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Catching up! Voting, Sexism, Jewelry, Skinned Knees, & Book Reviews

Harder to get things done these days. As someone with mental disorders, I find my motivation dramatically reduces during the winter months. I love winter, but the lack of light isn’t good for me. I’m sleeping much better now thanks

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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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"Pricing Your Craftwork," James Dillehay

Pros: Wonderful advice on realistically running a crafting business and pricing your work accordingly Cons: Ignores online possibilities entirely Rating: 4 out of 5   One thing that so many crafters struggle with is the issue of how to price

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Etsy rocks…

We’ve done it! We’ve opened our etsy shop (! In case this means nothing to you, it means that we’re starting to put our jewelry and other crafts up for sale online. We have the first 14 items up right

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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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