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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Should i take jewelry to pawn shop? on: December 27, 2014 12:56:50 AM
I'd try a good local jewelry store
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: My first decorated bottle brush tree! on: December 26, 2014 09:56:00 AM
thanks, y'all!  I still haven't given it to her, we just keep missing connections.  I know I'll see her this week, we're decorating for a friend's wedding.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2014 Christmas Tree/Decorations Along on: December 25, 2014 01:56:26 PM
Sad, pathetic tale:
we invited 6 friend for dinner tonight, and we had great plans for food and decor.
Sadly, my husband woke up sick in the night (maybe the flu), so the party's been cancelled.

Now I have an unexpected day off.  It's nearly noon, and he's still in bed, weakly demanding various things. 
At least I don't have to do any more cleaning.

So I set the table as I'd planned and took pictures with my new camera (xmas gift from sicko).  What am I gonna do with dinner for 8?  Leftovers all week, I guess.

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: White and Gold Bottle Brush Tree! on: December 24, 2014 03:45:54 PM
Lovely! 
I saw the base and thought, "Cabinet knob, what a great idea!"  Wow, door knob, that's a big tree!
The colors are great, and I really like those bumpy little ornaments.

and hey, look, the smileys have santa hats!
 Shocked
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Kwanzaa Kinara Cross Stitch with link to free pattern on: December 24, 2014 09:59:27 AM
Very nice!  I'm always most impressed by crafts I don't do myself  Cheesy
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / My first decorated bottle brush tree! on: December 23, 2014 01:27:04 PM
I finally got it together; found trees that would bleach, and even dyed some, but this is a gift for a special friend.

Her grandmother had given her one of those framed Christmas trees made of rhinestone jewelry, but she lost it a few years ago.  That was the inspiration for this 4" tall treasure:


The base is a dragon charm (she was born in the year of the dragon), and the tree has dragonfly and frog charms, both things she collects.  And rhinestones, of course!

I'm pretty sure this is the first of many.  Next year, I'll clean out a section of my china cabinet for tree display!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Fake Snow on: December 21, 2014 01:02:11 PM
some miniaturists use baking soda.  Cheap, bug-proof and lasts forever.
Unless you spill vinegar on it. Shocked

I've seen projects where epsom salts are used as sparkly ice crystals, might be nice mixed in.

I've never lived where it snows.  It used to get foggy at Christmas when I was a kid (in Sacramento, CA), so that seems like the holidays for me.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Bottle Brush Tree Shadow Box Ornaments (a forest of pics) on: December 21, 2014 09:27:11 AM
What you want are the little dark green trees in the christmas department.  You see them a lot with the christmas villages.  They're called bottle brush trees because they're made like old-fashioned bottle brushes. 
My local Walmart has them in packs of 7 or 8, dark green.  They had packs of white ones and individual trees earlier in the season, but sold out.  (Your Walmart may restock more often than mine; a few years ago they ran out of christmas wrap in mid-December and didn't restock.  I still don't trust them, and buy everything as soon as I see it).  The sparkley trees may not bleach well, either.

I suppose you could start with actual bottle brushes, but I don't think they make them from sisal any more, probably plastic that wouldn't bleach or dye the same.

The larger trees that look like they're made of fat pipe cleaners/ chenille stems ARE plastic and don't bleach well.  Ask me how I know.

good luck!

those are lovely!

stupid question...where does one get bottle brushes?
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Bottle Brush Tree Shadow Box Ornaments (a forest of pics) on: December 21, 2014 12:04:11 AM
These are so cute!

it's been making me nuts, you keep posting all these bleached and dyed tree projects, and I haven't been able to find any bottle brush trees locally.  Just these fake-o snowy ones at Walmart that I was sure were plastic.  Finally got desperate, bought the snowy ones, and they bleached just fine! 

Next stop:  jeweled trees.  Maybe they'll be done for NEXT christmas.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Pillow Sham Stockings on: December 21, 2014 12:01:46 AM
nice!  I love the stripe/brocade combination.
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