Hi!  Today, a new challenge for you lovely fans of Guess The Mystery Thing.  Wanna play?  Take a gander at this cute pair of earrings.

Can you identify the mysterious secret ingredient, i.e. the long, swoopy green-and-white jobbies? 

We're playing on the honor system, so no peeking yet.  What are those stripey things?  Have your guess firmly seated in your brainpan before you scroll down for the reveal.

Brainpan set?  Okay, let's do this!




Hint: it's not from the dollar store.  Not even from a yard sale or thrift shop.  It's something I got at an actual, honest-to-gosh, full price retail establishment.




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I try to predict how easy these challenges will be, but most of the time I'm wrong.  This time I predict 85% will get this one.

This is my new favorite project.  A flower vase completely upcycled from trash, featuring a built-in collar of springy tendrils.  Please to check it out!

The tendrils are not only decorative - they also serve as a kind of flower frog.  They cluster together to help your flower stems stay where you put 'em.  Here they are in closeup:

What's it made of, you ask?  An empty plastic milk bottle.  That's right, it went from this:

To this!

Here, my dears, is the very interesting DIY.

Hello again!  Let's play another round of my crafty guessing game, Guess The Mystery Thing.  Challenging you, I am!  Who can identify the original source from which I built this here cute little candlestick?

What is that mysterious white stuff?  Think you know?  No peeking until you have a guess.  Then scroll on down to see the reveal.

Ready?  Scroll away!




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I'm thinking a lot of people might get this one - but I have been wrong before.

Hi, all!  Question.  Do you like the look of a full and fancy beaded fringe necklace?  Here's one I did recently:

With hanging chain, suede mini tassels, and beads, of course.  This is one of my favorite necklace styles - but they are time consuming!  Allll those bits and pieces to attach - ugh.  Plus the painstakingly boring counting of links to make sure everything's even.

What if I told you I only spent 15 minutes on it?

Here's my sneaky little hack.

Oh, look, you guys!  I found the prettiest, teensiest, vintage copper molds!

They were absolutely meant to be pendants, don't you agree?  And the DIY is as simple as pie.  (Not the kind you make from scratch.  The kind you snatch outta the freezer, pop in the oven and eat standing around the kitchen counter, with one fork per person and no plates or even napkins.  That kind of simple pie.)

Just use pliers to lift the little tab holding the ring.  Be gentle so as not to dent the copper.

Hi, guys!  Here's a tutorial for something a bit different.  Something utterly practical, simple and good.

What is it?  Why, a fancy water bottle strap.  One you can customize with any beads to suit your taste.  Look:

Perfect for walks in the forest, strolls in the city, fashion-forward day hikes, lost weekends at Comic Con.  Here's one modeled by my impossibly cute friend Jane.

A stellar handmade gift for those hard-to-bead-for people!  Also a terrific way to use up some of your beady stash.

Hello, my dears!  Today I want to show you these dee-lightfully fancy ornaments.

Pretty, eh?

What if I told you they cost practically nothing, and took about sixty seconds to make?  Uh-huh, I knew you'd appreciate that.

You know those cheap plastic table runners and placemats, that look like elaborate metallic lace?

Sometimes you can find them at the dollar store.  Sometimes they come as tablecloths or fabric you can buy by the foot.

Allow me to introduce my salty new necklace and earrings.

Made from soy sauce fish!  Have you seen these things?  Inexpensive, adorable tiny bottles.  Most often used for bento box lunches.  Are they not the niftiest?

I bought mine at Seattle's famous Uwajimaya store.  You can find soy sauce fish at specialty food stores, Japanese gift shops or online.  I am quite giddy over these briny gems.

The secret of the blue earrings is madly fun.

Duct tape jewelry!  Have you tried it?  I've seen lots of cute ideas and have wanted to give it a whirl.  Instead, I gave it a ruffle.

Want to make one?  Here comes the easy DIY.  You will need:

duct tape

pointy li'l scissors

skinny cord or string

enough beads to string a necklace

a pendant OR a big bead dangle

a pinch bail OR a big jump ring

Fold together a long-ish piece of duct tape.  You want to end up with a double-thickness piece between 6 and 12 inches long.

Today, a fun decor project - with freeform, funky wirework that anybody can do!  Take a look.

Here's the BEFORE: a beautiful cactus in a boring plastic pot.

Here's the AFTER: a beautiful cactus in a shimmery, dangly, swirly, spiky and sweet beaded pot!

It's super simple to do, with minimal supplies.  Here's the DIY.

Cut some short and long pieces of craft wire.  Extra cute points if it's a fun color!  On one end of each piece, turn a little loop.

Slide a big bead onto each wire.