Thursday, December 31, 2009

Coconut Bread Pudding

I have a serious weakness for coconut in any form. I modified a very basic bread pudding recipe to satisfy my coconut craving. I must say, this is awesome. Beware, bread pudding is not an exact science and you must use some judgment.

1 loaf sliced white bread (not as airy as Wonder bread, but nothing too dense either -- I use sliced bread from the in-house bakery at my local Safeway)
1/2 cup golden raisins (optional)
1 cup sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 can (14 oz) coconut milk (generally found in the Asian cooking section of the supermarket -- don't confuse this with coconut cream, which is sweetened and much too thick for this recipe)
1/4 cup regular milk
2 TBSP vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch salt
1/2 cup shredded coconut (I use the unsweetened type found in the health food section, but you could use the sweetened kind instead)

Place raisins in a bowl of hot water. let soak for 20 minutes. Drain
Combine sugar, eggs, milks, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, coconut and raisins.
Cut bread into cubes. Stir the bread gently into the sugar/egg/milk mixture. Here's where the judgment comes in. If it looks too dry, you can beat another egg with 1/2 cup milk and stir it in. It's really hard to describe how moist this should be. Last time I made it, it was just a bit too dry and I think it was because the loaf of bread I used was larger than normal.

Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes. You can add some more shredded coconut on top for the last few minutes -- just long enough for it to brown a bit. It will look very pretty :)

I usually serve this at room temperature with whipped cream. But my friend Patty/Pricilla (she has 2 personalities) has recently shared a recipe for caramel sauce that I think would be awesome on this bread pudding.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Pink Pearl Earrings

Newly listed in my etsy shop, these pearl earrings are the kind of earrings I would wear every day. The pink is soft and I can't think of an outfit that they wouldn't complement. I fused and textured the circles from fine silver before adding the pearls.

These earrings are for sale in my etsy shop, where free worldwide shipping continues through December 31!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Destashing Some Vintage Goods

Rick and I used to go "outside" (that's what Alaskans call going to the lower 48) for 2 months every winter to visit family and goof off. Then I got tired of being away from my home and my stuff for such long periods of time. It was a real challenge getting used to staying in the frozen north country for the entire winter, but now I've become a real homebody and have no desire to leave for anything longer than 2 weeks!

The one thing I really miss is antiquing. There is such a limited number of antique stores in Anchorage and the inventory doesn't change often enough to warrant visiting more than twice a year.

While driving the California coast, I found this little treasure at an antique store in Monterey. At the time, I thought I would use the ration coupons in a piece of mixed media art. I discovered that I have a really hard time using things that were once so personal to someone and their family. It feels like I'm exposing them, somehow. Hopefully, someone else will be able to use these historic papers in a meaningful way.

They are listed in my other etsy shop. Click on the photo to go directly to the listing to see all the coupons in the packet.

Monday, December 28, 2009

All Silver . Bracelet of Mixed Chains

I've posted here several times about the mixed chain bracelets that I make. They are excellent sellers for me -- both at craft shows and in galleries. I've even sold a few on etsy over the past couple of years. I make them with all sorts of color drops, but the best sellers are the ones where I use all silver beads and charms.

I recently listed one of the all silver variety in my etsy shop. This one features some Thai Hill Tribe beads. Click on the photo to go directly to the listing.

Free worldwide shipping continues through December 31!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Attention Ginger Lovers!

I'm about to share with you one of my favorite pound cake recipes. Get your paper and pens ready!

Triple Ginger Poundcake

3 1/2 cups flour
1 TBSP ground ginger
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
1 TBSP vanilla
1 1/4 cups milk
1/2 cup minced crystallized ginger
4 TBSP grated fresh ginger

Beat sugar & butter until creamy. Add eggs and yolks, one at a time, stirring well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Mix in combined dry ingredients alternately with milk. Lastly, stir in the gingers.

