I still haven’t shared my recent additions to my crafting supplies, but I did want to share these. I love freshwater pearls in oddball shapes and sizes so much that I actually bought several strands of potato and peanut shaped ones in assorted colors, as well as a 1 pound bag of mixed colors and shapes. Now when you buy that 1 pound bag, you get a lot of really weird shapes. Some are more like slabs then rounded pearls, and some are doubled, or just oddly elongated. This lot of also dyed in about two dozen colors, which makes it even more interesting. I spent some time this afternoon moving all of my freshwater pearls into one bin, separating them roughly by color. As you can see, I got tons of the spruce blue/green color and they’re taking up two spaces. The three greens near each other, and the gold, orange, and white on the far right were all stranded and are roughly the same shape while the rest are really mixed. I still don’t know what I am going to do with all of these lovely pearls, but I’ll think of something! Pearls were almost all purchased fromRead the rest…

Hello friends! Over the last few weeks I’ve made some changes. If you’ve been to the site recently, you’ve likely seen the biggest ones right away. The most noticeable change is that I changed the way the website and shop look. I decided to go with an unmodified theme that was made especially to work with my shop software and the result is pretty good. The second biggest thing that changed is I removed all of the graphic design portfolios from the site and am focusing purely on the shop aspect. I’ve also redone the menus to better focus on the shop and make it friendlier both on computers and on mobile devices. I haven’t been doing much graphic design and to be honest, the laptop I current have is awful and makes it nearly impossible. Less stuff = simpler to navigate. The third thing, and this might interest you if you intend to place an order, is I got out my postal scale and I weighed almost every item in the shop and re-calculated shipping rates by the half ounce. What this means is you will get the absolute lowest possible shipping rate I can afford to give you.Read the rest…

I received an order yesterday for a pair of these so I spent the evening stitching them up. These and my girly skull earrings are my best sellers and I never remember to make an extra pair to have on hand. Doh! These shipped out this morning and hopefully make someone’s daughter very happy! I recently became enamored with the idea of learning to play the ukulele. Of course I need to get one before I can learn to play it, which means I need to make some sales. Money… There’s never enough of it! Last Monday I took some of my jewelry items with me to pool league and I sold 3 bracelets and would have sold two pairs of earrings but we missed each other in the way out. Hopefully she still wants them next week. If she does, that will put me at about the $50 mark plus some survey money I have coming in. I found one online I think I like for  about $100 but I also made the mistake of going into a music store and falling in love with a ridiculously beautiful one that is marked at $300. I really should stick with theRead the rest…

So, I’m having a great time using Alumilite Amazing Clear Cast Resin! I’ve been making resin earrings and its so much fun! These first two I posted yesterday before the findings were attached but these are better, clearer photos. I added Delica seed beads to each of these, setting some into them after the resin started to gel. This first pair has silvery beads in the front and behind those, black and white beads. I think these turned out pretty cute.   This pair I did a baby blue, bright pinkish purple, and white beads into. They are kind of 4th of July in feeling, though I’m a bit late for the holiday. These have a small tab at the top of the mold shape made to be drilled, so I got to see how good I am at putting holes in things. Apparently good enough because I drilled this pair and another not pictured without a problem. These ones I like even better than the other two. I sniped a few inches off of some of my silk sari yarn and I shredded it into little fuzzy bits, putting them into the molds before I poured the resin in. Most ofRead the rest…

I haven’t posted in a few weeks but I’ve been busy with my crochet, some knitting, and I started a new craft last night. Let’s start at the beginning though. Let’s start with my Mickey blanket which I was only able to finish with the help of a really nice fellow yarn crafter who mailed me a few yards of the orange yarn I needed to finish. I didn’t want to buy a whole new skein of yarn for just 8 or 10 yards worth that I needed. The #mickey #blanket is finally finished! My orange yarn fairy came thru and sent me just enough yarn to finish and my scraps were just enough to stitch the blocks together. I’m pretty sure I know where this one will end up too! #crochet #crafting #madebyme #redheart #yarn A photo posted by Debra Leigh Wilson (@kittyloafdesigns) on Jul 4, 2015 at 6:22pm PDT I’m still not 100% sure what I’ll be doing with the Mickey blanket, but I suspect I will be gifting it to someone in the future. After that, I started a new blanket, and while I’ve done quite a bit on it, I want to make it bit enoughRead the rest…

