Sunday, November 23, 2014

Lilli Heart Designs

Multi Gemstone Necklace
A new multi gemstone necklace in my Etsy shop

I made one of these for myself years ago and it is probably my most worn piece of jewelry. It seems to go with everything solid! The length allows it to be worn as 1 long strand or doubled to wear like a choker. The huge chunk of red coral hangs at the center.

Lilli Heart Designs
Lilli Heart Designs is a wonderful customer of mine. Lilli has quite an eye for sparkling Swarovski crystals! Using beading wire she creates the most beautiful suncatchers.

They are a great gift idea since they can be hung in various places.

The angels are gorgeous!
Angel Suncatcher
She also creates colorful chakra stacks on certain pieces.
Chakra Color Suncatcher
I could never pick a favorite but this warm orange certainly attracts my attention!
Heart Suncatcher
Imagine hanging these Swarovski pretties on a Christmas tree!
Starburst Suncatcher
I love the vitrail crystals. Stunning!
Vitrail Suncatcher
Lilli also sells an array of Swarovski crystal jewelry in her jewelry shop.
Lilli Heart Designs can be found in the following places:

Thank you for stopping by. Wishing all of you in the U.S. a fabulous, tasty Thanksgiving! ~Val

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Curry Roasted Vegetable Wrap and Turquoise Earrings

Turquoise Earrings
I've been looking at my copper cuff bracelet blanks differently.
I came up with this long, dramatic design. I found the wire is difficult to coil after texturing but managed a small coil on the bottom. These turquoise pretties are available in my Etsy shop.

Curry Roasted Vegetable and Avocado Wrap
The original inspiration recipe found here is a curry roasted veggie and avocado naan-wich from Naturally Ella.
The only big differences for me were leaving out the onion and using a wrap instead of naan. Changing the bread is a great way to reduce the calories!
The filling includes:
1 cup of diced red pepper (I used yellow because it was $1 less a pound!)
1 cup cherry tomatoes sliced in half (I used one large regular tomato)
1.5 cups diced zuchinni
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon curry powder
salt to taste
1/2 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed 

Preheat the oven at 425 F. In a roasting pan, toss all ingredients except the chickpeas. 
Roast for 15 - 20 minutes until veggies are tender. Then stir in the chickpeas and continue to roast for 5 additional minutes. 
The avocado is used like a mayonnaise. Mash up 1 avocado with 2 tablespoons of cilantro or to taste. I used the freeze dried. Sprinkle in the lime juice if desired. 

Then you spread the avocado on the wrap followed with the veggies. So delicious and healthy! 

Next time a make it I'm going to spice it up a bit since both Jim and I like our curried foods to have some heat.

Thank you for stopping by! Have a beautiful week. ~Val

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Fairytale Flower

Square Wire
I've never worked with square wire before.
I love how rich it looks when coiled! I will be experimenting with it more. These white howlite earrings are available in my Etsy shop

Fairytale Flower
For a while now I have been wanting to do features on my findings customers and am finally doing so! My first feature is Fairytale Flower on Etsy. 

This beautiful shop makes boutonierres using my stick pins. The shop owner has offered a photo of her creations that I include in my listings as an example! Great idea! 

The boutonierres are so sweet and great for wedding parties like these handsome red ones.
red flower boutonierres
The accessories are quite varied and oh so beautiful in this shop. I love this golden flower hair clip for the bride or special occasion. I also think it can translate well in a casual look too.
golden flower hair clip
She also make marvelous crowns which are so in right now!
leaf crown
Corsages are gorgeous accessory for brides and/or wedding parties.
If Jim and I do decide to tie the knot someday, the ceremony will likely be on the beach in Florida. Barefoot sandals will be a must!
barefoot sandals
If you are looking for fancy accessories for a special occasion, please stop by Fairytale Flower.

Thank you for stopping by! Have a beautiful week ahead! ~Val

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Cool Room Decor and Necklaces

New Necklaces
I found a great use for Apoxie Sculpt clay! 

These metal flowers have been in my box of miscellaneous lovelies for years not knowing what to do with them. I could never get the back completely smooth to work with. That's where the Apoxie Sculpt comes in! Since it can stick anything to anything it is the perfect adhesive to use. 

I like the earthy look of it under the flowers and how it gives them depth. This has been featured in the Jewelry Making Journal.

Cool Room Decor
Jim and I live in an old drafty house! He mentioned we could benefit from draft dodgers (aka door snakes) for a few doors. So off to Etsy I went and found Cool Room Decor.

We went with a plain brown that would work with the decor. The fabric is heavy and feels luxurious!
We bought a massive bag of rice to fill them up. 
Luckily there is two of us, otherwise there would have been rice all over the floor! 

They are available in wide array of colors and prints. Perfect for drafty window too! You choose the length.
draft dodgers
This shop also offers pretty pillow covers. I love this print!
pillow cover
It is also a great shop for valances!
I love the different shapes offered.
There are also super cute stockings for Santa to fill!
Next time you need something custom for your home, stop by Cool Room Decor. You won't be disappointed!

Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy your week ahead! ~Val

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Mod 86 Designery and Metal Stamping

Metal Stamping Fun
Stamping time!
I used the 1/4 inch copper cuff bracelet blanks in my shop for these inspirational earrings. They were the perfect width for my stamping set. 
The ear wires are crafted from solid sterling silver. The earrings are available in my Etsy shop!

