The O'Neil Sisters

Jennifer and Kitty O'Neil are sisters and authors of the book Steampunk Chic: Vintage Flair From Recycled Finds. Their crafting, decorating, and flea market articles appear regularly in Woman’s World, Crafts 'n things, and Create and Decorate magazines. They also write for the websites of Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, Ladies' Home Journal, HGTV, Fine Living, Parents, and LifetimeTV.

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, they are the granddaughters of Chic Young, creator of the comic strip “Blondie and Dagwood.”

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We’re The Lesson Of The Week!

We’re so thrilled to have our lesson “How To Dye Easter Eggs” included in the Curious 52 Challenge! It’s the lesson of the week! If you haven’t heard of the Curious 52, it’s a new free lesson every week for a year. You can learn all kinds of things, and when you complete certain numbers of lessons you can win prizes!

We have been taking the challenge and have already done Pilates, tasted wine, made a Duct tape wallet, and baked a pie! All from Curious 52 lessons. Check it out!

Cheers,
Jennifer & Kitty

DIY Beaded Jewelry by The O'Neil Sisters
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Bracelets, necklaces, earrings... department store jewelry can quickly add up. Learn to make your own jewelry as an easy, creative, and inexpensive alternative. This jewelry-making course by DIY decorators and bloggers Jennifer and Kitty O’Neil teaches you to make stunning jewelry, step-by-step -- from chain length, to bead and clasp choices, and more. Each lesson covers the wire-work and beading skills needed to complete the project and includes links to recommended tools and materials.
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Jennifer and Kitty O'Neil are sisters and authors of the book Steampunk Chic: Vintage Flair From Recycled Finds. Their crafting, decorating, and flea market articles appear regularly in Woman’s World, Crafts 'n things, and Create and Decorate magazines. They also write for the websites of Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, Ladies' Home Journal, HGTV, Fine Living, Parents, and LifetimeTV.

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, they are the granddaughters of Chic Young, creator of the comic strip “Blondie and Dagwood.”

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Learn how to bead a necklace with this jewelry making tutorial. This lesson teaches you which tools you'll need, how to create your own necklace design, and how to successfully complete your beading project. Take what you've learned here to design your own handmade bracelet and necklace set!

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Fashion magazines can provide wonderful ideas for your wardrobe. But these fashions often cost more than you can spend. Learn how to make them for yourself, at home! You’ll save on cash, and each time someone compliments you on your good taste, you’ll have the personal satisfaction of knowing you designed and created your one-of-a-kind jewelry. In this lesson, get the hang of making wirework jewelry— familiarize yourself with the tools, materials, and learn how to design your own pieces.

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Ever see beautiful earrings and wish you could make them yourself? In this lesson, the O'Neil Sisters show you what tools and materials you need to make basic drop earrings. Then they teach you the fundamentals of wirework, including how to work with headpins, how to make a wrapped loop, and how to open and close earring wires. Once you master these skills, you can create your own beautiful beaded earrings in a flash! Great for gifts!

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Think jewelry making is hard? Think again! In this jewelry lesson, the O'Neil Sisters take the mystery out of wirework! Jennifer and Kitty teach you what tools you need to make your own handmade earrings. They show you how to use each tool properly, what headpins are for, and how to make simple loops. Once you learn to make these basic drop earrings, you can change out the beads, switch out the colors, and design your own. You'll be selling jewelry on Etsy soon!

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Stun your friends with a colorful beaded necklace you made yourself! In this lesson, the O'Neil Sisters will show you what tools and materials you'll need including what headpins and chain to use. You will learn how to make wrapped loops to attach the beads to the chain. And you will learn how to put a clasp on chain and give your necklace a professional finishing touch. Take what you've learned here to design your own dangling bead necklace!

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Learn how to make elegant crystal wrapped earrings with this fun jewelry lesson from the O'Neil Sisters. In this jewelry tutorial, Jennifer and Kitty will teach you what tools and materials you'll need, how to wrap the hoop earrings with beading wire and how to attach the crystal bicone beads. Once you learn how to make these fast and easy earrings, you can turn plain hoops into your own elegant earrings. They make great gifts too!

