be replaced with ones that are 100 % pure surgical steel uncoated.

$10.00 + Shipping
Happy Easter Every One!!!!
Jennifer

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Mother's Day Countdown Week 6

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Kumihimo Braiding

Kumihimo is a Japanese word. "Kumi" means to plait or gather together, "Himo" a string or cord. So "Kumihimo" means plaited or braided cords. Braiding has been part of almost every culture throughout the ages. The Japanese began braiding cord and silk for the Samurai warriors to lace and decorate their armor and scabbards. Kumihimo Braids are both durable and beautiful, and have patterns in them that are formed by varying the sequence of the thread movements while braiding, as well as by the initial color and number of threads used when setting up the Kumihimo Disk or Marudai.

This braiding technique is very time consuming and labor intensive. For some it is very mundane due to the repetition. I find this technique to be very fun and soothing. Like beading for me it is a way to take the mind away from the everyday troubles.

Kumihimo can be done with almost any kind of stringing material. I find working with different kinds of stringing material you can come up with some amazing cords that can not be found anywhere else. Take for instance my new addition to my web site.


Wire Wrapped Birds Nest Kumihimo Necklace and Dragonfly Bracelet Set





In this set I used dazzle twine in purple and blue. This twine has a glossy exterior that makes the light bounce off it creating a glimmer or dazzle. Who would have thought that dazzle twine could be used to make such a lovely necklace and bracelet. Well me for one. LOL I saw it and let out a little squeal, grabbed it up and proceeded to the checkout. My Hubby looked at me like I was crazy and said "What in the world are you going to do with that?" I said "I am going to kumihimo braid it into a necklace and bracelet!" He laughed at me and said "What ever!" After it was done he changed his tone and told me "WOW that came out nice!" I just smiled at him thinking "Told you so!" LOL

There is no limit to the creativity you can have. Like this next item I have on my web site.


Black and White Beaded Kumihimo with Blue Dyed Agate Pendant, Handmade





In this necklace I used cotton yarn and added seed beads for the focal section and then created sections of kumihimo cording in black for the remainder of the necklace. I used wooden beads for the connector covers for the necklace. In the beaded kumihimo section there are 400 seed beads. Yes you read that right 400 of them. This necklace is truly unique in every way. I always use a heavy duty glue for my cord end caps to ensure they are well secured.

I also wanted to share with you one last item today that I made using the beaded kumihimo in pink and green. It is listed on my web site as well.


Pink and Green Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet with Love Charm, Handmade





In this bracelet there are over 200 size 10/0 seed beads. I added a love charm to add that extra pop. Any of these items would make amazing Mother's Day gifts and every item on my web site is handmade by me. :)

Until Next Time,
Jennifer

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Mother's Day Countdown Week 5

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life has so many meanings to so many people and faiths. It alludes to the interconnection of all life on our planet and serves as a metaphor for common descent in the evolutionary sense. The tree of knowledge (connecting to heaven and the underworld) and the tree of life (connecting all forms of creation) are both forms of the world tree or cosmic tree. This is according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. The World Tree is portrayed in various religions and philosophies as the same tree. The Tree of Life reminds us of unity and living in peace. The Tree of Life is an important symbol in nearly every culture. With its branches reaching into the sky, and roots deep in the earth, it dwells in three worlds, a link between heaven, the earth, and the underworld, uniting above and below. It is both a feminine symbol, bearing sustenance, and a masculine, visibly phallic symbol another union.

 In Jewish and Christian mythology we know that the Tree of Life was a gift from God. Planted at the center of paradise (The Garden of Eden) it was the crowing glory. God had given this tree to Adam and Eve as a source of blessing and eternal life. In the winter when the tree loses its leaves this symbolizes death. When the tree sprouts new leaves (new growth) in the Spring this symbolizes resurrection. The tree also bears fruits or seeds, which contain the essence of the tree. This continuous regeneration is a potent symbol of immortality. It is the fruit of the tree that confers immortality in the Jewish creation story.

The Mayan believed heaven is a wonderful and magical place on Earth hidden by a mystical mountain called Tamoanchan. The Mayan tree of life is a cross with its center being the point of absolute beginning. The source of all creation. Its branches passing through each of the three layers of existence. The three layers being the underworld, the earth, and the sky.

The Tree of Life is really an amazing symbol recognized around the world.

Blue Lapis Tree of Life Pendant Silver Plated on Black Silk Cord



Until Next Time,
Jennifer

Friday, March 8, 2013

Count Down to Mother's Day Week 4

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A Cheap Option for making a Kumihimo Disk

I have a new video on YouTube on some options for making and getting a Kumihimo disk. Anyone who has been looking for a disk knows they cost between $8.00 and $15.00 online plus shipping. I do not know about you but I just can not afford this option. I did a bit of research and found a way to make a disk for under $3.00 and I found a disk that is almost exactly the same as the Kumihimo disk for under $2.00 at Wal-Mart. I explain everything in this little video. The template in the video is located here:
Kumihimo Template I do not use cardboard as she tells you to. What I did was I went to Michael's craft store and purchased a foam board and glued it to that and cut it out.


Once you have done a Kumihimo braid yourself you will see just how labor intensive this braid truly is and you will have a greater respect for handmade artists that make these wonderful bracelets and necklaces for sell. I have a wonderful bracelet on my ArtFire Shop for sell and it is a beaded Kumihimo.


Pink and Green Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet with Love Charm, Handmade





Until Next time!!
Jennifer
AZ Desert Creations


Saturday, March 2, 2013

I need a laugh! How about you?

I needed a BIG laugh. Well I got it today from a friend in my e-mail and I had to share it.




This lady is SOOOOOOO funny. I could not pass up making you all laugh as well.
Keep laughing. That is the key to getting through the rough times.

Until next time!!
Jennifer
AZ Desert Creations

Mother's Day Countdown Week 3