Monday, 4 June 2012

Inspiration Cafe - Beach Inspired Bracelet


Hello Everyone and welcome to our very first Inspiration Cafe post.. So exciting!!!
So grab your coffee and lets get started. 
 
Coming Soon...... 5 more sleeps

Today I'm going to show you how I made this beachy bracelet. 
Its really easy and of course the sky is your limit with projects like this.

Recently I discovered I actually liked memory wire after years of avoiding it for some reason. So I'm loving creating all kinds of looks with it. And I have been inspired, quite a lot by my environment, last month I created a Winter inspired bracelet and this week the beach has been calling....

The image I had of the beach is one of my favourites (and its my blog header too). Look at the rich colours, the sand and the greenish hue of the sea. It threatened a storm that day and there was a yellow tinge to everything.


What you need: 

beads of varying sizes, shapes and colours
charms for your theme - I used shells and starfish
jump rings to attach the charms to the bracelet
memory wire cut to your desired length - mine wraps around my wrist 5 times
I bought all my supplies from Spotlight.

Using a pair of long nosed pliers bend one end of the wire to form a loop. 
Then thread your beads and charms on, and end off again with another loop.
 So simple!
However, if you're anything like me, you will re-thread your beads over and over until you're happy with the look...


 Then you throw your family into the car for a trip to the beach and a photo shoot....


 I think this is by far my favourite creation yet. At least when I wear it this winter it will remind me of the beach and put some cheer into our cold dark days.
 
 I hope you enjoyed our first post and that you feel inspired to create this week.

Let us know if you make any of our creations - we would love to pop round for a visit to your blogs.

We will see you again next week, Mary from Sweet Little Bluebird will be sharing a yummy recipe with us all.

Don't forget to leave some comment love...

Take care

xxx

 
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59 comments:

  1. Stunning!!! I love it and that you threw the family in the car for a photo shoot! I'm going to make one inspired by the mounatins. So maybe I will get a trip in for the photo shoot!!

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    1. Ooh Lisa - I cant wait to see your creation. Thank you for your wonderful support xxx

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  2. This is such a precious piece, Natalie. The beach is my favorite place on earth. Your bracelet really has a beautiful beach vibe and your photos are amazing! Love ya!!

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    1. Thank you sweetie - love ya heaps xxxxx

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  3. Absolutely love it Natalie, love the different sized beads and the gorgeous colours.
    Btw, I wear my Natalie creation all the time !
    Have a great week xx

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    1. Thank you so much hun - I'm super stoked you are wearing your bracelet xxxx

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  4. this is so stunning! a gorgeous bracelet and your pics are amazing!
    hugs
    jutta

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    1. Thank you so much Jutta - I'm still getting the hang of this new camera xxx

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  5. Best bracelet EVER!!! You take such great pictures! I so want to see that beach in person (while wearing that bracelet!)

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    1. Thank you dear Danni. I'm still learning with my camera and I would certainly love to take you to visit that beach one day xxxx

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  6. Natalie- so very pretty! Love this bracelet..and what amazing photos you took to share! :)

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  7. Such a great way to launch Inspiration Cafe, Natalie! I love your post and the beautiful piece you made! Your bracelet has me so excited for the beach next week! I'm pretty sure it's early in the morning for you (7:00am)....:O) Hope you have a great day!

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    1. You're so lucky having a holiday at the beach. Enjoy every minute xxx

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  8. Pictures are beautiful! I'm heading to the beach soon, this bracelet would be perfect. Love it!

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    1. Hope you have a fab time at the beach xxx

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  9. Ooh that is SO pretty! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at Pin It and Win It Wednesday @ www.cheapcraftymama.com!

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    1. Thank you so much - I have linked up xx

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  10. It's very pretty! Love the mix of colors and textures!

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    1. Thanks Lisa - I had great fun making it

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  11. I am so into bracelets right now. Memory wire? I like the way the wire does wrap around you wrists, I love to wear several bracelets at once and this would totally be the same look. I would love to invite you to share this or any of your favorite posts at Freedom Fridays tomorrow. Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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    1. PS I am now following you via Linky:)

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    2. Awesome - I will link up in a mo - thank you Evelyn

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  12. Love your bracelet Nats, beautifully inspired by the beach!I will share your first Inspiration Cafe post on my timeline. I think this will not only remind others of the beach but inspire them to create.


    xxx Audra

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  13. Your photos are FABULOUS!!! Isn't that one of the best parts-- finishing the project and then taking it outside for the photo shoot ?! Gorgeous bracelets, Natalie! Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

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    1. Thank you so much Christina - I love linking up xxx

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  14. Natalie this is awesome! Love the color choices, too! What a great tutorial! We would LOVE for you to stop over and link this post up and any others in our Crafty Showcase. Our showcase runs from Sat-Thur and then on Friday our designers pick their favorite to be featured.

