DIY Embossed Leather Honeycomb Bracelet {Guest Post}

I’m thrilled to introduce you to a very talented friend of mine, Kristy from Please Excuse My Craftermath… She is extremely creative and writes wonderful tutorials, so I’m really excited that she’s here to share a step-by-step “how to” with you today.  I know you will love this project!

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 Hi!  I’m Kristy, and I’m usually blog over at Please Excuse My Craftermath…  I’m all about fun, and sometimes geeky, DIY.  I love making quality handmade crafts.  Some of my favorite projects have been my embossed leather coasters, the hexagon quilt I made for my brother, and a hand made notepad.  If you want, I’d love it if you checked me out on Facebook or Instagram!  Lately I’ve been on a bit of a leather kick, so I thought I’d share a fun little bracelet project that I whipped up to share with you here!

Make your own embossed leather bracelet - would make a perfect gift! Full step-by-step tutorial.

 

Materials

 

Make your own embossed leather bracelet - would make a perfect gift! Full step-by-step tutorial.

  • 2 flat nose pliers
  • 1 piece of 4/5 oz veg tanned leather, approximately 6×2″
  • Embossing folder (Darice Honeycomb Border shown here)
  • Embossing machine (not pictured – I have both a Vagabond and a Sizzix Texture Boutique)
  • 2 jump rings
  • 2 x 1.75″ pieces of chain
  • Leather Dye (Fiebings Cordovan)
  • Leather Paint (Jacquard’s Sunset Gold)
  • A paintbrush
  • 2 flat nose pliers
  • Chain cutters
  • Paintbrush
  • Water
  • Scissors to cut your leather (not shown)
  • Hole punch (not shown)
  • FREE cut pattern (downloadable HERE)

 

Cutting your leather

 

Ok, now that you’ve gathered you’re materials, you’ll need to cut your leather.  Using the downloadable template, there are 2 ways to do this.  This first is to print the .pdf file, cut it out, and trace it by hand on the back of your leather scrap.  Once it’s been traced, you’ll cut it out by hand.  Add a hole to each side of the leather piece using your hole punch where the template indicates.

Make your own embossed leather bracelet - would make a perfect gift! Full step-by-step tutorial.

The other method I’ve included is a .jpg that you can upload into the Cricut Design studio and trace using their “Simple Image” feature. Delete the grey background and the pink holes. Then size the cut to be 5.5″ long. When cutting your leather on the Cricut, use the “Heavy Leather” settings. Before running the leather through the machine, press it down with a brayer or a similar tool. I used this method to cut my bracelet blank, since it gave me cleaner lines and also cut the holes in the leather for me.When cutting your leather on the Cricut, use the “Heavy Leather” settings.  Before running the leather through the machine, press it down with a brayer or a similar tool.  I used this method to cut my bracelet blank, since it gave me cleaner lines and also cut the holes in the leather for me.

 

Make your own embossed leather bracelet - would make a perfect gift! Full step-by-step tutorial.

Either way, once you’re finished with cutting, you’ll have a bracelet blank that is about 5.5″ x 1.5″ and looks something like this:

 

Make your own embossed leather bracelet - would make a perfect gift! Full step-by-step tutorial.

Embossing Your Leather

 

Once you’ve cut your leather, it’s time to emboss it.  First, you’ll want to case your leather by using a wet cloth or paper towel to wipe some water onto both sides of the leather.  You’ll notice that it gets a little bit darker when it soaks up the water.

 

Make your own embossed leather bracelet - would make a perfect gift! Full step-by-step tutorial.

 

Next, place your bracelet into the embossing folder.  Make sure to pay attention to which way the embossing folder is going.  If it’s got words – you want those to be legible.  I chose to emboss it so that lines between the honeycombs would be embossed into the folder.  You could also switch it the other way so that those lines would be raised and the comb itself would be indented.

 

Make your own embossed leather bracelet - would make a perfect gift! Full step-by-step tutorial.

Next, run it through your machine.  For the Vagabond, your embossing sandwich will be:  Solo Platform – Solo Shim – Embossing Folder – Solo Shim.
**Your machine may be different!  Please pay attention to your machine as the folder goes through so that you don’t accidentally put too thick a sandwich through!**

After you’ve run it through the machine, you’re bracelet is looking mighty fine!

 

Make your own embossed leather bracelet - would make a perfect gift! Full step-by-step tutorial.

Adding some color

 

Ok, so we’ve got an embossed piece of leather – what next?  Well, next we need to pretty it up a bit.  I started by adding a single coat of Fiebings Cordovan leather dye using a wool dauber.  This is a really dark brown color that’s almost, but not quite, black.  I also chose to dye the sides and the back of the leather, though you could keep those the natural color if you prefer.  Make sure to do this in a ventilated area.  You may also want to wear gloves – it will get all over your hands, and it is a dye after all.  Once the dye is on, you can wipe of the extra with a cloth or just give it a few moments before painting so that it dries enough not to wipe off on your hands.

