Bead Knotting For Beginners

Bead Knotting

Bead Knotting

The traditional technique used for bead knotting is not hard to learn, in fact, most pearl necklaces are knotted using this method. The traditional method for bead knotting will add an extra finished look to pearl, as well as other beaded necklaces. The most difficult part of traditional knotting is getting the knot snug up against the bead. However, as with all jewelry making techniques, the more you practice, the more skilled you will become.

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Little Rascals – Scrapbook Layout

Little Rascals - Scrapbook Layout submitted by Katrena Goldstein

Ok, I know they are wild animals. I know that they potentially have diseases. But are they not the cutest, furry, little creatures!!! I was in a situation where I could see some raccoons up close and immediately used my camera to gather some shots. These are just a few of the many wonderful pictures I took of these funny little fellas having a blast eating, playing, and drinking water. I really feel the pictures here stand out on their own for this layout. I did not want to diminish their personality by using a lot of embellishments and patterned papers. I chose to use only a couple of different colors of cardstock and I embellished with just a single strand of ribbon and stamped images of pretty flowers and circles. Supplies used: cardstock, white gel pen, flower stamps, circle stamps, ink, ribbon, alphabet letters.

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Want To Get Pinched? No

St. Patricks Day Crafts Shamrock

St. Patricks Day Crafts Shamrock

Then, make this cute little shamrock, and you just might save yourself a few pinches!

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock

Cut out two pieces of green felt in the shape of a shamrock. Embroider with backstitch on the inside shamrock in a lighter green embroidery floss (1 strand). Glue wiggly eyes eyes on the inside shamrock. Backstitch the smile with 1 strand of embroidery floss. Stitch both front and back shamrocks together with the same color green thread as shamrock, leaving an opening at the bottom of the stem if you want to insert a stick. You can also use a safety pin and pin this shamrock to your clothes.

An Inside Look at Designer and Quiltmaker



ERIN WILSON, is a designer and quiltmaker, and lives and works in Brooklyn, creating one-of-a-kind quilts and home accessories. Erin has been a dancer for 22 years, and translates her intuition for movement and musicality into textile art constructed with the traditional techniques of quiltmaking. Erin's work is available online, at a few special shops in New York City and Boulder, and at high-end craft and design shows including the annual Brooklyn Designs. Erin also does extensive custom sewing work for the interior design industry.

Each of Erin's quilts begin in the dyeing room, where Erin hand-dyes all of her fabrics using fiber-reactive dyes, about 50 buckets, and a well-used washing machine. Using this broad color palette of cottons, the work continues with an often spontaneous design process that happens as the piece is assembled with a constant rhythm of cutting and sewing until forms emerge. Erin assembles her quilts with a sewing machine and adds the final touches by hand.

Erin's learned to sew from her mother, at home in Indiana. If sewing was an intense hobby, then dancing was an extreme passion and brought her to The Juilliard School, where she received a BFA in 1998. Upon graduation, Erin worked as a modern dancer and began taking commissions as a quilt artist. She is a member of the Manhattan Quilters Guild.

For more information on Erin's work, or to contact her about a quilt, visit her site: Erin Wilson Quilts

Some Ideas For Cute Beaded Earrings

Have you ever sat down to bead a bracelet or necklace, maybe even earrings, and found that you just couldn't come up with something you were happy with? I know I have, but, I have also sat down and thought that I was doing really beadedearrgreat until I got it together and found that it looked to gaudy. I have since learned that if there is a specific piece of jewelry that I want to create, that first I need to find a pattern or picture that I can use to help my creative juices flow.

beadedearringI was online trying to find some ideas for earrings and I ran across a site that had some really simple and cute drop earrings. The earrings above are an example of what can be done and how simple it can be.beadedearring-1

Make Your Own Beaded Drop Earrings. With this simple technique you can make a variety of different earrings


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Jewelry Making

How To Make An Apron

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How To Make An Apron

How To Make An Apron

In my mother's day, women used to take the collar off a frayed shirt, turn it around, and stitch it back on. When that side wore out, they often used the fabric to make something else—a quilt or, in this case, an apron. Patterned fabrics from one shirt can be used to edge an apron cut from another. It's easy to make attractive complementary combinations to create a vintage-style apron.

How To Make An Apron

How To Make An Apron


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How To Make An Apron

Apron Making Directions

Beaded Trading Cards

Artist Trading Cards

Artist Trading Cards

ATC's are one of the latest and greatest arts as of late, and each craft is making it their own. ATC's are typically made using cardstock, but, you can Craft-Cycle as use items such as old playing cards, cereal (and any other similar type) boxes, file folders, greeting cards, just about anything you can think of can be Craft-Cycled and used as a backing. Beaders are developing new ways to make this craft their own, by using similar techniques as ATC's and Fabric Postcards.

