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Monday, 13 August


Can a midsummer forest trail bike ride compare to Hawaii? (with video) "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

bike on the Vedder River rotary trail during summerTheres this advertised app that comes up every so often when I scroll my Instagram feed called Calm. It always has these super soothing sounds such as a heavy rainfall where you can hear each raindrop hit leaves, along with washed out toned dreamy photos that really are lovely. And yes, calm. Every time I []

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PAPER Christmas by Emily Dawe and a Free Paper Craft Project: Collaged Christmas Tree Greeting Card "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

We're a bit overdue in celebrating Christmas in July, but the dog days of August are just as good a time to get a jump on holiday crafting. Luckily, British paper crafter Emily Dawe's brand new book...

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summer treats "IndyWatch Feed Craft"


It's hot here, but that hasn't stopped us from getting these super yummy donuts from Pip's, which I normally wouldn't consider a hot weather treat. We also tried Tiki Tea for the first time and it was delicious. I'm still off sugar, so they made my tea without (not shown) and i just stared at the donuts. It was okay. The girls ate them pretty fast.

It's convention season! We just got back from Leaky 2018 (Harry Potter fan convention) and are heading to the Resin Rose BJD Expo this weekend, which is in town. This is a doll show with a focus on ball-jointed dolls, which is thing. Leaky was so fun, in was in Dallas and it was a whirlwind trip. The fans there were so nice and overall it was a great time. We went to 5 panels and heard so many great theories and wonderful presentations and some really funny stories. We are going again next year for sure. There are some photos over on IG. I haven't been to the Resin Rose BJD show before. It's all me on this one, the girls aren't really into dolls, but I think my eldest will come with me to keep me in check.


Insta love: Eleven Handmade "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Instagram is rich with phenomenal designers and Linda Skuja is one of them.
Today I am sharing her account. She loves playing with unusual patterns and creating mind-blowing creations.
Personally, I am in love with this zig-zag pattern she created - looks amazing on both sweaters and cardis/kimonos.


Belt Shortage "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

by Lynda Carson. (Spring Valley) Do you have old belts hanging in your closet that no long fit todays styles? This happened to memy old belts were made to buckle at my waist, but todays pants styles button well below my waist, so the belts are too short to buckle!! What to do?? Turn them []

Sunday, 12 August


Fan Pulls That Are Easy to Make Using Spare Jewelry Findings "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

by Kathy Zee. (Fiddletown, CA) I had a customer ask me to make her ten fan pulls 5 with elephants and 5 with turtles. Sizes were 4 inches, 5 inches and 6 inch fan pulls. I felt limited with the four inch ones as there are not that many beads I can put on []


Tree of Life Designs "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

by Michelle Maple. (Dover NH USA) Several years ago I was asked to teach a class on making tree of life pendants. I had never made one so did some research. I have enjoyed teaching and making trees of life since then!! Michelle Maple Ladybug Jewelry


Vintage Style Necklaces "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

by Denise Bellinger. (Riverside, Ca.) I love the vintage look of these crochet necklaces. I took 4mm bronze metal beads and had so much fun watching them come to life on these beautiful colors of S-Lon nylon cord. These necklaces are lightweight, very versatile, and can be worn many ways. You can wear it as []


Please Help Identify This Mystery Stone "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

by Mary Warren. (North Carolina) I purchased this stone on a bolo tie and want to make a pendant from it. But I do not know what kind of stone it is. The seller said malachite but I dont think so. It is highly polished and smooth, not like turquoise. If anyone can help with []


Making a Bold Statement with Handmade Jewelry "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

by Sherry Day. (Pointe aux Barques, Michigan) I love chunky but not heavy jewelry! Larger pieces are more in proportion for my 511 frame. Once I discovered porcelain beads, I could create the perfect pieces of jewelry. Porcelain is a very strong ceramic material. The first items were necklaces (which were featured here earlier []


Please Help with Casting Jewelry "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

by Tj. Help please I have done casting once in someone elses shop with no problem. Now that I have my own equipment I have not been able to do one good cast. Im using the same methods and equipment but with terrible results. If you have any idea of what Im doing wrong, []


Help! Trouble with Bead & Jump Ring Bracelets "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

by Lee Backker. (Northern Ireland) I wanted to make a bead and jump ring bracelet. But on my first attempt, the 10mm beads I used for my project kept falling out of the 12mm jump ring cages. I used 2mm larger size jump rings for my beads that were 10mm. I even tried using smaller []


The Brass Dragonfly Necklace "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

by Denise Bellinger. (Riverside, Ca) I love adding Agate slices to my jewelry to give it that extra eye appeal. I had so much fun creating this lovely necklace. I took black S-Lon nylon cord and used 4mm green Hematite beads on this long necklace. So I was wondering what can I do to really []


Brooch Bezel with Echoes of Monet "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

by Elizabeth Reid. (Rockville, MD) I wanted to learn a new bezel setting technique, i.e., back-setting. I looked through my stones appropriate for this process, and chose a Unakaite stone. It reminded me of an impressionist spring water lily painting. Thus the name Monet. The stone is set from behind on sterling silver. The cut []


Licenses for Purchasing Supplies from Manufacturers? "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

by Karen Escalera. (Richmond, VA) Im getting inventory ready to open a new Etsy shop. I create paper bead jewelry and use various methods for coloring materials. I eventually want to be able to sell these materials with my jewelry. How would I go about contacting these manufacturing companies to acquire appropriate licenses? Karen Escalera


Question About Getting Business Cards with Photos of My Jewelry "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

by Dawn Carpino. (Ruby, NY) I am relatively new to jewelry making. I have some of my jewelry at two shops on consignment. One wont take anything with charms or pre-made things like keys. Another only takes my flower earrings. I want to be able to make and sell what I want to make. I []


Thank You Surprise Giveaway. $6.95 Boxy Bag Pattern FREE Today Only! "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

The Boxy Bag. Great for a lunch box, cosmetics or toiletries bag, mini holdall for the beach, traveling and more. Soft and padded but sturdy. From So Sew Easy.Last week, we announced an exclusive offer that let our readers not only try Craftsy's new Bluprint service for free for a week but also enjoy the first full month for only $1! We wouldn't recommend the trial if we didn't think it was a good product, but we also were Continue reading


1840s Dotted Dress, Photos "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

I think this is my first costume photo set of the year. How wild is that?!

These were taken a location we visit often conveniently right next to a busy street where people can stare, and unruly patches of poison ivy. But there is fence and sometimes cute horses, so sacrifices must be made.

These photos are of my 1840s dotted dress, which I made over the course of a week and have spent the last month blogging about. You can read about the construction in more detail here, here, and here!

This project was based on examples from the 1840s, and made from eight yards of quilting cotton using a self drafted pattern.

Unfortunately my giant organza petticoat wasnt done at the time I photographed this so the skirt is lacking some of the fullness I had hoped for. But I dont think that takes away from the pictures too much. Or at least I hope not! (2 of 13)



1840s Dotted Dress Part Three "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Today I have the final post about making my orange 1840s dress to share! I planned on this going up soonerbut we all know how my blog plans go (the dont).

However I can promise that this post will be followed by one with photos of the finished garment when worn!

The last post ended with a finished bodice (if you missed that post, it can be read here) but there was more work to be done! Like making the skirt, and a matching headpiece.

Because you need a matching headpiece.

The skirt was really easy its just three 42 wide panels seamed together, hemmed, and gathered down to match the waist measurement of the bodice.

Resize (34 of 51)

After stitching the pieces together I folded the bottom edge inward by a half inch.


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