How to Make Resin Glitter Pendants

Thanks to Oriental Trading for providing some of the supplies for these Resin Glitter Pendants.

how to make a resin glitter pendant How to Make Resin Glitter Pendants

As most of you know by now, I have a love affair with glitter. I mean, I’m pretty sure it’s a two-way street and we’re thisclose to being official. I wanted to make something that I could show the world my love, not just another home décor glitter project. Enter the Resin Glitter Pendants.

Real resin is difficult to use, and in my experience, has mixed results. You have to make sure that you mix it just right, for long enough – but not too long – and that the weather is just right. Yeah, I don’t have the time or patience for all of that. Sooo…I chose to use Diamond Glaze, which is a resin-like product, but about a thousand times easier to use. There are other brands of this on the market, but Diamond Glaze and Crystal Lacquer are my favorites.

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How to Say Happy New Years in 150 Different Languages

One of the great things about the world wide web is that it connects you with people from around the world!  No matter  where you’re from, or what language you speak, there’s an event that everyone celebrates.   That event is the New Year.  Greet your friends in their native language, or just wish people you know “Happy New Years” in a new language!

say happy new year in 150 languages How to Say Happy New Years in 150 Different Languages

AFRIKAANS        gelukkige nuwejaar / voorspoedige nuwejaar

AKPOSSO            ilufio ètussé

ALBANIAN          Gëzuar vitin e ri

ALSATIAN            e glëckliches nëies / güets nëies johr

ARABIC                 (aam saiid) / sana saiida

ARMENIAN         shnorhavor nor tari

ATIKAMEKW      amokitanone

AZERI                    yeni iliniz mübarək

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Tips for Sewing with Vintage Patterns #waverize

These tips for sewing with vintage patterns were inspired by a DIY Challenge I participated in with Jo-Ann Fabrics and Waverly.  All opinions are my own.

sewing with vintage patterns Tips for Sewing with Vintage Patterns #waverize

Recently, I had the opportunity to take part in a creative challenge with Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts and Waverly Fabrics. This was all part of Waverly’s 90th anniversary and the Waverize It contest that Jo-Ann & Waverly are holding. They sent me a mystery package with a top-secret fabric inside. I had to create a sewn project that was a unique twist.


What was I going to get? What was the pattern going to be? Would it be like a quilter’s cotton or would it be a heavy upholstery fabric? Most importantly, what the heck would I make?!?!

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How To Make Coffee in a French Press

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I love coffee.   But I’m really picky.  I can’t just open a can of any old grocery store coffee and make a pot.  Oh no.  It needs to be something really delightful and exotic.  And, really, it should go without saying that fresh roasted coffee is just about mandatory.   While I often prefer an elaborate frou frou coffee drink, if I’m going to have brewed coffee, I like mine from a French Press. 

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How to Make a Beaded Bracelet

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Do you love beaded bracelets?  We all know that stacks of bracelets and beads are both very in right now.  Beaded bracelets can be very expensive, though.  Luckily, it’s not hard to make them yourself!  This bracelet tutorial will teach you how to make a beaded bracelet, even if you've never stepped foot in the craft store.

Beading Supplies Needed

  • Tigertail beading wire
  • Focal beads – in this project, we’re using vintage glass pearls as the focal bead.  I used 10 for an 8 inch bracelet
  • Accent beads – the red crystal beads used.  I needed 10 for an 8 inch bracelet.
  • Seed beads – a size 10 or 11 will be the best for this project. These are the tiny white beads used.
  • Crimp beads – they’re what finishes the wire.
  • Split rings or jump rings – 4-6mm
  • Lobster claw clasp

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How to Wear a Sarong as a Wrap Skirt

sarong How to Wear a Sarong as a Wrap Skirt

Sarongs go by many names.  Pareos, lava-lava, mundu, reddi, and lungas are all names for sarongs in various parts of the world. 

I’m sure you’re familiar with sarongs and pareos.  During the summer, sarongs are one of my go to pieces.  That’s mostly because I am a water baby and I love to be at the pool, the lake or the beach.  And when you’re at the beach, you need a good cover-up for traipsing in and out of the stores or going into a restaurant.  Believe it or not, storekeepers aren’t always the happiest when you’re wandering around in just a swimsuit and flip flops. 

How do you incorporate these great, colorful pieces into your everyday closet, though? 

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Fashion Friday: Ways to Wear Scarves

kellyscarf Fashion Friday: Ways to Wear ScarvesHere’s a roundup of fantastic ways to wear scarves!


The Kelly.

I am particularly fond of this with a pair of oversized sunglasses. Especially when I’m feeling dramatic. Or dramatique!

Scarf Style Needed: Square Scarf.  Use an Oblong/Rectangular scarf for added drama

Tying the Scarf:

Take the square scarf and fold it diagonally from one corner to its opposite. Place the scarf over the head with the folded edge facing forward. Bring the folded corners down under the chin and cross them, pushing the points back around the neck on each side.

In the back of the neck, gather the folded corners and tie them together, making sure to catch the loose corners of the scarf under the knot being formed. Leave the ends loose, or tuck them under as you prefer. Add a pair of tortoise-shell sunglasses and you’ll be ready to slip past the paparazzi.


neckwrapscarf Fashion Friday: Ways to Wear Scarves

The Neckwrap

Very chic!   Perfect as an alternative to a necklace.  I particularly like this with a button down blouse.

Scarf Style Needed: Rectangular (Oblong) Scarf (at least 80 cm long)

Tying the Scarf:

Take the oblong scarf and fold it twice to create an “S” fold. Drape the scarf around your neck so that the ends hang down the back. Cross the ends in the back and bring them back to the front. Loop the one end around the other in front and pull the ends back around to the back once more.

Knot the ends at the back of the neck and tuck any remaining length down the back of the blouse beneath the collar. The finished look is sleek and sophisticated.

A great video from the ever fabulous Michelle Phan

A great video from Glamour Magazine!

And perhaps the mother of all scarf wearing vids. So fantastic!

How to Make Fruit Salad Earrings – An Earring Tutorial

 How to Make Fruit Salad Earrings   An Earring Tutorial

Want a new pair of crazy fun earrings?  Why not make some with this easy earring tutorial!   You’re going to need some items:

 How to Make Fruit Salad Earrings   An Earring Tutorial

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