 

Make your own embossed leather bracelet - would make a perfect gift! Full step-by-step tutorial.

Next up is adding a bit of gold.  You may have noticed that my materials picture shows Jacquard’s Neopaque Yellow, but I listed Sunset Gold.  After painting just a few squares, I decided I really wanted that metallic sheen instead, so I went with the metallic.

 

Make your own embossed leather bracelet - would make a perfect gift! Full step-by-step tutorial.

I also choose to leave a few of the hexes in a bit of a curving line dark brown.  After 2 coats of the gold, I decided I was happy with the final result.

 

Make your own embossed leather bracelet - would make a perfect gift! Full step-by-step tutorial.

Shaping and Finishing the Bracelet

 

Now it’s time to turn your decorated blank into a bracelet.  If you’ve done this step by step, your blank will be a little cold to the touch.  This is good – it means your leather has still retained some of the flexibility that the water and the dyes have given it.  Place it on your wrist and press it down around the sides.  Hold it there for about 30 seconds.  This will start shaping it into a bracelet, but don’t worry if it doesn’t stay fully in place.  It should look something like this:

Make your own embossed leather bracelet - would make a perfect gift! Full step-by-step tutorial.

Next up we’ll be adding the findings.  Use your clippers to cut 2 small pieces of chain.  Mine were about 1.75″.  For reference, my wrist is about 7″ around.  Open up your jump rings using your flat nose pliers.

 

Make your own embossed leather bracelet - would make a perfect gift! Full step-by-step tutorial.

Then, run your chain through the hole in your leather (widen if i you need to using a pen) and close it up with a jump ring.  Do the same on the other side, but add the clasp to the jump ring as well.

 

Make your own embossed leather bracelet - would make a perfect gift! Full step-by-step tutorial.

Done!

 

And that’s it!  Keep the bracelet clasped for a while so that it full dries into it’s new shape.  If you want, after the leather is no longer cool to the touch, you can use some Carnuba Cream or another leather conditioner to keep the bracelet protected from drying out too much.

 

Make your own embossed leather bracelet - would make a perfect gift! Full step-by-step tutorial.

 

Thanks so much to Meredith for letting me stop by!  And thank YOU for reading!

~Kristy gd

 

A huge thanks to Kristy for guest posting today, and with such a terrific project and detailed tutorial!  Be sure to stop by her blog or follow her on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for some more inspiration!

Labor and Delivery Nurse Thank You Bags

Thank you bags for labor & delivery nurses - bring along with you to the hospital as little thank you gifts for the amazing nurses!

 

When I had my first baby we had a team of terrific nurses throughout our stay, but the nurse that was by my side throughout the final 8 hours of labor (including almost 3 hours of pushing!) was absolutely incredible.  Her name was Sarah, and she was patient, encouraging, and just amazing in every way – I really don’t know how I would have gotten through labor without her.  I had every intention of sending her a nice note with a gift card or something after we got home, but of course life with a newborn took over and I never ended up sending a thank you, and I’ve regretted it ever since.  This time, I figured I would go in stocked with little “thank you bags” to give to all of the nurses that care for me and the baby!

 

Silhouette "print and cut" labels make a great personal touch for labor and delivery nurse thank you bags!

 

I used the “print and cut” technique with my Silhouette to design, print, and cut out little tags for the bags.  (Gender neutral, since we didn’t know what we were having!)

 

Silhouette "print and cut" labels make a great personal touch for labor and delivery nurse thank you bags!

 

Then I filled up some little cellophane treat bags with goodies, tied them shut with colorful ribbons, and added my tags.

 

Thank you bags for labor & delivery nurses - bring along with you to the hospital as little thank you gifts for the amazing nurses!

I included a travel-sized lotion, chap stick, a pack of gum, and a big assortment of candy.  I ended up making 12 bags (making sure we’d have enough to give a bag to every nurse that cared for me or baby over our entire 2 day stay), but if you were only making a couple to give to the nurses that work really closely with you during your actual labor & delivery, you could spend a little more $$ on each bag.  You could include reusable water bottles (use some vinyl to decorate them!), ID card holders, pens, full-sized candy bars, granola bars, Starbucks gift cards…or whatever you’d like!

 

Thank you bags for labor & delivery nurses - bring along with you to the hospital as little thank you gifts for the amazing nurses!

