Sunday, December 27, 2015

Bright Cross Necklace with Tassel



Yes, I admit it, I'm in love with tassels! I guess many people are, as I see them everywhere now.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A video on how to make a tassel

A video on how to make a tassel.
I'm featuring a how-to video today on how to make a tassel. This video was part of my weekly blog Sunday evening,  but I felt like my readers would like to see the video itself in a post. The video is presented below, but please continue reading about the new app I found at https://studio.stupeflix.com/, which helped me make this easy and quick, plus useful, video! 




Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas Necklace with HOW TO MAKE A TASSEL VIDEO

Christmas Necklace with charms plus tassel.
Christmas Necklace with charms plus tassel.
Charms and tassel! What a perfect combination for a Christmas necklace! This necklace was made from jewelry findings from Hobby Lobby! They had a great selection of Christmas pieces so I just had to create something festive for our special Grandparents' Day celebration at our school.  I have included a video of how to make the tassel! Look for it below! 

Merry & bright charm, tassel
Merry & bright charm, tassel

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Southern Depot Snowflake

Snowflake Christmas ornament on historic block wood


I received a very special Christmas gift this week! It has such charm! This snowflake gift was made by my friend and it has such history! Please be sure to read this post! 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Christmas Table Runner with Ribbon

Christmas Table Runner with Ribbons
Christmas Table Runner with Ribbons
A friend at work has such a talent for decorating our office so beautifully, especially for holidays! She had a really cute Christmas table runner on a table in the entrance of our main office. She had found it at a local hobby store several years ago. I liked it so much, I decided to make a similar one for my home for the holidays. 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Pretty vase in three simple steps!


I have always been inspired by cute mason jars decorated with twine or yarn. I decided to create a design of my own using yarn. I attached the yarn to this glass vase with watered down Elmer's glue.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Christmas Tray Designs

For today's blog, I'm featuring two Christmas tray designs. One is a reindeer (including stencil) and the other includes Christmas trees! I have included stencils for the reindeer tray for you to download. I hope you like them as much as I enjoyed making them. 

Christmas Tray Designs
Christmas Tray Designs
All you need are unfinished wood serving trays, craft paint, festive scrapbooking paper, Mod Podge, and of course scissors!

Christmas Tray Design Supplies

Review for a Carson Lighted Attach-a-Mag

Stop the presses! I have something really awesome to share with you today! I have been very frustrated lately that I am unable to see detail when I'm working on a project, especially while designing jewelry. But now I've found a product I have fallen in love with. It is the Carson AM-20 Lighted Attach-A-Mag. It is a LED lighted magnafier that is magnified to a power of 2x. 


Carson AM-20 Led Lighted Magnifier
Carson AM-20 Led Lighted Magnifier
Click here to see this product's details on Carson's website.

Tassel necklace you can make in 30 minutes!

Orange and blue antique brass tassel necklace.

I whipped up this cute necklace with a orange and blue tassle in just 30 minutes! I needed to accessorize an outfit for my day job. It was so easy!

Orange and blue antique brass tassel necklace.
Orange and blue antique brass tassel necklace.


Close up of necklace with tassel
Close up of necklace with tassel

The chain is a Metal Gallery 30" Antique Brass Large Cable Necklace. The reason I could make this necklace so fast is because this chain has the lobster clasp already. I used 3 caps, which are also by Metal Gallery.  I also used a heavy duty large jump ring, and 3 small ones, plus three eye pins. Metal Gallery jewelry can be purchased at Hobby Lobby at reasonable prices. 


Metal Gallery jewelry
Metal Gallery jewelry
Eye pins
Eye pins

Heavy duty jump rings
Heavy duty jump rings

I used cross stich thread for the tassels! I just love tassels. I'm excited to see them trendy right now. 

Tassels are trendy right now!
Tassels are trendy right now! 
I received lots of compliments on my orange and blue tassel necklace! It was a hit!

Happy surfing, pinning, and creating!


Top 10 items you should have in your craft room! (Some may surprise you!)

Top 10
Top 10
There are 10 items (and probably a few more) that no good craft room should be without. Of course you need beads, thread, scissors, etc., but it wasn't until I organized my own craft room and really started creating crafts on a weekly basis for my blog that I realized how these 10 top items should be found in everyone's craft room! I have used these items multiple times already in the short few months I have been blogging. Many make total sense, but others you might not have thought of until you really need them! And some may surprise you!

Make a ghost wreath in 30 minutes!