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Learn how to make a beaded lariat necklace you can wear so many ways! In this lesson, the O'Neil Sisters share what they love about lariats. Jennifer and Kitty teach you what tools you'll need and how to use them. You will learn how to make wrapped loops and how to attach the crystal beads to the ends of the chain. You'll also learn different ways to wear this easy necklace that doesn't need a clasp. Makes a great last minute gift!

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Ever wondered what a floating bead necklace is? In this DIY jewelry-making lesson, the O'Neil Sisters show you how to string beads on beading wire so that they appear to "float." You'll also learn how to finish the ends of the necklace and attach the clasp. It's so elegant, it can be worn for formal occasions - or you can dress it down by wearing the necklace with a tank top and jean jacket. It also makes a great gift for bridesmaids - you can match the beads to your wedding colors!

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Want to make an elegant necklace to wear on a special night out? In this lesson by the O'Neil Sisters, you will learn everything you need to know to make your own multi-strand crystal illusion necklace. You will learn how to arrange the beads and how to attach them to bead stringing wire using crimp tubes. You will also learn how to finish a multi-strand necklace and how to put on the clasp. Once you learn these basics, you can make a single strand necklace, change the colors, and make it yours!

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COURSE: How to Make Homemade Soap
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Learn how to make homemade soap! Homemade soaps are especially great for party favors or hostess gifts. In this lesson from The O’Neil Sisters, discover all the basics of soapmaking at home. You’ll learn how to select and prepare the soap, colorant, and scents, as well as how to package your finished products for cute party gifts.

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Your bathroom can have all the fun of a day at the beach once you learn how to make soap! The O'Neil Sisters teach you how to make seashell soaps with two colors swirled together. Get the recipe from their previous lesson, and then learn how to melt and combine colors and eliminate pesky air bubbles to make cute and creative homemade soaps. Wrap them up and they make darling hostess gifts or party favors!

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Create soothing scented guest soaps from scratch, right at home! Part of their series on how to make soap, the O'Neil Sisters show you how to make flower-shaped soaps with chamomile (or any herb) suspended within the soap. Learn how to mix, scent, color, and add the herbs, then pour your soap into a mold and cure it. Also get tips on attractive presentation to show off your hard work!

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Want a craft project that's beautiful, practical, sweet smelling, and fun? You'll love making these heart-shaped lavender and rosebud homemade soaps! The O'Neil Sisters teach you how to make soap, add color and scent, and embed rosebuds. This handmade soap can be a great party favor for a bridal shower, a Valentine's Day treat, or just a way to add a little elegance to your guest bathroom. The lesson includes a suggestion for a darling presentation when giving these soaps as gifts.

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Other Lessons by The O'Neil Sisters
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Looking for your next craft project? Follow along with Jennifer and Kitty as they teach you how to create a unique mosaic tray. You'll learn how to shop for mosaic tiles, prepare your tiling surface, and mix and pour your resin. The O'Neil Sisters will also teach you how to mosaic using curved lines, and how to mosaic on a flat surface without edges. Apply the techniques you learn here to create custom mosaic art!

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Interested in making over your old furniture? Give your chairs new life by reupholstering them with the O'Neil Sisters! Jennifer and Kitty will teach you how to refinish your chair with spray paint, how to choose the right upholstery fabric, and how to recover the cushion to give your outdated or vintage chair an updated look.

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From gathering tools and materials to devising a final script, planning a high-quality lesson is a challenge. If you’re having trouble, take some tips from crafting experts and producers of over a dozen Curious lessons, the O’Neil Sisters. Whether you are thinking about creating your own how-to videos or you’d like to improve the quality of an upcoming series, use these tips and tricks to create clear, structured, and attractive lessons.

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Resin jewelry is all the rage! And you can make your own resin ring with this lesson from the O’Neil Sisters. Jennifer and Kitty will show you everything you need, including what kind of resin, special tips for creating a collage, and how to pour and cure the resin. They even share their favorite sources for cool clip art to put inside. With their cheerful help, you can make your own one-of-a-kind ring in less than an hour, and that includes time for it to cure!

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What’s more fun than dyeing Easter eggs? In this playful lesson, Jennifer and Kitty show you how to make homemade Easter egg dyes using ingredients from the kitchen. You will also get a few special tips for getting bright colors and drying the eggs to an even finish. Finally, explore using crayon resist to decorate each egg in a one-of-a-kind way. Let’s dye some eggs!

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