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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mix Media Cushion: Terri-Cin


This is the quirky Terri-Cin, a deliciously happy, quirky mix media cushion. [caption id="attachment_3686" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Terri-Cin, mix media cushion (CH0356)[/caption] This is not a detailed tutorial nor is it a diy note...
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For the Love of Sweetie cat – RIP Kitty cat


This was made for the love of Sweetie our lovely neighbour s putty cat, Sweetie.  Sweetie recently went off to the great beyond and is much missed by her beloved owner, Melisse & Bob.  So this is my dedication to Sweetie. for the love of Sweetie cat (ch0355) I started with a photo of Sweetie cat. Melisse & Bob s Sweetie Selected an area and applied some filters via GIMP. (Filters > Edge-Detect > Sobel). Decided on one I liked.  Set image to correct print size to fit glass cab. Print. Then just worked beaded bezel using a clear glass cab.  Seedbeads are Czech and Miyuki beads.  Surrounded by Swarovski duo-coloured Alexandrite crystals. (Discontinued colour).  A gold filled chain.  And off it goes, with love, to our lovely Melisse in memory of her Sweetie cat. Close-up of Sweetie Cat beaded cab pendant
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For the Love of Sweetie cat - RIP Kitty cat


This was made for the love of Sweetie - our lovely neighbour's putty cat, Sweetie.  Sweetie recently went off to the great beyond and is much missed by her beloved owner, Melisse & Bob.  So this is my dedication to Sweetie. [caption id="atta...
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Handee Hand Towel


I snorted.  Silently. Internally.  (But still with gratitude). A crochet gift.  How daggy.  But I learnt my lesson.  We loved it so much, I have now made my own version: Handee hand towel.  Came into being last night. [caption id="attachmen...
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Monday, December 1, 2014

Art Deco Squares necklaces


Following on from learning how to bead bezel square rivoli (creating a square shape using round rivoli), I decided to play around with the idea.  These Art Deco Squares necklaces are a result of that play. [caption id="attachment_3636" align="ali...
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Friday, November 28, 2014

Mom’s Bling Bilinga necklace


I wanted to make something for my mom. I turned to my talented friend Di Parsons, owner of Bling Bilinga Beads for some help.  And she created this pendant with the most adorable colours for me. Mom s Bling Bilinga necklace (CH0251) Because the pendant from Di was so scrumptious in its colours, I decided a simple necklace rather than one of my usual complex creations. Mom s Bling Bilinga necklace (CH0251) I worked part of the chain to incorporate various small gemstones that would match the colours of the pendant.  These were worked in sterling silver wire; to match the rest of the chain, also in sterling silver. A very simple design with adorable glass work from Di.  I think the matching small gemstones really helped to bring out the charming eclectic nature of the whole piece. Mom s Bling Bilinga necklace (CH0251)
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Mom's Bling Bilinga necklace


I wanted to make something for my mom. I turned to my talented friend Di Parsons, owner of Bling Bilinga Beads for some help.  And she created this pendant with the most adorable colours for me. [caption id="attachment_3629" align="aligncenter" w...
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Bevvie Sun Pendant Paradise Shine


This is just a very simple set of necklace and earrings created with love for a close friend.  It showcases Swarovski's 2014 latest release of the new pendant named "Sun Pendant" and their latest coating named "Paradise Shine". [caption id="attac...
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Aztec Bohemian necklace


Aztec Bohemian Necklace [caption id="attachment_3575" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Aztec Bohemian necklace (CH0349)[/caption] It all started with a stone a pink opal stone and it took me to places I have not seen far away and mystical wh...
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Royal India earrings


Royal India earrings with the touch of magical India and her vibrant seductive colours. This pair of earring brings touches of the eastern exotic to the modern, enduring sparkles of Swarovski, swirled and backed by delicately robust filigree work. ...
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Filigree Bead Bezel Cab


This article will detail how to filigree bead bezel cab  - that is, to use filigree component to augment the stardard bead bezelling technique. [caption id="attachment_3487" align="aligncenter" width="621"] Bead Bezel with Filigree; How To[/capti...
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Mix Media Necklace: Warm My Heart


For this mix media necklace "Warm My Heart", I will start with the detailed finished project.  Virtually all the components have been created from scratch.  I will detail how to make them in the later part of this article for those of you who are ...
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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Labradorite Necklace – Labradorite & Friends set


This labradorite necklace is full of life and joie de vivre.  It forms part of the Labradorite & Friends collection.  There are a huge number of steps and processes in the making of this necklace.  So I have broken up the process into separate articles in the hopes it will be more useful to my readers. Labradorite & Friends Necklace (ch0346) How to Make the Labradorite Necklace As (almost) always, start with a rough sketch. Tip: the sketch is even more important when there are many connection points to consider and create. Next, just a rough layout to get the juices flowing Labradorite Focal Wire Netting Bezel Using the rough sketch, mark out the likely connection points (red). This large labradorite pear drop will be bezelled with wire netting.  The connection points (closed jump rings) will be affixed as we wire-net. See How To Wire Net a Cabochon with Connection Points for steps and detailed photos. Other Bead Bezel Cab Components In this section, I will not go into massive d
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Labradorite Necklace - Labradorite & Friends set


This labradorite necklace is full of life and joie de vivre.  It forms part of the "Labradorite & Friends" collection.  There are a huge number of steps and processes in the making of this necklace.  So I have broken up the process into separa...
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How to Bead Bezel Square Rivoli


Rivoli is a round stone.  "Bead Bezel Square Rivoli" is a technique on how to bead bezel a round rivoli to create a square shape. [caption id="attachment_3439" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Bead Bezel Rivoli into a Square[/caption] Th...
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Cabochon- How To Bead Bezel with Superduo and O-Beads


Here I will detail how to bead bezel a cabochon with Superduo and O-Beads.  It will mainly be via detailed photos.  This was used in "Labradorite Necklace" (from the "Labradorite & Friends" collection).  This technique was also used, in large ...
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Wire Netting Cabochon with Connection Points


How to Wire Netting Cabochon with Connection Points is a supplement to the more basic Wire Netting: How to Wire Net Bezel a Cabochon.  In this article, I will concentrate more on adding connection points during the wire netting cabochon process. ...
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Labradorite Earrings II – Labradorite & Friends set


This labradorite earrings II is part of the latest Labradorite & Friends jewelry set.  I just posted the labradorite bracelet.  For this pair of earrings, I have more detailed steps, how-tos, and tips .. Labradorite Earrings II (CH0344) How to Make Labradorite Earrings II It is always useful to start with an idea-sketch no matter how rough. A preliminary layout also helps. Layout the main ingredients (hot pink resin cab, Swarovski bead, metal connector, labradorite cabs) Using (round) felt pieces as backing for the resin cabochon. Glue cab onto felt backing. Tip: As the cab is translucent, you can markedly change its visual colour by the colour of the felt backing you choose. Mark out the possible connection points (using the draft sketch as guide). Start the bead-bezel process. I am using Miyuki 15/0 Gold to start.  Firmly attach (closed) jump rings as connectors at the connection points previously marked. You do this as you go round the cab; then carry on with the seed beads arou
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Labradorite Earrings I – Labradorite & Friends set


This labradorite earrings I is part of the latest Labradorite & Friends jewelry set.  I just posted the labradorite bracelet and labradorite earrings II. Labradorite Earrings I (part of Labradorite & Friends set) CH0345 For detailed steps and how-to, I refer you to Labradorite Earrings II.  I have detailed the steps there.  Both of these earrings pairs have the basic instructions on the creation of the beaded bezel cabochon (with only very minor differences).
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Labradorite Earrings I - Labradorite & Friends set


