The blind Post classified news June 12 edition 2021



The Blind Post classified news
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June 12, 2021
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Contents for this month’s issue:

From the editor, by Lori Motis.

New and used.

Wanted, to trade, or to give away.

Announcements.

Services and training.

Business and employment opportunities.



This month’s articles:

Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady:

Uplift, inspirational: MY DADDY AND DAGWOOD By Ruth.

Driving Miss Donna: “Lynnie Tours” by Lynn Anderson.

Living with low vision:? Conventions by Donna Williams.

Yarn, hook and needle crafts: Larks Head Knot 2 keychain patterns by Greg Capps.


From the editor:

Hello readers,
I hope all of you are doing well and enjoying this time of year. The hot weather is coming soon if it is not in your area already. I personally do not like it to get above 80 degrees. Thankfully, we have air conditioning. We usually have the hotter days for about three months. At least in the high desert, of which the Boise area is considered, it cools down quite a bit most nights. I hope and pray that this year’s fire season is not unbelievably bad. Smoke filled air is not pleasant at all and it can be so scary for many.

I hope all the dads have a wonderful Father’s Day. Also, there are many young people graduating from various schools. Lots of celebrating especially since most places have lowered mask and social restrictions. It sure is nice to go out and not have to wear a mask.

This month we have some great articles. Joshua has been busy working with his new guide dog, and many other adventures. He will fill us in in August with all the latest news.

I want to remind everyone that I am taking July off. Summertime break for many along with the conventions being held too.

I hope to be able to start bringing the news earlier in the month starting in August. I will email everyone in late July to let you know when that will be.

Have a great summer!

God bless you all!

Lori AKA Food Lady

Lori Motis
Publisher & editor of the Blind Post classified news.
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Wanted, to trade or give away:


This is a great place to post items you want to give away, or maybe you are looking for a particular item.
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Announcements:


The Burkeville lodge for the blind in Burkeville, Virginia is now open.
We are a 501 c 3 organization and get no government help. We are a low cost retreat for blind, visually impaired and their friends and families. We have in ground swimming pool and fishing/boating pond. For reservations, call 434 767 4080 or for more info, call Richard at 757 468 0277 or email thereb1948@gmail.com.
Come and have fun… several pianos and books to read and conversation.


Spoken Word Ministries offers a Christian resource library to blind and visually impaired people.
The library contains both books, Bible commentaries and teachings.
To apply visit https://brailleaudio.org/
and complete the registration form. We also ask you to complete our brief survey at https://brailleaudio.org/survey. Thanks and blessings.



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Eyes on success shows and podcasts:
2122 Life and Career of Larry Skutchan (May 26, 2021)
Show Notes
Larry Skutchan has been a key contributor and driver behind many of the access technologies that are familiar names to us these days. This includes the Studio Recorder audio editing program, the Bookport Reader, the Mantis braille display, and much more. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Larry about his life and career now that he is newly retired.

2123 The Great Outdoors (Jun. 2, 2021)
Show Notes
Lawrence Gunther is host of the podcast “Outdoors with Lawrence Gunther”. The podcast is a mix of interesting facts about our environment and outdoor activities and includes interviews with blind people who enjoy the outdoors. Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Lawrence, who is blind himself, about the podcast

2124 White Cane and Guide Dog Mobility Differences (Jun. 9, 2021)
Show Notes
Is a guide dog for you or would you prefer to navigate using a white cane? What are the trade-offs? If I decide to get a dog, what is the process? Hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Jake Koch, Community Outreach Specialist at Guide Dogs for the Blind about the answers to these questions and the services offered by Guide Dogs for the Blind.

To listen to other episodes from our searchable archive of over 500 episodes go to: www.EyesOnSuccess.net

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Do you have a service pertaining to the blind community, or do you offer training such as computer training or guitar lessons?
50 words or less post at no cost. Longer notices can also be placed with costs dependent on the word count. Email me for prices and guidelines. foodlady@theblindpost.com.
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Tips and tidbits from the Food Lady
Summer treats


I recently made a refreshing drink in my blender.
Submitted by Sanford


The recipe is my own. I used strawberries, blueberries, passion juice, a lime I squeezed, and a tablespoon of sour cream.
I also made the drink with a banana in the blender. It was much sweeter for those who have a sweet tooth.



