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29 Jun

Goodreads Giveaway: Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry

If you couldn’t get enough of the tiara from this past Freebie Friday, we’ve got some great news! This week’s Goodreads giveaway is Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry.

Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry answers all the most pressing questions you may have while planning and executing your project. What bead shapes fit best together? Will your piece sit still or shift—and how do you design for each? Can you set luster against luster, or will luster against matte work better? All these questions and many others will be answered in this must-have guide to the key design principles for beautiful beaded jewelry. And what’s more, the book lets you test all this out with 20 wonderful patterns and projects!

ACT FAST: This Goodreads giveaway only runs through Wednesday, 7/2.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry by Renata Graham

Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry

by Renata Graham

Giveaway ends July 03, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Can’t wait? Order today!

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27 Jun

Freebie Friday: Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry – Crystal Tiara

Most of us made jewelry at some point in our childhood—friendship bracelets among the most popular. Today’s Freebie Friday will help you create the ultimate piece of jewelry that speaks to your child at heart. You’ll love to make this tiara for yourself, a little girl in your life, or your best friend who is getting married. There is always a way and a reason to wear a simple, beautiful tiara (or headband if you prefer)!

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The project above is just one of many in Renata Graham’s  Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry. Renata has been making jewelry and teaching courses on the subject for over 20 years and her must-have guide brings the classroom into your home. What metal or beads do you start with? Should your design be symmetrical? Will crystal work well with wood? All of these questions and more will be answered as you create amazing gifts for yourself and others in your life!

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3 Jun

Project of the Month: Embossed Invitations

*Today we have a guest post from one of our colleagues here at St. Martin’s Press. Welcome Erin and thank you for sharing your project!*

It’s June, which means wedding season is in full swing and our mailboxes are full of thick, heavy envelopes from soon-to-be-wed couples.

Now, I love a beautiful, personalized wedding invitation as much as the next person. But when the time came to think about my own invitations, I realized I also really loved staying in budget and protecting my sanity. I wanted to send my friends and family something that reflected my fiancé and me, but I didn’t want to spend a small fortune or every spare minute to do it.

So I took what I knew about myself (I’m not a calligrapher, but I can print out color copies on nice paper like a pro) and researched some easy ways to make a simply-made invitation a specially-made one as well.

In the process, I fell in love with embossing. I love how it gives depth to what is otherwise just a flat piece of paper, and I love how difficult it is to mess up. It was fun, it was fool-proof, and it even ended up being one of my favorite parts about planning the wedding. Plus, I didn’t have to go into the red to do it. (Well, technically I went into the dark red, but that’s just because it was one of the colors I’d chosen for my wedding!)

First, I designed the components to my invitation and, after a few paper jams, printed them successfully on nice paper stock on a color copier.

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Then, I turned card-stock into a mini-folder and used an embosser to imprint it with my fiancé’s and my initials. I wanted to add some texture to the invitation pieces themselves, so I used the embosser on the back flap of the RSVP cards as well. You can get a custom embosser online for around $30, and with different interchangeable plates, you can use it for everything from a book stamp to a monogram. (Word to the wise: Keep the image or words you’re imprinting simple so the embossed message stays legible.)

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Finally, I finished with a raffia ribbon.

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And there you have it. Embossing is an easy and affordable way to put your own stamp on an invitation or a card.

 

 

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2 Jun

Author of the Month: Isela Phelps of Loom Knitting Afghans

This month we sit down for a Q&A with loom knitting expert Isela Phelps, author of the bestselling Loom Knitting series, including Loom Knitting for Babies & Toddlers, Loom Knitting Socks, and new this month Loom Knitting AfghansShe is an active member of the online knitting community as well as the editor and publisher of Loom Knitters Circle, an online magazine for loomers. Find her blogging at PurlingSprite.com and giving tips and tricks on her YouTube channel.

1. What’s your craft? My craft is loom knitting; it is just like knitting, except using a knitting loom instead of needles.

2. What project would you consider an all-time best? An all-time best project would probably be the little dinosaurs I created for one of my books. They were so fun to make and they were actually something that I wanted to keep for myself.

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3. What project would you consider an all-time worst? My all-time worst project was a felted purse. It turned out too wide and the colors looked terrible once felted.

4. What tool or material could you not live without? I always have on hand some Malabrigo worsted yarn. It is my go-to yarn.

5. What’s your hidden talent? My hidden talent, well, if I knew what it was, it wouldn’t be hidden, hahaha. I don’t believe I have a hidden talent.

 

Beautiful images from Loom Knitting Afghans

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9781250049841_FCWhether you’re new to loom knitting or a serial afghan knitter looking for some new exciting projects, Loom Knitting Afghans has lots to delve into from blankets featuring a variety of stitches and textures to blankets showcasing intricate cables and lace patterns. The projects are arranged from beginner to advanced so that new loom knitters can progress through the designs while learning and mastering techniques as they go. Isela provides clear, easy-to-follow instructions and shares hints and tips for how to choose the right loom and yarn for a project.

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20 May

How-To Tuesday: Decorative Jars

It’s the unofficial start to summer this Memorial Day weekend; queue the picnics, festivals, and general outdoor entertaining!  There is nothing like those first few days of summer as you are enjoying a cocktail and a warm breeze on the porch with friends. Part of the enjoyment is also the ambience and today’s How-To Tuesday is simple and elegant glass jars to help decorate your next get together.

Fun Fact: Memorial Day is also called Decoration Day!

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Inspiration, instructions, and photos from CraftIdeas.info

MATERIALS NEEDED:

* All sizes and shapes of recycled glass jars (the more, the merrier)
* Felt wool in your choice of colors (white and light blue were used here)
* Rocks, shells, sand—anything you fancy
* Hot glue gun
* Flowers—your choice!

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Use the hot glue gun to affix wool around the rim of each jar. Add a drop of glue to the rim of the glass jar and affix the wool, pressing down for 5 seconds. Repeat this every inch or so until you’ve gone around the rim one time. Repeat below the first ring of wool until the seam of the jar is covered (2-4 rows of wool).

2. Fill the jar with your choice of rocks, shells, sand or a combination of these. This is your time to play with texture and color.

3. Add a flower or two of your choice.

4. Repeat the above steps for multiple jars and you will have a lovely table arrangement.

 

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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

Father's Day is less than three weeks away -- Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. -- just enough time to start prepping for what would make dear old pops feel loved....What dad, what MAN, wouldn't want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?--hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports--Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father's Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #DIYFATHERSDAY!

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