Twisted Wire Floral Necklace

Hello! It’s good to see you all again! My migraines have decreased considerably and I’m catching up on a bazillion things that got put on hold the past three months. I had a request for a twisted wire necklace by a lady at the pharmacy who fell in love with this one when I wore it a few months ago::

That one was made with rose colored copper wire and twisting it hurt my hands. However, I found some nice purple colored 24 gauge Artistic Wire on clearance at Tuesday Morning and decided to try it. It’s MUCH easier to work with. Only problem is it’s a smidge thicker, so doesn’t go through some of the beads as well. I reamed out some and found substitutes for others. Here’s the finished project:

I also changed up the upper part as I found the plain wire chafed a bit and the clasp was unhandy. So I added seed beads and put on a magnetic clasp.

Note: when working with lucite flowers, it helps it sit better if you put a seed bead underneath. And, if you’re putting a bicone at the end of a stem, a seed bead on each side will help it sit better, too.

All in all, it is a fun project, although it takes me several hours to put together.

Even though mine isn’t as evenly twisted as this new one, I still like the color combo.

I like this one too… It’s a little more spring-y with the green leaves, don’t’cha think? I hope she likes it!

Thanks for taking the time to swing by today! I have a few fun back-logged posts I hope to crank out for you in the near future. I look forward to seeing you again soon!

Thanks for stopping by today!

~D.Ann

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Playing With Pebeo Fantasy Paints on Jewelry

Hello and welcome! I’m excited to show you what I’ve been playing with recently. There are oodles of pics in this one, so it may take a while to load. Be patient!

Mary (Remember her? She took over this blog a few months ago HERE) and I finally got out some Pebeo Fantasy paints that we’d snagged during last year’s amazing Hobby Lobby clearance. We normally wouldn’t have considered these paints otherwise, as they’re a bit pricey. But what they do is SO amazing, if you can afford it, it’s worth it!

Pebeo Fantasy Prisme paints are opalescent and reactive they develop to reveal a lacy honeycomb textured effect. The Pebeo Fantasy Moon paints are pearlescent and opaque and render a hammered and marbled effect. They are amazing to watch in action! They’re also tough on the type A personality as they develop at will and you have limited control over how they turn out. lol!

Our first session was spent mostly experimenting with colors and how they interact. I worked with Spellbinders Media Mixage hatpins and Mary worked with their charms and bezels…

The next time we got together, we put resin over our first attempts and went on to play some more with the paints and various color combinations. I used Pebeo Glazing Resin and Mary used Ice Resin. Along with the Spellbinders Media Mixage hatpins, charms and bezels,  I added some Spellbinders A Gilded Life bezels and a few Tim Holtz Idea-ology Cameo Frames.

This time I waited a little too long to add the glitter and wasn’t able to mix it in as well as before because the paint had started to set. Note to self… do smaller batches! I did get a lot more done this time:

And so did Mary:

We were excited to watch them develop over time… it was fascinating! The next time we returned, out first batch was finished

In some of mine, the glazing resin turned out cloudy and/or with bubbles. I didn’t notice these at first when they were poured. Either I missed them as my head still wasn’t doing too well, or they developed later. Bummer! Learning experience!

We put resin on our second batch and this time I domed my pieces better and watched for bubbles. We were anxious to come back 3 days later and see how they turned out…

Color combo above: Pebeo Moon Turquoise and Apricot & Vitrail Glitter Medium. Topped with Pebeo Glazing Resin. A couple have a drop or two of Vitrail yellow. The Vitrail adds a nice contrast (Mary used it a lot in hers). Next time I hope to use more of it!

Here’s another cool property of these paints: Usually, if you mix green and purple (or any secondary colors), you’ll get brown. However, these colors keep to themselves (well, I dropped them it and lightly swirled them… I don’t know what they’d do if you put them in a cup and stirred.) Above: Pebeo Prisme Pearl Violine and Emerald & Vitrail Glitter Medium. Topped with Pebeo Glazing Resin.

Above: Pebeo Prisme Buttercup and Moon Metal Blue & Vitrail Glitter Medium. Topped with Pebeo Glazing Resin.

Above: Pebeo Prisme English Red and Emerald & Vitrail Glitter Medium. Topped with Pebeo Glazing Resin.

Now Mary has oodles of new goodies for her jewelry making:

And I do, too! Yay!

I’m sure you’ll see these pop up in future projects.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope to see you again soon!

~D.Ann

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DIY Wall Mounted Jewelry Storage Cabinet

Hello, my crafty peeps!

