Winter weather is creeping in and the Christmas season has begun. My first Christmas post is two bracelets and a pin that I made. You can make them for yourself or they are great gifts.
The bracelets were made with red and green bicone Swarovski crystals. I also mixed in some tiny silver balls and white glass pearls. You can arrange them in a pattern you like. The silver sets off the other beads. You can use gold balls, too.
This is a pin that I made as gifts for the girls in the family. My grandmother collected and saved buttons for mending. I kept the buttons and used them for these pins as a memory. I painted a wooden heart white, but you can use any shape you want. I glued a small white doily to the front and glued a selection of the buttons on top of the doily using hot glue. I added some glass pearls beads, a gold button, a charm (a key ring on this one), a ribbon rose, and a satin bow for decoration. On the back I glued a note about who collected the buttons and when I made it. This is still a timely gift if you know someone special who saves buttons.