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Homemade Christmas: Pendant Necklaces & Glass Magnets

Homemade Christmas: Pendant Necklaces & Glass Magnets
(Updated 11/8/2012) Welcome new visitors from Pinterest! I am so happy to have you here and love all the great feedback! If you have any questions about this project, please see the updates at the end of this post or read through the comments section. If you still have any unanswered questions, please feel free to email me and I will get back to you as soon as possible! This post may seem a little tardy in its timing, however many of the recipients of these homemade gifts are also readers of my lil’ ol’ blog. Neither of the projects were novel techniques. First up… Glass Marble Magnet Sets These little beauties can be made a variety of ways and the variations are endless. pretty patterned paper – thicker is a better flat-bottomed glass marbles – the ones in the floral department at Michael’s E-6000 glue circular paper punch strong round magnets Use paper punch to cut out circles of chosen paper. For packaging, I used an idea that I found at Madigan Made. Next up… Related:  fatcatmomma

Beaded & Braided Necklace - DIY Tutorial (via... Photo November 26, 2011 1,009 notes Beaded & Braided Necklace - DIY Tutorial (via More Design Please - MoreDesignPlease - DIY Braided Necklace) Tags: necklace fashion crafts tutorial diy About A collection of amazing tutorials, links, photos & crafty projects for your consideration. Friends Modern Keepsake Sells unique wedding guestbook artwork, affordable wedding invitations and personalized prints. Powered by Tumblr. Hard Water Stains? Dishwasher detergent that works! **Updated** Since moving to an area that has particularly hard water, and with the mandated formula change to all dishwasher detergents, my dishes are an absolute mess. They are clean, I promise. But they don't look very clean, they look cloudy. My glass, my Tupperware even some of my metal items are all cloudy. It has been driving me nuts. After seeing someone else make homemade laundry detergent (more on that tomorrow), I started thinking...perhaps I could come up with a homemade dishwasher detergent that would help with my problem of cloudy dishes. Wanna see how well it works? Amazing huh? After making it, found a cute jar to put it in and then cut some brown vinyl letters so everyone would know what was in the jar. And then, because I am super lazy and didn't want to have remember my recipe, I cut brown vinyl for the back of the jar with my recipe! And just like magic, my dishes are now clean!! Home Made Dishwasher Detergent I love my sparkly clean dishes!!

Glass Magnet Tutorial The most common question I get asked at a craft fair is how to make my adorable Glass Pebble Magnets. It’s the most searched post on my blog over at and I understand why. It is especially relevant for those of you vending craft fairs. The cost of producing them is relatively inexpensive and the time required to make them is nominal. Let’s get started. Get the supplies here: 1 inch glass pebbles (Dollar Tree- about come 30 in a bag)Crystal Effects from Stampin’ Up! Instructions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. And, here is a bonus photo tutorial recap for you for easy reference. Supply List Supply List I hope you found this tutorial helpful and simple to follow. I will leave you with a few tips on pricing as well as storage. So, that comes to roughly $27.25 (assuming you didn’t have any of the materials) divided by 50 pieces (# of magnets in pack), equals $0.54 per piece. WANT MORE? Top Ten Craft Fair Staging Tips Wine Bottle Tags Hand Sanitizer Purse Tutorial Like this: Like Loading... Related

leather lunch tote I don’t bring my lunch to work as often as I should. And by that, I mean never. What if I had a cool lunch tote? It might not help, but at the very least, it’s a fun project to practice your hand sewing and to make something interesting. Whether you need a lunch tote or not, this is a project you can modify for your own totable needs. See the full how-to after the jump! Before starting, print out the template on your printer using the “tile” function and tape it together to 100% scale. Materials 6–7 oz. weight stiff leatherheavy waxed thread Tools leather punches — #5 and #00leather sewing needlescontact cementrotary kniferulerstitching spacerdownloadable template Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Small Projects To all of you coming over from Pinterest: Thanks so much for stopping by! I can't believe the how popular this little post has become. If you decide to try this project, please send me a link so I can check it out! Other puffy paint posts: Now back to your regularly scheduled program.... I found this pattern on Pinterest. I drew my own pattern and then used puffy paint on top of wax paper to draw it out. Then I used some mod podge to glue it on and I added it to my collection on the wall. I like! Another random project: I made this wreath to hang on my front door.

DIY Chainmail Necklace You’ll need: Start by separating the jump rings into two halves: 175 open and 175 closed. Thread three closed jump rings onto an open jump ring. Keeping the rings in place with your forefinger and thumb, take an open jump ring and hook it through the front side of the two rings. Add 2 closed rings to the open ring and close. Spread the two rings apart in the same way as the first set of rings. Add 2 closed rings and close. To add an optional fourth row, lay the necklace flat and hook an open ring through first and second closed rings on the right side. I stopped at 4 rows but you can continue adding rows for a more bib-like necklace. Connect the two ends with a single jump ring or clasp. Fini! (top image from here, rest of images by HonestlyWTF)

The Nourished Life: How to Eat to Increase Your Metabolism Learning to eat to increase your metabolism can be a long and complicated journey. At least, that’s what I used to think. It turns out the solution might be a lot more simple than I previously thought. I’ll admit, I’ve tried a lot of the typical “tricks” to increase my metabolism. You’ve probably heard of them. Some of these are founded in logic. What was missing from my approach was a simple method of monitoring biofeedback and tweaking my diet accordingly. In my last post about how I got rid of my cold hands and feet, I brought up a few basic ideas about increasing your metabolic rate (which conveniently solves cold hands and feet, as well as quite a few other annoying issues associated with a low metabolism). How to Eat to Increase Your Metabolism The basic idea in Eat for Heat can be summed up in this excellent quote from the book: So how did I solve my cold hands and feet in one day? Are You Drinking Too Much to Increase Your Metabolism? So how much fluid is enough? Photo Credit

Playing With Rocks I've received a lot of interest in the romantic rock paperweight from my "Busy" post. It's been pinned, and I've received emails about it. Funny how something so simple speaks to us. I used the Splendid Transfer method (found on my sidebar) after rubbing the surface with a little gesso. That wasn't the only one I made, and I kept it. I used an Eiffel Tower image. Like I said, it was a broken piece of marble. Now it sits with another little rock, and my chippy lavender filled urn. Here's a beautiful image I transferred to a round piece of marble. Going to play with more rocks, and work on some furniture. UPDATE: Here is a breakdown of how I transferred the images. Clean the rockGesso is not necessary for the transfer here, it just adds tooth and depth. There are other ways to transfer images, but, this is how I did it with the rocks.

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