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Delicate Swarovski Rhinestone Hairpin Tutorial--the Danielle Hairpin

Yesterday, I showed you how to make the most basic, simple Swarovski crystal hairpin.  I'm building on the very basic techniques from yesterday's post, and am going to show you how to make a somewhat fancier dainty hairpin, the Danielle hairpin.

Easy Swarovski Crystal Wedding Hairpins Tutorial

If you're fairly new to this blog, you might not know that it started as an extension of a business I ran for 13 years, Tradewind Tiaras.  Yes, I was a full time tiara and wedding accessories designer!  Not many people who can say that.  ;-)  I shut down that business about a year ago to focus on Tikkido, but I still have all of my supplies and thought I'd share tutorials for making some of the more popular items I used to make and sell.

Easy Pop Up Card Invitation Tutorial

I've adored pop up books as far back as I can remember.  Any kind of paper craft, really, but I have have a particular affection for pop ups.  How amazing, how perfectly magical to be able to take a flat piece of paper and with a little glue and a pair of scissors, turn it into an amazing, three dimensional work of art.  So cool.

Easy Decorated Silverware Tutorial Using Washi Tape

Who is having a barbecue this 4th of July?   (Pretty much everyone in the US, I'm guessing).  If you're looking for an insanely easy to to add a special little touch to your celebration, try these washi-tape decorated plastic silverware.

All you need are plastic forks, knives, and spoons, and washi tape.  

Three Simple Felt Flower Tutorials

I started out deciding to write a tutorial on how to make these unicorn horn headbands from the My Little Pony party:

And fear not, I WILL write that tutorial, but I realized that I had to teach you how to make the felt flowers first, and doing it all in one blog post would be just too much.  So today is all about the super easy felt flowers.  Three types of them, in fact.

Easy Mason Jar Cups Tutorial

Using mason jars/canning jars as glasses has been a trend for several years now.  Nothing new there.  But when I use them for a party, especially if there are kids around, I like to take it one step further and make my own custom lids.

Easy Sculpted Paper Flower Gift Bag Tutorial

I love paper.  Beautiful patterend papers, paper sculpture, paper art, paper paper paper.  Have since I was a teeny tiny thing.  When I was 3 or 4, I remember making a 3D sculpture of a polaroid camera out of printer paper, complete with pictures I'd drawn and could pull out of a slot in the pretend camera.  I used to make dresses out of leftover wrapping paper.  I LOVE PAPER.

Custom Wax Seal Stamp Tutorial

The crowning touch on my tiny little bottles of limoncello was the custom wax seal with my logo.

When I came up with the idea, I initially looked into having a custom wax seal stamp made, and I found places that would do it for me.  But it would cost about $100.  I didn't want one that much.  So I decided to see if I could make one myself.

Limoncello Tutorial and Recipe

Have you ever had limoncello?  Stunningly cold straight from the freezer, sweet, and full of bright (but not sour) lemon flavor?  It tastes like the essence of summer.  

The Easiest Cake Bunting Tutorial. Ever.

I love cake bunting.  You know, those adorable miniature buntings people stick on top of cakes.  So fun, so festive, so cute and tiny!  (I'm a sucker for anything miniature). 

When I saw the graduation announcements from Colleen's graduation party, I immediately thought of using that element from the card in a cake bunting.

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