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By Sheryl Borden
Local columnist 

Totebags, jewelry ahead on show


Last updated 8/22/2020 at 4:26pm

Information on serger finishing techniques, making totebags out of leather, and creating beautiful crystal floral jewelry will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday (all times Mountain).

Pam Damour will show six of the over 20 finishing techniques she features in her newest book and they are all made on the serger, which makes sewing so much faster and more professional looking. Damour is owner of The Decorating Diva and she lives in Champlain, New York.

Hilarie Dayton is the owner of Little Stitch Studio, and she’s going to share some techniques for home sewers to be better prepared when making bags out of leather, faux leather and even Kraft-tex. She’ll demonstrate which machine feet, needles, thread and other equipment is needed for sewing with leather. She’s from Norfolk, Virginia.

Lisa Rojas is a crafter and designer, and she’s going to show how to make a beautiful crystal floral jewelry set using a crystal sheet from Connie Crystal. The jewelry has a diamond-like sparkle and 100% clarity. Her business is Stampin’ Queen Creations and Bella Crafts on-line magazine. Rojas lives in Victorville, California.

Information on wearing scarves, storage solutions and the journey of a healer will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Nancy Nix-Rice is a wardrobe consultant and author, and she’s going to show how to wear a scarf in multiple ways. Scarves are such a great fashion accessory and are very versatile. Her book is titled “Looking Good,” and she’s from St. Louis, Missouri.

Bruce Johnson is the spokesperson for Minwax which is located in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. He is going to show how to use dresser drawers to create an under-the-bed storage bin.

Dr. Daniel Marez, a doctor of Oriental medicine, has written a book on relieving pain in just three seconds. He's going to share his journey from being a licensed optician to becoming an acupuncturist. Marez is from Raton.

Crystal floral jewelry set

Materials for Cuff Bracelet

Connie Crystal® White Crystal Sheet

Prima Marketing® Pink Flowers

Velcro Brand® Press & Close Fasteners™

Beacon Adhesives™ Dazzle Tac Jewelry Glue™

Offray 1/4" Green Ribbon

Cut crystal sheet in half. This cuff measures 2 1/4" wide x 7 3/4" long. Adhere Velcro fasteners to the crystal sheet. Place a paper towel through cuff. Tie ribbon in a bow. Adhere bow and flowers to cuff center.

Materials for Earrings

Connie Crystal® White Crystal Sheet

Connie Crystal® Crystal Garland

Earring Findings

Jump Rings, two different sizes

Clearsnap® Smooch Top Coat, Moonlight

Beacon Adhesives™ Dazzle Tac Jewelry Glue™

Small Pink Flowers, 2

Round Nosed Pliers and Scissors

Color flowers with Moonlight Smooch. Cut crystal sheet four rows wide and 12 rows high. Place jewelry glue on back of sheet pieces. Fold in half and adhere together. Add large jump ring to crystal piece, then small jump ring. Add large jump ring to crystal piece, then small jump ring. Add both to earring. Add one crystal from garland to each earring.

Materials for Necklace

Connie Crystal® White Crystal Sheets

Connie Crystal® Raindrop Bead

Connie Crystal® Clear Bead

Connie Crystal® Pink Heart Bead

Silver Head Eye Pin, Silver Heart Bail, Silver Chain

Silver Lobster Claw and Silver Jump Rings

Small Pink Flower

Clearsnap® Smooch Top Coat™- Moonlight

Beacon Adhesives™ Dazzle Tac Jewelry Glue™

Round Nosed Pliers

Cut crystal sheet 3/4" wide by 2 1/4" high. Fold crystal sheet in half and glue together. Adhere silver bail to top. Add small bead, heart bead and raindrop bead to silver head eye pin. Use pliers to close the end of the pin. Apply Smooch to flower. Attach a jump ring on one end of the chain. Attach second jump ring to the lobster claw and then attach to chain. Attach beads to the bottom of the crystal sheet piece. Adhere flower with glue. Slide chain through the silver bail.

“Creative Living” is produced and hosted by Sheryl Borden. The show is carried by more than 118 PBS stations. Contact her at:

[email protected]


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