Bake in 2 greased loaf pans (the smaller size works best) at 350 for about 1 hour. Cool 30 minutes in the pan, then turn out of pan and continue cooling on a rack.

When I made this the other day, I decided to make only 1 loaf and use the rest of the batter for cupcakes. I had big plans to make a cooked frosting flavored with ginger syrup, but as the day wore on, I never got around to it. Now the cupcakes are gone ... maybe next time.


Thursday, December 24, 2009

New Wholesale Accounts ... Redux

Yes, it is unusual to get any wholesale orders 2 weeks before Christmas, but that's exactly what happened to Orion Designs! Both of these orders took me by surprise and I must admit that I was NOT too anxious about filling large orders at this time of year. But a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

Grizzly's Gifts in downtown Anchorage caters mostly to summer tourists, so I am at a loss to explain their fairly large order of ivory and silver jewelry from my original Orion Designs website. They chose some necklaces and matching earrings. Hopefully this will lead to some follow-on business when the actual tourist season begins.

This photo is from my website, but my print catalog has a much more extensive selection of ivory jewelry. The ivory is all ancient and fossilized mammoth ivory that I purchase from a very reputable dealer. No animals were destroyed to obtain this ivory.

The other order was from Bell's Nursery and Gifts in south Anchorage. It is a beautiful place, especially in the summer. Their gift shop is extensive and full of kitchen gear, china, crystal, home decor and some jewelry. Apparently they do a great amount of business during the holiday season with a large selection of Christmas trees, wreaths and poinsettias. The day I was there, the gift shop was buzzing with activity. The buyer made some selections from my existing inventory, which was embarrassingly low. I certainly wasn't expecting the call from Bell's when it came, otherwise I would have built some new inventory.

When I asked how she found me, she said she had purchased a pair of my earrings in a gallery in Anchorage and she loved them. All of my earring cards have my contact information on the back. Good thing, huh?

These two orders made me just that much happier this season!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Brand New Earrings in Gold Filled

I heart vintage glass beads and have an enormous collection that I work with often. I've been hoarding these lusciously creamy colored faceted beads for many years. Now it is time to share them with the world!

The design is simple and a bit sophisticated -- I think that comes from the use of gold filled wire for the earwires. These earrings are for sale in my etsy shop.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Movie Stars

I recently purchased a sheet of rubber stamps from The Stampsmith featuring photo images of movie stars. I adore these images and made some cards using them. The focus is definitely on the movie star, so I decided to keep the cards simple -- no fancy or complicated techniques or layouts.

I'm sure you recognize Lucille Ball and Betty Grable. It's taken me a while to be able to get good, clean stampings from these detailed photo image stamps. When I finally broke down and purchased a Versafine inkpad (by Tsukineko) I couldn't believe the results. This inkpad is specifically designed to capture the details in fine rubber stamps, such as those created from photos.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Classy and Classic

These brand new earrings in my etsy shop are petite, but quite special. I started with little plump briolettes of smoky quartz. Above them, I added a loose cluster of white keshi pearls. The color combination of cocoa brown and creamy white is so elegant.

I always hang these type of super-special earrings from leverback earwires for maximum security. Plus, I think they add a bit of formality to the look.

These earrings are great for a party and equally perfect for every day wear. They are for sale in my etsy shop. Click on the photo to go directly to the listing.

Remember, free shipping continues through year end!

Friday, December 18, 2009

How about some snow?

It's obvious why I have not driven anywhere lately. The snow is almost as deep as my car! We've been using Rick's truck almost exclusively for the past few days.

It's most beautiful when viewed looking up through the birch trees.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A New Pearl Mix Necklace

I actually made this a few months ago. It's one of the few that did not sell at my shows, probably because I never actually had it out on display. Silly, huh? We know what that means -- it gets listed in my etsy shop.

This one is warm and earthy, with all shades of copper, bronze, brown, cinnamon and even a bit of orange. It comes with matching earrings.

