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I am absolutely in love with chunky, distressed bracelets.  I’m not normally the “dainty” jewelry kind of girl.  I need a little spunk and a little character in my accessories. 

I HEART this one!

(photo from fabsugar.com)

Here’s my attempt using strips of shredded t-shirt and braiding the strips.


I also thought I’d pull out the 12 year old in me and try my old hemp necklace technique on one of them…


And here’s me wearing my new bracelets.  I found that I like putting 2 together for a chunkier look.


P.S. Sorry about the terrible pics.  My camera and I are on the outs and I’ve only had my camera phone to assist me!

I tried different sizes of fabric and braided three of them and tried a knot on the fourth one.  For fun and something different I added charms to one.  You could do so many things with them and they’re super easy and quick.  I think the next one I make will have chain too.  What do you think?

You could also use this technique and make a scarf like ISLY did.  Here’s the pic of the scarf and a link to the tutorial over at ISLY.  How cute is that?  I mean really?




I used scrabble & glass tile, scrapbook paper, rhinestones and diamond glaze.

I cut scrap paper to size and used a small dab of diamond glaze to glue to the scrabble tile and glued the rhinestone on the paper.  Then I carefully layered the diamond glaze on top of the paper making sure to remove any bubbles.

I used the same technique with the glass but backwards making sure the paper was right side against the glass tile.  The rhinestone’s didn’t work so much on the glass tile.  I would put them on top of the glass and then diamond glaze a thin layer on top.  So you’d have diamond glazed both sides.

So here’s the final product.  Well kind of.  I have to attach backing for the necklace.

For a great tutorial on scrabble pendants check this out http://www.makeandtakes.com/links/scrabble-tile-pendant-tutorial over at MakeandTakes.

I made these pin cushions out of mason jars.  Aren’t they cute?  And they’re super handy!


I made these (and a handful more that I forgot to take pics of) for my sister in law.  It’s the first time I’ve used a sewing machine since Jr High but I have to admit they turned out pretty cute!

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So, my very first niece was born last month and I was so excited it was a girl!  I wanted to send her something really girly and what can be more girly than a tutu?  I know…she’s a little young for ballet but have you seen pics of an adorable baby in a tutu?  Until you have, do not judge me!  🙂 Here’s what you can do with some tulle, elastic, ribbon and thread…


 This one was for baby Elise and now I want to make one for every baby I meet!  🙂


This was originally for Elise but thought it to be a little to punk for her parents! I’ll find a chuck t’s, skull & cross-bones wearing baby to give this to so she can rock it out appropriately

And this is what happens when you’re bored and have left over tulle.  She didn’t seem to mind!

For a great tutorial on these babies check out Plum Tickled’s blog.  http://plumtickled.typepad.com/plumtickled/2007/08/tutu-tutorial-t.html

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Okay…so I’d like to share with you just how much of a doll my bf L is.   I live in an apartment with my sis so there’s not much room that I can dedicate to my crafting.  I was at the dining table when I looked around and realized that it had been taken over by fabrics, buttons, canvas, paint…if it’s a craft supply…it was probably in my dining room.  So I was talking to L one night about how I wanted to get some peg board so I can organize (or at least try to) my supplies.  Before I knew it, he had me at the hardware store picking out pegboard and hooks.  And this is what he made me…


It’s awesome because its double sided and mobile. I can fold it up and tuck it away when I need to…not that I’d ever want to!   Oh…and it was so stinking cute how excited he got to make this for me.  Now that’s love…sigh.


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  • hobbyhellion: No, Melissa, I don't have an iPhone but I'll tuck this tidbit away in case I get one in the future! I've seen the braided leather bracelets and I lov
  • Melissa E.: P.S. Do you have an iPhone? If you do, you should download the tiltshift app. They make the photos from your camera look worlds better, plus it's real
  • Melissa E.: Sweet bracelets!! I love that you channeled your inner 12 year old and used a hemp braiding technique. You clever crafter, you! We must be on simil