Ice Cream in a zip-lock bag!
Submitted by Sharon Hooley



This is something I learned to make at a deafblind retreat some years back. Today I did a search, and the results I found vary in measurements ingredients. Among these recipes, I picked the one from food.com, and I'll share a bit from some of what I gleaned from the others:


You will need:

two freezer zip-lock bags, one gallon and one quart, This makes one serving.

Your winter gloves

1/2 cup milk

1 tablespoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

8 tablespoons rock salt

ice cubes


Directions:

1: put all the milk mix into the quart bag, and seal it completely.

2: fill the gallon bag with the rock salt and ice cubes, leaving room for the small bag of the other ingredients to move around freely.

3: Place the quart into the gallon and seal it completely.

4: Using your gloves for protection, start kneading or rocking to keep the ice cream moving. Do this for about 10 minutes, then pour your serving into a bowl or cone, and enjoy!


Variations:

Some other recipes call for different measurements, half-&-half, heavy cream, and far less the amount of rock salt. when your ice cream is finished, you can mix or top your favorite goodies such as nuts, fruit, jam, cookie dough, etc.




Banana Blueberry Orange Smoothie
Submitted By: Vitamix


Kids love the delightful purplish color of this refreshing snack! Just add ice to turn it into a delicious sorbet.


Yield: 1½ cup
Total Time: 6 Minutes


Ingredients

• ¾ cup water
• 1 orange, peeled, halved
• 1 frozen banana, peeled, halved
• ½ cup frozen blueberries

Directions

1.Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
2.Select Variable 1.
3.Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
4.Blend for 1 minute or until desired consistency is reached.



Enjoy!
Food Lady



Uplift, inspirational stories.
MY DADDY AND DAGWOOD

Summary: A short article for the Daddy’s on Father’s Day. We want you to know that you are very valuable and even though we may not tell you often. We love you!
HAVE A WONDERFUL FATHER’S DAY!


My Daddy was of great interest. He ruled a tight ship, and we all knew when not to step in his way. Laying all of that aside, there was another softer side which was guaranteed to appear every Sunday morning, early, and we were allowed to find him, and go to him for the Sunday Morning Ritual. Here’s a flash look:

We waited, my brothers and I, for the morning Sunday Newspaper; it was a large paper with the comic section on top. We would drag the whole paper into the bedroom, pajamas and all, and wait. My Dad would open one eye, and make a Gesture, saying. “Is that the Sunday Paper? Is Dagwood on the front page?” Gladly we would answer, “Yes, Daddy.” He would then make room in the bed for a crowd, and we anxiously awaited the reading of Blondie or Dagwood. Dad would describe what Dagwood was wearing, his lunch bucket, his crooked clothes, even to the losing of his shoe, one time. My Dad named everything in the large sandwich and we all laughed about how he could carry such a burdensome sandwich to work. It did not seem that his sandwich was ever a slice of anything; but it contained a whole fish, a lettuce, a tomato. That’s what made the Ritual. The sandwich was always a mystery, and Dagwood was always happy about it. (That’s what I remember.) We watched the little square comic windows, never desiring that the time would end; but, of course it would too quickly end, and we had to get ready for Church. We wished and longed for Sunday Morning never to end, and we would occasionally talk about Dagwood, and what we had been privileged to learn about Dagwood’s interesting sandwich.



All Things have their ending, and the ritual too soon ended when Dad opened his own auto repair. He was hardly ever in his place on Sunday, anymore. One Sunday, my younger brother and I, feeling left behind saw our older brother standing at his dresser, reading the comic section of the paper, and laughing. We asked him if he would read Dagwood to us, and he easily consented. We gathered around in his room, sitting on the floor, and waiting for the reading of Dagwood. My brother read each little block, was laughing, and looking to us, my younger brother and me to join in the frivolity. We couldn’t. We began to ask. “What is in the sandwich? What is he wearing? What did Blondie do?” My Older brother looked, real disgusted at the two of us, and spoke. “They don’t tell you what is in Dagwood’s sandwich.” My little brother chimed. “When you read Dagwood, it is not funny because you don’t know how to read about his sandwich.” I didn’t make the destroyed ritual affair any better, by putting in my two cents. “You skipped all the good parts. Are you sure you are reading Dagwood?” At that point, my Older Brother, kindly invited us out of his room; I am surprised that he didn’t throw the paper out behind us; but he was still reading and enjoying it.



By now, you probably know that my Daddy was telling us the story of Dagwood, not by the words which were there; but by the imagination or the spirit, which is and was far better and more interesting.