Click on the photo to go directly to the listing in my etsy shop.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Holiday Party Bracelet

This bracelet is festive, but also great for everyday wear. The colors are a great mixture of blues, greens and purples.

It starts with a modified right-angle-weave stitch for the base. I then add lots and lots of tiny fringe to the top surface. The fringe consists of seed beads and interestingly shaped pressed glass beads.

This bracelet is finished with a vintage glass button, which makes for a very easy clasp to do by yourself.

The best part? It's on sale. Originally $125, the bracelet is now on sale for $98. And, FREE SHIPPING continues through year end.

Click on the photo to go directly to the listing in my etsy shop and see some more close up photos and one of the entire bracelet.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Butternut Squash Gratin

This is a great winter time recipe to accompany any meat dish.

1/4 cup olive oil
1 onion, sliced
1 tsp thyme
salt & pepper
1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2" cubes
1/2 cup flour
1 cup grated cheese (I use cheddar, but you can use Swiss, Monterey Jack or any other type of cheese you like)
1/2 cup heated milk
1/2 cup bread crumbs (I use Progresso with Italian seasoning)
2 TBSP butter

Cook onion with thyme in half of the olive oil until they caramelize (~ 15 minutes). Salt & pepper to taste. Turn into greased 9 x 9 baking pan.

Toss squash cubes in flour. Cook in remaining oil for about 15 minutes, until it starts to brown and get tender. Spoon this over the onions. Cover with cheese. Pour the warm milk over the cheese. Cover the pan with foil. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

Melt butter in pan. Stir in bread crumbs and stir until the butter is well distributed. Remove the foil from the casserole and sprinkle this on the top. Bake for an additional 30 minutes.

Devour. If I had a picture, I would share it, but I forgot to take one before we started eating. Sorry.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Asymmetry Rules

These necklaces were quite a hit at my shows this fall. It was a new design for me this season and it appealed to customers with an eclectic sensibility. The design is a bit out of the ordinary and more rustic than most of my pieces.

I currently have 2 of them listed in my etsy shop. This first one is the longer of the 2, at 19 1/2". It features iridescent green freshwater pearls.

This second necklace is shorter. It is about 17 1/2" long and has peacock colored pearls -- a mix of purple, gray and a bit of blue.

Click on either of the photos to go directly to the listings and find out a little more about these pieces.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


We have had the most beautiful sunrises for the past few days. I brought my camera on our morning walk on Monday and captured this. Of course, I'm no photographer, but I think you get the idea. The sky was alive with all shades of pink and orange, with a touch of purple.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Mexican Brownies

We had some friends over for dinner over the weekend. I had not seen these friends in a long time and wanted to spend plenty of time with them. That meant making a meal that required little fuss. I put a huge pork roast in the oven early in the afternoon and prepared (with help from Rick) a butternut squash and potato gratin. Those things basically cooked themselves while we chatted with our friends over wine and smoked salmon spread on crackers.

Early in the day I made a batch of Mexican brownies. Here's the easy-peasy recipe:

1/2 cup butter, melted
2 cups sugar
1 cup flour
2/3 cup cocoa
1 TBS cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts

Stir into the melted butter, the sugar, flour, cocoa, cinnamon, baking powder, milk and vanilla until well combined. Stir in walnuts. Spread in greased 13 x 9 pan. Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes.

For the frosting: in a heavy saucepan, melt 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips with 1 can (14 oz) of sweetened condensed milk, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in 2 tsp vanilla. Spread on hot brownies.

I served these with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and whipped cream -- a make-your-own sundae dessert! It was a big hit.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Xena's Holiday Spirit

Even Xena the wonder Bouvier gets to celebrate the holidays. We have a special collar for her that we put on her right after Thanksgiving. We switch back to her regular collar after the New Year.

I had to move some fur out of the way to get a good picture and I had to use the flash. Xena was quite upset when she saw that the flash had accentuated her gray hair. I told her "you're as young as you feel, girl friend".

