Thursday, May 30, 2013

Mother's Pea Pods

For Mother's Day this year I really wanted to do something special for all the Mom's in my life. I knew that I couldn't take them all out to eat - I mean, I have a big-girl job and all, but I am still paying college loans and credit cards off. No money, plus no time, really didn't leave me with anything to work with.

One day while strolling through a craft show, I saw some of the cutest pendants hanging on a rack, and I knew I had to make them as my gift to the moms. It was a wire wrapped pendant to look like a pea pod with multi-colored pearls representing the birthstones of family members!

Needless to say, it was a simple, affordable way to make the moms something special to commemorate their day. (Actually, the hardest part was finding out all the birth dates of each family member.)

Here's my Grandmother's that I made her.

(This one is only for her children. Birthstones shown are Emerald (May), Alexanderite (June), Sapphire (September) and Pearl (April). The pea pods can hold up to 6 pearls and still retain shape; any more than that, the pea pod loses its shape.)

I also had an alternative to the pea pod that I made for my cousin Melissa. She and her husband do not have any children yet, but I didn't want to exclude her from the gift getting. I took some of my sterling dipped wire and made a "J" pendant and added their birthstones to the pendant.

(This particular "J" was made for my mother. There are three crystals at the bottom of the letter to represent her birthstone (April), my birthstone (September), and my sister's birthstone (April, again.) I added the touch of green because green is her favorite color.)

I will be having these in my Etsy Shop, but I really need to take some more photos before I post them there. They're $8 each, and wrapped with sterling dipped wire. Until then, they can be ordered by emailing me at jennakjohnson@live.com. If interested, just send me an email with your name, address, which type of pendant/charm is wanted, and the birthstones requested, and I can send you my Paypal information for payment.

These really did make perfect Mother's Day pendants. I am still getting phone calls from family to say thanks. And the new, and soon-to-be, moms really loved seeing this to celebrate their new family.

It just goes to show that not everything needs to cost an arm and a leg to be a sweet surprise for someone you love.

Until next time!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Doctor Who Quilt

I don't know of anyone who is not a member of at least one fandom. Personally, I am in many more than I can count, and I love to make things that's inspired by my favorite books, comics, and movies.

Whether I make something inspired by Jane Austen, or by Harry Potter, or by the Hunger Games, it doesn't matter. I'm using my love of something, and making something truly magnificent for it.

Currently, Fandom In Stitches is doing a hand embroidered Doctor Who quilt, and I am so excited to be part of it. Each week, for about twelve weeks, we are given a different Doctor to embroider onto squares, and at the end of the twelve weeks, we're to pull everything together and see what we get.

If you couldn't tell already, I am a Whovian, even though I entered the fandom pretty recently. However, this particular project is really close to my heart because this November marks the highest honor any show could ever hope to receive: 50 years running! Isn't that quite fantastic?

In honor of the 50th anniversary, and the Doctor Who SAL, I designed a quilt that incorporates the hand embroidered blocks, and one of the most iconic items in the shows history; the TARDIS. (Which for those non-Whovians reading this means Time And Relative Dimensions In Space; TARDIS for short. And this magical blue box just happens to be the spaceship that takes the Doctor, his companions, and a multitude of adventure from planet to planet, and from era to era.)

This TARDIS quilt/throw will be approximately 58" x 78" when completed. However, alterations may be made depending how large you make the embroidered blocks.

TARDIS (with dimensions)


I actually did the blocks for weeks 1 and 2 today. I was a little late to the game, and didn't have fabric handy when this project began. To be completely honest, I didn't even know what fabric I was looking for until I went to my local Ben Franklin Crafts on Saturday to look around. 

(William Hartnell, 1908-1975, played the First Regeneration of The Doctor on BBC from 1963 to 1966.)

(Patrick Troughton, 1920-1987, played the 2nd Doctor from 1966 to 1969, and again in 1973, 1983, and 1985.)

Talking of fabric, I was all set into using the Moda Marble Swirls for the entire thing. I wanted the piece to look uniform, but still have the mystery and mystique that the TARDIS offers companions, but outside of ebay, I could not find this fabric; no matter how hard I tried. 

But as luck would have it, it took three craft and fabric stores to find something I could use that gave me the uniformity I wanted, but that still had something to remind me of the television show.

For this project I'll be using Moda Marble Stars on Windsor Blue, Sky Blue, Jet Black, Natural, and Yellow. The star pattern on the fabric will allow it to have the feel of space around the TARDIS, but also give me the pattern that I was looking to having so I didn't have to deal with solid fabrics.

The color above is the Moda Windsor Blue. It's the perfect TARDIS blue. Now imagine having that pattern on black, yellow, light blue, and natural, too? 

For more information on this Stitch-a-Long, check out the Fandom in Stitches website. (Click the link in the right hand column, or click this link to be transported to the DW SAL on FIS.)

Happy crafting!

Jen