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karen roark
Works at ialwayspickthethimble.com
Attended Kansas State University
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Great scrap busters!
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Love these ideas to get you thinking about being green!
 
Earth Day is coming up, hope you didn't miss these 20 Green & Eco-Friendly Crafts!

Find them here: http://buff.ly/1D711ra

#diy #craft #earthday #ecofriendly #green #recycled #upcycled
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Beginning jewelry maker?  Then this leather wrap bracelet is for you!

Here's how: http://www.ialwayspickthethimble.com/2015/03/24/leather-layering-bracelet-with-pinch-clasp/
#jewelrymaking   #leather  
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The leather wrapped bracelet (far right) is a snap to make.  Wear it with other bracelets for a fun layered look!

Here's how:  http://www.ialwayspickthethimble.com/2015/03/24/leather-layering-bracelet-with-pinch-clasp/
#jewelrymaking   #leatherbracelets  
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This looks so good I want to EAT it...but I won't! ;)
 
The temperatures have been hovering above 10 celcius of late. Could this possibly be a sign winter is finally behind us?  I hope so.  With the harsh winters we experience here in Canada, my skin seems to also suffer from the elements.  So I make it a habit to thoroughly clean my face every night adding different homemade...Read More »
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Transforming a favorite vintage pin of mine into this necklace really updated the look. Here's some tips and materials suggestion to design your own vintage brooch necklace.  

Here's how: http://www.ialwayspickthethimble.com/2015/03/17/anthropologie-inspired-vintage-brooch-necklace/

#vintagejewelry   #refashion   #jewelrymaking  
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Love this project!
 
Get ready for summer with this free and easy beach tote tutorial!
Use this free beach tote tutorial to make a bag large enough to carry all of your summer gear. Rope handles and grommets add modern detail to this easy bag.
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Cut Out + Keep takes a peek into my sewing and craft room! The tour of this and many other amazing craft rooms starts here!

http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/blog/2015/4/karens-sewing-and-craft-room?utm_campaign=craft-room-tour&utm_content=stage-5-1&utm_medium=email&utm_source=chase-up

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+Thammie TheDollMaker  It doesn't always stay this way, that's for sure!!! ;)
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This project turned out great!  I'm inspired to buy more junk!
 
$1 Chair Makeover and Slipcover Tutorial - I bought this chair at an auction for $1. It was comfy but one of the springs had 'sprung'. My hubby made quick wor…
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This is beautiful...now I can't wait for my dogwoods to bloom!
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This necklace was inspired by the jewelry from Anthropologie.  Here's how I transformed a vintage brooch into an updated sparkling necklace.
How-To: http://www.ialwayspickthethimble.com/2015/03/17/anthropologie-inspired-vintage-brooch-necklace/
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Ahh... waiting for Spring.
 
Lovely alley with flowers - Spello, Perugia
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DIY Blogger, Crafter + Designer
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DIY blogger, crafter and self professed hoarder of fabric and yarn.  After college I practiced Interior Architecture for 12 years, then switched gears to open Urban Arts + Crafts, a basics-to-boutique arts and crafts store. After 12 years, ( I sense a pattern here) I closed my store to pursue my dream of pattern design. On top of crafting and blogging on ialwayspickthethimble, I enjoy photography and traveling to anywhere where there is sunshine and a beach. When we have free weekends, they're spent fixing up my home with my hubby and our two very curious cats. 
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Own Urban Arts + Crafts in Kansas City, MO.
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Sewing, Knitting, Crochet, Jewelry Making, Crafting and Interior Architecture
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    20013 - present
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