Monday, December 12, 2011
On Wednesday, my precious baby is turning 5. FIVE! I can hardly believe it!! I am so lucky to be his mom, because he is such a great kid. And he's just so handsome, too, isn't he? :-)
So, in honor of this momentous occasion, I've decided to celebrate! I'm going to give away TWO $5 gift certificates to my shop. All you have to do is leave me a comment and tell me a birthday memory from when you were a kid, or about your own kids. Simple, right? That's all you have to do! And on Wednesday morning, I'll put all of your names in a bowl and let the birthday boy pick two out. All I ask is that you leave your email address in your post.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
But it DOES include everything else, like these earrings!!!
Monday, November 21, 2011
I kept seeing these really sweet, yarn-wrapped wreaths all over the Internet, so rather than BUY one I thought I'd give making one a try! And the best part is that the materials I used only cost me around $6! I started with a LARGE skein of dark red yarn, and wrapped it all around a Styrofoam wreath form. My son is modeling that part of the project - he thought it looked nice as a necklace.
Then, I made some little felt rosettes out of white felt. I didn't take any pictures of that process, but you can find very easy tutorials all over the Internet for this. You basically cut a circle, and then cut a spiral in the circle, and roll from the outside end. I glued the rosettes on to the wreath. I'd also painted a letter H white, since that's the first letter of our last name, and I attached that too. Have I mentioned that I LOVE my glue gun?
And there you have it! My brand new, easy-peasy Christmas wreath! I haven't yet decided how I want to hang it, if I want to use ribbon and a small hook, or hang it from our wreath hanger, but I'll be sure to take a good picture once I have it up on the door. I'm not "allowed" to decorate until Friday, but you can be sure I've been crafting many fun little things!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
I love this little owl... this is a really fun little necklace!
Monday, November 7, 2011
A couple of months ago, I came across a cheese soup recipe in a recipe group on Facebook. I really liked the recipe, but it just seemed like a cholesterol and fat bomb, which just doesn't fly in this house. It also included sausage balls as part of the soup, which sounded delicious, until I saw that the recipe called for the balls to be held together with cream cheese AND cheddar. That's a no-go. So I tweaked the recipe, and now I'll share it with you. Please remember that when cooking this, you can really make whatever adjustments you want, as long as it takes good to YOU. It won't hurt my feelings I promise!
This recipe made enough for one dinner, one leftover dinner, and 2 freezer dinners. I used it last night as a base for broccoli cheese soup, so you can pretty much add whatever you like to it!
1 small bag carrots
1 medium white onion
4 stalks celery
half head cauliflower (all of these veggies, chopped, made up about 8 cups of veggies)
Saute chopped veggies with about 1 stick of butter (or margarine) until tender.
Add approximately 6 T corn starch, and then blend your veggies.
Add 1.5 C chicken stock and continue to blend veggies until smooth.
Return soup base to pot, and add 4-5 C chicken stock, and 2 C skim milk. Cook over low heat until well blended.
Now, it's time for the cheese! I used 2C shredded sharp cheddar, and between 1 and 2 C Colby Jack cheese. I didn't measure the Co-Jack, because I was just adding until I liked the taste. I recommend you do the same, as you may like your soup more or less cheesy than we do. Cook until nice and melty, and then enjoy!
Also, this soup makes EXCELLENT leftovers. The leftovers are actually better than the first night, LOL!
Oh, and here are some pretty things I've put in the shop recently. I have a lot of different ideas swirling around in my head right now, and just not enough time to do it all. But I'm going to try!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
I saw this idea on Pinterest a few weeks ago (are you on Pinterest? I LOVE that website!!), and decided it was just what we needed. So for a couple of dollars, I got some thick cardstock, and covered a cereal box. I glued a bunch of magnets on the back, and this is where the mail will go. Every Day.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
So I took some of those beads and made this bracelet!
I paired the beads with 2 huge agate nuggets, silvery cathedral beads, peacock pearls, and sterling silver discs. In spite of my best attempt to make an asymmetrical bracelet, I do still see a little bit of a pattern in this... *sigh* Oh well! I'll keep working on that, I guess!
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
This is what I found!
Vintaj Natural Brass products and jewelry findings. I've been wanting to try some brass stuff out for a while, but I never wanted to order enough to make it worth my while. I had no idea it could be found in retail stores! And judging by the display, this is a new development, and it looks like they will be getting more stuff! Everything in the photo is earmarked for a couple of specific projects so far... A crafty friend mentioned rings with brass wire, so I think that will be my first project, because the other one I have in mind is a little more involved, and I have a few other things that need to be finished first.
Happy Crafting, everyone!
Monday, August 29, 2011
So I decided a little clean up was in order, and this is what I ended up with! I feel so much better.
And yes, that IS my Mango Margarita that I was drinking while I worked. I'm sure it helped, somehow.
