Monday, December 20, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
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Saturday, December 11, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
It's been quite a productive weekend thus far. I spent the whole day yesterday scrapbooking with a nice group of friends. I scrapped my first trimester, and then got caught up on a lot of other pages. The sense of accomplishment was great, and I think my motivation and speed was based on the fact that I know once the baby comes I will have very little time for scrapbooking - at least at first.
I'm off to see what else I can get done today! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
I am happy to announce the winner of my ring giveaway.......
Friday, October 29, 2010
Don't forget to sign up for the ring giveaway in my previous post! The drawing will occur on Halloween!!!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
To win, leave a comment on this post with your choice of ring and why you like it best. If you blog, facebook or tweet this giveaway, let me know for an extra entry. All of the rings have adjustable bands, but read on to see the specific details about each one. The two rings left after the giveaway will be listed on Etsy.
Lastly, this is a fine silver peacock button from Miss Fickle Media. I snipped the shank off the back and filed it down so that it would lay nicely inside the bezel.
Good luck everyone!!!
Friday, October 22, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
My due date is May 17th - one day before our 9 year anniversary. And, a few weeks after my husband finishes his master's degree. He is only in 1 class this semester so he has to take 3 in the Spring to graduate then. Needless to say, it's going to be a busy time. We are going to try to get as much done (nursery, classes, etc...) before he starts that 3 nights a week class schedule!
Food aversions and cravings are as weird as ever. Last Thursday I was sitting at work at about 3:00 and was starving! I had already eaten all of the food I brought for the day. Working at a food company, I do have access to our brands of snacks during the day but for the most part I try to stay away from that. Not that my cravings are that much better! At that time, the only thing that would satisfy me were fries from McDonald's and one of their fruit smoothies. I figure the fruit offsets the fries! So, I ran out and got some, quickly eating the fries in my car before I got back! Doesn't it make you wonder what kind of chemicals they put in their fries to make you want their fries instead of say Wendy's?
Jon's class is on Mondays right now, so I consider myself on my own for dinner on those nights. It's hard enough to cook for two let alone one! I can usually satisfy myself with a bowl of cereal those nights. This past Monday, I was craving Olive Garden's bread sticks dipped in their alfredo sauce and some of their salad. The closest Olive Garden for me is about 20 miles. I thought that would be a little excessive to go there. So I ended up at Panera Bread for their signature mac and cheese. Have you tried it yet? It's pretty darn good with a hunk of their bread on the side. But as I sat there eating it, I wondered why I just paid $8 for this when I could have made Kraft at home for $1. Oh well, such odd things pregnancy makes you do.
Speaking of Panera, last weekend we bought a loaf of their Asiago Cheese bread. Ummm, I only got one slice of that bread. In the course of 24 hours, my husband ate the whole thing! Who's the pregnant person here?!?!??! Maybe he is already trying to sympathize with my symptoms.
Anyway, just a few funny tidbits I thought I'd share......
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I was able to get into the studio last night, even though I would have loved to have layed on the couch. But, I was excited to work with some new things I had gotten over the weekend. The above pendant is from the Industrial Chic line at Michael's. My Michael's has totally revamped their bead section and I am so happy about it! I had not seen this component, and several others, in the collection before. So I was happy to see that it seems like the IC line will stick around for a while. This is a little metal label holder that you might have seen on old library drawers. The "stock" image that came in it - the butterflies - I totally loved! I had no intentions of switching them out for a peacock feather which is shocking! I wire wrapped the two sides so that it would hang nicely from the strand of colorful pearls. I love how the colors blend into each other and gradually change, just like a butterfly. And just like my body over the next 7 months!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Anyway, we are very excited! I have been feeling pretty good overall. No real sickness, however when I am hungry I have a hard time finding something that appeals to me. Oh, and very tired! Very tired! Naps are a necessity on the weekends and during the weeknights I don't do much. This is hard for me because I am used to being productive, so I have to give myself permission to rest. Hence, not a lot of new jewelry to show. But, I hope to get some motivation soon. It was hard enough for me, these last few weeks, to get my house decorated for Halloween. But since it is my favorite holiday, I knew I would be disappointed if I did not do it.
So, I will leave you with a very easy (and semi-healthy) pumpkin muffin recipe that my family enjoyed this weekend - I know my Dad wants the recipe so here it is. (I was craving pumpkin and cornbread last week. This week it's yogurt and mac & cheese. Oh, and hot dogs from Culver's.)
1 box of spice cake mix
1 16oz. can of pumpkin
Mix these two together - add a little bit of water to make a thick batter consistency.
Pour into muffin tins and bake at 350 for 18 minutes
For the frosting, mix one tub of fat free Cool Whip with one package of sugar free cheesecake flavored pudding mix. I recommend letting this mixture sit for a few hours so the pudding granules can absorb the moisture - it will thicken up.
That's it! Easy and delicious!!!
Monday, October 11, 2010
The only thing that got me through the week was looking forward to my parents coming to visit for the weekend, and the promise of beautiful weather! We planned to go to the Meijer Gardens on Saturday to see the Chihuly installation they had this year. It was wonderful and a good time was had by all! The blown glass sculptures were as spectacular as I thought they would be.
Stop back tomorrow for a special announcement!!!
Friday, October 1, 2010
I have been tossing the idea around for a while now to try to have some kind of regular weekly post on my blog. Since I seem to have so much luck finding peacock items, I thought I would start to share them with you on Fridays. As with anything, don't hold me to it too strictly, but it is something I am going to try to keep up with for a while.
