Monday, 27 June 2011

I've actually made something!!

Well, I've been on a bit of an unplanned blog break, my life of late has revolved around baking copious amounts of Tomato Pesto Tarts and assorted nibbly bits for the never ending stream of end of school parties. The summer holidays are nearly upon us and my time really seems to belong to everyone but myself, sigh... oh well never mind, I did manage to make myself a cuff after visiting a friend and seeing what she'd done with a large piece of elastic and her Grandmother's old buttons!
I've been meaning to make one of these for ages and it was quite therapeutic. I tried to photograph it on my wrist but it all looked a bit... hairy!! and I know you don't want to see that, really not, so I threaded it over an old cardboard tube!
I also saw these knotted fabric bracelets in a catalogue charging waaaay too much. Rip a strip of fabric about an inch wide, loop a few charms on some jump rings and get knotting! great fun and so easy!
I looped it around my wrist three times and added a clasp although you could easily make it without, it slips on quite easily. I also added some bells which actually now really annoy me as I'm not sure I'm the tinkling type, I prefer the element of surprise when sneaking up on my children!
If you don't wear it then it makes a great decoration! mine has ended up around the top of my button jar, complete with bunny stopper (lost the lid)

23 comments:

ale said...

qué lindo margaret!!!!!!lovely lovely both!!!! and your doll with that incredible derss of the other pot is absolutely ADORABLE !!!!!!!!!MUCHOS BESOS MARGARET!!!!!
...from our freezing winter!!

Fabric Art said...

Oh Margaret your cuff is so beautiful, love all the buttons on it, the second bracelet is also beautiful, really creatively done, have a nice week.
Hugs Anni

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hi Margaret
I adore the dress with the CK fabric and lace! Such a clever idea and I can't wait to make some for my little granddaughters!
The cuffs are adorable too - especially the fabric one with hearts and bells. I can see a little parcel of goodies winging its way to France soon for my GD's!!
A busy time I know, my daughters time is consumed by school activites, Fetes de Musique, brocantes and princess parties!!
How are your family in CHCH?
I have a nephew at Sumner and I think they will be walking away and starting afresh, they're in their 30's with twins and another on the way... so devastating for everyone.
hugs
Shane

~*~Patty S said...

great fun when you do surface in blogland dear M

what a lot of wonderful buttons on your elastic cuff and your string bracelet turned jar deco is brilliant too...you sneaky artiste you!

AND your wabbit jar 'lid'...too funny!
oxo

Gayle said...

I love your 'shabby' fabric bracelet, very pretty, and the cuff....what a great way to use up all those 'interesting' buttons we keep because we might need them one day.

Linda said...

Love your bracelets. I am the tinkling type. I would wear bells on my shoes, but people would look at me funny.

Ana Cristina Caldatto said...

apaixonante o bracelete com botões!

Suz said...

Very nice bracelets! I love the second one I think the material you chose had a lot to do with its charm. Just love it.
Fondly,
Suz

Sew Loquacious Angela said...

Fabulous bracelets Margaret! I love love the buttons! I will probably have to give this a go!
Take care!
Angela

Lynette (NZ) said...

LOVE these....might have to try some myself. Thanks for the inspiration :-)

Juli@Korotaeva said...

Both the cuff and the bracelet are lovely! I want to try making the second one :-)

Jenxo said...

just too gorgeous margaret.....ive missed you :)

carole brungar said...

A very pretty blog post, and looks like I might join the long cue of people lining up to make one!!

Dianne said...

lovely and fun bracelets! so cute...

Sinderella Studio Designs said...

I love both the bracelets!!! Great ideas, I shall have to try - when things here slow down a bit...I love the sound of your tarts too - how about sharing the recipe.
cheers, dana

JaN's ArTy JouRneY said...

Missed you in blogland Margaret!
Swooning here at the button cuff!!..Being a button-o-olic, I may just have to try and make one of these!!
..and your fabric bracelet is wonderful...especially the bells..(I'm a tinkling fan!)
Thanks for sharing M.
Jan x

Tania said...

I thought WOW! that fabric strippy charm bracelet looks beautiful! And then, I too remembered, I am not the tinkly type and prefer to sneak up on my children...

kandeland said...

yay! making something is good! just wonderful! enjoy your day Margaret!
xo natalea

Carola Zajdman said...

So nice, evertything is so georgeus, love the papers and colours !

Dagmar said...

Hi Margaret,
how did I miss these posts...the bracelet is marvelous..I must get out my buttons....have always wanted to make one..crocheted I think would look good as well and then sew the buttons on.
xo

Catharina Maria said...

That is a great idea !
love ♥RINI♥

Marva said...

Oh your bracelets are so fun!!! Love them!

Melinda Cornish said...

I love both bracelets! They are simple, but so pretty....