Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My Year in Review!

   Wow! Only a few more hours left in 2013.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

'Tis the time to shop I guess

   I don’t recall ever needing to return or exchange gifts I’ve received. And I don’t recall ever going out shopping on the day after Christmas.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

It's all about the cats today!

   Whew! Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas have all come and gone. Two more celebrations to go – New Year’s Eve and the Orange Bowl.

Friday, December 27, 2013

What do I do with my scraps of fleece?

   I’m trying to find something I can do with the fleece squares I have left over from making the no-sew fleece blankets back before Christmas.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Use wrapping paper scraps to make beads

   I’ve made paper beads in the past and used them in my jewelry making. This time I used wrapping paper.

Monday, December 23, 2013

A necklace and a bracelet from one old belt

   I have accumulated quite a few old belts from visits to thrift shops. I like making jewelry out of each 50-cent find.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

A Christmas poem for Caturday!

‘Twas four days before Christmas, in a house full of cats,
and I heard a sweet purr as they started to stir.
The kitties were restless, there’s so much to see,
By the window are toys all hooked to a tree.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The time of year for giving

   Do you like donating to charities this time of year? While we hope our gifts make it to the intended recipients, is there a way to really know?

Monday, December 16, 2013

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Wire + Chain + Buttons = Bracelet

   Over the last few months I have managed to accumulate so many buttons that I think it rivals my stash of beads.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

A cat blanket for a "Caturday" post

   Back in June, when I first started this blog, I mentioned how I had turned into a garage girl and coined the name Creative Cave for my workspace.

Friday, December 13, 2013

A blue bling blog post

   Get ready for a sparkle overload. Instead of focusing on today being Friday the 13th I am sharing a sparkly bracelet and rings.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Every time a bell rings...

   Do you have a favorite Christmas movie? Is there one you can’t make it through the season without watching once, or twice?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Everyday is "Cat"urday at my house!

   I am certainly not the first person to use the word "Caturday." However, as the parent of the hurricane triplets in my house I think I can safely say that every day is Caturday…or maybe a “cat”astrophe.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013

My first no-sew fleece blanket

   I might be a little behind the fad, but I finally made one of those no-sew fleece blankets. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013

First a belt then a bracelet

   I had to do a little housekeeping in the Creative Cave yesterday. But once that was complete I got to work on handmade jewelry. 

Friday, November 29, 2013

Good news and bad news

   The good news: I am close to finishing tomorrow’s game day jewelry post. The bad news: I overlooked a crafting post for today. 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Yes, I put up a Christmas tree before the turkey is even cooked!

   I really need to get back to making jewelry. And I will, so please be patient with me. The holidays – and weather – have me a bit frazzled. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

A challenging craft day

   Have you ever sat down to do a project and have everything go wrong pretty much from the start? 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Show your team colors...it's another game day!

   It’s another college football Saturday! This time I threw together a couple pair of earrings to celebrate game day. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wire jig bracelet

   It had been a while since I used my wire jig to make anything. So I decided to use it to make a bracelet.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Delicate two-strand bracelet

   I am on a bracelet kick. Yesterday I showed you the belt bracelets I finally got around to making. Today I will show you another experiment.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Hoping an organized workspace will spur motivation

   Just as my home and vehicle require regular cleaning and maintenance (maybe I should get on that), so does the Creative Cave. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Seeking motivation

   Hmmm…I really have slowed down in my crafting adventures thanks to the weather (the Creative Cave has been cold), errands and activities away from the house. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day

   On this Veterans Day I will remember those who have served in military service. I will take some time to reflect on past and current conflicts and the men and women who show dedication and bravery each day. 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Playing the yard sale game

   I am hooked on yard sales! Going out bright and early to find the best deals is like a game for me. A game I want to win. 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

I finally did it! I made some memory wire bracelets

   Wow! It’s a college football Saturday and I’m not posting about it! Today I am talking about the memory wire bracelets I made.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thrift shop finds and a song that won't leave my head

   I am going to try to make a long story short about how I came across Macklemore’s Thrift Shop song. How does this apply to crafting? Every time I go to a thrift shop, like I did yesterday, the song pops into my head. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

Holiday projects are looming

   It felt like it had been forever since I had spent any length of time in the Creative Cave. I made up for that yesterday. 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Sunday hodgepodge

   Happy Sunday! The weekend is nearing an end, Halloween has come and gone and the rush of the holiday season is upon us. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Another day of college football!

