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11  Re: Bead Swap Round 2 in The Swap Gallery by 706Designs on: April 27, 2005 05:36:51 AM
Hello.  It appears ppcakes received my beads a few days ago.  Here's what I sent her:

You can't tell in the pic, but several of the smaller purple beads are shaped like flowers.

Happy Beading!!
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12  What to do with blank nesting dolls in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by 706Designs on: April 23, 2005 10:38:07 AM
Hello.  I found these the other day at the store and couldn't pass them up:


I thought they were so cute but have no idea how to paint/decorate them.  Any suggestions welcomed!
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13  Shocking orange & green beaded daisy ring-Tutorial added in Beads: Completed Projects by 706Designs on: April 23, 2005 10:26:36 AM
Hello.  I came up with a pattern to make a "daisy" beaded ring.  Here's one that I made last night:




Here is my first go at a tutorial:


Delica seed beads (they lay flatter, highly recommended)
Silamide beading thread (you can use Nymo, but you must pre-condition it before use)
Beading needle (I use size 10, but size 12 will work)
8 mm accent bead (I used facetted cat's eye)
20 dagger beads
1 stopper bead (this bead will not be used in the design, only to stop your beads from falling of the thread)


Cut 2 arm lengths of string and thread through the needle.  String on the stopper bead and pass through it twice, leaving an 8 inch tail. 

String on as many beads that will fit around your finger.  When sizing, beware that the ring will have a tiny bit of stretch.

Pass your needle through your first 4 beads (not the stopper bead) to make a ring shape.  Make 2 half hitch knots.

At this point you will start the peyote stitch.  Add one bead and skip one bead.  For better instructions regarding peyote stitch, go to beadwork.about.com

Continue your peyote stitch until you get to the desired thickness of ring.  I have 7 rows .

Tie off your ring by completing 2 more half hitch knots.

At this point you can cut off the extra thread, tie 2 more half hitch knots in your ring and add your accent bead (the stronger way), or simply add your accent bead.  You add the accent bead by weaving the thread through the delica beads and through the accent bead several times.

String on a dagger bead and weave it very close to your accent bead.  Weave each dagger bead in a circular fashion around the dagger bead.  After you have completed one layer of dagger beads, sew the additional dagger beads on top.  Tie off your project by doing 2 additional half hitch knots and weaving extra thread through beads and trim off.  Trim off your stopper bead and any additional thread sticking out.

Ta dah!  Completed project:

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14  Re: Secret Craftsters!~ yr-long swap(started 7/18/04) in The Swap Gallery by 706Designs on: March 27, 2005 08:49:00 PM
I am getting caught up on posting pictures and wanted to share with you all the wonderfulness that my nssc (lulub) sent me in Feb.

I adore leaves....they are one of my favorite things.  Erica took leaves from upstate NY and encased them with beautiful paper.  Aren't they wonderful?!?

The second pic is a bits and baubles box thats holding all of my one-of a kind special beads.  She laminated the top with old post cards. So cute!

I'm sorry, but I'm not giving my SC up.  I am going to be really bummed come year end.  On the upside, I now will be sending goodies to her.  How can I ever come close to sending her anything as cool as she's sent me??

I will post pics later of a bag I'm embroidering from the stitch it kit she gave me.  I'll post pics of jewelry I've made with the beads she's given me too!
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15  Re: Let Me Make Your Craft II Pictures in The Swap Gallery by 706Designs on: March 27, 2005 08:13:56 PM
Here is the wonderfulness that Sparky sent me

The best cha-cha bracelet a girl could hope for

A wonderful pair of earrings and a pendant

A greatly needed journal & pictures frame, as well as a decked out flip flop shoe box

Three cool polymer clay pins, a ribbon pin w/ poodle, and a lovely eyeglass holder

And 3 awesome book marks!

Is the cat shrink art?  Its awesome!!  I hit the jackpot on this swap, ladies.  Thank-you so much, Sparky!!

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16  Super soft green & black scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by 706Designs on: March 27, 2005 07:56:34 PM
I finished up my 2nd ever knitted project last week.  I am so happy how it turned out.  I loved the softness of the yarn so much, that I decided to make a pillow out of it.

The green matches my cat's eyes:

Knitting is so much fun!!
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17  Re: Let Me Make Your Craft II Pictures in The Swap Gallery by 706Designs on: March 27, 2005 07:53:01 PM
Here is what I've sent lilmissdogooder (so far)

The first is a journal with removable/changeable velcro tags.  Lilmiss sent me a ton of tags just begging to be used.

The second is a ballerina necklace, using the ballerina and string that was sent to me.  I had a hard time sending this out, but have located where I can purchase them (yay!)

More goodies are coming soon!!
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18  Re: Craftalong Un-swap part 3: Knitting in The Swap Gallery by 706Designs on: March 27, 2005 07:44:29 PM
I am trying to get caught up on posting pics.  Here is my first knitted scarf (cough, cough).  I accidentally increased several times, so I folded it over and sewed it to make a purse.  I then proceeded to felt it....to bad its only 25% wool.... eek!  what a fuzzy mess.  Oh, well.....it was fun.  I now have knitted 2 additional scarves and am working on my 3rd knitted project.  Yay, knitting!

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19  Re: The Four Elements Swap in The Swap Gallery by 706Designs on: March 13, 2005 09:19:02 AM
Yay!  I've (finally) found my camera cable.  Here are pictures of the awesomeness DeniseM sent me

The candle has found it home in my bathroom

My favorite:

last but not least:

This was such a fun swap!  Thanks again, Denise!
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20  My first "netted" bracelet-with pics in Beads: Completed Projects by 706Designs on: January 06, 2005 10:04:56 AM
I generally don't do a lot of posting of jewelry I make, as I sell it.  I tried a new technique and thought I'd share pictures.

I thought about embellishing the bracelet to make a floral pattern, but haven't decided yet.
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