Monogram tote for summer

monogram tote monogram purse joy letters pb textiles

This monogram tote is awesome.  I love monograms and some of my favorite things have them.  Well anything with a monogram is going to be on my favorites list.  That is why I was excited to make somethings with Joy iron on letters.  I covet a monogram sewing machine.  One day I will get one and I will monogram the world.  Okay, maybe not the whole world.  Just mine and those in it.

I decided to make a little summer tote to hold my keys, phone, money and lip gloss.   Literally that is all I ever carry with me.  I went with this neutral fabric because of the clean lines and classic colors.  The fabric sent to me by P&B Textiles.  I used a line called

Check out their  Creating with Joy blog @  for more inspiration on the monogram letters

joy logo


Naturally for the monogram tote, I used a product on the inside.  Smooth fusible fleece.  It has fusible webbing that you can iron on and it gives the fabric a smooth and soft feel.

Monogram tote supplies:

  • 3 fat quarters of fabric that coordinate ( PB textiles- Still Life)
  • Smooth interlining by Fairfield
  • Joy Iron on letters
  • cotton rope
  • iron
  • sewing machine
  • coordinating thread
  • scissors
  • clasp
  • Pattern for tote**I will update this post with a free pattern and instructions on how to make it soon.  I am learning how to self draft patterns and I want to make sure I get it right before I give it to you.Overall this took me about two hours.  BUT I am learning and making the pattern as I go so I would think once the pattern is perfected it could be made in about an hour.  So stay tune for that part.Joy iron on letters easy sew tote

Faux Tile Technique Butterfly

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size: 16”

Materials for Faux Tile:

  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey White Oven-Bake Clay
  • Cousin Corp. assorted beads: Pearl/Crystal Green Mix, Orange/Yellow Mix, Glass Green Mix
  • Silver findings: eye pins, 1-1/2”, eight; jump rings, four; connectors, two; bead caps, four; toggle clasp

Basic Supplies for Faux Tile:

paintbrush, toothpick, cornstarch, sandpaper, damp paper towel or baby wipes


  • Polyform Sculpey: Clay Conditioning Machine, Essentials Tool Kit, Translucent Liquid Sculpey, Glossy Glaze
  • Round-nose pliers and wire cutters
  • Butterfly rubber stamp
  • Jacquard Orange Piñata Alcohol Ink
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
  • Beacon Adhesives Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Directions for for Faux Tile:

1. Run clay through clay conditioning machine on medium thickness; do not roll too thin.

2. Dust stamp with cornstarch and tap to remove excess. Stamp butterfly image into clay and remove rubber stamp. Trim excess clay using blade from tool kit. Poke holes on each wing using toothpick. See Photo 1. (see photos)

3. Bake butterfly pendant on parchment-lined baking sheet for half baking time suggested on manufacturer’s instructions. Remove from oven and let cool.

4. While butterfly pendant is cooling, place one dollop of Translucent Liquid Sculpey on covered work surface. Add three drops of Orange alcohol ink to top of dollop. Let rest for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, mix contents together using toothpick. See Photo 2. (see photos)

5. Gently sand rough edges on butterfly pendant. Remove dust with damp paper towel or baby wipe.

6. Paint mixture on butterfly pendant coating entire piece. See Photo 3. Add one drop of Orange alcohol ink to painted butterfly. See Photo 4. Let set. Return butterfly pendant to oven and bake for 20 minutes following manufacturer’s instructions. Remove from oven and let cool. (see photos)

7. For necklace, on first eye pin, alternate orange and turquoise beads threading four of each color. Use round-nose pliers to form loop at end of eye pin; trim end. Attach loop to jump ring. Attach jump ring to butterfly through poked hole on wing. See Photo 5. (see photos)

8. On next eye pin, thread bead cap, green pearl, bead cap; form loop at end. Trim end. Attach loop to jump ring. Attach jump ring to previous threaded eye pin.

9. On next eye pin, thread mixture of green and turquoise beads in random pattern. Form loop at end; trim end. Attach to previous threaded eye pin. Attach silver connector to end.

