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241  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / My first ever chain maille attempt on: July 15, 2007 09:38:35 AM
I have been wanting to try it for over a year now, and have had the supplies sitting around awhile.  Finally I got the nerve up to give it ago the other day.  I made this necklace from a tutorial done by Marylin Gardiner from Beading Times, an online magazine.  It was Japanese Flower patterned earrings.  I made three of the motifs and connected them, then I added a chain on either side from one of the books I had on either side to make a necklace, and added a cute flower toggle I had that looked like the flowers.  It was so much easier than I thought and I love it!  Love it!  LOVE IT!  did I mention that I love it?

Close up of the flower and toggle:

I am pretty happy with it as it is, but there is a blank area between the trio of flowers and on either side where I left a couple of jump rings out on purpose where I may add a semi-precious stone bead -maybe garnets.
242  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Chainmail/maille - just started and I love it on: July 14, 2007 10:44:58 AM
I started off practicing the japanese flower pattern from an archived Marilyn Gardiner tutorial from Beading Times (here, it's in the archived projects:  http://www.beadingtimes.com/) and really enjoyed it, and am eager to find more on it. 

I checked through some of the links in the above thread on wire working and was wondering if anyone had any other links they were willing to share with patterns, tutorials, or just cool stuff for inspiration?
243  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Great pic of my roses - can't take cred for Nature's work on: July 03, 2007 05:40:14 AM
Three blooms captured in a row of my bicoloured roses

Just wished the rest of my garden looked this picture perfect.
244  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Purple lariat - St. Petersburg chain on: May 06, 2007 05:09:16 PM
This is my version of the lariat from the last Bead and Button - the St Petersburg stitch lariat.  I used purple AB seed beads, and a matte 8/0 bead in the centre instead of the crystals.  I quite like the feel of it around my neck.  The display neck is small - when it is folded in half and the ends pulled through, the fringe sits just between my boobs. 

I love the texture of the chain.
245  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My first and only embroidary project - pillowcases on: April 15, 2007 06:12:58 PM
I did these to sort of match a duvet cover we bought - I really like the corner motifs I did.  They have a line of blossoms going down the opening edge, and I did a motif in the opposite corner on each side of the case.

246  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Finished my dragon! on: March 22, 2007 12:51:42 PM
finally got around to making that dragon from that great tutorial by MarjorieCrochets - http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?p=612565#post612565

Thanks so much for the great instructions - I was able to start it during slow times during my wound care class the other day, and finished it last night - it was so fast!

I did mine in black, and used crackled glass beads for her eyes.  I think I will have to do a family of them in different colours with different gems for my lizard loving neice - perhaps with wings.  Next time, I am going to have to find a coordinating sock or stocking for stuff the fibrefill in before stuffing the crocheted bits to hide the stuffing better.

Her name shall be Moonlight (Shining through the Darkened Woods) in honour of her eyes.
247  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Spiral stitch necklaces - image heavy on: February 24, 2007 10:15:01 AM
I made three of these the last few days - they worked up so fast.  They are spiral stitched with seed beads, and hex cut beads.  The first has a silvery/translucent grey seed bead with grey/black hex beads, the other two were a darker grey seed, or a purply iris seed bead, both with an AB dark finish hex.  I only had one magnetic clasp, so the last two are just waiting until I buy more clasps.  Also, for the purply one, I made a couple of matching earrings, which I will attach to the hooks as soon as I can find them.

248  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Crafting while on vacation in Vermont on: January 26, 2007 01:07:16 PM
We're going for a family ski vacation in Killington, Vermont.  I don't downhill ski, and from what I can see, there is no cross country trails in that area on their sites (not that I have done CC in many many years).  That's OK - DH does, and they already know that my vacation will involve reading, crafting, and shopping (for craft stuff).

Can anyone give me a heads up on what is available in terms of book stores, bead stores, yarn stores, general crafts stores in that area - or anywhere on route from Toronto Canada, to Vermont?
249  UNITED STATES / Vermont / Vermont craft stores??? Possibly Quebec too? on: January 22, 2007 05:30:46 AM
We're going to Vermont from Toronto for a week in March and I was wondering if anyone can recommend any good craft stores/book stores/bead stores/yarn stores that I could check out as I don't ski and plan on using the week to read/craft/shop.

We may be going through Quebec and Lake Placid to get there - if I can persuade DH for a pit stop - anyone know the route and any interesting stores along the line?

To be specific, we are going to be in Killington.  Bear Run?  Something like that.
250  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Wrapped around my hearts on: January 16, 2007 01:50:09 PM
I'm getting pretty fast at this.  This one just took me a couple of hours, done with pink embroidery floss, pink matte seed beads, and pink czech fire polished rounds.  This time, I only wrapped half the necklace form.

What do you think?
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