This labradorite earrings I is part of the latest "Labradorite & Friends" jewelry set.  I just posted the labradorite bracelet and labradorite earrings II. [caption id="attachment_3351" align="aligncenter" width="844"] Labradorite Earrings I...
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Labradorite Earrings II - Labradorite & Friends set


This labradorite earrings II is part of the latest "Labradorite & Friends" jewelry set.  I just posted the labradorite bracelet.  For this pair of earrings, I have more detailed steps, how-tos, and tips .. [caption id="attachment_3319" align...
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Labradorite Bracelet – Labradorite and Friends


This labradorite bracelet is part of a set of Labradorite and Friends jewelry set.  I am actually going backwards in posting the last made item. Labradorite & Friends bracelet (CH0343) I won t be including any details steps. It is all very easy and very ad-hoc. The main carry-on theme is labradorite gemstones. This will carry through to the necklace and earrings (which I will post later). The bracelet is made on memory wire (so free, easy sizing). Into this labradorite bracelet I have thrown in: Labradorite gemstone chips and small nuggets Pandora-style safety chains (A+++ rhodium plated brass) Swarovski fish beads, bicone pendants, flower beads custom made fabric long beads resin and Czech miscellaneous beads cats eyes bead pale adventurine, hematite and other friends Here are some detailed pics .. The post Labradorite Bracelet Labradorite and Friends appeared first on ClearlyHelena.
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Labradorite Bracelet - Labradorite and Friends


This labradorite bracelet is part of a set of "Labradorite and Friends" jewelry set.  I am actually going backwards in posting the last made item. [caption id="attachment_3305" align="aligncenter" width="800"] "Labradorite & Friends" bracelet...
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Humble Hand Soap Dispenser – Upgraded


Upgrading the humble hand soap dispenser.  A mini post for a quickie project. Hand Soap Dispenser upgraded (ch0342) This is such a small, quick, fun project yet it took me so very long to get round to it. Those humble, simple super supermarket hand soap dispensers are great. Except they look so plastic-ky. Not unique.  And they tend to tip over when almost empty. Most annoying. This little project will cure all that.  It is such a simple idea that I will not need to write a how-to at all. Any twine or cording, ribbon or anything you can wrap around and glue onto the surface will do.  Preferably something that will not get too water logged.  If you do use something like that, just finish off with a layer of diluted Mod Podge or diluted PVC craft glue to seal.  (That is what I did with the brownish, organic bottle which has been covered with hemp yarn and leather cording.) And to give it weight, so that it does not tip over when bottle is almost empty, just put something heavy int
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Humble Hand Soap Dispenser - Upgraded


Upgrading the humble hand soap dispenser.  A mini post for a quickie project. [caption id="attachment_3291" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Hand Soap Dispenser - upgraded (ch0342)[/caption] This is such a small, quick, fun project - yet i...
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Friday, October 24, 2014

DIY Handmade Toilet Roll Holder


Have been meaning to make a handmade toilet roll holder for some time.  So I made one last night.  Of course, with me, it is always an "experiment" and lord only knows when I will get round to making the next "improved" version.  But this will do ...
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Crystal Heart Sun-catcher Windchime


This week, I thought I would devote some time to making things for the house so the Hearts Sun-catcher Windchime popped out. [caption id="attachment_3244" align="aligncenter" width="764"] Crystal Heart Sun-Catcher & Wind Chime (ch0340)[/captio...
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Apple Yosemite – Quick Summary Review


Apple has just released a new upgrade: Apple Yosemite OS x 10.10.  Should you upgrade? Always do a quick review.  You don t want to be landed in bugs and problems if you can help it.  There are many reviews already on the net.  I will do a very quick one and give you references in case you need more info. I have done the upgrade (after reading reviews and what not). Apple Yosemite OS X 10.10 Quick Facts you want to know Apple Yosemite no major bugs: almost all the reviews are positive (though as of today 23 Oct 2014, some complaints have started regarding how Apple Yosemite has killed my WiFi .  This has not happened to me.) the download takes a LONG time. It took over 3++ hours for me. the install may not be automatic. You might have to look for the downloaded install app in your Applications folder. (I would show you but it looks like the install app automatically disappeared from the folder once the install is complete). Below, you can see that I am in the process of downloadi
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Exabytes Hosting – Will Say Bye-Bye


My hosting provider, Exabytes is driving me crazy.  Over a period of a year, the load speed and even accessibility of my sites have been slow on speed and spasmodic on accessibility.  Exabytes has one of the best customer service around.  They truly offer 24/7 service. I can email-contact them at any time of day or night. And they will respond within minutes to a couple of hours. And that is one of the reasons why I have been so reluctant to switch from them. The other reason is that I have not been full-on at my sites only working once in a while. So their servers poor performance has not been such a bug bear to me. But now that I have re-started working almost full time at my sites, it is getting harder and harder to deal with the very slow load times. Almost daily, I encounter database connection error , service request exceeded . I tried to give BlueHost a go but as I said in Blue Host Too Slow ; their almost one week response rate to a query just put me off completely. The ne
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bead Mat Tray – changeable, non-slip DIY


Do you love your bead mat? Oh yes!  Do you hate your bead mat slipping as you work? Oh yes yes yes! Well, I had enough. I wanted to make a bead mat tray that would be: be non-slip capable of holding multiple bead mats thick enough that when I pin something to it, there is enough depth to hold it heavy enough that it won t lift up when I move or take pins out and as a bonus able to easily change bead mats for different coloured ones. So here is my functional DIY bead mat tray.  I have tested it daily for a couple of months now and am very happy with its functionality. DIY: Bead Mat Tray ; non-slip and changeable (ch0339) How to Make Bead Mat Tray I am not sure how many photos I took along the path of this experiment.  Hopefully enough to show you how easy it is to make your very own non-slip, changeable-mat bead mat tray. 1) Cut a piece of cardboard to the size of your bead mat. (Here I used the cover of a Swarovski magazine.) 2) It is best to use a plain board. I would use someth
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Bead Mat Tray - changeable, non-slip DIY


Do you love your bead mat? Oh yes!  Do you hate your bead mat slipping as you work? Oh yes yes yes! Well, I had enough. I wanted to make a bead mat tray that would be: be non-slip capable of holding multiple bead mats thick enough that wh...
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Pliers Stand Holder – Simple How To


I decided to make my own pliers stand (alternatively called pliers holder or pliers rack ).  It was easier than I expected. And sturdier. How to make Sturdy, Easy Pliers Stand I have been driven nosy and crazy with my various make-do pliers stands.  First it was buckets, then whatever wooden canister holder, then just plonking them into a tools bucket.  But as many know, the more you have need of your tools the more specialized and plentiful they get. And in the middle of a project, to be able to lay your hands quickly on the right tool, is a heaven-sent. And then to be able to store them, visually accessible and safely that is another god sent. But pliers stands or pliers holders are not cheap.  Plus, even after paying the price, they have limited capacity.  (You know your collection will continue to grow despite your best restraint).  So being able to make your own pliers stand easily, is a big bonus. How to Make your own Pliers Stand Easily This is a very short how-to on maki
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Pliers Stand Holder - Simple How To


I decided to make my own pliers stand (alternatively called "pliers holder" or "pliers rack").  It was easier than I expected. And sturdier. [caption id="attachment_3213" align="aligncenter" width="600"] How to make Sturdy, Easy Pliers Stand[/cap...
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Triangle Shape with Peyote Stitch – How To


