I've been encouraged by my six year old to get blogging again, as she and her 1st grade classmates had recently been set up to blog about their school year. I was encouraging her this weekend to take some photos and post one or two of them on her blog every day with a descriptive sentence about the picture.
"Mommy, don't you have a blog too?"
Duh. Practice what I preach, right?
Okay, okay. I honestly have been pretty busy these past few weeks making things, putting them up on Etsy and Artfire, sprucing up the Facebook Page, and such.
So, in the same vein as my daughter, I'd like to share a few photos of some new bracelets I've included in the shop.
I've had a lot of fun working with leather during the summer. I was inspired to return to kumihimo (Japanese loom braiding), this time with leather cord, and I had a blast making a Double Wrap Bracelet and a thick men's bracelet. (It's been around 4 years since I've touched a loom!) A few were created with multiples of thin leather cords and another with really thick leather cords. I am really happy with the results.
I also delved into a little macrame knotting, especially with the single strand leather cording and silver charms. I was inspired to do some macrame after teaching my son to make a paracord bracelet during the summer vacation.
Finally, I also included my bread and butter, wire wrapping, with a melange of freshwater pearls and connected to sterling silver chain. I added a personal touch with a handstamped "love" charm near the clasp. (I have yet to perfect the stamping techniques, though.)
I hope you enjoy my pieces and please stop on by Manoa Road on Etsy and Artfire.