Annual Riot Rooster Indie Craft Fair

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Riot Rooster Indie Craft Fair

Yesterday evening my dear friend, Bambi, and I went to the 8th annual Riot Rooster Indie Craft Fair. This two-day funky market and bazaar takes place every year the weekend before Thanksgiving and is a mecca of handmade, upcycled, recycled, odd and useful gifts made by regional artists and makers.This was the first year we both were actually able to attend and we were not disappointed.

The annual Riot Rooster Indie Craft Fair is an annual fundraiser for Girls Rock RoanokeGirls Rock Roanoke (GRR!) is a volunteer-run, community based organization in the Roanoke Valley. At Girls Rock Roanoke camp, girls ages 8-16 will form bands, write their own songs, and perform at a final Showcase. They also participate in workshops on women’s music history, self defense, screen printing, DIY clothing, body confidence, stage presence, teamwork, songwriting, tech talk, and more. Their aim is to support girls as they develop self-confidence, amplify their voices, and fully realize their power to make a difference in the world. Camp activities and volunteers create a nurturing space that fosters creativity, communication, collaboration, and inclusivity. You can learn more about this organization or simply make a donation by visiting their facebook page here. You can also find them online here.

While we weren’t able to buy everything we wanted at this year’s Riot Rooster Indie Craft Fair, Bambi and I did make the rounds and snatch up business cards for future purchases. Bambi purchased some pretty awesome upcycled arm warmers to wear at work now that the weather is getting colder as well as a tiny pottery vase from Entropy Designs.

Handmade Pottery Mug by Entropy Designs

I also made a purchase from Entropy Designs and bought this super cute pottery mug as well as a fun lidded container with a similar design but in yellow. (You can find Entropy Designs on Etsy here.)

Lucky Buttons Jewelry

Bambi and I also both made purchases from Lucky Buttons, owned by two rather fabulous local Roanoke favorites, Jordan and Lucy. Bambi and I have both known Jordan and Lucy for many years through their band, Another Roadside Attraction. (You can have a listen at ReverbNation here.) In addition, Lucy is also much of the energy and life behind Girls Rock Roanoke.

Handmade Coin Ring by Lucky Buttons Jewelry

Bambi and I both bought rings from Lucky Buttons. I bought this ring made from a commemorative coin from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Bambi bought one from Wisconsin. Both of our rings were just a smidge big, but Jordan was able to quickly re-size them for us on the spot!

Handmade Wheat Penny Bracelet from Lucky Buttons

I also bought this fantastic bracelet made from wheat pennies. I LOVE the magnetic clasp.

RoadSide Miracle Mustache Wax

And I bought some of Jordan’s locally famous RoadSide Miracle Mustache Wax for my boyfriend. (You can find Lucky Buttons on Etsy here.)

Leather and felt feather necklace with turquoise and baltic amber beads by Witty Fox Craftworks

Some of the other fantastic vendors included The Artful SojournNaturel Mistik, Lunachick, PillowslipsWitty Fox Craftworks (pictured,) Whole StudioMagpiper Metalworks and Art by Sharell.

For more wonderful indie crafters I’m in love with, be sure to check out all of my favorites on Etsy here. There are lots of wonderful options there to knock out all of your holiday shopping. Or, if you’re a crafter yourself, be sure to check out my post with 50 unique DIY Christmas gift ideas here.


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Starry DIY Snow Globe Ring & Homemade Christmas Gift Idea

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This fun starry DIY snow globe ring not only makes a great conversation piece but it also makes for a brilliant homemade Christmas gift idea!

DIY Snow Globe Ring Gift Idea! This starry DIY snow globe ring makes a fun and unique homemade Christmas gift!

You don’t need a lot of skill for this DIY jewelry project but you do need a little patience to set the star on the ring base and allow sufficient drying time before you try to “shake” things up.

Learn how to make these beautiful DIY snow globe rings for homemade Christmas gifts.

Starry DIY Snow Globe Ring

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What you’ll need:

Large clear glass globe antique bronze ring (33mm diameter globe/25mm diameter opening)
washi tape (to hold star in place while it dries)
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mirrored Stars (most craft stores have these)
E6000 glue/craft adhesive
fine colored glitter of choice
glitter snow

How to make a starry DIY snow globe ring for Christmas.

