Saturday, May 14, 2011

Rainy Days and Saturdays? and Safety Pin Pins tutorial

"Rainy days and Mondays always get me down...."

I adore Karen Carpenter's voice. Such a tragedy when she died so young.
Her brother was a fantastic musician, but really haven't heard anything about him much since shortly after Karen died.

So today is a mixed weather day for us.
It's 11 am, and the temp is 39 degrees!
How about where you live?
I LOVE to hear what others are doing, making, crafting, listening to....

Any who how, I thought we would get into some cool rain things!
vintage travel poster for Scotland - is it raining there today?

vintage travel poster for Bermuda is raining here today?

Our backyard in May last year.
Pretty much all you see are native grasses and weeds!

Budget Craft:

This little duck is a pattern for SAFETY PIN pins!
I learned how to do this many years ago, teaching myself from a book.
This is a link for one safety pin jewelry book; it is out of print:

There are a few more on Amazon.
The book I learned from is out of print, and it isn't for sale on amazon.
The title was something like "Safety Pin Jewelry for Fun", by Design Originals.

The following is a tutorial I found online. The entire web site is a good one!

You might be asking yourself, "Why in the world would I want to make beaded safety pins?" Well, I can answer that! Because it is a fun and easy craft to try, and the results are even funner!
All you have to do is slip some seed beads onto ordinary safety pins and you can create fun items to wear, share, and swap! They make great gifts too.
The supply list for this project is pretty simple. All you need are safety pins and seed beads. It is helpful, but not necessary, to have a needle-nose pliers and a small, flat-head screwdriver.
Depending on the pattern you choose, you will usually need between 10 and 14 small safety pins. Open a safety pin, and slip the seed beads onto it. Once all beads are in place, close the safety pin. You may want to use the needle-nose pliers to pinch the end of the safety pin so it will not pop open later. Repeat this step until all the safety pins are beaded.
Now you are ready to put all the beaded pins onto a larger safety pin. Open the large safety pin (the size you need will be stated in the pattern). Use the flat-head screwdriver to slightly pry apart the coils at the end of the large pin.
Slip the loop of the first beaded safety pin onto the large one. Pull it down to the loop at the base of the large pin. Pull it around the loop and up the back-side of the pin. Repeat this for each beaded safety pin.
Once all your beaded safety pins are on your larger pin, use the pliers and squeeze the loop to close it. You can now pin your new safety pin jewelry onto your shirt, hat, shoelaces, etc.
the suggestions shared here might help you when you are making the free patterns I shared, patterns from other sources, or patterns you create yourself.
Safety pins come in many different sizes. Here are some tips on choosing sizes for your own designs:
·        A size #3 pin is 2-inches long.
·        A size #2 pin is 1-1/2-inches long.
·        A size #1 pin is 1-1/16-inches long.
·        A size #0 pin is 7/8-inch long.
* A size #00 pin is 3/4-inch long.
  • A safety pin that is 7/8 of an inch long will hold 8 seed beads.
  • A safety pin that is 1 1/16 inches long will hold 10 seed beads.
  • A safety pin that is more than 1 1/16 inches long is usually too wide to hold seed beads.
  • A safety pin that is 1 1/2 inches long will hold up to 10 beaded safety pins.
  • A safety pin that is 1 3/4 inches long will hold up to 12 beaded safety pins.
  • A safety pin that is 2 inches long will hold up to 14 beaded safety pins.
Make sure you buy seed beads only for these projects. If you use the beads that are slightly larger, you will not be able to complete the patterns as shown. (Until I wrote this feature, I was not aware that sometimes you can run across different sizes of seed beads! Although my seed beads do not have a size listed on them, they seem to be about 2mm which would mean they are size 10/0).
The holes in the seed beads vary a bit. You will find that, while some seed beads fit perfectly on your safety pins, others will be too small. This is normal! Simply put aside the ones whose holes are too small and save them for another project.
One last note, shared by Denise the About Guide to Parenting Adolescents: If you use brass pins, you should spray them lightly on both sides with an acrylic sealer because they will tarnish and RUST.
Keep these notes about the sizes on hand when making your own patterns and purchasing supplies. Have fun!
Sherri Osborne has many many safety pin pins patterns on her site.
Note it at the bottom of each pattern.
First we have a SUN to chase the rain away!
Now we have a hummingbird, because I love them!

This one is for the creativiy in ALL of you!

I made several of these, and was MOST disappointed
when I was wearing my cow one, and one of the pins popped open.
I had little seed beads everywhere, and a pin that I couldn't wear.
Boo Hoo.
Lesson Learned -
Really do pinch those safety pin heads together,
as eventually they WILL pop open if you don't!

A YingYang, to show that we are all one on this earth.
We may have different language, customs, dress and so much more,
But we are all human.
and God loves each and every one of us!
Who are we to say we know better than God?
Not me.


Bottlecap magnets with tweeked and adjusted and printed out black and white and then hand colored with art pens and chalk, vintage Art Nouveau Alphabet.
Recycled bottlecap with a sturdy  magnet on the back.

Mr. Banks, from Mary Poppins, returning to the bank to be fired.
I love the mist and the fog.
Great set and design.

Don't you just love the "plip plop" song from Bambi?
Does anyone know the actual name of the song?

Well, even though it may sound like I am grumbling about the rain, I'm really not.
We can use all the moisture to take us through until next fall.
AND, I love walking in the rain!

I always wanted some cool rubber boots! I know I had some when I lived in Elgin, Illinois as a small child. They fit over my shoes and had an elastic loop to button them up. My older sister always got in trouble because she would come in, and leave her shoes inside the wet galoshes.
Leather shoes. Wet. Dark place. Not good. Mom yelling.

"Rain, rain go away!
Come again some other day!"

child's rhyming little song

of course, did we want it on some other day?

I will close today with this humorous picture:

I laugh because I have a 157 pound Great Dane dog.
He is afraid to get his paws wet.
He held his 'bathroom needs' for 10 hours last week because it rained all day.
We finally had to go out in the rain first, and then call him out!

Silly dog.


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