Saturday, April 4, 2015

This Past Week Update

Custom Lanyard
This request was for a lanyard using the 7 chakra colors. My customer loves the fancy jasper here and wanted the chakra colors to be muted to compliment this particular stone.
The charka colors are stacked near the bottom of the lanyard.
I used for the following stones to represent the colors:
violet - fancy jasper
indigo - lapis lazuli
blue - blue lace agate
green - fancy jasper
yellow - calcite
orange - fancy jasper
red - red jasper

This was a fun project to take on and I'm thankful to my customer for asking me to do so!

This was the backyard on February 15.
The deck furniture was completely buried! Luckily the deck didn't collapse.

This is the yard on April 1. We have had more melting over the past few days too!
I don't think we will be seeing much of the early spring flowers this year. The bulbs will likely be confused!

It would be nice to put the shovels away but being a New Englander I'm well aware of the possibility of an April snowstorm. Of course I'm hoping for none!

Almonds and Chocolate
I had a bag of these roasted salted almonds.
My taste buds felt they were way too salty, hence inedible! The solution?
I coarsely chopped them and mixed them with melted chocolate. The result? Very edible salty almonds!

Jewelry Making Journal
Here is my latest post seen in the most recent issue of the Jewelry Making Journal!

Thank you for stopping by. Happy Easter and Happy Passover if you are celebrating! ~Val


  1. Lovely lanyard! I've always been fond of lapis lazuli; an intriguing stone. =)

  2. The lanyard is gorgeous, Val! I love how you used muted chakra colours!
    Congrats on the article! btw, great solution to make those too salty almonds edible :)
    Happy Easter!

  3. I like the colors you used for the lovely lanyard!
    Over here at my place spring finally has coming, although on April 1st snow was falling. What a joke! But the ground/land was already too warm and happily the snow melted immediately.
    Have a lovely week! And happy easter!

  4. oh, i love chocolate-covered almonds! great fix! love the stonework!

  5. beautiful jasper in that lanyard Val! love it. And boy do I hear you on the snow. I was just thinking this morning it is the first time I've seen the patio since fall ... and the birds and squirrels are going crazy back there today! we've all had cabin fever!!

  6. Hi Val,
    I love your lanyards and this one is no exception. I like the special touch of using the seven charka colors. Yum almonds and chocolate!

  7. The muted colours do look nice together in the lanyard. Salted nuts and chocolate - a combination made in heaven! It looks delicious :D

  8. Those almonds look like a real treat!

  9. I love the colors in the lanyard, Val.
    And the chocolate and almonds???
    Looks oh so yummy!!
    Happy Easter, and have a wonderful week.!

  10. I love almonds and that chocolate is just a plus! I am hoping for all of that snow to melt away and no more snowstorms yikes!!

  11. Love the lanyard you created. Now as for the snow....I can't even imagine. I had no idea you still had snow there! The chocolate looks like a tasty treat too!

  12. that lanyard you made is absolutely gorgeous! love the soft colors. AND you make chocolate! it looks SO GOOD Val!

  13. Lovely work!!!!
    Have a good week, dear Val!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  14. The lanyard is beautiful and I'm sure you customer will love it. Glad to see your snow melting. Soon the flowers will be blooming and the trees will be filled with leaves! As much as I love chocolate covered nuts, I don't know why I never think to mix up a batch. It's a great way to make only a few so you don't have a big bag laying around. Thanks for the idea!

  15. That custom lanyard turned out perfectly!
    Chocolate and almonds makes for a great snack.
    Congrats for the feature in Jewelry Making Journal! =0)

  16. Gorgeous lanyard! And that chocolate almond clusters look delicious - great idea.

  17. Mmmm...chocolate makes everything better :)

  18. Yum! I could definitely go for one of your yummy chocolate almost clusters right now :) Your lanyard is simply beautiful, dear Val!

    Happy Weekend!

  19. Hey Val ;o) I hope you had a great Easter ;o) I am sorry I haven't been around! Trying to get back into blogging!
    The lanyard is stunning! Wow! Gorgeous colors! I am so happy the snow is starting to melt for you!! You got me hungry again with the almonds and chocolate! LOL! Hugs ;o)

  20. que delicioso el chocolate, la ultima foto, ñam ñam


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