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Jewels and Rhinestones from AliExpress: A Review

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Jewels and Rhinestones from AliExpress: A Review

I received my lost jewels when the Post Office finally got the bright idea of actually sending them to the address printed on the package. So as promised, here's my review. The large rectangular stones were purchased via Aliexpress from cshine rhinestone & jewelry Co.,Ltd.  I bought the 13x18 rectangular stones in gold claw settings, in the Black Diamond color. These stones are gorgeous. They have just enough sparkle to look impressive without being too gaudy. The color doesn't show up well in the picture, but it's a deep gray.  The gold claw sew on setting is stamped from very thin metal,...

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A Source for the Bling

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A Source for the Bling

When designing the Queen Of Margonia costume, one thing was evident to me from the beginning: I want bling.  This thing needs jewels and lots of them. Now obviously I can't afford to use the real thing, so I went shopping for rhinestones and glass jewels. As anyone who's ever shopped for them knows, they are not cheap, especially the largish stones I want to use.   One source kept coming up in my searches: AliExpress.com.  So I checked it out.   According to Wikipedia, "AliExpress.com is an online retail service made up of small businesses in China and elsewhere offering products to international online buyers....

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My OTHER Big Project

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My OTHER Big Project

I'm sorry it's been a while since I posted.  I've been hard at work on a new pattern line, for bellydance costumes.  If you know anyone who might be interested, they can check out the Facebook page.  A website will be up soon.  I'm going to be doing a Kickstarter for this project, so please spread the word!  

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The First Garment is Done

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The First Garment is Done

I'm so sorry!  I thought I had posted this two weeks ago, and it's been sitting in the "save" file the whole time. I'm back from my vacation.  The total eclipse was one of the most amazing sights I've ever seen in my life, and I urge you all, if you can, to see one.   I spent the hour or so leading up to the eclipse sitting in a camp chair working on my drawers.   They look pretty comical before the waistband is put on. A couple of people were flummoxed when they asked what I was sewing, and I...

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The Royal Underwear, and How I'm Hand Sewing It

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I've started work on the first garment for the Queen of Margonia project, a pair of hand stitched drawers made from the pattern in the Italian Underpinnings package.   I don't usually hand stitch my garments, especially those that won't show in the final wearing, but I wanted a television watching project. The work is actually going faster than I expected, and is quite relaxing.  The fabric is a really nice smooth tightly woven linen, part of a set of curtains I found at a thrift store.  I've already made my husband a shirt from it, so I only have a...

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