These little bags were a huge hit amongst the nurses…and it was really the least we could do to say “thanks” for all they did for us during our stay!  We gave one to the doctor and the anesthesiologist (my hero!) as well, and they loved them too.  It’s really the least we could do for the big role these folks played in bringing our baby boy into the world!

 

And here’s another little “thank you” type gift you can bring along with you to the hospital for the daddy-to-be: put together a Daddy’s Hospital Survival Kit!

 

Put together a small "hospital survival kit" for the daddy-to-be - a great list of things to include in daddy's hospital bag! (includes a free printable label!)

 

 

 

The Silhouette Challenge Facebook Group

The “print and cut” technique is really one of my favorite things to do with my Silhouette!  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a quick overview: no, the Silhouette machine itself doesn’t actually print, but you can add “registration marks” to your designs and then print directly from the Silhouette Studio software to your printer (or use this tutorial to print at a print shop when you need high quality and/or mass quantities) – then when you load the printed design on your cutting mat, the Silhouette will “read” the registration marks and know exactly where to cut on your printed page!  It’s great for gift tags, place cards, all kinds of labels, stickers, and more!

 

This month’s Silhouette Challenge is full of all things print-and-cut…so if you’re looking for project ideas, here is a BOATLOAD of terrific inspiration for you!  Browse through the collage below by clicking directly on the images or clicking the links below the collage.

Print and Cut Rebus Valentine Tigger Printable Heat Transfer T-Shirt Love You Valentine’s Jar {tutorial} + Print & Cut Blog Hop Valentine BINGO with {FREE} Printable and Cut File DIY Conversation Hearts Temporary Tattoos {Heart} Dance! Custom Birthday Party Invitations using Silhouette's Print and Cut Milk & Cookies Valentine's Treat Print & Cut Valentine's Day Banner Old wooden box Love Print and Cut Fabric Labels Be Mine Banner Love is all you need - Print & Cut Valentine Journal Cards Free Printable: Snickers Valentine Tag Labor & Delivery Nurse Thank You Bags Valentine Robot Shirt with Print and Cut Heat Transfer Vinyl Print and Cut Fish Valentines 3D Print and Cut Magnets (And Tons More Silhouette Print and Cut Ideas) Baby Month Stickers with a FREE cut file Super Easy Print and Cut Journal Card Valentines Simple Silhouette Valentine Card Valentine Hugs and Kisses Canning Jar Craft Frozen Inspired Tattoos Be My Valentine Mini Album Print and Cut Valentine Pudding Cup Wrappers - February Silhouette Challenge Print & Cut Birthday Invitations

1. Clever Someday // 2. TitiCrafty // 3. GingerSnapCrafts.com // 4. My Paper Craze // 5. Simply Kelly Designs // 6. Little Blue’s Room // 7. Mama Sonshine // 8. Small Stuff Counts // 9. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 10. GiveMeAPaintbrush // 11. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 12. Barb’s Life // 13. GetSilvered // 14. Lil’ Mrs. Tori // 15. Minted Strawberry // 16. unOriginal Mom // 17. Where The Smiles Have Been // 18. Persia Lou // 19. Silhouette School // 20. From Whine to Whine // 21. DailyDwelling // 22. Creative Ramblings // 23. Paper Garden Projects // 24. It Happens in a Blink // 25. Perfectly Fabulous // 26. Adventures in All Things Food // 27. Create & Babble

 

Is there someone in your life you could bless with a little “thank you” treat bag like this?

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Easy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup made easy with a box of Wild Rice with seasoning - a delicious and hearty soup for the cold winter months!

 

There’s nothing better on a cold winter night than a delicious bowl of hearty soup with some fresh bread on the side.  In fact, soup frequently makes it on the menu at our house once a week through the colder months of the year…even though there’s just two adults and a toddler, a big pot of soup is great for dinner one night and lasts us for several lunches through the week, too.  I find that soup is great for having dinner guests, too – add a pretty salad and some homemade (or bakery bought) bread, and you’ve got a delicious and filling meal.

 

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup made easy with a box of Wild Rice with seasoning - a delicious and hearty soup for the cold winter months!

 

One of my very favorite soup recipes is one that I adapted from this popular recipe over on AllRecipes.com.  It’s really easy and can be ready in 30 minutes!  There are two “tricks” to this soup – the first is using a rotisserie chicken or chicken that you’ve cooked and shredded ahead of time.  (I’ve actually started cooking a bunch of seasoned chicken breasts in my slow cooker with a bit of chicken broth, shredding them, then freezing them into quart sized freezer bags – it’s so easy to grab one out of the freezer and toss it into a soup like this!)  The second “trick” is using a box of quick cooking long grain wild rice with a seasoning packet.  I like Uncle Ben’s Quick Cook Long Grain & Wild Rice.  You cook the rice with in with the chicken, broth, and veggies, but you use the seasoning packet in with your roux that gets added to the soup to thicken it up.  That’s really the key to the hearty, slow cooked flavor of this recipe!

