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Krueger Kicks: Pretty Feet

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Krueger Kicks are back again! Thanks to my most frequent returning customer, I got the chance to make another pair of mini-kicks… This time with pageantry as the theme. Good thing I watched all those episodes of Toddlers and Tiaras on Netflix because the knowledge I gained truly came in handy. These are Full Glitz sneaks, y’all, and I hope they make a Grand Supreme winner out of their wearer at her next pageant!!!!

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made for a pageant princess

Holiday Finals

made these presents

Skate-O-Rama Diorama

 

This isn’t the first time I’ve made a diorama (in high school I made them for extra-credit), but it’s the first time I’ve ever gifted one. I crafted this Skate-O-Rama miniature for my bro, with a push-light included and secured to the lid for optimum viewing pleasure. You can’t really see the full extent of paper-skating pleasures I glued together, but the park includes a half-pipe, quarter-pipe, ramp, bowl and steps to kick-flip over and grind on.

 

I only wish it had traveled better and not gotten (minorly) crushed in my suitcase.

 

Flaming Mallow

Seeing the cuzins is the best part of Christmas, even though a mere 3 hours of visiting within a 6-month period pretty much bums me out. None-the-less, excitement and happy ensues when we are together and I hope I helped us along a little bit more this year by designing this original ornament just for them.

Bonfires and marshmallow memories… those were the days!!!!

 

Before and after the year is over I hope everyone can enjoy their days with loved ones and some sunshine.

Like Bigfoot and the Gnome…

Big Foot and the Gnome catch some rays...

 

Goodbye ’11!!

HANZZmade Jewelry: secret givings

made for a lovely colleague

It’s been a weird year for me in terms of feeling that holiday spirit… It’s come in waves, mostly infrequent crashes on my yule-tide shore.

Maybe it had to do with the fact that I ran into my first Christmas tree for the year before we even hit Halloween (Thanks Bloomingdales), but today I think I caught a pretty good wave to ride through the season.

Not only did I overhear a perfectly retold outcome and moral to the Polar Express from one of my third graders, but I also had the chance to finally notice the effects of a secret gift exchange that has been going on at work this past week. The two crafts above (along with a (kinda) perfect circle) made up 3 of the 5 presents I passed on to another. When I revealed my elfish ways this morning/afternoon, I knew I made her happy.

And I also got to stop worrying if the bracelet fit or not – so, thumbs up.

HANZZmade Jewelry: shiny pretty thing

made two-strands of pretty

chain necklace with blue square beads

This is the most intricate piece I’ve made and my first experiment with chains.

It felt more like a construction project, connecting each bead and chain length one at a time. My charm projects aren’t nearly as time consuming. I gauge my craft-time by the number of episodes I watch on Netflix while at-work and this one took a hefty number of Parks and Rec on Friday (5), and a fair few episodes of Glee on Saturday (2).

There was probably a few Christmas music interludes mingled in as well…

Don’t worry… I’ll see the sun in the spring.

Tis the season!

HANZZmade Jewelry: strawberry sentiment

made twice

Today brings another repeat and new life to my series of fruit charms

I think the green wire adds fresh-picked appeal, paired with much neater wrapping on my part… which means more staying power, too, because this one has to last.

This was the only strawberry-like bead left in my collection and I haven’t seen any like it out there in craftland. Maybe one day.

I could probably spend time making lots of other fruit charms again and again if I had the time – and the energy.

 

For now, I’m looking forward to the holiday revival ahead…

And strawberry season.

 

 

Christmas Creations: tiny trio

made knick-knacks

These Christmas Cuties were fun to make with a bit more spacial planning involved. It was hard to make the cube(ish) present not a sphere(ish) present. And I probably could have used less wire for that tree… I’ll have to venture for supplies quite soon.

Don’t be fooled by that reindeer, though. It’s not who you think…

That’s Rerun the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Rudolph was around last year. He was just too cute not to make twice.

 

 

HANZZmade Jewelry: a (kinda) perfect circle

made with lots and lots and lots of wire!

It’s not really “holiday”, but it is a present.

If I were to give it to Lady Gaga I’m sure she’d use it as a monocle.

But it is just a necklace charm, made from purposefully random acts of wrapping, knotting and tucking wires around each other. The real skill is dodging the extra length of unruly ends before they make contact with eyeball.

Safety goggles may have to go on my wish list for Santa this year…

not a monocle.

HANZZmade Banner: winter wonderland

made to last the season

I’ve been absent from here for quite a while – mostly due to my inability to manage my duties as both a teacher and a grad student and a human being. Along with my thumb injury in September, physical crafting has been out of the question this semester… until now!

The budding holiday season has inspired motivation of the crafter inside.

Get ready, ’cause here crafts come!

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