Since January is the month folks seem to organize, today the whim takes me to showing you a relatively inexpensive way to DIY a place to store your jewelry… handmade or store bought. I always liked the idea of wall mounted jewelry storage cabinets, but they tend to be pricey, running $200 and up. So, when I found some frames on clearance at the local craft store for less than $5, I decided to make my own.

And, yes, all except 3 of the necklaces and a few of the bracelets, rings and earrings were made by me.

Here’s what the back looked like before they were mounted…

Since the outer frame is an inch wider than the inner frame, the mounting brackets don’t show. A hinge was added to join the two frames:

However, the size and weight of the outer frame with jewelry on it required something to be devised to keep it from sagging. I went to the engineer in the family (dad) and he came up with an easy solution…

This roller door latch is perfect for holding it up and keeping it shut! Go dad!

And, yes, becuase this is the back of that frame, you can see the joint connection. I could fill it in and paint it, but it’s on the inside and only you and I are ever going to see it! lol! I ordered the ‘roller catch’ from an RV auto parts store as the ones at the hardware stores were too wide. (Two were less than $3) The shut latch:

For the inside, I used some Command wall hangers… press and stick = easy peasy! But for the outside, I wanted to use some door knobs I’d gotten from the clearance bin at the craft store and some drawer pulls I got from Lowes. More on that in a moment. I put a burlap matboard (on clearance 3 for $1) in the frame and we drilled holes to mount the hardware, leaving this ugly looking backing showing on the inside…

Enter some double sided tape and craft paper and, even though it’s only seen by you and me, it looks a whole lot better, don’t’cha think?!

The most expensive thing in making this were the drawer pulls that I got from Lowes… enabler alert: If you open a Lowe’s charge card, they give you a $30 discount off your first purchase. (No, I don’t work for Lowe’s!) So, my total hardware cost, including the hinges and brackets was about $30. Making the total cost for TWO jewelry storage cabinets about $60-70!! A far cry from $200 each!!

On this one I added the cabinet cup pulls turned upside down:

Yes, all of this jewelry was handmade by me, too, except for a couple of the bracelets.

I hope that gave you some ideas and you picked up some tips on how you can easily and affordably make your own jewelry storage cabinets.

I’m glad you stopped by today. I always love hearing from you!!

~D.Ann

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Men’s Beaded Tie Chains

Hello and welcome!

I’m pleased to present today’s crafting whim… beaded tie chains. In our family they’re called: ‘jibby-dabby dibby-dabbies’… Even when I lived at home, dad could never remember what they’re called and was always losing them… “Hon, have you seen my jibby-dabby dibby dabby?” And mom usually knew were to find it! So the name stuck. Dad likes to use tie chains, but they’re so boring. Either gold or silver and that’s pretty much it. S,o I decided to do some makeovers for him.

It’s easy to remove the chain from an inexpensive tie chain and then attach a string of beads to the base. I used Beadalon 7 strand .18″ satin silver wire with #1 crimp beads and  I chose some semiprecious ‘manly’ natural stone beads for him…

Hildy and Jo hematite beads are classy and go with most anything.

He has started wearing more purple, so I put together this set of Bead Gallery Amethyst Serpentine Jasper beads.

And here’s one I made a while back from Bead Gallery peacock and camouflage jasper stones.

  

 

Of course, he mixes them up with colors I never would have thought of… and they’re not too bad. : )

Well, there you have it… an idea to jazz up your guy’s tie chains.

Thanks for stopping by today!

~D.Ann

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Cats In Space Handmade Wire Galaxy/Dr. Who Necklace by Guest Designer Wire and Wings

Hello, everyone! My name is Mary C. of WireAndWings.com and D.Ann is letting me take over her blog today as Guest Designer. D.Ann and I have been friends for over 30 years and now we live in neighboring cities. I love making jewelry and since D.Ann and I share a love of Cats and Sci-fi. I recently made this Cats In Space Bib Statement Necklace for her as a surprise gift.

That was when she invited me to come to her blog and tell you about it since my website is currently undergoing transformation and the blog is under construction, too. We decided the Cat Lovers Hop would be a perfect time for this post.

Let’s take a closer look at the piece…

I know! Right?!! The first thing most folks want to know is: ‘How is it held together?’ Well, let’s turn it over and take a look:

I start with a heavy gauge wire frame, hammered to make it stiff. That gives a base to attach the pieces by wire wrapping them to it.

Here are some more process pics:

After I make the base, I start by laying out the larger pieces.

Then I start wire wrapping them in and adding the smaller pieces until I’m satisfied.

