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Jenny asks…

What should I do for my boyfriend on valentines day?

We arent that serious and I literally have little to no money. I was thinking of making a little hemp bracelet with his nickname in it or maybe like a little thing he can hang off his keys made outta hemp or a cake or decorate a pillow case for him that says be my valentine? but im not sure i really like any of these ideas. anything else fun creative cheap homemade i coul do?

LoveKnots answers:

Make a laminated bookmark: find pictures of the two of you – it can be a few small pics or just one, glue it to construction paper (you can make it two-sided), make sure you know how wide you want it to be before you start with the glue, then take it to Staples/Office Max, Office Depot or a store like that and get it laminated, then cut it. After hole-punch the top and put a ribbon or twine of some kind through the hole and tie it in a knot.

Make a ‘love jar’ and fill it with origami hearts, flowers and slips of paper with notes of appreciation written on them or ‘I love you’ written in different languages (on the back write which language it is).

Http://www.ehow.com/how_2061320_fold-origami-heart.html

http://www.bloom4ever.com/how-to-make-origami-rose.php

Say I love you in different languages

http://www.links2love.com/i_love_you_languages.htm

Fudge

2 Cups Sugar
2 1/2 Tablespoons dry Hershey’s Cocoa
2 Tablespoons of butter or margarine
1/3 coup white Karo Syrup (corn syrup)
1/2 cup condensed milk
1 cup walnuts (shelled and chopped)
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Combine all ingredients except nuts and vanilla. Stir together well. Bring to a vigorous boil and boil for 5 minutes.

Remove from flame. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Beat vigorously to make it creamy. Add walnuts and vanilla. Stir and pout out onto waxed paper lined square pan.

NOTE: Do not attempt to make cooked candies (this fudge recipe) when the weather is rainy, very cloudy or wet fog.

Quick Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

1 Medium Ripe Banana, peeled
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
¾ Cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
¼ Teaspoon Salt
1/3 Cup Olive or Vegetable Oil
2 Tablespoons Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Egg
¼ Cup Chopped Nuts
½ Cup Chocolate Chips (or what feels good)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray small rectangular or 9×9 square baking pan with non-stick spray.

Chop or mash banana. Combine with flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, oil, milk, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips to this mixture OR save them to add as topping, sprinkling on top of mixture after poured into the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Isabellas (Oatmeal Cookies)

1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups oats
Dash salt, optional
Powdered Sugar

Cream butter and sugar until light. Mix in vanilla, then flour, oats and salt. Chill thoroughly, about ½ hour in the refrigerator. Shape into small balls and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten with a fork, crisscrossing. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-18 minutes (depending on your oven). Sprinkle with Powdered Sugar

Mandy asks…

Why do some of the kids at school wear orange colored strings around their wrists?

Just curious as to what it means.

LoveKnots answers:

The string is red, and wearing it is supporting a new religion called Kabbalah. The bracelet is supposed to protect you from the influences of the Evil Eye. The Evil Eye refers to when people give you dirty looks – Weakening your positive energy so you don’t reach your full potential. The bracelet is cut from a piece of string that was wrapped around an Israelic Matriarch’s tomb, and worn on the left wrist. Someone you love is supposed to tie it (seven knots) around your wrist for you, while you promise to refrain from thinking negative thoughts or saying negative things out loud. The person who ties it around your wrist then has to read a prayer out loud called the Ben Porat Prayer, “ben porat Yosef ben porat alei ayin hamalach hagoel oti mikol ra yivarech et han’arim vyikare bahem shmi vshem avotai Avraham vYitzchak v’yidgu larov b’kerev ha’aretz”

By the way, the chances of it being Aspergia is VERY slim, it’s much too complicated for a kid in school to understand why they’re wearing it.

Linda asks…

When beading with Stretch Magic thread, how do you securely tie it off so it won’t break?

I have just started beading using Stretch Magic and I love it! The only problem I’m having is that the knots that I do (several) at the end of my “project” (necklace, bracelet, etc.) is that the tie offs I’ve been making are not staying. Is there a trick to this? Should I add a small dab of Welder’s Glue to be sure the knot does not come undone?

LoveKnots answers:

Q: Is there a way to tie off a bracelet using ‘Stretch Magic’ so that the knots are bumpy, and so that they stay secure?

