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by Kris | one response | 1 minute read

As you make more things and develop more specific creative visions, it becomes very easy to imagine projects that require supplies that you simply can’t find anywhere. In my case, I wanted long fringe, more than a foot long. It’s not impossible to find, but it isn’t easy either. And when you do find it, the colors are limited and the price is high, especially as compared to the quality of the materials. It’s not the seller’s fault, specialty items come with a higher markup for good reason. But that doesn’t mean I have to buy it. It was time to figure out how to make custom fringe myself anyway, and I couldn’t be happier with the result, or how easy it is (especially if you have even the most beginner understanding of crochet.)

Custom Fringe

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by Carly DeGraeve | no responses | 1 minute read

Orchids stay beautiful and green year round. Making orchid terrariums in glass jars is a lovely way to display these plants in an easy to move and care for way.

orchid terrariums

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by Carly DeGraeve | no responses | 1 minute read

If you like having plants around but don’t live where you can have a garden, indoor plants are a great alternative.  Decorative glass jars are great for succulent terrariums that you can place on windowsills or desks for a bit of nature inside.  Succulents like the Hens and Chicks (proper name Sempervivum) are very easy to plant.

succulent terrarium

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by Kris | no responses | 1 minute read

Historically, knotting between each bead was the standard for pearl necklaces. It ensures that even if your necklace breaks, you’ll only lose one or two beads, not all of them. The knots between also make for a necklace that drapes well and moves freely. Without the knots gravity pulls the beads together tightly, and the resulting necklace can seem kind of rigid and weird. Another massive benefit to this method is that it’s easy to make a necklace that’s an endless loop, no clasp required. There are a whole lot of people in this world with varying degrees of metal allergy/irritation who are always looking for metal free alternatives. Endless loop beaded necklaces are a total wardrobe basic, so make yourself a handful of these easy to wear layering necklaces.

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by Carly DeGraeve | no responses | 1 minute read

Grafting knitting onto another piece of knitting is a nearly seamless way to add features like pockets or collars. And, the technique is very easy.

grafting knitting

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by Carly DeGraeve | no responses | 1 minute read

The I-Cord edge finish leaves a clean simple finish to the edge of a knitting project.

i-cord edge finish

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by Carly DeGraeve | no responses | 1 minute read

When knitting, some projects benefit from the technique of picking up stitches to add pieces like pockets or collars. The technique is quite easy and leaves a clean seamless look.

picking up stitches

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