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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pumpkin Decorating

I love these gorgeous decoupaged pumpkins created by FunkyTime

You can find the full DIY at Funky Time

I am definitely going to make these!

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

How to Make a Stretch Bracelet

Oh, those trendy stretch bracelets how I love them!  Stack them or wear them by themselves, I gotta have them.

Ok you are seeing them everywhere these days and especially on your favorite celebrity.  These bracelets have come a long way from those of the past.  You can find them made with high end gemstones, swarovski crystals and adorned with sterling silver and gold vermeil charms. Check out the wrists of your favorite celebrities these days - chances are you'll see their wrists full stackable stretch bracelets! These bracelets are so much fun to make however there are some tricks to making stretchy bracelets that will last.   I have made a few stretch bracelets the past few days and I will share some of my secrets with you.

Coral Beads with hand wrapped mother of pearl briolette

The beads might be wooden, semi-precious stones, or even metal or crystals.  Some of them even have a charm hanging from them.

 Coral Beads with hand made sterling silver charm

Here are the materials you will need to make your bracelet:

STRETCH CORD: Some of the common brands include Stretch Magic, Powercord and Opelon. Many of the Jewelry and beading supply companies seem to have their own brand name and at least one brand can be found at your local craft store.  As with all stringing materials they come in different mm thicknesses.   For most of my stretch bracelets I like to use a .7mm.   They knot easily and fit through most of the holes in the beads I used  
BEADS: Well of course you are going to need beads.  I used all the left over beads I had from previous projects. 
GS HYPO CEMENT:  I use a drop of GS Hypo cement on everyone on of my knots.  Just to make sure the knot will stay.  I like to knot my bracelets.  You will see some bracelets that have a crimp bead to close the two ends.  Personally I don't like seeing the crimp bead on my bracelets all I want to see is a bracelet filled with beautiful beads.

 Amonzite beads with coral pendant

Now let's make our bracelet!
1.  Choose your beads.  Decide if you will arrange randomly or use a pattern.  Personally I just arrange randomly and I like all my beads to be the same.  
2.   Pull enough stretchy cord off the spool to start putting your beads on it.  I don't cut my string off yet.  I use the spool as a stopper for my beads. 
4. The average sized bracelet is 7" - 7.5" (17.78cm - 19.05cm)
5.  Once you have the bracelet the way you like it, take each side of the stretch cord and tie one overhand knot and pull it tightly – as hard as you can.   Tie a second overhand knot and pull it tightly.  Or tie a surgeons knot once.

6. Apply a drop of GS Hypo cement to the knot and let it dry for at least 2 hours.

7.Once dry cut off the excess cord from the knot.

AND that's it.  Now you have a cute stretch bracelet just like the celebrities!

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Halloween, Umbre Pumpkins

Forget about decorating your pumpkin the ordinary way, I just love these colorful funky pumpkins! You can find the full step by step process at Funky Time

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Arranging Living Room Furniture

Living rooms serve different purposes for different people. In some homes they are the main gathering area for family, in others they are only used when company comes over. Either way, there are certain issues that always come up when trying to arrange living room furniture.  Here are a few tips to use when arranging your furniture in your living room.

 via: pinterest

via: pinterest

 Make sure to establish a focal point in your living room and arrange your furniture around it.  Many people have fireplaces and that becomes the natural focal point of the room.  If you don't have a fireplace create your own focal point with a large piece of furniture like an armoire.  If is is your family room, you may decide to use your television as the focal point of the room.

Create conversation areas in your space.  People should not have to strain their necks or shout to talk to one another.  If you have a very large living room, create several conversation areas.

Consider traffic flow when you arrange your living room.  Leave enough room for people to walk around furniture so they can easily get from one side of the room to the other. 

Move your furniture away from your walls.  Having furniture in your room with their back touching the walls is a big mistake.  Moving the pieces away from the walls creates a more intimate space.  If the back of the piece of furniture is finished off there is no reason not to show it off.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Homecoming MUM Time of Year

Well it's that time of year again.  The BIG Game!  You all know what I am talking about that HOMECOMING Game.  Well down here in the south that homecoming game is a BIG, no HUGE deal.  Not only the game, but those beloved mums!!!  Yes, I had my ribbon, trinkets, bells, stickers and anything else I could think of out today to clue on a round disk to make that gaudy, oh I mean BEAUTIFUL homecoming mum.  Here in Texas, the BIGGER the BETTER!  Here is a look at the one I made today.  If you can staple and hot glue you can make one too!

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Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Maevis, the winner of the Jewels2Luv giveaway!

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