2015 Planner
This is my new planner from Mod 86 Designery on Etsy!
This sturdy book has great features including laminated covers, a great elastic that wraps around the entire planner which will keep it together when I drop it (yes, I'm clumsy), tabs for each month, built in envelopes, plenty of notes pages, a pen and more!
The week on 2 pages always works best for me and my to do lists each day.
However this shop offers 8 different layout options since everyone's needs vary.
owl planner
The planners can be personalized but I just went with "planner". 
mod print planner
The different planner prints also come in a variety of colors for all tastes.

This shop also has bill organizers.
bill organizer
Meal planners.
meal planner
Address books.
address book
Of course everything can be customized to the perfect book for someone's needs!

Stop by Mod 86 Designery for your next organizing book. You won't be disappointed! These are great gift ideas too.

Thank you for stopping by. Enjoy your week! ~Val

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fake Tuna Sandwich

Unisex Eyeglass Chain
Since my unisex eyeglass chains do so well I figured I would try this simple black chain in my shop. I love this painted lightweight aluminum chain. It comes in a variety of colors for the ladies. So if the black does well I may try making other colors. This is available in my Etsy shop.

Fake Tuna Sandwich
I'm really excited about this discovery!!!! 

I was intrigued watching an episode of Delicious TV which is a vegetarian cooking show that airs on the Create channel. The cook was making what she called a tunno sandwich (get it, no tuna!). Here is the original recipe.
I modified the recipe a little based on what I had in the house and had to leave the onions out due to my finicky stomach.

Now this may not sound possible, but it comes out tasting like tuna! I haven't eaten tuna since my teens but the first comment out of Jim's mouth when he tried it was that it tasted just like tuna! We both loved it!!! Best part, it doesn't stink like tuna.

It is easy to make by simply combining all the ingredients.
  • 14 ounce can of artichoke hearts, drained, squeezed and put through the food processor so that it is a tuna type texture
  • 1 cup canned chickpeas rinsed and drained then also put through the processor until tuna like
  • 1 stalk of celery finely chopped
  • 1.5 teaspoons of soy sauce
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons of rice wine vinegar (I just used plain white)
  • 4 - 5 tablespoons mayonnaise (use vegan for a vegan filling)
  • salt and black pepper to taste
Here is what the texture of the artichokes looked like when I made it:
Here is the chickpea texture:
Here are all the ingredients mixed together!
I went lighter on the soy sauce, vinegar and mayo to taste it first since those condiments can be overpowering. It stayed perfect in the fridge for the 4 days it lasted in there!

Next time I'm going to try chopped walnuts in place of the celery. With the exception of celery, all the other ingredients are always staples in the house so this can be whipped up at any time!

This is worth a try if you are looking for a healthier alternative. I know tuna is very healthy but there is always that concern of mercury. This is perfect for a pregnant woman too! 

Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy your week ahead! ~Val

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Jewels By Jodi

Jewels by Jodi
I recently did a trade with Jodi of Jewels by Jodi on Etsy! 

What I made is this eyeglass chain with carnelian, agate, jasper and wood. It was made to complement a beautiful necklace she already had.
I received these beautiful chrysocolla pieces from Jodi! They are just my style!
This is a stone that I never worked with before. I remember having a rough chunk of this stone as a little girl in my rock collection. It can vary in color but I love it most when it is very blue and green!
Jodi's style is very bohemian and beautiful. Her shop is full of goodies including earrings like these:
druzy earrings
leather wrap bracelet
rose quartz necklace
shell ring
Stop by Jewels by Jodi for your next bohemian piece of jewelry!

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Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy your week! ~Val

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Happy Fall

New Ear Wires
More new earring wires! These have a 22kt gold plating over sterling silver. They have a beautiful matte finish with a color close to 14kt gold. Available in my Etsy findings shop.

Blog Feature
A special thanks to bloggy friend Libby of Artistic Expressions by Elisabeth for doing this sweet blog feature on my business!

Libby is super creative in so many ways. She is also an amazing photographer! Check out her blog and youtube channel for how to's and more!

Happy Fall to everyone! This is the 1 season I will miss when we eventually relocate to Florida.

I'm enjoying a dogwood out of the office window that is full of red leaves and berries.

There is also an evergreen shrub there too with red berries!

Bargain goodies
I got myself a much needed new shredder a couple of weeks ago! It kicks butt!
I almost bought one the same brand on the Home Shopping Network. I've never purchased anything through them before but stumbled on it while channel surfing. I was so tempted but found one just like it for the same price in a local store! I haven't tried putting a CD through yet but it eats credit cards quite nicely.

I found a Columbia fleece for $20! It will likely be worn around the house in the cold months since it is much warmer than a sweatshirt.
Ok, so it is boys size large and has a label inside for me to put my name in case I lose it on the playground. Hehe!
Then there are my cozy warm slippers for only $10!!! I've been enjoying these. I was going to look for booty style for extra warmth but could not resist the price and cushiness of these.
I also tried these vermicelli rice noodles. This was a new kitchen thing for me! They have 0 nutritional value but I love them anyway!
On the package it says they can be fried to make the crunchy noodles which I have only had in restaurants before. I will be attempting to cook them that way next time!

Ok, enough babbling. I hope you are all enjoying the season change if you are experiencing one!

Thank you for stopping by. Have a great week! ~Val