We loved Dagwood; but only if my Daddy would read it. I can’t imagine how many thousands/millions had never heard the spirit, only read the words in the little window, of Dagwood and therefore never really known what Dagwood actually contained. Happy Father’s Day!


IN CHRIST I REMAIN …
True



Driving Miss Donna
“Lynnie Tours”
(Episode 17)

by: Lynn Anderson



I like to organize trips, always have. We’re talking trips to the movies, day trips to far away locations like Pismo Beach or Santa Rosa; trips to a new restaurant in San Jose or Salinas, maybe even Watsonville. Just fun places to go and check out. For some reason or other, I also like to bring along a bunch of people with me to enjoy these fun trips. Why I like to do that is beyond me, but it seems that I can never just take a trip by myself. I seem to need a car full of people to go with me.



These trips start with the best of intentions. I check out times, locations, directions using Google Earth, or some other form of GPS. I check out the parking situation, since Donna is mobility limited, or even if there is any parking available at all. Street parking does not work for me, since I don’t parallel park. Period. No parallel parking. If it isn’t pull-in, I don’t park. During her driving days, Donna was the best parallel parker in the state. If the spot looked big enough to hold a Mazda Miata to me, Donna would be able to park her gigantic Chevrolet without any trouble. Plus, she never had to adjust the car by pulling in and out a million times like I always did. Once I survived driver’s training and parallel parked successfully one time to pass the course, I never parallel parked again! Truly. It’s pull-in or nothing for me!



My family coined a term for my organized trips; Lynnie Tours. You’re probably wondering why they would even come up with such a name for my heartfelt, carefully planned “events” designed to delight and please my family? Why? Because without fail, each of my trips always ends up in near disaster. Yep, hard to believe!



An example: I organized a trip to take my parents and Donna to San Jose to see the newly released movie “Titanic” at the Century 21 movie theater. The beauty of this theater was that it boasted a near wrap-around screen and stadium seating before it was even called stadium seating, and the greatest sound system of its time. It was the perfect place to see the movie! OK, so I’m dating myself a bit. I loaded everyone into my car, drove over to San Jose, turned off the freeway on Hamilton Avenue, and witnessed a large tree limb flying past my windshield! What?? Why would a large tree limb be flying past my windshield? Then another one bumped my car and flew into a parked car! I realized that it did seem pretty windy and that there was a huge dust cloud enveloping my car as well, but I decided that the best solution to the problem was to drive even faster and swerve dramatically around the flying debris that kept knocking into us. YIKES! I turned onto Winchester Blvd. as quickly as I could, my heart pounding out of my chest, and finally managed to make my way to the theater! I parked, barely able to stand for a minute because my legs were shaking so badly, and turned to look at Donna and my parents. They were smiling and laughing! They were excited! What’s wrong with them, I thought? We could’ve all died!!! My mom found out later that there had been a freak tornado in that area of San Jose! Not a tornado like they have in the Midwest, but for our neck of the woods, it was a tornado! Well, more like a giant, windy dust cloud actually, but to me it was an F-5 or greater at the very least!



This example is pretty typical for a Lynnie Tour.



Another example: I was driving Donna and another friend to an Elvis Presley concert in San Francisco. Yep. Well, Elvis had long since passed, but some of the original members of his band were in a touring show, “Elvis the Concert”, and it featured a gigantic screen playing Elvis in concert, with his actual band members playing the instruments and singing along with the video of Elvis performing! It was a pretty amazing concept, and I wasn’t entirely sure it would work, but it was spectacular! Donna is a huge Elvis fan, and has visited Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee many times. For some reason that made sense to me at the time, I decided that it would be fun to drive us all to Vacaville for our favorite hamburger at Nation’s Giant Hamburgers. As an aside, there is a Nation’s in San Francisco, but the one in Vacaville is our favorite. I checked out the map, and it didn’t seem that far in mileage. Remember maps? This is pre-GPS! Once again, we loaded into my car, made the long drive to Vacaville and really enjoyed our burgers, fries and milkshakes! YUM!