10. On last eye pin, thread mixture of green and turquoise beads in random pattern. Form loop at end; trim end. Attach to silver connector. Attach one end of toggle clasp to other end of threaded eye pin. See Photo 6. (see photos)

11. Repeat Steps 7-10 creating other side of necklace.


1. Use Sculpey Glossy Glaze to add shine to pendant after painting.


If you would like to see a step out tutorial for the polymer clay faux tile technique.

Crystal Bangle with Sparkle and Dazzle

Crystal Bangle  super simple bangle bracelet


Turn a boring wood bangle into a Crystal Bangle with Sparkle and Dazzle. Get your wrist ready for a night out on the town with this sparklicious bracelet.

sparkle bangle Crystal Bangle

Materials for Crystal Bangle:

  • Crystal Sheets from Connie Crystal in black and white
  • bangle bracelet
  • black ink
  • hot pink paint
  • clear sealer
  • crystal sheets in black and white
  • jewelry glue
  • misc.- paint brush, tack cloth, sand paper

Directions for Crystal Bangle:

  1. Smooth any rough images with sand paper.  Remove debris.
  2. sparkle bangle
  3. Paint inside of bangle and allow to dry.  Sand and add a second coat if needed.IMG_6133
  4. Apply ink to exterior of the bangle.  You can apply it to the bangle or roll the bangle into the ink.
    apply clear coat to wood bangle
  5. Trim the crystal sheets to fit the size of the bangle and then adhere.  Allow the glue to dry a then wear for a night out on the town.

Connie Crystal logo Connie Crystal provided the crystal sheet for this project.

DIY Moroccan Bangles

moroccan BanglesMoroccan Bangles – if you ever poked around this site – you know we love to make bangles.  They are a great project that is functional and fashionable  be finished in an evening.  You can use rub-ons in any style to create the style you are looking for in an accessory.  I have a penchant for all things Moroccan and Moroccan bangles are the bee’s knees.  I love warm earth tones and bold jewel tones found in Moroccan art and fashion.  And later, if you decide you want a different look you can paint over it and start again.

Materials for Moroccan Bangles:

  • Wooden bracelet
  • Americana Acrylic paints: brown; green; mustard
  • DecoArt Metallic Lustre – Copper Kettle
  • Rub-ons: Bollywood (Frances Meyer); Lyon (Prima Marketing)
  • Liquid Laminate
  • paintbrush, Series 730B (Arnold Grumbacher)


Gold Bracelet

  1. Base-coat bracelet with mustard paint . Let the bangle dry.
  2. Apply bronze Rub ‘n Buff with your finger or paper towel.
  3. Apply rub-ons in the pattern of your choice. I use a popsicle stick to apply them.
  4. Use paintbrush to apply three coats of Clear Coat to bracelet, letting dry between coats. Try not to stir the clear coat or you will get tiny bubbles.   If you do get bubbles you can sand them off and re-coat.

Green Bracelet

  1. Base-coat the bracelet with green paint. Let the bangle dry.
  2. Apply rub-ons in the pattern of your choice.
  3. Use paintbrush to apply three coats of Clear Coat to bracelet, letting dry between coats.If you would like to see other bangles that have been made on this site check out these posts:
Hand painted animal print DIY bangles
Hand painted animal print DIY bangles

Animal Print Bangles

Clearsnap Smooch DIY Bangle
Clearsnap Smooch DIY Bangle

Floral Bangle

Rocker Bangle Bracelet
Rocker Bangle Bracelet

Plaid Rocker Girl Bangle

Pink Black and White Bangle
Pink Black and White Bangle

Embossed Wood Bangle Bracelet


Smooch Ink Sparkle DIY Bangle
Smooch Ink Sparkle DIY Bangle, diy wood bangle

Sparkle Bangle


Beautiful DIY Bangles
Beautiful DIY Bangles


Marakesh DIY Bangle
Marakesh DIY Bangle

Marakesh Bangle 

Layers of beauty
Layers of beauty

Shimmery Bangle Bracelet

Beautiful DIY Bangles
Beautiful DIY Bangles

moroccan Bangles 550

Faux Mother of Pearl Jewelry

Create a Faux Mother of Pearl necklace and earring set with these easy to follow instructions.  The craft tutorial can be used to create the faux mother pearl look on any paper surface and is not limited to jewelry only.  Bring texture and color into your creations with this fun faux technique.

