March Pinterest Fun! March 31, 2014
Did I make it?
Did I make my self-imposed deadline for posting
about my Personal Pinterest Challenge by the end of each month?
Food first (always)…
I’m starting off with my newest chocolate dessert favorite…
and there are so many in my past…Pots de Creme.
This recipe is from Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond,
who make scrumptious eats for everyday cooks.
This one couldn’t be simpler.
She even helps us learn the correct French pronunciation
for this yummy dessert.
Five ingredients and a blender. My kind of dessert making!
Semi-sweet chocolate chips, eggs, salt, vanilla, and the secret weapon…
espresso powder (to make very strong, very hot coffee).
The espresso powder is my idea.
Ree suggests just good strong coffee,
but the richness of the espresso adds that extra boost to the chocolate flavor.
Here’s the recipe with lots more info and photos, and really…it’s so easy!
And so spoon-licking (maybe even bowl-licking) good!
The hardest part is waiting the 3-4 hours it sets up in the frig before you can dig in!
Next time I make it, I promise to get out some fancy dessert glasses.
Next up is my Pinterest crafty idea…
It’s an appliquéd tea towel.
Each year, I team with a few other crafty ladies to come up with a
fun afternoon activity for our church’s annual Women’s Retreat.
Of course, we made bracelets and earrings in past years…
also paper collaged memory boxes and mixed media canvases.
All great good times of fellowship and laughter.
So this year, we’re thinking this project
and it was time to give the idea a try.
Cute, huh! We look for crafty things that people can do with their
hands, but don’t distract too much for the important stuff,
like talking and laughing.
Easy, peasy with some fabric scraps, fusible webbing,
embroidery thread, and a button.
A great tutorial here courtesy of Martha Stewart.
I think the ladies will love making these!
Asymmetry Boot Camp Recap March 25, 2014
Love My Art Jewelry just finished up its latest Boot Camp and it was all about a nemesis common to many jewelry designers…Asymmetry.
I’ve said before that I’m so drawn to pieces of jewelry with this attribute, but personally struggle with it in my own designs. Maybe it’s a right brain, left brain thing…how you’re wired to look at the world or a gift in manipulating the things around you in an off-kilter, but oh, so pleasing manner.
I don’t know.
There is one trick to achieving an asymmetrical look that someone shared with me early in my jewelry making adventures. It’s kind of faux asymmetry, if you will. A baby step…
Get out 4 or 5 different kinds of beads, put them separate numbered groups. Beads #1, Beads #2 , Beads #3, etc…
Then with a paper and pencil, make up a random sequence using those numbers.
Say I have 5 groups of beads, here’s a possible sequence…
2 2 1 2 4 3 1 2 5
Then arrange the beads in that order…repeat the order until you have a bracelet or a necklace. So it’s kind of like creating with repeated asymmetrical groups, I think. Maybe not true asymmetry, but playing with beads this way really got me thinking outside my tendency to create with rigid patterns and symmetry. In this necklace, I repeated the pattern 4 times (minus one bead at the end of the line that I lost!)
**Can you figure out which bead is missing?
To my eye, this necklace has an asymmetrical effect with a pleasing balance of weight, color, and textures just by repetition of a random ordered grouping of beads.
Here’s a few pieces from my work in the LMAJ Boot Camp…
Poly clay flower connector and copper button by me
I really struggled with these earrings…found it much more difficult to get something pleasing in such a small space and with so few beady options.
In the end, I really like them!
This last necklace was my final project in my metals class this session. The pendant was hand cut from copper sheet and embossed. I bezel set three stones. Some issues getting the stones tucked in because I wanted them so close together, but I persevered.
To see what other folks have done in this boot camp go here. And enjoy!
We’re All Ears Challenge March 21, 2014
Last month, Earrings Everyday started a monthly earring challenge.
The March inspiration is totally adorable…
a pen and watercolor by Beatrix Potter, from her book,
The Tailor of Gloucester.
As a child, I fell in love with all her books,
but my favorite was Mrs. Tiggy Winkles. Still love hedge hogs.
Today is the big reveal for all those participating this month,
so be sure to go to Earrings Everyday and check them out.
I decided to take a few elements and colors from this piece to create
some simple earrings.
The nut-brown color of the mouse’s fur and tree stump
and the pretty blue threads that are used in floral stitchery.
So with small wood beads, dark blue waxed linen cord, some seed beads,
and ear wires made from brass head pins…
Here are the earrings…
Interestingly, I hardly ever feature seed beads in my earrings,