Friday, December 4, 2009

The Two That I Finished

Here are the two class projects that I managed to finish.

This first one is actually the last class I took... Vintage Charm Bracelet with Kaari Meng of French General. I really enjoyed this class. Kaari was a fabulous instructor and I learned some great little tricks to make attaching charms, and basic jewelry making, easier.

After class I put it on and wore it for a while, but it's so chunky, that it drove me nuts. The next morning I saw Mendy wearing hers, but not on her wrist. She had added some extra chain to it, to make it into a necklace. I thought it was such a great idea, that it was the first thing I did when I got home. Now I know I'll wear it.

This is my favorite charm on it. In our kit there was this brass oval ring. Kaari showed how to take the head pins and these tiny beads and attach them to the ring. I love the way this looks and feels.

The other project that I finished, was Rebecca Sowers' Hodge Podge Journal. Can I just take a moment to tell you how much I admire this woman and her work?! I truly do.

Unfortunately during this class, I had a horrible sinus headache and was unable to really enjoy the creating process to its fullest. But, I am mostly happy with the completed journal. The image in the window is one that was provided in the kit. Although it's a nice image, it isn't exactly the one I think I want in there. So I'm going to attempt to peel it out and replace it with another.

I decided, while making it, that I would use it as an art journal for the new year. I'm really looking forward to creating on all of the different types and sizes of ephemera in it.

And I have news on the "healing" front. I went to see the doctor today for my post op. She was totally surprised at how fast I'm healing and how well I'm doing. Evidently I'm ahead of the healing schedule. I chalk that up to my Irish blood.

Hope everyone has a beautiful weekend!


Suz said...

Your pieces of jewelry turned out beautifully, Alissa. I am especially glad to hear you are healing well.

Lori said...

what a great idea to turn the charm bracelet into a necklace...i think a charm bracelet would drive me crazy too...i like the way they look though....yours is lovely!!!

the wild raspberry said...

great news on feeling better!!
your jewelry is that french general!

Nina said...

you did it! the necklace looks wonderful! i might change mine now too.

natalea said...

I love the jourbal Alisa! Sorry you had a headache during the class! Remember last year when I was sitting next to you and had that migraine during class? Why then!?
Well I'm glad you are recovering well...Happy December. xox natalea

tina said...

I'm so glad you're healing well, Alisa. ((hugs))

I'm totally drooling over your projects. :D You're so inspiring!

TinyBear said...

Love your necklace - what a great idea to add extra chain. And the journal is beautiful - I love her work too and yours ofcourse.
have a wonderful weekend.

Tiedupmemories said...

Beautiful necklace! Love all the charms! That's what I've been doing lately. I love findiing unique charms. So much fun and artsy!


Gorgeous! Both projects are simply divine. So glad to hear you are feeling better. ~ Angela

Diane said... thing about Irish women...we are Strong!! You go!
Hugs from one Irishwoman to another!
My grandmother was a Kelly. Straight from County Clare.

knitterbeader said...

Love how you changed the bracelet to a necklace - like you said, more practical and not so "clunky sounding". Your talent never ceases to amaze me and I love looking at the things you show on your blog.

Maya said...

I featured your fabulous Beachy Christmas Ornament HERE.

cindy said...

Oh, two wicked cool classes from some really talented gals, I'm envious! And cool, good news on the healing front indeed!

yapping cat

Margaret said...

I so pleased to hear you're doing well, wonderful news!
I love your journal and actually I think the image is fab! I hope you show us what you replace her with?? Mx

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi Alisa, I just love your bracelet turned necklace, very cute, very cool!

Hugs...Tracy :)