What you do:

I was not able to find the glass globe rings locally at any of the three craft stores in my area so I purchased mine online from Ingredients for Lovely on Etsy as she’s based in the USA.

How to make a starry DIY snow globe ring for Christmas.

Begin by putting a small amount of E6000 glue inside the base of the ring avoiding the edge around the diameter. Dust lightly with glitter snow then place one of the largest of the stars from your mirrored stars pack in the very center of the ring base. Hold in place then gently apply washi tape to the ring to keep it standing straight up and down while it dries. Pop your ring into cone of baker’s twine or whatever’s handy to hold the ring up and keep it from falling.

How to make a starry DIY snow globe ring for Christmas.

Once the glue has dried carefully remove the washi tape. Apply more E6000 glue around the base of the star then sprinkle with more glitter snow. This will help to stabilize it further so it doesn’t come loose during wear.

How to make a starry DIY snow globe ring for Christmas.

Now add two or three of the smallest mirrored stars to the inside of the glass globe along with some glitter snow and a tiny bit of colored glitter. I used a fine blue glitter.

How to make a starry DIY snow globe ring for Christmas.

Now add a small amount of E6000 glue around the opening of the glass globe and press it onto the ring base. Wrap washi tape around the globe and onto the ring base to hold the two pieces together. Allow to dry completely.

This beautiful starry DIY snow globe ring makes a unique stocking stuffer gift idea for Christmas.

Once the glue has fully dried carefully remove the washi tape. And it’s done!

Make these starry DIY snow globe ring for the winter holidays.

Now all that’s left is to wear your creation! Shake it up to see the snow flutter and cling to different parts of the star and glass.

How to make a DIY terrarium ring.

You can also use the same jewelry components to make DIY terrarium rings. For this mushroom terrarium ring I used three mushroom miniatures from the floral department of my local craft store. I simply twisted the bottom wires together and circled them together then glued them to the ring base with E6000. Once dry I also glued some preserved reindeer moss to the moss to cover the wires before gluing on the globe. You could always add glitter to this one too!

How to make DIY snow globe rings.

You can discover 50 more fantastic DIY Christmas gifts for friends and family at Soap Deli News blog here.

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Eco-Friendly Artterro DIY Collage Jewelry Craft Kit Giveaway

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Eco-Friendly Arrtterro Collage Jewelry Craft Kit Giveaway

Hooray for Earth Day! Celebrate Earth Day with Artterro who relaunched their line of eco-friendly art kits today! Now packaged in 100% recycled cardboard, Artterro’s art kit packaging features not only bright and colorful project ideas printed using green, soy based inks, but also a sturdy outer box that can be reused for other projects like a mailbox, birdhouse or even a special treasure box while the inner tray is perfect for reusing as a frame for finished art. Further, the bead bags used for packaging are also now biodegradable. Plus customers will find even more beautiful, completely natural materials in each kit like natural beads, felt, copper wire and even soy-based foam pad.

Eco-friendly Natural Artterro Art Kits for Kids

Here’s a peek inside Artterro’s Collage Jewelry Kit that I received featuring wooden pendants, beads and a bangle bracelet that you can embellish and decoupage with a wide variety of papers and beads included within this kit. The kit also includes cotton cord, jewelry findings for necklaces and earrings, two brushes, glaze and instructions.

DIY Decoupage Jewelry and Bangle Bracelet

For this project, Hunter, from down the street came over to lend some of her creativity. Her favorite project was the bangle bracelet.

How to Make Decoupage Collage Jewelry

For this project she used a brush to “paint” on Artterro’s gloss glaze onto the wooden bangle, applying decorative tissue papers onto the glaze and then painting over them.

DIY Decoupage Collage Bracelet for Kids

She repeated this all the way around the wooden bangle bracelet until it was completely covered, then allowed it to dry.

How to Make DIY Collage Decoupage Jewelry

She applied the same method to the pendants she turned into necklaces. She also glued bead onto some of these as well.

Artterro's Eco-Friendly Kids Collage Jewelry Art Kit

DIY Decoupage Collage Jewelry Kit from Artterro

Here Hunter is decoupaging the beads for earrings.

DIY Collage Jewelry and Craft Kit Giveaway

Interested in trying Artterro’s Eco-Friendly Collage Jewelry Art Kit for you and your family? Simply enter via Rafflecopter below through May 8th, 2014. One winner will receive a DIY Collage Jewelry Kit valued at $29 suitable for ages 8 and up.

