Fan Charm Bracelet Tutorial {Summer Swim League Swag}

I was lucky enough to be able to have a guest post over at Alderberry Hill a couple of weeks ago! I’m just starting to get my feet wet with jewelry making, but I’ve always loved charms and beads. When I was a little girl, my mother had this beautiful silver charm bracelet that she got on her sixteenth birthday, and I loved to take it out of her jewelry box and admire it. I always wanted one just like hers, but never had one. However, this summer is my chance! I made my own charm bracelet!

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Paracord Survival Bracelets {Summer Swim League Swag}

Well, I’ve finally found a crafty hobby that has a large following of boys and men: Paracord Survival Bracelets! When I decided to teach myself some of the basic paracord bracelet weaving techniques, I discovered dozens of tutorials made by men! Now that I’ve made a few, I’m obsessed as well. They are manly friendship bracelets. Seriously, I looked into why the military might use them, and why they were being sold in my local Boy Scout shops, and I learned a bit about their history. Paracord is extremely durable and strong cording, but it is also very lightweight. It is always good to have a length of rope on you in case of an emergency, so paracord bracelets were a way for the military to easily carry several yards of strong cording with them. There are dozens of different patterns and knotting techniques that you can use to make these bracelets, and I ended up making 3 different bracelets for the Frog. I made them in his team colors, so that they would match his other swim league swag.
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Valentine’s Day Felt Topiaries


The heart wreath hanging on my back door seemed a bit lonely, but it also provided inspiration for an accompanying table decoration. While shopping at Target in those addictive $1 bins, I stumbled upon these darling Valentine’s Day pails:
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