Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I Can Make That!

Crafts have been in my family as long as I can remember. I have my aunt, mother and sister to thank for the ability to sit down, have patience with a project and finish it. 

From a very young age, I was going to craft sales with my mom, aunt, sister and grandmother. My mom and aunt sold dried floral arrangements in the early 90's, and I tagged along every time. I guess it is in my blood, yearning to make something that I see and like.

I started out making beady buddies. Remember those, pony beaded key chains in the shape of a frog, or a lady bug or any type of animal?! I would sit at the craft sales and sell my beady buddies, and I made a killing (or so I thought at the time!)

Next I moved on to knitting. I had learned how to knit in fourth grade at my school, and I took off with it, learning the ins and outs of projects, making purses, scarves, hats, gloves and other accessories. I really enjoyed my knitting, and decided to make a business out of it, thus when I was about 12, Hannah's Hand Knits was born.

I would knit many projects, but my specialty was the felted bags. My aunt and I loved going to yarn shops, and picking out colors that would make a stunning, wool bag. Every summer, we did a craft sale and I sold all the bags that we had made during the year. 

When I entered high school, I lost touch of my knitting a bit. I found it hard to keep up with friends, knit, and stay on top of school work. I have been getting back into my knitting more and more, and now have created and designed my own patterns for fingerless gloves shown here and signature "Ella" clutches named after my niece. 

So what is all this mumbo jumbo I just talked about? Well, it is a glimpse of who I am. Although I love designer goods and fancy things, I also have a deep appreciation for a nice handmade item. Handmade items take talent, hard work and dedication. I believe that it is important to support local artists who have a passion for making their own goods. 

That being said, I always look at things and wonder, "can I make that?" Well, if I'm looking at my Louis Vuitton bag or my David Yurman ring, chances are no can do.

But recently I have checked out the Chan Luu wrap bracelets, and found many tutorials on how to make some like them!

I am perfecting my pattern right now, but I am going to post a DIY on how to make the wrap bracelets like the Chan Luu. Here I am above making my second one!

Never look at anything and think your not crafty enough to make that! You CAN make that!

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  1. you are so naturally pretty and i love the bracellet!!

    <3 steffy

  2. OMG you're so pretty, I can never stop telling you that!! I wish I have the patience to just sit down and do some crafts haha!! Love that bracelet you're doing :)

    jos xx

  3. I admire this. I have no patience.

  4. Such a pretty little piece! Love it's not oversized and the colors mixed in look lovely, so talented!

    <3 Cess O.

  5. I love it! I make jewelry from metals and lost wax casting and believe it or not, I'm not sure i know how to bead! I've never tried it!

    Aesthetic Lounge

  6. I can't believe you made that, it's sooo pretty! Well done!

    Lovely blog, stop by mine anytime :))

  7. You look so cute and the bracelet you made is lovely... I regret that I don't have the patience to do things like that... you should really launch your own jewellery line!!!



  8. You sure can! Girl, you've got some talent!!

    Happy Wednesday! How's your week going?

  9. Thanks for coming to my blog and yes I'll happily follow each other;)
    Just did!

    Aesthetic Lounge

  10. The bracelets look amazing! I think you have many chances and enougth talent to become a successful business woman.

  11. wow, thats great! looks beautiful x

  12. Thank you :)
    You have a lovely smile, and the outfit in the former post is great! You look stunning!

  13. LOVE the DIY idea--that bracelet is going to be super pretty once it's done! I grew up around "arts and crafts," too--I definitely miss it!

    Thanks for your lovely comment on my post, and for following my blog; I'm following you now, too!

  14. You are talented!! I used to make bracelets, but I don't do them anymore. Keep on doing what you love!

  15. Very nice! Handmade things are always the best :)

  16. Great bracelet! Love the colors.

    Happy St Patty's Day!

  17. Gorgeous! SO talented!


  18. Cute! I admire you making those take a lot of time and patience.
    - Gaby

  19. Nice! I love making jewelry...wish I were better at it.

    strawberry freckleface

  20. thx for following =9 following you now also

  21. Wow, love the bracelet! :o)


  22. U are veery beautiful! u have a great smile! and perfect skin!!

    Like the bracelet a lot!


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