I won't tell you how she responded.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

A Custom Order ....

... turns into a staple product.

I made a pair of these earrings by special request from a customer at my Bad Girls of the North show in early November. I've done plenty of these hoops in sterling and copper, but I usually feel the need to add a dangle or a wrap to the bottom of the circle. This customer wanted it plain. Could I do that? Of course!

My customer was already an etsy buyer, so she agreed to purchase these in my shop. Now they are relisted and ready to go again.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Three Note Cards

I spent yesterday doing "a little of this and a little of that". I reorganized part of my studio (a small part), I photographed some vintage items to list in my other etsy shop and I made some note cards.

All of the cards feature techniques from the Technique Junkie Newsletter.

This first card uses the Antiqued Glimmers technique with distress ink pads and sparkling misting sprays. It's hard to capture that sparkle in a scan, but trust me, it's there. I also used one of my favorite rubber stamps. If you can't read it, click the photo to get a larger image. I'm sure it will make you smile.

For this next card, I used the Splatter technique. It was quite messy, but the results were definitely worth it.

Lastly, I used the Sparkling Resist technique and some floral rubber stamps from Stampin' Up.

Tomorrow -- more studio organizing and cleaning!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Completed Sweater

I've worked on this sweater for months. I only knit in the evenings, and not every evening. That's why this sweater too so long to complete. I first blogged about it here. It was not a complete success. It's way too big. I tried to shrink it by washing it first in warm water, which is contrary to the instructions found on the yarn label. That didn't work. Then I washed it again and put it in the dryer on high. That didn't work. I got brave yesterday and washed in it hot water on the gentle cycle. That didn't work. The yarn is a cotton & wool blend. Why won't it shrink?

I decided to wear it today with a white turtleneck underneath. It's big and baggy. On the bright side, it's very comfy and it hides ... well, things that I might want to hide. Let's just leave it at that.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy

My shows are over, but for some reason I feel very busy. I stocked up a couple of my galleries and fulfilled a nice wholesale order. The other thing keeping me busy is photographing items for etsy. For those of you that sell on etsy, you know what I mean! For the rest of you, trust me, it is all consuming. I've been listing a couple of new items everyday in an attempt to keep my shop full of fresh items for holiday shoppers.

Here are a few of my newest listings.

Mixed Gemstones on a copper hoop with sterling earwires:

Long Black Spinel Briolette topped with a cluster of cubic zircona rondelles:

Boulder Opal rounds hanging from fine silver ovals on sterling earwires:

Click on any of the photos to go directly to the listing in my etsy shop. Free shipping continues through year-end!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Ballet Slipper Pink . Lampwork . Earrings

These soft pink lampwork beads are from my Artisan Beaders teammate Deronda. Definitely feminine, definitely understated, definitely pretty.

I placed the beads on decorative headpins and topped them with a "rolled" style Thai Hill Tribe silver bead. They hang simply from sterling silver earwires, which have been left bright and shiny.

These are perfect for the girly girl on your shopping list. Don't forget, free worldwide shipping in my etsy shop through year-end!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Holiday Special!

It's that time of year when even the most adamant haters-of-shopping do what must be done -- shop! Shopping online is a breeze. You can do it in the middle of the night. You can do it while wearing your pajamas. You can do it while eating a bowl of ice cream.

Sounds pretty easy, doesn't it? To make it even easier, I'm offering free worldwide shipping in my etsy shop from now through year end. That's right, free shipping. All of my listings are ready to go -- no special codes to enter, no complicated paypal refunds. Just free shipping.

Pass on the good news to all of your friends who love jewelry! The best part is that I'm still adding new listings almost every day. There's something fresh and fun every time you visit my shop.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Special Order

Last week I received an etsy convo from someone who had "hearted" one of my knitted bags. That bag was awesome -- so awesome that I contemplated keeping it -- and it sold in March of 2008. She wanted to know if I would make one for her. I told her I would be happy to do that.