Always useful to be able to create beaded shapes. Helps the fulfullment of particular designs. This is a simple primer or reminder of how to create triangle shape with peyote stitch.
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Triangle Shape with Peyote Stitch - How To


Always useful to be able to create beaded shapes. Helps the fulfullment of particular designs. This is a simple primer or reminder of how to create triangle shape with peyote stitch.   [caption id="attachment_3209" align="aligncenter" widt...
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Organised Pin Cushion – Ever So Useful


Ah, don t turn your eyes away because I seem like a lowly and ugly pin cushion. I am only a beta version. I have been on trial for a month or so. And I have made Helena so very happy! Organised, multi-function Pin Cushion (ch0388) I am a pin cushion which: is weighted is segmented to be easily organised has anti-rust capabilities can magnetically hold small work scissors and helps sharpen needles I have been made to please. And I have and I do! Daily! Helena thinks I am quite amazing (tho she does not, as yet, appreciate my lack of good looks). The Old Pincushion Here is what the ole girl had to deal with before I came along. You should have heard some of the expletives that were uttered in the dead of night when the old, fly weight pin cushion would fly up together with the needle.  Or the deadliest of squints that Helena had, trying to locate the right needle on the old, messy pincushion. old messy pin cushion The Idea Behind the Organised Pin Cushion This shows a rough draft made
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Organised Pin Cushion - Ever So Useful


Ah, don't turn your eyes away because I seem like a lowly and ugly pin cushion. I am only a beta version. I have been on trial for a month or so. And I have made Helena so very happy! [caption id="attachment_3182" align="aligncenter" width="600"] ...
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

BlueHost – Too Slow


I wrote (emailed via their Help Ticket system) to Blue Host on the 8th October, 2014. I finally got a response on 16th October (thank God, it was the same year). With a promise of 24/7 service at hand, getting a response over a week later is .. well Just Too Slow BlueHost!! BlueHost s promise of 24/7 Service Image Source: BlueHost.com I am in the process of looking around for a good, fast, reliable hosting company which has an established, good reputation. In the process of this search, I have been Googling hosting provider reviews for 2014.  And I have also been asking the help and recommendation from my friends over at Facebook. BlueHost was one of the top companies in both respect (reviews and friends recommendation).  But despite all these things, it is always good to shoot the company an email to experience personally their response rate.  Sadly but truly, many a good and reliable companies of good repute can and do slide in performance and service over time.  Mine has .. and
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Friday, October 17, 2014

eWay – Sorry but Recommended


I almost signed up with eWay.  I am sorry I won t be.  But now that I have my current payment gateway up and running (2Checkout Excellent Service) for my ClearlyHelena store, I won t be needing another gateway. However I would recommend eWay because even though I will not be signing up with them, I did learn a number of things along the way.  And I have been impressed. eWay Aussie online payment gateway Why Consider eWay? Reasons why you might want to consider eWay as your payment gateway: they have a very good reputation they are Australian owned and based. (This matters to many. It may matter to you.) they contacted me personally. Via the phone.  Multiple times. Friendly and efficient service. their application process is mostly online and quite easy. During my online application process, I learnt a number of things that I had not known and/or not taken care of before: required legal pages: Store Policies that cover Payment, Shipping & Returns/Refunds And that helped me do t
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2Checkout – Excellent Service!


A few days ago, I blogged (at ClearlyHelena.com) that I was applying for a new payment gateway because my payment gateway provider (2Checkout or 2CO) had deactivated my seller status. Due to unavoidable personal events, my store at ClearlyHelena had been inactive for many months. Hence no buying activity. But 2Checkout has been so pro-active and gave such excellent service, I now remain happily with them. 2CheckoutImage source: pctechmag.com Originally when I found out that my seller status had been de-activated and contacted 2CO, I was told that I had to fill in another application. While I had been quite satisfied with 2CO s service and performance in the past, I do remember that the application process was rather tedious. And being short on time as per normal, I didn t want to have to go through the entire process again. Having heard about eWay from a friend a long time ago, I checked them out and thought I would give them a try instead. I mentioned this fact in a short blog post
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

etsy on trial


I have finally put some new active listings on etsy. Time to put etsy on trial. Again. It has been more than 4 or 5 years since I had an active store on etsy. So today, the store really reopens. To start off, I have listed DISCOUNTED items - disco...
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Wirework Tutorial and Nicole Hanna


I have only ever bought 2 online tutorials in my life. My virgin purchase was from Heather Collins (Butterfly Clasp tutorial). My second, a few days ago, was a wirework tutorial from Nicole Hanna.  I loved it so much I am about to get another one fr...
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eWay and Re-opening Etsy


Just applied to eWay (payment gateway, Australia) and just re-opened my Etsy store: ClearlyHelena at Etsy (right at this minute - still bare.  Maybe starts off with a Sale tomorrow! :D ) 2 simple things that took a whole day. eWay - payment...
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Transparent Deco-Round necklace


I know I took meticulous photos of each step in the making of this Transparent Deco-Round necklace.  But seek as I might, the photos have ...poof! ... gone! [caption id="attachment_3131" align="aligncenter" width="769"] Transparent Deco-Round nec...
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Deco Hoops Earrings


Deco Hoops Earrings - easy, colourful, comforting. Perfect project for downtime, while the muse is away, when too many mojos bombard you, when all you want to do is bead and not drag out the kitchen sink for the next big project. [caption id="at...
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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Bead Embroidery Wall Art


Bead Embroidery is like painting with beads. Bead Embroidery Wall Art is a liberating way to employ colours, techniques, shapes, and stitches. And you end up with something pretty and usable that you can use to brighten your heart and home. I particu...
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Art Deco Buddha necklace


Art Deco Buddha necklace was a happy happenstance arising from my learning how to weave the ruffled peyote stitch. [caption id="attachment_3041" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Art Deco Buddha Necklace (CH0334)[/caption] Art Deco Buddha - ...
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Ruffled Peyote Stitch – How to


I am sure there are various ways of achieving ruffles or frills with peyote stitch.  This is but one of them. Ruffled peyote is a very useful addition as it can be used to create texture, structure, interest. Cab with Ruffled Peyote Stitch Ruffled Peyote Stitch Characteristics The ruffles produced are solid, firm, and strong.  They stand up on their own. Not floppy. Not flimsy. Tips on Weaving Ruffled Peyote Knowing how to do peyote stitch helps! Each bead must be pulled taut as you work the ruffles. Advisable to use different colours in the ruffles (even if colours are slightly differentiated) because the first 3 rows of the ruffles can get very confusing (hard to distinguish one bead from another). Once the ruffled peyote is complete, do not try to bend it.  (I once snapped off the entire ruffle strip: the stitching, as needs be, is so taut that they can break off that way.) 3 foundation rows of increases to create the ruffles.  Use beads smaller than main body of work. How to C
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Ruffled Peyote Stitch - How to


I am sure there are various ways of achieving ruffles or frills with peyote stitch.  This is but one of them. Ruffled peyote is a very useful addition as it can be used to create texture, structure, interest. [caption id="attachment_3020" alig...
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Dremel Accessories – Explained


When I got my fascinating Dremel Stylus, I was in love. But confused.  My Dremel Stylus came with a box of accessories.  But what in golly geez were they for?  And how do I use those Dremel accessories? There was no manual.  So, let s find out about the Dremel accessories. My new Dremel & Dremel accessories Dremel Multi-Chuck Dremel 3 Jaw Multi Chuck #4486 While my Dremel Stylus came with its own box of accessories, it does not come with the indespensable multi-chuck.  I have to thank a friend for putting me wise on this gadget. The Dremel Multi-Chuck is (more) technically called the Dremel 4486 MultiPro Keyless Chuck. A very knowledgeable Facebook friend (Chrissie Smith) pointed out to me I would find a Dremel Multi-Chuck very useful. At the time, she might as well have been speaking Greek to me. However I knew I had better listen. She, unlike me, knows what she is talking about when she Dremel-talks! So I got myself a chuck as well. Remember to get one for yourself as well. You
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Dremel Accessories - Explained


When I got my fascinating Dremel Stylus, I was in love. But confused.  My Dremel Stylus came with a box of accessories.  But what in golly geez were they for?  And how do I use those Dremel accessories? There was no manual.  So, let's find out ab...
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Dremel Stylus – Do you Need one?