Now, let’s look closer at some of the individual pieces…

We start with a space ship rocketing into the galaxy of stars – with planets and nebulae throughout. Why some of the planets even have water! And there’s even a cat in the moon. (I thought it was supposed to be “the cat’s in the cradle and a silver spoon,” not ‘on a silver moon’…” hmmm…) You know why there had to be a cat put on the moon? Otherwise, the mouse would’ve eaten the last little sliver! (You can read a fun article about why people say the the moon is made of cheese HERE.)

Interesting cat fact: Did you know there actually was an Astrocat?! Her name was  Félicette and she went into space 54 years ago the 18th of this month. Google “Cat in Space” and you can read all about her.

Getting back to our necklace – let’s take a look at the other side:

Here we have our Doctor Who references… the Dalek on the timepiece, the sonic screwdriver, a gorgeous ‘nebula,’ a bit of Gallefreyan writing. a key to memory – and, is that, perhaps, the lost moon of Poosh?!!

Finally, there’s the clasp…

Dangling from the handmade clasp is a star, a cyberman and my brand insignia. And, there you have it… the one-of-a-kind Cats in Space Bib Statement Necklace!

Thank you, D.Ann, for letting me take over your blog for this post! And thank you, sweet visitors, for your kind attention. I invite you to come visit my current website (wireandwings.com) and feel free to stop by my Etsy store. You can get to either by clicking on any of the highlighted words. I’m offering a special 15% discount code to  Cat Lovers Hoppers: CATHOP15 – It will be valid until Oct 31, 2017.

I am going to enter this necklace in the Cat Lovers Hop HERE.

I wish you all a lovely hop the rest of the week!

-Mary C of WireAndWings.com

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Alice in Wonderland Card and Bookmark With Felt Mad Hatter’s Hat

Welcome back for yet another project for the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop!

I have an amazing gift set to show you today, and I’ll warn you in advance that this will be a long post. If you only want to see the card, I won’t hold it against you if you scroll down to the end. : )

For those of you who are staying, here’s the Alice in Wonderland Card and Bookmark I made for a friend who loves the story that includes one of the most famous tea parties in literature:

And, yes, that’s a picture of the real Alice – Alice Liddell – who was the inspiration for Charles Dodson’s books (You might know Dodson by his pen name: Lewis Carroll).

In case you’re wondering, the smaller book is Alice’s Adventures Under Ground and the larger one is More Annotated Alice.

Let’s start with the Mad Hatter’s hat that I made from felt. Since I cut it freehand, rather than draw you a template, I took a picture on a grid so you could freehand your own.

            

There’s some extra felt for the top part to make it end up fatter than the bottom. Place a dot of Fabri-tac on the felt and start winding the felt around a headpin with a sequin on it (to keep it from pulling through the felt). You will want to leave enough room for the full width of the felt when you get there. Once finished, use a dab of glue to hold the end. Glue the smaller circle on top and trim to fit. Glue the larger circle on the bottom.

You will want to put your ‘sash’ of ribbon on first, before rolling the sides up and securing with a dot of glue. (Ask me how I know! Lol!!) Then shape the top of the headpin into a charm loop. There are plenty of tutorials on how to do this on the net.

I cut off some rounded head pins for the hatpins, printed out the chit to tuck under the band ,and put some small feathers in the opposite side to finish it off.

Materials used for the bookmark:

That rabbit is just a little something I found in a bin at Michaels, but what’s cool about him is that, in true Alice in Wonderland fashion, he will grow up to 5x his size if you put him in water and shrink back when dry. I just pierced his ears to add the jump rings and glued on the clock with E6000.

The ‘drink me’ potion is just a couple of drops of water and glitter in a green flask.

Some other things I altered for this bookmark…

The glass cat charm needed a grin and, since the glass accents are dimensional, I pulled out my Pebeo Cerne Relief and drew one in. Once dry, I gave him some pearly whites with a Viva Decor Perlen Pen.

 

the bookmark itself was textured silver.

I wanted a mossy ‘grouting’ and bright cobblestone look, but the alcohol ink kept bleeding onto the green patina I was using, so I ended up going with the bright textured interior.

