Sunday, May 31, 2009
Three of the necklaces are extra long so that they can be doubled, the other is 17" on sterling silver with stones and chain that match a bracelet already posted in my 1000 Markets shop and earrings in the same champagne quartz. The blue necklace and earring set also matches a bracelet in my shop. Click on either of the word bracelet to see the items. Yes, the earrings are one of my new designs that I mentioned in a previous post.
Hope you had an inspiring day and I'll be back tomorrow with another fantastic craft how to.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
I know a lot of you read my posts and are thinking when is she ever going to tell us what she is doing....well that is today. My list of things I'll be doing this year.
- Marketing my "Gem Tree Sculpture" book (due out next week)
- Volunteering at the PVGMC annual show in the kitchen for 4 days June 4-7
- Working at the antique mall on our booth 1 day a week
- Watching my 11 yo nephew for 3 weeks starting July 6th (zoo, NW Trek, Mt. Rainier, Westport, Pacific Science Center) are a few things on the list for that time.
- July 25-26 Tenino Rock Show, demonstrate gem trees and jewelry design
- July 30- Aug 2 NFMS/AFMS rock show in Billings, MT to compete for my Masters in Gem Tree Design and to teach a couple of gem tree classes
- Aug 15-16 Yelm rock show, demonstrate gem trees and jewelry design
- Sept Western WA State Fair - volunteer at our gem club hobby booth for a couple of days
- Sept 19-20 Castlerock rock show, demonstrate gem trees and jewelry design
- Oct 9-11 Shelton rock show, not sure what I'll be doing yet as this is a new show
- Nov 13-15 Opal show, demonstrate gem trees and jewelry design
- Nov 13 Craft show at Russell Investments
- Dec 9-10 Craft show at the VA Hospital in Seattle, WA
I may have to schedule some time with my husband...LOL.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Head on over to The Idea Room blog and check it out.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
So think about your dreams and where you want them to take you. Sit back listen to the new mix for the week and plan your dreams.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 - 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis' birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.
To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to 'Taps."
The Moment of Remembrance is a step in the right direction to returning the meaning back to the day. What is needed is a full return to the original day of observance. Set aside one day out of the year for the nation to get together to remember, reflect and honor those who have given their all in service to their country.
But what may be needed to return the solemn, and even sacred, spirit back to Memorial Day is for a return to its traditional day of observance. Many feel that when Congress made the day into a three-day weekend in with the National Holiday Act of 1971, it made it all the easier for people to be distracted from the spirit and meaning of the day. As the VFW stated in its 2002 Memorial Day address: "Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed greatly to the general public's nonchalant observance of Memorial Day."
Let us remember the true meaning of this holiday tomorrow and celebrate those that gave their lives so that we could remain a free nation.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Here are a couple made into earrings.
If you are interested in any handmade ear wires made into earrings, I have them listed on my 1000 Markets site. My favorites are the charm earrings...I have a couple of styles that I use along with some purchased thin hoop earrings. The charms are just crystals, gemstones and pearls that can be taken on and off the earrings.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Most of the pictures are from the park and Conservatory, but there is one of a squirrel. I can't resist taking pictures of wild creatures that appear tame. All the squirrels in this park were coming right up to people as I'm sure they are used to being fed. It was a beautiful day as you can see and we all enjoyed the outing and drinks afterward. Thanks to all those that came out to wish us well in our future endeavors.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
ACEOs are tiny art works that can be matted and framed to hang on the wall. Many people display their ACEO collections in the same kind of plastic sheets and albums that sports card collectors use. You might slip an ACEO into a greeting card as an extra surprise for a birthday, anniversary, or Christmas.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Pig Pickin’ Cake aka Mandarin Orange Cake
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
1- 18 ounce yellow cake mix
11-ounce can mandarin oranges with juice
1/2 cup vegetable oil
9-ounce carton frozen whipped topping, thawed
8-ounce can crushed pineapple, with juice
3.4 ounce (4-servings) box instant vanilla pudding
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour three 9-inch cake pans or one 9 x 13 pan. In mixing bowl, combine cake mix, mandarin oranges, mandarin orange juice, eggs and oil. Beat for 2 minutes with electric mixer. Pour into pans and bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean. Cool in pans for 5 minutes, turn out of pans and finish cooling on wire racks.
In a mixing bowl, combine whipped topping, pineapple, juice from can and vanilla pudding mix.
Frost between the layers of the cake and on top. Store in refrigerator.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
In a study commissioned by the National Lottery, Dr Richard Tunney of the University’s School of Psychology found that it’s the simple things in life that impact most positively on our sense of well being.
The study compared the ‘happiness levels’ of lottery jackpot winners with a control group, using a ‘Satisfaction with Life Scale’ developed by the University of Illinois. Respondents were asked how satisfied they were in relation to different elements of their life, their different mood states explored, how often they treated themselves and what form this took.
Surprisingly, it wasn’t the flashy cars and diamond jewellery that upped the jackpot winners’ happiness quotient. It was the listening to music, reading a book, or enjoying a bottle of wine with a takeaway that really made the difference.
