Cre8time - The Movement

It's coming....

The excitement is building.....

Hurry, join me and others

Click on the video below to learn about this great inspiring movement 
coming in January of 2013.

I'm so excited and you will be too!

Learn more about the movement 
how you can be involved by visiting CHA's website.

Craft and Hobby Summer Show - Crafty Couture Display

Once a year, the Craft and Hobby Association holds its annual summer show in Chicago and they ask twenty of their Professional Design Members to create a mixed-media dress for display in the main hall.

My entry, “Enchanted Beach Dress” is created from white Mulberry paper and a white silk scarf, which I batiked. 

If you ever worked with Mulberry paper, you know that it tears quickly when wet.  I had my challenge cut out for me.

Inspired by barefoot walks on a romantically moonlit beach, this dress with coordinating batik silk scarf celebrates the fusion of fashion and craft.  The paper dress’ silhouette has a sophisticated, yet simple design -- capturing a relaxing summer feeling.

The sparkling blue over-skirt represents the shimmering ocean waves.

The dress was fashioned from white Mulberry paper which has been dyed and batiked to coordinate with my silk batik scarf.   Batik is traditionally performed on silk or cotton fabric, but works very well on paper. 

The shell belt is accented with a starfish which has orange crystals for added sparkle. 

Special THANK YOU to:
for sending 
Aleene’s® for their OK to Wash it® glue 
and Tuplip® products 
which provide the rich color and sparkle.

And to
Velcro® for sending their thin mini wafers 
which holds the dress closed.

These wonderful companies not only gave me their products to use in this project, but also gave great advice on which of their products would be best to use.  

Pearl and Shell Summer Necklace

Welcome to the Craft Connections “First-Monday of the Month” Blog Hop.  This month  is about Vacations and Crafting.  If you missed last month’s blog hop post, you can check it out here!

Enchanting Vacation Necklace

There is something soothing and relaxing as you sit on the beach with a good book.  The hint of sunscreen mixes in with clean ocean breeze.   Our favorite vacation centers around the ocean and relaxing days. 

Stores selling shells are always one of our favorite places to shop.  It was in a shell shop on a vacation to Florida where I first found this pretty sliced shell.  I had it on a shelf for a few years before I decided to create this fun necklace. 

The fresh-water pearls and small shell add to the natural look of the necklace, while the crystals add a bit of sparkle.

I used crimp beads to secure the a cream-colored coated beading wire to the shell.  Then, I threaded fresh-water pearls, shell bead, and crystal beads on the coated wires.  I fished the necklace by adding a pretty toggle clasp. 

This necklace will always remind me of our wonderful vacation and will be a favorite to wear in the warm weather.

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