Mixed Media Bracelet: Stamped and Riveted Metal and Leather

Mixed Media Bracelet: Stamped and Riveted Metal on Leather at www.happyhourprojects.com

If you read here often, you know I love working with metal.  I layered a bunch of pieces together to make today’s bracelet design, and it’s a really awesome piece (if I do say so myself).  There’s a few different metal and jewelry techniques in this piece so I’m going to call it an intermediate… Continue Reading…

Gold & Leather Curved Clasp Bracelet

Gold & Leather Curved Clasp Bracelet at www.happyhourprojects.com

So you guys know about my affinity for making bracelets, and you know I especially love to make easy bracelets.  Really, all jewelry projects that I can make in 10 minutes or less are my absolute favorite thing to do!  So I have one more quick glue-and-go leather bracelet design to share with you that’s… Continue Reading…

Easy DIY Snake Clasp Leather Bracelet

Snake Clasp Leather Bracelet at www.happyhourprojects.com

So Halloween is coming, not that I generally start getting ready for another month, but I spotted this snake clasp when I was shopping leather jewelry accessories, and I just HAD to get it.  It’s equal parts interesting, cool, and slightly creepy to me – and understated enough to wear any day.  This bracelet makes… Continue Reading…

ART*CRAFT Stamped Bar Necklace

Art-Craft Stamped Bar Necklace at www.happyhourprojects.com

So I’ve been chatting a lot with some local artists – and crafters – and there seems to be a delineation between “art” and “crafts”.  I really don’t see the distinction, personally.  An artist is a craftsman (or, craftswoman?), and crafting is an artistic endeavor, too.  They go hand in hand, I believe.  So in… Continue Reading…

How To Drill A Hole In Glass: Recycled Bottle-Turned-Lamp

How to Cut Holes In Glass To Make a Recycled Bottle Lamp at www.happyhourprojects.com

So if you haven’t noticed lately, I’m all about the re-purposing lately.  I love it!  I’ve got another repurposed glass bottle project to show you today, and I’m going to show you how easy it is to cut a hole in a glass bottle with a Dremel rotary tool so that you can wire it to become… Continue Reading…

Emergency Sprinkles! Glass Locket Necklace

Emergency Sprinkles Necklace at www.happyhourprojects.com

So after making the quick coffee bean locket last week for coffee lovers, I was lamenting the fact that whole coffee beans smell wonderful, but it’s not like you could just open up your locket and enjoy one in case of an emergency.  I mean, I suppose you could, but eating a bean is not… Continue Reading…

Simple Dandelion-Stamped Cuff

Dandelion Stamped Cuff at www.happyhourprojects.com

When I sat down to stamp this bracelet, I had visions of making it much more fancy.  And complicated.  But I got this far and couldn’t bear to add more because I love, love the simplicity of it (and the whimsical dandelion pattern)!  So I’ll be sharing a very basic piece today, and who knows,… Continue Reading…

Glitter Keepsake Box

Mod Podge Glitter Keepsake Box at www.happyhourprojects.com

So, I LOVE glitter.  You would barely know it if you read here often, though, because I tend to avoid it when I craft.  I mean, glitter GETS EVERYWHERE.  You keep finding it for weeks.  On your clothes.  That you’ve washed.  On your kids, even though they were napping during craft time.  It’s just generally… Continue Reading…