I have always wanted a Dremel. Well, not actually always . But ever since I started seeing so many people & crafty friends mentioning a Dremel. They throw out the name Dremel as if the Dremel was such a item like Bosch that anyone hearing the name, would know it. I didn t. And yet I wanted one. And I didn t even know what it could do. But I wanted a Dremel. When my Dremel arrived, I loved it at first sight. Dremel Stylus 7.2v Cordless with Docking Station & Accessories Which Dremel to Get? In January of 2013, when I was ready to get a Dremel (incorrectly thinking it would be a belated Xmas pressie) I was all a flounder as to which Dremel I should get. It should at least do a number of things. Hopefully things I would want it to do. Vaguely, I thought of polishing metal, a bit of buffing, cutting maybe but really, I was floundering. I turned to my Facebook clever friends and discovered many thumbs up for the Dremel Stylus 7.2v Cordless. So I got it. And it arrived. I was fascinated and
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Dremel Stylus - Do you Need one Too?


I have always wanted a Dremel. Well, not actually "always". But ever since I started seeing so many people & crafty friends mentioning a Dremel. They throw out the name "Dremel" as if the Dremel was such a item like Bosch that anyone hearing the ...
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Collage Drawers – A Facelift


How to transform ugly drawers? collage drawers! Collage Drawers (CH0333) I have been meaning to do something about these drawers coz I so did not like their colours.  So now I have. The collage drawers is a free-form design exercise. And collage drawers are so much fun as you can you all kinds of mix media.  Here I mainly chose to work with fabric and bead embroidery. This is what it looked like to start off with.  Actually there were 6 drawers (3 blue, 3 pink).  But I am only transforming 3 into collage drawers and leaving 3 handy shelves. Pretty yukky colours ain t they? This is in our entryway. Chiki Tikki and Melissa Windstorm like to sit there to watch us come and go. How to make Collage Drawers I am just giving the drawers a facelift. So I will only be working on the front face of the drawers. Get some pieces of material which will form the front of the collage drawers. (Mine were obtained a long time ago from Reverse Garbage, Sydney the best recycling shopping center ever
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Collage Drawers - A Facelift


How to transform ugly drawers? - collage drawers! [caption id="attachment_2905" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Collage Drawers (CH0333)[/caption] I have been meaning to do something about these drawers coz I so did not like their colours.  S...
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Soften Polymer Clay – how to


How does one soften polymer clay?  If you are like me, your precious clay would have been hoarded in safe places. And in revenge, they have hardened on you.  So now we need to find a way to recondition polymer clay for use.  Don t throw them away! How to soften polymer clay I just want to get started with my clay immediately so this research piece is presented in brief notes to get you going asap. Various Ways to Condition or Soften Polymer Clay I will include a useful video to each method where possible. I always find notes are easier and faster when one is just doing a quick refresh. Videos are great for fuller details especially when one has not encountered this information before. Oil or Water for Re-Conditioning Polymer Clay This is probably my preferred method as it is so easy and does not need fancy tools or conditioners. IMPORTANT. Whether you use oil and the like or water, will depend on the polymer clay you have. Specifically as to whether they are oil based or not. Scul
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Soften Polymer Clay - how to


How does one soften polymer clay?  If you are like me, your precious clay would have been hoarded in safe places. And in revenge, they have hardened on you.  So now we need to find a way to recondition polymer clay for use.  Don't throw them away!...
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Beaded Sequin Flower – how to


This is a very simple, very easy bead embroidery technique on how to make a sequin flower. How to embroider a simple beaded sequin flower. Just about any beads will work.  I will just provide a list of the simple ones I used. 4mm round bead 11/0 seed beads sequins Using the 4mm round bead as center of flower, sew the bead where you want the center of the flower to be. I am just using a round piece of felt for the foundation material, to illustrate. You can ignore the green background.  It is just my beading mat. Bring the needle up a bit away from the center bead.  It should be approximately where you want the outer edges of the sequin-petals to be. Pick up one sequin.  If using cup-sequins, pick up from the underside (peaked side) of the sequin. Then 1 seed bead.  This will separate each sequin-petal from the other and produce a 3-D raised effect. Then another sequin from the underside as before; followed by 2 seed beads.  These 2 seed beads will from the center radiating line
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Beaded Sequin Flower - how to


This is a very simple, very easy bead embroidery technique on how to make a sequin flower. [caption id="attachment_2821" align="aligncenter" width="800"] How to embroider a simple beaded sequin flower.[/caption] Just about any beads will work. ...
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Felted Cabs in Peruzian Bangle


[caption id="attachment_2794" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Peruzian Felted Cab Bangle (CC0078)[/caption] This bangle obviously features handmade felted cabs. It's focal is a Peruzian cab from Peruzi; made by the deliciously talented Natalie-Fl...
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Beaded Crochet Y-Necklace with MOP


Beaded Crochet Y-Necklace with Mother of Pearls This was created so long ago. I have moved hosters and sites so many times since then. The how-to notes on this beaded crochet y-necklace have now disappeared into the ether.  So all I have are pho...
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Free Knitting Fonts for Mac


I needed to digitally graph some knit patterns and I was sick of doing it by hand. So I found some great knitting fonts. I originally started looking for knitting software. But the learning curve just seemed too steep. Especially when I wanted to start knitting asap. Then I came across the fact that there are free knitting fonts. And they seemed a much better alternative. With the added bonus that I did not have to install additional software on my system. An Example of Knitting Fonts correspondence to Keyboard 2 Main Free Knitting Fonts I came across 2 popular knitting fonts in my research: Knitting Font ver 2 by Aire River Design [Recommended] Knitter s Symbols by David Xenakis I was originally going to go with Knitter s Symbols but in the end, decided against it. Here are some comparison points to help you choose your knitting fonts. Knitting Font (by Aire River Design) totally free even if you use fonts to commercialize your knitting patterns (but not for distributing the fonts
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Chart Knitting Patterns


I have spent hours graphing out knitting patterns. Now I believe I have found a simple way to chart knitting patterns. Before I was intimidated by knitting patterns but after a bit of practice, I am pleased but not surprised at how much faster and...
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Beading Stitch: Increase in Herringbone Stitch


Herringbone Stitch (aka Ndebele Stitch) is ideal for making shapes because it lends itself well to increases and decreases.  Following from the previous article on normal flat Herringbone Stitch, here we will look at 2 ways of how to increase in Her...
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Clay Play – Lilly By The Sea


Lilly By The Sea was my first clay play. It is comprised mainly of clay and felted Lilly Owl (of course). Clay Play Lilly By The Sea (CH0332) First let s start with some close-ups of the finished Lilly By The Sea. Then we will have a closer look at the journey in this first clay play project. Close-ups of Clay Play First let s start with some close-ups of the finished Lilly By The Sea.
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Clay Play - Lilly By The Sea


