Friendship Bracelet Patterns

I don’t make Friendship bracelets very often, so when I do it’s usually a custom order where someone requests that I make a bracelet. They usually ask what patterns I have, and I privately share the images, but I think what I will do now is just write a blog post with all the graphics and their names.

I have an i-Loom that has its own patterns, and I have a list of patterns not in the i-Loom, so I will show the patterns NOT in the i-Loom first. If you are interested in buying a pattern with a special button, please let me know by contacting me through my Etsy shop. My Etsy shop website is GayNerd.Etsy.com.

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These are the patterns that are in the i-Loom. These are broken up into their star ratings. The ratings aren’t rated by difficulty because a 4 star pattern might be just as easy as a 1 star pattern, and a 1 star pattern might be more difficult, so I think they are rated based on the amount of strands in a bracelet.

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2 StarsiLoom 2

3 StarsiLoom 3

4 StarsiLoom 4

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Hercules Candy Company

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I have become addicted to watching a candy making family on YouTube. The channel is Hercules Candy and if you click that link, you can watch their intro video which tells the history of the company. The company is owned by Steve and his wife Terry Andrianos and their son Craig records all of the videos for the channel. He also has his own channel called NoEggCraig.

Why do I watch their videos you ask? Well, my life partner is quite curious to know as well. Every time he walks in my room and he sees them on the tv he says “OMG are you still watching them?” Well, here’s why I watch their videos. Because I want to. Don’t argue with me!

I honestly don’t need a reason. They are funny and more entertaining than any reality show on TV, and it’s educational. I mean, I don’t need to know how to temper chocolate, but just in case I ever want to make my own chocolate covered cherries, now I know how. If I ever wanted to make my own pretzel sticks covered with peanut butter and then covered in chocolate and then rolled in potato chips, now I know how. If I ever wanted to make chocolate covered potato chips or chocolate covered pretzels or chocolate covered nuts, now I know how.

They actually sell bags of different types and colors of chocolate at Michael’s and they even have chocolate molds, so all I need is a small enough double boiler, which I’m pretty sure I can get away with using a small saucepan for the hot water and a small glass bowl on top and let the chocolate heat up enough to melt. The chocolate has to be around 85-87 degrees to cover things then just cover it, put it on wax or parchment paper and put it in the fridge.

I would love to buy some of their candies and I hope that one of these days I might be able to afford a trip to New York because I’ve always wanted to visit. For now I can just watch their videos because they have so many.

HP OfficeJet Pro 6968 Not Printing Color (SOLVED)

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It has truly been one of those days. I don’t know what happened, but all of a sudden today my printer decided it just wasn’t interested in printing color. I had a order that I was working on last night for my Etsy shop, and the person paid for her bracelet today when I reminded her of the link, and my printer kept printing the receipt in black and white. I was in a straight on panic. I did what I could today, but it still didn’t want to print, so I said fine, whatever, just give me a receipt. Then another order came in and again, black and white only.

I’ve spent the entire day trying to get my printer to print in color. I cleaned the print heads at least 5 times, but nothing worked. Finally I decided you know if this last time doesn’t work then I just don’t know what I’m going to do. It cleaned the print heads, then printed out a sheet with only the black, but this time I noticed it ask if I wanted a 2nd level cleaning. I thought yeah ok, yeah you do that. I let it do a 2nd level cleaning and it printed color. It asked if I wanted a 3rd level cleaning, and I probably should have done that, but I thought you know, at least it’s printing, so let’s just stop here, and I am glad I did because I printed out some cards that I use to hang my bracelets with and it actually printed in full color just like normal, except it looked better than before.

So there you have it. If and when you have this problem with this printer, and you probably will, clean the print heads and let it do a 2nd level cleaning. If you still don’t get color in your printout, do a 3rd level cleaning. I hope someone was able to benefit from my misfortune.

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The Requested Operation Requires Elevation (SOLVED)

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I spent 30 minutes driving myself crazy trying to find out what this meant. I searched and found many solutions that didn’t result in me getting any further in my quest to find out what the hell this message meant or how to fix it. I am here to help you solve this riddle.

If you downloaded a exe file that requires installing a program on your computer like say for example a program from HP to help you with your printer. You downloaded it directly to your downloads folder and are trying to run it FROM that same folder. Here’s the solution. Drag the file to your desktop and then try installing it. See if that works because that worked for me.

Shave Butter from Dollar Shave Club

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So I know you’re asking yourself, is he really blogging about shave butter? Yes, yes I am.

I’ve been using Good News razors for decades simply because of how cheap they are, but recently they’ve gone up in price, and I wanted to try one of those razors with the 5 blades, so I bought one of them fancy Schick razors in December 2016 before visiting my aunt for Christmas. I absolutely loved it, but, the refill cartridges were $18 for 4 new blades. I literally made 3 blades last a year.

Dollar Shave Club

This month I started the Dollar Shave Club. They sent me the box with their executive shave handle with a box of 4 razors with I believe 6 blades, plus an extra on top for cutting a sharp line for your sideburns, a sample bottle of shave butter, a sample bottle of their body cleanser and 3 butt wipes lol.

I. LOVE. SHAVE. BUTTER! I cannot say it enough. I love the stuff. I’ve never had a shave quite like it, and the way my skin (in 2 places) feels is like, well, like buttah, like a big stick of buttah. It’s got Land O’Lakes written all ovah it. My skin is pollowy soft. My face feels like a marshmallow and so do my ba… er um the other place I mentioned.

I have sensitive skin, especially since the right side of my face is still numb from having my parotidectomy surgery a few years ago. My skin tingles when I touch it, so shaving doesn’t feel good and I’d rather have a razor that glides over my skin once and doesn’t require going over it several times to get all the hair. DSC is half the price of Schick, and I think it’s worth every penny.

