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Flower Photos and Hand-Made Jewelry

Although I’ve seemed relatively quiet these last few weeks, I haven’t been idle. Today’s book review is of Deidre Knight’s Red Fire, a paranormal romance involving Georgia and immortal Spartans. Really. I’ve been taking a ton of photos while out

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Handmade beaded bookmarks & more!

Hi, all! In case you don’t read my personal blog, I’ve been short on reviews in the last week or so largely because I’ve been working furiously to get our online crafts store up-and-running. I love doing beading projects, and

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I’m a magpie

At least, I have a magpie’s fascination with shiny objects. I don’t actually wear much jewelry at all; I’m a jeans and t-shirts gal. But that doesn’t mean I don’t drool over shiny things. So, it seems I’ve taken to

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Easy Beading (BeadStyle)

Pros: Fun projects; a few genuinely new ideas Cons: Materials you can’t get; specific projects can be of limited usefulness Rating: 3.5 out of 5   Easy Beading is a collection of projects from the first year of BeadStyle Magazine.

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Colds Suck

*hack, cough, wheeeeeze* It took me a little while yesterday to realize this was more than just allergies. When you start hacking weird things up out of your lungs, though, that tends to be a good indication that you’ve moved

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"The Beader’s Guide to Color," Margie Deeb

Pros: Comprehensive; insightful; stunning Cons: None Rating: 5 out of 5   I love color, and I love shiny beads (I’m a magpie at heart). While there are plenty of books on color theory for artists, and of course you

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"Jewelry Making & Beading" (TYV) Chris Franchetti Michaels

Pros: Clear, simple instructions; tons of photos; extremely comprehensive Cons: Misses a few small details Rating: 4.5 out of 5   If you want to get into beading & jewelry-making, Chris Franchetti Michaels’s Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making & Beading

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"Getting Started Stringing Beads," Jean Campbell

Pros: Clear, simple instructions; lots of photos Cons: Absolutely bare bones Rating: 3.5 out of 5   I’ve learned the hard way that any time I want to learn about a hobby, such as sewing, beading, some aspect of gardening,

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And the world keeps spinning

Okay, a bunch of things today. 1. After reading an entertaining texturizing tutorial, I started seeing textures in everything around me and couldn’t help taking photos galore. So if you’re looking for some free stock textures available for unrestricted use,

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