Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Bare-foot Sandals and other cottage crafts....

We had such a nice time up at Steve's sisters cottage for the past week and a half. We had a little more rain than we would have liked but that was okay since it left us with some fun time to craft with the kids.

I brought up some metallic glitter pipe-cleaners, some glue and stick-on gems. All you need is a cardboard paper towel tube to make these cute glitter bracelets. Just slit the paper towel tube all the way down the center. then cut a 1" strip. this will make the perfect cuff/bracelet to fit around a child's wrist. Then have the little ones wrap the pipe-cleaners over the cardboard from one end to the other. Glue on the jewels and use a cloths peg to hold them in place until the glue is dry.

I have a ridiculous amount of beads, so I brought up a couple of boxes for the girls to play with. We made these really cute bare-foot sandals for the beach. All you need is some clear stretchy/elastic thread and a variety of beads. You'll need about 30-35" of elastic thread for each foot (less for a child's foot). Start by using seed beads to make the ring to go around the middle toe (I used about 36 seed beads for the toe loop) Then string the two ends through a larger bead to complete the loop. You can use any design leading up to the ankle. You can make a "Y" design like I did on mine, or you can make it a little more simple by just doing a "T" shape like Meagan did for her's. I think it would be fun to experiment with other beads like pearl or shell beads for this too! They're fun to make and the best part is I could almost trick my Mom into thinking that Meagan was actually wearing shoe's!! LOL!....that little monkey would go barefoot in winter if I let her!


StrawberryPia said...

Those bare-foot sandlas are so cute! What an creative idea! I´ll have to tell my peal crafting frinds about this! :) Have a great day Gabrielle! *hugs* Pia

Meg Giroux said...

Gabrielle, how cool are these?? They look so cute! My daughter beads a lot and I am going to show her your creative ideas! Thanks for sharing!

Sharon said...

What a cool idea and they look super. You're a clever chicky!!!!

Anna said...

How creative can you get ??? I love this. FAB !! And girl you look good.

Tracey said...

wow girl is there no limits to your creative abilities !!! I love those little barefoot sandals. sounds like a wonderful family getaway at the cottage.
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paulien710 said...

This is sooooo lovely.
I love the colors of your foot sandals.... Gosh.... they really look cute!!!!

Very creative!!!!!

Stacey said...

Look at you gorgeous chick!!!!!! You are sooo creative!!! I love those foot sandals!!!!!

Jennifer said...

love those sandles so incredibley cute...way to go!

Rebecca S. said...

Those sandals are so adorable..I love them.great Idea..

scrapnnMO said...

Hello! These barefoot sandals are to die for. They are sooo cute!

Debbie :-) said...

Hi Gabi! Wow, I love those darling bare-foot sandals!!! I would love to make those for next summer! Glad you enjoyed your time at the cottage! Hope you have a wonderful extended holiday weekend!!

Nicole said...

Stopping by to say hi...Those sandals are fantastic....great idea...with summer around the corner over here in Australia may have to pull out all my beads...hahahaha...Looking forward to catching up with your new layouts. Cheers from Nicole

Jane said...

Your just to super creative for me!!! love the cute little sandles!!! love the pic of you too...your too cute!!!..sounds like a good time away even witht he rain!!!

Krissy said...

I would totally buy those barefoot sandals! HOW creative are you? WOW! Love em!

Ullis said...

Hey Gabi,
Those barefoot sandals are too cute!! What and awsome idea! :) I bet your girls had a lot of fun making them with you!!

I love your blog design by the way! Very pretty!

~ Emmy ~

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These are adorable, Gabi! Please stop by my blog and see what is waiting there for you!

Vel said...

OMG Gabi, those "sandals" are amazing...and so incredibly sexy! Wow!

Pinky said...

LOVE these

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