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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Turn a Necklace into a Bracelet and Earrings




Jewelry Inspiration
I love making jewelry, but sometimes I can't figure out a design. Sometimes it's hard to decide what beads will go well together. Sometimes it's easier to let the pros help out. That's what I did with this project. Not too long ago, Prima Bead had some of their pre-made jewelry on clearance. I ordered two of the same necklace and quickly turned one of them into a bracelet and a pair of earrings.

Turn a necklace into a bracelet
  The bracelet was super easy I just cut the wire at one end of the bracelet, took off enough beads so that it was the right length to fit around my wrist. Then I reattached the wire to the clasp using crimp beads.

Turn a necklace into earrings
For the earrings, I used the pendant part of the necklace as my inspiration and in no time I had a matching pair of earrings.

Here's another set I did. I love this black and silver necklace from Prima. 

Turn a necklace into a bracelet and earrings

It was even easier to make this bracelet and earrings from an extra necklace.

Turn a necklace into a bracelet and earrings

Do you have trouble figuring out a design for your jewelry projects? What tips do you have that help inspire you?



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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

How to Get your Cake out of the Pan Perfectly Every Time!

Summer is birthday season at our house. We have birthdays in June, July and August. With birthdays comes birthday cake. And with cake sometimes comes the frustration of the cake not coming out and sticking to the pan.
How to get your cake out of the pan perfectly every time

Last year, my mom showed me a simple tip to get the cake out of your pan perfectly every time! Prepare your pan as you normally would for a cake with butter or shortening and then flour. Then, using the bottom of the pan as your stencil, draw a circle into wax paper. Then cut it out and stick it in the bottom of the pan before adding your batter. When the cake is done, it's just a matter of loosening the edges with a knife and the cake slides right out. Simply peel off the wax paper and voila! the perfect cake bottom!

Have you tried this before? What other tips do you have to get your cakes to come out of the pan cleanly?

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Twine Wrapped Jar with Lace Flower


I think I must be the last craft blogger to make a twine wrapped jar. I've seen them for years, and I always wanted to try my hand at one. When my husband brought some unique juice jars home from work, I knew that it was finally time to try it out.  The twine brings a rustic feel, add a touch of lace or ribbon and you have a perfect combination.

Twine Wrapped Jar with Lace Flower
Twine wrapped jars are very easy to make, although they are a bit time consuming. Just grab your hot glue gun and some twine. Wrap your twine around the jar, gluing every so often to keep it from sliding around. Easy peasy.

Twine Wrapped jar with Ribbon

Once it was all wrapped, it just looked a little plain. So I grabbed the leftover lace from my Burlap and Lace Mason Jars, and lined the top, then made a quick flower. I shared the tutorial for the flower yesterday.

Twine Wrapped jar with Ribbon

I think I like this little jar even better. I just love the shape...and the ribbon.

It's a shrimp cocktail sauce jar. It's been kicking around because I have a annoying tendency to keep any container that looks like it might be useful in the future.

Can you guess where the ribbon came from? It's also re-purposed. You know when you get flannel pajamas and they're wrapped up with a ribbon that's tied in a bow? Yep, that's where it came from.

Twine Wrapped Jar with Lace Flower
So have you already tried twine wrapping jars? Am I the last person on earth to try it?

Which jar is your favorite?



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