Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

And here we are to New Year's Eve already! I want to wish each of you a very happy, healthy, creative new year in 2012!

I thought I would round out this year's posts (my 200th, in fact - wow!) with some images of gifts I created over the holidays. I was bracelet-crazy this year and had a wonderful time making these for friends and family:



Double wrap in 1.5mm brown leather with 4mm sodalite beads and a dark blue button closure.


Double wrap in 1.5mm brown leather with 4mm sodalite beads and a pearly button closure.


Double wrap in 1.5mm brown leather with 4mm lapis lazuli beads and an antiqued gold metal button closure.





Single leather wrap with 6mm flower amethyst beads and a cute purple and silver button closure.


Red leather macrame bracelet with a cute candy-cane striped bead for the closure.







Double wrap with 1.5mm dark brown leather 
and gorgeous 6mm Tiger's Eye beads and a swirly brown and tan button for closure.


Double wrap black leather with elegant 4mm cat's eye quartz beads and a black button closure.

 


Another double wrap with black leather and 4mm cat's eye quartz beads, this time with a cloth-covered black button closure.



  



Double wrap in 1.8mm black leather with beautiful, vibrant green malachite beads and a faceted black button closure.






 

Double wrap with dark brown leather and 4mm Charoite beads. The swirls of browns, earthy greens and golds in the beads matched very well with the leather and gold metal closure.



 




Double wrap with 1.5mm black leather with fun snowflake obsidian beads and a silver metal flower button closure.







I also did a couple of additional jotter journals with some of my Spoonflower fabric swatches.




This is small jotter, approximately 3" x 3.5" made with 32 blank pages for notes, lists, doodles, etc. I used waxed linen bookbinding thread to sew in the pages and added a few white beads for embellishment. This is quilting weight cotton fabric in my roses pattern.


This small jotter is also approximately 3" x 3.5" made with 32 blank pages for notes, lists, doodles, etc. I used dark green s-lon beading thread to sew in the pages and added some flower amethyst beads on the spine for embellishment. This is quilting weight cotton fabric in my cyclamen pattern.









I am looking forward to a new year of creativity, drawing, beading, and perhaps more bookbinding. I am also interested in opening an Etsy shop, and I have some of my own ideas of what I'd like to include...what things would you like to see there?

Well, stay tuned for more creative adventures. I'd love to hear about the new things you are hoping to try in the new year, too, so let me know!

Happy New Year!

12 comments:

Saturday Sequins said...

I love your bracelets! I also love that you made your gifts this year. I did too, and it was much more fun than going shopping. :)

Happy New Year!!!

Carol Creech said...

Thanks, Sarah! Yes, definitely more fun than shopping! :) Happy New Year to you, too! Here's to lots more blogging!
Carol

Melody said...

Happy New Year! I LOVE that top bracelet with the blue center ~ just the most delicious color! - Of course they are all lovely! :))) Perhaps 2012 will be the year a number of us open our Etsy stores! ??? :)))))

MILLY said...

Happy New Year Carol.
Thank you for your lovely comment and following my project. I was interested to hear that you had heard of the Gyotaku fish prints. Not sure I could stand the fishy smells! But very interesting.

You have been busy, lovely gifts.
Look forward to seeing lots more of your creative projects in 2012.
millyx

Carol Creech said...

Thanks, Milly!
Carol

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

It is like a gift when we find a fellow botanical artist isn't it. We are a bit rare. Loved looking around your site and look forward to following and having a good look when I am back from the beach and can see on something more than a phone screen. Xx

bohemiannie! art said...

Oh my goodness!!! Those bracelets are fabulous!

Terrie said...

Thanks for visiting me - I just love your bracelets; I bet they made gorgeous gifts! Here's to more creativity in 2012!

linda said...

Your bracelts are so lovely and I adore your little journals, they are so pretty. Thank you for stopping by my bog and becoming a follower.

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Your wrapping technique and choice of elements is so lovely. Good for you for making gifts. I tried it a couple of times but the family didn't get into is, alas. xox Corrine

hellopalz said...

The bracelets are unique and amazing! love the design

Carol Creech said...

Thank you all for your kind comments!
Carol

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