So if you are like me and you like saving money, use this link to start getting Dollar Shave Club delivered to your door. I highly recommend it.

Oh and just in case you were wondering, they are not paying me to blog about their website or products, although if they asked I wouldn’t say no. All opinions are my own.

Skip Doctor CD Repair Kit

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Have you ever used one of these devices that is meant to buff out the scratches on your cd’s, dvd’s, blu-rays and game discs? I bought one many years ago, I want to say 2002 maybe, but it might have been 2004, I cannot recall. I didn’t buy the hand crank one because the electric one wasn’t that much more expensive, and I figured if I’m going to spend the money, I might as well buy the electric one. Well, that purchase was a big mistake.

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Here are 2 dvd-r’s that hold important files for my computer. Can you tell which one has been buffed out? I’ll give you a second. Oh, you can spot it immediately you say? As if I can read your mind before I’ve even published the blog post. Yes, the one on the left has been buffed out. You can tell because the spectrum of the DVD is so pronounced.

This is why the skip doctor is a problem. It’s meant to buff out scratches on the plastic of the disc, but what people don’t realize is that, and you probably can’t see this but the scratches are still there, but that’s not what the problem is. I think the buffing makes the disc unreadable, or harder to read.

I had to buy a new computer last month and I have several backup discs with program files that need to be installed on a new computer. I could, and most of the time I do go to the website because those backup installation files are from 2008, and most of those programs have had several updates, but that’s not the point. My new computer with a new DVD drive/burner couldn’t even read one of the discs, and it did read the other disc 20% of the time, and only allowed me to copy files from that disc to my computer 10% of the time. I spent the entire day yesterday ejecting the disc and pushing it back in so it would continue copying files. Not all of the files were program installation files, some of the files were things I created in those programs, or files I had downloaded to use in those programs. Each program folder also had a text file with the serial number for the program copied and pasted from the email from the program’s website.

Luckily I was able to copy all of the files onto my computer, I skipped over the programs that I bought, but never really used or they are no longer useful because they only worked on Windows XP. Like for example Dudebox which is a program I bought for my Dell DJ so I could copy music with the USB cable. It was an awesome program, but eventually there was an update that didn’t allow me to use that program anymore, and I was forced to start using Sony MediaGo, which is fine by me. I don’t care what program I have to use, as long as there’s a program I CAN use.

A program installation disc is one thing, but what if it was a music CD, a DVD or Blu-Ray movie, or a video game disc? If it can cause such a hassle to be able to copy files on my computer, I can only imagine what problems I would have trying to listen to music, or watch a movie, or play a game. It’s not a good scenario, and I am so fortunate that I keep all my other discs in either their cases or a cd book. The only discs that ever get scratched are the discs I use often and then leave on the desk. If any disc deserves to be respected, it’s the discs I use the most.

That disc doctor is in the closet and hasn’t been used in a very long time, and if I ever find it, I think I will toss it in the trash.

Patterns not in the i-Loom app

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I have been having fun with my i-Loom. I’ve made 4 1/2 bracelets so far (the half is still in the i-Loom as a work in progress). One issue I do have with the i-Loom is that it doesn’t have patterns that were created outside of the app. I have a program called FBD which is short for Friendship Bracelet Designer, and I have used that to create and print patterns in the past, and I could still use that option for making bracelets, but why would I want to do that when I have this new system with the i-Loom?

So how do I get those patterns into the app? Well, this is how I do it. I took a screenshot of the app with a pattern loaded, then in Gimp I removed all the pattern stuff and replaced it all with the pattern I want to add. The only problem is, the only way for me to work on those patterns using this method is to create many images numbered starting with 01, then add them to the Nook, and I have to go into the image gallery, load the first image, work that row, then swipe the screen to show the next image. This way each image shows each row I’m on inside the pink lines. When I get to the end, I have to swipe back to the first image and continue from there. Here’s an example of all 14 images for the pattern I want to work on. It’s supposed to be a Finding Nemo pattern.

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This is not an option I will do instead of the patterns they have in the app, this is only an option for when I need to make a pattern that someone wants me to make that isn’t available in the i-Loom app.

I really love the i-Loom app, it would be nice if I could add more patterns because there are tons of patterns that I would like to make that I have in the FBD library. Fortunately for me they have some holiday patterns in the boutique already that I was able to buy, like the hearts patterns for Valentine’s Day, then there’s one with shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day, and of course there is a pattern called Easter Baskets. Images below.

Happy HeartsHeart StripeI Heart YouLucky CloveEaster Basket

I’ve already made the first one that is the pink heart with the purple background, I currently have the same pattern in the i-Loom (that’s the one in progress) with red hearts and a pink background, I’ve made the heart braid, except I traded the darker pink with red. I haven’t started the 3rd heart bracelet yet, that one is TBD. Valentine’s Day is still 2 days away, so I’m probably going to skip over that and work on the Shamrock and the Easter Basket one soon.

The first 4 bracelets in the image above from left to right were made with the i-Loom, the other 2 were made with the printouts from FBD. I made the i-Loom bracelets according to the patterns for 7.5 inch bracelets, and naturally neither of them were 7.5 inches. They should’ve had another inch or so, but I made them from the patterns and didn’t go off course, I just stopped when the pattern told me to. Oh well.

And finally… the image next to the bracelets is my embroidery floss collection. I tossed all the i-Loom string because it’s crap, I’m using the DMC and Loops and Threads embroidery floss exclusively because it doesn’t break easily.

My bracelets are listed on Etsy with this link.