   Is it just me, or does it seem like I am posting a college football game day write up more and more often than once a week? 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

   Happy Halloween! It is the day for candy, costumes and creepy crawlers. In today’s post I will share my version of all three. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Found some fun Halloween decorations

   I finally removed some photos from my phone. I had forgotten about the Halloween decorations I came across while out visiting a couple of yard sales Saturday morning. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Saturday, October 26, 2013

A colorful game day post

   It is once again game day! And as I have done since the college football season started I have made game day jewelry. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Wire earrings with a twist

   I began this blogging adventure to share my challenges and successes in crafting. I feel like today’s post contains a little of both. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Road trip, crafts and fall foliage

   I hope you have enjoyed my jewelry creation through the colors of the rainbow. Having a theme like that to work with helps me have blog topics and helps when I am out of town. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013

ROY G. BIV is nearing an end with indigo

   Here’s something I wasn’t prepared for…different shades of indigo as I continue my rainbow-themed blog posts I have been calling “ROY G. BIV.” 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Saturday, October 19, 2013

It's Game Day!

   I interrupt this week’s rainbow-themed blog posts to bring you a college football game day post. 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

ROY G. BIV continues! Today is yellow!

   I’m going to come clean on something here…I do not like the color yellow. Maybe it's because it just doesn't look good on me. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

ROY G. BIV leads me to jewelry creation and blog posts

   I went back to grade school for today’s post. Do any of you remember how you learned the colors of the rainbow? 

Monday, October 14, 2013

It's a Monday and I need to get to work!

   Let’s see…I need some more wire, I need some motivation and I need something to write about. 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Even short on time I find a way to work with wire!

   I didn’t have much time to spend in the Creative Cave yesterday. But I tried to make the most of the time I did have. 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Charm bracelets for college football Saturday

   It’s time for another college football Saturday. I actually pull for several teams, but given where I live and other personal factors my “blood runneth orange.” 

Friday, October 11, 2013

What do I do with all of this paper?

   Back when I first started making paper beads I went a little overboard on buying paper and acquiring paper scraps to use. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

A pink post! October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

   Pink really isn’t one of my favorite colors. There isn’t much pink in my wardrobe and I have very little in the way of pink beads and jewelry accessories in the Creative Cave. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A button and a wire-wrapped cuff bracelet

   I haven’t used buttons much in my crafting, but I have plenty of them. My hope has been that one of these days I would make something with them. 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Battle of the orange this afternoon

   It sure doesn’t seem like a week since I last posted a football-themed entry on my blog. But it was. Today is another college football Saturday! 

Friday, October 4, 2013

This is my 100th blog post!

   This is my 100th blog post! It kind of snuck up on me. I guess I should’ve planned better and made this some kind of celebratory post. 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

My blog can do more and I want to find out what that is

   I didn’t craft anything yesterday. What I did do was link up with other bloggers, as well as research more about promoting my own blog. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Hooked on wire rings

   I have some more handmade rings to show you. I finally studied a tutorial and as you will see, I became hooked on making them. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Going wire wrap crazy with rings

   Wow! Another month has come and gone. Welcome October! Perhaps I should get crafty and work on some Halloween and Thanksgiving items. For right now, however, I want to share my new obsession…handmade rings. 

Monday, September 30, 2013

Sunday, September 29, 2013

My first try at handmade rings

   Well, I decided it was about time I try to make rings. Oh boy has this been an interesting experiment. 

Saturday, September 28, 2013

It's still college football season...so here ya go!

   It’s a college football Saturday and the Clemson Tigers are playing today. So by now it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the subject of today’s post is football. 