This weeks find is:
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I am so looking forward to the opening reception this Sunday. This show features the works of nine nationally known artists, many of whom have worked for and designed for the large automakers. Many people think about vehicles as merely a way to get from point A to point B. But there are many reasons why I now have a great appreciation for them. Having been with my husband now for over about 10 years, he is a major motor head. He not only works in the automotive industry, but has had a passion for working on cars since his teens. We have owned and restored many muscle cars, and enjoy going to car shows all summer long. I admire the craftsmanship, quality and thought that went into designing and producing cars before my time. Like the age old saying - "they just don't make 'em like they used to."
Another reason that is now near and dear to me comes from living in Michigan. The heritage of Detroit - aka Motor City - is very powerful. Parts of the city are so sad to see now, knowing how amazing it once was.
I really love the fact that our Art Center brings a diverse representation of art to our community. Since being involved there, the exhibits that come to mind are Art of the Tattoo (featuring local tattoo artists), last years Aviation Exhibit, and now this Auto Exhibit. Many people might turn their nose up, saying "what do tattoos have to do with art?" but tattooing really is an art form. By doing these types of shows, we bring in so many people who might not consider visiting an art center.
I have been gathering up many jewelry elements in preparation to make some auto themed jewelry to sell in the gift shop during this show:
industrial chic lockets filled with muscle car images
the one on the left also features industrial chic nuts
the glaze on the orange ceramic rounds on the other one look as though they have "oil" splotches on them
industrial chic car charm make a nice double stranded bracelet
If you've been following me for a while, you might remember my posts last year about Fordite (cabochons cut from layers of old car paint). I still have a few pieces hoarded away, but used a clasp here on this bangle bracelet. The Vintaj form is wrapped with wire and peyote stitched delica beads.
the industrial chic line pops up again with these earrings
they look like replacement bulbs for lighting in cars
If you are in the Battle Creek are this month, I hope you are able to see this awesome exhibit!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
So when Jade Scott had one of her shop updates a few weeks ago, you can imagine how delighted I was to see that she had made some hot air balloons. And lucky for me, I was able to snag a few. It really makes me happy to make jewelry that has a sentimental meaning to me - something that reminds me of an event or time in my life - something that I can relate to. Here are some necklaces I created with the pendants.
9 connector from industrial chic
black enamel filigree beads
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Jon had to travel to Germany during the week for work, and Mocha, Biscuit and I sure missed him. Something got in my eye on Tuesday, causing a trip to the doctor with the diagnosis of a scratch. Good thing I got some styling new DKNY glasses a few weeks ago so I could take a break from my contacts. But as a loyal contact wearer, I have no idea how people wear glasses all day every day. They give me a headache!
Thursday, I had a dentist checkup where I found out I have 2 cavities that need to be filled next month. Yuck!
So that was the "bad" of the week. The good started on Thursday evening when I went out to dinner with 2 girlfriends and then we had a beading session. On Friday, I took the day off and went to the garage sale at the Art Center. This sale is held twice a year to help raise money for our expenses, and it is all donated items from people involved there. I have donated things in the past so it's a good way to participate without the hassle of having your own garage sale. My good friends there put away a few peacock items that came through, and then I found a few owl items too. Fun stuff!
Speaking of peacocks, at my work we have an electronic bulletin board where people can post items for sale or events..... someone was giving away a free peacock! As in a real, live one! I so wished I could have had it, but I have no idea what kind of rules and regulations there are to owning something like that. While we do live just outside the city, and we have a nice piece of land, I still don't think it would be right. Plus, our neighbors are too close to hear the noise that they make. But could you imagine Jon coming home to a peacock! That would have been fun... I know he is all for me owning a real one(s) some day, when the time and space is right.
As I looked at other posts on the bulletin board, I saw a friend of mine who sells scrapbooking supplies through a company called Close to My Heart. Their new Fall/Winter catalog is out, and lo and behold, guess what one of their new collections of paper is? Peacocks!!! Oh, I can't wait to get my hands on some. And this leads into what I spent the rest of my Friday doing. I haven't scrapped in such a long time, so my friend Kristen took the day off of work with me and we scrapped. To get myself back into the "grove" after so long, I decided to work with some papers that would excite me - peacocks of course! I did 4 pages with a new collection from Bo Bunny Press called Peacock Lane. The purple & teals colors of this collection went perfectly with pictures from the art fair I did in June. Then, I did 2 pages to document my overnight stay at The Palmer House in Chicago earlier this year, which you might remember is decorated with peacocks!
Jon came home today. It's cold and rainy so we've just been snuggled up in the house. Unfortunately, our little zebra finch - Paco - passed away today. We got him and his mate Felicia about 8 years ago. Felicia passed away several years ago, and quite honestly we were surprised Paco continued on since we thought they were very social birds. Over the years, they had several babies, which we would give away to friends or to the local pet store. Their tiny eggs were about the size of one of the artisan bead eggs that are so popular now - be it glass or clay - just so you can get an idea. Will we get more birds? Probably not right now. Their cage was a beautiful metal and glass terrarium that looks like a cathedral, so I am thinking of filling it with orchids now.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Making jewelry makes me happy, and I've had some time to do that this weekend too. Here are some new listings on Etsy. Enjoy the rest of your day!