Some materials you will need to get started are:

  • 5x5 square of fabric
  • fabric glue
  • 9x12 piece of fusible web
  • scissors
  • iron, ironing board
  • rotary cutter, ruler, mat board
  • sheet of cardstock (or other craft-cycled material)
  • assorted beads

There are many other items that you can use on your BTC like, old keys, paint, fibers, paper pieces, charms, flowers, game pieces, natural elements and many more items.

Acrylic Gesso Recipe

I have never tried making my own Gesso, but, I know some people would love to add that to their creative art making. I have found some great recipes, and would like to share them with you. Below you will find a few links to sites that have the recipes and all the instructions.
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Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

A Little Valentine's Day History

Valentine's Day Love Spoon

Valentine's Day Love Spoon

Valentine's day history goes back to Roman times. The emperor Claudius II was a student of human nature and way back in AD 287 he calculated that single men made braver soldiers than married men. Therefore, as Claudius had absolute power, he dictated than no soldier should marry. A Roman called Valentinus thought that this was rough justice and secretly married soldiers who had a sweetheart.

When Claudius discovered that Valentinus had defied his decree he threw Valentinus into jail. While incarcerated, Valentinus fell in love with the gaoler's daughter and sent her the first ever card - from your sweet Valentine.

In AD 496 Pope Gelasius, chose 14 February as the day to honor and remember Saint Valentine. In the history of Valentine's day, the 17th century was the most important era. The 14th of February became important as a day to exchange love notes by sending poems and gifts. Sometimes dances and small festivals were held.

Valentine Customs

In Wales wooden love spoons are made and given as presents on 14 February. Hearts, keys and keyholes feature as decorations on these carved spoons as and invitation to 'unlock my heart' .

Victorian ValentinesValentines day history in Medieval times saw the youth of the time wearing names drawn from a hat on their sleeves. Hence the modern expression 'to wear your heart on your sleeve' . This means that other people can easily see what you are feeling.

If a young lady sees a sparrow on February 14th flying overhead it means that she will marry a poor man and be extremely happy. If she saw a robin she would marry a mariner. A goldfinch seen by a woman meant that she would marry into riches.

St Valentine's commercialization probably began with the making and selling of cards in the 18th century. Women in the 18th century would write men's names on paper, roll them in clay and place them in a bowl of water. The first paper to rise to the surface would contain the name of a woman's true love.

If you would like to give a spoon to your true love, you can find great examples here:

A little history and a great place to purchase a Love Spoon!
Tutorial for Carving your own Love Spoon!
If you would like to see some examples of Victorian valentines see these sites:
Victorian Valentines in a Scrapbook Format
Victorian Valentines and more....

Scrapbook Lifestyle Free Scrapbooking Show

This is a great scrapbooking show that has some great scrapbooking and crafting ideas and techniques. This is the first of "Season Two" I am trying to find "Season One". Enjoy this, we will be adding one a day!


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The Complete Baby Shower Gift

After having my first child, I was given booties and an afghan. They are two of my most treasured gifts. If you love crocheting handmade gifts, these patterns will inspire you to be creative and give a gift that will be treasured for years to come!
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Felted Knitting Needle Case


In my searching for great patterns, and my curiousity about felting, I found this beautiful felted needle case, which features an un-felted knitted cable in a contrasting color, an ingenious device to organize your needle collection in style.

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Scrapbooking Templates

Have you been searching for Scrapbooking Templates? Well, you have come to the right place! We will guide you to the best place we have found to get the most variety and best graphics for your scrapbooking templates. The DIY Network has 47 plus templates that you can download for occasions such as picnics, graduation, shapes, and holidays. If you are looking for a template, that can be easily downloaded, printed and cut here is your link: Scrapbooking Templates.

If you have suggestions or if you would like to share any other places you have found, please let us know!! Email us directly at or use the comment box below!

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Altering Notebooks

Altering Notebooks For Kids Birthday Party Gifts

Altering Notebooks For Kids Birthday Parties

I have been playing around making some different things, and I picked up this notebook that I had covered with a plain heavyweight stock paper. My daughter is going to a Birthday Party, and wanted something really fun to take that would be personal. This Notebook can be personalized inside and out. I used a regular 4 divide notebook and DJ Inkers papers and cut outs to do this project.

This kind of project can be done as juvenile or as elegant as you decide. I also have found several other types of notebooks to use in different sizes and for many different uses.