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Southeastern Wildlife Expo in Charleston, SC; How to make Wire Loops with Glass Eyes on Wire; Taking 30 each day to create;  A Valentine Surprise for customers, and What is New at GlassEyesOnLine
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February 2016

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition  Feb. 12-14, 2016

We are so excited because we are heading to Charleston, SC for the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) being held on Friday through Sunday February 12-14, 2016.  Charleston is about a 45 minute drive up the coast from Beaufort and makes a wonderful day trip if you happen to be visiting the area.  We hope you can join us!

 We are looking forward to meeting Decoy Carvers and Wildlife Artists from around the world and finding out more about how they use our Glass Eyes in their creations.  The SEWE Schedule includes:
  • Dock Dog and Retriever Competitions
  • Chef's Preparing Food Demonstrations
  • Wildlife Lecture Series
  • Fly Fishing and Net Casting Demonstrations
  • Puppet Shows about the Environment  
  • Click Here For More Details
Jerry and I will also enjoy the world famous Restaurants and Charleston Horse and Carriage Tour for Valentines Day.  Check out  My Blog over the next month for details about our visit to Charleston for the SEWE.   
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How To Create Loops With Glass Eyes On Wire

Periodically we get e-mails from our customers like this...

"I have glass eyes on wire and would like to make wire loops for sewing the eyes in place in my teddy bears.  I've tried to bend the wire into a loop and keep breaking the wire at the base where it is embedded in the glass.  Do you have any suggestions for creating wire loops with my glass eyes on wire?" 

We created this step by step photo tutorial for making a Loop with your Glass Eyes On Wire.   Click on the Photo to View or Download the Power Point Slide File.   
Creating Loops With Glass Eyes On Wire  220 k,pptx
Glass Eyes With Wire Loops in many sizes, colors and styles are also available to purchase CLICK HERE
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Denizmum Etsy Shop

Amigurumi Snowy Owl Pattern By Denizmum

Emily's Snowy Owl

My daughter, Emily, crocheted this Owl with the Amigurumi Snowy Owl Pattern we found in Denizmum Etsy Shop.  According to Emily, the pattern is easy to follow and can be made in one sitting.  Emily made a larger owl than the original pattern and used 21mm Light Blue Iridescent Safety Eyes.  You'll find many wonderful crochet patterns at Denizmum's Etsy Shop in PDF format ready to be e-mailed directly to you as an attachment to download and print.    
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HodgePodge

People, Places, and Things

This Month:  I'm Taking 30 Every Day to Create Something

I'm very busy with the day to day operation of our business; but when I take 30 minutes at the end of the day to crochet; it helps me unwind from the days work and get in touch with that creative side of my brain.  I started working with two free spring crochet patterns that I found and posted on our Spring into Easter Bunnies, Rabbits, and Chicks Pinterest Board.

                             
The first pattern I crocheted was the Bunny Jar Cozy.  It was fairly easy because I worked in rows and was familiar with most of the stitches.  The pattern did call for "weaving in the ends" and "whip stitch".  I  needed a refresher and found two helpful videos. 
Weaving In Ends Video Tutorial
 Whip Stitch Video Tutorial
                             
I needed a bowl for the Bunny Cozy and decided to look in thrift stores.  I found just what I was looking for at CAPA's Closet; a local shop that sells donated goods with the proceeds benefiting Child Abuse Prevention Association in Beaufort County.  
This beautiful milk glass vase has a bubble pattern.  The bubbles created natural insets to house the stems of my safety eyes and noses.   The cozy pattern can also cover a basket or cardboard cylinder.  Any container will work as long as the measurements are similar to the size of the cozy.   I like to purchasing some items I need for a creative project from a local thrift or consignment shop to support recycling and small business and  community associations.  It's a double win for the environment and our community.
                              
I tested a few different types of eyes and noses before choosing the 17mm Pink Round Button Safety Eyes and a 18mm Black Flock Heart Safety Nose for the bunny face.  The Round Button Eyes and Flock Heart Noses are available in many sizes and colors in our shop. 
                               
Initially I thought I would fill my bunny with Easter candy; but it is such a versatile piece.  I can fill it with garden gloves, tools, and seeds for a gift for a gardening friend.
                               
 It can also be filled with yarn, crochet needles, stitch markers, and the free pattern for my crochet group or a donation for the spring church fundraiser.
                              
I can add a potted plant or some cut flowers for a family member that has been ill. I'm thrilled with the result.  The pattern is easy to follow and the finished piece is adorable.
                             
If you read my blog posts, you know that my first attempt at crocheting in the round yielded my fantastic frogs.  They are proof that somethings can look so awful and yet be endearing.  My frogs sit on a shelf near the entrance to the shop watching over us while we pull eyes for orders.  They remind me that with crochet as with all things in life; It takes practice.
                             
I used the Hatching Chick Easter Pattern by Amilovers for my second attempt with working in the round.  My crochet stitch markers and row counter that  I purchased from LadyDanio Etsy Shop came in handy for keeping me on track in the pattern.  I also did not know how to work the sc2tog stitch and found a video tutorial that  showed me how to work this stitch.
sc2tog crochet stitch Video Tutorial
                            
For the egg, I used some left over multicolor yarn instead of changing colors.  I changed things up a little by using 8mm Yellow Round Button Eyes (RBE-1) instead of the Black Eyes and an 11mm Orange Triangle Nose (TN-1) instead of crocheting the nose.   I'm going to work on a few more hatching Easter Chicks for gifts and change up the eye colors.
                              
If you have been busy and have not had time to get in touch with that creative side of your brain; I highly recommend it.  If you don't know where to start.  Go on Pinterest and start looking at pins of anything you like.  You'll find Woodworking, Painting, Paper Craft, Jewelry, Crochet, Knitting, Needle Felting, Sculpting, Writing, and More Pinterest boards to help you get those creative juices flowing. Try something simple to get started and don't worry if it does not turn out perfectly. 
Glass Eyes On Wire With Hard Burnt Colors For Carving, Sculpture, Garden Art

P. S.

I did not forget Valentines Day.  I have also been crocheting little hearts in the evening to include in a Heart Surprise for our customers!  

Place an Order on Valentines Day to receive your Heart Surprise.  
Our Thank You Gift to You from C
arolyn & Jerry  @GlassEyesOnLine.com 
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New & Featured Products
@GlassEyesOnLine

February 2016

Glass Eyes On Wire With Hard Burnt Colors For Carving, Sculpture, Garden Art

New Product
Glass Eyes On Wire with Fired On Color 

Designed to withstand glues and extreme weather conditions.  
Use in Decoy Carving, Sculpture, Garden and Outdoor Art and Crafts, 
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Glass Eyes On Wire With Hard Burnt Colors For Carving, Sculpture, Garden Art

Valentines Day

Give the Gift of Hearts

Heart Gift Assortment
for Multiple Crochet & Sewing Projects.  
Safety Noses, Buttons, Eyes 
Heart Shapes in Sizes 6mm to 29mm comes in Rectangular Carrying Case. 
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Glass Eyes On Wire With Hard Burnt Colors For Carving, Sculpture, Garden Art

Fish Lure Eyes

Get Ready For Fishing Season

Plastic Lure Eyes with Flat Glue On Backs Also used in Craft Projects
Available in Many Iridescent Colors and Sizes 2mm to 18mm
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