Pinterest Treasure Hunt

I've been using Pinterest a little A LOT this holiday seeking out fun projects for my art students.  You'd think I'd be awesome at holiday projects for kids.  But I'm not.  I have a complete brain fart issue with things like this.  Crafty cute holiday type projects that is.  But I do have an ability to look at ideas and just run with them.  That's good since most of the Pinterest ideas are just eye candy that you have to figure out how to do on your own.  Anyhoo....whilst borrowing amazing ideas for my art students I found this bracelet:
I know.  Total swoon worthy.  Luckily for me this Pinterest bracelet actually took me somewhere.  Here actually.   I was super smitten with Ali's design.  Awe struck with this new technique called "laddering".  So I U-tubed the technique (Hey Mailey suggested it.  I never thought to U-Tube anything!  You'd be amazed at how many videos on this technique there are!)   I'm now making bracelet after bracelet for gifts this holiday.  They are perfect for the 1,000,000 beads I have since the technique uses so many!  I did have to buy some leather and KO thread.  But really, not much out of pocket on this project.  Here's my first try:

And then there's Mailey.  Who after seeing my first bracelet was like, "Mom, you gotta teach me that!"  So we spent Saturday night on the floor in front of the fire making stuff together.  It was wonderful way to end our Mother-Daughter day.  We'd already been to the Nutcracker earlier in the day.
 Here's her first attempt:
She's making them every night now.  We've already decided we do need a project board from Bead Shop.  The clip board is good, but if she is going to keep this up we gotta have the right tools.  All her teachers are receiving these for Christmas gifts.  Awesome right? 

I hope to get the clip board back soon so I can make a few with a more random pattern like Ali's.  I'm also wondering if my stamped ID tags could ladder into the design.  Oh how my wheels are turning.    Pinterest you are just like a treasure hunt.  You never know what you'll find buried under all the sand! 


Melissa I. said...

The bracelet you pinned is right up your alley with the turquoise and the bird nest. LOVE!

Courtney said...

I love making these! I wanted a chanluu bracelet but didnt want to pay, so i did what mailey suggested and got on Youtube. Super fun!

Debbie Demmers-Lujan said...

Love this new idea...I don't know if I have a million beads, but know that I have lots and lots....I really like the mixed up sizes rather than all uniform in size....thanks for sharing so much....pinterest is addicting!!!

Jen Crossley said...

Mailey is a awesome girl you should be so proud of her xxx send her my love

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