I really love exploring new ways to be creative and am completely enamored of these lovely faces! Of course my workroom now resembles World War III -utter chaos due to the growing amount of new tools, jewelry parts, and oh so many many ways to color and paint!
Yes, that was tease for you Moody Blues fans! So please enter new doorways with a few answers 😉
And since I am obviously a devoted Moody Blues fan, I thought I’d give y’all a Moodies break with “Question” :
“Why do we never get an answer
When we’re knocking at the door
With a thousand million questions
About hate and death and war?”
Oh heck, here’s the whole thing, enjoy!
Hah, got your attention! Thought I was going to show you new jewels, and I am, but since I am knee deep in Harry Potter (how many of you just stopped reading this?…) I thought I’d pass along some impressive work by a group of young folks who want to do good in the world, http://thehpalliance.org. Their latest campaign is called The Apparating Library to promote literacy and continue their international book drive. Check it out!
Here are a few doorway necklaces for those Potterheads out there:
Still looking for my magic wand……
Here we go through open doorways to new adventures! This is a new line of pendant necklaces. Each one reveals an inspirational thought. Here is a sneak peek:
Happy New Year to everyone! I hope 2015 brings you all happiness and joy! To start off the new year properly, one needs chocolate and lots of it 😃 so here is my recipe for chocolate mousse. Cheers!
2 cups 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
2 cups heavy cream
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
1/4 cup strong brewed coffee
1/8 cup rum
- In a large chilled bowl, whip the cream to form light peaks. Set aside in the refrigerator.
- Melt the chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler over barely simmering water, stirring occasionally till smooth.
- In the meantime, whip the eggs with the sugar, cooled coffee and rum at medium-high for about 10 minutes, until very fluffy and thick.
- Stir the melted chocolate into the beaten eggs (the volume of the egg mixture will reduce, don’t worry about it!)
- Fold in the whipped cream.
- Spoon mousse into cups or pretty glasses. Decorate with shaved chocolate and enjoy!
Bracelets this time 🙂
It’s official, I have gone chain maille crazy! I love the effect of joining metal rings in a variety of ways to form interesting pieces. (Admittedly, it’s tough on the hands but I am ablsolutely compelled! Obsessed is probably a better word LOL!)
Here they come! Can you hear the holidays rushing towards us? Wasn’t it just summer?! Well, to start the season off right, here are a few new pieces of jewelry to add a bit of sparkle to your life 🙂
Hi folks, I just wanted to update everyone and let you know that I am now selling my jewelry in a new venue, Studios in the Park in Paso Robles. Check it out, it’s full of intriguing and diverse art pieces plus plenty of gorgeous handcrafted items in a variety of media! There are always artists and craftsmen in residence who demonstrate their art and are happy to answer questions. A terrific place to visit!
And don’t forget my other venue, Fiona Bleu in Morro Bay, filled with unique and creative art, jewelry, sculpture and other gorgeous works!
The sky recently has displayed so many rich and vivid shades of blues that I just borrowed a few, mixed them with golds and bronze tints, and voila! Feast your eyes on these ladies:
Well, as far as I am concerned, you can never have too much color so I developed new variations for two of my favorite necklaces. Cheers!
Of course you need earring to go with all these new necklaces, but of course not matchy-matchy (do you remember “What Not to Wear? 😉 ), just an echo of the hues in the jewelry.
I have an current obsession with Czech glass buttons! They are beautiful art pieces handmade by skilled glass artisans whose techniques have been perfected and handed down for generations. I can’t resist making them the centerpiece for more jewelry pieces so here we go!
We live in the path of the monarch butterfly migration and are lucky enough to see vast numbers of them on the coast of central California. Though we see lots of monarchs, there have been plenty of varied colored butterflies flitting about our garden lately. Felt like I must make something to reflect the joy they inspire, so voila!
My husband’s birthday was this week and the only gift he wanted (besides his dream of owning a Tesla, LOL!) is Chocolate Lush for dessert. So in the spirit of the 4th of July, I declared independence from calories for the day (don’t tell my hips please!).
1 1/3 Cup flour
1 1/3 sticks of butter
1 1/3 C. chopped nuts (I use slivered toasted almonds, chopped)
1/3 C. powdered sugar
Mix together, and press into 9×13″ pan.
Bake at 375 until golden brown for about 15 minutes, let cool.
Cream Cheese Layer:
12 oz. cream cheese (softened)
8 oz. Cool Whip
1 1/4 Cup powdered sugar
Whip the cream cheese until soft. Mix in the powdered sugar until blended. Fold in the Cool Whip until mixture is smooth and well blended. Spread over the cooled crust.
For Chocolate Pudding Layer:
3 small packages of chocolate instant pudding
4 1/2 Cups of cold milk.
*You can use any flavor of pudding you prefer, but seriously, the chocolate is phenomenal!
Spread 8 oz Cool Whip over the top of the pudding layer.
* You can whip your own heavy cream, and sweeten it with confectioners sugar & vanilla.
Refrigerate overnight. I also like to sprinkle mini-chocolate chips, chopped nuts, shaved chocolate and/or chocolate syrup over the top, because there is no way you are counting calories with this dessert. It is definitely and completely over the top, yummy!
Isn’t she strong and lovely? I can see her on the prow of a ship, sailing through stormy seas and brilliant blue skies alike. She is secured and just awaiting to set out to sea and keep to the wind! (Okay, I have no idea what I just said but it sounds seaworthy 🙂 )
I love using interesting chain and clasps like these: