Hello, Hello….is this thing still on ? September 25, 2014
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 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.
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.
Despite what this photo implies, I did actually ride this bike !
Dutch Baby Breakfast ! August 30, 2014
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.
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!
Cupcake Surprise ! August 25, 2014
Last week of August and it’s time for me to step up
and post about my Personal Pinterest Challenge.
Confession…I only have a Foody Me this month.
I leave on a three week trip next Tuesday and Crafty Me must have
packed her bags and left early, because she’s got nuttin’ to share.
So…have you ever been in a pinch
to produce something yummy to serve to someone else
and whipped out a recipe you’ve never tried before?
Not always the best choice, I admit,
but last night was one of those times to live dangerously.
These just looked so good in the Pin that I just had to give it a shot.
Plus it looked way easy and fast.
Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes…
a real mouthful to say and, luckily for me, a tasty mouthful to eat!
I know it doesn’t look like much,
but just flip it over for the OREO cookie surprise!
I filled tiny cupcake tins with just the left over filling.
Next time, I think a dollop of whipped cream of top would be lovely.
Thank you Handle the Heat blog for getting me out of a tight spot last
night and providing this little taste of heaven for my guests to enjoy.
Tiny Totems August 19, 2014
If you’re looking for the artisan-look ear wire tutorial, go HERE.
As I sat this morning looking at the total mess of seed beads
strewn all over the work bench…
(I am definitely not a neat-nik when it comes to making jewelry)
My eyes spied those silver plated ball head pins I used in yesterday’s tutorial.
What a lovely time I had stacking beads to create these mini-totem earrings.
Looking at the gorgeous pile of beady sticks is mesmerizing…
matte, iridescent, bright, subtle, faceted, smooth…
I could hardly go wrong with the mix and matching.
I mostly stacked up one earring, then flipped it upside down
to follow the pattern for the second earring. Easy random designing !
Now I just need to go make a bucket full of those handcrafted ear wires !
Make Your Own Artisan-look Ear Wires ! August 18, 2014
These are easy-squeezy, with just a few basic jewelry tools
and purchased ball head pins.
I started making these pretty early in my jewelry making life, mainly to save $$$.
For work in sterling silver, I work the same process,
but with my own torch made ball head pins.
You’ll need: 20 – 22 gauge ball head pins. I used brass and silver plated for these.
Chain-nosed pliers, round-nosed pliers, nippers (wire cutters),
round stick pen or pencil, file or cup bur.
Optional: bench block and hammer
For simplicity and because none these steps is particularly difficult,
this is another pictorial tutorial.
****This hammering step also work hardens the wire and adds stability to the shape****
Source for 21 gauge silver plated ball head pins: Goody Beads
Under 3 dollars a package. A bargain on any planet !
Three in One Postie July 30, 2014
July is winding down, so it’s time to do a little finishing up on a couple of things.
First, the Art Bead Scene challenge.
I haven’t participated in several months, maybe more…
either the art didn’t particularly inspire me or a time crunch.
This month, I was determined to push through this challenge.
That’s what makes it a challenge, right? Here is the inspiration painting.
The Little Mermaid, 1911 by Edmund Delac
Pencil, pen, black ink, and watercolor with scratching out on paper
And here’s my necklace, with a poly clay pendant with a glass cabochon
I had made for a Sally Russick cab challenge that I never used.
The glass pebble is backed with a scrap of Japanese rice paper.
I then encased the pebble in textured polymer clay.
After the first baking, the piece was painted with a mixture of alcohol inks and glaze.
Baked again, and varnished.
Next two quickies are for my monthly Pinterest Pin challenge…
I’m trying to go ahead and make some of the things that I pin, for heaven’s sake!
Crafty Me made this hanging tea light/ flower vase
from a too-cute mason jar with handle…Dollar Store score!!
(Think I heading back there tomorrow, because I decided I really, really need
more of these for summer drinks. Don’t you?)
Some beads, 18 gauge aluminum wire from the hardware store,
and baker’s twine is all I needed.