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Can you believe it’s almost the end of September? Where did all the glorious warm weather go? It’s been such a busy past few months. I’ve been working a lot, and next week I start rehearsals for a new project I’m working on. On the go as always, and even though I just returned from a week long vacation in Mississippi visiting family, I’m already in dire need for another one!

Watching: Married With Children. I never get tired of this show. Ever. I’ve been watching it since I was a kid, even though I shouldn’t have been, haha! The jokes went over my head back then, thankfully.

Preparing: I’m getting ready to do two giveaways! One with a sponsor and one with a friend of mine. Details to come!

Writing: Another article on the real lives of actors. This one is going to be focused on actors who have moved to the United States for their career.

Reminiscing: Miss Saigon celebrated her 25th Anniversary, and watching the trailer for the new production in London brings back so many memories. Like the time I threw up in the middle of a dance number, or the time I was dropped on my head, or the time I had to leave my pants onstage because they got caught on an immoveable set piece and I needed to exit…oh yes, all true! LOL, oh the stories I have to tell!!

Organizing: My office has been in a state of madness for a few months. I took everything out to sort, and I’m in the process of FINALLY setting up my sewing machine. Pajamas for all!

That’s it! What are YOU doing?

Adjustable Leather Cord Bracelet DIY

Here it is! My first DIY! For this adjustable leather cord bracelet DIY, I was inspired by the sack full of “orphan beads” I have in my stash. An orphan bead is a bead left over from a project or string that wasn’t used. And as any good DIYer knows, you NEVER throw anything away! I also had a bunch of colorful wooden beads that I used for these bracelets but now there aren’t enough of ONE color to complete a project. I thought to myself, what can I do to build these beads a home? Answer: Make an Adjustable Leather Cord Bracelet!! Trust me, when you learn how to make these, you will be hooked! It’s a nice way to use up those leftover orphan beads!

Adjustable Leather Cord Bracelet DIY

First, gather your materials. You will need some colorful beads (wood, glass, acrylic – your choice), some metal spacer beads, leather cord (I used 2mm) and various “orphan beads.” Make sure that your bead holes are large enough for the cord to fit through. You will also need scissors and possibly a bead reamer to expand the bead hole if needed. Cut a length of cord about 15 inches long, depending on the size of your wrist. I have fairly small wrists, and this length of cord provides enough that I can work with it easily, and have it fit as snug or loose as I want.  If you are unsure, feel free to cut a longer piece of cord.

Adjustable Leather Cord Bracelet DIY

Next, string your beads. For this bracelet, I like to use as many beads as will fit across the top of my wrist. If you use too many beads, then you will not have as much room for adjustment when the bracelet is finished. Use any pattern or color scheme you like! Usually, I string the flashy orphan bead first, and add the rest on either side. I pull colors from the orphan bead to keep the piece color coordinated. Of course, you can string any pattern (or no pattern!) that you like. Possible center beads could be something like this or one of these.

Next, you will make a sliding knot. Start by taking the left cord and loop it into a circle around the OTHER cord.

Adjustable Leather Cord Bracelet DIY

Loop it again the same way so that there are two loops encircling the cord.

Adjustable Leather Cord Bracelet DIY

Cross the end of the cord to the left, and insert it through the loops to the right.

Adjustable Leather Cord Bracelet DIY

Pull to tighten. Try not to pull too tight, or the knot won’t slide. Next, flip the bracelet over, and make another sliding knot! Snip off the excess leather cord and you are done!

Adjustable Leather Cord Bracelet DIY

Pretty awesome, right? Go ahead and make one! I guarantee you won’t be able to stop! Let me know how it goes!