faux mother of pearl
sizes: necklace, 18” length; earrings, 2”

Materials for Faux Mother of Pearl:

  • Darice pearls, three each: brown, 8mm; cream, 6mm
  • Darice silver findings: ear wires, two; jump rings, seven; headpins, three; plate chain, 18” length; clasp
  • Mat board

Basic Supplies

paper towel, small container of water, 1/16” hole punch, newspaper (to cover work surface)


  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine and Originals Ovals #3 Die
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • DecoArt Americana Metallic Paints: Sky Blue Pearl, Moss Pearl, White Pearl; Sea Aqua Acrylic
  • DecoArt: Americana Satin Varnish, Small Mini Mop, Glazing Medium

Directions for Faux Mother of Pearl Technique:

1. Die cut one large and two medium ovals from mat board.

2. Quickly dip large oval in water and tap off excess. Place oval in palm and press in center of oval with thumb creating indentation. Use fingers to pinch edges to add greater depth. Let dry. Repeat for remaining ovals.

3. On covered work surface, basecoat all ovals Aqua Sea using mini mop. Let dry. Apply Sky Blue Pearl and then Moss Pearl on ovals; do not let paint dry between coats. Use mini mop to gently blend colors.

4. Mix White Pearl and Glazing Medium together; liberally apply mixture on all three ovals. Let dry.

5. Punch hole on top edge of each piece. Use needle-nose pliers to open jump ring and attach to hole.

6. String cream and brown pearls on each headpin. Use needle-nose pliers to form loop at end of each headpin; trim excess wire using wire cutters. Attach headpin to jump rings on ovals.

7. Attach ear wires to small ovals.

8. Attach large oval jump ring to center of 18” chain length. Attach jump ring to ends of chain length. Attach clasp to jump rings to finish.


1. Gently work moistened mat board around bowl or other rounded surface for curved seashell shape.Faux Mother-of-Pearl Jewelry

Charm Bracelet

charm braceletSince it is cold and snowy we thought you might like a little Spring inspired piece.  Drawing inspiration from winged creatures of nature, create this charm bracelet as the perfect gift for any gardener. So think warmer thoughts with flowers and insects buzzing about.


  • Vintaj Natural Brass Co.: 12 1” brass eye pins, two Bitsy Butterfly charms, one Suspended Butterfly charm, 16” Etched Cable Chain, two Swirl Clasp Sets, one Secret Key charm, one Heart and Key Set charms, one Victoriana Bezel, two Bees charms
  • Swarovski CRYSTALLIZED: 14 Citron bicone beads, two purple multi-faceted beads, two purple bicone beads, four pink multi-faceted beads, one blue multifaceted bead


  • Beadalon: Chain-Nose Pliers, Designer Flush Cutter


  • Size
  • 1. Size is 8″.
  • Bracelet
  • 1. For bracelet, attach cable chains at both ends onto swirl clasps. Place beads on eye pins as shown. Attach one side of eye pin onto butterfly; create loop to attach eye pin to swirl clasp. Repeat for other side.
  • 2. For charms, string three different-sized beadsontoeye pin. Use round-nose pliers to make loop above top bead. Wrap extra wire around base of loop. Attach looponto link on bracelet. Trim excess wire. Attach butterfly charmonto bottom of eye pin. Repeat step for each charm.Craft a little Spring into the dreary cold with a charm bracelet.

If you like this jewelry check out these other awesome projects:

Crystal Sparkle Bangle

sparkle bangle

Easy Earrings

easy earrings

Casting Resin Jewelry

Casting Resin Necklace Fanciful Flowers

Faux Tile Butterfly

faux tile butterfly necklace2

Cool hues handmade necklace

cool hues autumn necklace handmade necklace

Cool hues come together in celebration of autumn’s comfortable crisp nights! Combine enameled beads, filigree-wrapped crystals, and a polymer clay pendant and you might just have your new favorite accessory! A cool hues handmade necklace.