OK, all is well. Well, maybe not all. The concert was on a Friday night, and attempting to drive back into San Francisco on a Friday night was perhaps one of my more terrible ideas. Perhaps. The traffic was horrible; a giant, tangled mess. On top of all that, it appeared that I had gotten us lost. Really lost. I was constantly getting stuck behind other cars who were stuck; my map had failed me and the passengers in the car with me were getting worried that we were going to miss the concert. “Are we lost?” Donna finally asked. “No, um, not lost at all. I know exactly where we are!” I answered with very little confidence. “Should we pull over and ask for help?” Donna suggested. “Why on earth would you want to do that?” I asked, really getting nervous now. “Maybe because we’re lost?” Donna added. I was beginning to wonder if I shouldn’t take her advice, when at that moment, a very nice Mercedes pulled up beside my car. The driver rolled down the car window, looked at me, smiled and simply said, “take a left turn at the next light. The theater is two blocks down on the right side.” Then he was gone. I thought, well, why not? I made a left turn at the next light, and two blocks down on the right side, there was the theater! We all whooped for joy, parked the car and just made it to the concert in time! It was great! Again, this is typical for a Lynnie Tour.



Have I learned my lesson; you may be asking? Has common sense finally won the day? A current example: My youngest brother’s birthday was Saturday, May 29th. We have a tradition of going out to dinner on our birthdays, so I asked him where he would like to go. A simple request I thought. He wanted to go out to Firefish Restaurant on the Santa Cruz Wharf! On Memorial Day weekend, I thought, has he gone mad? There are going to be thousands of people out at the wharf and the beach boardwalk, especially with the shelter-in-place regulations being relaxed! I started making plans to drive us out there, try to figure out parking, hope there would be parking, hope that we’d be able to even get inside the restaurant to eat and hope that we would be able to make our way through all the traffic! Plus, trying to make sure that Donna was safe using her walker. YIKES! I was getting very overwrought, and talking about this constantly to Donna, who was also getting pretty crazy from all of the talk. I guess that Donna wasn’t in the mood for another Lynnie Tour, though, because on her own, she called the Para Cruz, arranged for a ride for all of us to the wharf and back (apparently you can pay to have guests on the Para Cruz), setting the drop-off and pick-up times and locations! What a great idea, I thought, though I was worried about how my brother would view riding in the Para Cruz.



The day came, my brother showed up as per schedule, the Para Cruz driver picked us up as per schedule, drove us quickly out to the wharf as per schedule and then sat in traffic that was backed-up for close to a mile, which is what I had expected. But me? I was calm and relaxed, because I wasn’t the person having to negotiate the jam-packed roads! Woo hoo! What a great idea Donna had! However, the spirit of Lynnie Tours took over after that relaxed ride. The poor driver couldn’t drop us off near the entrance to the restaurant, as all of the restaurants on the wharf have turned most all of the close-up parking into an outdoor dining patio for those customers who don’t feel comfortable eating indoors. As you know, Donna isn’t able to walk very far due to mobility issues. But in the spirit of a true Lynnie Tour trouper, she soldiered on and we finally made it to the restaurant! We were grateful to be seated inside the restaurant, and had a great dinner! However, after dinner, we realized that our pick-up point was at the far end of the wharf, which was probably close to ½ mile away! Again, Donna tried to make the walk, but since the wharf was so crowded, she finally had to give up and take a seat on her walker. “I can’t do this,” she said, “it is just too crowded!” My brother had disappeared with the crowd and was checking out the many stores, and I too was feeling that this just wasn’t going to work! Donna had the great idea to call the Para Cruz dispatcher and explain our situation. The dispatcher was actually thrilled, because the driver was having trouble finding us on the packed wharf! So, the pick-up was reset, and we finally located my brother, who helped us to find our Para Cruz driver! Once we were seated on-board our very comfortable Para Cruz bus, I took a deep breath and just relaxed! Another Lynnie Tour successfully completed!



My definition of a successful Lynnie Tour? If you come back alive, with most of your body parts intact, it is a definite success!! Fourth of July is coming up quickly, anyone want to go for a drive?



Living with low vision
Conventions

By Donna Williams



Summer is almost here and with it come the ACB and NFB conventions. I’ve had the experience of attending both in person and thought it might be cool to share some fun stories.