A: If the knot was too big to fit inside a bead hole (after gluing), I’d use a crimp instead of tying. Now, I’m using 0.7mm ‘Opelon’ elastic. It’s a little more expensive than ‘Stretch Magic’, but I’m getting much better results with it. It makes a nice, tight little knot that doesn’t slip apart the way ‘Stretch Magic’ does. Hi, I abs olutely love the ‘Opelon’! Yes it is more expensive than the ‘Stretch Magic’, but the results are better & certainly worth the extra expense. 100 year old Victorian 2-hole ambers are a tricky deal. It is the best of the elastic threads. FYI: I found that ‘Soft-Flex’ was great & ‘Soft-Touch’ was even better, as it was even more like a fiber threading {silk] material. The question is: ARE BEAD ARTISTS WILLING TO PAY A LITTLE MORE? Sorry for getting a bit off balance, but when I hear that my vendors are considering not buying the premium-grade materials, because people are going for the less expensive spread, I have to kind of wonder….. Butter or margarine? You decide. If I have very expensive beads I’m working with, I want butter. If it puts a stress on the materials , I’m losing out because the materials are rare & irreplaceable. ‘Victorian Jet’ , or ‘Amber’ will shatter on the wrong stuff. Believe me , I have suffered the losses. You make the call. I’m just happy that some of my really good stuff is strung on [expensive] reliable material. If you don’t agree, you don’t remember that monofilament was a choice & ‘Tiger Tail’ was a revolution! The new threads are awesome & we should go for the gold! Been there, done that. Helene, a.k.a. Beadfairy. I got some cheap, clear elastic (not sure of brand name) at ‘Michaels’. I have been wearing “power bead” bracelets made from it & 4mm stone beads for 3 months, almost daily. Knot used: surgeons’ knot, which is tucked into a larger-holed ceramic bead. No glue used. Beads slide a bit, and the knot has to be re-positioned/returned to the ceramic bead occasionally. I wish I could change my message to that. Get this, I spent 2 hours and 3 minutes on the phone with ‘AOL Tech Support’ because I can’t find where to change my signature line. I know it’s there somewhere, but I can’t find it….and neither can they! They said that because I’m using ‘AOL 3.0′, and they have “changed things on their systems” that the only way they’ll know what to do it is to have me uninstall and reinstall ‘AOL’, and I can’t do it because my computer might crash! According to ‘AOL’, my signature line (that they helped me set up when I first installed ‘AOL’!) can NOT be changed now! So…..if ANYONE out there uses ‘AOL 3.0′ and can tell me how to change it (going to ‘mail center’, ‘mail controls’, ‘preferences’, ‘help’ menu, etc. Doesn’t work!) PLEASE let me know!! The technicians know ‘AOL 4.0′ and ‘AOL 5.0′, and neither of them are anything like 3.0, so they can’t help. I need someone with 3.0, or the ideas can’t work.

Ken asks…

How do you make a wrap bracelet like this one?

http://ny-image3.etsy.com/il_430xN.20334207.jpg

I love this bracelet, but I wanted to know if anyone could explain to me or if there are any tutorials that show how to this – thanks!

LoveKnots answers:

That looks like leather cording, embroidery floss or silk floss, and semi-precious beads to me.

Take two lengths of leather cord, several same-sized beads, your floss of choice, a crimp for each end, and a clasp (or both if they’re together) and a beading needle. Crimp two of the ends of the leather with your crimp or one half of your closure/crimp combo. Do the same on the other end either now or when you’re done beading, but if you do it now you may have better control, just be sure to leave a bit of slack so you have room for your beads!

Tie one end of the string on the bottom by the crimped edge, leave a bit of tail so you can hide it in the first bead. Put the first bead on over that tail, then wrap the floss around the leather and back through the bead. Wrap around the other side and back to the middle. Put on another bead and repeat until you like it!

Use the pic as an example.

When you get to the end, finish off by tying a secure knot (a little superglue on the knots will keep them from fraying later) and hiding the ends back in a bead.

Have fun!

Lizzie asks…

How do you make a wish bracelet?

I was wonder how you made the wish bracelets i think there really cool and i would like to learn how to make them and what the colors mean

LoveKnots answers:

Things You’ll Need:
18″ length of Hemp Twine
60″ length of Hemp Twine
7 Beads with at least a 2mm hole in them (choose colors in Step 1)
Clipboard
Scissors

Step1
Beads
Choose your beads! Choose 7 for your bracelet–they can all be the same color or use different colors. Choose the color(s) in accordance with your wish. For example, if I were looking for romantic love, I would choose 4 pink beads (love) and 3 red beads (passion).

Wish Colors for Beads:

Red: sex, action, passion, lust, energy, confidence, courage, vitality
Pink: love, beauty, acceptance, protection, self-worth, calm
Brown: earth, order, convention, wholesomeness, orderliness
Orange: vitality, endurance, healing, power, self-esteem, creativity
Gold: wealth, prosperity, wisdom, optimism, health, success
Yellow: wisdom, joy, happiness, intellectual energy, concentration
Green: life, nature, fertility, healing, well being, money, growth
Blue: youth, spirituality, truth, peace, communication
Purple: royalty, magic, mystery, fantasy, imagination, psychic power
Indigo: intuition, meditation, deep contemplation
White: purification, cleanliness, spirituality, revelation
Black: earth, stability, death, concealment, self-control
Gray: sorrow, security, maturity, compliance, isolation, detachment
Step2
Overhand Knot
Make the Overhand Knot.

Take both pieces of cord and fold them in half.
Place the centers of the hemp together.
Take the top of the folded cords and tie a simple Overhand Knot, leaving a loop at the end of the string.
Step3
Anchor Your Bracelet
Anchor your bracelet.

Place the loop of Hemp in the clip of your clipboard, leaving the knot in view.