Supplies used for the bookmark:

  • The Jewelry Shoppe findings: Textured Bookmark
    • Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink – Wild Plum mixed with:
    • Ranger Vintaj Glaze gloss metal sealer
  • Kunin Felt Eco-fi Classicfelt – Red
    • Interesting fact: This felt is made with a polyester fiber made from recycled plastic bottles.
    • Beacon Fabri-tac Permanent Adhesive
    • Cousin Jewelry Basics antique gold headpins (1 flat, 5 round heads)
    • Neat & Tangled Lucy’s Little Things Chocolate Truffle Mix – sequin
    • Misc. Feathers
  • Celebrate-It Grow Your Own Rabbit
    • Bead Landing Found Objects clock charm
    • E6000 adhesive
    • Advantus Corp Metal Chain – Victorian antique brass
    • Fundamental Findings 8mm jump rings
  • Bead & Art of Lighthouse Point, FL  glass cat bead
    • Pebeo Cerne Relief – Black
    • Viva Decor Perlen Pen – Ice White
  • Bead Landing Found Objects bottles (green)
    • Stampendous Gold Halo Mix Glitter & water
    • Coats & Clark Metallic Decorative Thread
    • Tagboard from a Bead Landing Charm
    • Pigma Micron 08 pen – black
    • Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink – Currant mixed with:
    • Ranger Vintaj Glaze gloss metal sealer (for the top of the cork)
  • Bead Landing Pemberly: cup and saucer charms, cameo charm
  • Bead Landing Charmalong Teapot charm
    • Plaid Liquid Leaf – Classic Gold
  • Bead Landing Charmalaong crown charm
    • Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink – Currant mixed with:
    • Ranger Vintaj Glaze gloss metal sealer
  • Bead Landing Charmalaong key charm
  • Beads:
    • Nicole’s Bead Shop 7mm silver flower bead
      • Ranger Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink – Currant mixed with:
      • Ranger Vintaj Glaze gloss metal sealer
    • Darice 4mm gladd beads
    • Bead Shop 4mm glass beads
    • Nicole Craft Cat’s eye beads
    • Bead Gallery copper plated butterflies bead, cloisonne bead, glass bead, pink cat’s eye bead, blue aventurine bead, antiqued silver plated rondelles, Czech faceted glass bead, pink glass butterfly, 8mm pink ceramic flower round, 3x4mm faceted rounds, goldstone bead, 8mm carved rose bamboo coral bead and 4mm bamboo coral beads
    • Cousin 4mm  Rose Gold stardust bead
  • Beadalon #1 copper crimp beads
  • Darice 26 gauge copper wire

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For the card, I used the color scheme from MarkerPOP’s Challenge #117: Desert Pastels:

What a sweet little Gorjuss stamp set and I really like that Graceful Borders die set!

Supplies used for the card:

  • Santoro Gorjuss Sweet Tea
  • Spellbinders Shells Duality dies
  • Spellbinders Graceful Borders: Graceful Eyelets & Graceful Frame Maker
  • Core’dinations cardstock
  • Memento dye inks: Tuxedo black & Rhubarb Stalk
  • Copic Markers: C1, 3, 5, 7; E000, 00, 02 04, 51; R20; RV02;V12; W1, 3, 5; YG61
  • Pebbles, Inc. Pearlescent Chalks Jewel Tones
  • iCraft Therm-o-Web: Sticky Dot Runner & Sticky Tape Runner – permanent adhesives

I’m playing along with the following challenges… click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun…

Thank you for hanging in there through this extra long post! I hope you liked the gift set as much as my friend did!

I hope to see you again real soon!

~D.Ann

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2016 – The Year In Review

Well, for better or for worse, another year has gone. Here’s a quick review of the highlights:

This year I was able to make 108 posts in spite of all that went on. There were 2712 of you visitors from 64 countries who left 1173 oh-so-kind comments. I greatly appreciate the 56 of you who follow this blog… most of you make it a point to regularly leave comments, too. Thanks!

This year’s most visited posts?

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If you missed any of them, just click on the picture to go get the details.

The most commented on posts this year were:

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Over on Instagram it’s a tradition to show one’s top nine… the ones that got the most ‘likes’

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Some of them were surprising to me. Thanks to the 151 followers for the 2808 hearts and for your kind comments on my 154 pics!

Another surprise comes from Pinterest. Although I rarely pass 50 likes on Instagram and a dozen or so repins on Pinterest, Of the 227 cards and tags I have posted, I am flabergasted to see these four get hundreds, even thousands of repins!

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Click on any one of them to go check them out and repin them if you haven’t already.

I was thrilled to receive three special honors this year:

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To see other cards that have received honors, click HERE.

Which are my personal favorites from this year? Pfft! That’s like asking a mother which kid is her favorite. No way to choose! There are, however a couple I would like to mention that didn’t make the top picks…

The transforming window card:

You can see the post by clicking HERE.

