change of plans – take 2

image: hydrangea wreathIn the end the living room was not remodeled to accommodate my lovely hydrangeas. I know, I know… big talk, little action. In my defense, I made the wreath and gave it as a gift. To my sister who mentioned a few times that she would like to make a hydrangea wreath but doesn’t have time. And she had hydrangeas for her wedding bouquet and every time I looked at them they reminded me of her. So, no judgements based on the photo, please. It’s a lot prettier than it looks here… I may have forgotten to take a picture before I wrapped it up for her birthday and if you’ve never wrapped a gift made of dried flowers let me share a little tip: definitely not worth unwrapping to take a picture.

wreath tutorial

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wrap it up

With December just around the corner I planned to create a tutorial for wrap, or ladder, bracelets similar to the ones I have in my etsy shop. They’re pretty straightforward to make even if you haven’t made any jewelry and the material combinations are endless. The bracelet or anklet you make can be as individual as the person you plan to give it to.

Luckily I was on Pinterest and realized all the hard work has been done! Let me introduce you to Adrianne of Happy Hour Projects who focuses on quick and easy projects you can do in an hour or less. Her Double Wrap Bracelet tutorial is great – well written with lots of pictures and notations.

This tutorial suggests cutting your thread to any workable length and tying on more as needed. I haven’t done that and certainly intend to try it out. My experience with single-wrap length bracelets is 8 feet of thread, doubled-over is needed. “Tending” to tangle is an understatement.

Good luck on your holiday gift projects!

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how bazaar

I’ve tried to write this announcement a half dozen times and I just cannot do it without referencing OMC’s “How Bizarre”. I’ll apologize up front because the song is bound to get stuck in your head. Sorry!

Brother Pele’s in the back, sweet  Seena’s in the front. Cruising down the  freeway in the hot, hot sun.Suddenly red-blue lights flash us from behindLoud voice, “All move, please step out  onto the line”
Pele breathes words of  comfort. Seena just hides her eyes. Policeman taps his  shades “Is that a Chevy  69?”
How bizarre How bizarre, how bizarre.

Okay! Now that that’s out of the way, trig is going to be at a craft bazaar this weekend. If you will be in the Snoqualmie Valley area on Saturday please stop by, the show is at Mt Si High School – 8651 Meadowbrook Way SE, Snoqualmie, WA 98065. I’ll have a selection of baskets, wine/champagne gift bags and jewelry – including a few items exclusive to the bazaar.

Valley Fest Craft Show flyer

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where beads and crochet collide

image: crochet bracelet with beadsBig changes at trig this week –

I’m officially open at my own domain (you’re here! handmadebytrig.com) and lots of new jewelry and baskets are in the etsy shop pipeline. I’ve been on a bit of a jewelry kick lately. Particularly crocheted jewelry. Two simple ingredients and the results can be anything from fun and funky to elegant and classy.

Browse my shop or try a diy version: crochet bracelet by Wind Rose Fiber Studio or crochet bracelet by futurgirl.

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