You should have four threads of the twine in front of you, two short strands and two longer ones. The short ones are kept between the two longer ones (they are not used to tie knots).
Step4
Half Knot
Make a Half (Square) Knot.

Take up the left hand side longer thread.
Pass it under the two shorter threads and then over the long thread on the right side.
Form a small loop on the left side.
Pick up the right side thread keeping it under the thread from the left side.
Bring it over the shorter threads in the middle and push it through the loop on the left.
PULL YOUR KNOT TIGHT!
Step5
Square Knot
Reverse Step 4 to complete the Square Knot.

Take the long thread on the right side of the clipboard.
Pass it under the two shorter threads in the middle.
Pass it over the left side thread.
Take the left side thread and pass it over the shorter threads in the middle and push it through the loop on the right.
PULL YOUR KNOT TIGHT!
Step6
Square Knot
Make a chain of 15 Square Knots.

You have already made 1 Square Knot, you will need to make 14 more.
(see steps 4 & 5)
PULL EACH KNOT TIGHT!
Step7
Beads
Add your beads.

Now we are going to add the first bead.
Take up the ends of the two smaller threads and slide the bead until it reaches the last knot.
Try to get it as close to the last knot as possible.
Go around the bead with the outside threads.
Tie a square knot.
Make a Half Knot.
Step8
Square Knot
Repeat step 7 until you have all 7 beads on the bracelet.
Step9
Half Knot
After you make your last Half Knot, make 15 Square Knots.
Step10
Wish Bracelet
Tie all the strands into an Overhand Knot, but do not leave the loop this time.
Slip the strands through loop on other end to secure bracelet around wrist. Trim to desired length.
Step11
Wish Granted!
To Use:

Hold the bracelet in your hand while concentrating on your wish.
Have someone tie the bracelet onto your wrist.
When the bracelet falls off, your wish is granted.

Michael asks…

Friendship bracelets with WORDs on them?

alright so i pretty much am addicted to Christofer Drew Ingle (nevershoutnever!!) and i decided that i was going to make him a friendship bracelet since he wears them a lot. he really likes sharks so i was going to make is say SHARKS! and have a little shark mouth on it maybe? but i dont know how. help me please?? :)

like the knot bracelets made with embroidery floss!

LoveKnots answers:

Http://braceletbook.com/ – try this one. You can find also some tutorials on how to make those bracelets, how to read the patterns, how to make all the knots, and things like that … You can add your patterns, even from images, or font files. You just select the image file or a font file from some site like dafont.com, and it creates an alpha pattern for you. All you have to do is to finish it by editing some knots and so. I REALLY LOVE THE SITE ! :)

George asks…

Ideas for homemade Christmas present for my girlfriend?

My girlfriend and I decided not to buy presents this year but to simply make each other a homemade gift instead. I’m not very creative so does anybody have any ideas? Thanks!

LoveKnots answers:

- You could make a scrapbook of all the things that remind you of her or stick in movie tickets from your first date and fill the book with photos of the two of you
- you could make some cookies or other sweet things and wrap them up with pretty wrapping paper
- another take on the cooking idea, make gingerbread and buy cookie cutter shapes like hearts, boys and girls etc, or make a set of cupcakes and put icing on each one, a letter each to spell out ‘I love you’
- Buy some pretty beads and some string and make her a bracelet – it doesn’t matter if you aren’t creative, just buy beads in colors she wears (look on her facebook if you can’t remember) then string them together and tie a knot
- buy a wooden or cardboard frame from your local craft shop and cover it in glitter, then put a photo of the two of you inside
- make coupons, such as ‘one free kiss’ ‘one free trip to the movies’ ‘one free cuddle’ ‘one free bunch of flowers’
- instead of buying her flowers at Christmas, see if any of your friends or family have flowers in their garden and make your own homemade bunch
- compile a cd, or buy her favorite songs off itunes and put them onto a cd for her. If you aren’t sure of her fav songs, just ask her friends :)

I hope these ideas helped you, I think handmade gifts are the best – I am sure that whatever you make her, as long as it comes from the heart, she will love it!

Lisa asks…

what type of clothes should i wear to look cute in front of girls?

im 13 years old, i dont know what will look nice on me i like chinos, not skinny jeans, i also like toms which are like vans, i like printed t shirts, is there any accessories that i could add any styles that you could show me.

LoveKnots answers:

Chinos look really cute if you roll up the bottoms and wear boat shoes (sperrys-those are expensive but there are fake sperrys for cheap everywhere!)

Also, get a few plaid button ups to wear open with your printed shirts.

As for accessories? There aren’t much. Definitely wear a watch, girls love that even if they don’t realize it yet. Knot bracelets are good for guys. Try to stay away from bandanas and belts that don’t actually go in belt loops. Make sure if you are wearing graphic Ts, they aren’t baggy. That just looks sloppy.

Two good catalogs to sign up for:
urbanoutfitters.com
jcrew.com

Their catalogs have really good outfits put together for guys. Although most of their catalog is geared towards girls, you can still get a lot of ideas from the few guy examples.

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