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My new typewriter has cursive font. 

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Birthday Season!

My hunny and I both have May birthdays, four days apart.

I made him this birthday card by sewing on paper.  I kept a neutral cream color in the bottom thread compartment of my machine and switched out the topstitching with fun colors for the pendants on the birthday banner.

Easy Headbands

You only need some sort of trim/ribbon and a small piece of elastic to make these.  Cut the trim a few inches shorter than the circumference of your head and sew each end to the elastic.  Easy!

Washer and Ribbon Necklace


I recently saw a girl wearing this necklace and decided to make my own.  I referenced this blog to learn how to thread the ribbon.  I sewed a snap on the end, but you could leave the ribbon long and tie it around your neck.

Total cost: under $5


Two New Bracelets


A Charm Bracelet for Adults

This bracelet was hand-formed from a large-gauge gold-filled wire and hammered.  I added several charms with wire-wrapped loops.  I like this bracelet because I can add more beads whenever I’m in the mood for a 5-minute crafting session.

 

Coral, swarovski crystal spacers, gold-filled cones, wire and lobster clasp

Crafty Bedroom Tour

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Key Holder
Paper on wood with Anthropologie hook

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Paper-Covered Switch Plate

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Upholstery Fabric Pillow Covers

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Embroidery Hoop Dream Catchers
from this tutorial

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Rough-Cut Diamond and Pearl Necklace

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My former roommate Joy and I started making jewelry together a few years ago.  Then we started getting ourselves in trouble at the tri-annual gem faire in Santa Barbara.  Jewelry supplies are expensive in Santa Barbara, but you can get great deals when the faire is in town.  A few years ago I fell in love with a strand of rough-cut diamonds.  I’d never really seen them before (they are quite stunning), so I bought a strand for $40, which is a steal for rough-cut diamonds, if you can believe it.

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Last summer I started stringing them into six strands for a bracelet, but I lost interest and never finished.  I recently resumed the “diamond project,” took apart my hard work, and re-strung them, along with tiny seed-pearls and a couple 24kt gold-covered seed beads, as a necklace.

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Rough-cut diamonds are little fuckers.  They are incredibly small and the holes through them are even smaller.  I used very fine jewelry wire and several cocktails (which probably inhibited my accuracy, but kept me from going insane while stringing them). I completed my necklace after a couple hours.

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