Lilly By The Sea was my first clay play. It is comprised mainly of clay and felted Lilly Owl (of course). [caption id="attachment_2639" align="aligncenter" width="501"] Clay Play - Lilly By The Sea (CH0332)[/caption] First let's start with some...
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Lilly Owl – poked, felted, beaded


Lilly Owl is part of Lilly By The Sea .  Here we will go into detail about how to make this felted, mix media owl. Lilly Owl Felted Mix Media (CH0331) Close Ups of Lilly Owl To make sure you will be interested in Lilly Owl, here are some close ups.
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Lilly Owl - poked, felted, beaded


Lilly Owl is part of "Lilly By The Sea".  Here we will go into detail about how to make this felted, mix media owl. [caption id="attachment_2568" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Lilly Owl - Felted Mix Media (CH0331)[/caption] Close Ups of L...
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Pete’s Red Jumper


This is kinna boring, I know. But thought I would plonk this in anyway as a personal archival.  This is my first jumper made for Pete.  The first he has ever deigned to wear. And it is for our first cold winter here in our new abode.  So here is Pete s Red Jumper (pics only). Pete s Red Jumper 2014 (CH0333)
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Pete's Red Jumper


This is kinna boring, I know. But thought I would plonk this in anyway as a personal archival.  This is my first jumper made for Pete.  The first he has ever deigned to wear. And it is for our first cold winter here in our new abode.  So here is P...
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Beading: Square Stitch


Square Stitch is also known as Box Stitch. Generally, it looks like boxes stacked directly on top of one another. Written Tutorials Flat Square Stitch (from Fusion Beads) is a written step-by-step tutorial, with illustrated images.  Recommen...
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Ladder Stitch vs Square Stitch


Both the ladder stitch and square stitch looks very similar; virtually identical. But they are not. [gallery link="file" columns="2" ids="2523,2524"] Generally, you will see the ladder stitch as but one row.  Though they can be more than o...
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Squiggle Earrings with St Petersburg Stitch


I created this pair of Squiggle Earrings (CH0192) a long time ago (April 2012?). I lost my construction notes. Unless they decide to turn up at some future date. There are, however, notes, ideas, tutorials links, tip and stuff on how to bead St Peter...
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Beading Stitches – Index


Today I think I will spend some time doing some basic beading stitches. I know them. I forget them. So it is always handy to have a quick reminders. Unless necessary, I won t do long tutorials on how to do these basic beading stitches. Whenever possible, I will provide links to written &/or video instructions (after finding the easiest, of course). Some Basic Beading Stitches (in alphabetical order) Brick Stitch (Flat) Herringbone Stitch (Tubular) Herringbone Stitch Ladder Stitch Ndebele Stitch (aka Herringbone Stitch) St Petersburg Stitch Square Stitch (more coming .. over time) The post Beading Stitches Index appeared first on ClearlyHelena.
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Beading Stitches - Index


Today I think I will spend some time doing some basic beading stitches. I know them. I forget them. So it is always handy to have a quick reminders. Unless necessary, I won't do long tutorials on how to do these basic beading stitches. Whenever poss...
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Beading: St Petersburg Stitch


St Petersburg stitch is something that I learnt before and then promptly forgot, much to my chargrin.  So this time, I have drawn up a simple pictorial. Single St Petersburg Stitch [gallery link="file" columns="2" ids="2446,2448"] I specificall...
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Laconic


laconic droll how attractive that feels The post Laconic appeared first on shCREDO.
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Used To Be


I used to be much better. I didn t know it. So it was not real. What else is not real because I don t know till later.
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Beading: Flat Herringbone Stitch


[caption id="attachment_2380" align="alignright" width="150"] Herringbone patternImage Source: www.gq.com[/caption]   As a mnemonic aid, it is useful to know that Herringbone stitch gets its name from how the pattern resembles fishbones. T...
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Beading: Ladder Stitch


The Ladder Stitch is generally used as a foundation (start) stitch for Brick Stitch and Herringbone stitch. This stitch can be done with either one (traditional way) or 2-needle approach. This image will serve as reminder for those who already kn...
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Origin of all Ills


The origin of man s ills in all its various deadly forms through history and into our very own lives, is sadness in all its various destructive manifestations. Learning the hard and worthwhile lesson of being happy in this time of now and in the next moments of now can be our only way. The post Origin of all Ills appeared first on shCREDO.
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

I Am In Hell


Half a century it took me, I still feel the same. After an endless slew of macochistic do-gooders with no real answers; after four suicides which fatalistically failsd, I am still in Hell.
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Saturday, July 12, 2014

i don’t Know You


I don t know you Not at all Yet your music has taken me into places I didn t know, Only suspected, Were there
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Stand By Me


I had a talk with you long overdue rambling and alcohol fuelled yet true about him and them those monsters and of you and me. Did you get it? - my heart torn hidden anguish. Will I have to pay in the time to come? or will you Stand By Me? The post Stand By Me appeared first on shCREDO.
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How to Use Blogsy for iPad – Setup


It has been a while since I purchased Blogsy for iPad. And I still have not used it. So today, let s see how to Use Blogsy for iPad.  Here, I will essentially cover Blogsy s essential Settings (and where to find it) and how to set up Blogsy so that it can publish to one of your blogging accounts (be it on Blogger, WordPress, TypePad, Movable Type, Joomla, Drupal , IBM Connections, Tumblr, Squarespace, and/or MetaWeblog). There is good documentation, videos and guides on how to use Blogsy.  So I think I will just quickly bring us up to speed by learning how to navigate Blogsy to find what you need. I will use my situation as an example. have purchased Blogsy have not set up any accounts (e.g. WordPress, Blogger, Drupal) for Blogsy to connect to Where is Blogsy s Settings When you open Blogsy, this is what you will see.  The Settings button (as indicated) is very useful. Blogsy for iPad Interface When you click on the Settings button, you will find, amongst other needful things, link
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Blogsy won’t open on iPad


How to solve when Blogsy won t open on iPad Blogsy for iPad I bought Blogsy app for my ipad many moons ago.  But since then, I have put off having to read the how-to and have been swept away by the detritus of life s happenings. Today when I tried to open my Blogsy on iPad, it opened. For about a second. Then closed. Tried again and again. Same result. Tried Google but could not find a listing for similar problem.  So this is my solution and I hope it works for you. Sorry I can t show all the steps via screen shots because my Blogsy won t open problem has now been solved. Steps to solve Blogsy won t open on iPad problem On iPad, open App Store app. Since I bought Blogsy, it should be recorded under Purchased (a header in the bottom row). locate Blogsy in your App Store Find the Blogsy app. If its button does not read Open , then click whatever that button is and let iPad do whatever it has to till you get the Open button.  Once you have that, click Open . From then on, Blogsy shou
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Solomon’s Knot Fine Crochet Shawl


Sometime last year (2013) I saw a photo on Facebook that got me itching to attempt a fine crochet shawl done in Solomon s Knot. Crochet Shawl in Solomon s Knot (CH0330) This crochet shawl was done in crochet stitch: Solomon s Knot.  You can find the how-to of the Solomon s Knot in my Crochet Stitches Pictorial Library. One of the beauties of this crochet shawl is the diversity of styles in accommodates. I had some very fine wool (100% pure wool) and it makes for a very fine and refined shawl. The Solomon s Knot crochet stitch is not hard to do.  But being such a fine yarn, it does take a looooog time! And this is the photo I saw on Facebook last year that provided the basic idea for this fine crochet shawl. Idea Source for Crochet Shawl Basic Steps to Make Crochet Shawl Optional: If you want to have beads or sequins (as the crochet shawl here), then thread in the beads and/or sequins before you commence the crochet work. Chain stitch as foundation.  Long enough to comfortably go r
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Solomon's Knot Fine Crochet Shawl


