>May the force be with you

>yodaWe have a good friend who is celebrating his 40th birthday real soon.  He is a big Star Wars fan massive understatement.  So my oldest daughter made this gift for him.  All my daughters love to make origami they are all pretty much self taught.  My husband and myself helped a little in the beginning but I haven’t made anything this complex ever with origami.    She made this using a pattern for yodashe found on the internet.(when you get to the previous link click on the picture of Yoda to get to the tutorial). Here for the light saber.  If you think his other hand looks odd it is becasue he is holding his staff in that hand.


>Beads and lace

>detailPlayed with beads and lace a little bit this week. Don’t know if I am going to keep this or frog it.  It was more an experiment than a project.  I know some people would say that was hours of work.  Well yes it was, but it was just meant as a study not something to keep.  I think doing studies every now and again gives you a feel for how things work.  So then you can incorporate the ideas into a project and you know ahead of time how things will look and work  that way you will want to keep the finished project.

two colors of bead

Just fyi size 30 dmc thread and rocaille beads the fact that I used rocaille beads is why I know it is just a practice piece.  becasue a real piece would have been done with tiny seed beads. I made about 3 yards

3 yards



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More samples from helping just be happy with her new book .

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>Book sneak peak



Here is the badge I was given to show the new book”Countdown Calendars” I am in coming out in June. I love the photo the photographer too of my project in front of a window with the light streaming through it so cool.  You can pre order this book by going here you will not be charged till it ships in June.

Because of this book and my contract with the publisher certain items have been removed from my blog.  I will replace them and re -post those posts with new projects with a similar concept but different  than the book.  I will update when I have done that and give a link.




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More samples from helping just be happy with her new book .

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>Crochet Oya lace book in English


I have been looking for a while for an Oya lace book in English.  I have found one and it is available on Amazon for an inexpensive price compared to the ones from Turkey.  This book has the crochet version of Oya not the needle version.  It also includes 2 samples of tatted versions (on page 54 and the same photo is on the cover) in the photos but there are not any tatting patterns in the book.  If you already know how to tat you could make them from the photos.
The Beaded edge (inspired designs for crocheted edgings and trims)
Midori Nishida/CRK Design
88 page book
isbn 978-1-59668-300-6

>Black and White pom pom scarf


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I was playing more with pom poms the other day and made this black and white scarf. Good for adults or children. This one is available in my etsy shop.

pom pom scarf


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