DIY Upcycled Jewelry Box and Handmade Necklaces

Hello! I have a few minutes and needed a distraction from the many things still going on that are keeping me from doing much crafting of late, so I found myself digging through the older posts that have been pining away in my ‘drafts’ folder for ages. I think you’ll find this one interesting:

Occasionally I get requests from family for crafty solutions. Recently, mom asked me to cover a box that came with makeup in it and had a magnetic closure. She was using it for her jewelry and was tired of looking at the advertising. I hunted around my stash (aka hoard) for some paper that went with her bedroom decor and came across this cool DCWV adhesive fabric paper that I’d won from Christi’s Art Without Anxiety blog ages ago. (Thanks again, Christi!!) Fabric would give a nice, luxurious texture to the box and already adhesive backed is a huge plus!!

What I didn’t know is that what felt like heavy fabric was really the thick backing for the adhesive. The fabric was actually thin, almost like Washi tape. Since I needed to cover up the advertising, I just laid down some of the solid colors first. It took two layers to cover it well enough, but since it was adhesive, it went quickly.

I even pulled the decorative ribbon off of the paper packaging and used it… nothing goes to waste around here! I got those strings of pearl flowers over a decade ago at a garage sale. I think you’re getting the picture that I am S-L-O-W to use up my supplies.

The bottom of the box had a nice square of rose-gold foiling, but there was propaganda inside the square. so I just covered the inside right up to the foiling. The cloth paper also gives it some grip so it doesn’t slip around on mom’s dresser as much.

The inside of the box was already finished with a nice plain peach paper, so I just lined the bottom with a piece of Kunin eco-fi Classicfelt that I won from them ages ago – Thanks Kunin!!! (It amazes me that this felt is made from recycled plastic bottles… you’d never know it to feel it!!).

Materials used:

  • DCWV Adhesive Fabric Paper (Blue stack) (Christi from Art Without Anxiety 18 months ago)
  • Kunin Group eco-fi Rainbow Classicfelt – Walnut Brown (2016)
  • Sookwang Scor-Tape
  • E6000 adhesive
  • Misc strand of pearl flowers
  • Ellen Tracy makeup box with magnetic closure

Now… What to put inside this sweet little box? Well, she had a lovely long strand of black pearls her sister had given her, but they were too long, so I re-strung them and took the extras and made a matching necklace and earrings for her… 

And she had recently admired this pink necklace I’d made, so it went in the box, too…

She was tickled pink! I hope you’ve liked seeing it, too. Thanks for stopping by today!

Until the next time I can root through those dust drafts from last year for another post,

– D.Ann


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pps… As far as our current trials go, no real updates since I last reported. Dad meets again with the radiation oncologist at UM Sylvester next week. We’re hoping that means they’re progressing and about ready to schedule him. Thanks, again, for all your well wishes!! Stay safe and wash those hands!! : )

Handmade Souvenirs and Highlights from the 2019 Love Never Fails International Convention In Miami

Hello, dear crafty peeps! As all eyes turn toward Miami for the Super Bowl today, I thought I’d finally post a little about the souvenirs I made and the program of the Love Never Fails international convention that we attended at the Marlins Stadium in Miami, FL last July.

Marlins Stadium in Miami has an amazing retractable roof… we were thankful, in the sweltering summer heat, to have the roof closed and the a/c on! 

The international convention was one of 24 held around the world last year, plus hundreds of regional conventions with the same program, with millions in attendance. At the Miami English convention, we had a peak attendance of 28,000, with 5000 international delegates from 49 countries. The program was held simultaneously in English and Chinese Mandarin. (you can see the section for their sessions behind the stage and off to the right where the orange sign is. (You can also see the Miami skyline out the windows.)

The mayor of the city of Miami visited the convention site on Sunday and commented: “I love the fact that the message is ‘Love Never Fails’! It is a very positive message.” He added: “I think [the convention] is nothing but good for any major city in the United States or around the world.”

Several months ahead of time I started making small souvenirs for some of the visiting delegates to remember their special trip. I have enjoyed attending these special international conventions in other countries in the past. I still have mementos from them and wanted to extend the same hospitality to our visitors. I have quite a collection of shells from our beaches and from trips to Sanibel, so I selected some of the larger scallops and drilled holes in them….