 

  Chicken and Wild Rice Soup made easy with a box of Wild Rice with seasoning - a delicious and hearty soup for the cold winter months!

 

After reading MANY reviews and making it myself several times, I came up with a few alterations to the original recipe – the biggest is starting with some carrots, celery, and onions to saute in the bottom of your soup pot before adding the broth and chicken.  I also found milk worked fine instead of heavy cream.  You’ll find my version of the recipe below.

This soup makes GREAT leftovers too – you’ll just need to thin it out with some milk or broth when reheating.

 

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup made easy with a box of Wild Rice with seasoning - a delicious and hearty soup for the cold winter months!

 

Easy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
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Serves: 8 servings
 
Ingredients
  • olive oil
  • ½ c. chopped onion
  • ½ c. chopped celery
  • ½ c. chopped carrots
  • 1-2 cloves minced garlic
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2-3 c. cooked, shredded chicken breast (rotisserie chicken works well)
  • 1 package quick cooking long grain and wild rice with seasoning packet (I like Uncle Ben's)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 T. butter
  • 2 cups milk
Instructions
  1. In a large pot over medium heat, saute carrots, onions, celery, and garlic in olive oil until soft.
  2. Add broth, water and chicken to pot. Bring just to boiling, then stir in rice, reserving seasoning packet. Cover and remove from heat.
  3. In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper and flour. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in contents of seasoning packet until mixture is bubbly. Reduce heat to low, then stir in flour mixture by tablespoons, to form a roux. Whisk in milk, a little at a time, until fully incorporated and smooth. Cook until thickened, 5 minutes.
  4. Stir milk mixture into broth and rice. Cook over medium heat until heated through, 10 to 15 minutes.

 

Enjoy!

 


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Styling a Bedside Table {Guest Post}

I’m excited to have my friend Holly from McCall Manor guest posting for you today while I am enjoying time with my new baby.  (Those of you with crazy-good memories will recall she visited unOriginal Mom back in September as well with a great tutorial on creating keepsake jewelry out of foreign coins!)  She’s here to share some expertise with you on how to style a bedside table – and I’ll let you in on a little secret, I am TERRIBLE at home decor things like this so I found her ideas to be really practical and smart – I know you’ll enjoy it!

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Hey lovely people!

I am so thrilled to be joining in the baby fun over here at UnOriginal Mom.  Meredith didn’t want you all to get bored while she was settling in with the new little one and asked me to chat with you all for a bit.

I am thrilled to get to share with you all again.  Last time, we talked about jewelry made from foreign coins.  Remember?  I knew you would!

 

How to style a bedside table - great, practical ideas for simple styling!

 

On my brain today: furniture.

I LOVE FURNITURE.

It is my medium of choice as a wanna-be artist. I love to paint it, strip it, stain it, rearrange it, find it on the side of the road, etc.

But what I don’t love about furniture—styling it.

Styling items on a horizontal surface is one of my LEAST FAVORITE things to do.

Can anyone out there relate?

Playing with size, scale, shape and texture can be a little annoying.

 

How to style a bedside table - great, practical ideas for simple styling!

 

Begin by determining what you need in a space.  Clear the clutter and only keep what you need.  Then find some pretty ‘containters’.  I need something to put my rings in at night, so I got a cute little bowl that my daughter made and keep it close.  Magazines kept in a basket (along with my ‘readers’) are the perfect way to wind down.

 

How to style a bedside table - great, practical ideas for simple styling!

 

If that is too much clutter for you, take away the container of magazines/books and just keep the book you are currently reading and bring in a large-scale frame to add some interest.

 

How to style a bedside table - great, practical ideas for simple styling!

 

I love the look of stacked books.  These are old books that I turned around (the spines are all sorts of colors and it was too distracting) and stacked in random heights.  I truly think that stacked books can warm up any room.

 

How to style a bedside table - great, practical ideas for simple styling!

 

Not a bedtime reader?  No problem, just switch out the books for a grouping of frames.  Notice the different heights and sizes of frames that I used.  This gives your eye different levels to bounce around on.

 

Did you notice the common factor?  Yes!  The flowers. A sweet friend of mine brought them to me and I couldn’t leave them out.  Fresh flowers are the best accessory for any bedside table.

I hope you all have enjoyed playing around with styling today.  I’m worn out from thinking about horizontal spaces!

 

Blessings,

~Holly

Be sure to follow Holly via Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram…or stop by her blog for even more inspiration!