Sometime last year (2013) I saw a photo on Facebook that got me itching to attempt a fine crochet shawl done in Solomon's Knot. [caption id="attachment_2320" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Crochet Shawl in Solomon's Knot (CH0330)[/caption] T...
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Clip-on Earrings for Mama


My sweet mama has ear holes. But she prefers clip-on earrings now. I have some Picasso Jasper carved gemmies. I have some clip-on earrings findings. I have beads! And away we go!  Pictorial steps from inception to clip-on! [caption id="attachment...
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Monday, July 7, 2014

LaCie Drive, Mac Backup – Steps + Review


I just bought a Lacie external drive for my Mac backups. If you have or are going to get a Lacie external drive, or even something similar, this article might be of use to you. I will go through some of the precautions, tips, and steps to easily set up your (Lacie) external drive for performing automatic Mac Backups with the inbuilt (with your Mac) Apple Time Machine. What System and Devices I am Using? To be sure that this article is relevant to you, I am using Mac Book Pro, OS X (ver 10.9.3 as at today 6 July, 2014). My external hard drive is LaCie 1TB Porsche Design P 9223 USB 3.0 Mobile Hard Drive, just purchased from Apple online store. LaCie 1TB Porsche Design P 9223 USB 3.0 Mobile Hard Drive Important Preliminary Information Get a hard drive that is at least as big as the storage on your Mac. Preferably bigger. This ensures there is more than enough space to do effective backups. Do not throw away the packaging! Apparently you will need this if you ever need to return the devic
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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Time Machine Backup – Simple How To


We are going to show you how to do a simple Apple Time Machine Backup. You ignore it.  But it worries you, doesn t it?  When you know you don t do backups and are resting on the precarious chance that nothing will go wrong and you won t lose all of your irreplaceable data. I knew I was. And after my other hard drive crashed, I finally got myself a new external backup drive on Friday, 5 July 2014. I bought the Lacie 1TB Porsche Design P 9223 USB 3.0 Mobile Hard Drive from Apple online store. Not the most expensive.  Certainly not as expensive as the Apple AirPort Time Capsule (ranging from around AU$350 TO AU$450). But the LaCie 1TB hard drive had one of the most reviews and almost all of them very good.
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What is the Apple Time Machine


You have had your Mac for a while but still have no idea what the Apple Time Machine is?  Me too, until recently.  Here is a quick short primer on what is the Apple Time Machine and how to use it. What is the Apple Time Machine The Time Machine is built into your Mac (part of your OS X operating system). To use it, you will also need to buy either an Apple AirPort Time Capsule or an external hard drive. Where is the Time Machine? To find it, go to the your top menu bar (see: Glossary) Apple Symbol > Symbol Preferences >> Time Machine Apple Time Machine You can turn the Time Machine on or off.  If you have previously specified an external hard drive as the backup device, it will appear here (mine being Lacie).  And you can choose to show the Time Machine icon on your menu bar for easy access. How to use an Backup Drive with the Apple Time Machine I have only recently just turned on my Time Machine when I bought my new hard drive, LaCie.  So I will use that as an example of how to
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Busy Happy – Mix Media Necklace, the journey


If I had to name this necklace, I would simply call it Busy Happy . It is kind of busy (so I have been told) and it has a very happy feel (so I have been told). Now we will go on a pictorial journey on the making of this mix media necklace, including link to detailed notes on how to create your own customised glass cabochons, complete with beads and connector rings. Busy Happy mix media necklace (ch0327) This mix media necklace is characterised by making my own cabochons. Here there is one central handmade felted cabochon (in the center), and 3 customised glass cabochons. How to make your own customised glass cabochon. Making my own cabochons not only makes the own process more fun and personal, but it allows me to a lot of control as to colours, connector links, finish, and sizing. I have written up a detailed article on how to make your own customised cabochons. While each element you make will be different, just as your taste and needs are it will nonetheless provide springboard of
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Busy Happy - Mix Media Necklace, the journey


If I had to name this necklace, I would simply call it "Busy Happy". It is kind of busy (so I have been told) and it has a very happy feel (so I have been told). Now we will go on a pictorial journey on the making of this mix media necklace, inclu...
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How to Make Unique Customised Glass Cabochons


Making your own customised glass cabochons: from plain glass cabs to something uniquely yours. [caption id="attachment_2257" align="aligncenter" width="821"] Customised glass cabochon for mix media necklace; how to[/caption] This pictorial guid...
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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Cornucopia of Media – Jewelry Felting with Color


Okay, not solely jewelry felting .. but that is how it starts. First, the end piece. Cornucopia of Media Jewelry felting (ch0328) But it all begins with some fluff (felting wool). I will let the pictures walk you through.  This project of jewelry felting and mix media was started in April 2014, then life and work got squished in, and was only completed on 29 Jun 2014. Mix Media and Jewelry Felting a pictorial process I started off with the jewelry felting process by making some felted cabs. It is of course advisable to have some rough visual guide (of the whole piece) in mind so that placements (of components) and color scheme have some starting basis. This whole process of creating a mix media piece is a very ad hoc, touchy feely process. But even at the start, there are some components that might scream out at you for a fit.  Here then is more of the process. There is a whole lot more of bits and pieces, trial and error, fit and reject.  But it is all fun, keeps the little brain
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Cornucopia of Media - Jewelry Felting with Color


Okay, not solely jewelry felting .. but that is how it starts. First, the end piece. [caption id="attachment_2147" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Cornucopia of Media - Jewelry felting (ch0328)[/caption] But it all begins with some fluff (felt...
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Friday, March 28, 2014

Rugged Crochet Rug – Recycling Bedsheets

Recycling Bedsheets into a Crochet Rug was very satisfying.  And rather pleased with the result as well. This happened while I was homeless .  Which meant, almost no tools nor materials on hand.  Instead I got some old bed sheets from the local op shop and a large crochet hook. After a few experimentations and multiple re-dos, I settled on the crochet stitches of choice. Rugged Crochet Rug (ch0326) The Process of Making the Rugged Crochet Rug Old Bedsheets for Crochet Rug I won t into massive details. The process is quite easy. Started off with some old bed sheets. (In the end, the rug required about 2½ queen sized bedsheets.) Prepare fabric strips Prepared fabric strips.  The cotton bedsheets were easy to tear.  So I just snipped the edge and tore away! As I mentioned in Raggety Shaggy Rugs, it is best to work outside for this part.  Depending on the fabric you are using, there might be a lot of fine dust. It will end up on every conceivable surface. Also use a face mask if po
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Crochet Stitches – Pictorial Library

Growing library of illustrated crochet stitches. Where possible, I will try to only include the illustrated crochet stitches (so popular in the excellent Japanese magazines) with corresponding English name for the crochet stitches.  I am not as familiar with the English names as I am with the illustrated icons used, so I can t promise I will also have the English crochet term. Astrakhan Crochet Stitch Astrakhan Stitch: Graphical Stitch Diagram Astrakhan Crochet Stitch is ideal for a puffy textured pattern.  See full details in Crochet Stitches: Astrakhan Stitch. Beaded Chain Stitch Beaded Chain Stitch Chain Stitch Chain Stitch
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Crochet Stitches - Pictorial Library

Growing library of illustrated crochet stitches. Where possible, I will try to only include the illustrated crochet stitches (so popular in the excellent Japanese magazines) with corresponding English name for the crochet stitches.  I am not as fam...
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Door Stop: Woky Traveller mix media door stopper

