Friday, December 30, 2011

I've Had The Blah's!

For the last few days I'v"e been beating off the blahs.  Ever get them?  I felt like something was trying to take over my body and I was refusing to let it happen!!  Well, as it turns out, and it usually does, I was experiencing "change in weather" symptoms.  My hubby was sick for such a long time...I think I'm paranoid!!!
Well, I was bored and made a few pairs of earrings.  This is just a preview of one of those pairs.  You'll see the rest when I list them.

Have a wonderful Friday and weekend too!!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Preview Day

Just another Sunday here.  Not much going on.  Same old, same old.  But I have been keeping busy creating new jewelry.  So here it is.  Please let me know what you think.

I'm unsure of the appeal of these, but they're made with antique copper and dark green pearl disk beads.  Is there anything interesting about them, or should I think about re-styling them?

These are simple.  Silver faceted glass beads with silver glass pearls.  Basic silver earring.  Small but a bit elegant too.  What do you think?  Appeal?

If any of you are on Facebook, you may have already seen this one.  I haven't listed it yet, but I love the simplicity of it.  It goes with everything.

This bracelet is the sister of another one in my shop.  The difference is that this one has lapis beads in it.  The turquoise in the focal bead are real turquoise chips.  It also has lapis chips and coral chips in it.   I love those Tibetan beads, don't you?

This necklace is new.  I used Mexican zebra jasper as the beads.  I like it, but what do you think?

These earrings are really feminine!!  The pink focal beads are Czech glass.  I love them!  I added the glass pearls for interest.  What do you think?

This purse charm/ zipper pull/ key chain is a real "hoot" isn't it?  I loved these charms when I got them in the mail the other day and couldn't wait to make something with them.  Do you like?

I found these leaf beads in a local bead store the other day and just had to have them!!  I could picture a bracelet just like this!  The yellow beads are actually yellow jade and the bracelet is sterling silver.  I used silver plated head pins on these though.  What do you think of it?

And last, but certainly not least are these chandelier earrings I made yesterday.  I used antique copper connectors and added copper colored glass pearls and soft yellow that complement them well.  These are long earrings for those of you that love big.  Hopefully someone will love these too.

That's it for the preview.  Thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment so I know what you think.  Thanks!!
Have a great Sunday!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Easy Orange Cookies

A couple of weeks ago we decided it was time to go get our passport photos taken so we could renew our passports just in case we want to go somewhere in the future.  So off to Walgreens we went!  We got them taken and the girl said they would be ready in about 20 min.  We didn't think it was worth going home and coming back, so since Home Depot was right across the street, we decided to waste our time there.  

As you can imagine, as a woman, I find it hard to find interesting things to look at in the winter months, so off to the magazine rack I went!  What did I find?  A super simple cookie recipe!  Now how uncouth is it to stand there and write it down instead of buying the magazine?!!  I didn't out the paper and pen came and I wrote it down!  

The top cookies are orange cookies (Yummy!)  
The bottom cookies are lemon.  Also (yummy!).  Okay, so how are they made?  That's the best part!!!
You take 1 box of cake mix, in this case I used orange for the orange cookies and lemon for the lemon cookies.  Dump it in a bowl.  Add 1/2 cup melted butter, 1 beaten egg and 1 c. Rice Krispies!  Yep...I said Rice Krispies!  I also added a teaspoon of orange zest for the orange and lemon zest for the lemon.  
The batter will be a bit crumbly, but that's okay.  Just form them into balls and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet.  You then bake them at 350 degrees for about 12-15 minutes or till done.  My oven is slow so it always takes longer.
How simple is that!!??  I have spice cake mix (I'm going to add raisins to those), cherry chip ( how about some chocolate chips in those) and I have a butter pecan cake mix ( some chopped pecans will be great with those!).
They are so easy, I let my 2 year granddaughter help with the orange ones.  She had a ball!