Friday, September 27, 2013

A necklace from yard sale goodies

   I have accumulated an assortment of beads and jewelry findings from yard sales. I decided it was time to make use of some of those items. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wire jewelry and a hand "claw"

   I wanted to create something fun with the wire jig. Somewhere amid the hours of Internet and Pinterest searching I’ve done for wire jig ideas I came across a Christmas tree. I gave it a try.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Another experiment with the wire jig: Earrings

   I wanted to play some more with my wire jig, but I wasn’t sure what I would make. I put all of the parts out in front of me, grabbed some wire and decided to see what I could do. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

From Pinterest: Psalm 23 bracelet

   I always find projects I would like to try when I look at things on Pinterest. Whether it is a fancy dessert, a home renovation project or unique pieces of jewelry, I will save these pins thinking maybe someday I will give them a try. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Grab bag makes beautiful necklaces

   In the blog post "Grab Bag of Goodies" I talked about using the very pretty beads that came in a grab bag from Auntie’s Beads. I still had more beads and findings in the bag so I decided to put them to use and make some necklaces. 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Random topics and photos from the Creative Cave

   I take lots of pictures when I 'm making jewelry in the Creative Cave. Only a few make it to each day's blog post. 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Colorful and fun holiday bracelet and earrings

   In yesterday’s blog post I gave a little tease that I wanted to make more holiday jewelry. Well, it took a few tries but I did get a couple of things made. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Monday, September 16, 2013

Fun yard sale finds!

   Although I consider myself an early bird I got up earlier than usual this morning. I’m anxious to get to the Creative Cave and make more wire jewelry. 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

Happy Friday the 13th!

   I’m giving my wrist, hand and fingers a rest from making jewelry. That said I only have a few more things to write about before I need to make more. 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A new bracelet - straight from the wire jig

   Oh boy! I am so excited to share this post with you. I pulled out the wire jig I have and was determined to make something with it. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A success and a challenge in the Creative Cave

   When I first started on this blog adventure I did so to share my successes and challenges in making jewelry. This post will share both – a success and a challenge. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Must-haves in the Creative Cave

   In addition to the standard beads and wire I use when I make jewelry, there are quite a few other things I always have on hand in the Creative Cave. 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Trick-or-Treat in September

   I finally made myself sit down and make some kind of holiday-themed jewelry. In this case I made a couple of Halloween bracelets. 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Fan jewelry for a football Saturday

   I got a little busy planning and organizing for today’s college football game. Notice I didn’t say cooking. The hubby is the expert at that. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Maybe I should stick with jewelry!

   I completed yet another wire-wrapped cuff bracelet. I should probably get moving on selling some or giving some of them away. I also decided to break away from jewelry for a while and try something else. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Combining paper and glass for handmade jewelry

   I’ve had a collection of paper beads just sitting to the side of my workspace. I decided it was time to do something with them before I made more. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Motivation from friend requests

   I really like it when folks express interest in the jewelry pieces I create. A couple of recent requests got me motivated to make several bracelets.

Monday, September 2, 2013

These are a few of my favorite things…

   In addition to crafting and blogging I enjoy visiting Pinterest to get ideas and inspiration. I have Pinterest boards for my handmade jewelry, my blog and jewelry and craft ideas. But I also have boards where I pin random things I find funny or interesting. 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Easy necklaces from yard sale finds

   I’m always looking for new ways to make necklaces. But sitting recently in the hot Creative Cave something occurred to me. 

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Crafting a football tailgate centerpiece

   By now you know I am a fan of the Clemson University Tigers. I am excited for their first game of the season this evening against the Georgia Bulldogs. 

Friday, August 30, 2013

More cuffs to show your team spirit

   Because I am an equal opportunity crafter I created wire-wrapped cuff bracelets in colors for college football fans other than those of Clemson or WVU. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A thanks from AptToCraft

   Many thanks are going out to Jules today. I featured several of her do-it-yourself projects last week on this blog because I was out of town and didn’t get to spend time in the Creative Cave. 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Options for infinity bracelets

   Too infinity and beyond! The Toy Story movies are so much fun, and how can you not like Buzz Lightyear?

