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Casserole Bracelet?


What if I call this the “Casserole Bracelet?”… because it is put together using a variety of leftover, extraneous beads that I just had on hand?

πŸ˜† The name kind of amuses me. Thoughts? #casserole #bracelet #CasseroleBracelet

What you need to duplicate it: Memory wire, loop tool, beads, design board, half an hour.



Have you made something silimar with your leftover beads? Show me, please! Drop a link to your site in my comment section or tag/message me on Pinterest

You can see more jewelry I’ve made on these links:

Here, here, here, here, here, and elsewhere on my site!

Your Friend, ~AmberHH

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Druzy Memory Wire Jewelry

Do it! Wear it! Make a DIY druzy memory wire bracelet in a few easy steps! Why pay astronomical boutique prices when you can make your own pieces in minutes? 

In? In!

Let’s create!! ❀️

Memory wire. Druzy quartz. Glass Beads. Done!





You can do this, too!

1) Buy beads and memory wire.

2) Make a small loop at one end of memory wire.

3) Add your pattern of beads.

4) Close with small loop at other end of memory wire.

5) Wear.

❀️–Amber Hamilton Henson

DIY: ribbons & rhinestones braided bracelet or choker

Easy Project! Just follow the photos!


Supplies


Knot one end and cut to desired length. I used multiple ribbons, a silver chain, a black chain, and a strand of gold prong set rhinestones.


Braid it. Tie a knot at the other end.


Trim the excess, leaving one chain long on the end. Attach the clasp with pliers and a jump ring onto the short end of chain. The long end of chain will give you options for length when wearing it as a necklace.


Summary:


Wear it as a choker OR double wrap it as a bracelet!



Like it? Share it, please!

I’ll love you even more, if you do!! πŸ’žπŸ™Œ

Your friend, AmberHH

My Kitchen Update!

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So, our old kitchen wasn’t terrible.
However, it was tired.
It was outdated.
It had been working hard for ten years, and it showed.
The family that owned the house before us raised teenage sons in it for five years. We have been raising three young daughters here for five years. Countless meals, lots of large gatherings, and endless craft projects have taken place in this kitchen for over a decade.
The construction of the ivory painted wood cabinets was sturdy, but the finish was worn.
The granite and hardware just weren’t my style/preference.
It had never really been a “finished” kitchen, to my eye, because there wasn’t a proper backsplash, just painted sheetrock between the countertop and upper cabinets.
We updated it according to MY style, MY preferences!
Bonus: We did it without breaking the bank, and because this is an open-concept floor plan, the WHOLE house feels updated! Love it!!

Want to see LOTS of photos of my newly updated kitchen?
Do you like “before/after” photos as much as I do?
If so, here you go:
(Click on photo to have it enlarge into a new window.)
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The detailed before/after photos:

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CABINET HARDWARE:
Before:
The ivory paint was chipped.
It was dirty.
It had been retouched.
It had chipped, again.
It got dirty, again.
I HATED the cabinet pulls.
Hated them soooooooo much.
The cup style constantly broke my fingernails.
The design was outdated.
The finish was rubbing away.

After:
Clean, fresh, satin enamel paint.
Two coats of said paint.
Simple, updated stainless pulls.
“Fingernail friendly” drawer handles, not cups!
Clean. Clean. Clean. Yay!!
What do you think of my bubble glass knobs?
I adore them!
To me, they’re like the jewelry of a kitchen!

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Next, the sink area:

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KITCHEN SINK:
Before:
Tired.
My patience had run out.
I was tired of dealing with the inefficiency of
removing crumbs and spills from counters.
The big lip on the top mount sink was
terribly impractical.
Every. Single. Scratch. Showed.
This black sink was showing its 10 year age.
The thin black granite had several stress
breaks and cracks around the sink.
It was a really dark work surface.
I’ll keep this stone on the island, where I
serve dinner buffet-style, but it was way
to dark for my work areas.

After:
New! Efficient!
It is so much simpler, now, to be able to
easily wipe crumbs directly into the sink!
Yay!!
The mottled color is stunningly gorgeous!
The granite is literally almost twice as thick!
The fabricator/installer did a perfect job
smoothing and polishing the edges!
I am so pleased with the transformation
to the quality of the functionality of our
kitchen since making this change!