It was the same every year. A friend of mine would try to get me to attend an ACB national convention and I would always decline. The truth is I was afraid to fly. Then came Greensboro NC in 1995. I wanted to go but was worried about finances. I was saving up to move out on my own and thought that was more important. However the lure of the train captured my heart and at the very last minute I couldn’t resist. The day we left was very hot and humid. The train trip took over 12 hours due to severe thunderstorms. At one point we had to wait for several hours for trees to be moved off the tracks. When we got there it was pouring rain and I was starting to ask myself “What else will go wrong?” Well if you must know I couldn’t sleep that night. I tossed and turned and the next morning I wanted to stay in bed a little longer. Exploring is fun though so off my friend and I went. I can’t remember specifics about what I did each day however I do remember the night of the Friends in Art showcase. My friend and I were standing in line and somehow the subject of where we live came up. A gentleman behind me tapped on my shoulder and asked again where I was from. When I told him he mentioned that he didn’t live too far away from me. I invited his group to sit with us during the performances. The others declined but john came along. At the end of the show he and I went to the bar for a drink. When I said I only wanted a soda I thought I’d get laughed at but surprisingly that didn’t happen. John did have an alcoholic beverage and by the time we left to catch the shuttle I know he had to be feeling pretty good. Now remember I only had soda however I was the one who got us lost and kept thinking a mirror was a door. It wasn’t until I almost pulled it off the wall that I realized my mistake. We spent so much time walking around the lobby that we missed the last shuttle to the overflow hotel. Luckily the driver was still there. He recognized us as earlier passengers and gave us a ride back to the other hotel. When we arrived we said good night and went to our separate rooms. I was so tired I forgot to tell my friend that we’d been invited to breakfast the next day. When the phone rang bright and early we both jumped up. My friend answered and informed me “some man” is on the phone for you. Breakfast was fun and john and I agreed to keep in touch. A couple days later he called my room. He wanted to know if I’d sit with the Delaware affiliate during the banquet. Not knowing too much about the way the banquet was conducted I was concerned that it might be inappropriate for me to sit with another state. I also worried that the President of that state might not like it. I was assured that he’d approved my presence at Delaware’s table. The night of the banquet arrived and as we were waiting to go in one of John’s friend referred to him as “MR. President.” That night I had stars in my eyes. Imagine little me catching the attention of an affiliate president? After convention john and I visited one another and kept in touch. We remained close friends until his death in 1998. During our friendship we always joked about having to go down south in order to meet someone who lives right in our own back yard.



I mentioned earlier that I attended an NFB convention. Again I wasn’t going to go. I had read publications from both organizations and felt as though I fit into ACB better. A friend of mine was an NFB member though and she was excited about the possibility of the group coming to Philadelphia. She really wanted to attend their convention but was afraid that her Dad would put restrictions on how late she could be out. She was still living in his house and she knew he wouldn’t want her to be traveling on public transportation after dark. Well, it’s a good thing she came to stay with me because one night we missed the last train back to the burbs. Both of us found people we wanted to spend time with and as it happened we went to different sessions. When the meetings were over I couldn’t find my friend anywhere. Her mobility isn’t as good as mine so I knew I had to make sure she got back to my place the same time as me. I kept searching. I called her cell phone and left voicemail messages. I went to the room she should have been in and finally 10 minutes before our last train was due to leave she showed up. Since my friend was so afraid of falling I knew we couldn’t run. We did our best but I watched in horror as the back of the train disappeared into the tunnel. As I spoke with transit workers I learned our options were limited. Most were not as safe as taking that train we just missed. I was beginning to think we would be sleeping in the train station when lo and behold we had an answer to prayer. A counselor from the state agency for the blind came over to say hello. When she learned what happened she offered us a ride home. It meant we had to take a different route then we wanted to but it would be safer. This is what we opted to do. We ended up getting back to my place around 1:30 AM.



Now that I’ve started reminiscing I could go on and on but I notice this article is getting a bit lengthy so I will save highlights of additional years for the future. In the meantime I hope you enjoy reading about my in person convention experiences.



If you enjoy my articles I’d love to hear from you. Send email to:
livingwithlowvision@gmail.com.



Yarn Hook and Needle
Crafts

By Greg Capps

ncbootman@gmail.com


I apologize for not getting an article in May. I am back with you and hope to not have any more missed months. This month, I'm bringing you a different craft for June. I hope you'll let me know if you like different things or prefer the traditional knitting and crochet. Afterall, this column is for you the reader.

First, I'll give you directions for a knot used in both our projects. It is called the Larks Head Knot. It is used in a lot of different crafts.

The Larks Head Knot is one of the most frequently used decorative knots in Macrame. Another name for this knot is the Cow Hitch. Since this knot is a "hitch", it is used frequently in the mounting process. That's when you attach one cord to another, or onto a ring, dowel or purse handle.

1. Fold your cord in half.

2. Place the folded cord in front of your key ring with the loop just above the bottom of the ring.

3. Take the two cords hanging down in front of the ring, and bring them both behind the ring, through the ring, and down in front of the ring and through the loop which is the middle of your cord. You now have two cords wrapped around the ring and a flat cross bar in front of them.