I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!!  Bon Appetit!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Another Wordless Wednesday

I can't help myself....I love this necklace and want everyone to see it!  In my shop!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Simple, Elegant Wedding With My Jewelry

A couple of months ago, a young lady that I've known from birth asked me to make her wedding jewelry.  I was so touched and thrilled to have the opportunity.  I was also very nervous!  I wanted so much to please her.  So I had her come over, look through my beads and give me an idea of what she wanted.  She chose a very elegant but simple style for her and her maid of honor to wear.  The photos below are the finished result.

Her accent color was sky blue.  These are light sapphire and matched perfectly!  She wanted simple earrings and a bracelet.  Her dress had a pretty pearl and light sapphire sash/cumber bun and she didn't want to distract from it by wearing a necklace. 

Her maid of honor was her sister.  The colors she chose was paprika and pearl.  She wore a pretty paprika colored dress and these match perfectly!  Notice that she had a necklace made for her as well.

As you can see, the earrings were the same.  Simple but elegant!

Now comes the reveal!  How did they look?  The photos below show it all!

I took this photo with the two of them together.  You'll have to look close at the detail to see the jewelry.

This is Jennifer wearing her maid of honor jewelry.  Everything matched.  Even her lipstick!

And this is Rachel the bride!  Notice her pretty cumber bun.  We added Swarovski crystals in light sapphire to accent it.  She was a beautiful bride!  And I'm so touched that she asked me to make the jewelry that I had to show it off!  Thanks for looking.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

I Set Up My Display!! Now Hopefully Some Sales!

Yesterday I finally got my display set up in my friends shop!  Here is a photo of what it looks like.  I sure hope I'll be able to sell some things this way!  Have a great Sunday!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Wonderful Weekend

What a wonderful weekend we had visiting our son and daughter in law in Illinois.  On Saturday, they took us to a little town called "Bishop Hill."  What a wonderful little place to visit!  The above photo shows the main street.  Here's a bit of information about the area:
In 1846, a group of Swedish immigrants seeking religious freedom left their native land under the guidance of their charismatic spiritual leader, Erik Jansson. The site for their new utopia, later called Bishop Hill, was described to them as a “land of plenty, brimming with milk and honey,” and they struggled to make it so. These Janssonists built a successful communal society based on economic and religious principles. Many of the structures erected during this building campaign still exist. The colony grew and flourished for fifteen years before disbanding in 1861.
Today Bishop Hill is a quiet country village where the charm and character of the original colony has survived the test of time. Bishop Hill is a National Landmark Village, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and it is an Illinois State Historic Site.
Join us! We invite you to taste the history of this once-bustling 19th century settlement. Sample our fascinating museums, quaint eateries, unique gift shops, and art galleries.  Spend hours or days here with family and friends. (from Wikipedia)

One of our favorite places in Bishop Hill, was this little bakery.  Oh, what wonderful baked goods you could find there!  Their pumpkin cream muffins were out of this world!!  But besides baked goods, there were even trinkets and antiques to be found.  Loved it!

 The above shop has pottery, quilts, artwork, knitting, yarn, rugs, jewelry and many other items!  I could have spend hours in there!  But I only came out with a small piece of pottery.  One of my weaknesses.  LOL  There were a LOT more little shops there to look through.  And yes, you could stay all day.  They even have lodging.  Check it out!!  Here is the website: 

From there we headed northwest to the town of Le Claire, Iowa.  Ever heard of it??  You may have, if you watch the TV show, "American Pickers."  It's the home base of the show.  The building on the left in the photo below, is the building in Le Claire.

