I am sure I have mentioned before that my husband enjoys his cigars (and coffee). His umm-"career" friends have given him a few as Thank you's along with a fabulous bottle of Scotch called Chiveas regal. He is not one to enjoy the bottle but has taken a taste for sake of saying he did enjoy some. I get to enjoy the luxury of that one when I am no longer nursing.
So I have been saving his cigar labels to make a special gift for his birthday from the children & I. It was nice to do something they could be involved with and I could honestly say they helped make it.It is grey skies and drizzling rain which makes for bad picture taking. But untill the sun comes back out, you can at least see these to get the idea of what I am talking about.
The labels were glued on then smoothed of any wrinkles or bubbles. Then an outdoor proof glue/sealer was brushed on to make it waterproof. We did a few layers to be sure not a single spot was missed. The results are what I hoped for. The pictures do not do justice to their appearence. He will be taking one to work for a test trial on wear. I may make a set for my Etsy shop which will be in full swing this Fall (hopefully).
We made the first acorn bracelet. & again pleasing results. I used the same glue sealer as above mentioned for the acorns. They are on a natural hemp beading string with wood beads. This is on Lil' Man's wrist so it appears much larger in size for emphasis. I became very excited over the clasps I found to use too. It is made of 2 magnets so the kids can put them on & off all by themselves. I think its a great use on bracelets for adults too. The picture is fuzzy but you can at least see it fits in with the bracelet theme.
It has a tiny hobnail thing going on but does not look out of place or overpowering the the beads and acorns. Next is the necklace which I am not sure how it will turn out. It will be long choker size that goes to about the t-shirt neckline. I will keep you posted on the results. Thinking of these in Etsy too but your opinions on if it is too rustic or whatever would be appreciated. I was thinking for childrens jewelery, it would be a fun item for the fall.
Steph*, I know what you mean about the turkens looking creepy. I too thought the same when my husband said he wanted some. He is into the freaky looking animals because he is just weird like that. Now that they are here, I have come to love the gentle rooster who has yet to crow and the Mrs who follows him everywhere. A mug only mom could love :~).....