Saturday, December 13, 2014

Thank you, Auntie's Beads!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins... at last!

As you've probably noticed, I've taken a blogcation over the past few months. So many things have happened since the last time I wrote, and I'm itching to tell you all about them, but today I'm going to focus on one of the things that brought me back.

I got an email from Clint over at Auntie's Beads, asking if I wanted some free beads. In exchange, I would do a blog post about my project, showing my readers where they could get the components I used. Well, this sounded like too much fun to pass up, so I accepted. I had a million ideas, because I always have a million ideas, but I decided on something Halloween-themed. Specifically, Monster-themed.

And then it was time to renew my website. This translated to a month and a half of frustration. During this time, Auntie's Beads was amazingly patient and understanding.

And now the site is back up! And the projects -- because there are two now -- have been photographed.

For Halloween, I made my Monster High dolls another room in my book case. And what better house-warming present, I reasoned, than a house plant? Of course, this couldn't be just any plant. It needed to be spooky. I took some inspiration from my bead creatures and used the acrylic flower and leaf beads I'd picked out.

"Bead me, Seymour!"

Needless to say, the dolls were thrilled! Of course, if you're not a doll person, you could always add some backing and brick-stitched edging and make a pin or a pendant. Just be careful! Monster Plants are harmless to people, but they have a taste for nice fabric. Nom, nom, nom.

By the time I was done, I had another idea. This one was a little more complicated and a little less spooky. It would be perfect for the rooftop doll garden I was making... and also a nice place for my bead creatures to hang out.

It's not quite finished, but the bead creature looks awfully happy in there, doesn't he? I used all sorts of acrylic beads from Auntie's Beads for this, including trumpet flowers, bell flowers, and heart-shaped leaves.  Some flower sequins also made a guest appearance. I also used some irregularly-shaped stone beads that had never made it into jewelry pieces -- a miniature garden is a great use for beads like this. If you don't have any bead creatures or dolls, you could always add some tiny benches or chairs and make a fairy garden.

I'm looking forward to adding new plants and bead creatures to the garden... and to making more. Maybe a big garden, with a stone walkway and a fish pond. And if this happens, I'll be sure to share it here!

Thank you so much, Clint and Auntie's Beads! And thank YOU for reading. If you have any questions on how I made either piece, let me know, and I'll share my tips and tricks in the comments. Until then... I have a few plants to feed.

Sequintastically yours,

Sarah J Sequins