Fresh Baked Designs

Adventures in jewelry making

A Good Day… October 20, 2014

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I know I’ve got my creative making juices flowing again when I wake up

in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep

because I’ve got all these ideas for jewelry in my brain.

Gave up on the sleep and got up in the dark.

Confused the dog who thought it was time for breakfast at 4:00.

Made stuff until I ran out of ear wires.

Need to work on that tomorrow.

Here are just a few things I finished today.


copper omega and blue










copper swirls


sterling swirls


         Using Czech glass leaves, fresh water pearls,     howlite, agate, turquoise. lamp work glass,                        ‘sea glass’, chalcedony, Swarovski crystal






glass trio


Stick pendant necklaces






           Textured sterling pendant necklaces

     with turquoise and

          chalcedony briolettes.




agate stack

And here’s the little giveaway I promised to you, dear readers…for your wonderful support these last four years and the over 101,000 visits to this blog.

Just add your comment to this blog post to have your name entered. Be sure to leave an email contact. Closes Monday, October 27th.

Oh, and here’s what you will win…a pair of hand shaped, etched copper pendant earrings in a feather design.

With gorgeous Boro glass beads and sterling silver ear wires.


copper feathers



Best of luck !



Back in the saddle… October 17, 2014

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There’s a couple of big craft events looming on the horizon and I’ve been in a bit of a funk about getting things done. Perhaps it was the long hiatus getting ready for our travel and blaming jet lag (two weeks, really??). Went into my workroom a few times, looked around a few minutes, shrugged, walked out and shut the door. Pretty sure you all know what I’m talking about.

I decided one way to get going was to just make components. Spent one day just on punching out, etching, oxidizing, scrubbing, tumbling, and waxing copper pieces. Luckily, I had a good stash of head pins and ear wires already made.

Finally just started putting somethings together. It also helped that a cousin contacted me with an order for several pieces of jewelry that I needed to work on, too. Thank you for that!

Here’s a peek at what’s going on, focusing on copper for now. Need to add more sterling, leather, and        brass to my inventory later.


copper flower discs

stone butterfly

These gorgeous jasper stones were purchased from one of my favorite local shops…Lost Cities. Their staff is so knowledgeable and helpful. And while I cannot afford their collection of ethnic beads and ancient stones, I can and do love to look!

copper amber leaves


Also, trying out something new, since I put my Etsy shop on hold. I’m setting up a website through Square Up…I’ve been thrilled to be able to use the Square for face to face credit card sales at events. They also offer a free market place and the ability to set up a simple to run website. It’s certainly not finished, just added four items, but take a peek…


And just noticed yesterday that this blog has had over 101,000 visits by you guys!

Thanks so much for your encouragement and support these last four years.

I think that calls for a little celebratory give away! Stay tuned…hope to get something fun for this weekend.


Why didn’t I know this sooner? October 7, 2014

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I don’t share much about the business side of what I do because mostly I’m doing well enough for someone who started it after retirement and I prefer to focus on the adventure of making jewelry, not the business of selling it, record keeping, tax forms, licenses, etc…  However, thought I’d share about my recent discovery of something that I hope will make my life much easier. And my customers, as well. If you already know about this, then go enjoy a second cup of tea or move on to the next blog on your list, or go make some really cool jewelry. You are just a techno-smarty-pants.

It’s about the ability to use a great Paypal tool that allows one to create a customized invoice and email it directly to a customer. In the past, if someone was messaged me about buying a piece they saw on Facebook or my blog, I thought I needed to create a reserved listing in my Etsy shop, so that the buyer could pay through Paypal. They do not even need to have a Paypal account to complete the transaction with a bank transfer or credit card.

It took a very kind and knowledgable reader to clue me in…thanks, Karin!  Let’s cut out the middleman.

I just completed my first transaction today. It was easy, fast, and convenient for both buyer and seller. I created an invoice template with a photo logo, my contact info, return policy, and a thank you note.

Etsy has not been a thrilling experience…I admit I don’t put much effort into it. So, it’s on permanent, temporary vacation or temporary, permanent vacation. Either way, I think I’ve just discovered, however belatedly, a nifty business tool that gives me the freedom to easily sell from this blog or from Facebook or perhaps Pinterest. Not sure what this might open up for my business, but I’m excited to have more options.

This is a screen shot of the page that creates the template.

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If you have experience to share regarding this Invoice tool on Paypal,

I’d love to hear from you!


Doesn’t Feel Like Fall… October 4, 2014

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So I’ve been whining a bit that even though the calendar says it’s been officially Fall for several weeks now, the thermometer says otherwise. In the upper nineties again and likely to stay that way for a while. (Beg forgiveness from those who suffered last winter’s severe storms.) Meanwhile the media and internet sites, (cooking, clothing, jewelry) that I follow are chock full of gorgeous Autumn colors and flavors. I want to make big pots of soup, wear thick sweaters, and (pay someone else) to sweep up the giant piles of lovely leaves from our liquid amber trees in the back yard.