  • Connie Crystals: aqua crystals, four; clear crystal, 14mm
  • Blue enamel beads, two
  • Polyform Sculpey Accents Peacock Pearl Clay
  • Antique brass components: cable chain necklace, 16” length; square filigree beads, three; brass bail
  • Darice Finding Starter Kit in Caddy: Antique Brass Plated-Jump Rings, 16; Clasp


  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Flush cutters
  • Clay pendant mold
  • Jacquard Aqua Lumiere Paint
  • Polyform Sculpey: Satin Glaze; Clay Tool Starter Set
  • Clay-dedicated rolling pin, parchment-lined baking sheet, and oven


  • paintbrush, ruler, paper towel, newspaper (to cover work surface)


  1.  On clean work surface, condition clay until soft and pliable. Roll clay on work surface. Remove and press clay into pendant mold; use knife end on tool to remove excess clay. Use blunt point tip on tool to make hole on pendant. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake pendant on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven. Let cool.
  2.  On covered work surface, apply Aqua paint on top surface of pendant; wipe off excess paint, leaving some paint in grooves. Let dry. Apply Satin Glaze. Let dry. Attach bail through hole on pendant.
  3.  Use flush cutters to cut chain into eight 2” sections. Attach clasp to one side, then attach aqua crystal using jump ring. Attach another jump ring to other side of crystal; attach another 2” chain length. Attach enameled bead to chain length and another 2” chain length.
  4.  Place aqua crystal in center of filigree square. Using needle-nose pliers, curl in sides of filigree square to hold crystal securely in place. Attach aqua crystal filigree square to chain length. Attach another 2” chain length.
  5.  Place clear crystal in center of filigree piece; attach using head pin. Use needle-nose pliers to round edges into center as shown. Attach clear crystal filigree square to chain length. Attach pendant bail to bottom of filigree piece.
  6.  Repeat Steps 3-5 to attach aqua crystal filigree square, enamel bead, and chain lengths to clear crystal filigree square for other side of necklace. Attach other end of clasp to chain length on end.

    cool hues autumn necklace

All natural Spa Gift basket Herbal Tweets

Herbal Tweets Gift Set

The All natural Spa Gift basket Herbal Tweets, makes an extra special gift great for any time of the year.  Start your gift giving off right with homemade spa sets.

Materials for the All natural Spa Gift basket- Herbal Tweets:

  • Wooden crate with handle, 9-1/2”x10”
  • Recycled coffee drink bottles, three
  • Wooden appliqués (Ornamental Moldings), 5” long, two
  • Wooden circle, 3”
  • CRYSTALLIZED Swarovski Elements clear stone, 3mm
  • Americana Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): Plum; Dried Basil Green; Antique Gold Deep; Antique White; Antique Green; Metallics Emperor Gold
  • Silk flowers, three
  • Crystal brads, three
  • Gold sheer ribbon, 3/8”, 24” length
  • Light green cardstock

Tools for the All natural Spa Gift basket- Herbal Tweets:

  • Rubber stamps: Bird, Nest (Komodo); Tiny Alphabet (Hero Arts); A Tweet for You (Cornish Heritage Farms)
  • Black pigment ink pad
  • Duraclear Varnish (DecoArt)
  • Craft punches (Marvy Uchida): Circle, 1”; Shipping Tag; Long Reach Hole
  • Paintbrushes
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue iLovetoCreate
  • Sanding block

Instructions for the All natural Spa Gift basket- Herbal Tweets:

  • 1. Lightly sand crate and wipe dust. Basecoat: crate Plum; handle Dried Basil Green; circle Antique White; appliqués Antique Gold Deep; bottle lids Dried Basil Green and Antique Green. Heavily dry brush crate and appliqué with Emperor’s Gold. Dry brush bottle lids with Plum. When dry, apply varnish.
  • 2. Stamp bird, nest and “herbal tweets” on circle. Glue circle and appliqués to crate, and crystal to circle as shown.
  • 3. Punch three tags and three circles from cardstock. Stamp recipes on circles as shown. Punch hole at center of each circle and at top of tag. Insert brad into hole in circle, followed by silk flower. Glue flower to tag punch. Cut 8” length from ribbon; thread ends through hole in tag and tie lark’s head knot. Knot ends around bottle neck. Repeat for remaining bottles.
  • 4. Fill bottles with contents and replace lids. Place bottles in crate. Stamp “a tweet for you” repeatedly across crate handle.
  • Herbal Tweets Gift Set recipe 

