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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tiara for the garden...

Garden Fairy Princesses Love This Tiara


 This whispy tiara piece was made from some very old and very special beads and buttons.  It has a secret destination, so I am packaging it up tomorrow, ever so carefully, for its maiden voyage.  Sigh.

The charm in the center reads, "Let us be grateful for people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
by Marcel Proust

My Yellow Rose of Fairfax friend passed that wonderful quote onto me, so I am sure the garden fairy princesses will love it just as much as I do!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

how to make an art charm bracelet

 Art Charms Are Simply Pretty Stuff To Wear Anyday

This fun bracelet is made in an afternoon as you are reminiscing.
Here's the how to.....

Everyone has an old bracelet, maybe tarnished, which is the character base!  With the findings available at the local craft store such as AC Moore, Michaels or Hobby Lobby, pick up some "jump rings, crimp ends, and two pair of jewelry flat nose pliers."

Break the backs off old earrings and drill a small hole through the remaining piece.  Add the jump ring, using your flat nose pliers to pull apart, attach to the bracelet, then close. 

Or, unearth old charms from other bracelets or from those dusty souvenir boxes and add those jump rings as well.  If you collect feathers, as I do, glue the end and put that end into the crimp finding.  Squeeze with pliers and let the glue dry.

If you are feeling more artistic, you can draw a picture on heavy card stock, use a small hole punch, add your jump ring and, Voila, a true "art charm" for you bracelet.  Mix and match your media and wear away!
Nature Trail In The Making

First you have to sweat and chop up stuff, and then you have to sweat and move all that stuff around, and then you have to sweat some more to lay the trail.  Sweating is also something that will attract nature, the biting kind, as well.  To insure safety during the chopping, moving and sweating process, technology and electricity must rule.

As the project at Chris and Joanna's place proceeds, the fruit of their labor take form.

Beyond the mulch, lurks the poison ivy.  That is another day where chemistry comes into play.  The trail will continue!  Meanwhile, elsewhere on the property, blueberries need to be eaten!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Crowns and Tiaras

Did you know?
Crowns and Tiaras Are Part of The Simply Pretty Stuff Inventory

Feeling left out as a princess without her tiara or a queen without her crown?  Well fret no longer.  There are a few new fabulous designs that will be sure to please the most particular of tastes at  Just click the tiara and crown link ~ voila.  There is always something sure to please at Simply Pretty Stuff.  Check out the other new item posts while you are there.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Starbuck's Coffee Time

Now Wearing  Starbuck's

Everyone who knows me will know that I love my
coffee, decaf or high test, depending...

I had broke down and bought a Starbuck's porcelain travel mug awhile back to save the planet and save me a dime a cup on refills.  Imagine my disappointment when the cup shattered, in an unfortunate dishwasher episode, one day. 

Seeing opportunity for unique jewelry pieces, I scooped these two from the pile and went to work.

How wonderful these are on a chain!!  I love them.