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DIY Homemade Christmas Stocking Stuffer Gift Ideas

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The holiday season is fast approaching and Christmas is right around the corner. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannakuh, something else, or even nothing at all, here are a few lovely homemade gift ideas that are just perfect for stuffing those stockings.  Or gift these small, inexpensive gifts to worthy friends and co-workers!

Homemade Bath, Beauty, Home & Lifestyle Gift Ideas

Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas You Can DIY - Perfect for Homemade Stocking Stuffers

1. DIY Frosted Cranberry Massage Candle / 2. DIY Snow Globe Necklace (via Tatertots & Jello) / 3. DIY Gingerbread Men Snow Globe Soaps

Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas and Stocking Stuffers for Bath, Beauty and Home

1. DIY Reusable Crochet Face Scrubbies (via Dabbles & Babbles) / 2. DIY Retro Fawn Softie (via Craftside) / 3. DIY Gingerbread Brown Sugar Scrub (via Wallflower Girl)

Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas with Printable Labels

1. DIY 2-in-1 Lip & Cheek Stain / 2. DIY Ferocious & Fantastic Soap with Printable Labels / 3. DIY Mulling Spices in a Jar with Printable Labels

Homemade Bath and Body Christmas Gift Ideas for Women

1. DIY Frosted Cranberry Scented Coconut Milk Soap / 2. DIY Red Velvet Cake Perfume Oil / 3. DIY Red Velvet Cake Goat Milk Lotion

DIY Homemade Herbal Gift Ideas for the Holidays

1. DIY Herbal Teas / 2. DIY Rose Milk Bath (via Henry Happened) / 3. DIY Rosewater (via Hello Home Blogge)

(While the Homemade Rosewater may be a stretch for some depending on your climate, my roses in Southwest Virginia are actually blooming again since cutting them back at the beginning of October – even with the cold nights. If you want to make rose water but lack the roses, you can buy organic rose petals from Mountain Rose Herbs. They also sell rose water (hydrosol) with the work already done for you!)

For more fantastic DIY homemade Christmas gift ideas follow my Unique DIY Christmas Gift Ideas board and my DIY Stocking Stuffer Sized Christmas Gifts board on Pinterest. Or for gifts you can buy this holiday season, visit my Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas board. You can also find more handmade DIY gift ideas on Soap Deli News here.

Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry Giveaway

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Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry from MagsBeadsCreation Etsy Shop - Labradorite Cluster Pearl and Crystal Earrings Giveaway
I know how much my readers love jewelry, so I’m super excited to introduce the artisan jewelry shop, MagsBeadsCreation, to you! This shop provides handcrafted artisan wire and beaded jewelry with gemstone beads, Swarovski elements (crystals, pearls), and sterling silver / silver plated materials. Each piece of jewelry is lovingly designed and professionally handcrafted with various techniques including bead stringing, wire wrapping and wire working.

 

Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry from MagsBeadsCreation Etsy Shop - Labradorite Cluster Pearl and Crystal Earrings Giveaway
Melani, the owner and designer behind MagsBeadsCreation, has been making jewelry professionally for the past several years while attending professional courses on jewelry design and fabrication in Singapore. Her interest in the world of beads and jewelry started when she was a little girl as early on she began to associate jewelry with joyous events she attended such as weddings and birthdays. Melani would be honored to have one of her handcrafted jewelry pieces a part of your happy occasion. Therefore, she is pleased to offer 10% off any purchase from her shop when you use coupon code: SOAPDELINEWS through June 30th, 2013. You can also find MagsBeadsCreation on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and through her blog.

 

Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry from MagsBeadsCreation Etsy Shop - Labradorite Cluster Pearl and Crystal Earrings Giveaway
Additionally you can also enter to win her lovely Labradorite Cluster Pearl and Crystal Earrings (pictured above) valued at $54. These elegant cluster earrings are lovingly handcrafted with labradorite gemstone beads, cultured freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, and sterling silver metal components. This giveaway is open worldwide. Simply enter via Rafflecopter below through April 1st, 2013 for your chance to win!

 Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry Giveaway

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You can also enter to win a $50 Gift Certificate to Heal My Sole through March 27th, 2013 and  enter to win a copy of the new book, How to Make Handmade Shampoo Bars, by Lisa Maliga through March 24th, 2013.