We went back and forth several times regarding colors and she finally decided on a deep burgundy with a creamy color accent. I think it will be a lovely combination. The yarn is now on order. I'm anxious to begin and I'm sure my customer is anxious to see the finished product.

This is the bag:

Monday, November 23, 2009

Italian Glass and Brass

My dwindling collection of Italian glass beads was beckoning me. These 10mm round, frosted beads have gold foil embedded in them. I purchased them many years ago and was reluctant to use them. Why, you ask? Because if I used them, they would be gone from my collection. Then what would I do? Well, I finally got over that ridiculousness and the earrings have sold well for me this season. While I still find the beads beautiful, I'm definitely over my deification of them.

These earrings feature these wonderful beads in a glowing peach color. The glow comes from a combination of the foil and the matte finish. I topped them with lacy brass beadcaps and a contemporary Czech glass bead. I used antiqued brass leverback earwires. They are available in my etsy shop. Click on the photo to go directly to the listing.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Faceted Pearls

It's no secret that I love pearls. Faceted pearls have become a bit difficult to find. I think they may have gone out of fashion in the world of beads, but that never bothers me. I still crave them.

This pair of earrings features faceted pearls in a deep teal color. I fused the circles from fine silver wire and textured them with a riveting hammer.

The earwires are handmade by me. I oxidized all of the silver and selectively hand sanded it to highlight the high spots.

These earrings are for sale in my etsy shop.

*Note - I will be at a 2 day craft show this weekend in Wasilla. Yes, that Wasilla. I'll be back to posting here on Sunday or Monday!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Noodle Kugel

For those of you not familiar with kugel, the rough translation from the Yiddish is pudding or casserole. The types of kugel I ate while growing up were either noodle based or potato based. While my brother loved the potato kugel, I was always partial to the noodle variety.

I made a noodle kugel yesterday and it is delicious and simple to prepare.

Noodle Kugel
1/2 lb wide noodles (about 4 cups dry)
4 TPS butter
2 eggs
2 cups cottage cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
pinch salt

Cook the noodles. When done, stir in the butter to melt it and set it aside. Beat the eggs with the sugar. Add cottage cheese, sour cream, vanilla and salt. Mix well and stir into the buttered noodles. Pour into greased square pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake at 400 for 40 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Easy peasy.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Some New Pottery

I know, I need more pottery like I need a hole in my head (that was a favorite saying of my mother's). But I couldn't resist this gorgeous work. I found this seller on this front page of etsy a few weeks ago and it was love at first sight.

Suzzie Holler is from Stockholm, Sweden and her designs are simple and classic. My package arrived in less than a week! I purchased this coffee cup:

... and a couple of these candle holders. One will be a gift for a friend, but I'm keeping one. I used it last night and the light comes through the porcelain in a very beautiful and romantic way. It will be great for holiday decoration, but I'll use it on our dinner table throughout the dark, dreary winter months.

Please visit Suzzie's etsy shop. Click on either of these photos to go directly to the listings.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Friend is Having a SALE!

My good friend Brenda is having a wonderful sale in her etsy shop. She has a clearance section with some beautiful jewelry in it. All of these items are 40% off, which she will refund after your purchase. Isn't that a great deal?

I have my eye on these earrings, from Brenda's clearance section. Click HERE to see everything available at 40% off. But don't ignore the rest of Brenda's shop. It too is full of lovely jewelry.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Earrings from Outer Space

Ok, not really. But these bronze-y beadcaps definitely look like they're part of a spaceship. I found them at one of my local bead stores, in a drawer that I had never ventured in before. What an amazing find! Oddly, they are a bit narrower at the top than they are at the opening, which makes it very difficult to find the right bead to fit inside. Luckily, I have these tapered tube vintage glass beads in several colors (I've been hoarding them). They are perfect for these beadcaps! A very satisfying discovery indeed.

