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Monday, January 16, 2017

Felt scarves with no sewing!

I found this super-cute scarf project before Christmas and was able to help my granddaughters to make two of them.  Since the little one is only 3, I decided to cut out the pieces for both of them and just have them do the assembling.  I know the older one could have helped with the cutting, but you know how that can go when there is sisterly competition involved!

Anyway, to see the instructions, you need to visit The Decorated Cookie on Facebook.  She has a quick and easy-to-follow little video there which shows you how to prep and assemble.

Monday, January 09, 2017

Ice lanterns

Over the Christmas and holiday break, my granddaughters and I were able to do several fun projects together.  They both like a bit of instant gratification, but they are also able to wait a bit if the wait is worth it.  With these ice lanterns, it was definitely worth the wait!

First we took a little walk around the yard to gather up some pine greenery, some rose hips, and some holly.  Then we took a large plastic container that I had saved, along with a plastic cup nested inside, and arranged the plants between the layers.

After that, we simply poured in water that I had boiled and cooled ahead of time.  Oh yeah, we also added pie weights to the inner cup, because, well, it wanted to float away!  Science lesson too...score!

After several hours in the freezer, we were able to simple run some hot water over the outside and in the cup, and remove them from our ice lantern.  The original project that I found online suggested using floating candles, which I think is brilliant!!  But I decided to go with what I already had...

My thanks to Creative in Chicago for this great idea!

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Happy New Year to all!

Once I manage to blow away the last remnants of the holiday cobwebs from my brain, I hope to be back to posting regularly!  In the meantime, here's one of the projects that granddaughter Katherine helped me with...can you tell what it is?

Monday, December 05, 2016


Cyndi Lavin, 2015

Black marker, Derwent Inktense pencils, watercolor paper.

Copyright 2016 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Beading Arts book reviews - part two

Here is part two of the list of books that I've reviewed this year on Beading Arts blog.  They are in chronological order.  Part one was posted last week!

18 Beaded Jewelry Projects

New Connections in Chain Mail Jewelry

Discover Torch Enameling

Hubble Stitch

Colorful Wirework Jewelry

Cool Copper Cuffs

Make It Sparkle!

Metalsmithing Made Easy

Modern Beaded Lace

Learn to Use Two-Hole Beads

The Embroidery Book

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Beading Arts book reviews - part one

Most of the books that I read and review on the topic of wearable arts or beading on fabric can be found on Beading Arts blog.  But since many people who enjoy quilting, collage, digital arts, and more also like to play with beads, wire, and lots of other fun stuff, I feel I should update the list of books that I've reviewed there!  Part two will post next week.

Here they are in chronological order:

Learn to Make Bead Jewelry

Quilting and Sewing books

Jewel Loom Inspirations

Wonderful Wire Jewelry

Fast Peyote Stitch Jewelry

Bags for Fashionistas

Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples: Motifs

Kumihimo Jewelry Simplified

Sensational Soutache

Play with Chain Mail

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