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During the school year, I'd tell myself that I'd have more time to focus on the blog and such during summer. Now it's summer and I'm telling myself, "During the school year." [= It's all good though. I'm enjoying it. It's a mix between a lot going on and then moments when I'm just at home watching World Cup. Props to whoever conceived the idea.

I am watching the Cameroon-Brazil match so bear with me. Here's what I did last week.

1. Crochet Collar


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I mentioned last night/this morning that I got started with jewellery because of a safety pin bracelet. That's really how all of this has happened. I'm not even sure why the idea came into my head - I can't tell you where I first saw a safety pin bracelet. I just know that I did and I decided that I wanted to make one. We bought the beads and safety pins from a pharmacy and I went home and began to work. For some reason we didn't get the elastic - I ended up using a piece of elastic we had lying around. The bracelet was actually on the verge of falling apart when I gave it to my teacher. (It's the thought that counts?)

I say that to say that I didn't wake up one morning and know how to create projects that I'm doing now. My first bracelet was made of safety pins and elastic that was bound to break at any moment. From there, I moved on to adding beads to elastic to make simple bracelets. It was World Cup season so I made a few blue-white, red-yellow, blue-yellow-green ones. =D

That's where I began. Nothing flashy.


This website has nice instructions for making a safety pin bracelet. They gave me the tip about using the pliers.

Look at it if you're interested. Beads are fun. That's why I use them. If you want to make jewellery but aren't sure where to start just remember that you can start small. Beads and elastic. Drop a message in the comment box if you have questions about any of this. I may not seem it, but that would probably make my week - talking to someone about beads or crochet or making things in general. =D

Thanks for reading,

I guess I was getting a bit tired of the beads. Actually, I don't think that's possible but I did feel it was time to play with some yarn. Here's what I worked on this week.

1. A headband


The pattern called for something bigger. It was supposed to make earwarmers but who in her/his right mind wants an 8 inch band of woven yarn around the head when it's thirty degrees Celsius inside? (That's eighty-six Fahrenheit for you non-metric folks out there.)

So I used eight chain stitches as my base instead of twenty. It took a while to get the pattern correctly but I started over and then got the rhythm.

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Did you know that I do art too? How would you? I've rarely mentioned it. Looking back at all the times I've felt like I have "done"enough or "made" enough - the times I've felt I wasn't devoting enough energy to creating - I realize that I should have just told myself to calm down. I seem to forget that I also go to school and take classes and spend time with people around me - my time is divided into pieces. One of those pieces is for jewellery, another for crochet but today I'm going to show another piece - my art.

It's so weird for me to say "my art". I typically see myself as an academic. I've always liked art and drawing and such but I didn't think I was good enough/didn't devote as much time to it. That's why I decided to take an art class. Spring 2013 I did an Intro to Studio Art course at my school and then 2013 -2014 I took AP Studio Art. Which was a ride. =D  We had a hilarious time in class. My accent and Jamaican-ness (whatever that means) provided many jokes. Our teacher was, is brilliant but also slightly deranged (he knows it though, so it's fine). It's amazing we got work done actually.

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