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Cat Themed Note Cards

Cat Themed Note Cards

I needed a quick gift to give a fellow cat lover and there was no time to order jewelry supplies & design something in such…

Loss…Grief…Love

Loss…Grief…Love

I haven’t been in the best of places lately. Last week, we lost one of our fur babies: suddenly & unexpectedly. I am wracked with…

Knitting Bling: Stitch Markers

Knitting Bling: Stitch Markers

I don’t know why it took me so long to merge the jewelry making with knitting accessories. It was about a year ago that I…

Drying flowers with silica

Drying flowers with silica

A couple of years ago I bought a container of silica granules from Lee Valley used for drying flowers 3-dimensionally. At the time I had…

Our Wedding – Some Inspiration

Our Wedding – Some Inspiration

This year during our wedding anniversary, we went through some of our wedding photos for a little nostalgia. I thought I would post photos of…

Cool Tool: Silica Gel Dehumidifiers

Cool Tool: Silica Gel Dehumidifiers

Recently I moved my finished jewelry pieces to a jewelry carrying case equipped with jewelry trays instead of my usual plastic baggie in binder or…

Creativity Beyond the Beads: Handmade Book

Creativity Beyond the Beads: Handmade Book

The other day I was looking for a new book to write down my creative ideas, and I came across this one that I had…

Creativity Beyond the Beads: Wedding Invitations

Creativity Beyond the Beads: Wedding Invitations

Before there was the beads, the wire, the metal – there was paper. I have been in love with paper crafts since I was a…

Orphan Beads/Leftover Supply Project 4: Zipper Pulls

Orphan Beads/Leftover Supply Project 4: Zipper Pulls

This particular project is combining orphan beads with an excess of nickel lobster clasps. I upgraded to sterling silver lobster clasps sometime ago so I…

Orphan Beads/Leftover Supply Project 3: Keychains

Orphan Beads/Leftover Supply Project 3: Keychains

Expanding on yesterday’s post on Beaded Bookmarks – the same theory could be applied to make beautiful & inspirational keychains out of leftover beads: A…

Orphan Beads/Leftover Supply Project 2: Beaded Bookmarks

Orphan Beads/Leftover Supply Project 2: Beaded Bookmarks

Another great way to use up leftover beads is to adorn bookmarks. Bookmark bases come in a variety of shapes & sizes and best of…

Creativity Inspired ~ Cool Tool: Microwave Flower Press

Creativity Inspired ~ Cool Tool: Microwave Flower Press

Earlier this year I obtained this neat little contraption called a Microwave Flower Press. They are available at many garden supply stores. I wondered if…

Creativity Requested: Adventures in Komboloi

Creativity Requested: Adventures in Komboloi

I had a request for a komboloi (worry beads). I have never made worry beads before, so I jumped at the challenge. After getting a…