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Metallic Alcohol Ink Ornaments

My Alcohol Ink Ornaments are far and away the most popular craft on my blog. This is due in large part to Oh, My Crafts featuring them on both their Facebook and Pinterest pages. I knew these ornaments were beautiful and easy, and Oh, My Crafts helped me spread the word to even more of the internet.

Knowing that they were so popular, I had to think of something new to do with the ornaments this year. I started off by purchasing different shapes and sizes of glass ornaments at Michaels when they were 50% off. Then I decided to treat myself to Adirondack Alcohol Ink Metallic Mixatives in Gold and Silver. With all my goodies bought, I got down to the experimenting. Here are the results.

Metallic Alcohol Ink Ornaments | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Metallic Alcohol Ink Ornaments | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Metallic Alcohol Ink Ornaments | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Metallic Alcohol Ink Ornaments | LulaBelle Handicrafts

I used the exact same technique as in my previous Alcohol Ink Ornaments post. The metallic mixatives take a craft that was already gorgeous and turn it into something luxurious. Much like glitter, there can never be enough gold and silver in my life!

I’ve already gifted several of these ornaments to co-workers and family, and they’ve been very sweet and complimentary. If you’re looking for a gift that takes minimal effort but leaves a lasting impression, these ornaments are for you. Happy ornament crafting!

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DIY Easy, Stretchy, Beaded Bracelets

A girl can never have too many bracelets. I love them, especially pretty, beaded ones that look great stacked. I’m usually surprised by the price of them in boutiques and at craft shows. Rarely do I buy these kinds of bracelets anymore because making them is easier than you might think. Plus they don’t take a lot of beads, so bracelets are a great way to use up some of your leftovers or highlight a few high-dollar beads.

Easy, Stretchy Beaded Bracelets | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Supplies:

  • Beads
  • .5 mm Clear, Stretchy Elastic
  • 2 mm Crimp Beads
  • Scissors
  • Crimper or Pliers
  • Scotch Tape (optional)

Supplies for Easy, Stretchy Beaded Bracelets | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Step One:

Cut a piece of clear elastic long enough to fit around your wrist plus about 2 in. I like to cut the elastic bigger than I need so that it’s easier to work with once all the beads are strung.

Step Two:

String your beads. This is the longest part of the process for me. I often start off with one pattern and tweak it to make the proper length to fit my wrist. Spacer beads are your friend. If you need to add just a little more length, pop a couple of them onto the end of the elastic. I know that I’m done stringing when I can wrap the beads around my wrist and the ends meet.

Step Three:

Put 1 or 2 crimp beads on one end of your elastic. You can use only 1, and your bracelet will be fine. I like to use 2 just in case when I’m really fond of the beads or they are heavy. Then thread the other end of the elastic through the crimp beads, and pull the elastic taut. 

Easy, Stretchy Beaded Bracelets | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Step Four:

Use your crimper or pliers to close the crimp beads. If you’ve never done this before, you smash the bead with the crimper or pliers. Then turn it 90 degrees, and smash it again.

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To make it a little easier, I tape one end of the elastic down with scotch tape and hold the other end in my non-crimping hand. This allows me to keep the elastic taut and beads on the elastic.

Easy, Stretchy Beaded Bracelets | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Step Five:

Thread the elastic through the first couple of beads on each side, and cut off the excess. Your bracelet is now ready to be shown off to the world!

I love layering these with other bracelets. Rarely do I wear just one.

Easy, Stretchy Beaded Bracelets | LulaBelle Handicrafts

That look is a little extreme. Really I just wanted to show off some of the cool beads I’ve acquired the past few months. This is how I usually wear the bracelets.

Easy, Stretchy Beaded Bracelets | LulaBelle Handicrafts

I also like to gift them. Three bracelets in coordinating colors make for a lovely gift.

Easy, Stretchy Beaded Bracelets | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Easy, Stretchy Beaded Bracelets | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Happy bracelet making!

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Halloween Dinner Traditions

When I think about family holidays, the food is usually the first thing that comes to mind. My mother’s family has food traditions for every holiday, even Halloween. My grandmother always made chili. One reason I think that she liked serving chili for Halloween is that it’s easy. When you’re busy trying to get eight kids dressed for trick-or-treating, you can’t be hassling with a dinner that needs constant attention. My grandmother could get the chili started while the kids were still at school so that she could focus on getting them, not dinner, ready once they got home. Chili was also a good choice for them because they lived in a part of the country that is generally chilly (pun intended!) on Halloween. Having a warm, hearty dinner before hitting the sidewalks is important if it’s a cold night. Because my grandmother always made it, you’ll find chili bubbling on the stovetop of most of my aunts’ and uncles’ houses on Halloween.

As much as I love family traditions, I also think that it’s important to create some of your own. I always serve Mummy Dogs for Halloween. If you’ve never heard of them, check out this recipe from Pillsbury.

 

Pillsbury Crescent Mummy Dogs

 

All you need are hot dogs, crescent rolls, mustard, and cheese (which I don’t always include) for this easy, cheap, and fun dinner. Think of them as Halloween-themed and dinner-sized Pigs in a Blanket. Sounds yummy, huh? I usually serve my Mummy Dogs with a cup of tomato soup, especially when it’s cool out.

Whether you’re making a dinner passed down from generation to generation or trying something new this year, don’t forget about Halloween dinner. Maybe the kids won’t eat so much candy if they start the night with a full belly. Who am I trying to kid? They’re still going to eat loads of candy, but at least you’ll know that they had some real food, too. Happy Halloween!

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