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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Better Mom Day 3: Please (also Spider Web Jewelry)

One thing I love about my paper earrings is that they're totally customizable.  With Halloween right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to create a set with a matching necklace too.  And while spiders creep me out, sparkly spider webs are A-OK!

Here's what I used:
black cardstock
glitter paint (it dries clear, just leaving the sparkles, so a glittler glue would work here too)
Glossy Accents
earring hooks
necklace chain (I had a spare one already...you could also just use ribbon)
spider web SVG from Lori Whitlock

How to:
Cut 3 spider web shapes on your digital cutter (I did 2 at 2 inches, for the earrings, and 1 at 3 inches for the pendant)

Remove webs from mat and paint with glitter paint.  Let dry.
Lightly apply Glossy Accents to the webs, trying to keep it from filling in the holes in the shape.  Let dry.

Slide larger web onto a necklace chain. Link earring hooks onto the smaller webs and pinch closed with pliers.

Then show off your sparkly Halloween accessories!

If you're new to the 31 day series, over 1200 bloggers have chosen a theme they want to write about every day in October ranging from food or fashion to faith or fabric.  See the whole list atThe Nester.  I decided to focus on trying to be a better mom, and you can see my first post here.

Day 3: Say Please

Parenting can feel like a double standard sometimes.  I tell my kids no dessert, but eat ice cream after they're asleep. They have to make their bed before having breakfast, but I often don't fix mine til after they're at school.  I'm at least working on the bed thing (I like it better when my bed is made too)  

And in the same 5 minutes, I can find myself barking demands at them, but then staring at them blankly waiting for them to remember to say "please" before I'll hand them their cup of milk I have in my hand.

Today's focus was to say "Please" myself as much as I could, trying to remind them what they needed to do without just giving orders.  I'd like to think it made our morning go a little smoother, and really, it helped keep me level headed.  It's hard to yell when you're saying please :)


  1. Aren't they the greatest? Awesome accessories and not heavy on the ears and or neck :-p

  2. Great jewellery! I just might need to make some of these myself.. oh who am I kidding.. there's no "might" about it. I NEED to make these.

    Also, I just found your blog and love your 31 days to a better mom. I am subscribing by email so I don't miss any of your great posts and think I will join you in your 31 days.. I'll just be extending mine for the number of days I missed already.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Super cute spider web jewelry! I totally agree about parenting feeling like a double standard sometimes. Good reminder on trying to say please to our kiddos more often.

  4. Love this. The jewelry and the parenting double standard!!! I find myself working on trying not do that with my kids, too!!!

  5. So cute! I'm waiting for my cutter to arrive and found your cute jewelry. I hope to try it too.

  6. Double standard parenting should be my middle name. Sigh. It's terrible. I doubt I'll change all of them (I definitely plan on continuing to eat junk food after sending my kids to bed) but saying PLEASE as often as I demand it of my children... that's something I can do. Thanks. Also, those earrings are amazing.

  7. Love LOVE LOVE!!! These are super cute and I can't believe you made them out of paper! SO creative! Thanks for sharing them at the party ... pinning!

  8. These are adorable and totally doable, too! (I dislike spiders, too... but 'tis the season to get over that, I guess)

    Newest follower from the Halloween Party at Mine for the Making. I hope you'll come and visit my site, too!


  9. You know these are fabulous, right?!?!

  10. What a great idea, there are so many options for fun festive jewelry using your method. If you get a chance come link up at my Pin Party.


  11. Love your earrings Steph. They look great on you. You are a STAR today! I'm featuring you over at I Gotta Create! Thanks so much for linking up at the party. Your STAR button is ready for you ;)

    Also, just want to say your words about 'please' and other 31 Days posts are so wise. Thank you for putting that out there!

    <3 Christina

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