This ghost wreath is cute, simple, and quick to make!

Ghost wreath for Halloween
Ghost wreath for Halloween

Pumpkin Patch Creations

I love Mod Podge!! And, what better way to use it but to create these cute pumpkins for Halloween. You could also create darling pumpkins for Thanksgiving!!
pumpkin patch creations
Pumpkins decorated using Mod Podge

Hydrangeas Wreath for Fall

For my mother-in-law, a more traditional fall wreath design was what I had in mind. I saw this design over and over again on Pinterest. I loved the design and didn't veer off from what I had seen. This wreath was simple and very elegant to me. I just loved the two different colored hydrangeas together. I even saw more designs using three colors, which were very pretty too.

hydrangeas wreath
Hydrangea wreath for Fall 

Nosegay wreath for Fall

A contemporary, bright fall nosegay wreath seemed to be an approriate design for my college-aged daughter. This design is colorful and cheery, yet has a fall feel and is perfect for a college-aged girl's apartment, house or even a dorm room door!
Nosegay wreath for Fall
Nosegay wreath for Fall

A work space in my craft room


Ever need a space where you can get really messy?

I pinned several ideas for cutting tables, work tables, etc., etc. for my craft room. But, in the end I decided I didn't have room to create something really big. So, I came up with this.

Work table for my craft room
Work table for my craft room


Crafts from the heart...t-shirt quilt for my daughter!

Making a t-shirt quilt is a way to create from the heart! One thing I love about being a crafter is how special it is when you can create something that says how much you love a person, or that reminds a person of special times in their life, or when you create something that will last a life time and be passed down to the next generation. A t-shirt quilt does all those things!

T-shirt quilt.
T-shirt quilt.

Repurposed cabinet used as a mosaic project.

My largest mosaic project to date! 

Mosaic project

We purchased two of these 3-drawer cabinets a few years ago from a local thrift store. I had them in a closet storing Beanie Babies, CDs, DVDs, and other things.

More decorative storage for my craft room.

I have lots of ceramic tiles for mosaics! I had them in a ugly yellow organizer that is used for screws and nails, etc. That storage idea would have been fine in a closet or on a shelf, but why not get fancy with it! Ideas from Pinterest got my mind flowing!! 

Storage for mosaic tiles.
Storage for mosaic tiles.
I had such fun with this project. I found the draw pulls at Hobby Lobby, who had so many choices it was difficult to make up my mind! I also used decorative items from the scrapbooking section. 

An AHA moment! Spools used for craft room lamp!

You ever see an item, and all of a sudden, you actually get an idea! It's one of those aha moments! This doesn't happen to me often! I usually the one copying ideas to make them my own. But, I'll have to say, this one is of my own rare originals! 

I saw these two different sized antique-looking spools of twine at Hobby Lobby and it immediagely said LAMP to me! I loved the colors of the twine in the smaller spool. And, the twine, plus the spools brought together the theme in my craft room! I found the lamp kit at Home Depot.

Spools from Hobby Lobby
Spools from Hobby Lobby

Storage ideas for your craft room


Tools! Fabric! Paints! Tiles! Beads! I could go on and on! I always need more places or ideas on how to store the things in my craft room! Here are a few ideas on how to use decor to store items in a craft room. Again, pins, pins, pins and I'm not talking now about sewing pins! Pinterest gave me lots of ideas on how to use decorating ideas to store my tools! My fav is how to use peg board! 

I had someone at Lowe's cut peg board that could be inserted into picture frames I found frames at Hobby Lobby. I painted the peg board and my frames the same color. By the way, I used Anne Sloan chalk paint and dark wax for this project (another post later). 

Peg board inserted into painted picture frames from Hobby Lobby.
Peg board inserted into painted picture frames from Hobby Lobby.

Surf2create blog started...my design of my craft room, where I do all kinds of crafts!

Welcome to Surf2create! I have used Pinterest to find interesting ideas to design my own space...my craft room so I can create! So many people kept saying I needed to start a blog to show how I applied all the ideas I pinned from Pinterest to create a room for myself where I do all kinds of crafts that interest me. So....here it is!  I hope you enjoy seeing what I have created as much as I have enjoyed designing my new craft room!

Amy Butler's Love Paradise Garden Periwinkle
Amy Butler's Love Paradise Garden Periwinkle
Amy Butler's Love Sunspots Tangerine
Amy Butler's Love Sunspots Tangerine

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