Thursday, March 1, 2012

Beaded Fork Photo Holder

While I was out in Arizona, my friend Judy and I did several craft projects.  In fact, one Sunday alone, we finished 4 projects!  We had so much fun and I miss her so much.  This is my friend Judy:

She's the best!

Anyway, we did so many projects in the week and a half that I was there, that I couldn't bring them all home on the plane with me and had to mail them back.  We did so many projects that the box was so heavy and was too expensive to send UPS and I had to send it snail mail. (Aren't those great problems to have?!) Anyway, my box finally arrived yesterday and I was so excited!  It felt like Christmas.  Even though I knew what was in it, it was fun to see it all again!  Now I can share some of it with you!
We did a couple of fork projects. Judy did an awesome one that I'm going to show you this weekend.  The one I'm showing you today is this little one:
I've seen a lot of cute beaded utensils in stores and on blogs and I really wanted to try one.  It was super simple.  I just took my pliers and bent the two center tines backwards and curled the ends a little with one of my jewelry pliers.  Then I bent the two outer tines forward just a little and curled the ends of those up.  You have to mess with it a little to get it to sit level.  Then I took some wire and wrapped it around the fork starting with the spiral on the bottom and then working my way up, putting a bead on the front each time around.  The very top bead is just a little band that slips over the top of the fork and can be changed out.  I did this one as a shamrock for St. Patrick's Day.
 I have some very cool, really old post cards that I found in the attic of an old house we bought and fixed up for a rental. I wanted to display one of the St. Patrick's Day one's in a unique way and this fork was perfect for that.

Before I go, I want to show you a close up of that post card.  The post mark is 1908.  It is embossed and has a shiny gold paint on it.  It was sent from a college student at the University of Missouri, to his sweetheart in Greenfield, MO.  They later married, had a child and lived a long and happy life.  I know this, because I found a box of letters in that attic that chronicled there life from High School sweethearts in the early 1900's up until the late 60's.  They were prolific letter writers.  He travelled for his work as an engineer, even outside the country.  She was a stay-at-home-mom and took care of everything.  Every historical event that happened during those 60 years was written about by them.  Both world wars, the stock market crash, the depression, JFK's assassination, the moon landing.  It's all in their letters.  So much fun to read.  I tried to find the daughter, who moved back east in the 60's, but never could.
Anyway, here is that beautiful card sent so long ago:
Hope your day is a good one!


  1. Oh wow, what a great story behind the postcard. I had no idea it was this easy to manipulate the forks. I am definitely going to try this. Thanks so much for sharing at our party today.

  2. You know what? This would make an incredibly cute recipe holder, being a fork and all! I love it, what a great idea!

  3. Dani, I love the beaded fork. I have seen them different places and always wondered if it would be easy to do. Nice job!

  4. it is interesting, how lovely the fork is! I like this clever originality!
    --Abercrombie UK

  5. Crafting with friends is one of my FAVORITE things to do!! :)

    I love coming over and seeing your creativity!

  6. Thanks for sharing the lovely postcard and the history of the people. That must have been quite a treasure to find the box of letters and their personal impressions of world events.

    Visiting from happy hour Luck o'the Irish Link Party.