4. Pull the two hanging down cords tight so your Larks Head Knot is snug against the ring. The cord on the left is referred to as the left cord and the one on the right is of course the right cord.



Butterfly Key Chain

Materials

1 key ring

48 inches of braided cord

8 black pony beads

20 metallic blue pony beads

20 metallic purple pony beads

Scissors

Craft Glue



1. Gather your supplies.

2. Cut Braiding Cord to 48 inches. Stiffen both ends by rolling it between your fingers with a dab of craft glue. Allow glue to dry. This will help when threading the beads.

3. Create a Lark's Head knot on the key ring. To create Row 1, thread 1 black Pony Bead onto the left cord.

4. Take your right cord and lace back through the bead from the other end.

5. Pull cords tight to form the first row of the Butterfly’s body.

6. To create Row 2, thread 2 black beads onto the left cord. Repeat 4 and 5 to complete the row.

7. To create one wing, thread 5 metallic blue beads onto the left cord.

8. Thread the end of this left cord back through the second bead, from the left to the right.

9. Continue to create the wing by threading 4 metallic blue beads onto the left cord.

10. Thread the end of the left cord through Row 2 of the body made of 2 black beads from left to right.

11. Repeat 7 through 10 with the right cord, mirroring the steps that you just completed. You should now have 2 metallic blue butterfly wings.

12. Repeat 6 two times to create Rows 3 and 4 of the butterfly body.

13. To create the bottom wing of the butterfly, thread 6 metallic purple beads onto the left cord.

14. Thread the end of the left cord back through the second bead, from the left to the right.

15. Add 3 metallic purple beads onto the left cord.

16. Thread the end of this same left cord through Row 4 of the body made of 2 black beads.

17. Repeat 13 through 16 with the right cord, making sure to thread back through the fifth metallic purple bead from right to left to create the mirrored effect. You should now have (2) metallic purple butterfly wings.

18. Thread 1 black bead onto the left cord and repeat 4 and 5 to complete the bottom row 5 of the butterfly.

19. Tie a double knot with the cords. Leave a small amount of space then thread 1 metallic blue and 1 metallic purple bead to the end of each cord. Tie a double knot to secure. This will create 2 dangling pieces at the end of your butterfly. Use scissors to trim excess cord.



Whale Key Chain



Materials

60 inches of pink plastic cord

1 small pearl

1 large pearl

50 blue pony beads

2 black pony beads

4 pink pony beads

Scissors

Craft glue



1. Gather your supplies.

2. Cut pink Cord to 60 inches in length. Stiffen both ends by rolling it between your fingers with a dab of craft glue. Allow glue to dry. This will help when threading the beads.

3. Create a Lark's Head knot on the key ring.

4. Start by threading (1) small pearl bead onto both cords, push up to the keyring.

5. Thread 1 large pearl bead onto both cords, push up to make tight.

6. To create Row 1 of the Whale's body, thread 3 blue beads onto the left cord.

7. Take your right cord and lace back through the beads from the other end.

8. Pull cords tight to form this row of your Whale Key Chain.

9. To create Row 2, thread 5 blue beads onto the left cord. Repeat 7 and 8 to create Row 2.

10. To create Row 3, thread 7 blue beads onto the left cord. Repeat 7 and 8 to create Row 3.

11. To create Row 4, thread 4 blue, 1 black, 1 blue, 1 black, and 1 blue bead onto the left cord. The black beads are the Whale’s eyes. Repeat 7 and 8 to create Row 4.

12. To create Row 5, thread 5 blue and 4 pink beads onto the left cord. The pink beads are the Whale’s mouth. Repeat 7 and 8 to create Row 5.

13. To create the top of the tail, Thread 2 blue beads onto the left cord.

14. Take the end of the same left cord and thread it back through the first blue bead.

15. To create Row 6, thread (11) blue beads onto the left cord. Repeat steps 7 and 8 to create Row 6.

16. Repeat 13 and 14 to create the bottom of the tail.

17. To create Row 7, thread 11 blue beads onto the left cord. Repeat steps 7 and 8 to create Row 7.

18. To secure your key chain, tie a tight double knot at the end of each cord, making sure the knots are snug against the beads. Trim excess cord with scissors.



This is the end of the June 2021 edition of the Blind Post classified news.
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