DIY: Dirigible Plum Earrings

Ok, so I’m a really huge nerd here and I happen to adore the Harry Potter series and all that is in it. Earlier this month I made my version of Hermione’s beaded bag. I didn’t post a tutorial because I simply had no plan and was using up some scraps of fabric that I had lying around. And earlier this week, I made The Quibbler. Once again I didn’t post anything about it… Sorry…

Well anyways now I’m working on my very own pair of dirigible plum earrings. Exciting right? So After making the first one and deciding what needs fixing I am ready to show you how you can make yours. So let’s get started.

Materials

  • Silver fish hook earring backs-found at most craft stores
  • Silver beading wire-.3mm OR 32 gauge
  • Small needle nose pliers OR jeweler’s pliers
  • Dikes-to cut the wire (sorry I forgot to include them in the pictures)
  • Glass seed beads in red, clear or white, and two shades of green

How to:

  1. Measure a length of wire about 2-3 feet. You may not need that much but it may make it easier to work with.
  2. Begin to string the beads! First I put one clear bead into the center of my wire. Then I add another clear bead and loop the other end of the wire through this second bead. This whole beading process will resemble that of a bead pet. If you get confused on how this process works check out this video by CraftProjectIdeas. I realize that the video shows how to make a turtle but the weaving concept is the same. I had a bit of trouble keeping my piece from bubbling up and bending in different directions, just keep working past that and try to bend it to the best shape when you’re done.
  3. To continue beading use this template from Craftser. 53939radishtute
  4. Finishing off I simply tied a double knot, tightened it down, and then secured it using my pliers. To cut off any excess wire (I had roughly a foot on each side) I use my dikes and clip off the bits that stuck out.
  5. Use this same process for the leaves, this time, use an 8″ wire. I had enough left from the bits I cut off of the plum and just used those pieces.
  6. Repeat the entire procedure for your second earring.
  7. Now that you have two plums and four leaves you can attach them to your fish hook earrings. Begin by opening the loop at the bottom of the earring. Slip on your first leaf, then you plum, and lastly your second leaf. Secure the loop on earring to make sure the beaded pieces don’t fall off. Do this for both earrings.
  8. Now you can arrange the leaves to your liking.

Have fun making your own and experiment using different methods or materials! And here’re special thanks to CraftProjectIdeas and Craftser for providing helpful tools for making these adorable dirigible plum earrings. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

-CC

Live Love

Read it

1 Corinthians 13

Matthew 12:28-34

Apply it

How can we love everyone that we come in contact with?

I had never known what it meant to really love someone. Even if you don’t like them. Even if you don’t know them. Until one Bible class.

We were learning about love and the different types mentioned in the Bible. I thought I knew a bit about the three types of love, but I really grasped them that day.

Eros- romantic love, the kind of love you had for someone whenever you had a crush them. My teacher called it a selfish love, a love where you got something out of it.

Phileo- brotherly love, the kind you have for friends.

Agape- unconditional love, the kind of selfless love that God has for you. This is love where you get nothing out of the relationship. It’s an action.

Here’s the point: When the Bible says that we should love our neighbor as our self, it doesn’t mean that you must like everyone that you meet. It means that you should show them, love.

Our school has introduced a theme this year. I am third. To be third is to put God first, others second, and yourself third.

I challenge you to put yourself third, and to live love. You won’t be perfect. None of us are. It won’t be easy. Anything worthwhile never comes easily.

Spiritual Reshreshment

Every Day we eat and drink, shower and sleep. Why? We need to be renewed. You eat and drink for the energy you need to keep going, we sleep to be totally refreshed and prepared for the next day, and you take a bath or shower to become clean. While you may be able to function without them, soon enough you need them again.

Our walk with God is a lot like our daily life. We need to be refreshed.

How do we refresh ourselves daily in our walk? We read His word and reflect on it, and we talk to Him. You can’t say you know someone if you never spend time with them. You need to take time to listen and talk with them.

Our lives are hectic and busy, but through it you manage to spend time refreshing yourself. I challenge you to take some time renewing your self in Him.

-CC

The Bigger Picture

Read it

2 Corinthians 5:7

For we live by faith, not by sight.

Apply it

This one really got me and pushed me to think about my own life.

I am a soccer player and sometimes I get a little competitive. I remember that yesterday I prayed for the Lord to lead me and use me as His vessel. I prayed that no matter who won or lost that our team would reflect Him.

I gave up control and let Him work through me.

Now I’m an introverted person so going on to talk to people I don’t really know is hard for me. As I looked at my teammates and those on the opposing team I realized that they could all use encouragement and yes encouraging my teammates was easy but the other team? That was hard. First off I didn’t know how the other team would take it. Would they then lie to others saying that I was someone with a foul mouth? Would they think I was insulting them? I wouldn’t know and I still don’t.

But I do know that if God was in it, good will come from it.

Now you may not have a clue as to where I am going with this, but my point is that because I let Him have control, the others players could have had the encouragement that they needed to keep going. I don’t know if that’s what actually happened or not, but when we walk by faith instead of sight, we are giving up control and giving it to Him.

Walking by faith is trusting that God sees the bigger picture even though we don’t. It’s letting Him be king of our life.

Don’t keep walking according to what you can see in front of you, obey Him and let Him lead you. You’d be surprised by what you can do.

Practice it

Pray for the Holy Spirit to dwell within you and to lead you. Give Him total control and be ready to go outside of your comfort zone. He’ll open doors for you and show you the way.

-CC

DIY: Bedazzled Birthday Candles

This is an easy project that will add pizzazz to any cake.

Materials:

  • Number Candle
  • Various beads, buttons, gems, etc.
  • Liquid Glass (Close to my heart; similar glue will work)
  • Craft funnel or piece of paper
  • Glitter glue (optional for edges)

How to:

  1. Work over the paper to catch any beads.
  2. Apply glue to the front of your candle.
  3. Place bigger beads to the where you want them & then sprinkle the smaller beads around it to fill the gaps and empty space.
  4. If desired, use the glitter glue to cover the colored edge of the candle.
  5. Let it dry over night.

There you have it, simple as that! Happy crafting!

-CC

Practicing Prayer

As I was reading She Reads Truth yesterday, I really thought about the verse posted, Matthew 6:9-13.

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Matthew 6:9-13 KJV

As I was reflecting on the verse I thought how we can set up our prayers in such a manner:

  1. Start off glorifying God and thanking Him for the things He has given you.
  2. Pray for your walk with Him, that He will grow you and use you as an instrument to further His kingdom.
  3. Pray for your needs and the needs of others around you.
  4. Ask Him for forgiveness and help. We’re not perfect and sometimes it’s hard to stay on the right track, but we can pray that He will guide us and He will.
  5. Finish off the Prayer.

These aren’t strict guidelines to how you must pray. Remember that it’s a relationship with Him and you can always tell Him about how you feel or what’s up.

-CC