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No fooling, free National Parks Week is coming up this month

National Parks Week is April 21-29 this year, which means, admission to all the US National Parks is FREE. Visit the National Parks Service to see which parks this includes then plan your trip! Photograph: Tunnel View, Yosemite, by Don…

Strawberry babies

Day 8: Date with a bead friend

Jill doesn't actually bead but she is a friend and I was looking for beads and we had a date hitting up the local swap meets Saturday. I found a couple old bits and bobs but it was more of…

Day 13: Inspiration Board

Today's challenge is to make an inspiration board. I've always had a journal, the writing kind, but a couple years ago, my artist friend Karin showed me hers and I was blown away by the page after page of beautiful…

sea pottery, soldered

Days 7, 10: Different metal and found object

I got the correct tape and gave soldering another shot, on a piece of beach pottery I found on the San Francisco Bay. It is not the prettiest soldering work ever, and I am very badly burned, and I managed…

Day 5: Incorporate chain into a jewelry design

Day 4 was Organize your bead area. I cleaned up my tote bag. I would take a picture but would just think, lord, her bag is a *mess*. But all the stray little beads got put away and my findings…

Day 3: Learn a new beading technique

I tried to solder a piece of beach pottery to make it into a pendant, but that didn't work out at all -- there were many extremely frustrated attempts at making the solder not go flying off the piece and…

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