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Real 4-Leaf Clover Shamrock Pendant!

 Real 4-Leaf Clover Shamrock Pendant!
So did you know that each leaf of a clover represents something.
The first is Faith, second is Hope, third is Love and the fourth is Luck!
So a 4-leaf clover is good luck!
They say there are 10,000 3-leaf clovers to every 1 4-leaf clover.
That also makes them good luck to find!
 True Story:
My daughter, when she was 6, was sitting outside in the grass.
Near the fence was a little clover patch.  She miraculously found a 4-leaf clover!
I was shocked!
 Here's the beauty.  I pressed it and scanned it in the computer.
Each leaf was heart shaped, so cute!
I thought it must have been a fluke...never had I seen a 4-leaf clover, let alone
 the 6 year old finding one.
 So I went out and sat in the grass, same spot...and hunted and hunted and hunted.
All of the ones in the grass were the 3 leaf variety.  She really was LUCKY!
And it made her older brother shed a single tear of jealous sadness.
Totally adorable, right?
Well, somewhere in China, clovers are altered and genetically modified
so that they have plentiful amounts of 4-leaf clovers.

They arrived pressed and dried in a vacuum sealed bag.
Perfect for St. Patrick's day crafts--and jewelry!
 I got a silver bezel and glass cabochon set here:

 They have this cool textured pattern...
I also used this damask acetate paper and a 1 inch punch.
Stacked together, they look like LACE!
Cool right?
You can use any combo of scrapbook paper...they even make lace patterned paper, so whatever.
Then the shamrocks...
I used some mod-podge and painted it on the scrapbook paper...
Then pressed my sticky brush onto the clover and picked it up!
Then set it exactly where you want it on the scrapbook paper!
Paint some more mod-podge on the top and let it dry.
So cute, right?
They almost look fake...printed...oh well.  I know they are real!
Then bust out the E6000...I love this glue and use it all the time.
Put a dab about the size of a pea...
on the back of your glass cabochon.
Press it down firmly on the clover!
Press it so the glue spreads and travels to all the edges.
Turn it over and let dry.
I did some with glass pebbles, like I did these magnets.
You can add a Leaf Bail to the back for a pendant...or a magnet!
Awesome right?
I'm feeling lucky!
Great St. Patrick's day accessory!
Fun little gift for a daughter or friend!
And check out this!
My friend and I did this Necklace, earring, ring set!
The bezel setting (pack of 5) and cabochons are from Beadmixer.com
I love them!
Have you ever found a 4-leaf clover?

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Reversible Fabric Bags! #tbt

 Reversible Fabric Bags!
Here's how to make a GREAT reversible bag!
Just print it off and tape it together...then cut it out.
You'll need 2 contrasting fabrics for ultimate cuteness.
(I didn't sew in any darts...)

Cut 2 of each fabric on the fold to make this shape.
Put the right sides together of each fabric and sew the rounded edge...
I zig-zag the edge to prevent fraying.

Do that to both...like this
Take 1 of the fabrics and turn it right side out.
Then fit that one inside the other one...this way the "rightsides" are together.
Line it up straight...

Now you are going to sew the 2 layers together.
Around the "neckline" and the "armpits" and the "backline"
Leave the top 3 inches of the straps unsewn.
Then cut little snips around the rounded edges.
Take care not to cut the stitches.  This will allow
 the fabric to lay flat inside that rounded edge.
Like this.
Now you are going to open up one of the straps...like this
And start pushing the entire bag through that strap.
It feels like it's not going to fit, just work it out slowly...
Keep going...
Until you get it all turned right side out!
Work it out so that all 4 straps are out and flat...
and stuff one of the fabrics inside the bag.
All right sides showing!
Should look like this.
Now, this part can be tricky.
Take the top 2 straps...yellow chevron and pin them together
 (right sides together).
Then take the next layer and pin them together.
Continue onto the the back 2 layers.
Your bag should look like this so far.
Then sew a stitch across the straps where you have them pinned!

Then you just need to pin under the edges of the straps.
Then iron the straps.
Then sew that edge all the way around the bag straps...
Isn't it adorable?
You'll want to make a bunch now!
I got this bag insert from Amazon for $4...and it fits perfectly!
And matches!
  I used up lots of scraps and made 12 bags!

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