Saturday, April 19, 2014

DIY Jewelry: Create Your Own Beaded Bracelet

Created by Nancy

This is the beautiful Barbara Bush Bracelet that Nancy, our beads department manager, created recently. Creating your own jewelry can be therapeutic and it also makes great gifts. This would be a spectacular Mother's Day gift, or you may just want to keep this beauty for yourself.

Here at our Bonney Lake Ben Franklin store our goal is to help you create projects you love. We have many jewelry projects on display in our bead department and many of those have project sheets with complete instructions for you to take home. We want your beading to be fun and easy. If you have questions on your bead projects bring them in and our bead shop staff will be happy to help you!

Supplies Needed:
Fireline 6# Beading Thread
Big Eye Beading Needle
1 Strand 6mm Pearls (21-26 pearls approximately)
1 Tube Size 11 Seed Beads
1 Strand 4mm Bicone Crystal
1 Clasp (your choice of style)

Tools Needed:
Wire Cutters

  • Use 3 yards of thread. String 2 core beads (6mm), leaving a 12" tail. 
  • Loop 1 and 2: string one section of side beads ( 4 size 11 seed beads, 1 4mm fire polish crystals and 4 size 11 seed beads)
  • Pass the needle through the two core beads to form a loop.
  • Repeat once again to form a loop on the opposite side of the core (figure 1).
  • note: picture shows five size 11's. If beads are small, use 5.

  • Loop 3 and on: String 1 core bead and one set of side beads.
  • Slide the beads down to the work and pass the needle through the same two core beads to form a loop on the opposite side of the core, on top of the previous loop (figure 2)

Repeat until you have the desired length, stringing 1 new core bead for each pair of loops, and flipping one loop to each side of the core beads before starting the next loop.

  • With needle exiting the size 6 fp, string 4 size 11 sb, one end of the toggle, and two more size 11 sb.
  • Pass back through the first two 11's and the next two size 6 fp.
  • Follow bead path through the loop beads on the side of the bracelet, out and around the clasp again.
  • Repeat on the other loop and ending by tieing around one thread by the size 6.
  • Pass the needle on through a couple of beads and clip.
  • Repeat with the tail thread on the other end of the bracelet.

sb - seed beads
fp - fire polish crystals

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Ben Franklin of Bonney Lake is Closed Easter Sunday!

We are happy to tell you that Ben Franklin will be closed Easter Sunday, April 20, 2104. The employees will be spending the day with their loved ones celebrating a day of resurrection.

Please come visit us on Saturday for any last minute craft supplies or gift baskets items. We will gladly help you find creative and personalized items you will love. On Monday, we will return to the normal store hours schedule  ready to inspire you to create new crafting projects.

Today's modern Easter is a blend of religious celebrations and various folk customs and traditions including baskets of Easter eggs, bunnies, and of course, a special day of gathering with friends and loved ones. However you spend your holiday, we wish you a day of peace and happiness.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hostess Gifts and Easter Gift Baskets

We like the phrase "think outside of the box" and these gift baskets are a great example of it by not showing the traditional rabbit, chicks and eggs in a basket. This is our idea of the perfect Easter hostess gift or Easter basket for adults. Instead of bringing flowers for the Easter dinner table, why not bring something unusual for a centerpiece?
Today we are sharing our vision for the perfect gift basket.
1. Pick a theme
2. Choose colors that go well together - paint store swatch samples are a great help if you are feeling overwhelmed.
3. Choose your basket or container. We really were thinking of boxes today and love these home decor boxes.  These can be placed on surfaces or hung on your walls.
4. Pick items that are aligned with your theme.
5. Place a colored shred in the bottom of your basket and then add your gift items. You may need to rearrange them  to achieve the look of a great gift basket. (hint: stand back and observe from a distance to get a new perspective).
6. Wrap the basket with a large sheet of cellophane.
7. Finally, add a color coordinating bow and a gift tag to complete the package.

