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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Culturally neutral holiday symbols on: September 07, 2005 10:55:39 AM
Hopefully I didn't miss if this has been discussed before:

For a few years now I've run into issues on holiday projects/cards that have to be fairly religion and culturally neutral. What are holiday symbols that fall into that category of inoffensive? For me, personally, I don't mind symbols that don't fall into my personal beliefs, but there are others who do.

Things like tree lights, candles and holly and berries come to mind. I'm also talking northern hemisphere so snow/snowmen are in there too. Anything else?

I've done some research on this but figured there's a lot of people here from different backgrounds who would have some suggestions.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Speed Stringing Seed Beads on: September 06, 2005 07:34:59 AM
I'm on a kick of doing multi-strand 6/0 seed bead and some 11/0 and tiny 3 cuts. When I say multi strand, I mean multi, like 12 or more. Thing is, it takes FOREVER to string them all up. It's a pretty mindless activity since it's mostly all one color per necklace.

What's your method for stringing thousands of tiny beads?

For what I'm doing, they're mostly going onto soft-flex, and so threading it onto a needle is out of the question. I've tried using a long needle with tape at the end, and then transferring them to the soft-flex, to just using the soft-flex and picking the beads out of the palm of my hand.

I'd like to get a bunch made for a craft show in a few months which is why I'm in "manufacturing" mode instead of "relaxing".
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Placemats as bracelets on: September 05, 2005 09:03:45 AM
I've been making these for a while, the dark ones - started out as a placemat. When I went looking for more of the placemats, I discovered that they came in other colors, and that the placemats were featured on an HGTV craft show, and that the $2 placemats were being sold on ebay for $15! After more searching, I found more for way less, and so now I'm making them in three shades - I'll probably sand and paint some too.

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Neck Bangles - Updates - 10-26-05 on: August 30, 2005 08:56:51 PM
Sold the other two but have materials to make duplicates. Here's some new stuff, the teal pieces I'm selling to support ovarian cancer research (50% of price) so I'm trying to start a whole line of it. (my mom has it - teal is the support ribbon color). I've been so busy getting materials together for "That's Clever" and prepping for Art vs. Craft it's been hard to post things here...



(sorry about the boob shot)

similar, but mutli strand and short:

***old stuff***
Ok, so I've never posted any projects here - it's a little intimidating you know, because you're all so talented.

This is a shell on a chain, and bronze wire mesh strand strung with glass pearls, and a light green wire mesh strand with new jade. I'm not sure what I think of it. I'm so used to making things that are visually heavy, and even though the main shell is big, it's kind of dainty.

...and this one is Amber (I think! there was no tag when I bought it saying what it was, but it was expensive) and Red Aventurine linked together with stering silver and an adjustable clasp.

I try to make at least one thing every night, so I'll take the cue from a few others and just add onto this when I make something new.
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