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Next, let’s talk GRANITE:

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Specifics about our NEW Granite Countertops:
“Thank You!” to Kaufman By Design -West!
Our experience with Kaufman By Design was fantastic!
Their showroom is amazing! When designing for new construction, a remodel, or an update, like my project, it is amazing to be able to visit a well stocked showroom and be able to handle a spectrum of tile sample options ranging from earthy, tumbled natural stones to shiny, metallic dichroic glass and every option in between. Their sales rep and install team maintained perfect communication with us from day one through completion. The process was very straightforward:
1) I visited the showroom & selected a sample.
2) Their fabricator/installer came to my house to measure.
3) I gave approval for the specific slab to be used.
4) Two weeks later, their fabricator/installer team arrived with the pieces ready to install. They were able to remove the old counters and install the new ones on the same day. For me, a mother in a family of five that cooks most meals at home, that was a HUGE factor. Swapping countertops generally means being without a sink and cooktop during the swap, so the fact that they were able to remove the old and install the new in one day was exceptionally awesome! Sink= I need it! Cooktop= I need it! They made sure we weren’t without either overnight. Same day!! How cool is that? πŸ˜ƒ Their team kept the area neat as they worked, vacuumed and wiped the area before they left, and were pleasant to have in the house all day while I and my youngest daughter were also home.

If you see this post, and you’re in Central Arkansas, I highly recommend that you visit Kaufman By Design for any home maintenance project, repair, remodel, update, or new construction.
Find the Kaufman By Design website: click here
Find the Kaufman By Design Facebook page: click here

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Also, in our Kitchen, we lined the open upper cabinets:

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We purchased 4′ x 8′ sheets of a thermoplastic material in an antique bronze finish (looks Copper to me,) and then we cut the pieces to fit each cabinet! Easy!

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Last, but not least, we installed under cabinet l.e.d. lighting and completed the DIY tile glass backsplash! I love how they glitter in the light!

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There is another Fun detail I almost forgot to tell you about!! Lining the open shelves! I didn’t want to use the rolls of antiskid material sold at big box stores, because I really dislike the raw edges and how it slides around when casserole dishes are moved, but I did want a cushion to keep dishes from chipping and paint from getting scratched. Solution? We covered thin pieces of plastic with vinyl! Yes, it was a bit time intensive, but once it was done, it’s DONE. It’ll be durable forever!

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Yay! Here are some overall view of our finished space!

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Yay! That’s my kitchen update!
Whatcha think? πŸ˜ƒ
~~AmberHH
PS Love Ya, but love you even more if you share this link! πŸ’žπŸ˜Ž

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Daily DIY: gemstones on estate silver!

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You don’t have to read very many of my design/decor project posts to know that thrifting (vintique stores, garage sales, estate sales, etc) and transforming my finds is a favorite hobby of mine.

Recently, I arrived early, stood in line awaiting opening, and found another great deal at an Estate Sale, here in Little Rock, Arkansas! The deal: I found a set of eight (8) silver electroplated vessels, intended to be used for drinks. They were only $1 each, and I knew I needed to buy them, even though they were engraved with a “K” on two sides of every piece.

For awhile, they’ve been tucked away in a cabinet, awaiting my effort to find a local engraver to alter the K into an H.

I changed my mind about going to that trouble, and I decided that it would be much more interesting to embellish the silver vessels with some sort of gemstone cabochons or charm or whatever caught my eye in order to cover the K!

Gem cabochons (16) turned out to also be a bit pricey for what I wanted to do, but I found BEADS! Glorious beads!! Yea!! I just used a quick setting, two part, clear epoxy to adhere them!

The “frame” beads are made of SEASHELL, and the sphere beads are JASPER! Yay!!

So, here they are!! All 8, currently being used as vases in my kitchen! (Wisteria, Rosemary, and Lacebark Elm branches from my yard.)

Some, I lightly cleaned and others I left the patina.
I absolutely adore them! I think they have a very peaceful, ethereal vibe as I sit here staring at them while I type this project post!
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Whatcha think? πŸ˜ŠπŸ™Œ
πŸ’ž–AmberHH

Lucky Leprechauns & Wearing Green!

Happy, Happy Pinch-Everybody-Not-Wearing-Green Day! πŸ˜ƒπŸ€πŸ™Œ
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What is your Leprechaun name?

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She is “Rowdy Rainbow Lips!” πŸ€πŸ’žπŸ€

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She is “Happy Freckle Face!” πŸ€πŸ’žπŸ€

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She is “Little Clover Hair!” πŸ€πŸ’žπŸ€

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I am “Happy Clover Hair!” πŸ€πŸ’žπŸ€

Husband, Mitch, is “Shy Green Feet!” πŸ€πŸ’žπŸ€
He already changed out of his green shirt and into gym clothes, so no photo tonight, though! I should pinch him! πŸ˜‰

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V made this for us at preschool, today! πŸ€πŸ˜πŸ€

I made something, too!