Here they are in classic black:

And now in a gorgeous olive green:

Both of these earrings are now available for sale in my etsy shop. Click on the photos to go directly to the listings.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Great Everyday Earrings

I don't know about you, but I wear earrings every day. I usually try to match what I'm wearing, but some days I just don't want to think about it that much. These earrings are perfect for days like that. They will go with any clothing you might wear and they are appropriate for any occasion.

Two different shapes of creamy white freshwater pearls are separated by a romantic little lacy beadcap featuring a scrolled heart motif.

Sometimes, simple designs are the most satisfying to
create and to wear. 

Click on the photo to go directly to the listing in my etsy shop.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Be Vewy Vewy Quiet ....

We had our first snowfall last weekend. It's always so beautiful -- all the dirt and downed leaves are covered and animal tracks are so much easier to see. The overall feeling is softness and quietude.

We went for a walk through the woods and saw plenty of these:

It's funny because we never see any rabbits, just amazing amounts of tracks. I thought Elmer Fudd was going to show up any second. I wouldn't have been surprised.

Xena stuck her nose in plenty of tracks, but she seemed unsure as to what had left the tracks. I'm not sure what she would do if she actually saw a rabbit. If she decided to chase it, I'm sure the rabbit would be safe. Xena is not a speed demon.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Fine Silver Headpins

Fine silver headpins can be made quite easily with a small butane torch.

This photo shows my simple set up for making headpins. I use those disposable aluminum cookie sheets for a base and backdrop. I also have a small firebrick that I use mainly when fusing fine silver. It's not really necessary for making headpins. In the foreground is a pair of cross-lock tweezers. Off to the right are 4" lengths of 22 ga fine silver.

Holding a piece of wire with the tweezers, place the bottom end of the wire in the hottest part of the flame. That spot is at the very end of the blue section of the flame. You can see how that cookie sheet comes in handy as a backdrop.

The fine silver will begin to ball up after a few seconds. You will need to slowly lower the wire as this happens. As soon as the ball is the size you want, remove it from the flame and put it on the cookie sheet. It will be hot.

If you leave the wire in the flame too long, the ball will most likely fall off. Then you will be glad you started with 4" of wire, because you still have enough to make another headpin!

The resulting headpins are about 3 1/2" long. If you use 24 ga wire, this will be different. It will take a bit more wire to achieve an adequate size ball.

Here are the completed headpins. This can also be done with sterling silver, but the copper content in sterling silver will cause it to darken (firescale). Also, whenever I've done this with sterling, the balls on the end have been pitted. I suspect that using flux would minimize this problem, but I'm not set up for that in my studio.

Please be sure to read the instructions that come with your butane torch and follow all safety precautions.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sandhill Cranes ... on silk

I know you've been wondering if I had any time to shop at the Bad Girls show over the weekend. Yes and no. I really didn't have time to do any serious shopping (what a shame, I know), but I did have time to make a purchase.

On our way back from a brief vacation in Homer last summer, we stopped at the Dragonfly Gallery in Soldotna, owned by my dear friend Chelline Larsen. Rick and I both fell in love with this pair of sandhill cranes. Chelline painted them on silk and also did the quilting.

At the time, I told Chelline that if they had not sold by the time of the Bad Girls show in Anchorage, that I wanted to buy them. And I did just that.

Aren't they beautiful? This photo shows some of the quilting detail.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 Wants You!

I've done several blog posts over the past couple of months about Artbeads online store. Not only do they have great products with terrific variety, they also excel at customer service. I have just received a coupon code that I am encouraged to share with all of you. The code is good until the end of the year and is for 10% your entire order. How can you NOT take advantage of this great offer????

Ready? Here's the code : SCF10P-ARTBEADS-0424

You will also get free shipping in the US and shipping to Canada is only a dollar.