It wasn’t as hard as I thought… I only broke one. You just need to make sure you have something thick enough – like several layers of cardboard – to keep from ruining your countertop once the drill goes through the shell.

Next, I decoupaged a convention logo on the inside of each shell, put in a ring and strung them on silk necklaces with a small shell and a ‘made with love’ heart on the dangling chain.

I also made up some small bottles with shells and sand and a note that the recipient was the proud owner of ‘beachfront property.’

I also made a bunch of bracelets with a beach vibe….

(I especially love the large sea turtle with her babies!) Most of the charms were from Bead Gallery (Michaels), with a few by Hildi & Jo (JoAnn)

Last, I made a few abalone shell (Bead Gallery/Michaels — gotta love those 70% off sales!) key fobs  – both feminine and masculine versions. I didn’t get pics of all of them, but you get the idea…

I decided the best way to hand them out would be to put them in small coin envelopes with a small welcoming note and a contact e-mail. It has been great to receive so many thank-you notes and keep in contact with these new friends!

That’s the end of the crafty portion of this post.  For those of you interested in what the program was like, here are a few of the highlights…

I’d say it was like a 3 day training course/spiritual retreat on learning to imitate God in showing love in every aspect of our lives. Each day there were Bible-based discourses, videos, practical demonstrations, interviews and experiences. There were also music videos to start each session and video presentations with dramatizations of Bible accounts, including several from the life of David and the main feature film about king Josiah. And, in addition to singing our regular songs, there was a brand song introduced at the end. There is nothing like hearing 28,000 voices joined in unison – I still get goose bumps listening to the recording! After the program finished on Sunday, no one wanted to leave… half an hour later we were sill in our seats clapping and waving as the camera panned the audience. When they finally turned off the camera there were instantly 28,000 saying “Awww!” in unison… so they replayed the new song (Titled “Unfailing Love”) and we all sang it again as a grand finale!

A couple of highlights from my notes: In thinking of how David treated Shimeai, who threw stones at him (2 Samuel 16:5-13; 19:15-23)… when people throw hurtful words, like stones, at us, apply Proverbs 19:11… slow down and try to understand and make allowances… are they having a bad day? Maybe their background or upbringing makes it hard for them to be kind. Whatever the reason, we can make the choice to imitate our God and do the kind and loving thing and overlook it. Ephesians 5:2 says to ‘go on walking in love’ indicating it should become a way of life for us…. so start now!

One speaker talked about the creatures discovered living in the Mariana Trench – the deepest natural trench in the world…. nearly 7 miles deep.If Mt. Everest were dropped in the Mariana Trench, its peak would still be more than a mile under water! We saw pictures of some of the amazing creatures living down there under the immense pressure of so much water where no light gets through. Then, based on the principle in Matthew 6:26: If God cares for the critters in the Mariana Trench, how much more so will he care for us when facing dark days under pressure?! Likewise, after considering the amazing starry heavens, we came to the same conclusion as Isaiah 40:16, 29… no matter how dark our situation may seem the God who lights the stars can light our way; and no matter how tired we are, the creator of these unfathomable powerhouses can strengthen us!

A ‘hum-dinger’ of an illustration: Vultures fly over the Death Valley desert in search of dead things. But hummingbirds also fly over Death Valley in search of fresh flowers. Each will find exactly what it is looking for… What kind of bird am I? Do I look for the good in others? If so, will find it!

A special feature during the week of the international conventions is the evening of local entertainment put on for the visiting guests. This was held up at the former West Palm Beach Auditorium which is now the Christian Convention Center. The choir, dancers, live orchestra, costumes, stage, lighting and sound, choreography, original songs… everything was done by volunteers from the local congregations. It was an incredible show! There were native dances by the local congregations such as Tagalog, Hatian Creole and Portuguese. Plus they did a tribute to many of the visiting countries, too.

Afterward, all were served a meal with a good variety of local cuisine. All-in-all, it was an unforgettable experience!! Thanks for ‘attending’ this special event with me! Goodness, I didn’t mean for it to be longer than the half-time show. lol!