Saturday, August 24, 2013

I cooked...a side dish!

   I have two confessions to make. One, I don’t cook. Hubby is the cook in my house. Two, I only recently tried Brussels sprouts for the first time.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

From Pinterest to reality

   My pal Jules and I frequently share ideas on Pinterest, then we end up talking about what we pinned when we get together.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

An AptToCraft Surprise: Guest Projects

   I’ve mentioned Jules several times in this blog. She is such a handy do-it-yourselfer. She agreed to let me share some of her projects on my blog.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

I finished a past project!

   Back in the spring when I decided to branch out from making just earrings I started making micro-suede braided bracelets.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

A charming chain from the Creative Cave

   I love charm bracelets. I have one I love but hardly ever wear. It is gold and has many, many charms on it from cities I’ve visited.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Getting back in the groove

   I’ve had a slight bout of laziness recently. I didn’t immediately get out to the Creative Cave yesterday morning.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Swarovski and paper bead bracelets

   As much as I like experimenting with different jewelry pieces, sometimes I like going back to the piece I enjoy making the most – the wire-wrapped cuff bracelet.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Friday, August 9, 2013

Thursday, August 8, 2013

My first attempt with the wire jig

   I finally pulled the wire jig out of its package to get familiar with it and see what I could create.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Odds and Ends from the Creative Cave

   During a recent shopping trip I stumbled across pendants, ON SALE! I wasn’t looking for pendants. I didn’t have pendants on my shopping list.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Part Two - "Epic" yard sale adventure

   With a newspaper and other addresses written down, Jules and I forged on in our yard sale adventure after our first two stops didn't turn out so well.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

"Epic" yard sale adventure

   Mother Nature finally cooperated on a Saturday for Jules and I to visit yard sales.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Paper, glue, skewers...Voilà! Paper beads!

   I recently went shopping for craft supplies and ended up getting two booklets of craft paper as well as craft paper scraps.

Friday, August 2, 2013

From junk mail to jewelry pieces...maybe

   I feel like I am in grade school again. I'm playing with glue, paper and scissors, all in an attempt to make paper beads.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Jewelry box treasure trove

   For several years I have kept a jewelry box in my closet. It used to be on the dresser in the bedroom, until the triplet hurricanes came to live with me.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Writer's block and some crafty inspiration

   I used to write for a living. In fact, I’ve worked in some sort of writing job for more years that I care to count. So why is it I have so much trouble writing for my blog?

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Reflections: A month of blogging

   This weekend marks a milestone of sorts for me. I have been blogging about my jewelry crafting for one month!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013

This-n-That from the Creative Cave

   For every piece of handmade jewelry I talk about in this blog there are at least six other pieces I've worked on and put aside.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Navigating Networking...When will I craft again?

   When I started making jewelry back in the spring I would often find myself spending hours in the Creative Cave. Little did I know that once I started a blog about my crafty adventures that I would actually have to schedule my days.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

Socially awkward in a social network world

   Setting up my blog through Blogger.com introduced me to Google’s many options, including Google+. I’m still working my way through all of the opportunities with Google+. You can find my Google+info here.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Part Two - From a Creative Cave to a Critter Cave!

   It’s good to have a camera around. I always have my cell phone with me as I tend to text photos of jewelry creations to Jules for feedback. But I've also been able to get photos on the not-so-creative days.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

From a Creative Cave to a Critter Cave!

   Some days in the Creative Cave turn into time spent with critters instead of creating. I’ve compiled some of those encounters, mostly with cats, in today’s post.

Friday, July 19, 2013

I finally have necklace success!

   I finally made some necklaces! My experience in creating necklaces up until now has been more "misses" than "hits" so I am excited to share today’s post with you.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

AptToCraft is a guest project contributor!

   The world of blogging has introduced me to a number of ways to share my experiences and learn from others. I would like to share one of those experiences with you today.