The kiddie games:

You can see that post by clicking HERE.

20160307_092417aW The SMILE Roller Coaster Card. And

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And, in other crafting whims:

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20161025_181924 And this felt kitty coaster.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the year’s projects and this little trip down memory lane!! Thank you all so very much for your support over this past year. I look forward to reaching some new crafting goals in the upcoming months… I’ll tell you about them soon.

For right now, though, I’ve had it. I quit. I’m not posting anything more this year!! : )

See you all next year!

~D.Ann

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Duck Tape Feathers and Beads Necklace

Hello, sweet friends! I figured I’d switch things up a bit and share a fun and simple-yet-trendy jewelry project with you today.

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It’s not often I make a piece of jewelry with a dress in mind, but I happened to find this sweet sundress and was in Hobby Lobby the same day and saw they had Duck brand Duct Tape on clearance. I remembered a recent blog post by Jennifer Priest showing how to make the feathers and thought the color combo would be perfect for a unique jewelry piece to match the sundress. Jennifer shows you quite well how to make them if you’re interested. (click HERE for the details) I will note that just clipping the feathers didn’t leave enough dimension for me, as they don’t really stay ‘feathered’, so I cut away a few pieces here and there.

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It’s a great piece for the summer heat as the feathers truly are feather weight, and the natural stone beads are feel cool on your neck.

Materials used:

  • Cousin Jewelry Basics beads & findings
  • Additional beads by: Nicole, Bead gallery, Jesse James & co, and misc.
  • Duck Tape
  • JLP Products Fashion Burlap Duct Tape

Wondering what to do with the left over Duck Tape? You can find dozens of projects on duckbrand.com

I hope to be back soon to show you a neat new technique I learned at the Scrapbook Expo in Orlando.

Thanks for stopping by today!

-D.Ann

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Na’vi Inspired Choker and Jewelry

I have a surprise for you today… It’s not often I post jewelry, but a friend took me to Cirque de Solie’s Toruk and I whipped up some Na’vi inspired jewelry to wear to the event and I thought you might like to see it:

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I had some burl wood earrings, so I just added feathers. A quick bit of macrame work and a few natural looking beads made a great Na’vi inspired choker. Some time ago I’d made the natural jasper, garnet and agate necklace and I made a pair of natural looking bracelets out of two antique buttons sewn to hairbands.

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The show was amazing as Cirque productions always are. Not as much acrobatics as normal because this was more like a play mixed with some acrobatics, but the special effects were AMAZING. You really believed the stage was flooded with water at one point. The costumes were out of this world!

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It’s going to take me a couple of days of rest to recuperate from the outing, but it was quite enjoyable!

I’m going to put these in Carolyn Dube’s AColorfulJourney.com Let’s Play (Still not hardware craft, but it was crafty play!) HERE

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

-D.Ann

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Wire wrapped, beaded cuff with Joan Rivers Classics Collection Bee Brooch

This week’s crafting whim is a change of pace from all the cards of late. It’s a wire wrapped, beaded cuff that I did for a friend.

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It is difficult to photograph and I haven’t figured how to get videos to upload, so I uploaded a quick video of it to photobucket. You can see it by clicking HERE. I’m not the best video taker, but it does show the cuff fairly well.

Now a bit of the details…

She had previously brought me two Joan Rivers Classics Collection Bee Brooches that had the clasp broken off and asked if I could fix them. I was able to epoxy new clasps on by adding, of all things, an upholstery tack top to give it stability.

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However, as I wasn’t sure of how they would hold up, I told her if they broke again, I could make her a wire wrapped, beaded cuff similar to the one I recently learned to make for myself:

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She immediately left one of the pins and asked me to make the cuff.

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First thing… to get rid of the clasp! I was surprised at how easily I could cut through the metal. No wonder they broke so easily.

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Next, since the base was to be of different wire than I had worked with previously, I went back to my friend, Mary, of Wire and Wings. She taught me how to make my cuff and she helped me get the hammered wire base for this one ready, using 12 gauge wire. If you’re interested in classes, you can go to her website, HERE. She does a FAB job of teaching and is VERY patient!

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Then it was just a matter of selecting the beads and crystals, stringing them on and wire wrapping them and the brooch to the cuff base with 24 gauge wire. It gets a little bit fiddly at times, but the end result is gorgeous.

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Here are a few more pictures of the finished project:

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I hope she likes her cuff as much as I like mine! Perhaps you’ll be inspired to try making one, too!

Thanks for stopping by!

-D.Ann

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