With this "Woky Traveller" door stop, I may just take a rest from these quirky doorstoppers for a while.  "Woky Traveller" should be able to hold tight the last banging door in the house.  For now.  This article, though containing its usual load ...
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Door Stop – Melissa Windstorm mix media door stopper

Melissa Windstorm is the second door stop in my series of doorkeepers, created in celebration (and need) for our new home in Apollo Bay. Mix Media Door Stop Melissa Windstorm (CH0324) Rough Sketch for door stop As with my earlier mix media door stop, Chiki Tiki, I started with a rough sketch.  I know that the final product is nothing much like the rough sketch.  Nonetheless, the sketch is an invaluable guide as the bits and pieces come together. Here is a quick look at the joyous first meeting between Melissa Windstorm and the heavier, Chiki Tiki. Door Stops first meeting! Since I covered most of the fiddly and ad-hoc steps in quite a bit of detail in the making of door stop Chiki Tiki, I will mainly show photos here.  But I will only point out some of the more salient construction differences. General Construction Steps As with any type of mix media work of this kind, using the sketch as a guide, I tend to play around with bits of different materials till I more or less have a l
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Friday, March 21, 2014

Raggety Rugs – Shaggy Rugs – Recycling Fabric

I made these some while ago while being quite homeless and waiting for a new abode.  All materials for these raggety, shaggy rugs were obtained very cheaply from the local co-op shop. I am not going into overly long details as the pictures pretty much tell the whole story and these shaggy rugs from re-cycled fabrics are quite easy to make. Raggety Shaggy Rugs from Recycled Fabrics (CH0322) recycle materials for shaggy rugs These recycled materials, including the grid rug canvas, were from the op-op shop.  When recycling, I try not to have to buy things.  That would kind of defeat the purpose.  However, I was homeless.  And what was worse, I was separated from my precious hoarded stock and useful tools.  So this project was something I could try with minimal tools and materials. Working out doors for my second rug. I didn t learn during the making of my first rug (the black and red rug) but let me give you this tip now: whether you are cutting your strips or tearing them (if fabr
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Recycled Plastic Rugs – Crochet Rugs

Now that I have used up all the spare plastic bags in the house and have made the first of my recycled plastic rugs, I feel almost shy to show it to you.  Only after I had already made my rug, did I go looking for examples on Google. I found a plethora of beautiful plastic rugs. But never mind, I will still you my humble one as it is a good starting point for generation of further ideas and to get some of the basics in hand. Recycled Plastic Rugs CH0323 Before settling down to crocheting my rug, for a bit of change, I tried to make it from Tunisian (Crochet) stitch.  I didn t like the effect nor the curling of the resultant fabric.  After many more unsatisfactory experiments, I was resigned to just crocheting it in the round.  At that stage, I was still not quite sure how to make regular increases so as to produce recycled plastic rugs that would lie flat.  But let me go back to the beginning a bag of spare plastic bags. Recycled Plastic Rugs starts with plastic bags No matter ho
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Recycled Plastic Rugs - Crochet Rugs

Now that I have used up all the spare plastic bags in the house and have made the first of my recycled plastic rugs, I feel almost shy to show it to you.  Only after I had already made my rug, did I go looking for examples on Google. I found a pleth...
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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Door Stop – Chiki Tiki mix media door stopper

When the winds howl, and the doors slam, you know you need a door stop. Introducing Chiki Tiki, the mega 6kg door stop .. who pulls faces at the wind. Click to view slideshow. Chiki Tiki quirky mix media doorstop from recycled materials (CH0321) Chiki Tiki doorstop is mainly made from recycled materials.  Chiki Tiki doorstop is quirky.  Chiki Tiki has a face that only a mother could truly love. How to Make Mix Media Door Stop Rough Sketch as guide Though I ocassionally and wrongly think I can do without a rough preliminary sketch, I am always glad when I bother. This rough sketch keeps me on track as work progresses.  Even when the final outcome is nothing much like the sketch!!! For that reason I have attached a thumbnail version of this sketch to most of the following photos. Rough Outline on Material Draw a rough outline on material, based on sketch. This material is from a recycled pile of fabric I got a long time ago from Reverse Garbage, NSW. Sorry the picture is not very cl
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Adult Male Crochet Booties – keep warm and clean floors!

Time, I thought, to attempt adult MALE crochet booties.  The man has to clean floors too! Adult Male Crochet Booties (CH0320) I have been experimenting and making crochet booties lately to keep warm as well as to simultaneously clean our polished wooden floors: Female Crochet Booties to keep warm and clean floors.  Once I got a bit of a feel for what might work, it was time to move onto the male in the family.  But I now had to make something fairly acceptable looking so that he would wear it.  It must be comfortable too.  And then, his footsies can keep warm while he helps with the housework of cleaning the floors! Tips and Notes on How To Make Male Crochet Booties Puffy Double Layered Soles in Adult Male Crochet Booties The picture here shows the puffy inner and outer soles.  Hence the soles are doubly thick and comfy. Please refer to Crochet Booties keep warm and clean floors for more details on how to make these double soles. I will just carry on with the specifics in the ma
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Friday, March 14, 2014

Simple Crossover Crochet Booties – Lessons from

Free pattern crossover bootie by Louise Mac, at Ravelry In Lessons from my first Crochet Booties , I mentioned that I would be trying what looked to be simple crossover crochet booties a free pattern by Louise Mac, found at Ravelry. Well, I did try it and it is not quite suitable for an adult pair of crochet booties.  Not without adjustments at any rate. Here are the results and lessons learnt from trying out the crossover bootes for an adult .. Experimental adult Crossover Crochet Booties Simple Crossover Crochet Booties (ch0319) Remember that this is my experimental bootie so please no hissing and booing at my color choices. Ignoring the colors, the crossover crochet booties look pretty okay.  But it really is not Crossover Crochet Booties way too loose! Not only does it feel way too loose, but as soon as you flex your foot, you can see just how loose it really is. So the crossover booties may work on some cute baby footsie, but surely not on my adult sized ones! Lessons from Cro
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Crochet Booties – keep warm and clean floors!

Continuing my journey from Lessons from my first Crochet Booties , this next pair of booties now has much thicker soles and has narrower soles.  The narrower soles creates a snuggier, firmer fit. This is not a full tutorial.  It is more of a guide and pointer lesson what worked and what needs improvement.  As far as the booties are concerned, I am very much in the experimental stage. Crochet Booties double soles. Warm and great floor cleaner (CH0318) Features of this pair of Crochet Booties The soles of this bootie are double layered.  Worked in Astrakhan Stitch which is a nice and puffy crochet stitch. Great for warmth. Designed to help clean floors as you wear them. Tip: Use non-wool, low percentage wool yarn, or machine washable yarn (so that it can be washed in washing machine)
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wire Crochet Bracelet – Wired To Go

Following on from my new technique of wire working and wire crochet ( Riotous Garden crochet bracelet) , this Wired To Go wire bracelet is a variation yielding a different look and feel. Wired To Go Wire Crochet Bracelet (cc0160) An elegant piece for any occasion feminine and light weight with subtle sparkles on a comfortable wire base and secure clasp. Celebration of the nature s charms in flowers and leaves. Dimensions: Approximate length: 16.5cm (about 6½ inch) Approximate weight: 20 grams (nett) Materials: gold plated brass wire: 0.25 mm dia (for button-heads and main crochet) crochet hook: Clover 0.7mm Swarovski: crystals, pearls, montees Czech teardrops (smooth and faceted) stardust brass beads clasp: gold plated magnetic brass Slide Clasp How to Make Wire Crochet Bracelet The photos below pretty much show the work sequence.  When making the wired components, spread the wires apart to achieve a neater twist. Start twist as close to the (component) head as possible. Do not ove
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Wire Crochet Bracelet – “Along a Pebbled Path”

