Dandelion Seed Necklace – a wish in a jar

Dandelion Seed Necklace – a wish in a jar

I have been thinking about my mother a lot recently.  Yes, mother’s day is coming (it’s on May 10th FYI) but it’s not the holiday per say, that is making me contemplative.  It is simply that my mom is amazing.  My thoughts lean toward her each passing day of my adulthood and I think of her more and more.  I appreciate her more and more and yes, even love her more and more.  My parents always told me growing up that you don’t get to choose who your family is.  This is a very true, sometimes harsh reality for a majority of the population.  For someone with no choice in the matter at all, I certainly lucked out.  My mom was able to stay at home with us as we grew up; one of the greatest treasures, biggest sacrifices and most lavish gifts I will ever receive is that every day, my mom was there.  She woke us up every morning and was there when we came home from school every afternoon.  She didn’t do everything for us. Oh no, she helped us learn how to be self-sufficient, taught us to cook, to do laundry, to be respectful, to sew, and to generally be productive little people and no, not for an allowance.  We did these things under her guidance not for money, but because we were a part of a whole; a member of the household, these were our responsibilities.  She taught me that each day I can make the world a better place by participating and taking pride in what I do.

While she made us into little, accountable people who grew up to be capable adults, she also indulged our fantasies.  We could always use the couch as a fort; I mean what else is a couch for?!  Of course we could use the National Geographic Magazines as stones during an epic hot lava game; what else would work better?  She even dug a 5 foot deep by 6 foot wide hole in the tough Nevada dirt and covered it with wooden beams for my brother to have a fortress.  All boys need a hideout after all.  She would make us high tea when the weather turned nice… we would walk home from school to find her out in her luscious garden surrounded by quaking aspen, her long chestnut curls in a loose ponytail, table covered with a floral cloth; tea and cakes and scones all set out.  She would call to us asking if we would join her and under the shade of the trees with the smell of blossoming flowers on the wind, she would ask about our day as she poured tea.  She would listen, really listen, as her motherly hands lumped sugar and poured cream into each little tea cup with care and once we were done sharing, she would tell us stories.  Sometimes she would reach down and snap off the stem of a dandelion.  She would hold it up to our little faces and say, “close your eyes, make a wish, and blow.” It’s something her grandmother always did and this time of year, when the little seeded fluffs start to sprout up in my lawn, I look at them and smile. Then with a deft hand, snap the stem, bring it to my face and hear my mom whisper, “make a wish,” and I wish that I will be the kind of mother my mom is one day, and I close my eyes and blow.

Dandelion Seed Necklace – a wish in a jar
Dandelion Seed Necklace - wish in a jar
Dandelion Seed Necklace – a wish in a jar Dandelion Seed Necklace – a wish in a jar Dandelion Seed Necklace – a wish in a jar Dandelion Seed Necklace – a wish in a jar Dandelion Seed Necklace – a wish in a jar
Dandelion Seed Necklace – a wish in a jar

Dandelion Seed Necklace – a wish in a jar

Here is a little craft to make with those beautiful dandelions, a wish-in-a-jar necklace. A perfect gift for this mother’s day or for anyone out there that could use a wish or two.

You will need

  • Little cork-topped vials, I got mine on amazon.com
  • Thin jewelry wire
  • Necklace Chain
  • Dandelion seeds

How To:

  • Pull off the seeds from the dandelion and place in vials, using tweezers if you need to
  • Take jewelry wire and shape into a loop twisting the two ends together, trim short
  • Push the twisted ends of the jewelry wire into the cork top leaving just the loop showing
  • Thread your necklace chain through the loop
  • Push your cork back into the vial

To wishes,

Marcella Rose Dandelion Seed Necklace – a wish in a jar





Thread & Pearl Bracelet {DIY}

Pearl  bracelet

“But pearls are for tears, the old legend says,” Gilbert had objected.
“I’m not afraid of that. And tears can be happy as well as sad. My very happiest moments have been when I had tears in my eyes—when Marilla told me I might stay at Green Gables—when Matthew gave me the first pretty dress I ever had—when I heard that you were going to recover from the fever. So give me pearls for our troth ring, Gilbert, and I’ll willingly accept the sorrow of life with its joy.” -Anne”
― L.M. MontgomeryAnne’s House of Dreams

There is something whimsical about a pearl.  Its luster and beauty is striking; especially when you think about how a pearl is formed.  It’s the only gem stone that doesn’t come from the earth but from the sea.   A tiny bit of sand or shell irritates an oyster and if it can’t be expelled the oyster starts a process to make it tolerable. So like a true optimist, the shellfish coats the irritant with nacre that it produces to make the object smooth, as long as the object remains in the oyster it will continue to be coated; thusly is a pearl made.  Perhaps it was Anne of Green Gables… no it was definitely Anne who instilled my love of pearls.  They are my analogy for life, when things get irritating just make them into something with polish and sparkle, smooth them out and turn that irritation into something beautiful!