Meanwhile, regardless of my personal feelings about the current state in the weather, I need to get moving on some jewelry making. These two Autumn inspired necklaces have been finished recently. The first one sits up high with the copper leaf falling just under the collar bone, using copper chain and waxed linen cord.  The leather strap and brassy chain piece is 35 inches in length, more with the focal piece of Rainbow Agate and Turquoise drops.

copper leaf necklace

copper leaf close up

Leather strap necklace

This one is an add-on today…I’m apparently on a roll! Finally!

chunky citrine 2

Again with a leather strap and brass findings…

stones are rough chunks of citrine, I think. Someone help me out?

Chunky citrine

How is your Autumn going?

Any jewelry inspirations from this season?

Love to hear what you’re up to !


I Love Schmuck !! September 30, 2014

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It’s true…I am a schmuck lover.

Germany, Austria, and Prague are filled with schmuck.

And no, these countries are NOT full of idiots.

Despite the American take on this word (and there’s lots of debate on the history and meaning of American, German, and Yiddish versions),

the German noun, Schmuck, simply means Jewelry or Adornments.

In preparation for our recent travels, I did some internet searching for some good bead store options in places we’d be visiting…

especially interested in finding Czech glass beads and buttons in Prague.

Bead hunting was not a focus of this trip and this would be the only planned stop.

Despite locating the most promising bead shop in Prague

and having an agreeable husband help navigate to its doorstep,

I was very disappointed to find very limited stock.

The tiny shop was loaded with packages of seed beads

and nothing much that I could easily find here or on the internet.

And not one pretty pressed glass button. Sigh…

Maybe that’s it…so much IS available on-line now.

But you know me, I never leave a bead shop empty-handed.

czech glass beads chain

They did have this cool display of very thin leather in great colors.

leather thongs

I did read that there is some great bead shopping further north in the Czech Republic,

in Jablonec Nad Nisou, home of the famous Jablonex company.

Now for some real SCHMUCK!

Loads of crystals

Prague Crystal

Tons of garnet jewelry !

Prague Garnets

Prague glass store

Prague glass 2

While cut glass and crystal chandeliers are technically not Schmuck,

Prague was bursting with shops that practically blinded you with their sparkle.


And then there was The Antique Castle Schmuck…

including this extensive set of convertible stone rings.

convertible rings

Eltz 1

Eltz 3

Sorry about this poor photos, everything is under glass.

So temptingly close and just out of  reach.


And lastly, I did purchase two pair of earrings. One from a vendor on the Charles Bridge in Prague…

I thought the jewelry from pieces of slate were a cool reminder of all the slate roofs I admired on this trip.

slate earrings

And the other, a very small pair of lovely garnet earrings.

Czech or Bohemian garnet jewelry is historic and world renown. A perfect souvenir, don’t you think?



Hello, Hello….is this thing still on ? September 25, 2014

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You may (or maybe not) have noticed a lack of communication

from me for a while.

Just returned from a three-week trip to Germany, Austria, and Prague.

While most of me is back home in Southern California,

part of me is still hovering somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean.

International travel can be very intense living and I need to be patient with myself

as I make adjustments and get back to normal routines of home.

While I do have some things to share about some of the pretty, sparkly baubles

and beads I found in these travels,  more photo editing is needed.

The name of this trip could be Planes, Trains, Automobiles, and Bikes,

as we made good use of all these modes of transportation.

I’m most proud of the fact that I finished two 12 mile bike rides

with my bum in pretty good shape…

one along the beautiful vineyards and small towns of the Danube.

And the other along the gorgeous Mosel River.

Glenn was in hot pursuit of the best pastries and beer,

while I enjoyed the many great Rieslings and tasty brots.

Leaving on a train

Leaving Vienna. Next stop Prague.

Pretty cool how I matched my jacket to our train, huh?




One of many great meals. Mind boggling how many ways they can prepare PORK.

Pretzels, Beer, and Wine


Reichstag Roof and Dome


Top of the Reichstag in Berlin.  Loved Berlin!




View from our room in Cochem on the Mosel.

I emailed our kids this photo and told them that we’d just bought a house in Germany

and to sell our cars, home and all our belongings and forward our mail, the cash, and the dog.


biker chick


Despite what this photo implies, I did actually ride this bike !



Dutch Baby Breakfast ! August 30, 2014

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Since I did not post a Crafty Pinterest Pin this month,

I’m doing a very quick second Foody Me, just because it’s so good and so easy.

And so spectacular when it comes out of the oven !

We just finished enjoying this treat for breakfast this morning.

Just 2 eggs, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup flour, pinch of salt, a bit of grated nutmeg.

Butter for the oven safe skillet.

I add some fresh raspberries today because they were in the frig.

Added a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and powdered sugar before serving.

Dutch Baby


The great thing is you can adjust the amount of ingredients to feed more people

by just keeping the proportions…feed three people with 3 eggs, 2/3 cup milk and flour…

feed four with 4 eggs, 1 cup milk and flour.

One caveat is to be sure everyone is at the table and ready to eat

when you take this puffy delight out of the oven.

In this case, first impressions are important.

It starts to deflate pretty quickly, yet still beautiful and very tasty.

There are many different variations of this recipe on Pinterest,

but this is the one I used, adjusting the proportions for two people. Dutch Baby !

I’m definitely keeping this one handy for a quick weekend breakfast or  brunch…

and a great treat for guests.

I promise that my next post will be back to more jewelry adventures!




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