I’ll let the pictures do the talking this time! I reorganized my yarn stash and made it by color. A few look a bit out of place in the photo but honestly they’d be more or of place in another spot. The bottom right has a few that didn’t really fit in anywhere. I also see I have a lot of pinks and greys! #yarn #stash #crafting #organizing A photo posted by Debra Leigh Wilson (@kittyloafdesigns) on Mar 4, 2015 at 7:28pm PST This tiny little closet space is perfect for my fabric and scrap storage! Snug as a bug! #sewing #fabric #storage #stash A photo posted by Debra Leigh Wilson (@kittyloafdesigns) on Mar 5, 2015 at 10:29am PST Two of the five bags of goodies from the @michaelsstores sample sale my mom was able to buy into. Can we say crazy? I can’t wait to get #crafty with this stuff! #crafting #beading #jewelry #creating A photo posted by Debra Leigh Wilson (@kittyloafdesigns) on Mar 5, 2015 at 9:12pm PST These are the beads and small charms from @michaelsstores I’ve managed to put away so far. So sad for me, I’ll need more containers to store the rest! #jewelry #craftingRead the rest…

As some of you might know, I do surveys online for money. A lot of the companies pay out in gift cards instead of by check or PayPal, and yesterday I received my $50 Michael’s gift card in the mail. Obviously this meant I needed to go to Michael’s and see what I “needed.” I went in thinking I’d look at beads, yarn, clay stuff, and look for a box and bobbins for sure for my horribly messy embroidery floss collection. I came out with beads, yarn, a paintbrush, and some embroidery floss. My total was just under $50 and I was able to get almost everything on sale, plus use a 40% off one item coupon. That blanket yarn is going to become a blanket in the near future! I can’t wait to get started! I also wasn’t completely sold on the Viva yarn, but it knits really nicely, is machine wash and dryable, and it becomes a lot softer after washing. Its definitely growing on me, though it isn’t the softest. The Sashay yarn… I saw this YouTube video and I had to give it a try! And check it out! It turned out awesome and you can buyRead the rest…

Over the last few days I’ve been making all sorts of things out of clay that were destined to be made into jewelry. Some of them I had definite ideas in my head about what I wanted to do, but others not so much. Last night and this afternoon I spent a few hours putting those ideas together. What did I end up with? Some pretty cool stuff! 7 of the 8 items pictured in the gallery above were made mostly from polymer clay. The last few days I have been making a ton of those little round, flat disks to make the bracelets, one pair of earrings, and the necklace, and I actually made too many- I still have about 50 of them left. The two pairs of earrings at the beginning are a little different, but still polymer clay. They were so easy to make and the random splotchy designs are a lot of fun. My friend Tracy at Art Resurrected said they looked a bit fried eggs, so I ran with it. They are in the store listed as Eggcellent Earrings (in blue, and in yellow)! I was also really happy to use that big black and silverRead the rest…

I woke up today with a headache and just felt wonky, but I wanted to do something, so why not play with clay? Its low stress, and can be as easy as I want it to be, so why not? Its been a while since I’ve played with my clay too, so an even better reason to mess around with it. I ended up playing around with some different ideas after looking through some Pinterest boards on polymer clay, and came up with something I liked, though it really does make me think of pimento cheese. I also used up some small scraps and made a few round beads while I was at it.   The flat shapes I will make earrings out of, and have some ideas in mind already, I just need to take inventory of my jump rings and my chain first. Maybe I will do that tomorrow. The round beads I don’t know what to do with yet, so for now they are in my stash along with my other round beads awaiting a use to come to mind. The flat shapes were super easy to make with the color blobs in them. I just rolledRead the rest…