Personal update: Dad will continue chemo until the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer center, which is now a NCI-designated cancer center finishes installing new state-of-the-art MRI guided high-dose radiology equipment (eta – the end of March) and then he’ll get radiation. I was surprised to learn the challenges of traditional radiation in targeting ‘mobile’ tumors, such as those located in the pancreas as well as adapting to constant changes in anatomy (such as stomach and bowel and even from taking a breath). Having the ability to visualize the tissues simultaneously during treatment with the MRIdian Linac allows precise aiming and minimizes the exposure of adjacent, normal tissues to high doses of radiation thus decreasing side effects. A five day treatment will be so much easier for him than the five to six weeks usually required for more conventional forms of radiation! And, other than the possibility of ulcers, there should be minimal side effects. As for me, I’m going through a lot of tests (most haven’t been done since my original diagnosis 12 years ago) in an effort to have plenty of support for my long-term disability appeal. (They abruptly cut me off the end of November, but didn’t let me know until Dec. 23, after I called wondering where my check was. Argh!) So, I’m even more exhausted than usual and have much less energy for crafting and posting. I will try to get caught up on the few projects sitting in the lonely ‘drafts’ folder as I can. Thank you all for your continued encouragement and frequent e-mails!




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Jewelry Update

Hello! I’m back with that promised jewelry update. I’ve gotten behind on posting a few little jewelry projects I’ve made over the past year, so here they are all together for you to enjoy. Some are re-done from old sets I was given that the metal had changed color, like this set with peach and pastel blue beads:

It was just a matter of replacing the chain.

With this set I found out that plain wire tends to cut into the neck and the cheap gold beads turned quickly.

So I re-did it as my first ever triple tier. The copper makes the peach stones stand out!:

That motivated me to try this a strand of large pearls, shell pieces and peach/pink crystals:

This one came from the clearance rack at Burlington Coat Factory but the top half was metallic, so it got beaded and restrung, too:

I had a couple of strands of semi-precious pieces I brought back from South America. I finally re-strung them intertwined:

And now for some original creations. Just simple beading, with beads from recent 50-70% off sales at the three big box stores nearby (JoAnn, Michaels and Hobby Lobby are all dangerously close!). I really like the beads in each of these – like these orchid and pale green cat’s eye beads!

And I like the greens, yellows and browns of these agate beads:

The facets on these fuchsia and green beads helps them catch the light and sparkle:

I love these natural stones that look like bits of lava:

I’m sure they’re heated to add the extra color, but they’re pretty cool! The other side is a slightly different color scheme:

I’ve had requests for a few more beaded tie chains for men. This blue one was made with vintage beads from the 1920-30s:

Now I’m out of the bases… I need to find someone who sells just the bases, but haven’t been able to find them yet.

Another with amethyst jasper beads:

Ones made with hematite are popular:

Remember the Craft Fantastic jewelry make-n-take? Well, one cousin was away and made hers later. She took her own picture of daffodils (it’s at her house that I always take those lovely daffodil pictures) and I’m amazed at how REAL they look!:

Ok, so the whim took us to jewelry this time. Who knows where it will take us next time? Stay tuned to find out!



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Craft Fantastic Jewelry Make-n-Take

Hello! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! We had our annual family get-together. Since I had won several jewelry making kits from Craft Fantastic, after lunch I did a make-n-take with the 25+ gals. What fun we had! It was easy and everyone was tickled pink to go home with a nice necklace, bracelet, ring or magnet that they’d made themselves. Here are just a few of the finished products:




Thank you Craft Fantastic… You were the highlight of our get together this year! I highly recommend their quality product and it makes a terrific group activity!



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Twisted Wire Floral Necklace

Hello! It’s good to see you all again! My migraines have decreased considerably and I’m catching up on a bazillion things that got put on hold the past three months. I had a request for a twisted wire necklace by a lady at the pharmacy who fell in love with this one when I wore it a few months ago::

That one was made with rose colored copper wire and twisting it hurt my hands. However, I found some nice purple colored 24 gauge Artistic Wire on clearance at Tuesday Morning and decided to try it. It’s MUCH easier to work with. Only problem is it’s a smidge thicker, so doesn’t go through some of the beads as well. I reamed out some and found substitutes for others. Here’s the finished project:

I also changed up the upper part as I found the plain wire chafed a bit and the clasp was unhandy. So I added seed beads and put on a magnetic clasp.

Note: when working with lucite flowers, it helps it sit better if you put a seed bead underneath. And, if you’re putting a bicone at the end of a stem, a seed bead on each side will help it sit better, too.