Rosemary Themed Gift Basket:

Margarita Themed Gift Basket:

Rustic Farmhouse Gift Basket:

Fresh Yellow Easter Gift Basket:

We hope you enjoyed this inspirational blog post. We have pre-made gift baskets available in the store, and would also be happy to help you with your own gift basket theme and items that match. Come visit us for ideas and help making your gift basket.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ben Franklin's Win It Wednesday

UPDATE: Thurs. April 17, 2014
CONGRATULATIONS to Cortnie Goodin who is the winner of this week's WIN IT WEDNESDAY prize!!! Cortnie, please contact Anita, the marketing coordinator at 253-862-6822 to claim your prize.

Thanks again to everyone who Liked, Commented and Shared! Be sure to LIKE our page to become a fan and follow along to see what next week's WIN IT WEDNESDAY giveaway will be!

It's that time again - time for Win It Wednesday on our Facebook page!

WIN IT WEDNESDAY | Facebook Giveaway
Every Wednesday we will give away a beautiful prize which will be announced on a Facebook post!
To be entered to win, go to our Facebook Page and COMMENT, LIKE and SHARE the "Win It Wednesday" post to get yourself entered for a chance to WIN!

This week's prize is the Mosaic Star Stepping Stone Kit that contains everything you will need to create a one of a kind stepping stone. This would make a great Mother's Day gift.

A random winner will be announced on our Facebook page on Thursday April 17th following the Win It Wednesday post. The winner has 14 days to claim their prize before it is considered void.

(Facebook has complete release by each entrant or participant. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.)

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Beach Memories Wall Art

The recent sunny weather feels like summer is on it's way! Here is a little summer beach inspiration for you.

Unfinished Wood Plaque
Canary Yellow Acrylic Paint
Turquoise Acrylic Paint
My Best Memories Scrapbook Paper by SugarTree
Package Braided Wire and 2 Eye Hooks
Package of Mini Clothespins

Paint entire wood plaque with turquoise paint. Allow to dry.
Now paint the sides with yellow paint and allow to dry.
When completely dry, sand the sides of your plaque to allow some of the turquoise to show through in a random manner.
Glue the scrapbook paper to the front of the plaque.
Screw one eye hook in the wood of each side of the plaque.
Thread wire through the eye hook and twist until it is secure.
Repeat this for the other side.
Finally, clip the clothespins on the wire and your project is finished!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Knit Dishcloth Dresses by Debbie Trainor

Aren't these Dishcloth Dresses cute! Leisure Arts has this easy-to-follow book filled with knitting patterns and beautiful pictures to create these beautiful Dishcloth Dresses! These make quick and easy gifts, too!

Knit Dishcloth Dresses Book by Debbie Trainor from Leisure Arts

Dishcloth Dresses add some fun to your kitchen counter! Dress your dish detergent bottle in one of these whimsical cover-ups made of thirsty cotton yarn. Each colorful dress can double as a dishcloth.

The 12 easy projects, designed by Debbie Trainor, include: A Night on the Town, Princess for a Day, Company's Coming, Dress With Apron, Going Dancing #1, Going Dancing #2, Wedding Day, Happy Day #1, Happy Day #2, Prom Date #1, Prom Date #2, and Garden Party.

Information and photos of models are courtesy of Leisure Arts.

Dishcloth Dress can double as a dishcloth
Dishcloth Dress made with thirsty cotton yarn
Dishcloth Dress adds a whimsical touch to your kitchen

Use our Sugar'n Cream Yarn, which is at only $1.88 per skein, to create these cute little dresses! Oh, by the way, we also have the book available for $5.99.

Sugar'n Cream Yarn is perfect to make these Dishcloth Dresses!

Confused or frustrated by a stitch? Leisure Arts offers a huge selection of high definition videos which precisely illustrate every time the crystal-clear instructions you need. Check out their website and get started!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

DIY Fabric Bunny

This is a fast and easy sewing project that everyone loves!  The novice and advanced seamstress will enjoy creating this bunny. Choose a fun cotton pattern or soft, plush fabric.  Make one, or make a basket full to display during the spring Easter season.

