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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / help me downsizea bracelet on: January 29, 2011 11:49:12 AM
I have this stretch rhinestone anklet that I won't wear as an anklet but want to wear as a bracelet. I need to take at least 12 stones out to shorten it but I have no idea how to can anyone help, please

here is what it looks like

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / String Ornaments on: August 07, 2010 09:49:29 AM
String Ornaments

  • String or thin cord (any colors or different colors)
    Water balloons (regular balloons would be to big)
    White glue
    Hand pump (in case you are like me and cant blow up the balloons)
    Small mixing bowl
    Waxed paper, or paper to cover floor
    Clips and string to hang balloons while they dry, or set them on wax paper
    Glitter, optional
    Sharp pin or sewing needle
    Large eye needle

Step 1: Blow up balloons

Step 2: Fill bowl with half water half white glue and mix

Step 3: Dip the string in glue mix make sure it is well coated and remove excess glue (it might be helpful to cut string into smaller pieces to work with*

Step 4: Wrap the string around the balloon, have fun with it and go nuts wrapping the string around. You can even use different colors string. Cut string when you are done wrapping and now sprinkle on glitter, again have fun choose a contrasting glitter, chunky glitter, multi0colored glitter , maybe just glitter half, just the bottom or top whatever*

Step 5: Lay balls on wax paper to dry dont let them touch. Rotate balls every hour or so to dry evenly. OOOOORRRRRR hang them on a string and clips them on with binder clips or clothes pins even  a paper clip will work. (plus they will dry faster and more even and now coming back to move them all around)

Step 6: Let dry for 24 hours

Step 7: when string is completely dry and hardened take a sharp pin and pop balloon (if you are scared just make a tiny hole near the neck of the balloon and the air will leak out slow and wont make a popping noise, or have your hubby do it for you guys love to destroy)

Step 8: Remove pieces of balloon wreckage with tweezers.  

Step 9: Cut ribbon to about 6 inch (or more if you like)pieces and loop through ornaments and tie a knot you may need a needle to get the ribbon through small spaces.

 Now you have pretty ornaments to hang on your tree, or wherever you want to put them 
*You can also wrap the balloons first with string then dunk or paint on the glue mixture, this process is much messier but still fun
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / upcucled t-shirt necklace on: August 04, 2010 01:09:14 PM

my hubby's old stained beyond repair t-shirt is now a cool necklace, I just ripped strips from the bottom up, pulled and looped and secured them all together with another scrap that I sewed together.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / infinity necklace on: August 04, 2010 01:06:10 PM

I used patons grace yarn in white and did rows of 6 single crochets until the whole ball was used up, about 64" long and hand sewed the edges together to make a continues circle.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / endless possibilities necklace on: August 01, 2010 11:04:11 AM

I had left over yarn from a project and just started making an icord and kept going and going and sewed the ends together to make this convertible necklace/bracelet, headband, anklet
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Time Flies Wristband on: July 19, 2010 01:00:33 PM

For the wristband I used this pattern from knitty.com

For the wings I made up my own pattern
Wing 1
cast on 4
ROW 1 purl
ROW 2 Inc in first st, k to last st, Inc in last st
repeat row one and 2 until 12 stitches on hook
K2 tog, k across
K2 tog, k2 tog, k across
K2 tog at beginning and end
K2 tog at beginning and end
K2 tog at beginning and end
k2 tog, k across

Wing 2
cast on 4
ROW 1 purl
ROW 2 Inc in first st, k to last st, Inc in last st
repeat row one and 2 until 12 stitches on hook
k until last 2 stitches k2 tog
k until last 4 stitches, k2tog twice
K2 tog at beginning and end
K2 tog at beginning and end
K2 tog at beginning and end
k until last 2 stitches k2 tog

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Brimmed Hat on: June 17, 2010 05:00:35 PM

I used this pattern, for sure I am making more of these hats maybe with ear flaps too

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / In Bloom Hat on: June 17, 2010 04:58:45 PM

I really didn't know what i was doing but just went with it making frills and such and adding a frilly flower
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Loopy hat on: June 17, 2010 04:56:36 PM
Loopy Hat

made a crochet ribbed brim and then sc acroos top of brim then did loop stisthce for about 5inches and sewed it all up
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Pet Cave on: June 17, 2010 04:53:28 PM

made of left over scarp yarn ans a pillow and a wire clothes hanger

basically a pillow case with a pocket
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