Polymer Clay Sugar Beads

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Make polymer clay sugar beads out of Sculpey Polymer Clay with this easy to follow set of instructions.  They make a great accessory for Valentine’s Day or for a spring outfit.  The jewelry is made with simple techniques.The content below may have been sponsored, contain affiliate links or free items for use. Know that this will not sway the opinion no matter what. (Even though they may want to!) This costs you nothing and helps pay for this blog's overhead. Click Diclosures to learn more.

size: 16″

Materials for Polymer Clay Sugar Beads

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Basic Supplies for Polymer Clay Sugar Beads

paintbrush, toothpick, piercing needle


pink sugar beads clasp

Directions for polymer clay sugar beads

Polymer Clay Sugar Beads Necklace

1. Condition clay on clean work surface. Use cookie cutter to cut clay into 59 circle shapes. For smallest balls, use two pieces; for medium balls, use three pieces; for large balls, use four pieces; and for extra-large center ball, use five pieces. (Note: Using cookie cutter allows you to create beads that are consistent in size.)

2. Roll beads into spheres. Press piercing needle through one side of sphere and then through other.

3. Use paintbrush to apply Translucent Liquid Sculpey onto beads. Place bead in micro beads and roll around, covering completely. Gently pat micro beads into place if needed. Once all clay beads are covered, position on parchment-lined baking sheet. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake clay beads in oven. Let cool.

4. For 16” necklace, cut 35” string length; fold in half. Place string through crimp bead, add jump ring, then run string back through crimp bead and crimp in place. String crystals between faux sugar beads as you string necklace, using 8mm crystals around large and center beads, 6mm crystals around medium beads, and 4mm crystals around small beads.

5. After last faux sugar bead, string crystals until desired length is achieved.

6. Thread string end through crimp bead, add jump ring, then run string back through crimp bead and crimp in place. Open additional jump ring; add lobster claw clasp and secure to other jump ring. See Photo 1.
pink polymer clay sugar beads earrings

Sculpey polymer clay sugar beads:

1. Using two leftover clay beads of the same size, make earrings by stringing the crystals and faux sugar beads onto eyepins.

2. Form loop at end of eyepins and secure to ear wires.


1. When applying micro beads on clay beads, work over a small paper plate. Roll clay beads in micro beads and then easily pour remaining micro beads back into bottle.

by Niki Meiners


Glitzy Glam Necklace

Glitzy Glam Necklace Glitz & Glam NecklaceCreate some shimmer in your wardrobe with this Glitzy Glam necklace and the easy to follow instructions written below.

Materials for the Glitzy Glam Necklace:

  • Cousin Corporation of America: Silver Chain, 20” length; Gold Mix Glass Beads: 6mm, 8mm, 12mm; Crystazzi beads: 8mm Aqua Round, 8mm Indicolite Round, 4-6mm Aqua and Indicolite Bicone Mix
  • Cousin Corporation of America, findings: Hammered Toggle Clasp; Bits and Pieces: Silver Findings: 2” Head Pins with Silver Ball, 2mm Crimp Beads, Jump Rings, Silver-lined Bead; Teal and Bronze Mix


  • Cousin Corporation of America: Precision Comfort Round Nose Pliers, Needle Nose Pliers, Wire Cutters

Directions for the Glitzy Glam Necklace:


  • Use pliers to open two jump rings; attach toggle pieces to silver chain on each end. Close jump rings.


  • Find center of necklace for center dangle placement. Create center headpin by adding beads in desired pattern for 1-3/4”. Form loop at end of headpin; attach loop to center of necklace chain. Close loop.


  • Thread next two headpins in same manner, reducing size of beaded area on headpins by 1/8”. Use wire cutters to trim headpin. Repeat process until all headpins are beaded.


  • Form loops on end of beaded headpins; attach to necklace chain from center dangle outward. Repeat process, mirroring attachments, for other side of necklace. Attach two beaded dangles per chain link.


  • Use two pairs of jewelry pliers when creating loops. Hold headpin with one pair of pliers and use second pair to grasp end of headpin and curl into beaded loop.Enjoy your newly created Glitzy Glam Necklace while celebrating the holiday season.