Fabric (2 pieces approximately 8" x 6" wide) remnants work great
Ribbon For Bow, approximately 8 - 10 inches
Pillow Stuffing

Place two pieces of fabric together with right sides facing in.
Cut fabric using the attached pattern. You will need to cut 1/4 inch larger than the pattern for the seam allowance.
Stitch the fabric bunny pieces together with your sewing machine (or by hand if you prefer a rustic look).
Leave a two inch opening to stuff the bunny.
Turn fabric right side out.
Fill the bunny with stuffing.
Now stitch the opening closed with a needle and thread.
Your final step is to tie a ribbon bow on the neck of the bunny.

For a larger bunny place the pattern on a large piece of paper and just draw a slightly larger outline.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Everything You Need For Creative Easter Baskets

We can help you find everything you will need to create personalized Easter baskets for everyone in your family from the smallest child to those who have outgrown the traditional baskets. Pick out your basket or container, add some Easter basket grass, basket stuffer items and wrap the entire package in cellophane. Tie a bow around the package and your Easter gifts are finished! It is a fun and easy one stop shopping trip.

We have some great toy selections that your children will love. The new Sands Alive kit will be a great source of entertainment and will not make a sandy mess on your floors. You have to come in and try this out in person at the store - we all had fun experiencing this activity. The traditional Easter basket sand toys and animal play sets just add to the fun.

The Bubble Squee-Z-Bubs Bunny is a cute way for children to create bubbles. We think Easter baskets are not complete without bubbles to entertain the kids.

Glitter Mold and Paint Springtime Friends is a craft project for all ages, but is great to do with your kids.

Great items for the older kids such as nail polish and nail polish pens, bead charms, head massagers and our new waterproof cell phone bags that allow you to operate touch screen devices and capture amazing photos through the waterproof bag.

We have bejeweled 3 in 1 VersaCables compatable with the latest iphones, ipads and Samsung Galaxy.

We also recommend a basket filled with soft skeins of yarn for the needle craft lover or charm packs of fabric for the quilter in your family.

 There truly is something for everyone and we can't wait to show you the treasures in our store!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

DIY Childrens Rubber Duck Soaps

Here is a great way to make children's bath time fun! Create personalized soaps with easy to use soap making supplies and add a fun toy. The glycerine soap base is mild and gentle enough for sensitive skin. This craft project does not take much time - and hand made soaps are and easy way to create unique gifts for your family.

Glycerine Soap Base
Glass Heat Resistant Measuring Cup
Soap Mold
Soap Colorant (optional)
Soap Scent (optional)

Cut soap base into small chunks and place into a heat resistant glass measuring cup.
Cover cup loosely with a paper towel.
Microwave for 45 seconds to one minute, depending on the amount of soap base. For small amounts 20 - 30 seconds may be enough time.
Remove from microwave and stir.
Continue to microwave at 15 second intervals until just melted.
Now add color, just a few drops at a time until you are happy with the tint.
Next add the scent if you would like the soap to have a smell. The scent will fade slightly as the soap hardens so add a little more than you think you need.
Finally, pour your soap into the mold you have chosen. 
If you want a toy in the soap place it in the liquid soap.
Allow the soap to harden completely. This should take at least 4 hours, but letting it set up overnight is advised.
To release the soap from the mold, turn over and slightly flex the mold. It should release easily.

When you are finished, rinse the mold with warm water. These molds are re-usable so you can create new bars of soap as often as you like.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Trendy Chalkboard Paint on Easter Eggs

The chalkboard paint popularity continues to soar and we love sharing new ways to use the paint. These trendy Easter eggs will freshen up your spring decor this season. The chalk markers are easy to remove with ordinary baby wipes, so this project is mistake proof. We love this craft idea and think you will, too!
We have a Pinterest board dedicated to chalkboard ideas. Click here to visit us on Pinterest.

One Package Paper Mache Eggs
One Bottle Chalkboard Paint
Chalk Markers in Assorted Colors
Paint Brush

Paint each paper mache egg with black chalkboard paint on one side and allow to it to dry.
Then turn them over and paint the other side black so the entire egg is covered.
Once these are dry use the chalk markers to create designs or write on your eggs.
If you are not happy with your design you can remove the colored chalk from your egg with a baby wipe and start again!
Allow the eggs to dry and they will be ready to display.

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