    Stop on over and share! We even have a linky for ETSY and Crafty Businesses. http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/06/09/saturday-showcase-craft-projects-5/#

    Thanks, Susie @Bowdabra

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    1. I have linked up - thank you Susie - I love your blog and you're on my reader so linking up is a weekly event for me now - with the time difference however it sometimes takes me a while to link. Thank you for your sweet comment xxx Nat

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  15. I was so happy when I saw you brought these awesome bracelets to my party. I just need to go get me some of that memory wire:) Thank you so very much for sharing at Freedom Fridays. Hope you have a super terrific week!

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    1. Thank you so much Evelyn and for inviting me to the linky party xxx

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  16. I love the colors you chose. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

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  17. SO PRETTY! Congrats on being featured this week at the "Cowgirl Up!" blog party. Your photography is just as gorgeous as your actual project. It even looks and sounds easy enough for those of us who do not regularly make jewelry. Your bracelet is getting me in a summer-time mood.

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    1. I'm so glad you like it - we are headed into winter, wish it was summer too. xx Nat

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  18. So pretty! I love all of the colours and different textures together. Anything that reminds me of the beach is a hit in my books. If you're looking for another place to share your creative projects, head on over to Etcetorize. Would love to see you there~

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  19. Loving those beads and charms you used, so summery, beachy. Duh I especially love the yellowish colored beads. What are those? They look kinda mother of pearly but ? I hadn't used memory wire to make bracelets in long time. Think I"ll have to give it a go again. Alot easier than making 5 seperate bracelets. Love the look.
    How I envy you living in Australia. I've read so many books about Australia when it was first inhabited and then on. I also had a Senior Companion client that was from Brisbane. she shared some of the pictures she had of Australia, so gorgeous. I loved her accent and her way of thinking. I would so love to be able to visit there but fare there isn't in my budget for eons(meaning never since I'm almost 72). Lately a tv show (Househunters International) has featured
    several areas of Australia. I'm stuck to the tv when those shows are on. So beautiful and clean there.
    I love it that the internet makes it possible to "meet" people from other countries. There are several Australian bloggers. It was so nice to "meet" you. Look forward to visiting your blog often.

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    1. Thank you so much for reading srpprcrftr, the yellow beads are a shell of some sort. I live in New Zealand which is just across the ditch from Australia - so still "Down Under" - I hope you comment again soon xxx

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  20. Beautiful Natalie! featured this tonight! stop by and grab a button! ;)

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    1. Thank you so much for featuring my bracelet Trish and Bonnie. So exciting!
      Take care xxx Nat

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  21. The title of your blog made me think of New Zealand and then I saw you are in Auckland and was so excited!! I use to live and work in Auckland for a year a few years ago. There is a special place in my heart for your wonderful city and country!!

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    1. Woohoo - where did you stay in Auckland?

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  22. You're a STAR tonight over at I Gotta Create! Thanks again for linking up.
    http://igottacreate.blogspot.com/2012/06/wildly-original-features-4-new-party.html
    <3 Christina

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    1. Thank you so much Christina - you have made my day xxx Nat

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  23. Your lovely bracelet is being featured today at Freedom Fridays!

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    1. Oh Wow thank you so much Evelyn
      Have a great weekend xx Nat

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  24. How adorable! I've found you through pinterest and I'm your newest follower now. :)

    Have an extra crafty day. ♥
    Roudi @ c-is-for-craft.blogspot.com

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    1. Awesome thank you Roudi - I have been to visit your blog and it is just gorgeous - so I'm your newest follower too lol.
      Take care xx Nat

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  25. I'm so happy you linked up at Etcetorize last week. I like your project so much that I'm featuring it at tonight's party. I hope you'll stop by to grab a featured button from the sidebar and link up again~

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  26. Awesome bracelet! I love memory wire. Memory wire bracelets were the first kind I ever made.

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    1. Thanks so much Fonda - I love Memory wire - love it xx Nat

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  27. Pinned this! Have a great day!

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