The show follows Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, as they travel around the greater Midwestern United States as well as the eastern and southern U.S. in a Mercedes Sprinter, buying antiques and collectibles.They work with Danielle Colby-Cushman, who runs the office of their business, Antique Archeology, from their home base in Le Claire, Iowa. While Danielle researches potential leads, Mike and Frank attempt to track down potential sellers on the road.
Wolfe and Fritz explore people's homes, barns, sheds, and other outbuildings, and other places where they have collected antiques and collectibles. They call upon casual collectors, hoarders and, occasionally, people who have inherited overwhelming collections of apparent junk.. Wolfe, who has been "picking" since age four,  has a particular interest in antique motorcycles, old bicycles and penny-farthings, while Fritz has a fondness for antique toys, antique oil cans,   and old Hondas.  They have purchased old advertisements  and commercial signage, film posters,  a rare 15-gallon visible gasoline pump,  and a Piaggio Ape  (pron. ah-peh) that one of their friends told them is probably the only one of its kind in North America.  (from Wikipedia)
We watched an episode the night before we went and they had picked up a metal sign that said "spinners" on it, as well as, a VW sign.  We saw them both hanging in the shop.  Pretty cool!  I was surprised at how small the building is.  But it was fun, and now I can say I've been there.

We did check out some other antique shops and gift shops while there too.  If you get the chance, take a trip out there.  Both places are so fun to see!

Thursday, November 10, 2011


 Finally!!  For the last 2 days I've been working on photos of the these earrings.  I had to retake them twice because I had something messed up on the settings on my camera.  Well, after adjusting, readjusting, deleting, checking them out, I think I finally got them right!  These are the new photos of my new earrings!  I won't be listing them for awhile, so if you see some that you would like, let me know! I'll make a special listing for you!

As you can see I've been really busy making earrings lately.  I guess I'm on a roll!  These beautiful aqua faceted teardrop earrings  are hung on sterling silver lever backs!  I love this pair!
 Okay, I'm not sure about these.  They're long and just different.  I used Czech glass beads and antique brass.  What do you think?
 These coin beads are simply black with swirls!  I think they're really funky!!  The coins are about 1 inch in diameter and so they're a bit large.  They're medium weight.  I used gunmetal on these too!  But this time hung them on lever backs.
 I don't know what it is about emerald green briolettes and antique copper, but I love the way they look together don't you?!
 I was fascinated with these brown glass beads when I saw them!  I somehow knew they would make cute earrings!  Am I right?  I used antique brass bead caps and spacers and added mocha brown Swarovski bicones for interest.  Anyone like??
 Don't you just love the blue ab crystals in these??  I do!!  I used gunmetal bead caps and antique silver ones too!  I added Czech glass beads for interest and the earring wires are nickel free for all you sensitive ladies!
 Some of you may have seen these already.  I posted them on facebook to see if anyone liked them   Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that many do.  But I love the pearl teardrops.  I added milky ab Czech glass rondelles and these are made with sterling silver!  Very elegant I think!
And last, but certainly not least, I love the black crackle beads on these new earrings, don't you??  I used gunmetal to set them off.  I actually really love this pair!  I hope someone else does too!

That's the preview!  If you're interested in any of these just let me know and as I said, I will make a listing for you.  Otherwise it'll be awhile before you see all of them listed.

Thanks for looking.  Have a wonderful Thursday and weekend too!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

November 1st sunrise.  I love the way the sun is shimmering over the water.
Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Can Anyone Give Me A Suggestion??

I've been busy making a LOT of jewelry lately, but selling little.  I have so much inventory I don't know what to do with it all.  Well yesterday a friend of mine who has a business, told me I could display my jewelry in here shop!!  Yay!!  But I have to supply displays.  :(  I have no idea how to display them!  That's where you come in!  I would be so happy if someone could help me and give me some suggestions here.  It can't be a large display because she does massage and so her office is not huge.  Any ideas???  Please???

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

A Walk At The Beach

I started my post this morning talking about the recent removal of our huge trees.  I had problems getting my photos to download right, so I switched it up and decided instead, to talk about our walk yesterday at Rosy Mound park.  If you want a hike, and a good workout, this is the place to go.  But look how pretty the water looked!

