October 4, 2018

DIY Glow-in-the-Dark Alien Necklace


My junior high days have come back to haunt me. Mini backpacks, plaid skirts, scrunchies, chokers, and overalls are everywhere. Admittedly, I'm happy about some of those things. But what makes me the happiest is seeing alien-themed items.




1.  You'll need a guitar pick, glow-in-the-dark spray, a Sharpie, a pencil, pliers, sealant spray, ball chain, a jump ring, and a metal hole punch. Optional items are a hammer, a nail, suede cord, a lobster claw, a jump ring, two small jump rings, and two end crimps.
2.  Punch or use a hammer and nail to create a hole in the guitar pick.
3.  Sketch oval eyes on the guitar pick.
4.  Spray the guitar pick with glow-in-the-dark spray. Allow the paint to dry for 15 minutes and spray another coat. Allow to dry for an hour.
5.  Trace and fill in the eye outline with a Sharpie.
6.  Spray the pick with sealant. Allow 15 minutes between coats. Allow to dry for an hour after the last coat.
7.  Attach the jump ring to the guitar pick.
8.  Optional: Use suede cord, end crimps, a jump ring, small jump rings, and a lobster claw to make a necklace.
9.  Slide alien pendant onto necklace.

-Mandy

September 6, 2018

Garfield Trail


It's been four years since I first started the Garfield Trail.







We started the day in Swayzee and ended in Upland for ice cream at Ivanhoe's. 

-Mandy

August 1, 2018

DIY Flamingo Headband


It's been a while! This project is the first post in five months. As of tomorrow, this site will go back to its original address of www.mandycrandell.blogspot.com. The reason? Life changes... especially in nine years since creating this blog. Projects, jewelry, and roadside adventures will still be posted, just less frequently.

Now, onto the project.



1.  You'll need a template, headband, pink felt, black felt, pipe cleaners, large pom pom, needle, black thread, pink thread, scissors, hot glue gun, hot glue sticks, white fabric paint, and black fabric paint. (The headband and pom pom pencil came from the dollar store.)
2.  Cut out two circles from pink felt.
3.  Cut out two head and two beak pieces.
4.  Hot glue the beak pieces to the head pieces.
5.  Use black thread to sew the beak pieces together.
6.  Cut out three feather pieces.
7.  Use pink thread to stitch the head pieces together. Insert the pipe cleaner before stitching shut.
8.  Stitch the head to the pom pom.
9.  Glue one of the circle pieces to the underside of the headband. Glue the other circle to the topside of the headband over the other piece.
10.  Glue the three feather pieces to the top circle.
11.  Glue the pom pom to the top circle piece.
12.  Use the fabric paint to add closed eyes and white beak details.

-Mandy

February 28, 2018

X-Files Mulder + Scully Dolls



A custom request.

-Mandy

February 19, 2018

Connected Glitter Glass Druzy Earrings


Here's a variation on the glitter glass earrings I introduced a few weeks ago.  These require a double piercing.  The chain from the ball stud hooks onto the back of the glitter glass earring.  These come as a set of four earrings, and only one pair connects.

You can find these in the shop.

-Mandy