Archive for February, 2009

Rose Cut Diamonds

I love wearing rings in slim stacks, both plain and with gemstones. I am working on improving my skills at soldering slim rings out of gold filled and sterling silver wire. I am trying many different combinations of styles to come up with something unique. This week I am finishing up the cabochon stack rings and next week I get to work with some gorgeous rose cut diamonds I am getting from India! They will be in various sizes and shapes…I will share some pictures of the goods with you!

New Designs-Cabochon Stacking Rings

I have been immersed in working on some unique designs for my new shop. Over the next couple days I will be working on creating a set of colorful and delicate stacking rings. I will post them every evening and list the next morning 🙂

Rough Diamonds

I found these great diamonds through a US seller and was lucky to get them at a great price. They are really tiny but in great colors of grey, bluish grey, white, yellow and brown. I set them with clear resin in a fine silver bezel so they look like one big Drusy stone! I will be trying out a stacking combination next with a small round bezel with the raw diamonds plus one small earthy diamond that is bezel set as well.

Cotton Time Jan 2007

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Yen 980

I was fortunate to find this older copy of cotton time on etsy. Its a great issue with a very cute section on applique work. There are other interesting projects in this book such as fabric bags, smocking clothes, leg warmers and a nice section on decor for your project/sewing room.

Cotton Time Nov 2008

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Yen 838

Another great issue from Cotton Time. This one has a lot of Christmas themed ideas that are very funky and not the traditional decorations. There is a great section on making cute tops and some great applique cushions. There is also a super cute tutorial on making place mats and small hanging decorations with the foam sheets you can get from the dollar store!

Best place to find this copy would be on eBay.

Japanese Craft Book Review-Cotton & Paint Vol 31

Cotton & Paint Volume  31

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Yen 857

This issue is packed with super cute purses and bags. Also an adorable scarf project and some cute crochet drink coasters. I only have 1 other issue of Cotton & Paint but hope to find some more issues especially the ones released in 2008. This issue also has a great section on home decor and how to re-create that vintage feel and look on furniture with some simple diagrams that are easy to figure out. I recommend Superbuzzy again if looking to purchase.

Japanese Craft Book Review-Stitch Ideas Vol 5

Stitch Ideas Volume 5

ISBN 978-4-529-04418-9

Yen 933

This is one of my favorite volumes of stitch ideas. This issue is full of very cute and inspiring projects and is a must have in your Japanese craft magazine collection. I got my issue from Superbuzzy.

Japanese Craft Book Reviews-Part 2

I got a bunch of new books so I am going to share some more reviews with you! First one for today is one of my new and all time favorite magazines: Cotton Time!

Cotton Time January 2009

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Yen 980

Great issue of Cotton Time. This is the latest one on stands. The one item that really pushed me to get this issue was the cute apple and crochet pin cushion!! The remaining content is amazing too: key holders, bags, amazing crochet borders, and lots of inspiration. I recommend getting this book from either eBay or Superbuzzy.