A contemporary fashion bracelet infused with Nature and Life, and adorned with gemstones and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. How this wire crochet bracelet was made .. Wire Crochet Bracelet (CC0159) White washed pebbles, Cyclamen Opal flora, gemstone buds and leaves, and a happy dragonfly .. so are the summer joys combined. This fashion bracelet produces memories of a fresh and refreshing walk along a pebbled path, filled with the joys of gentle flowers captured in sparkling Swarovski Cyclamen Opals, and gentle hues of green leaves from gemstone chips. And a focal dragonfly who visits the summer path. Wire Crochet Bracelet (CC0159) Following on from my new technique of wire working and wire crochet bracelet ( Riotous Garden bracelet), this is a variation yielding a different look and feel. Materials for Wire Crochet Bracelet silver plated barss wire: 0.25mm diameter/gauge (for button heads and main crochet) crochet hook: 0.7mm Clover Swarovski crystals: Cyclamen Opal (top-drilled bicones, bicones
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Monday, March 10, 2014

Wire Crochet Bracelet – Riotous Garden

This was my first wire crochet bracelet.  Created for Audrey and inspired by Kristin St. Clair tutorial which appeared in Make It: Live from Tucson article and found at Martha Stewart s The Craft Depot. This wire crochet bracelet is named Riotous Garden a celebration in the effusion of colours and the exuberant joys of a garden in riotous bloom. Riotous Garden a Wire Crochet Bracelet (CC0157) The crochet bracelet is my own evolution from the tutorial mentioned.  I had to figure my own way round to how to properly finish the wire band. The flowers and leaves are made pretty much according to the tutorial. The wire crochet base was created to produce a smoother and more finished look.  It is folded over, after the flowers and leaves are woven in. This ensures a smooth finish to the underside.  That is important to provide a comfortable wear against the skin. Finished Dimension of wire crochet bracelet Dimensions Approximate length: 19 to 19.5 cm Approximate Weight: 85 grams Mater
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Beaded Lace Necklace – “Pearls Divine”

This Beaded Lace Necklace, named Pearls Divine was worked in freeform beaded netting. Beaded Lace Necklace (CH0141) I have not written down the instructions for this piece of beaded lace.  However thankfully I have some photos taken at the time it was created. Click for details. This form of freeform beaded netting produces a very delicate looking effect.  And it drapes extremely well to the contours of the neck area. Pearls Divine beaded lace necklace has been created with Miyuki frosted seed beads, topped with Fresh Water Pearls, Swarovski crystals (in colors: clear Crystal, Crystal AB, Golden Shadow), Swarovski Pearl Crystals.  Clasp is created from Swarovski Crystal AB button. This item can be found in store at CH0141 Pearls Divine Beaded Lace Necklace.
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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Bead Crochet Rope Lariat Necklace

Since I am in the mood for crochet (and always for beads), I have done me up some crochet rope necklaces or lariat necklaces. This article covers 3 variations of bead crochet lariats and guides on how to create them. White Bead Crochet Lariat Necklace (CH0316a) Retro Coloured (CH0316b) Shades of Gray (CH0316c) Bead Crochet Lariat (CH0316a-c) I don t know that there is much that I can tell you about how to crochet beaded ropes.  Bead crochet ropes are not really hard to make.  It is more a matter of getting used to working with beads in the round with a crochet hook.  You have to be a bit more careful coz dropping a stitch can easily mean losing that stitch (very hard to find dropped stitches) and that could result in having to unravel the whole thing and begin again! White Crochet Rope Lariat Necklace (ch0316a) Steps to Make Bead Crochet Rope Lariat Using economical (cheaper) seed beads with all their irregular imperfections is just perfect for making a crochet lariat necklace.  T
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Difference between a Bookshelf vs DVD Storage Shelf

I know this is a crafty centric site, but as with almost all crafters we are also hoarders.  And we always need storage storage storage.  I just bought myself a bookshelf.  It was really advertised as a DVD Storage Shelf.  But it did say it could also store books.  And apart from getting up to get my tape measure to figure out what the difference between them was, I just went ahead, bought it, got it, constructed it .. and now know the difference between the two. I bought DVD Storage Shelf White 80.4W x 23D x 102.8Hcm from DealsDirect (.com.au). This is what it looked like online: DVD Storage Shelf (source: DealsDirect.com.au) So what then is the difference between a Bookshelf vs DVD/CD Storage Shelf? It is primarily in the depth of the shelves.  The DVD Shelf is much shallower but most books will still fit, albeit with less depth-space left over. Here is what mine looks like after I finished constructing it: As you can see from the side view, the DVD shelf turned bookshelf is s
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Lariat Tassels and Clasps – Bead Crochet Tips

This is just a quick tip and not an essential for the making of a bead crochet rope lariat. If your crochet lariat is to have tassels at one end, with a loop/clasp at the other (as shown), then it is advantageous to make use of the inherent form of the bead crochet loop. Two Ends of the Beaded Crochet Rope You can see from the photo that the starting tip of the bead crochet rope is tighter where else the ending tip is looser. This looser tip is ideal for adding the tassles. You can use it so that you tassles seem to flow out from the beads at the tip. Thread long strong beading thread, sew and attach (invisibily) to body of crochet rope, pick up beads to your desired length of tassel, use turning bead, then work back along the beads on tassel till your reach body of crochet rope, secure. Carry on to next tassle. The tighter starting end of bead crochet rope will then be where you will work in your loop. You can see more details of the making of a lariat necklace with bead crochet rope
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Friday, March 7, 2014

How Many Beads for Bead Crochet Rope

How to Calculate Number of Beads Needed for Bead Crochet Rope? This is just my rule of thumb on how to calculate the number of beads needed for bead crochet rope but it seems to work pretty well. Calculating for Same Sized Beads Determine your desired finished length; e.g. 200mm Ascertain sizes of beads you will be using. For example: a) all 2mm or b) mixed (e.g. 2mm and 4mm per row) Calculate number or rows: Example for 2a) all 2mm: final length/bead size = 200mm/2mm = 100 rows. So you will be looking to crochet about 100 circular beaded rows to achieve your desired length. Calculate number of beads. Determine how thick you want your bead crochet rope i.e how many beads per row? Say you want 4 beads per circular row. Therefore for 100 rows => 100 rows x 4 beads = 400 beads Include Safety Margin (10 rows): Personally I always add a few more rows in the calculation as a buffer in case I want it longer later or in case the calculations come up a bit short to achieve the desired finish
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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Lessons from my first Crochet Booties

Having moved into our new home of wooden polished floors, I was eager to try out some crochet booties. I checked out patterns, instructions, YouTube videos for tutorials on how to make a boot. Ultimately the only way to get a grasp on the real how-to is just to make one. So this here is my first ever bootie a crochet bootie. It is what I call a working draft. Its main purpose is so that I can see and feel what the real thing looks like. Wear it, work it, and find out that way what needs to be adjusted and then make a better one (later/one day!) Features Desired of the Crochet Bootie (CH0317) easy and comfortable to wear would help me keep floor clean! must look kinna of nice.  Eventually, a unisex version (so partner will wear it and help keep house clean as well!)
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

ClearlyHelena Store Reopens after Homelessness

Hi Everyone, Just a quickie note to tell you that finally, ClearlyHelena Store has reopened. Had to close on 23 Aug 2013 and was involved in a long process of selling and then desperately looking for a new home. Now at long last, we are almost almost settled and ready to go! A long process it has been almost 6 months of homelessness!!!
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