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Friday, September 14, 2018

How to make your own beads out of magazines

 In my last post I said I would show you how to make these beads.  I hope I can do a good job of explaining how to do this.  If you don't understand something, please ask.  They are made out of magazines!

First you need to assemble the supplies. 
You need one of these clear embossing ink pads. 
I found mine in the stamping department at Hobby Lobby, but I'm sure any craft or scrapbooking store would have them.

You need this ULTRA THICK embossing powder. 
The crystals are bigger than the kind you usually  use for embossing on paper.
You will also need a paper plate,
glue (Elmer's is fine),
bamboo skewers,
and a heat gun that you usually use for embossing,
and magazines!

You can use some of these very thin sparkly threads if you want to add some glitz to your beads.
You can see the threads here by the arrows.

You will need to cut strips of magazines, keeping in mind that the only part you are going to see is at the top or bottom of the page, depending on the direction you roll the strip.

You'll need to sprinkle a little bit of the embossing powder on a paper plate, and a little bit goes a long way.  There is enough here to do a lot of beads.
Figure out what you want the bead to look like.  That part of the magazine should be at the top and on the OUTSIDE.  Then, take a dab of glue, and put it on the INSIDE bottom of the strip of magazine.  Don't put it on the very bottom.  You don't want it sticking to the bamboo skewer.  Go up a tiny bit, and put the dab of glue.
Then start rolling it on the bamboo sewer.  See how you start at the bottom of the strip, and the glue is a little higher up.  That way the glue will adhere to the paper and not the skewer.  It takes a little practice but it's not hard.
After you get it rolled almost to the end, put a dab of glue on the very end.  Give it a minute to hold the paper together.

Your little bead should move easily on the bamboo skewer without sticking.
The next step is to roll it on the ink pad.  I just gently roll it up and down a couple of times to be sure the bead is covered.
Right after rolling it on the ink pad, you roll it in the crystals.  This adheres the crystals to the bead.
Then you melt the crystals with the heat gun.  I had to set it down to take the picture, but when you do this you'll hold the heat gun and actually see the crystals melt.  Kind of roll the skewer around so that all of the crystals melt.
Give it a minute to cool.  The bead will then have a bit of shine to it. 
After it's cool, roll it again on the stamp pad,
then roll it in the crystals again,
and when you use the heat gun on it the second time, it becomes very glossy.
Once it cools down, twist it off of the skewer.  You'll need to clean the skewer off a bit because you can't help but melt a few crystals on it and they sometimes get in the way of taking the bead off of it.
You can see how the different width of paper determines the length of the bead.

Remember the journal I showed you in the last post.

 I made a little bookmark for it out of beads, including the one the lady gave me at the journal class.

These are a bit addicting to make and would be great for gifts.

If you have any questions feel free to put them in the comment section.



Sunday, September 9, 2018

Bucket List Journal

A few months ago I took a class at a place in town on making journals from envelopes.

The instructor, who happens to be a friend of mine, was teaching it.  She already had the covers finished for us.  And she had tubs and tubs of ephemera to pick from for the inside of the books.
She basically showed us how to take the envelops and tuck them into each other, and glue them, to make a book.  Then you cover them with different paper.

And add paper to the booklet if you want to.  You can make it as fat as you want.
 At the time I didn't know what I was going to use it for, so I just played around.  Then I decided it was going to be my bucket list book.
 I've written a few things in it, but I don't have much of a bucket list.

 The book has little pages you can flip up and write underneath.

 and booklets within the book.

And while I was there and chatting with the lady sitting across from me, she puulled these beads out of her purse and my  mouth fell open.  I asked her if I could buy one and she said I could HAVE THEM!
I wanted to buy this one, and use it for my journal.  I'm going to put a ribbon with this on it as a bookmark.  Anything you add to these journals just make them all the more special.
 And, while I was looking at these beads, I told the lady that runs the place that I think she (the lady across from me) needs to teach a class on making these beads....and she did!  The next month.  And I took it.  So in the next post I will show you how to make these LOVELY beads!!

But have to tell me WHAT'S ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?


Thursday, September 6, 2018

Crochet Group and Thankful Thursday

 Hi everyone!  YEP it's me...two days in a row!   I've come up with a plan for blogging.  If it doesn't work for me, I'm fini'!  I think it'll work.  Y'all know how I'm anal about keeping everything in chronological order.  Well, I'm going to overcome that!  It takes me forever to download long weekends and vacays, as you might have noticed. (duh, you say) Then, I get so far behind that I don't do anything because I don't know where to start back up.   So, I'm going to blog all these little bits and pieces of life from the pics on my phone that I've wanted to do for all spring/summer long.  And in the meantime I will be writing and downloading pics of the long weekends, parties and vacays and such, and post them AFTER they are ALL written out and downloaded.   Clear as mud?  Of course it is...the bottom line is, you should see more fun stuff on the blog, and more often.  I hope anyway, because quite frankly, I'm bored with it as it is.

