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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bouquet Necklaces on: August 26, 2010 10:51:28 PM
Thank you for all the lovely comments!

I bought the flowers and the antique brass backs from etsy. There are a multitude of sellers on etsy who have them available.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bouquet Necklaces on: August 26, 2010 04:55:18 PM
I love playing with color. To make these necklaces I coordinated flower cabochons of many colors, constantly mixing it up to keep the designs interesting. I glued the flower cabochons on antique brass filigree settings, then attached them with jump rings to each other and to vintage bronze chain.

Many more designs coming soon!

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: sweet whimsical earrings and necklaces..lilies, flowers, birds, roses, pearls... on: August 03, 2010 11:26:00 AM
thanks for the support and compliments, peeps!

how long does it take to make each one? that depends on how long it takes for inspiration to strike. often i'm trying different combinations and styles for hours before i settle on the perfect one. my goal is always to create something new, something i won't see anyone else wearing, something that makes people stop and do a double-take.

and thanks for complimenting my etsy shop. it takes a lot of work to make it look pretty, and i'm still working on my photography skills, amateur as they are!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / sweet whimsical earrings and necklaces..lilies, flowers, birds, roses, pearls... on: July 29, 2010 01:54:33 PM
prepare yourself for a deluge of photos! hope you enjoy my botanical-inspired trinkets...

...threaded petite crystals on long ball pins, and dangled them beneath lucite lilies. layered the lilies with filigree bead caps and swarovskis so they look like dangling flowers...

...adorned plump emerald green rondelles with filigree bead caps and petite faux pearls...

...topped a little birdcage with a rose-engraved bead, then dangled from brass chain. added a trio of baby bell flowers to one side, and hand wrapped a golden sparrow and a single swarovski to complete the ensemble...

...very simple earrings. topped bell flowers with brass spheres and dangled from kidney ear wires. slipped little opaque Czech glass crystals onto the ear wires themselves for a different look...

...swarovskis and filigree leaves poking from beneath ivory trumpet flowers, with filigree leaves and olive crystals on top...

...a bird soaring towards a creamy blue rose set in an antique brass flower frame, and hand wrapped to tiny faux pearls...
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Roasted yam spice bread on: April 26, 2010 04:18:15 PM
This sounds & looks delicious. I love yams, and in fact just bought a couple yesterday at the farmer's market, so I'd really like to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing your recipe.
6  COOKING / Dessert / Insanely Addicting Healthy Low Fat Blondies/Brownies on: April 26, 2010 03:56:16 PM

I modified a recipe from the Sneaky Chef cook book to make these, and I can't stop eating them. Offer these to peeps and try to make them guess what healthy ingredients are hiding inside. They'll never know there are white beans, oat bran, wheat germ, & whole wheat flour in these goodies!

8 tblsp unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup white bean puree (either drain & rinse canned beans, or soak & cook dried beans. Puree with 1-2 tblsp water)
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp butterscotch flavoring, optional (I didn't have any)
3 eggs (Modification: I used 6 egg whites instead)
1/2 tsp salt (since I used canned beans, I omitted the salt. canned beans come packed in sodium already)
3/4 cup oat bran
1 cup flour blend (1/3 white flour, 1/3 whole wheat flour, 1/3 wheat germ. I keep a lot of this flour blend on hand)
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips, toffee bites, walnuts, pecans, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, or whatever you want (optional; I used toffee bites because that's what I had on hand)
Modification: I also added 1/2 cup cocoa powder, which made these a cross between a brownie & a blondie. Cocoa powder is highly recommended! I'd put in even more next time.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Butter or spray the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking pan (I laid wax paper on it so I wouldn't have to use butter or cooking spray)

In a saucepan over medium0low heat, melt butter & sugar (stirring frequently). Remove from heat, let it cool a bit.

Then right into the saucepan whisk in white bean puree, vanilla, butterscotch (if using), eggs, & salt (omit if using canned beans). Add oat bran, flour blend, cocoa powder (if using), mix until just combined but don't overmix. Add in chocolate chips or whatever additional goodies you want. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan.

Bake 30-33 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool, then cut into squares (although I did that step while they were still warm, and was I ever glad I did! Warm blondies were so delicious...yummm...)

Keeps in the fridge, covered for a week. You can also freeze extras for later; they thaw quickly since they're small.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Featured Projects~4th Quarter, 2009 on: February 04, 2010 10:07:29 AM
Beautiful pieces, everyone. And thanks for including mine Smiley
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: i love flowers for my jewelry! on: December 29, 2009 05:34:32 PM
thanks for the comments, lovely folks! all my supplies come from etsy, so i guess they kind of come from all over the country & all over the world.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / i love flowers for my jewelry! on: December 15, 2009 02:58:32 PM
what's more fun than making lots of earrings with flowers, filigree, and varying colors of Czech glass & Swarovski crystals?

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Beatrice Ruffled Headband, Olivia Necklace, and Blueberries and Lemonade; new on: December 11, 2009 03:54:08 PM
very cute pieces, especially the first & second ones. the olivia necklace has such a cool long drop, and you played all the colors really well together.
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