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!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

My crazy cat Vinnie. He was chasing his tail on the railing! How does he do that? He's so fat!!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Today I have nothing to say (believe it or not), but I did want to show off a few of my newer pieces that haven't been listed yet.  I have so many things waiting in the sidelines!  Even some that haven't been photographed yet. So much to little time!  Please let me know what you think, okay?

These are just a sample of what I have to list yet!  WHEW!!  I need about 8 more hours in a day and then maybe I could get them listed.  Let me know what you think please! 

I love this pair!!

Thanks and have a great Monday!