So, I managed to l managed to look at the Fire Mountain Gems website in time to catch their Dutch Auction Sale last week, and picked up 30 strands of beads for less than $30. When they arrived, I was so thrilled with them, I immediately made up a couple of necklaces. The first one is the whole strand of dyed magnesite chips with silver plated accents, seed beads, and a few Picasso marble beads (the brown rounds). I like the tassel at the bottom, but I am not entirely sure it goes with the necklace, because the seed beads which look perfect in between the magnesite chips look far too green in the tassel. The second one has my favorite beads of the order: those huge ceramic focal beads. Love the shape and the color combo! I also used some of the Picasso marble beads on this one, as well as feldspar and more silver plated spacers. I love everything about this necklace.
Any thoughts on the first one? I have thought about changing out the seed beads for bluer ones, but keeping the design the same. Or removing the tassel and adding a large funky metal something or other. Or leaving it alone because it ain't that broke, so don't fix it.
I love, love, LOVE avocado skin dyeing! I have done it numerous times, and usually have a batch in the fridge. For the best pink, pick avocados that look reddish rather than greenish. Also, silk works even better than cotton. And you don't need the sun. In fact, I'm not sure how permanent and light fast it is as a dye, which is actually an aspect I like. Also, I have gotten all different shades of pink, and even an orange color once!
It looks particularly nice when paired with the purpleblueindigo you get from black bean soaking liquid. And then you can use the food part for tacos!
I love pressed pennies! What other souvenir can you get that costs less than a dollar and isn't some cheap mass produced piece of plastic crud? And usually (especially at Disney) they are specific to the place, so you can easily remember where you got them. We made a bunch on our trip, too, and I'm planning on (eventually) punching holes in them and turning them into a charm bracelet. I love the zipper pull idea, though. I might have to use that for one of our trips that only have one or two machines.
Watch out, though - carrying all those pennies and quarters gets HEAVY! lol
*sigh* My oldest is going into Junior High this year and wants to pack her own lunches. Maybe I will have her pack her brother's too, while I get breakfast made. I used to do very elaborate bento style lunches, but over the years I have settled into a less decorative groove.
We don't do a lot of sandwiches, although that may change with the 11 year old in charge. We do leftovers, or leftover transformations (i.e., put the main dish + tortilla + cheese; main dish + pasta + additional vegetables; main dish + rice). I also like making big batches of baked goods and throwing them in the freezer (muffins, mini muffins, scones, etc.). Whenever I make extra rice, it goes in the freezer, too (short grain gets made into onigiri). I also like to make big batches of macaroni and cheese and freeze the leftovers in muffin cups. My kids love tortilla roll-ups of all kinds, and big salads, too.
We're going to try to do vegetable prep on weekends, so there is something like a salad bar in the fridge all week for lunch making, with peeled carrot sticks, celery sticks, sliced cucumbers, sliced or diced green peppers, washed and chopped lettuce, homemade dressing, and cherry tomatoes. That way DD can make a salad for lunch or just tuck in some extra veggies and dip whenever there's an empty space in the box. Or they can be used for making other lunch items without too much work in the morning.