Sunday, December 30, 2012

Never Too Many Earrings

Pink Ombre Earrings
Available here

Kyanite and Spiral Earrings
Available here Sold

Jasper and Brass Key Earrings
Available here

Bronzite, Jasper, Pearl and Czech glass Earrings
Available here

Czech glass Double Chain Earrings
Available here

Friday, December 28, 2012

Winding down

I hope everyone had wonderful holidays! I am enjoying some down time, after the last few hectic months, hanging out at home. I will have some new jewelry to post soon, but for now some of my photos from Christmas...

Adorable 'Noel' sign from Target, on clearance!

The tree and decorations.

Santa has done it again!

Homemade Vanilla Extract, I made for gifts

My boys, with their presents, on Christmas morning

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Sleigh Bells Art & Craft Show

If you're in the area, stop by Bacon Academy's holiday fair! Tons of unique vendors, food and a chance to support the school's graphics department.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, December 3, 2012

{Tutorial Love} Holiday Edition

Happy December everyone! 
The following is a list of my favorite Christmas/Holiday tutorials I've found throughout the year. I can't wait to make my own ornaments and create gifts for my friends!

by The Idea Room

by Centsational Girl

by Katy Elliot

by Craftaholics Anonymous

by The Shine Project

by Shauna Mailloux

Saturday, December 1, 2012

We Have a Winner!

Earring Giveaway!

These earrings feature beautiful Blue Kyanite gemstones and Swarovski Crystals in blue and brown. Measuring about two and a quarter inches long and finished with silver earring hooks.

The winner is...

Beth M

I will be emailing you soon :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Black Friday Sale and a GIVEAWAY!


The largest Artisan shopping event
for Cyber Week...Ever!! 
Nov. 23rd through Nov 30th
All participating jewelry designers will be offering a discount on their stores &
will be promoting a giveaway.  
Winners will be chosen individually by the blog owners.
For event wide discount code use: AWHOLIDAY


Earring Giveaway!

These earrings feature beautiful Blue Kyanite gemstones and Swarovski Crystals in blue and brown. Measuring about two and a quarter inches long and finished with silver earring hooks.

To enter: Leave a comment on this blog post by midnight November 30th. Be sure to leave a contact email/link. One entry per person. Value of $32.00


Monday, November 19, 2012

Class in a Box: A Prima Bead Review

As you may remember, I was recently contacted by the Prima Bead company, sent a great 'Class in a Box' gift and asked to write a review here on my blog.

I have to admit that a kit with predetermined designs was not what I had in mind when I received my gift. After all, I would not consider myself a beginner, however I really do like these beads and components a lot.

I decided I wasn't going to create the designs in the instructions booklet. I wanted to use the materials as I would any other; this way I can give a real and honest opinion about the Prima Bead products. You can see the jewelry designs intended to be made from this kit above. Below is the jewelry that I have created using the same beads and components.

 Maroon glass pearls and Quartz 'icicle' beads

 Earrings with pretty bow charms and teardrop shaped links

For this necklace I used the brownish glass pearls and the heavy chain from Prima's kit. I love how this chain is two toned bronze and silver.

I still have a lot of the beads and components left over and will defiantly be posting more of my creations soon! So, how would I review this Prima Bead 'Class in a Box' product?

Here are some pros:
· An abundance of different materials to work with for a little price.
· The kit comes with a beading mat!
· The designs are current with the latest styles. You're gonna love wearing your pieces.

Here are some cons:
· I felt the tool was not the greatest, and you're going to need more than one pair of pliers.
· Plated, base metal findings. I typically prefer better quality metals, at least for the earring hooks.
· The quality, overall, is much more 'crafter' than 'artisan'

Final rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

While there are many great quality Prima Bead and Cousin products that I use regularly, this "Class in a Box" kit isn't something I would have purchased for myself. I think this is great for beginners or crafty people that create jewelry as a hobby.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Creamy Asparagus Tarts

I knew as soon as I had tried this recipe, that I wanted to share it with my readers. This would be great as Hors d'oeuvres for your holiday party, though I often enjoy them on the side, with a salad.

Creamy Asparagus Tarts

1 sheet frozen puff pastry dough
1 pound fresh asparagus spears
3/4 package (6 ounces) Cream Cheese, softened
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
5 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 pinch sea salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons shaved Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Remove pastry dough from freezer and let thaw for 10 minutes.
Unfold dough onto a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Cut into 4 equal rectangles. Separate rectangles slightly on sheet. Wash and trim asparagus so they will fit on dough rectangles.

In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, chopped basil leaves and lemon juice.
Spread cream cheese mixture onto each of the pastry rectangles, not quite to edges.
Press 4 asparagus spears onto each rectangle, alternating directions. Sprinkle pastries with sea salt and drizzle with olive oil.

Bake for 18 to 22 minutes until pastries are golden brown.
Garnish with shaved Parmesan cheese and serve.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bead Table Wednesday

I thought I'd share a picture of my very messy desk today.

See that black tray in the back there? That is full of all miscellaneous beads that need to be sorted and put away. The clear box has all my "to be made" necklaces and bracelets, and the ice cube tray has "to be made" earrings. I clearly have to get to work!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Currently, I am...

Fall inspired designs

The blues-rock sounds of The Black Keys

Enjoying beautiful New England scenery

 Exercising my civic duty!

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