Thursday, May 28, 2009

Inspiration: Margaret Oomen

Inspiration: Margaret Oomen Had to share, as these are too cool and we all know I have tons of rock.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Embellished Clip Board & Binder Clip

I found this great tutorial on that is a plain clip board that has been embellished with scrapbook paper, ribbons and charms. What a great idea and would make a great gift with some snazzy note paper attached and maybe a coordinating magnet. There were several ideas for clip boards so take a look and get inspired. There is also a video that I found pretty good on this same clip board and you can find it here.

To go along with that clip board, how about this cool binder clip that has been altered from

You could make the clip board and the binder clip to match and have a set.....oh I just have to try this out with some of my scrapbook papers.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Ankle Bracelets

Head on over to my Doodles and Dreams blog for a new tutorial link on making ankle bracelets.

Have a great Monday.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Crochet Cowl

Had to share this one. I don't knit, but probably will learn one of these days but I do crochet and found this easy loose cowl. Perfect for making a few now to give as gifts during the holidays when it gets cooler. Here is the link to the site at Crochet Spot, but I will also repeat them.

Feel free to adjust the size of the cowl as you see fit!

Skill Level: Beginner
Finished Size: 8” (20 cm) tall, 19” (48 cm) around
Note: to adjust size, follow directions within pattern
Materials:Medium Weight yarn (approximately 90 yards) Crochet Hook N (10.00 mm)
Gauge: not really important

Crochet Pattern: Start by chaining 35 or as long as you want your cowl.
Row 1: ch 1, sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across: 35 sc
Row 2: dc in each sc across: 35 dc
Row 3: sc in each dc across: 35 sc
Repeat rows 2 – 3, seven more times or until cowl is as tall as you desire.

Slip stitch or sew the shorter sides of the cowl together and finish off. You may also choose to use buttons as a closure instead of sewing ends together.
If you make this cowl, send me a pic and I'll post it here for everyone to enjoy and get inspired.

Friday, May 22, 2009

How to Make Scrabble Tile Pendant/Charm

How to make scrabble tile pendants. These look so simple and cute that I know I will have to try a few....I may even use some of my watercolor paintings as the background picture. Tutorial was found on Cut Out + Keep where you can find lots of different tutorials. Just complete their free registration process and start searching around for some fun things to make. This entry at Cut Out + Keep is courtesy of which offers these pendants for sale on their shop. Head on over there if you would prefer to purchase one.

Have a Happy Memorial Day!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Craft Supply Sale

For all you crafters out there that love Martha Stewart crafts, this is her 2 year anniversary and all her supplies are 20% off. Head on over to and check it quick though the sale ends on 5/31/09. Here is one of the projects on her web site.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

How to Make an Origami Drawstring Bag has a great tutorial on how to make an origami drawstring bag. Find the instructions here:

These would make perfect gift bags for jewelry or other small items.
The tutorial has step by step directions with photos, so it seems pretty easy to follow. I might even have to get my sewing machine out of moth balls to try my hand at these.
If you have a tutorial that you would like featured on this crafting blog, please e-mail me at djames50 (at) gmail (dot) com.