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Friday, August 31, 2012

Craftiness: First earrings

Woohoo!  Made my first pair of earrings and they are not awful.  Learned a lot (I think they call them "jump rings" because they jump out of your pliers when you least expect (or need).

Here's a picture as I finished them:



But I don't think I'll keep them this way.  Am wearing them now to see how they feel.  I believe they're a bit long and jangly and will probably take out a jump ring or two and probably one of the extra dangles -- probably the star.

What do you think?


Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Short Haul Video

Made three shopping expeditions this week -- two different local scrapbook shops (Hen House Paperie and Papers! Nob Hill) and to Tuesday Morning and Hobby Lobby.

And, made a "video" of the haul -- it's on You Tube.  Not a full motion movie -- just the pictures knitted together with some text in Windows Movie Maker.

I am grateful for the local scrapbook stores.

Hen House Paperie is on the west side of Albuquerque and just celebrated its first anniversary.  While it is small in size, it carries a lot, has friendly staff, and listens to its customers.  The Hen House also has a Facebook page.

Papers! in Nob Hill is focused on papers, really.  All kinds of papers on rods on both walls and cut papers, stationery, and ribbons in racks in the middle.  Also chocolate!  Extremely helpful and friendly staff.  And, they're having a 19th anniversary sale in September -- everything will be 20% to 50% off -- September 7 to 11, 2012.

I have seen other haul videos with great selections of stamps and papers from Tuesday Morning -- alas, our Tuesday Morning does not seem to get a lot of stamps in their shipment.  I did score some die cut grungeboard by Tim Holtz Ideology.

Hobby Lobby is in full sway with Fall, Hallowe'en, and even Christmas decor -- gorgeous stuff, but I can't quite get in the mood while the temperature is still over 90 degrees most days.  Took advantage of their discounts -- I'm going to experiment with making some bottle cap earrings.  Will let you all know how it goes.