These easy bracelets remind me of the friendship bracelets of my childhood with a grown-up twist.  After having spent an epic weekend in San Francisco with two of my best girlfriends I wanted to send them a little thank you note and small gift and these bracelets are perfection.  It was so healing to see my girlfriends, to completely immerse ourselves in each other’s company.  We laughed so hard our stomachs were sore, indulged in meal after glorious meal, explored the city, took a midnight trolley ride to the end of the line, visited the haberdasher all walking out with new hats on our heads and hat boxes on our arms, and danced the evenings away to our heart’s content.  But all too soon the weekend came to an end, the joy and the sorrow of live, the ebb and flow continues.  So make a wish, tie on one of these Thread and Pearl Bracelets and let it remind you to accept the sorrow of life with its joy.

 

Love to pearl Pearl beads

You will need:

  • Pearl beads
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Needle

How to:

  • Thread your needle with your chosen thread
  • Slide pearls one at a time onto the thread using the needle
  • Either knot on each side of the pearl or tie a knot around the pearl to keep it in place
  • Fill thread with as many pearls as you would like spacing for effect
  • Tie the ends together

thread and needle for Pearl  bracelet

Pearl  bracelet

To the joy and the sorrow and most of all to friendship,

Marcella Rose


Pearl  bracelet

Thanksgiving Garland {DIY)

IMG_5671I don’t know about you but I am busy! This time of year is so full of friends and family and celebrating that trying to carve out time for a craft or decorations is as challenging as running a marathon…I kid, but not really. With that said, now is not the time to cut corners. The hours spent baking your leftover Halloween pumpkins into puree for your holiday pie gives you time to reflect on all the things to be thankful for. The care in kneading your homemade rolls gives your mind rest from the everyday as it wanders to all the joy this season brings.

As you pin your favorite Thanksgiving side dishes, your thoughts lean toward the laughter and family that is to come at the end of the month around the table filled with food, fun and laughter. The shorter days and darker evenings lend themselves to huddling in the kitchen around simmering pots of cider, warming the body and the spirit.

I am looking for something little; a sweet, easy, craft to bring a bit of November charm to the house for thanksgiving. Nothing crazy, mind you, just something for my hands to do on these foggy and chilly Oregon nights. This Thanksgiving Garland is perfect for adding a little celebration to the dinner table; you could even make a minute one to be a pie-topper on your pumpkin pies. See full blog and tutorial at My Craft Spot


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To being thankful for the little things,

Marcella Rose 

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Halloween Candles DIY

 

 

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I have been singing it all week, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” … Halloween of course! I love that the days get shorter, the air cooler and I get to pull out my thicker sheets.  You’re layering those summer cotton sweaters with gusto in anticipation of the cashmere; yes it’s fall and time for things to get spooky.  My husband and I have been brimming with excitement for our annual Halloween Soiree! This year, much to our excitement, we will be throwing it on the day itself.  We have been spreading cobwebs, cutting out crafts, DIY-ing while watching our favorite films of the season.

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I want to give you some simple and fun DIY crafts to do this holiday.  I hope you will stay tuned to Marcellaroses.com for features on some epic Halloween parties, easy but impressive costumes, and some fun crafts and tasty appetizers to get your party started.

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This is a fantastic craft: DIY candles.  Take this craft and run with it.  I have made stunning birthday gifts, Christmas favors, and decor for my home.  The possibilities are endless.  There is something about making them for Halloween that sends me over the edge though.  The silhouettes, the candle-lit nature of the early evening, it’s just too much fun.  So knock this craft out and bring a little spook into your home this holiday.

 

You will need

Pillar Candles

Tissue paper

Copy Paper

Wax Paper

Tape

Images

Hair Dryer

Tape

 

How to:

 

Tape the tissue paper to copy paper to make printing out the images easier

Print out the images onto the tissue paper

Cut out the images and lay them out on the wax paper

Wrap the wax paper around the candle and tape to hold into place

Heat image with the hair dryer for 5 minutes

Slowly peal off the wax paper applying more heat if needed


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Light it up,

Marcella

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