So this is today. 

Yes, I am still in crochet group.  See what I mean.  It's been forever since I've blogged about crochet group so you've probably been wondering...."Is Cindy still in Crochet Group?"  Well yes I am.

This is Cheryl and she is working on this blanket.  Only it was so cold in Panera today that she wrapped up in it instead.  It's nice and soft and snuggly.
 And "K" is working on this gorgeous shawl.  I'm secretly hoping she will give it to me, but she claims it's for someone else.  (sad face) It's a beautiful pattern that takes a lot of concentration so someone is going to get a lovely gift.  I know who but not sure I can say.

 This is my project....years ago I made a Lucy Bag.   Well, I needed a project for a weekend get away (which I'll post about some other time) and I decided to take this HUGE bag apart and re-make it smaller.  I was never going to use it this big.  So I am working on it at the mo'.
 And this is Debbie's "corner to corner" blanket.  She is using Attic 24's style craft cupcake yarn kit for this blanket.  You can find Attic 24 in my side bar.  I bet she will be doing cute crochet Christmas stuff. Just sayin' K.
I'm joining "It's a Small Town Life"  in  Thankful Thursday

I'm thankful for Crochet Thursday because it is my once a week social time and these ladies are fun!  We talk about everything!  Laaaaawwwww do we.......

Click on It's a Small Town Life or Thankful Thursday above, and see what others are thankful for in their lives!


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Last day in Maine

Our last day in Maine....this was our view every single day. You can see here how far the tide was in.
One night we had a storm.  It was pitch black outside and the lightening show and the thunderous booms was very ominous, knowing this ginormous body of water was right across the street.  I cannot imagine being out on the water during a storm of this magnitude.  Of any magnitude, really.
Friday was a laid back day since we were leaving the next day to fly home.  So first thing my Shug and I did was go for a walk through the neighborhood.  I took a lot of pics of the houses, that I will not bore you with!  But I have to show you this one front yard. If you look closely in this picture (below), you will see lupines.  This ENTIRE front yard was FULL of them.  I think, maybe this is Miss Rumphius' cottage by the sea!  (I don't get amazon kick-backs or book kickbacks, I just thought if you were interested in a great child read, that adults enjoy too, you can read about it by clicking the Miss Rumphius link)

I don't get kickbacks from this store either, but I had seen it as we were driving out of Kennebunkport, a couple of days before, and wanted to go back if we had time.   I go to the same store when I go to Bonita Springs, FL and it's a fun store.  (I actually like the one in Florida better!)
Robert took Mom and Dad and I back to Kennebunkport, so we could visit this store, but the real reason is because he wanted a sandwich from this special place he likes to go to.

And apparently, whoopee pies are a thing in Maine, at least in this area.

So, it was the last day and the rest of the gang hung out at the beach.  And my niece HAD to get in the water.  I think they said the water temp was in the 50's....brrrrrrrrr......but she just HAD to.  Her Mom was in charge of taking pictures, and I was sitting back on a rock watching.  Right when my niece jumped all the way in the water, her Mom turned around to say something or do something!!!  She missed it!

We enjoyed sitting on the chairs across from our beach house.

This view.....

That evening we stayed at the beach house, and ate leftover spaghetti that we made a couple of days prior.  After cleaning up the mess, some of the gang played cards, Robert and Dave watched tv, and my niece and I played around on Instagram.  She was trying to show me how to do videos. 

 One thing you can see in the above few pictures is how close we were to the ocean, and how dark it was outside at night.  During the storm, you couldn't even see the ocean.  

Thankfully, on Saturday Robert's brother John, and his wife Elizabeth, came to help transport us to the airport.  When we flew in, my sister's husband was with us for a few days, so they rented a car.  Therefore, we had a car, and a van rental.  But he left on Wednesday and returned the car.  There was no way all of us AND our luggage would have fit in the van.  Before we left Saturday morning we took a few family pics.

We made it back to our airport, but it was a close call fitting five of us plus all of our luggage into my suv.  Remember, these two came with their husband/dad TO the airport!

We made it home safely!  And this young lady was waiting for us.  She's feral, but we do feed her and I think she wondered where we went because she does not usually get on the porch!
Or...rumor has it our dog sitter made friends with this feral lady and she was sitting on the glider with the cat and the dog!