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1  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!

2  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...
3  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.
4  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?

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Today's theme is antique brass rings! on: October 11, 2009 05:50:54 PM
Colorful cabochons and cameos attached to several types of antique brass filigree ring bases. They look so happy together!

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Five Victorianesque Necklaces on: September 14, 2009 03:28:35 PM
Today's theme is antique style necklaces!

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / victorianeqsue heart necklaces, also starring: keys, flowers, & stars on: September 02, 2009 02:30:08 PM
i'm particularly happy with the first piece. discovered that gigantic heart pendant (over 2 inches tall & wide) while browsing in an antique shop last weekend, and i immediately envisioned the necklace i would make with it. the second one is much more simple & understated, and beautiful in its own streamlined way.

8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / flower, butterflies, vintage-y earrings on: September 01, 2009 07:47:23 PM
i'm very excited because i made a lightbox (thanks to this nifty tutorial http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/07/how-to-diy-10-macro-photo-studio.html) and now my pictures of jewelry look much nicer! these are some antique brass creations-i love the rich, dark golden hue of aged brass and how well it complements colors.

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / asymmetrical white & green necklace, and 2 pairs of pearl earrings on: July 20, 2009 10:39:46 PM
this necklace really pops against the neckline! made by alternating large & medium white beads, and accented on one side with a couple of small green beads.

teardrop pearls in antiqued brass bead caps, filigree connectors, & unique black cubic beads

simple, dangly pearl earrings adorned with silver bead caps hanging from silver chain

thanks for looking!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / pic heavy! vintage rings & earrings: black star rose sakura & buttons on: July 18, 2009 03:15:08 PM
a ring made by layering vintage buttons on an adjustable silver-plated ring base

a ring made of a unique filigree black & gold button on an adjustable gold-plated ring base

also on the menu is a pair of shiny black rose & sakura earrings in star-shaped cabochons

these earrings pair beautifully with this matching adjustable silver-plated ring

thanks for looking!
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