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It is a Statement Ring! I epoxied a Quartz sphere into a nest of onyx stone chips onto a silver ring!
Fun, huh? πŸ˜ƒ

Anyway! Have a good one!
Make your own luck and enjoy!

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πŸ€πŸ’ž–AmberHH

Titanium QUARTZ Memory Wire Bracelet!

An easy DIY project:
*beads
*memory wire
*looping tool, for ends of wire
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Sacred Adornment!
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You may remember another memory wire bracelet (sacred adornment) that I completed recently. I discussed how it mentally/emotionally transports me to another space/vibe. See the other bracelet, here: https://whatamberloves.com/2015/08/14/sacred-adornment-quartz-memory-wire-bracelet/

While this bracelet is similar in many ways, it takes me in a completely different direction than the previous bracelet.

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Mind you, while I was crafting this bracelet, physically I was in my own living room trying to tune out whatever noisy show the husband was watching on TV. Holding these stones, focusing on their spectrum of colors, and mentally flipping through the racks of clothes in my closet assembling an outfit to wear with the bracelet, I was completely enveloped in other spaces … other rooms in my mind, if you will. The full resolution photos of the rooms and/or links to their original publication sources can be found on my Pinterest board, “Rooms that Inspire Me” the link: https://www.pinterest.com/amberhh/rooms-that-inspire-me/

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Well, thoughts?
Leave me a comment!

Pin the project/story using the gray “Pinterest” button at the bottom of this post?
Thanks, in advance!!

Your Friend,
–Amber Hamilton Henson

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DIY Perfume Storage Display Options

What’s a person to do when they really, really want an ornate unique perfume/cologne display case? How about a pair?? Dare I dream that I found three options:
1) settle and buy a plain little, mass produced cabinet constructed of inferior materials from a big box store that requires a tad of assembly, followed by years of *sighs* that it wasn’t what was really wanted, but now we already own it so it’ll have to do. *sighs*
2) overindulge and spend hundreds of dollars, maybe even thousands of dollars, by buying that amazing little ornate gilded antique wall cabinet/shelving unit that is likely Italian or French in origin from a cute little antique store or high end dealer on eBay, followed by years of searching for a match and eating only Ramen due to the price of such a thing. *ramen for dinner*
3) an inspired idea and quick sketch by wife plus some solid carpentry skills by husband to build exactly what we want for minimal cost: $25/frame at a hobby/craft store by using a coupon, $5 for paint paint, scrap lumber, & leftover fabric from when we built our upholstered headboard for our bed. DIY. Hallelujah! DIY, followed by years of thorough enjoyment and all bragging rights. *bragging*

Easy to follow photos:
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See, these new Perfume Boxes in our Master Bathroom coordinate with our Master Bedroom! Yay! See the rest of our Master bedroom at this link: https://whatamberloves.com/2012/09/14/master-bedroom-tour/

Your Friend,
~AmberHH

PS: I LOVE FEEDBACK. What do you think of our little project?

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Kumihimo + Garnet = Perfection!

ALMANDINE GARNET! KUMIHIMO!
So today, I wrapped a stone for the first time ever.
I used 16 gauge wire around my Almandine Garnet from SageGoddess.com to wear as a pendant on the Kumihimo necklace that my 13 year old daughter, Caroline aka “Cali,” made for me.
This is absolutely a favorite piece of jewelry, now.
Sacred Adornment?
Indeed.
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This piece isn’t for sale, but SageGoddess has more gemstones and ALMANDINE GARNETS available on her website, and CraftingCali has other KUMIHIMO available in her Etsy store!

The links:

KUMIHIMO by CraftingCali on Etsy:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/CraftingCali

ALMANDINE GARNET from TheSageGoddess:
http://www.sagegoddess.com/product/faceted-almandine-garnet-for-strength-grounding-and-feminine-sexuality/

The grounded, wholesome, loving, cooperative energy of this assembly is amazing! πŸ’žπŸ’žπŸ’ž
Truly, I treasure it!

If you see this and use Pinterest, please pin us from this post or the products directly from either of the links featured! Thank you!

☺️
Your Friend,
~Amber Hamilton Henson

GoKart Transformation!

WooHoo!!! πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ’ž
Our 10 day GoKart transformation is now complete:
new motor,
new brakes,
new wheel bearings,
new front tires,
new gloss black paint,
new hot PINK upholstery, headrest, and pads,
new seatbelts, etc! πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ’ž

Ready to ride!! πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ’ž Thanks, Mitch!

Before:
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After:

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Our 3 girls are so excited to ride!!
πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ’ž
–Amber Hamilton Henson

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