Friday, August 26, 2011
I created the pendant using the Sutton Slice technique, where you fill in the grooves of a texture sheet or stamp with clay, and then carefully transfer it on to a flat sheet. It looks smooth because I also used large amounts of resin (I'm still learning, and it takes multiple applications for me to not "miss" any spots sometimes), but I think that makes it even more interesting! It also gives the necklace some weight, so it hangs nicely.
This is currently listed in my Etsy shop, and would make a unique addition to anyone's jewelry collection!
I plan on doing another pendant using this technique soon, so I'll take some photos during the process to show you all. It's a really interesting technique!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
This was the first one I made, actually, and as my first attempt, it took so long that I almost didn't make another in this style. I eventually ended up making 2 more with different stones.
This is my newest style of wrap bracelet - it's a little more delicate than the first, but just as easy to wear. And orange is HOT this season!!
I know I said that I don't generally follow the trends in my own personal style, but I really LIKE these wrap bracelets, so I have 3 that I made for myself! I think they look pretty cute layered, but I think the 3 in this picture might be a bit much. Two is probably better...
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
This turquoise one is finished with a handmade polymer clay button. It's a double-wrap style.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I'm sorry I don't have any fun pictures or screen shots (I actually don't know how to even TAKE a screen shot...) of my process. I used a random integer generator, and numbered the comments from earliest to latest, and that was the comment I came up with. I'd planned on writing down everyones' names on a slip of paper for each comment or mention from facebook, and having my little guy draw the name, but the excitement of pre-k is wearing him out, and at 7:25 pm, is already asleep!
Thank you everyone for participating, and giving me some good ideas for my new jewelry line. In case anyone was wondering, I am inspired by the great Gandhi, who reminds us to "be the change we want to see in the world."
I'm working on something new tonight, so I'll blog about it tomorrow!
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
This necklace is the FIRST item in a new line I'm working on called Inspiration. Eventually, there will be necklaces, earrings, and charm bracelets, but this is the very first piece, and it could be yours!
All you have to do, is leave a comment here on the ole' bloggy blog with a word or phrase that you find inspirational. It could even be a quote! You can earn more entries by blogging, facebooking, or tweeting about the giveaway, as long as you come back here and leave a link to that in a separate comment.
I will choose a winner Next MONDAY - so that is August 22, 2011. You will have until 5pm Central to get your comments in, and GOOD LUCK!
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
When I envisioned this project in my head, I had always been planning on making some sort of rainbow bead project, so I came up with this bracelet and necklace!
The bracelet beads had somewhat bigger holes so I was able to easily string them on leather, and finished with a button closure. This is almost EXACTLY what I had in mind when I was designing this bracelet in my head!!
Friday, August 5, 2011
I love making jewelry, but lately, I'd been feeling a little bit restless, and frankly, a little bored with my designs. I've decided that it's time to branch out and try some new things with my designs. I haven't had a chance to work on much yet, as far as new designs go, though, but hopefully soon I'll have time.
I'm going to be incorporating more clay in to my designs, and I'm going for a more rustic look to my pieces, as opposed to the symmetrical and clean designs I've been creating lately. This may or may not involve taking apart some of my jewelry that I've already made, and re-purposing the components.
I'm also planning on utilizing different metals - sterling silver is just so stinking expensive, so pewter, brass, copper, and aluminum may be making appearances in my jewelry. I'm even thinking about trying my hand at some toggle clasps made from polymer clay. That would be fun!
I think the last part of my new business path will include some sort of re-branding. So if you know anyone who is handy with creating web graphics, can you send them my way, LOL?
I know this post was completely lacking in photo goodness, but I do have some things I've been working on, so I hope to have something to show you all soon!
Monday, July 18, 2011
On another note, here are how the owls turned out! They are listed in the shop - go check it out!!
Thursday, July 14, 2011
I've been making stuff with my new beads here, at my NEW DESK!! Since opening my Etsy shop 2.5 years ago, I've been working at the dining room table, or coffee table, so it was nice to finally be able to get a dedicated work area. I set up my work area in the family room, so I can work when Stephen is playing downstairs and still keep an eye on him. I've made many things here so far, all of which are now listed on Etsy.
Today I began work on a new clay project - owls! These are baked, but I need to clean up some of the texture, and then I plan on antiquing them a little bit. I have a lot of new ideas that I want to try out with my clay, so stay tuned!
Saturday, June 18, 2011
I also made this little snowlady as a gift for my husband's great-aunt, who we will be seeing in AZ in a couple of weeks. I hope she likes it!
I think this leaf would look lovely with some hand-dyed silk ribbon that I have. I just have to put it together.
The pearls and dragonfly were not pictured, because I used them!
I happened to actually have this beautiful S-clasp in copper, and these teeny-tiny spacer beads in copper as well, and what came out of it was a delicate necklace, that seems to be perfect for summer wear!
I'm sure I'll come up with something for the rest of the beads that came with the grab bag. I think that's what I like about the grab bags from Auntie's Beads - there is always something to challenge me creatively!