Friday, July 30, 2021

A wonderful Dollar Tree find

Not all Dollar Trees are created equal. Some have really good finds all the time, and others aren't quite up to the standards of their sister stores. But there's a Dollar Tree in Carrollton that never fails to have a great book section, and I was intrigued when I saw this book titled How to Make Jewelry Charms from Polymer Clay by Jessica Sharpe. Since my first mystery series is about a woman who makes jewelry, this new craft book made me wonder whether my heroine might dabble in making colorful bracelets like this for kids. (If a cozy mystery ever comes of this idea, you'll know exactly what inspired it.) I played with Fimo and other polymer clays back in the late eighties, I believe, and this book sure makes me want to play with them again. Do you see what I see on the lower left of the cover?

What I really love about this book is that the author gives very detailed step-by-step instructions on how to make the charms. 

And these adorable teapots? I don't see why the techniques couldn't apply to fondant if you wanted to make edible versions that could go on cupcakes! So consider this a heads-up to check your local Dollar Tree first, and if you can't find this book there, it's only $8 and some change on Amazon. And I must say that I'm quite smitten with the ideas in this fun book!


  1. It looks like you've found a really interesting and useful book! Those cute little teapots remind me of illustrations by Mary Engelbreit, whose work I like very much.

  2. Good find! I love those little teapots, and while I have never worked with clay or fondant, I think fondant teapots would be adorable. And yes, I can see clay bead bracelets popping up in a book somewhere, too.

  3. Great find. I recently visited a new Dollar Tree and was amazed at how nice it was. It’s my new favorite.


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