There were some people 4 wheeling on the beach.  You would have thought it was winter the way they were bundled up!  LOL

I don't know if you you can see the way the leaves are flying sideways due to the wind. it's not that interesting!  I was having a hard time choosing what to photograph.

We are at the bottom of this stairway.  Rosy Mound is know for it's hundreds of stairs.  There are 97 here to climb back up to get back to the parking lot!  Whew!!  That was a workout!

But at the top of the stairs in one of the lookouts, this is what we saw.  Pretty, isn't it!

And last, but not least, hubby is playing around behind this awesome dead tree on one of the paths.  Lots of "arms" on this one!

Have a wonderful Monday!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Scones! A Great Rainy Day Fare

Yesterday I was reading a post by Deb of The Wug's Backyard Blogspot, and I found myself wanting to make some comfort food.  One of my favorites is this recipe for scones that I found on   Don't they look delicious?    

World's Best Scones


  • 13/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup dried currants or raisins
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  1. Sift the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt into a large bowl. Cut in butter using a pastry blender or rubbing between your fingers until it is in pea sized lumps. Stir in the currants. Place bowl in freezer to re-solidify the butter.  Mix together 1/2 cup milk and sour cream in a measuring cup. Pour all at once into the dry ingredients, and stir gently until well blended. Overworking the dough results in terrible scones!
  2. With floured hands, pat scone dough into balls 2 to 3 inches across, depending on what size you want. Place onto a greased baking sheet, and flatten lightly. Let the scones barely touch each other. Put in fridge until the oven is hot.  This is important for a good scone I think.   Whisk together the egg and 1 tablespoon of milk. Brush the tops of the scones with the egg wash. Let them rest for about 10 minutes.
  3. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until the tops are golden brown, not deep brown. Break each scone apart, or slice in half. Serve with butter or clotted cream and a selection of jams - or even plain.

Now when I make them, as I did this morning, I always add pure vanilla extract to the milk/sour cream mixture. I made, first of all, apple cinnamon ones. For these I omitted the raisins and added cinnamon and chopped apples. They are yummy! You can sprinkle a bit of cinnamon sugar on top before baking if you wish.

The other batch, again I omitted the raisins and this time I added coconut. To the milk/sour cream mixture, I not only added the vanilla, but also some coconut extract. I think these are some of hubby's favorites!

I've also made cherry (using dried cherries), cranberry (using craisnins), cheese, vanilla almond and pumpkin. For the pumpkin ones, I use pumpkin pie spice and a package of pumpkin pudding.

There are really so many ways to make them and they always turn out great!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Another Wordless Wednesday

Missed the sunset last night. But we did get the leftovers!

Hubby was looking out at the water while we were at the end of the pier. The colors were still fabulous!

Look how the moon was shimmering on the water! Love it!

Have a great Wednesday!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Why I Made Two Pairs

Last week I heard some great news about the daughter of a good friend. She's getting married at the end of this month!! So I've been invited to a personal shower for her today and had no idea what to buy for her. Well, yesterday I was in my craft room fooling around with some of my latest beads and made the earrings in the above photo. I loved them so much that I made a second pair to give to her as a gift! That's personal wouldn't you say?

I also put together a "floating" pearl choker for her too. I sure hope she likes it! I'm not very in tuned to the tastes of a 27 year old!!

So you may wonder, what are these?? I love rose gold and decided to put a pair of rose gold earrings together too. What do you think? Are they elegant enough? I did think the pink went well with them.

As you can see, it didn't stop there. I have been looking at this faceted briolette for some time and trying to decide what to do with it. Yesterday I decided! Keep it simple!! I hung it on sterling silver chain! I really love this!

And in the bottom photo, you can see that I made earrings to go with it! What do you think?

I thought that was enough for 1 day. So off I went to photograph them. Hope I didn't bore you, but I did want to show off a bit!

Have a great weekend!