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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/
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Beautiful Karen.
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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/
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cute...
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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/

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This was a quick DIY project that actually works!! Refinish a cutting board or butcher block in just an afternoon. 
http://www.ialwayspickthethimble.com/2015/03/04/how-to-refinish-a-butcher-block-or-cutting-board/

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Mix it up with this leather and bead bracelet - full instructions on using a Magical Crimper included.

how-to here: http://www.ialwayspickthethimble.com/2015/02/21/sundance-style-bracelet-how-to-use-a-magical-crimper/
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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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Excellent! It looks great Karen.
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This is beautiful...now I can't waiting 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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Thank you Jimmy!
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Ahh... waiting for Spring.
 
Lovely alley with flowers - Spello, Perugia
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I love the handles on this bag pattern - what a great way to use fun fabrics!
 
I wrote a tutorial to show you how to transform a plain canvas tote bag into this reversible tote bag that you'll love!
This reversible tote bag sewing tutorial is part of my Tote Bag Upgrade series. I'll show you how to make a lined, reversible tote bag with strong straps.
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I love this idea!  Use up your little bits of leftover rhinestone chain on this cute wire-wrapped ring.

Here's how:http://www.nunndesign.com/bling-wrapped-hammered-ring-tutorial-video/#sthash.JhfgCs3q.LkwmEa7U.dpbs
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Definitely want to try this.
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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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