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What’s up Saturday 


Thinking about all these beautiful things today and how lucky I am to have them in my life.
All is well here, keeping very busy, and some personal life changes happening. It’s all good stuff though.
I hope you are well.

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These are some of my favorites – copper found wire, sterling ear wires and eye pins, and earth tone beads. About 4in/10cm long, and 3in/7.6cm wide. Hammered copper for style and texture. 

Like them? You can find them here.

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Final fitting

 

Theresa is as excited as I am! look at that happy face!
  
 So after class yesterday we had our final fitting. The skirt fits perfectly and I just need to add some final touches to the bodice, throw together a hat and VOILA! C’est fini !

Needless to say, Saturday I will have some much better photos for viewing. She’ll have on full makeup and the hair will be done. Me – I’ll be comfortable in jeans, sneakers and a t-shirt because I’ll be busy backstage, mingling with guests beforehand, and if we win anything I am running out there like a football player that just scored the winning superbowl touchdown. 

How “fitting” is that? Considering Sunday is superbowl day? Very punny indeed.

I will keep you posted as the big day arrives!

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Yoga mat earrings 

Over the weekend I made some earrings out of pieces of yoga mat for my Trash2Trends project. Here I’ll show you what I did to make them.  I used all this stuff you see below:

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Before I did anything, I cut some small slivers of yoga mat with my rotary cutter, and I punched one small hole in each piece of mat with small hole puncher thingy so I could loop the yoga mat pieces through the jump rings. It’s also preferable to use flat nose pliers, and pliers that do not have grooves in them, when working with metal. Flat nose pliers give you more security in holding the jump rings and smooth pliers will keep from leaving marks on your metal.

So to make the earrings, first I took a small jump ring and looped it onto the bottom of the ear wire, then closed that jump ring:

Then I took a larger jump ring and added 2 smaller pieces of yoga mat:

I looped that onto the small jump ring that’s attached to the ear wire and closed that jump ring:

Next I looped a longer piece of yoga mat onto a large jump ring…

…and attached that to the jump ring with the 2 smaller pieces of yoga mat. Here I made sure to attach this jump ring so that it fell in-between the other 2 smaller pieces of yoga mat:

and VOILA! yoga mat earrings!

These are very light and swingy, really fun. The only thing I noticed is that they are so lightweight that if I’m not paying attention, I almost lost one in the backyard. (I always test drive what I make). The longer piece of yoga mat kept hitting my neck which, evidently, pushed the earring up and out of my earlobe, so I would recommend adding some of those plastic ear wire backs to keep these on securely.

I do not have a good picture of these on a person and how they look, just yet, so bear with me. I’ll get one soon, I promise. Besides, the show is this weekend, I’ll have SOOOOO many pictures to show you soon enough.

 

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This is probably one of the most beautiful things I have ever made. I amaze myself that I can do those things, I’ve never been very good at beautiful things; nice, cute, lovely, attractive, functional, practical – those I can do. But beautiful? I’ve never really thought about that. But I make things like this… Continue reading Monday Motivation

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   The weather was actually cool – er this morning, which was freaking amazing for this time of year. Which reminded me that I need to get busy with the fall garden planting.  If you don’t know, there is very little you can plant here in Florida in a vegetable garden during the summer months.… Continue reading Monday motivation 

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Monday motivation

I’m working on a display for my earrings. My husband was telling me that we have chicken wire I can use, as opposed to just a singular hanging wire. I might do that instead, it gives me more options for hanging my jewelry. I think I may try distressing the frame color also. Give it… Continue reading Monday motivation

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Taking a walk

Decided to take a walk at lunchtime today to the post office to mail out my 100 swag bag items for the Big Bang Bazaar. This is part of my view. Taking a walk in nature improves a person’s mood and is good for the brain. I feel so fortunate to have such beautiful things… Continue reading Taking a walk