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First things first, this weeks decluttered items. I decided to go with the same theme for all items this week. Books. It's hard for me as I love keeping as many books as possible but things have to go or I'm going to end up like Mr Trebus.
 
 
Stephen King's Finders Keepers. I liked this book but it's not my favourite of his, so not one I felt the need to hang onto. Went to a charity shop.

 
The Faraway Tree collection. A remnant from my childhood, this went to someone I know who has grandchildren. I hope it gives them the same pleasure it gave me as a child

 
A Mind of it's own. Popular science book, but not one of my favourites. Charity shop.

 
The Loney. Bought this a few months ago in a supermarket with a tip. I liked it, but I don't think I would read it again. Charity shop.

 
We are all completely beside ourselves. Fascinating idea for a story. I think I gave this to the same charity shop I bought it from so it's a double donation.

 
Bad Medicine. I wanted to like this but it glosses over too many different subjects when I wanted it to be more in depth. Charity shop

 
Finally the Sherlock chronicles. I have to stop buying film/tv tie ins! I got this in Plymouth in March. Charity shop.
 
 
I have been doing craft stuff again (including making a card which I will share next week.) What I have done this week is make a jewellery set for a little girl for Christmas. I used some of the things I got from the last Beadhaul box (the ice cream charms I didn't like for myself)

 
The earrings were made with hook earrings, the ice cream charms, and some blue and yellow beads.

 
The necklace started with a piece of cord that I threaded word blocks spelling the girls name onto, and the ice cream charm was attached using a jump ring. It's important to use the right size jump ring so the charm doesn't move much from it's position.

 
I didn't want it to be a whole cord, and also wanted to repeat the yellow and blue beads on the earrings, so I used a jump ring to clamp each end of the cord, using other jump rings to attach the beads, which had been threaded through an eye pin. Finally I used a chain fragment and a necklace clasp to finish.

 
Here is the finished article. I think it work well for a young girl - not too childish but not too grown up either.
 
Happy crafting
Ems

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