This is only one of the reasons you should shop at Artbeads. Remember this post? Well, all 4 of those pairs of earrings now have new homes. Yes, I sold them all at my last craft show. Those gorgeous Swarovski briolettes were from Artbeads.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Bad Girls Take Anchorage!

You've heard me ramble on about my Bad Girls business and the craft shows we produce. Well, we just celebrated out 12th show in Anchorage. We were at a new venue this year, the Millennium Hotel. Carol & I took an informal poll of the vendors and the consensus is that this venue WORKED! What a relief. Moving in and out was a bit of a hassle, but not any worse than our last venue.

I know I promised photos, but to be quite honest, I was too busy to take many and the ones I did take, turned out pretty bad. Here's one of my booth that will give you a general idea of how I did my set up. I prefer this type of walk-up-to booth, as I don't like the barrier of a table between me and my customer. I like to hold a mirror for them and help them try on necklaces and bracelets. That is not easily accomplished from behind a table.

Luckily, my friend Cindy has some photos on her blog, so check them out here.

On a personal note, this show was my most successful show in my 12 years of doing craft shows :)

Friday, November 6, 2009

New Stichtite Necklace

What is stichtite, you ask? Well, it's a stone of dark pink or purple color and is sometimes found in serpentine, which can be all shades of green.

The stone featured in this necklace is the type of stichtite found in serpentine. The contrast of the greens and purple is one that is very striking to me.

I added a little dangle of faceted amethyst to help highlight the purple of the stichtite inclusions.

The chain and all the wire is sterling and has been oxidized for a bit of a vintage look.

This brand new necklace is for sale in my etsy shop.

I will not be updating my blog for a few days while I'm at the Bad Girls of the North craft show in Anchorage. We will be at a new location this year, the Millennium Hotel. If you're a local, please stop by! Hopefully, I will have time to take some pictures and share some of our new vendors with you here.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Note Cards

I haven't done a post in a very long time featuring my handmade note cards. Mostly because I didn't have any to feature. After the State Fair, my card inventory was very "picked over" and I just made time this week (2 months later!) to make some more.

This first card was made using the technique called Precious Stone Smudge from an old Technique Junkies Newsletter. I was in a very autumn-y mood and that dictated the colors I chose. Autumn doesn't last very long in Alaska and the colors aren't as vibrant or varied as they are in the northeast part of the country where I grew up. I miss that.

Continuing with the autumn theme, this card was made using the Triple Dimension technique, also from an older newsletter. I love this the colors I chose for this card. The pigment ink used in the last step is a metallic copper, which looks a lot more glittery in real life than it does in this scan.

* All rubber stamps used on these cards are from Stampin Up.

Remember, all Technique Junkie members always qualify for 10% in my etsy shop. Just enter "TJ" in the message to seller upon checkout and I'll refund the appropriate amount!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Two New Dragonfly Necklaces

I recently listed these two dragonfly necklaces. The first two I had listed sold pretty quickly and it's taken me a couple of months (!?!) to get around to making some more. The buttons which provide the base for the brass dragonflies are large, at about 2" in diameter. The each hang on hand dyed silk ribbons.

The first one features an abalone shell button and the silk ribbon is a delicious blend of green and mauve.

This second necklace features a glossy pink conch shell button and a brown and black silk ribbon.

Both are for sale in my etsy shop. These will be the last two I can list until I find more of these beautiful buttons at a reasonable price!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Xena on Halloween

Xena (the cutest Bouvier in the world) has a hat she wears every Halloween. It's a witch hat that her Auntie Carol gave her. Id rather not think about why Auntie Carol thought Xena needed a witch hat.

Here, Rick helps Xena don her cute hat. It has a button that you can push to make the lights flash on and off randomly. Very festive.

Now, Xena looks up at Rick and says "what the #*%@ is this thing on my head????"

Lastly, she hangs her head in utter shame ... sigh

Here's this year's jack-o-lantern

All in all, we had a great night and even saw a few trick-or-treaters!