Dr Tunney said: “Modern-day pressures take their toll on everyday happiness. As a result we try to make ourselves feel better and happier through personal rewards and treats. We’ve all heard the saying ‘a little bit of what you fancy does you good’, and treating yourself is the ideal way to keep spirits lifted when you’re down in the dumps.
So, enjoy life as it is presented to you today. Find something simple that will make your day joyful or plan something special for someone else. Giving to someone most often brings us greater joy than receiving.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
I'll get back to it this week and have some fun Spring things to show off next Saturday.
Friday, May 15, 2009
If you find you are in the mood for re-decorating your home, office or studio, don't go to some import store or fancy home store, check out your local antique stores.
All the items found in the photo were at the South Tacoma Antique Mall in Lakewood, Washington.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Some of these are fanciful and others are useful, but I was immediately drawn to them when I saw them.
Artists are: Flyleaf Books, Elenamary, Delightworthyn Art/wares, Isette, Emily Balivet, Carolina Cottage, Thyme2dream, Bella Beadjeweled, Mary Ellen Golden
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
You ever had one of those days when you just couldn't get going...well besides being sick, today was one of those days. I have no ideas, no motivation and just want to lie in bed. So, for our crafting Monday, I dug up one of my blogs from another site to share with you today. So, here is an idea to reuse some of those old keys you have that you don't know where they came from or which lock they unlock.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Just for today do not anger
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Here is a piece that I created in remembrance of her. This is a style typical of the 60's when Jackie O. was in the White House with her famous pearls. This piece is made of turquoise with sterling silver beads from a vintage necklace. With the way my grandmother loved beads, she would have worn this to church instead of pearls.
Friday, May 08, 2009
8 Things I'm Looking Forward To (no particular order)
- Having more time to do more of what I want
- Making jewelry full time
- Organizing my house
- My massage
- A weekend at the Beach
- Warmer weather
- Getting my book published
- Gem Tree competition in Montana this Summer
- Went to work
- A load of laundry (I still have to take it out of the dryer)
- Made dinner
- Had a glass of wine with my mom
- Worked on putting together a Spotlight for a blog next week
- Worked on a DVD slideshow movie for my mother
- Cleaned up dog poo in the house.... (bad Leo)
- Searched for a piece of jewelry to post on 1000 Markets (no I didn't find the one I was looking for)
- Be home full time now instead of after 6/30
- Travel to Europe
- Host family functions (our house is too small)
- Drive a convertible with the top down
- Paint more
- Earn a living by doing something fun
- Have less stress in my life
- Drink as much water as I am supposed to each day
- Dancing with the Stars
- American Idol
- Kyle XY
- Yes Man (with Jim Carrey)
- 27 Dresses
- House Hunters International (I love to see what is available in other countries)
Thursday, May 07, 2009
I was in the mood for something that would remind me that it is Spring. These great purses and accessories can be found on the 1000 Markets site and are created by a wonderful artist from Pretty Purse Designs. I love the cupcake purse and the floral key fob. Her prices are great. For a purse expect to pay around $38.00 and the gadget case is $12.00. I know I will need the gadget case.
Check out Pretty Purse Designs and find your favs.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
I love banana pudding and have made it the old fashion way for years with the homemade custard and bananas on top of vanilla cookies, but Paula Dean's cookbook featured this one and I had to give it a try. Be warned this is very rich!
Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen
2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies
6 to 8 bananas, sliced
2 cups milk
1 (5-ounce) box instant French vanilla pudding
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping thawed, or equal amount sweetened whipped cream
Line the bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch dish with 1 bag of cookies and layer bananas on top.
In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well using a handheld electric mixer. Using another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk together and mix until smooth. Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended. Pour the mixture over the cookies and bananas and cover with the remaining cookies. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Monday - All about Crafting (a tutorial or idea for a craft project)
Tuesday - I'm in the mood for Tunes
Wednesday - Wicked Recipes (I'm talking chocolate or lots of butter) Paula Dean would be proud
Thursday - Featured Artist from 1000 Markets or Etsy
Friday - Potluck, you never know what you might get
Saturday - New jewelry design or jewelry item for the week
Sunday - Inspirational
As I'm writing that out, I realize I didn't give myself a day off. Well we will see how it goes for awhile.
Monday, May 04, 2009
Click on one of your favorites and sing along.
If you came out here to check out the old time gospel tunes....never fear, I will bring them back for next Sunday's post.
Also, to get in on the giveaway, click on the link to The Glamorous Life Assocation and enter yourself. All you need to do is leave a comment on what you would do with the savings.
I'm always up for a good giveaway.
Saturday, May 02, 2009
This post is dedicated to Anastasia Hart and her fighting spirit against the cancer that wanted to control her and eventually did. I think she got the better end of the deal and will now live forever in our hearts.
I have put together a list of old time gospel tunes, choose your favorite and play to remind you of those you love and those you have lost. The first song on the list was my step-fathers favorite "Amazing Grace", he is now in a better place and by playing this song I will always be reminded of him. Further down on the list is "The King is Coming" which is my mom's. Mom this one I added just for you. Love to you all.