All in all, it is a fun project, although it takes me several hours to put together.

Even though mine isn’t as evenly twisted as this new one, I still like the color combo.

I like this one too… It’s a little more spring-y with the green leaves, don’t’cha think? I hope she likes it!

Thanks for taking the time to swing by today! I have a few fun back-logged posts I hope to crank out for you in the near future. I look forward to seeing you again soon!

Thanks for stopping by today!



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Men’s Beaded Tie Chains

Hello and welcome!

I’m pleased to present today’s crafting whim… beaded tie chains. In our family they’re called: ‘jibby-dabby dibby-dabbies’… Even when I lived at home, dad could never remember what they’re called and was always losing them… “Hon, have you seen my jibby-dabby dibby dabby?” And mom usually knew were to find it! So the name stuck. Dad likes to use tie chains, but they’re so boring. Either gold or silver and that’s pretty much it. S,o I decided to do some makeovers for him.

It’s easy to remove the chain from an inexpensive tie chain and then attach a string of beads to the base. I used Beadalon 7 strand .18″ satin silver wire with #1 crimp beads and  I chose some semiprecious ‘manly’ natural stone beads for him…

Hildy and Jo hematite beads are classy and go with most anything.

He has started wearing more purple, so I put together this set of Bead Gallery Amethyst Serpentine Jasper beads.

And here’s one I made a while back from Bead Gallery peacock and camouflage jasper stones.



Of course, he mixes them up with colors I never would have thought of… and they’re not too bad. : )

Well, there you have it… an idea to jazz up your guy’s tie chains.

Thanks for stopping by today!



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Cats In Space Handmade Wire Galaxy/Dr. Who Necklace by Guest Designer Wire and Wings

Hello, everyone! My name is Mary C. of and D.Ann is letting me take over her blog today as Guest Designer. D.Ann and I have been friends for over 30 years and now we live in neighboring cities. I love making jewelry and since D.Ann and I share a love of Cats and Sci-fi. I recently made this Cats In Space Bib Statement Necklace for her as a surprise gift.

That was when she invited me to come to her blog and tell you about it since my website is currently undergoing transformation and the blog is under construction, too. We decided the Cat Lovers Hop would be a perfect time for this post.

Let’s take a closer look at the piece…

I know! Right?!! The first thing most folks want to know is: ‘How is it held together?’ Well, let’s turn it over and take a look:

I start with a heavy gauge wire frame, hammered to make it stiff. That gives a base to attach the pieces by wire wrapping them to it.

Here are some more process pics:

After I make the base, I start by laying out the larger pieces.

Then I start wire wrapping them in and adding the smaller pieces until I’m satisfied.

Now, let’s look closer at some of the individual pieces…

We start with a space ship rocketing into the galaxy of stars – with planets and nebulae throughout. Why some of the planets even have water! And there’s even a cat in the moon. (I thought it was supposed to be “the cat’s in the cradle and a silver spoon,” not ‘on a silver moon’…” hmmm…) You know why there had to be a cat put on the moon? Otherwise, the mouse would’ve eaten the last little sliver! (You can read a fun article about why people say the the moon is made of cheese HERE.)

Interesting cat fact: Did you know there actually was an Astrocat?! Her name was  Félicette and she went into space 54 years ago the 18th of this month. Google “Cat in Space” and you can read all about her.

Getting back to our necklace – let’s take a look at the other side:

Here we have our Doctor Who references… the Dalek on the timepiece, the sonic screwdriver, a gorgeous ‘nebula,’ a bit of Gallefreyan writing. a key to memory – and, is that, perhaps, the lost moon of Poosh?!!

Finally, there’s the clasp…

Dangling from the handmade clasp is a star, a cyberman and my brand insignia. And, there you have it… the one-of-a-kind Cats in Space Bib Statement Necklace!

Thank you, D.Ann, for letting me take over your blog for this post! And thank you, sweet visitors, for your kind attention. I invite you to come visit my current website ( and feel free to stop by my Etsy store. You can get to either by clicking on any of the highlighted words. I’m offering a special 15% discount code to  Cat Lovers Hoppers: CATHOP15 – It will be valid until Oct 31, 2017.

I am going to enter this necklace in the Cat Lovers Hop HERE.

I wish you all a lovely hop the rest of the week!

-Mary C of


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