DIY: How to Make Rose Petal Beads from Your Valentine’s Day Bouquets

February 12, 2014 by  
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Valentine’s Day is generally associated with gift-giving to one’s sweetheart, and after chocolate, roses are the most popular choice of present to show one’s affection. Nothing quite compares to a rose in terms of beauty, grace, scent, and the expression of romantic love , and it’s always sad when these lovely blooms wilt and lose their petals after a few days. There is, however, a gorgeous way to preserve and reuse those petals, and that’s by transforming them into beads, which can then be used in jewelry, keepsakes, sachets, or even just as decorative accents. Read the rest of DIY: How to Make Rose Petal Beads from Your Valentine’s Day Bouquets Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bead making , beads , DIY , how-to , Jewellery , Jewelry , making beads , rosaries , rose , rose beads , rose petal beads , rose petals , roses , Valentine , Valentine’s , valentine’s day        

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U.S. Introduces ‘Near Complete Ban’ on Elephant Ivory Trade

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Photo via Shutterstock This week the White House announced a new “ National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking ” that includes a near complete ban on the commercial trade of elephant ivory . Under the new legislation it will be illegal to import any elephant ivory into the U.S., including antique ivory, while the export and domestic resale of elephant ivory will be prohibited in most circumstances. Read the rest of U.S. Introduces ‘Near Complete Ban’ on Elephant Ivory Trade Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Animals , elephant hunting , Elephant Poaching , elephant tuck , elephants , endangered , ivory , Ivory Trade , preservation , trafficking , Wildlife , wildlife trafficking        

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